Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

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See also, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Information Technology, Regional Affairs, Cyprus


Oct. 23: Interior Minister Sadettin Tantan announced that authorities had resumed control of the country's prisons and suppressed the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front. One thousand members of the group were allegedly placed in solitary confinement. [10/24 WP]

Oct. 31: At talks in Budapest, Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Gem and Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreau signed agreements on confidence-building measures betwen the two countries. [11/1 NYT, FT]

Nov. 28: The government announced that it had signed with US-based Boeing Company a $1.5 billion contract for the delivery of 737 air warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. [12/8 MEED]

Dec. 6: The government of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit secured from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) a promise of $7.5 billion in emergency loans, and $2.9 billion in credits, aimed at restoring investor confidence and encouraging economic reforms. [12/7 NYT, FT, WSJ]

In an effort to aid in the country's economic reform, Prime Minister Ecevit announced that the government would on 14 December hold tenders for 33.5 percent ownership of state monopoly Turk Telecom, and for 51 percent of Turkish Airlines. [12/7 NYT, FT, WSJ]

Dec. 19: In an attempt to end an inmate hunger strike, government soldiers raided 20 prisons, and in clashes with inmates, two soldiers were killed. Fifteen inmates had allegedly died after setting themselves on fire. [12/20 NYT, FT, WSJ]

The New York Times reported that President Sezer had decided to prohibit Chief Prosecutor Vural Savos from serving for a second term. …

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