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Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 96-10-11

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TURKISH PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA

No.183/96 11.10.96

NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] New Turkish Foreign Ministry Under-secretary appointed

  • [02] ANAP submits interpellation motion against Erbakan

  • [03] Gilles Anouil No.183/96 11.10.96 NEWS ITEMS


    [01] New Turkish Foreign Ministry Under-secretary appointed

    According to Turkish Daily News (9.10.96) Ambassador Korkmaz Haktanir has been appointed a deputy under-secretary at the Foreign Ministry, according to the official gazette.

    [02] ANAP submits interpellation motion against Erbakan

    According to TRT (17:00 hours, 9.10.96) the Motherland Party (ANAP) assembly group has requested an interpellation against Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan "for his failure to react to the acts committed against the Turkish nation, state, and republic during his visit to Libya." The interpellation motion, submitted by the ANAP assembly group to the Assembly Chairmanship, noted that in Libya Erbakan allowed all of Turkish history to be trampled upon and that his visit took a stand against Turkey's friends and allies.

    [03] Gilles Anouil

    In an exclusive interview to YENIDUZEN (11.10.96), the head of the Delegation of the Commission of the European Communities Gilles Anouil, has said that the solution of the Cyprus problem is in Cyprus itself. Excerpts

    When asked to comment on the recent events in Dherinia and the killing of the Turkish soldier near occupied Akheritou, Mr. Anouil expressed sorrow over the events in Dherinia and pointed out that the occupation forces had over-reacted, which unfortunately caused the death of the two Greek Cypriot youths. As for the killing of the Turkish soldier Mr. Anouil said: "I am neither a police officer nor one of the British officials serving in that area. However, I could say the following to you: the circumstances of the incident are yet to be clarified. It is said that those who killed the Turkish soldier came from the south. No one is in a position to say whether this coming from south was made by people having south origin or whether the south was used as a route only. What's more, I haven't seen the secret report prepared by the British Bases on this issue".

    When asked to comment on the criticism raised by sceptics regarding the stationing of an international force in Cyprus in case of a solution, in the light of the events in Dherinia and the UN peace-keeping forces' inability to contain the incidents, Anouil said: "This is a very interesting point. First I have to draw your attention to the fact that I have no direct involvement in the issue. However, I could give you the example of Bosnia. As you now, the first UN contingent dispatched there was unable to stop the killings. I remember that the official who was the head of the UN contingent there had said: `The framework of our duties were clearly drawn. We have no power to fire. So our hands were tied up when people were killing each other'. Then NATO decided to intervene in Bosnia. Then the situation changed because the power for intervention in the hands of this force was a significantly move.

    In brief, the international force considered for Cyprus will not have limited powers but will be a power, furnished with duties to intercept any activity. That is, the international force in Cyprus will be based on these ideas.

    Just think. In Cyprus there are 1200 UN soldiers. This number is insufficient if the length of the (confrontation) line is considered. As the case is, naturally there are gaps along the borders. As for the international force, a number of five thousand troops are considered, which I believe is sufficient for a deterrent force".

    As for the guarantees and the concern that they would be watered down, Mr. Anouil said: "We accept the existence of all guarantees. There is no question of watering down the guarantees. Both communities secured, after a long struggle, their rights. No one could take these rights from them.

    In May, 1995 the European Union Troika paid a visit to Denktash. This question was raised there as well. And the French president of the Troika had conveyed to Denktash that it is out of question to recognize guarantees to the communities less than what they have at present. Our basic aim is to restore the `togetherness' of the two communities, whether it is under a bizonal or a bicommunal arrangement. Our aim is not to get back from them the guarantees they have acquired with their efforts but help them to further these guarantees.

    If the two communities could create a system above these guarantees, the only thing left to us to do is to praise them".

    Asked to comment on the statement reportedly made by him at the Larnaca chapter Rotary Club that "without the Turkish Cypriots Cyprus' membership to the EU will be a little bit difficult", Anouil said: "In fact I did not say this. Two weeks ago at the Rotary Club in Larnaca they asked me what the EU expects from them. I told them that negotiations will start six months after the end of the intergovernmental conference. I conveyed to them that we wish to hold these negotiations with Cyprus re-united under a federal roof.

    For this reason we are planning to work hard to reach an agreement in 1997. We are already on the verge of entering 1997.

    However, let us look into the negative scenario, in case no settlement is reached.

    In that case we will conduct the negotiations with the Cyprus Republic. But we could not guess how long these negotiations will last. However, one thing should be considered; whatever the conditions, Cyprus's membership talks will start, they will start six months after the end of the intergovernmental conference.

    If the conference does not want enlargement during the coming two or three years, then we have to take into consideration this fact. Or let us consider this; the intergovernmental conference says 'yes' but no settlement is yet reached in Cyprus. In that case, no one could say how long this will last, or whether the negotiations would include only Cyprus, or whether a package will be formed in which other countries like Malta and Hungary will be included as well. What I said there was that the EU is a democratic institution. Decisions that will be taken should be approved by 15 member states. In case of a non-solution, some member states could put reservations. That is, I did not tell them that unless there is settlement you can never enter the EU. I tried to explain to them that in such a case there will be question marks and some obstacles might come up. When asked to

    When asked to comment or his relation with Turkish Cypriot leader Denktash, Mr. Anouil said that their relation is very friendly and warm. He expressed opposition to the division of the island.

    He expressed opposition to the division of the island.

    As for Kutlu Adali's assassination, Mr. Anouil dismissed some of the Turkish Cypriot allegations that he has been assassinated by the Greeks because Council of Europe has called him to testify against the Turkish Cypriots; He said: "As the case is, if he was going to testify in line with the Greek Cypriots demand, why should they kill him? (MY)

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