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Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media (Cyprus PIO Review) 96-06-11.

From: Panayiotis Zaphiris <pzaphiri@glue.umd.edu>

Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Directory

TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA

No.102/96 11.6.96


CONTENTS

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Memorandum of understanding between Turkey and the pseudostate.

  • [02] DP-RTP coalition might collapse, NUP-DP coalition on the horizon.

  • [03] Denktash expresses optimism after meeting Boutros-Ghali.


  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Memorandum of understanding between Turkey and the pseudostate

    According to illegal Bayrak radio (10:30 hours, 10.6.96) Ayfer Yilmaz, Turkish State Minister responsible for Cyprus affairs, ended her five-day visit to the occupied area and left the island yesterday. Before she left, she held a joint news conference with "prime minister" Hakki Atun and discussed her visit. A joint memorandum of understanding was signed during the new conference in connection with the talks held. Yilmaz said that during her visit, she tried to discuss the issues from all their angles. She pointed out that the issues were discussed not only between the "governments", but between the private sectors and the agriculture and livestock breeding sectors. The aim, she said, is to increase productivity. Yilmaz pointed out that there is a significant lack of infrastructure in the "TRNC", and that during her contacts they discussed how Turkey can extend its support. She said that the five days of talks were fruitful and, for her, satisfying. Atun said that this visit proves once again to friend and foe alike, that motherland Turkey is on the side of the Turkish Cypriots until the end. Atun said that "the TRNC was very pleased to hear State Minister Yilmaz say once again that her country is determined to protect its legitimate rights and interests as cited in the 1960 agreements and that it will oppose Greek Cypriot efforts to become an EU member on behalf of the entire island." After explaining the memorandum of understanding reached in economic and cultural matters, Atun called on the Turkish private sector, businessmen, and investors to invest in the "TRNC". He alleged that "those who cry and moan that the TRNC is in bad shape strengthen the Greek Cypriots." The memorandum of understanding foresees closer cooperation between Turkey and the pseudostate in the fields of commercial relations, financial relations, energy and water projects, agriculture, health, education, culture, youth, sports, and environment. Replying to a question on whether the issue of a stable accounting unit was discussed at all, State Minister Yilmaz said: "First, there must be production. Unless there is production, the monetary unit does not have much meaning". Replying to the same question, Atun said that the stable accounting unit was not discussed, that other alternative solutions are being sought.

    [02] DP-RTP coalition might collapse, NUP-DP coalition on the horizon

    KIBRIS (11.6.96) reporting under "Stop-Press" says that the Democratic Party's (DP) so-called Parliamentary Group convened last night and gave full authority to the party's general chairman Serdar Denktash to negotiate with the NUP, the National Unity Party, for establishing a new centre-right coalition. During the DP's so-called Parliamentary Group meeting, says KIBRIS, there were heated arguments and speakers expressed the view that time has come to put an end to the DP-RTP coalition. Circles which are not happy with the stance the RTP is taking regarding the Cyprus problem and domestic issues are working hard behind the scene to topple the present coalition and pave the way for a NUP-DP coalition. (MY)

    [03] Denktash expresses optimism after meeting Boutros-Ghali

    According to Turkish Daily News (10.6.96) Rauf Denktash said publicly, following his meeting with United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, that he was optimistic about the future of talks with the Greek Cypriot side. Speaking with the Turkish Daily News about their meeting, which lasted more than one hour, Denktash stressed the importance of continuing to rely on the good offices of the UN Secretary-General for direct negotiations between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots. He added that this approach had the support of the United States but "it was unfortunate that President Glafcos Clerides had rejected it according to a report in the June 1 issue of the Cyprus Mail." He also mentioned a comment reported in the Greek Cypriot daily, FILEFTHEROS, from DISI Party leader Matsis as to how the bid to enter the European Union would, upon being granted, ensure that European principles would be applied if there were a federal solution between the two communities. This would mean that all the freedoms of the citizens regardless of where they lived would be protected and would negate the protection of freedoms as proposed in high-level agreements, he said. In short, Denktash alleged, the UN proposed Set of Ideas as the basis of an agreement were no longer on the table. According to Denktash, he told Boutros-Ghali that the issue was whether the Greek Cypriots still stood by earlier agreed upon parameters for holding direct negotiations and reaching an agreement or not. These parameters included a Cyprus in which both the Turkish and the Greek Cypriots shared the island as a common home; the two partners in the proposed federation would jointly decide which powers would be given to the federal government and which would be retained by the two federated states; the relationship between the two communities would be one of political equality; and the Treaties of Guarantee and of Alliance will continue as provided in the UN Set of Ideas. In addition, confidence needed to be created before proceeding to a settlement; the membership of Cyprus in the European Union was to be established by referendum; property claims are to be settled by exchange and/or compensation; bizonality would be no dissolved or made ineffective under any pretext whatsoever; there is to be effective Turkish Cypriot participation in the central federal government; the decision at the Council of Ministers' level is to be reached by consensus; and any agreement which will be reached will be put to separate referendum on both sides, Denktash concluded.
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