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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 97-08-29

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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. 159/97 -- 29.8.97

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] US DISAGREES WITH ITALY ON CYPRUS POLICY
  • [02] DENKTASH MEETS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO CYPRUS
  • [03] TURKISH MILITARY BOARDS SHIP IN SEARCH OF S-300 PARTS
  • [04] DENKTASH DENIES 'CITIZENSHIP' GRANTED TO ILLEGAL WORKERS
  • [05] CILLER CRITICIZES YILMAZ'S RESPONSE TO ALLEGED S-300 SHIPMENTS
  • [06] NEW RADIO STATION BEGINS BROADCASTS IN THE OCCUPIED AREA

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] US DISAGREES WITH ITALY ON CYPRUS POLICY

    According to Turkish Daily News (29/8/97, Internet version) the United States made it clear on Wednesday that it does not agree at all with the way that close NATO ally, Italy, is looking at the Cyprus problem.

    Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini, following a meeting on Tuesday with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, said the Cyprus government cannot be said to represent the whole island.

    What was the U.S. administration's reaction to this? The paper asked U.S. State Department spokesman Jamie Rubin, during the regular daily press briefing. Rubin was clear about the distance between Washington and Rome on that subject: "The United States recognizes the government in Nicosia as the legitimate government of Cyprus. We nonetheless maintain contacts with both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders", he said.

    Meanwhile, it has been officially announced that Thomas Miller will be the U.S. State Department's new Special Cyprus Coordinator (SCC) - at long last. The former SCC was Ambassador Jim Williams, who now heads the personnel office of the department. Miller, the former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Athens, will reportedly visit the island in early September, before Holbrooke.

    The rumor, that Miller was going to replace Holbrooke as overall Cyprus coordinator, was categorically denied by the U.S. State Department officials, with whom the paper spoke on Wednesday.

    Rubin explained that Marc Grossman, previous U.S. ambassador to Ankara, oversees the overall policy for Cyprus.

    The State Department spokesman explained the organizational structure of the "Cyprus team" at the department as follows: "Assistant Secretary for European and Canadian Affairs Marc Grossman oversees policy for Cyprus. The post of the special Cyprus coordinator is the top full-time position in the European Bureau, charged with coordinating Cyprus policy. Tom Miller, the former deputy chief of mission in Athens, has been appointed to this position. "Special Presidential Emissary Richard C. Holbrooke reports to the president, to the secretary and to the assistant secretary. Within the bureau, the Office of Southern European Affairs is charged with overall policy implementation for that region. Office Director Steven Mull, Deputy Director Peter Petros and two country officers deal with Cyprus issues," Rubin said.

    The biographical details obtained by the paper, show that the multi-lingual Tom Miller is bringing very strong intellectual and bureaucratic credentials to his new post as Special Cyprus Coordinator.

    Miller was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1948. He received a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan in 1969 and also holds two Master's Degrees (in Asian Studies and Political Science) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (1975) from the University of Michigan.

    Miller, a member of the senior foreign service, joined the U.S. State Department in 1976. He served as an analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (1976-77), and as special assistant to the Undersecretary for Political Affairs (1977-79).

    At the height of the Indochina refugee crisis, Miller served as Chief-of- Staff to Ambassador Dick Clark at the U.N. Conference on Indochinese Refugees (July 1979). He also served as Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai, Thailand (1979-81).

    In Washington, Miller served as officer-in-charge of political/military Affairs in the office of Israeli and Arab-Israeli Affairs (1981). He also served as executive asistant to the President's special representative for the Middle East (1983-84).

    Miller returned overseas to serve in the political section at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, between 1985-87.

    Back in Washington, he headed the Office of Regional Affairs in the Office of Counter-Terrorism (1987). Then he moved to be the director for the Office of Maghreb Affairs (1889-92). After serving as director of Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs Office (1992) he was sent back to Athens as deputy chief of mission in 1994, where he served until now.

    Reportedly a close personal friend of Marc Grossman, Dr. Miller has received many awards, including the State Department's Superior Honor Award (five times), Meritorious Honor Award, Equal Opportunity Award, and several commendations from Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Justice and other federal agencies.

    Miller speaks Greek, Spanish, Thai, Indonesian, and Japanese.

    [02] DENKTASH MEETS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO CYPRUS

    According to KIBRIS (29/8/97), Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, had a meeting yesterday with U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus, Kenneth Brill, and the new Second Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Mr. Paul Wohlers. Present at the meeting were Denktash's so-called advisers Necati Munir Ertekun and Ergun Olgun, and the so-called director of Denktash's office, Moustafa Evran.

    (A.Th.)

    [03] TURKISH MILITARY BOARDS SHIP IN SEARCH OF S-300 PARTS

    According to Hurriyet (Internet version, 28/8/97) an Egyptian ship allegedly carrying parts for the S-300 missiles Russia plans to sell to the Greek Cypriots was raided offshore in the Marmara Sea three days ago. No missile parts were found on the ship, which passed through the Bosporus under a blockade (as published).

    Ankara was alarmed about the S-300 missiles three days ago. Reports that Russia has begun shipping parts for the S-300 missiles it plans to sell to the Greek Cypriots created turmoil in Ankara. An Egyptian ship suspected of carrying missile parts was stopped when it reached the Marmara Sea. Ankara had earlier declared that "ships carrying S-300 missiles will not be allowed to pass through the Straits" and that "they will be fired on if necessary." There were tense moments in Ankara three days ago when reports reached military circles that the Egyptian vessel, Al-Qusayr, had S-300 parts on board and that the vessel had passed through the Bosporus. Relaying the report to the government through the Foreign Ministry, military officials advised the government of the possibility that there may be missiles on the ship and requested instructions on measures to be taken. The report was relayed to Foreign Minister Isamil Cem, who is in Rome on an official visit, and, through him, to Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and relevant Ministries.

    After a flurry of phone conversations between Rome and Ankara it was decided to search the ship.

    Acting on that decision coastguard officials stopped the ship offshore in the Marmara Sea and searched it. During the search it was determined that the ship's cargo was not S-300 parts.

    The "missile anxiety" that unfolded in Ankara three days ago was also discussed at Turkey's NSC (National Security Council) meeting. The NSC was briefed on the Egyptian vessel, al-Qusayr, which was suspected of carrying S-300s. It was decided at the meeting that all "suspicious" vessels must be searched given that Russia may begin shipping missile parts to the Greek Cypriots at any time, the paper claims.

    [04] DENKTASH DENIES 'CITIZENSHIP' GRANTED TO ILLEGAL WORKERS

    According to illegal Bayrak Radio (1530 hours, 27/8/97), Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has denied that illegal workers are being granted "citizenship". Replying to questions by illegal TAK, Denktash said that at his weekly routine meeting with Dervis Eroglu on Monday, he discused the issue and the "prime minister" told him that there is no such thing. Denktash claimed that such reports are being spread deliberately, "in order to play into the Greek Cypriots' hands."

    [05] CILLER CRITICIZES YILMAZ'S RESPONSE TO ALLEGED S-300 SHIPMENTS

    According to illegal Bayrak Radio (1030 hours 28/8/97) Tansu Ciller, leader of Turkey's True Path Party, has pointed out that the process concerning the S-300 missiles purchased by the Greek Cypriots is rapidly coming to a conclusion. In a written statement issued in Ankara, Ciller referred to the recent developments with regard to the S-300 missiles purchased by the Cyprus Government. Claiming that the S-300 missiles are gruadually being brought to the island, Ciller criticized the Yilmaz government for not manifesting the necessary reaction on the subject.

    [06] NEW RADIO STATION BEGINS BROADCASTS IN THE OCCUPIED AREA

    According to Halkin Sesi (28/8/97) the so-called TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) Chamber of Traders and Artisans put its signature to another initiative: ES-FM 104.7 has begun its broadcasting life. ("ES" stands for "esnaf", trader.) Commenting on this development, Mehmet Ozok, chairman of the ES-FM administrative board, noted that besides being the voice of the traders, ES-FM's goal would be to establish a dialogue with the "government", and raise, debate, and find a solution to the problems of the traders. Ozok added that they want to reach every trader and carry out broadcasts in line with the interests of the "TRNC".

    Pointing out that for now the broadcast could be heard in the area of Nicosia and within an area from occupied Yerolakkos to Avdhimou, Ozkok said:

    "We are working to make it heard throughout the island within a short time."

    EF/MP tu970829.1


    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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