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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 99-08-09

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  • [01] US will raise human rights problem.
  • [02] Bosnia-Herzegovina Education Minister.
  • [03] Talat criticizes `coalition government´.
  • [04] Turkic countries´ Judo Tournament.
  • [05] Turkish Cypriot artists in Skopje.
  • [06] Water problems discussed.
  • [07] Price increases.
  • [08] Red soil from Lapithos sold.
  • [09] Dance group in Hungary Festival.
  • [10] New Ambassador to Ankara.
  • [11] Istanbul airlines ready to cooperate with ``TRNC'' airlines.
  • [12] Hotel occupancy rises.
  • [13] Raki exports questioned.

  • [14] Turkey´s activities in the ``TRNC'' criticized.


    [01] US will raise human rights problem

    An article in Istanbul HURRIYET (7.8.99) reviews the tentative programme of Ecevit´s visit to the USA.

    Commenting on the possible contents of the meeting between Clinton and Ecevit the paper says that it is common knowledge that the US will put weight on the human rights problem and democratization in Turkey. It is added that there have been signs that the United States will ask for certain concessions for a solution in Cyprus and urge Ankara to take ``concrete'' steps to improve human rights and broaden democracy in Turkey.

    Considering the serious difference of views between the two countries particularly on the Cyprus problem, many experts have described the talks to be held in the United States as ``a difficult tango in Washington'', the paper adds.

    [02] Bosnia-Herzegovina Education Minister

    Following a meeting (6.8.99) with Fehruddin Rizanbegovic, the Bosnian Minister of National Education and Culture who is currently visiting the ``TRNC'', Denktash said:

    ``The Turkish side does not have any objections to the visit of our guests to the Greek Cypriot side. We don´t want to marry the Greek Cypriot side, but only make an agreement with them.(…) Confederation is their lalst remedy, Greek Cypriots should evaluate that well.''

    As reported by Ankara Anatolia (6.8.99) Rizanbegovic praised Denktash for his contribution to the success of education in the ``TRNC''.

    Responding to a question, Denktash said that the appointment of Tom Weston as US Special Representative to Cyprus, to replace Holbrooke will not make a change in respect of the Cyprus question. Denktash stressed that Weston has to change his view that ``there is only one government in Cyprus'', as Turkish Cypriots can never accept that.

    [03] Talat criticizes `coalition government´

    According to YENIDUZEN (7.8.99) the Republican Turkish Party, (RTP) leader Mehmet Ali Talat strongly criticized the so-called NUP-CLP-coalition government and accused if of turning the occupied area into a place where there is a fire.

    Talat challenged the so-called government for a panel discussion on television.

    Criticizing the recent price hikes introduced by the so-called government, Talat declared that ``NUP-CLP coalition government'' was not telling the truth and invited it to tell the truth to the people.


    [04] Turkic countries´ Judo Tournament

    KIBRIS (7.8.99) reports that the third International Judo Tournament of Turkic countries, organized in Turkey, started on 7.8.99.

    The chairman of the Judo Federation Dr. Ibrahim Oztek announced that only ``TRNC'', Tajikistan and Azerbaidjan responded to the invitation to participate in the tournament.

    The other Turkic countries replied that they couldn´t participate due to financial problems.


    [05] Turkish Cypriot artists in Skopje

    According to KIBRIS (7.8.99) the Turkish Cypriots aritists; Eran Ramun (Flutist) and his wife Asli Giray Ramun (pianist) gave concerts on 27 and 30 of July at the summer Festival in Skopje.


    [06] Water problems discussed

    According to KIBRIS (7.8.99) the so-called Agriculture and Forestry Minister Irsen Kuchuk discussed (6.8.99) in Ankara with the Turkish Energy and Natural Sources Minister Cumhur Ersumer, energy and water problems of the ``TRNC''.

    During the meeting, Kuchuk underlined the fact that more power plants are needed in the occupied area.

    Ersumer explained that the works regarding transportation of water to the ``TRNC'' have been completed.


    [07] Price increases

    KIBRIS (9.8.99) reports that living expenses for a four-member family, have scored 33% increase within three months because of the various price hikes.

    It says that in May a four-member family needed 225 million TL for a month, this figure reached 330 million TL in August.


    [08] Red soil from Lapithos sold

    KIBRIS (7.8.99) reports that red soil from the occupied village of Lapithos was removed and sold. The traders of soil tried to cover the holes made by filling them with white soil.

    The ``department of geology and mineral'' investigating the situation announced that an end will be put to the removal of red soil from Lapithos. The announcement added that n o one had been given permission to remove soil from this area.


    [09] Dance group in Hungary Festival

    KIBRIS (9.8.99) reports that the dance group of the Culture and Arts Association of the occupied Yerolako village will take part in the international Fokloric Festival in Hungary.

    The festival will take place between 11-21 August in Szekosfehervar, Hungary. KIBRIS reports that groups from Germany, Sweden France Britain Italy, Romania and Armenia will take part in the festival.


    [10] New Ambassador to Ankara

    According to KIBRIS (7.8.99), the ``director of ``State Planning Organization'' (DPO) Ahmet Zeki Bulunc has been appointed as the new ``ambassador of the TRNC'' to Ankara. He assumes his duties on 9th August. (DP)

    [11] Istanbul airlines ready to cooperate with ``TRNC'' airlines

    KIBRIS (9.8.99) reports that the General Director of Istanbul Airlines (IHY) Safi Ergin expressed willingness to co-operate in every way with the Turkish Cypriot airlines (KTHY) and Turkish Airlines (THY) in order to solve problems in air transport to the ``TRNC''.

    The fact that TRNC is not recognized by the world will never affect our investments the occupied area, he added.

    The aim of Istanbul Airways is to transfer passengers to the ``TRNC'' in the most economical way offering quality service he said and pointed out that service comes before profit.


    [12] Hotel occupancy rises

    KIBRIS (7.8.99) reports that the council of tourism information had its third meeting (6.8.99) in Kyrenia.

    During the meeting, the decisions of the first and second meeting were evaluated. Problems facing the tourist industry were also discussed.

    Akinci pointed out that in 1999 hotel occupancy was 47.6% , which is an increase compared to previous years. He ended saying that more planification and programmes are needed in the field of tourism.

    [13] Raki exports questioned

    According to KIBRIS (9.8.99) Turkey´s state minister responsible for ``Monopolies'' declared that if Turkey imports from the occupied area ``Raki- an alcoholic beverage particular to Turkey'', the state monopolies in Turkey will incur a loss amounting to 2 trillion TL. He said that there were two reasons why Turkey was reluctant to implement the relevant part of the so-called protocol signed between Turkey and the occupied area concerning export of ``TRNC'' raki to Turkey. One was economic and the second reason was related to brand name ``Raki''. He expressed the fear that the Raki produced in the occupied area might tarnish the raki´s image. Moreover, using this favour accorded to the occupied area as pretext, some European Countries citing the Customs Union agreement signed between Turkey and the EU may request that beverages similar to Raki produced in these countries be imported to Turkey. (MY)


    [14] Turkey´s activities in the ``TRNC'' criticized

    Sener Levent continues to criticize in his column ``Angle'' in AVRUPA (7.8.99) Turkey´s activities in the occupied area, he said:

    (Paragraph omitted) ``We are Cypriots. We are Turkish Cypriots…Not Turks from Turkey. Turks from Turkey at this moment have acquired more rights in the world than we have.

    On top of that, what they have in our country, we do not have in their country. Our number as Turkish Cypriots in the world is known. We are hardly a million. However, whatever our number, we have to continue our existence.

    Small peoples in the world become attached closely so that they are not assimilated.

    On the contrary here we are divided and fragmented. We are unable stand up united against those who usurped our rights. Who usurped our rights? First the Greek Cypirots! And then our ``Saviours''.

    After 1974 they have taken the administration in north Cyprus in their own hands. Wherever they wanted to establish their bases they did so, and they have acquired whatever land they wanted to.

    And with sham-elections they imposed on us those they preferred. They take the decisions here and the struggle goes on amongst us. Who should we get angry with? Should we get angry with Ankara taking the decisions? Or should we get angry with our ``government'' that implements the decisions taken in Ankara.

    What will happen if our government refuses to apply them, it will be removed from the office and another will be installed.



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