Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 99-05-06
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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 75/99 -- 6/5/99
 Eroglu Assesses 3-Month Performance
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Eroglu Assesses 3-Month Performance Illegal Bayrak Radio (1030 hours,
5/5/99) reports that so-called prime
minister Dervis Eroglu has held a news conference on the "government"
perfomance in its first three months. Eroglu said that the pseudostate has
embarked on a new hopeful and auspicious period with the National Unity
Party (UBP) and the Communal Liberation Party (TKP) "coalition government".
Stating that "a lasting structure was built on the geographical and
political foundations crystallized by the peace operation in 1974", Eroglu
added: "This structure consists of two states which are side by side and
from which there is no return".
Eroglu commented on world developments at the beginning of his address. He
said that the Kosovo incidents and NATO's military operation have the
potential of prompting new political developments and hot clashes, which
entail the danger of spreading. Noting that the pseudostate cannot be
excluded from the world's preparations for the 21st century, Eroglu
said:"Undoubtedly, the TRNC cannot be excluded from this process. For this
reason, it is our sypreme duty to protect the TRNC from any danger that can
be prompted by the current incidents and developments and secure a stronger
structure for it. To this end, therefore, a new process has been launched
for the TRNC people and state in terms of foreign and domestic politics.
During our government's term in office, relations between the TRNC and
Turkey will strengthen and deepen with each passing day". Noting that
relations with Turkey will reach new dimensions and that special relations
will be conducted at the highest level, Eroglu said that the "government's"
foreign policies rest on the principles of maintaining and strenghtening
the independent identity of the "TRNC" and promoting it in the
In reply to reporters' questions during his new conference, Eroglu
announced that the UBP will submit a candidate for the "presidential
elections" in 2000, adding that the candidate has not yet been determined.
Explaining that no Turkish official, including Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit,
had advised him not to submit his candidacy for the "presidency", Eroglu
added: "The rumours on this issue were disseminated intentionally. The
discussions on the presidential elections started very early; therefore,
the speculation with regard to this issue will increase as time goes by."
In reply to another question, Eroglu said that there were no problems
between Rauf Denktash and the UBP-TKP "coalition government". Upon being
reminded of the articles appearing in the Turkish press about diplomas'
being sold at the pseudostate's universities, Eroglu said that an
investigation was launched into the issue and that the necessary steps will
be taken if this is true.
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