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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 97-03-04

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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA

No. 42/97 4.3.1997


CONTENTS

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Zorlu Tore says Van den Broek remarks about Denktash are "unacceptable".
  • [02] Cyprus problem one of the "practical difficulties" regarding Turkey's EU membership.
  • [03] Internet Centre at the so-called Information Office in the occupied area.
  • [04] Terrorist TMT's history to be made a book and a TV series.
  • [05] Turkey's "legal war" against Cyprus' membership.
  • [06] 15 days of illegal imprisonment for Greek Cypriot youth.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Zorlu Tore says Van den Broek remarks about Denktash are "unacceptable"

    According to illegal Bayrak Radio (11.30 hours, 3.3.97) Nationalist Justice Party leader Zorlu Tore has said that the remarks by EU Commissioner Hans van den Broek about Rauf Denktash are unacceptable. In a written statement he issued, Tore claimed that Hans van den Broek's remarks about Denktash are full of unjustified accusations and slanders.

    He further claimed that the European countries are trying to admit the Turkish Cypriots to the EU in a federal framework in order to get Turkey out of Cyprus. "We will not fall in this trap", he said.

    [02] Cyprus problem one of the "practical difficulties" regarding Turkey's EU membership

    According to Turkish Daily News (3.3.97) Motherland Party leader Mesut Yilmaz, in Paris for a meeting of the European Democratic Union (EDU), told French Prime Minister Alain Juppe that the enlargement of NATO and the European Union (EU) should be considered parallel.

    Yilmaz, in a joint press conference with Juppe and other EDU participants, said he had been asked, during the first session of the meeting which brings together 40 right-wing parties from 29 countries, about the Turkish views on NATO.

    "I have said that the enlargement of the NATO and the EU should be taken as constituting a whole. As you know, this is the official position of Turkey", said Yilmaz, who earlier in the day had attacked the Turkish government on domestic issues and blamed the True Path Party-Welfare Party coalition for the present situation in Turkey.

    For his part, Prime Minister Alain Juppe said that Turkey should continue on its "path toward Europe" and said that on this road Ankara would have the backing of France. "Nothing has changed in our attitude since we lent support to Turkey on the customs union", said Juppe.

    However, EDU Chairman Alois Mock has pointed out that there are practical difficulties regarding the membership of Turkey in the European Union. Mock, the honorary chairman of the Austrian People's Party, said that some of the difficulties were economic and some were political, from human rights questions -- particularly the Kurdish question -- to the problem of Cyprus. He also pointed out the difficulties Turkey had with one EU member, Greece.

    [03] Internet Centre at the so-called Information Office in the occupied area

    According to BIRLIK (4.3.97) the so-called State Ministry and Deputy Prime Minister's Office has prepared a project, which envisages the establishment of an Internet Centre at the so-called Information Office, to provide, quick information exchange among so-called "state offices" and the outside world. (MY)

    [04] Terrorist TMT's history to be made a book and a TV series

    According to BIRLIK (4.3.97) the pseudo-state's so-called Official Gazette has published a decision of the so-called Council of Ministers regarding the terrorist organisation TMT.

    The so-called Council of Ministers has decided that the history of the TMT be written and published as a book. It has also decided to make a TV series. To this effect, a Supreme Council has been established headed by Rauf Denktash.

    [05] Turkey's "legal war" against Cyprus' membership

    CUMHURIYET (4.3.97 correspondent Lale Sariibrahimoglu reporting from Ankara says that Turkey has started waging a "legal war" against the EU regarding Cyprus' full membership.

    She says that in this "war" Turkey makes reference to the then Greek Foreign Minister Averof's statement made on 12 February 1959 in reply to his British counterpart Lord Perth, regarding Article 8 of the Zurich Agreement.

    Averof said, as mentioned in the minutes of that meeting: "With this article, our intention is to preclude any bilateral agreements between Cyprus and other countries - except the three guarantor countries (Turkey Britain and Greece).

    And again our intention is to preclude both Greece and Turkey from establishing economic favourable positions over one another in Cyprus. For example it is aimed at precluding Greece's realisation of Economic Enosis with Cyprus".

    Turkey is using this as an important trump card in her legal struggle against the EU, says CUMHURIYET correspondent. However, she adds, Sir David Hanney during his recent visit to Ankara told the journalists that Turkey's thesis can neither be legally valid nor politically applicable.

    The EU insists that Cyprus can enter the EU, says Sarribrahimoglu.

    [06] 15 days of illegal imprisonment for Greek Cypriot youth

    According to HALKIN SESI (4.3.97) the so-called military judge of the pseudo-state has sentenced Savvas Siderenos, 22, to 15 days of imprisonment, "for entering secretly into a first degree military area without permission". (MY)
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