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Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media 96-08-05

From: "HR-Net News Distribution Manager" <dist@hri.org>

Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Directory

TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA

No. 140/96 3-4-5/8/96


CONTENTS

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] NATO Force to Cyprus

  • [02] Occupation Forces Commander warns the motorcyclists

  • [03] The so-called Turkish Action Groupbrands Pauline Green and Ian Twinn as EOKAists

  • [04] Birand forsees Cyprus problem to be solved soon

  • [05] Turkey's Supreme military Council announces new appointments and promotions

  • [06] Fascist idealist Hearth Association speaks about "surprise package

  • [07] A new step towards integration with Turkey

  • [08] Annual inflation rate in Turkey reaches 81.2 per cent

  • [09] Denktash considers military cooperation with Turkey a must

  • [10] Evevit's statement to "Vatan"


  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] NATO Force to Cyprus

    SABAH (5.8.96) correspondent Sebnem Senyener reports from New York that the USA, Britain and France are making attempts to find a settlement to the Cyprus problem in such a way that NATO will safeguard the security in Cyprus and the UN will conduct the diplomatic activity.

    She says that if NATO overtakes the security issue on the island, British as well as Turks and Greeks who will participate in the NATO force will not object to this arrangement. (M.Y.)

    [02] Occupation Forces Commander warns the motorcyclists

    KIBRIS (4.8.96) reports that the commander of the Turkish Occupation Forces in Cyprus Lt. General Hasen Kundahci, referring to the protest ride by motorcyclists warned that "no one could cross our borders with a motorcycle. Those who try shall pay the fine. What is necessary shall be done". (M.Y.)

    [03] The so-called Turkish Action Group brands Pauline Green and Ian Twinn as EOKAists

    According to KIBRIS (4.8.96) the underground organization "Turkish Action Group", TAG, in London in a statement addressed to the Turkish Cypriots living in Edmonton area of London called on them not to vote for Ian David Twinn and EU MP Pauline Green.

    The Turkish Section Group branded Twinn and Green as the supporters of "EOKAist Greek Cypriot regime". (M.Y.)

    [04] Birand forsees Cyprus problem to be solved soon

    Mehmet Ali Birand in a series of writings in SABAH (29, 30, 31/7/96 and 1, 2/8/96) under the title "Cyprus at the cross roads", says that soon the "Cyprus file" will be opened and the bargain on the problem will start.

    He lists the main subjects of the bargain as: Political Equality, Sovereignty; Guarantees; Exchange of Property and the EU membership.

    Birand claims that contrary to earlier settlement attempts, this time, it is decided that "this or that way the Cyprus problem will be solved and even the time-table to it is fixed." He adds that the Cyprus problem will be settled either in a positive or a negative manner at the end of 1998 or during 1999.

    Birand believes that the Cyprus problem will be settled with a Dayton type negotiations behind closed doors.

    Birand then gives the Denktash's known position as regards a settlement and then the position of President Clerides and says that they are diametrically opposite positions.

    In his article, Birand justifies and supports Denktash's intransigent position and concludes by saying that if the sides cannot reconcile their positions and in the meantime if the "Greek Cypriots" join the EU unilaterally then the Turkish Cypriot side will proceed to integration with Turkey" or if you want call it "annexation with Turkey".

    What will happen at the end is the unification of the Turkish Cypriot Community with Turkey.

    As far as the Greek Cypriots are concerned their historic responsibility starts. If they do not look for a settlement with the Turkish side then they will partition the island with their own hands. In that case they should not accuse Turkey, adds Mehmet Ali Birand.

    "However, the picture today is rather bleak. The EU winds prevailing in the Greek Cypriot side do not leave much hope for this kind of long term considerations.

    Their only aim is to accuse as soon as possible the Turkish side for intransigence and thus to complete the EU file and take the step to full membership.

    Maybe this will be for the benefit of both sides. In this way the Cyprus problem will be settled by itself", concludes Birand. (M.Y.)

    [05] Turkey's Supreme Military Council announces new appointments and promotions

    According to KIBRIS (5.8.96) the decisions of Turkey's Supreme Military Council have been announced. The paper says that the term in office of Lt. General Hasan Kundahci, commander of the Turkish Occupation Forces in Cyprus was extended by one year and Brigadier General Ismail Kacman the so-called commander of the Security Forces was promoted to the rank of Major General. (M.Y.)

    [06] Fascist idealist Hearth Association speaks about "surprise package"

    YENI DEMOKRAT (3.8.96) reports that the fascist Idealist Hearth Association is preparing a "Package of surprize Action for the Motorbihe protesters who will try to cross into the occupied area during their demonstration ride.

    The statement releazed by the fascist Association claims that the association held an evaluation meeting and it was decided that a surprize Action package has to be prepared for the motorbike raiders.

    The Association has decided to establish for this purpose a five member ad hoc committtee for the package. (M.Y.)

    [07] A new step towards integration with Turkey

    YENI DEMOKRAT (3.8.96) reports under the banner headline "A new step in the integration" and says that the so-called Council of Ministers of the pseudo-state convened yesterday and authorized the so-called Foreign and Defence Ministry of the pseudo-state to sign a co-operation agreement with Turkey regarding search and salvage work at sea.

    YENI DEMOKRAT brands this as "A new step in the integration". (M.Y.)

    [08] Annual inflation rate in Turkey reaches 81.2 percent

    According to Ankara Radio, (4.8.96) , the inflation rate in Turkey in July was 2.1 percent. Accordingly, the annual inflation rate reached 81.2 percent.

    According to a statement issued by Turkey's State Statistics Institute, consumer prices rose by 2.1 percent, while wholesale prices registered an increase of 2.4 percent in July. The statement further noted that consumer prices rose by 81.2 percent in the past year, while wholesale prices increased by 76.3 percent.

    [09] Denktash considers military cooperation with Turkey a must

    According to KIBRIS (3.8.96) Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has reiterated his known view that they will not sign an agreement that does not include Turkey's guarantees.

    He has also stressed that they will not enter into any organization without Turkey.

    He said that as the Cyprus government did with Greece they have the status to sign a military agreement with Turkey.

    He reiterated that Turkish Cypriots road to liberation passes through integration with Turkey and that "this will not be contrary to the agreement to be signed with the Greek Cypriots" he alleged. (M.Y.)

    [10] Ecevit's statement to "Vatan"

    In an interview to "Vatan" newspaper the leader of the Democratic Left Party of Turkey, Bulent Ecevit, critized Turkey for not taking the proper measures for the recognition of the pseudostate. This is a mistake of Turkey not to be partonned, he added.

    He went on to say that "for 22 years the two communities in Cyprus live in conditions of democracy and peace and for this reason we shouldn't talk about the Cyprus problem. For Turkey and for the Turkish Cypriots, this problem is considered as solved. Those who are not satisfied by this solution let them search for a solution.

    Ecevit also critized Turkey for not reacting satisfactorily to the demands by Greece for Turkish Cypriots not to be represented in international conferences. (A. Th.)

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