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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 189 13.10.98
[A] NEWS ITEMS
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Simitis addresses Antalya Summit on Kosovo problemAccording to Anatolia Agency (12:46 hours, 12.10.98), Constantinos Simitis, the Greek Prime Minister, said on Monday that the Kosovo problem constitutes a dangerous situation which threatens regional security, adding that the Summit of the Southeastern European Countries Head of States and Governments is an important basis for the solution of the Kosovo problem.
Addressing the summit meeting held in the southern Turkish province of Antalya, Simitis stated that the foreign ministers meeting held in Istanbul in June created disappointment and the countries have to prevent the repetition of this.
The foreign ministers of the Southeastern European countries which convened in Istanbul last June wanted to issue a joint declaration including the Kosovo problem, but this didn't come true due to the opposition of Yugoslavia and a separate statement was issued concerning this problem. Noting that a united Europe can be created by forgetting the differences between the concerned countries in the past, Simitis said ``I believe that the European integration can't be fully realized if the Southeastern European countries don't participate in it.'' ``Ethnic and religious differences have brought the issues of autonomy, self determination and minority rights onto the agenda, which had earlier been ignored by former regimes in regional countries,'' said Simitis, stressing that countries have to abide by several principles such as respect for territorial integrity, non-intervention with internal affairs and avoiding the use of force or the threat to use force.
``It isn't enough to sign joint declarations, we have to implement our decisions,'' said Simitis, adding that Southeastern Europe should be the basic route for the transport of Central Asian oil to the Western markets. Turkish Prime Minister Yilmaz and Simitis, the Greek Prime Minister, were expected to meet with each other the same day and discuss problems, particularly the Kosovo problem which concerns the two countries.
 Poll details relative strength of Turkish partiesAccording to a report in Yeni Yuzyil (5.10.98), successive polls have shown that the public interest in the Turkish political parties is decreasing. The Strategy-Mory Company's poll indicates that the Motherland Party (ANAP) is the leading party with the support of 15 percent of the respondents while undecided voters make up 19 percent. Some 12 percent of the voters say that they will not vote for any of the existing political parties. When we add the 5 percent of voters who refused to reply to the questions, it is clear that 36 percent of the people are not interested in any political party. According to a survey of 2,033 respondents from different professions and age groups, the Virtue Party (FP) is the second largest party after the ANAP with the support of 12 percent of the respondents. Meanwhile, the Democratic Left Party (DSP), the Republican People's Party (CHP), the True Path Party (DYP), and the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), each seem to be supported by 8 percent of the electorate. Approximately 3 percent of the respondents support the People's Democracy Party (HADEP)and 2 percent all remaining parties. According to a classification based on the professional status of the voters, support for the FP increased to 20 percent among tradesmen and the MHP emerged as the leading party with the support of 15 percent of the unemployed. Meanwhile, employers preferred the ANAP. It is the leading party in Istanbul and Izmir, the CHP is the leading party in Ankara, and the HADEP is the leading party in Diyarbakir.
It is recalled that the outcome of the Strategy-Mory Company's poll in September showed that after the votes of the undecided voters were distributed, the ANAP was the leading party with the support of 23 percent of the electorate and the FP was the second largest party with the support of 18 percent. The DYP, the DSP, and the MHP, each were supported by 13 percent of the voters and the CHP was supported by 12 percent.
 Occupied Salamis Bay Hotel refurbished and expandedAccording to KIBRIS (12.10.98), the Istanbul Airlines, which are the new operators of the occupied Salamis Bay Hotel complex in the occupied Famagusta, continue with the restoration, repair and construction work at the hotel site.
The general coordinator of the Airlines, Mehmet Kral, briefed the paper's correspondent regarding the work being carried out there. Kral said that with the construction of new annexes the bed capacity of the hotel will be raised to 1100 and the swimming pool will be enlarged from 400 metres square to 1200 metres square. Kral said that when completed, the Salamis Bay Hotel, which will be a five star hotel, will cater for conference tourism as well.
Regarding the total cost of the restoration, renovation and construction work that is being carried out in the complex, the paper gives two figures. At one point it says that 11.5 million US dollars will be spent and at another point that 11.5 million pounds sterling will be spent.
Kral said that the complex will be ready to open in March 1999. He said that it will employ, on a permanent basis, 250 people and this number will raise to 450 during peak seasons.
He said that the Airline is catering well to the occupied area's tourism. From Germany alone, he said, they offer 1500 seats per week to the occupied area.
The Istanbul Airlines has a 17 - plane fleet flying 50 destinations in Europe with a connection to the occupied area.
 Ann Hercus reportedly acting according to US - British planAccording to KIBRIS (13.10.98), the new shuttle diplomacy started by Dame Ann Hercus in Cyprus is in fact a US - British plan.
KIBRIS, quoting Turkish semi official Anatolia Agency (AA) reporting from Washington, says that the initiative started by the UN Secretary General's deputy special representative in Cyprus, Dame Ann Hercus, to bring President Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash together is in fact a US - British plan.
It reports that at this stage the Americans and the British specifically wanted the UN to take the initiative and Dame Ann Hercus to shift the contacts towards the security area. It has been learned, says KIBRIS, that Dame Hercus will put on the negotiating table some proposals concerning confidence - building measures, such as reduction of troops along the confrontation line and the ``green line''.
KIBRIS further reports that if progress is achieved on the security field and concrete steps are taken towards this end then a real basis for not deploying the S-300 missiles on the island will have been created and this will give the chance to President Clerides to say ``since certain steps have been taken in the security field, then there is no need to bring the S- 300 to Cyprus.''
 Turkish student organizations in USA to get organizedKIBRIS (13.10.98), reports that the first attempt to bring together student organizations established by Turkish students studying in various universities in the USA was made recently.
Representatives from 67 student organizations met in Washington during the annual Turkish American Association Assembly meetings.
Speaking to the students, Turkey's Ambassador to the USA, Baki Ilkin, called on the students to struggle hard against what he called the Greek and Armenian lobbies. He said that Turkish students in the USA are a big potential for enlightenment work.
 Olive production decreasingAccording to KIBRIS (13.10.98), olive production, once one of the main sources of income in the occupied area, is on the verge of total collapse. KIBRIS says that unless urgent measures are taken this agricultural produce will be history in the occupied area.
The reason for the drop in production, says the paper, is indifference towards this sector, drought, the cutting down of the trees, diseases etc. Following a study carried out by the so-called ministry of agriculture, in the last 22 years the number of olive trees has decreased by 21.55% and there has been a 30.71% drop in the olive production.
In 1975 there were 668685 olive trees. In 1996 this number decreased to 524585. In 1975 olive production was 3074 tones, in 1996 this figure was 2130 tones.
KIBRIS says that while olive and olive oil production is increasing around the world, in the occupied area it is decreasing.
Producers complain that the occupation regime is not doing much to support them.
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