Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 99-05-03
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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 72/99 -- 1-2-3/5/99
 Turks of Cyprus and Albanians of Kosovo.
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Turks of Cyprus and Albanians of Kosovo
The Turkish Daily News (1.5.99) publishes an article co-signed by Bulent
Akarcali (president of the Turkish Democracy Foundation) and Kamil B. Raif
(president of the Cyprus Turkish Development Platform.) which attempts to
draw parallels with the situation in Yugoslavia.
The article claims that ``what the Serbians are trying to do now is an
exact reflection of what the Greeks of Cyprus tried to do to the Turks of
Cyprus in 1963 and the following years. The name of these inhuman actions
is ethnic cleansing. The role of the Orthodox churches of Cyprus and
Yugoslavia should not be ignored.''
Claiming that the 1960 Constitution envisaged a share of power on the basis
of equality ``in the exercise of their separate rights to self-
determination'', the article further claims that the Greek Cypriots
resorted to violence in December 1963.
The authors then repeat the well-known accusations that the Greek Cypriots
murdered or abducted Turkish Cypriots and that Turkey launched a ``peaceful
operation'', in 1974 and concludes: ``NATO´s firm decision to protect the
Albanians in Kosovo is similar to that of Turkey vis-a-vis Turkish Cypriots
in Cyprus. Without Turkey´s interference in Cyprus, the Turkish population
would have disappeared''.
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