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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 98-12-11

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No. 229/98 -- 11.12.98


  • [01] Muftuzade blames USA and UK for non-recognition of pseudosate.
  • [02] ``Election Council'' rejects UDP request to recount votes.
  • [03] Denktash has cardiological test, said in `Good Health´.
  • [04] Talat comments on ``election'' results.
  • [05] Denktash: ``TRNC elections referendum for confederation''.
  • [06] Project to supply water to Cyprus, Mediterranean states.


    [01] Muftuzade blames USA and UK for non-recognition of pseudostate

    According to KIBRIS (11.12.98), the so-called TRNC London representative, Hakki Muftuzade, has claimed that ``if the USA and the UK allow it, the TRNC will be recognized''.

    Muftuzade, speaking at a conference the other day at the Royal International Foreign Relations Institute alleged that if the USA and the UK remove the pressure they are exerting on many countries, the occupied area will be officially recognized by many countries. He further said that Turkish Cypriots do not trust the Greek Cypriots, and claimed this was the reason the occupation forces were present in Cyprus. ``The Turkish Army is not an occupation army, because we wanted them to be there'' Muftuzade alleged.

    He claimed that accoridng to the 1960 constitution Turkey can veto Cyprus´s full membership to the EU. ``Britain also has this right'' Muftuzade claimed. ``We, Turkish Cypriots, have political equality with the Greek Cypriots. We are not a minority'' Muftuzade said and added that Turkish Cypriots do not believe that the international community could safeguard their security. ``One day the world will realize it committed a mistake in the Cyprus problem. No one can force us into an agreement that is not adopted by our community'', Muftuzade declared.

    He also expressed opposition to the deployment of the S-300 anti-aircraft missiles either in Cyprus or in Crete.

    Muftuzade noted that the ``claims of threat'' posed by the Turkish Army were given as justification for the S-300´s deployment, and said that they were unjustified. (MY)

    [02] ``Election Council'' rejects UDP request to recount votes

    According to Anatolia Agency (12:31 hours, 10.12.98) the so-called High Election Council has rejected the application of the National Revival Party (UDP) to recount the votes cast in 501 ballot boxes in the ``general elections'' held on 6 December.

    The UDP, which received 4.57 percent of the votes in the ``elections'' and which, therefore, failed to cross the five percent threshold, asked that the votes be recounted claiming that if a single vote was added from each ballot box the party would cross the threshold.

    Meanwhile, the ``High Election Council'' has also rejected the requests made by Taner Etkin, so-called minister of defense and foreign affairs, and Onur Borman, so-called minister of labour and housing, to have the votes recounted.

    [03] Dentkash has cardiological test, said in `good health´

    According to Anatolia Agency (14:16 hours, 10.12.98) Rauf Denktash underwent a medical checkup. Dentkash arrived in Ankara yesterday and will undergo cataract surgery today. He went to the Ibni Sina Hospital for cardiological tests. Professor Dervis Oral, Denktash´s doctor and head of the Cardiology Department, said that Denktash had had a heart problem in the past and undergone angiography, but that he is in good health now.

    [04] Talat comments on ``election'' results

    According to illegal Bayrak radio (16:30 hours, 8.12.98) Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader Mehmet Ali Talat has said that the people assigned his party the task of opposition, and that the leftist votes have moved to the right. Replying to reporters´ questions in connection with the ``election'' results, Talat said the number of CTP votes dropped because of the impasse in the Cyprus problem and the concern about the S-300´s. He added that the domestic problems that existed when the CTP was in power also played a role.

    Talat stressed that the important mission of his party is peace. He expressed the belief that the Cyprus problem will definitely be solved and that the current process will definitely change. He asserted that he is not considering resigning at the moment and that a resignation would be the easy way out.

    Talat said that the CTP Central Administrative Council decided to hold a meeting with the District Administrative Councils and then to convene the CTP Assembly. First, he said, we will feel the pulse in the districts.

    Talat said that once progress is made to resolve the Cyprus problem, the atmosphere will change in the CTP´s favour. He noted that with the strong- left slogan it used in the ``election'' campaign, the CTP wanted to stress that the country needs a strong left. Talat affirmed that he considers the left to be a whole, and that he wants to make the CTP the strongest party. He said: ``At a time when the antidemocratic National Unity Party (words indistinct) this country needs a strong left''.

    The CTP leader charged that by saying that a rightist ``government'' will be formed after the ``elections'', Rauf Denktash determined the kind of ``government'' to be set up. Talat also stated that Denktash leveled harsh criticism at the CTP.

    Replying to a quesiton, Talat said that he agrees about the unity of the left, but that first there must be unity in aciton.

    [05] Dentkash: ``TRNC elections referendum for confederation''

    According to Anatoia Agency (10:49 hours, 10.12.98) Rauf Denktash went to Ankara on a private visit.

    In a statement at Esenboga Airport on his arrival, Denktash said that the Turkish Cypriots insist on their confederation proposal. He affirmed that the ``elections'' held in the pseudostate constituted a referendum for this policy, adding that ``the majority of the people voted for the national line and displayed a responsible attitude toward their country''. He also said that the ``election'' results show that ``the TRNC people are determined to develop their ties with Turkey''. He added: ``Consequently, I am very happy. The election results were very good. Let us hope that the new government will serve the people in the way they deserve to be served.''

    Denktash claimed that recognizing the ``TRNC'' is the only soluiton.

    Addressing the Cyprus Government, Denktash said: ``Come, let us come together as two states and discuss how we can lead Cyprus to peace. This is a positive opening''.

    [06] Project to supply water to Cyprus, Mediterranean states

    According to TRT Television network (18:00 hours, 9.12.98) the Manavgat Water Supply Project (MSTP), which was inaugurated by Turkish Prime Minister Yilmaz and Deputy Prime Minister Ecevit the other day, will supply the waters of the Manavgat River to the occupied area, the tourist sites on the Mediterranean coast, and all the countries in the Mediterranean that have a shortage of water.

    The tender for the MSTP was issued in October 1991.

    ``This is an exemplary project that shows how we can make use of the country´s resources. Just think: for hundreds and maybe thousands of years, the waters of the Manavgat River were wasted. Now, we will take these waters and deliver them to Alanya, Bodrum, and so on, where there is a water shortage. We will take that water to the TRNC. Finally, we will market it to any Mediterranean country that has a water shortage. We will make money, foreign currency, from water that has been wasted until now,'' Yilmaz said.

    Deputy prime Minister Ecevit said that the Manavgat River will bring health and peace wherever it goes. He asserted that all the peole living in the Mediterraanean countries are Turkey´s friends.

    ``All the people of these countries are our friends and neighbours, even if their governments are not. If their governments will allow it, this water will bring health and peace to the entire eastern Mediterranean.

    Furthermore, we are proud of a project which was started and completed by the 55th government, namely, carrying water from Turkey to the TRNC by huge balloons. The water that will be purified in these installations will meet the needs of the TRNC and will be supplied to the benefit of all the other eastern Mediterranean countries that might want it,'' Ecevit said.

    The MSTP is composed of a water pumping station in Ulukapi village, 800 meters under the Manavgat Dam, a 10-km supply line that reaches the Mediterranean, and water filling installations in the sea. The installation will produce 250,000 cubic meters of chlorine water and 250,000 cubic meters of purified water daily and have it ready for delivery in tankers. The water pumped from the purification installations will reach the shore via the 10-km pipeline and an additional 3-km underwater pipeline to the loading terminal where it will be filled into tankers. The project costs $122 million.

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at

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