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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 98-09-29

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No. 179/98 -- 29.9.98


  • [01] Denktash to focus on talks between ``states'' in New York contacts.
  • [02] Turkish Cypriots set up ``National Determination Platform''.
  • [03] Traffic of ships and passengers to and from occupied ports.


    [01] Denktash to focus on talks between ``states'' in New York contacts

    According to illegal Bayrak radio (10:30 hours, 28.9.98) in a statement at occupied Tymbou airport before he left for New York yesterday morning, Rauf Denktash said that his visit is important in terms of ``dissipating the atmosphere Greek Cypriot leader Clerides tried to create''.

    He repeated his claim that following the EU resolution, the parameters on the negotiating table were eliminated. ``When we saw that'', he added, ``we said that we can negotiate only at the level of two states''. He further claimed that President Clerides is trying to eliminate the guarantee system and added: ``All this happened because the EU treated the unilateral Greek Cypriot recourse as that of the legitimate Government of Cyprus. We will explain all this in New York.'' He claimed that the Greek Cypriot leadership should put an end to this course of events and come to the negotiating table for talks at the level of ``two states''.

    His first meeting in New York will take place with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at 1100 local time on 30 September. Following his meeting with Annan, Denktash is scheduled to hold contacts with the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) at 1200 and with Richard Holbrooke, US President Clinton´s special envoy for Cyprus, at 1600. On 1 October, Denktash will attend the OIC foreign ministers annual coordination meeting, and he will conclude his contacts in New York with a meeting with the German special representative for Cyprus on the following day.

    Dentkash will proceed to Toronto, Canada, on 4 October as the guest of the Turkish Cypriot Associations. In Toronto, he will deliver a lecture and hold contacts with media organizations.

    On 7 October, Denktash will return to Washington as the guest of Turkish organizations in the United States. Denktash will meet with media representatives and will be hosted by CNN on a live program.

    Denktash´s visit will continue in Norway on 10 October. He will deliver a lecture in Oslo as the guest of the Norwegian Foreign Policy Institute and then proceed to Copenhagen, Denmark, on 13 October. In Denmark, Denktash will also deliver lectures, participate in a panel discussion, and meet with media organs.

    Denktash´s last stop will be Istanbul, where he will arrive in 16 October. The following day, he will attend an inauguration ceremony and return to Cyprus the same evening.

    Taner Etkin, ``foreign affairs and defense minister'', also left with Denktash. Etkin will attend the OIC foreign ministers meeting to be held during the UN General Assembly session in New York. Etkin will only join the New York leg of Denktash´s ``promotional tour''. He will then return to the pseudostate. Osman Ertug, ``under secretary of the foreign affairs and defense ministry'', will accompany Denktash during his 20-day visit.

    [02] Turkish Cypriots set up ``National Determination Platform''

    According to illegal Bayrak radio (10:30 hours, 28.9.98) the establishment of the ``National Determination Platform'' (UKP) was publicly announced at a news conference held at the Turkish Cypriot Fighters Association yesterday. The platform is composed of 20 so-called nongovernmental organizations. The UKP´s aims and principles were detailed to the press.

    The UKP general administrative council, which is composed of representatives of the 20 organizations, appointed a four-person follow-up committee. The committee is headed by Hur-Is Union leader Huseyin Alasya. The secretary general is Makbule Otuken, and the active members are Ayse Cosar and Yusuf Yucen. The UKP leadership will change hands every six months.

    On the aim of the platform, Huseyin Alasya said that as representatives of the ``nongovernmental'' organizations that played a role in the establishment of the pseudostate, they came together to unite their forces and activities in order to help the pseudostate develop in every field and assume a respectable place in the international arena. He stressed that as members of the UKP, they are determined to act in unison against every attitude that is hostile to the pseudostate´s so-called sovereign identity and future. He added that they will be active both at home and abroad to ensure the recognition of the pseudostate. Alasya stated that ``the UKP will strongly oppose any activity that can undermine the national rights and interests of Turkey and the TRNC.''

    Concluding the news conference, Alasya called on all organizations ``that cherish the TRNC and its sovereignty to join the UKP''. The current members are : the Hur-Is Federation, Kamu-Is, Il-Sen, Metal-Sen, Buro-Is, Kamu-Sen, the Turkish Cypriot Working Women´s Union, the Society for the Protection of Children, the Turkish Cypriot Girl Scouts, the Turkish Cypriot Women´s Union, the Turkish Cypriot Women´s Council, the Turkish Cypriot Historical Society, the Paphos Turkish Cypriot League, the Chamber of Industry, the Bulgarian Immigrants Association, the Turkish Islamic Cultural Society, the Turkish Cypriot Employers Union, the Meteorological Association, the so- called Parliamentary Union, and the Turkish Cypriot Research Center.

    [03] Traffic of ships and passengers to and from occupied ports

    According to KIBRIS (29.9.98) during the month of August, 346 ships called at the illegal ports in the occupied area and 331 ships sailed from the occupied ports.

    During this period, 25483 thousand people entered the occupied area through these illegal sea ports and 24744 left the occupied area. 1796 vehicles were brought in and 1998 vehicles left the occupied area.

    KIBRIS reports that 23451 people entered from the occupied Kyrenia port, 2032 from the Famagusta port and 22,453 people left from the Kyrenia port and 2291 from the Famagusta port. (MY)

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