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Turkish Press Review, 97-03-05

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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>


CONTENTS

  • [01] TURKEY INVITES KAZAKHSTAN TO JOIN D-8
  • [02] RAFSANJANI CONCERNED ABOUT DETERIORATING TURCO-IRANIAN TIES
  • [03] MARC GROSSMAN VISITS VAN
  • [04] PRINCE PHILIP IN ISTANBUL
  • [05] FRANCE TELECOM WILLING TO BUY TELSIM
  • [06] SPANISH BUSINESS DELEGATION VISITS TURKEY
  • [07] TURKEY'S DYNAMIC ECONOMY
  • [08] BOTAS TO BECOME A HOLDING
  • [09] CASINOS WILL BE CLOSED DOWN

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    MARCH 5, 1997

    Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning.

    [01] TURKEY INVITES KAZAKHSTAN TO JOIN D-8

    Yesterday morning Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan met his Kazakh counterpart Akejan Kajigeldin who is paying an official visit to Turkey. During the meeting Erbakan extended to Kazakhstan an invitation to join the Developing Eight group of Islamic nations (D-8). Erbakan also pointed out that Turkey was standing ready to consider prospects for increasing cooperation in the production and transportation of Kazakh oil. Erbakan further noted that plans were afoot for initiating Turco-Kazakh cooperation in the gold market. /All papers/

    [02] RAFSANJANI CONCERNED ABOUT DETERIORATING TURCO-IRANIAN TIES

    Iranian President Hashimi Rafsanjani, after accepting Demirel's special envoy Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Ali Tuygan, said that Iran attached great importance to preserving friendly relations with Turkey and added that both countries had enemies who did not want to see close ties develop between the two neighbouring Moslem countries. Rafsanjani stressed that he was pleased with Demirel's call for stronger relations. /Hurriyet/

    [03] MARC GROSSMAN VISITS VAN

    US Ambassador to Ankara Marc Grossman yesterday paid a one-day visit to Van and met Van Governor Abdulkadir Sarı and Van Mayor Resat Polat. The ambassador visited places of historical and cultural importance in the city. /Milliyet/

    [04] PRINCE PHILIP IN ISTANBUL

    Britain's Prince Philip, honorary chairman of the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), arrived yesterday in Istanbul to participate in a dinner at the Ciragan Palace organized to raise money for environmental projects in Turkey. The dinner was organized by the WWF Turkey branch. /Milliyet/

    [05] FRANCE TELECOM WILLING TO BUY TELSIM

    French investors, determined to enter the Turkish cellular phone market, have initiated talks for the purchase of a Turkish company in that sector. The daily Yeni Yuzyil noted that France Telecom was willing to purchase shares in Telsim or Turkcell, the two Turkish cellular phone giants. Last Friday, a senior France Telecom official met Telsim owner Hakan Uzan to discuss the terms of a possible agreement.

    [06] SPANISH BUSINESS DELEGATION VISITS TURKEY

    A large delegation, including representatives of 16 leading companies based in the Basque region of Spain, will visit Turkey on March 10. The delegation will be headed by Basque Commerce, Business and Tourism Minister Roza Diez. Commenting on the visit, Spanish Ambassador to Ankara Jesus Atienza noted that Spanish entrepreneurs aimed to agree on measures for improving the volume of bilateral trade between Turkey and Spain and to undertake joint investment projects together with Turkish businessmen. /Hurriyet/

    [07] TURKEY'S DYNAMIC ECONOMY

    The richest man in the world, Chairman of the US giant Microsoft, Bill Gates said that Turkey had a dynamic economy, and that Turks had high entrepreneurial skills. In an interview with Turkish reporters Bill gates stated his views on the latest developments in information technology and the new approaches being taken by Microsoft. He added that they had decided to enlargen their investments in Turkey.

    Bill Gates also said that Turkey would take its place in the EU when the EU decided to expand./Hurriyet/

    [08] BOTAS TO BECOME A HOLDING

    BOTAS General Dırector Mustafa Murathan declared that BOTAS, presently functioning as a State Economic Enterprise (SEE), will be transformed into a group of companies including a natural gas marketing concern, LNG terminal, pipeline construction company and a unit to carry out integrated energy operations. In this way BOTAS will be turned into a holding. This reorganization aimes at better exploiting BOTAS 2,500 personnel. /Hurriyet/

    [09] CASINOS WILL BE CLOSED DOWN

    A draft law calling for the closure of casinos has been signed by the Council of Ministers. The draft is now expected to be sent to the Parliament this week. It calls for closure of all casinos within six months after the law enters into force. There are 76 casinos in Turkey now facing the prospects of being shut down. /Y.Yuzyil/

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