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

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>


TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA

No. 60/97 -- 3.4.97

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Turkish Cypriot "delegation" at the IPU meeting in Seoul.
  • [02] Denktash claims return of all refugees would ruin bizonal aspect.
  • [03] Denktash calls high-level meeting prior to talks with Annan.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Turkish Cypriot "delegation" at the IPU meeting in Seoul

    According to BIRLIK (2.4.97) a so-called parliamentary delegation will leave for Seoul on 7 April 1997 in order to "participate" in the Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting. The "delegation" will be headed by Hakki Atun, so-called speaker of the pseudo-Assembly.

    [02] Denktash claims return of all refugees would ruin bizonal aspect

    According to illegal Bayrak radio (15:30 hours, 1.4.97), Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash met with Gustave Feissel, the UN Secretary General's special envoy to Cyprus, within the framework of the indirect talks. Feissel's political adviser, an official from the UN headquarters in New York, "presidential political advisers" Necati Munir Ertegun and Ergun Olgun, and "political affairs director" Mustafa Evran were also present at the two-hour meeting last Tuesday.

    Replying to questions on the meeting, Denktash claimed that the property struggle aimed at securing the return of all Greek Cypriot refugees to their homes will destroy the bizonal aspect of a solution to be reached in Cyprus. He also claimed that this also contradicts the Ghali Set of Ideas. He added that the aim is to create a bizonal Cyprus based not on the past but on the current realities.

    Pointing out that both sides can benefit from goodwill measures, Denktash said the following in reply to a question on what the measures could be: "For example, the Turkish Cypriot side might remove some of the border restrictions on entries into the TRNC". He criticized the fact that the Cyprus Government did not permit Turkish Cypriots living abroad, who, as he claimed, it officially or unofficially invited to an event in south Cyprus, to cross over to the south on grounds that they arrived on the island through occupied Tymbou airport which is an illegal entry. Denktash alleged that such Greek Cypriot obstacles should be removed.

    Feissel said that a statement can be made on the indirect talks only after these talks are concluded. He stressed that the process has not yet been concluded. Feissel continued: "We expect to make progress and to achieve something. We will wait and see." He noted that it will be beneficial to take a clear and positive stop in the indirect talks, adding that if such a point is reached a statement will be issued. Noting that the date Han Sung-chu, UN Secretary General's special envoy to Cyprus, will arrive on the island has not yet been finalized, Feissel said that he has no information on press reports that he will be arriving accompanies by an expert.

    [03] Denktash calls high-level meeting prior to talks with Annan

    According to illegal Bayrak radio (15:30 hours, 2.4.97) the latest stage in the Cyprus issue was assessed at a high-level meeting held at Denktash's office yesterday. Rauf Denktash briefed political representatives and "officials" on the latest stage in the Cyprus issue prior to his 9 April meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. "Assembly Speaker" Hakki Atun; Dervis Eroglu, "prime minister" and National Unity Party leader; Serdar Denktash, Democratic Party leader, "state minister and deputy prime minister"; "Supreme Court President" Salih Dayiloglu; Taner Etkin, "foreign affairs and defense minister"; "Assembly Deputy Speaker" Olgun Pasalar; "Chief Prosecutor" Akin Sahit; "High Administrative Council" member Nahil Atalay; Republican Turkish Party leader Mehmet Ali Talat and secretary general Sabit Soyer; Communal Liberation Party leader Mustafa Akinci and secretary general Huseyin Angolemli; "presidential political affairs director" Mustafa Evran; Ismet Kotak, former "deputy" and illegal BRT (Bayrak Radio and Television) director; Zait Necatigil, former "chief prosecutor and Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministry adviser"; "presidential advisers" Ergun Olgun and Ahmet Gazioglu; former "Assembly Speaker" Oguz Korhan; former "Prime Minister" Osman Orek; former "Foreign Ministers" Kenan Atakol, Atay Ahmet Rasit, and Vedat Celik; former "Supreme Court President" Rusvet Emin, "Parliamentary Union" leader Macir Hakki Yusuf and others attended the meeting.

    In his statement prior to the meeting, Denktash said he was convening this meeting to assess the outcome of his contacts on the Cyprus issue with the political party representatives and "officials" before his 9 April meeting with Annan. Stressing that the Turkish Cypriot side wants the negotiations on a Cyprus solution to be conducted in accordance with the UN Secretary General's goodwill mission, Denktash added that the growing number of coordinators on the Cyprus issue increases the load of the Turkish Cypriot side. Denktash added: "However, this is beneficial for me. In this way, the coordinators have a chance to learn more about the Cyprus issue."

    "The grounds for setting up a new partnership if it will be set up, lie on the negotiation table", he claimed.

    Eroglu, who issued a statement after the meeting, said that Denktash briefed them on the strategy he will adopt during his meeting with Annan. Recalling that the goal of the indirect meetings is to pave the way to direct meetings, Eroglu claimed:

    "However, nothing has been crystallized along these lines. The Greek Cypriot side is pursuing its intransigent approach during the indirect meetings as well".

    Serdar Denktash, in turn, said that the parties expressed their views prior to the Denktash-Annan meeting in Geneva and added that this meeting secured a rapprochement among the parties. Denktash continued by saying that a solution can be secured only if the talks are based on the realities in Cyprus and if Europe accepts them as well.

    In his statement after the meeting, Talat said that the Cyprus issue is on the threshold of an important period.

    Explaining that he expressed his party's views that the Cyprus issue should be resolved as soon as possible, Talat said: "Each passing day shows clearly that the interests of the Turkish Cypriots lie in securing a solution."

    Akinci, in turn, said that, at this stage, it has become obvious that the indirect meetings will continue for a while longer and added: "Thus, the Denktash-Annan meeting gains more importance". Recalling that his party has always supported the gradual implementation of the confidence-building measures in addition to exploring the possibilities for a comprehensive solution, Akinci stressed that a solution can be secured only by holding an exchange of views at the negotiations table and not by taking up arms and launching a war.

    EF/SK


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