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Turkish Press Review, 97-03-21

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] NEVRUZ, SYMBOL OF REBIRTH AND UNITY
  • [02] DUTCH PARLIAMENTARIANS: TURKEY AN IMPORTANT EU PARTNER
  • [03] UAE SIGNS $ 75 M DEAL FOR TURKISH ARMY CARRIERS
  • [04] TURKEY PREPARES FOR EU MEETING
  • [05] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION VISITS TURKEY
  • [06] RED CRESCENT SENDS AID TO PAKISTAN
  • [07] UNDP AND TURKEY INCREASE SHARE IN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
  • [08] $ 3 BILLION CREDIT FOR TURKEY PIPELINE
  • [09] ANKARA TO SELL 211 ARMORED VEHICLES TO KUALA LUMPUR
  • [10] PEACE IN NORTHERN IRAQ
  • [11] PAKISTANIS ADMIRE ATATURK
  • [12] LOCAL BY-ELECTIONS CANCELLED
  • [13] INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS OF TURKISH STUDENTS
  • [14] WARNING TO ATHENS
  • [15] PRIVATIZATION PROCESS
  • [16] BERISHA-DEMIREL PHONE CONVERSATION
  • [17] EUROPEAN SOCIALISTS INTENSIFY DIALOGUE WITH TURKEY

  • TURKISH PRESS REVIEW

    FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 1997

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

    [01] NEVRUZ, SYMBOL OF REBIRTH AND UNITY

    Nevruz is the oldest ritual of the Turks,and refers to the symbols of nature, god, and human relations. Throughout history, Nevruz has been an inseparable part of Turkish society and consolidates unity, spiritual ties and friendship within the Turkish community. The Nevruz tradition is deeply rooted in Turkish culture and its state structure. The history of the Nevruz holiday dates back as far as Turkish history itself.

    The oldest known Turkish tribe had a calendar with 12 animals and the first day of the new year, March 21, was during Nevruz, signifying the advent of Spring. Every year on March 21, cultural activities, conferences and traditional celebrations such as folk dancing and festivals are held in Turkey to welcome Nevruz, a symbol of social unity, joy and love. Nevruz has long been a part of Turkish culture and has been gradually enriched over the centuries.

    Nevruz is to be celebrated nationwide today throughout the country. Issuing a message on Thursday President Suleyman Demirel said that the most apparent characteristic of Nevruz was it its unifying aspect and added that Nevruz had served peace for a thousand years./Milliyet,Hurriyet,Sabah/

    [02] DUTCH PARLIAMENTARIANS: TURKEY AN IMPORTANT EU PARTNER

    Apparently supporting Turkey's continuing bid to gain full membership in the European Union (EU), Dutch parliamentarian Gijs de Vries affirmed on Thursday, "Turkey is a very important partner of the EU." Chairman of the European Parliamentarian's Liberal Group de Vries and another member of the group, Alexander Beels, arrived in Ankara on Wednesday to evaluate the customs union situation and said they were pleased with the positive outcome of the recent EU ministers' meeting in Apeldoorn. The Dutch parliamentarians also pointed out Turkey's importance as a stable factor in the Middle East, along with Israel. De Vries and Beels will continue their talks in Istanbul following an official welcome by Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan and Foreign Minister Tansu Ciller./Hurriyet/

    [03] UAE SIGNS $ 75 M DEAL FOR TURKISH ARMY CARRIERS

    The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday it had signed several deals, including a $ 75 million contract with Turkey's FMC-Nurol for 136 armoured combat vehicles. FMC-Nurol is a joint Turkish-U.S. venture. The deals, announced at the end of the Gulf war Arab state's IDEX'97 arms show, also included seven helicopters from Eurocopter, a joint venture of France's Aerospatiale and Germany's Daimler-Benz Aerospace (DASA)./Sabah/

    [04] TURKEY PREPARES FOR EU MEETING

    The Turkish-European Union Partnership Committee will hold a session on Thursday in Brussels to prepare for that organization's Council meeting scheduled for April 29./All papers/

    [05] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION VISITS TURKEY

    A European Parliament delegation, led by Socialist Group Chairman Pauline Green, is paying a visit to Turkey to increase the dialogue between Western European states and Ankara. "We aim to observe developments in Turkish-European Parliament relations," Green told reporters in Istanbul on Thursday. The delegation met with representatives of many nongovernmental organizations, including human rights groups in Istanbul. Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan and other ministers will receive the delegation on Friday.

    The delegation leaves Turkey on Saturday after holding meetings with representatives of civic initiatives and political circles through three days in Istanbul and Ankara./Milliyet/

    [06] RED CRESCENT SENDS AID TO PAKISTAN

    The Red Crescent on Thursday sent a shipment of food, medicine, medical equipment and blankets to Pakistan which was recently hit by devastating earthquake which resulted in the deaths of 120 people. /All papers/

    [07] UNDP AND TURKEY INCREASE SHARE IN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

    The United Nations development program (UNDP) and the Turkish government have decided to beef up their financial support for the project aimed at strengthening integrated development and reducing socieconomic inequality in the Southeast Anatolia Project (GAP) region, the Anatolia news agency reported. The UNDP will add $ 1.1 million in backing and Turkey plans to contribute $ 1.9 million to the project which is tagged at $ 5 million. The remaining $ 2 million will be financed by other participating countries or organizations. /All papers/

    [08] $ 3 BILLION CREDIT FOR TURKEY PIPELINE

    The Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said on Wednesday that credit worth $ 3 billion would be sought for a planned underwater gas pipeline linking Russia and Turkey via the Black Sea. "this project will cost $ 3 billion which will be met through credits. We are looking mainly to European banks," Gazprom board member Vladimir Rezunenko said./All papers/

    [09] ANKARA TO SELL 211 ARMORED VEHICLES TO KUALA LUMPUR

    Turkey has agreed to sell over 200 armored combat vehicles (ACV) to Malaysia in a lucrative deal. The final agreement is expected to be signed in the coming months. "Turkey and Malaysia have agreed in principle to sign a deal for 211 armored vehicles at around $ 250 million," said a high level defense source./All papers/

    [10] PEACE IN NORTHERN IRAQ

    The Ankara process, initiated under the leadership of the US and Turkey to provide peace and stability in northern Iraq, interrupted when an official of the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (IKDP) was assassinated last week, re-started yesterday. The 14th meeting of the Ceasefire Control and Observation Committee was held in Ankara yesterday. IKDP Ankara Representative Safeen Dizai said that they would attend the meetings until they reach a satisfactory result regarding the assassination. However, they would not participate in the high-level meetings included in the Ankara process. /Hurriyet/

    [11] PAKISTANIS ADMIRE ATATURK

    The 50th anniversary of the foundation of Pakistan was celebrated with a reception attended by Turkish President Suleyman Demirel yesterday. Pakistani Ambassador to Ankara, Humayun Han Bangash, welcomed Demirel. Posters of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammed Ali Cinnah, and founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, were hung everywhere. Diplomatic circles said: "The Pakistani people have once more demonstrated how much they admire Ataturk". /Hurriyet/

    [12] LOCAL BY-ELECTIONS CANCELLED

    Local by-elections supposed to be held in June were cancelled with a law approved by the General Council of the Turkish Parliament yesterday. The draft law, which was prepared by a special commission consisting of representatives of political groups in the Turkish Parliament, and envisages the postponement of local by-elections until the local elections, was ratified by the General Council yesterday. According to the draft law, local and local by-elections will be held together with the deputy elections. /Milliyet/

    [13] INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS OF TURKISH STUDENTS

    Turkish students achieved great success at a maths contest organized by the European Council of International Schools (ECIS). The contest was hosted by the Turkish Education Foundation College TED. The TED team came first in the contests. At the same time many TED students ranked high in the final list and won the "Best of the best" award. /Sabah/

    [14] WARNING TO ATHENS

    Greek attempts to block Turkish participation in military maneouvers initiated by the Western European Union (WEU) have incurred fierce criticism from the other WEU member countries. Following a fruitless WEU meeting yesterday, NATO and WEU representatives warned Athens to lift the veto imposed against Turkey, stressing that such attitudes could harm NATO-EU cooperation. /Milliyet, Cumhuriyet/

    [15] PRIVATIZATION PROCESS

    The High Privatization Council convened yesterday. Following the meeting, Deputy Foreign Minister Tansu Cıller made a statement noting that decisions for the sale of six state economic enterprices had been approved. The sale of these establishments, namely Etibank, Anadolubank, Denizbank, Deniz Transportation, Petlas and the Ergani Cement factory, will raise revenue of up to $600 million. /Hurriyet/

    [16] BERISHA-DEMIREL PHONE CONVERSATION

    Albanian President Sali Barisha yesterday called President Demirel and gave him details about recent developments in Albania, torn apart by civil war. According to a statement by the Presidency Press Center, the Albanian leader told Demirel that a number of measures were being taken to establish control over the situation. /Hurriyet/

    [17] EUROPEAN SOCIALISTS INTENSIFY DIALOGUE WITH TURKEY

    The Socialist Group, the largest political group in the European Parliament has voiced support for Turkey's drive for integration with Europe. Socialist Group leader Pauline Green, visiting Turkey, has initiated a number of contacts with Turkish officials. Green has urged the government to begin measures for improving further Turkey's human rights record. /Hurriyet/

    END


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