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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 112/99 -- 29.6.99
[A] NEWS ITEMS
[B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Denktash to address TGNAMILLIYET (26.6.99) columnist Sami Kohen, writing under the title ``The role of parliament in the foreign policy'' says that the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) had a meeting recently with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem during which Turkey´s main foreign policy issues were discussed. Kohen says: ``Cyprus is at the top of the list of the important and current affairs that were taken up during the meeting.
Ankara has serious worries as regards the G-8 group´s call and following the UN effort to resume the negotiation process, the Turkish government and Denktash are suspicious about the call for negotiations without preconditions. They are cool towards this call.
During the commission meeting it was ascertained that there is an identity of views on this issue between the government, the Foreign Ministry and the parliamentarians. According to this view, Turkey will firmly maintain its position and will not give in to any foreign pressure. The Commission took the following decision which is approved by the Foreign Ministry: On the 25th anniversary of the Cyprus Operation, that is on 20 July 1999, to invite Denktash to Ankara, and ask him to deliver a historic speech at the TGNA. On this occasion, the TGNA will issue a `joint declaration´ which will express the common ties between Turkey and the TRNC''.
 Turkey reacts to UNSC Draft Resolutions on CyprusAnatolia Agency (17:46 hours, 28.6.99) reports that reaction of Turkey and the pseudostate against two draft resolutions concerning Cyprus were conveyed to Blaise Jagne, the UN Security Council Chairman, on Monday.
Volkan Vural, Turkey´s Permanent Representative to the UN., and Aytug Plumer, so-called TRNC representative to New York, during their meeting with Jagne pointed out that the draft resolutions were the copy of view issued after the G-8 summit.
Recalling that the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement including its views related with the issue immediately after the G-8 summit decisions, Vural stressed that the statement was valid for the draft resolutions.
Pointing out that Turkey and the pseudostate will carry out its cooperation with the UN Peace-Keeping Forces (UNFICYP) within the framework of resolutions which the pseudostate´s so-called government will take, Vural and Plumer said ``it is out of question for Turkey and TRNC to accept these resolutions as these two draft resolutions mention the Greek Cypriot side as the Cyprus government''.
The UN Security Council is expected to adopt the draft resolutions on Tuesday, which designate Kofi Annan, Secretary General, to call Denktash and President Clerides to the negotiation table for bilateral talks in autumn, and which extends the mandate of UNFICYP till December 15.
 Turkish Cypriots to participate in Turkic States CongressAnatolia Agency (13:04 hours, 28.6.99) reports that the pseudostate will participate in the Seventh Congress of the Turkish States´ and Communities´ Friendship, Brotherhood, and Cooperation.
Rauf Denktash and Dervis Eroglu will leave on July 1 to attend the Congress which will take place in Denizli province in the Aegean Region.
Almost 900 delegates from Turkey, the ``TRNC'', Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, autonomous republics in Russia, and Turkish federations in several countries will attend the Congress to start on June 2.
Rauf Denktash will proceed to Istanbul following the opening of the Congress.
 Turkish Cypriots want lifting of sports embargoAccording to illegal Bayrak radio (5:00 hours, 28.6.99), so-called assembly speaker Ertugrul Hasipoglu has declared that no one can deprive the youth of the pseudostate the right to engage in sports. The ``delegation'' that went to Strasbourg to attend the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly meetings returned to the occupied area last Sunday.
In a statement at the occupied Tymbou airport, Hasipoglu said that during the meetings the Turkish Cypriots undertook initiatives to lift the sports embargo imposed on the ``TRNC''. Pointing out that bilateral talks were held with the president of the Parliamentary Assembly, the chairman of the political affairs committee, the former president of the Parliamentary Assembly, and other officials, Hasipoglu said that the Strasbourg contacts were very beneficial.
 Cem dismisses as non serious claim that Cyprus is to become NATO baseAccording to Anatolia Agency (10:32 hours, 28.6.99), Turkish foreign Minister Ismail Cem, prior to his departure for the US when asked what he thinks about the news which say that ``the US will move some of her activities into Cyprus from Incirlik, and Cyprus will be changed into a NATO base'', said that ``this is not a serious claim''.
 Turkish Cypriots address Montana forumAccording to illegal Bayrak radio (15:30 hours, 27.6.99), the so-called realities in Cyprus were raised during the three-day Crans Montana forum and the pseudostate was presented to the public.
Addressing the session on the EU expansion process, so-called presidential under secretary Ergun Olgun said that this process is linked to certain principles, foremost of which consists of compliance with democracy and human rights. Stating that the new members should not threaten the security of the EU, Olgun claimed that the Cyprus government fails to comply with any of these principles.
``If this membership based on a one-sided application is realized, the EU will be importing a very fierce conflict into its body'', Olgun claimed, adding that the EU may even have to confront Turkey on this matter.
Meanwhile, Mustafa Akinci and so-called economy minister Mehmet Bayram held bilateral contacts. They held a brief meeting with the Romanian Senate president. Akinci and Bayram also held a meeting with some travel agencies and tour operators active in Switzerland. The participants conveyed to Akinci and Bayram some of the problems they encounter. In turn, Akinci pledged that efforts will be made to resolve these problems.
[B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS
 Columnist criticizes Denktash for being unaware of changing worldAn editorial in AVRUPA (24.6.99) says that the world has changed, but not Denktash who is stuck in the bipolar Cold War years and has not realized that the United States and Russia are now in the same camp. Similarly, the editorial says, the old tunes no longer do the trick for the Cyprus problem. And adds:
``The same plan applies here, too.
In our problem too, Russia and the United States are for the first time acting jointly and hand in hand.
If Denktash does not believe us let him look at those in Turkey. Even the most pro-American columnists are warning the government. They are calling on the nation to come to its senses.
Turkey is not in a position to do what it likes in Cyprus, in defiance of the United States or Europe.
There is no one left who does not realize this fact.
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