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Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media 96-07-17

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Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Directory


No.128/96 17.7.96



  • [01] Eight deputies resign from True Path Party.

  • [02] Demirel favours integration of Turkish Cypriot economy

  • [03] Turkish Defense Minister assures Turkish Cypriots of guarantorship.

  • [04] New Turkish State Minister responsible for Cyprus Affiars.


    [01] Eight deputies resign from True Path Party

    According to TRT television (5:00 hours, 16.7.96) eight deputies have resigned from the True Path Party (DYP). This brings the number of DYP seats in the Turkish Assembly down to 120. The deputies who resigned are:

    Antalya Deputy Emre Gonensay, Aydin Deputy Ismet Sezgin, Bursa Deputy Cavit Caglar, Bartin Deputy Koksal Toptan, Gaziantep Deputy Mehmet Batalli, Izmir Deputy Mehmet Kostepen, Izmir Deputy Rifat Serdaroglu, and Ordu Deputy Refaiddin Sahin.

    According to TRT (17:00 hours, 16.7.96) before they submitted their resignation from the True Path Party (DYP), the eight deputies held a meeting. In a statement on their behalf, Aydin Deputy Ismet Sezgin said that it is not because of fate or coincidence that they are being forced to resign from their political nest. He alleged that the stand and acts of the DYP leadership are totally incongruent with the values, rules, and principles that constitute the DYP's raison d'etre.

    [02] Demirel favours integration of Turkish Cypriot economy

    According to TRT (17:00 hours, 15.7.96) Turkish President Suleyman Demirel has declared that while seeking a just fair, and viable peace, the integration of the pseudostate's economy into Turkey may resolve the difficulties.

    Demirel received the so-called TRNC Ambassador to Ankara Nazif Borman and a delegation accompanying him at the Cankaya Mansion on the occasion of the anniversary of the 20 July invasion. Pointing out that the Turkish Cypriots mark the anniversary of the invasion as the peace and freedom day, Borman extended the gratitude of the Turkish Cypriots to motherland Turkey and the Turkish Armed Forces one more time on this occasion.

    Demirel, in his statement, claimed that there were attempts to eliminate the London and Zurich agreements. He also made the outrageous allegation that the Turkish Cypriots were subjected to genocide in the real sense of the word. "Turkey abided by agreements, exercised its right as guarantor, and launched the peace operation", Demirel claimed, stressing that it is unthinkable for Turkey to abandon its kinsmen living in Cyprus. Noting that Turkey is the only country that recognizes the "TRNC", Demirel said: "The Turks living on this eastern Mediterranean island have therefore been isolated from the world. They are in a very difficult position."

    Demirel declared that it is essential that peace should guarantee the sovereignty, political equality, and security of the people living on the island. Any peace that does not fulfill these conditions cannot be lasting or feasible, Demirel added.

    "Attempting to include south Cyprus into the EU, as though it constitutes the whole of Cyprus, violates agreements, because Cyprus cannot become an EU member before Turkey. We are currently facing certain ploys, but all these schemes will be surmounted, as they have been in the past. The international community is obliged to concede the justness of the Turkish Cypriot people. No matter what happens, while we seek a just, fair, and viable peace vis-a-vis the international community, we are in favour of eliminating certain existing difficulties by regulating the TRNC economic and integrating this economy into Turkey", he said.

    [03] Turkish Defense Minister assures Turkish Cypriots of guarantorship

    According to ANATOLIA New Agency (15:47 hours, 16.7.96), Turkish Defense Minister Turhan Tayan, recalling that the London and Zurich Agreements gave Turkey guarantorship rights in Cyprus, said "This right cannot be taken from us." Tayan said Turkey will always continue to support the rights of the pseudostate in international platforms.

    Tayan received "TRNC ambassador" Nazif Borman and an accompanying delegation.

    Tayan said Turkey was always supporting the "TRNC people" and the guarantorship right is their assurance.

    [04] New Turkish State Minister responsible for Cyprus Affairs

    According to HALKIN SESI (17.7.96), Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan's right-hand man, State Minister Abdullah Gul, has been appointed as State Minister responsible for Cyprus Affairs.

    Abdullah Gul is also responsible for relations with the Turkic states and communities all over the world. (MY) EF/SK

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