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Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media 96-08-08

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

Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Directory

TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA

No.142/96 9.8.96


CONTENTS

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Karayalcin on motorcyclists demonstration.

  • [02] TURKIYE on motorcyclists demonstration speaks about a possible war.


  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Karayalcin on motorcyclists demonstration

    According to TURKIYE (9.8.96) former Turkish Foreign Minister Murat Karayalcin has said that on Sunday the Greek Cypriot Motorcyclists' attempt to cross into the occupied area might lead to dire consequences and called on the Motorcyclists to pay attention to Denktash's warnings. He went on and said: "Their only aim is when they cross into the Turkish side, fire should be opened and blood would be shed. Thus they want to make the world public opinion to stand up. In order to stop this it is not possible to engage in official action. Moreover, it is not known which forces are behind this provocation. It seems that this is not a government initiative, so interstate initiatives could not be result oriented. However, it is necessary to act calmly".

    [02] TURKIYE on motorcyclists demonstration speaks about a possible war

    Ali Obuz reporting in TURKIYE (8.8.96) regarding the Motorcyclists' protest demonstration in Cyprus against the occupation, claims that the Turkish Foreign Ministry went into action as Cyprus stands on the verge of war due to the demonstration by motorcyclists.

    He then quotes Turkish Cypriot leader Denktash's threats that are tantamount to war cries: Denktash declared: "We will retaliate if they attempt to cross the border." "With this statement he raised the possibility of a war," says Obuz, and adds:

    "That is, if on 11 August the Greek Cypriot motorcyclists attempt to cross the border, the TRNC, like any other independent state, will exercise its right to protect its borders."

    He then says that the Turkish Foreign Ministry went into action when the Greek Cypriots "took a stance favouring another war in the island." Foreign Ministry officials began a series of contacts to draw the world's attention to the island and called for a warning to be issued to the Greek Cypriot sector to prevent a possible war. He claims that a secret dialogue was established with Greece asking it to persuade the Greek Cypriot sector to refrain from such provocations.

    A high-ranking Foreign Ministry official, said that the Greek Cypriots will not dare to cross the border, and added that contacts have been established with the EU countries. The same official said: "Even if the demonstrations are held without crossing the border they are in themselves provocations to the TRNC. I do not expect them to cross the border. If they do, war might possibly ensue. We asked the EU countries to warn the Greek Cypriot administration. A war will benefit no one." (MY) LL/SK

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