TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA (Cyprus PIO review) 96-04-29
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TURKISH PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Atun cedes candidacy for DP leader, Denktash, Etkin to run.
 Denktash reportedly favourably impressed with Kornblum.
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Atun cedes candidacy for DP leader, Denktash, Etkin to run
According to illegal Bayrak radio (5:00 hours, 27.4.96)
Hakki Atun, Democratic Party (DP) leader and "prime minister", has
announced that he will not submit his candidacy for party leader
during the DP congress to be held on 5 May. In a statement Atun
said that he decided to withdraw his candidacy in a bid to allow
the restructuring and strengthening of the party.
Following Atun's decision, running for party leadership
at the upcoming DP congress will be Serdar Denktash and Taner
Etkin, who had previously announced their candidacy for the
 Denktash reportedly favourably impressed with Kornblum
According to illegal Bayrak radio (5:00 hours, 27.4.96) Rauf
Denktash has stated that he informed John Kornblum, US assistant
secretary of state, that the Turkish Cypriot side is ready to hold
negotiations under equal conditions. Denktash met with Kornblum,
who arrived in Cyprus within the framework of his visit to the
region, and conveyed to him the views of the Turkish Cypriot side.
In a statement to the press after his meeting with
Kornblum, Denktash noted that the US guest left him with a
favourable impression and described Kornblum as an experienced and
impartial diplomat who attaches importance to equality. He said
he explained to Kornblum everything that he must know and
submitted to him an extensive file.
Reiterating that the Turkish Cypriot side is ready to
hold negotiaitons based on equality, Denktash added that the talks
cannot begin before the end of June, adding that he is in good
health and will continue to rest until 15 May. EF/SK