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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 144/99 -- 13.8.99
[A] NEWS ITEMS
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Bleak domestic and foreign picture in TurkeyIn a commentary in Istanbul Akit (11.8.99) under the title ``As the Pot Boils'' Abdurrahman Dilipak refers to the important domestic issues faced by Turkey which include the amendment to the law on political parties (the case for the closure of the Virtue Party FP is continuing); amnesty (Ocalan execution depends on that); debates on social security bill, school fees, the amendment to the law; the imam-hatips (Religious schools), and headscarves.
With such debates in progress, the writer notes, Ecevit is expected to pay a visit to the United States. In short, he remarks, a political earthquake will hit the country in its fullest sense.
He goes on to refer to the uncertainty in the Balkans, Cyprus, Chechnya, Kashmir, Uzbekistan and elsewhere. He expresses the view that neither the government nor the opposition are able to propose solutions to the urgent problems of the country, adding:
``The economic situation is for all to see. The social tensions, search for social peace, suicides, murders, nervous breakdowns, and bankruptcies are all hitting the country at the same time. It looks as if we are in for a hard winter.''
While some movement and relaxation is expected in the economy in September and October, he underlines that the general trend does not inspire hope.
Regarding foreign issues he notes that Ankara has no clear position on how to deal with the EU relations, the NATO and the United States. There is neither clarity in the policy on Israel, the Islamic world, the Balkans, and the Caucasus, not with the Armenian or (Greek) Patriairchate files.
Profiteering and robbery, carried out behind the smokescreen of terrorism and reactionism is as rampant as ever, he says, while the lobby that exploits terrorism, war, and reactionism is producing new scenarios and plots.
(Note the newspaper is an Islamic Fundamentalist Daily)
 Clinton-Ecevit talksAccording to a report in Istanbul MILLIYET, (12.8.99) President Clinton proposed that Turkey´s economy and matters related to energy, the Cyprus problem, human rights and arms transfers be included on the agenda of the talks.
The paper adds that the approach the sides maintain on Washington´s five points is as follows:
``Cyprus: The Greek-Greek Cypriot lobby has put pressure on Clinton. Consequently, he wants the Cyprus problem to be quickly solved. He has called for the resumption of the Cyprus talks without preconditions. However, Turkey has put forward the condition that the ``TRNC'' right to equal sovereignty be recognized before the talks are resumed.
Human Rights: Clinton has been criticized by a number of circles, which are sensitive on human rights, for deciding to participate in the OSCE meeting in Turkey. That is why he called for reforms shortly after Workers Party of Kurdistan leader Abdullah Ocalan´s trial ended.
Transfer of Arms: Ankara wants the White house administration to make a more strenuous effort to remove the obstacles the Congress has placed against arms transfers to Turkey.
Turkey´s Economy: Ecevit plans to visit Washington as the head of a government that supported international arbitration, which the United States called for long ago. Turkey wants the United States to make more investments and increase its textile quotas.
Energy: Clinton will ask Turkey to take measures to facilitate the financing of the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project. On his part, Ecevit will urge the United States to maintain its support for the project. He will defend the view that the measures taken for international arbitration in Turkey will remove the capital circles´ reservations against investments in energy projects.''
 `British Residents´ SocietyKIBRIS (13.8.99) reports that the organization ``British Residents´ Society'' founded by the English living in the occupied area donated to the Hospital of Sisklipos, in Kyrenia, an ``EKG system,'' worth 1,5 billion TL.
The so-called Minister Gulsen Bozkurt thanked the organization for its generosity.
The chairman of the organization, John Hebble Thwaite said that the money was raised at a dance, organized at the Dome hotel on 29 May 1999. He also pointed out that there will be more donations.
 New `Peace Force Commander´KIBRIS (13.8.99) reports that the new commander of the ``Turkish Peace Force in Cyprus'' is major-general Sukru Sariisik.
He will assume his new duties on 30 August 1999. The newspaper publishes a short biography of the major-general Sukru Sariisik.
 No orthopaedists at the hospitalsAccording to KIBRIS ( 13.8.99), Tomas Heils, an english boy 14 years old, who is in the occupied area with his family for holiday, fell at Salamis ruins in Famagusta and fractured his left arm and both legs.
The paper notes that only orthopaedist in the occupied area, is on leave. The family has applied to the British Consul so that the child be transferred to a hospital in the free areas.
 More military officers leaveKIBRIS (13.8.99) reports that the commander of the 39th army division, major-general Dogun Tenel, left the occupied area for a new appointment in Turkey as commander of the Seventh Army Corps.
Denktash stated that the military officers who served in the ``TRNC'' take part of the Turkish Cypriots´ heart with them when they leave the island. He claimed that the Turkish army obtained the security of ``TRNC''. (DP)
 Kyrenia/Alanya ferryboat line not worthwhileKIBRIS (13.8.99) reports that the ferryboat line Kyrenia-Alanya and vice versa has made little difference in the number of visitors to the ``TRNC''. During the course of one a month 1,500 tourists travelled from the occupied harbour of Kyrenia to Alanya and only 1,300 tourists from Alanya to Kyrenia.
When asked why they did not travel to Kyrenia, tourists said they found the entry and exit fees at ``TRNC'' high.
They also said that the cost of living is higher than in Turkey and there is not so much entertainment.
 Journalists to visit GermanyAccording to VATA (13.8.99) a group of reporters Nurcan Ozatilgan (HALKIN SESI), Harun Denizkan (AVRUPA), Hasan Felek (TOPLUM POSTASI) Tarkan Kavaz (BRTK), Hasan Hasturer (KIBRIS) and Huseyin Yalyali (TAK) will travel tomorrow to Germany as guests of Frankfurt Marmara Flugrelsen (Travel Agency).
The aim of the visit is to inform the people of ``TRNC'' about the work of this travel agency, which transfers tourists to the ``TRNC'' on charter flights using planes rented from ``Turkish Cypriot Arilines''.
The group of reporters will return to ``TRNC'' on 17 August. (DP)
 Greek-Cypriot releasedAccording to illegal Bayrak radio 12:00 hours (13.8.99) Greek-Cypriot Rogiros Georgiou, who is of Canadian citizenship, has been set free by the so-called military court, after paying a fine of 2 million TL.
 No military airport at Ay. EpiktitosAccording to YENIDUZEN (13.8.99) , Mehmet Ali Talat the leader of RTP, in a party meeting in the occupied village of Ag. Epiktitos said:
``The military circles decided not to build a military airport in the occupied area of Ay. Epktitos. They informed the pseudo-government of their decision two months ago´.
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