Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 99-05-04
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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 73/99 -- 4.5.99
 Ankara - Cyprus- Kosovo.
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Ankara - Cyprus - Kosovo
According to the Turkish Daily News (3.5.99), a statement by the Turkish
foreign Ministry said that Greek Cypriot efforts to make a comparison
between the current tragedies in Kosovo and the events in Cyprus are a
result of their feeling of isolation from the international community after
they sided with the Serbian aggressors in Kosovo.
``There is no possibility for the Greek Cypriot administration to change
history by distorting facts'', the statement said. As a result of
systematic attacks against Turkish Cypriots from 1955-58 and again from
1963-74 by Greek Cypriots who wanted to unite Cyprus with Greece, thousands
of Turkish Cypriots were killed and tens of thousands more were displaced,
the statement added.
The 1974 intervention in Cyprus by the Turkish military brought peace to
the island, the Foreign Ministry statement asserted. It went on to say that
a 1975 agreement in Vienna to initiate population exchanges between the
Turkish and Greek sectors of the island was carried out on a voluntary
basis, contrary to Greek Cypriot claims that their people were forced to
leave their homes.
``Due to their past experiences, Turkish Cypriots can easily understand the
human tragedy currently being experienced in Kosovo, while the Greek
Cypriot administration and its people have continued to support the Serbian
ethnic cleansing policies'', the Foreign Ministry statement said.
The statement urged the international community to take into consideration
the Greek Cypriots´ ``fanatic attitude, which disregards humanitarian
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