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THE WHITE HOUSE

                     Office of the Press Secretary
                       (Los Angeles, California)

For Immediate Release October 16, 1995

STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY

Postponement of Demirel Visit

The Turkish government has informed us that, due to the current uncertain political situation in Turkey, President Suleyman Demirel will be unable to travel to Washington for his scheduled October 18 meeting with President Clinton. President Demirel must remain in Ankara to carry out his constitutional duties in the wake of a no-confidence vote against the government of Prime Minister Ciller in the Turkish parliament on Sunday. We fully understand the reasons for this decision and President Clinton looks forward to meeting with President Demirel at a mutually convenient future date.

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