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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 145/99 -- 16.8.99
[A] NEWS ITEMS
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Talat Criticizes Economic Policy, Integration With Turkey According to illegal Bayrak Radio (15/8/99) Republican Turkish Party leaderMehmet Ali Talat accused Denktash and the ``government'' of damaging the economy with their integration policy. Talat said: The wretched situation of the Turkish Cypriot economy, which has been detached from production, was manifested once again in the recent Turkish Council of Ministers decision. Talat declared that the economy of the ``TRNC'' should be strengthened and protected with a view to increasing production.
Claiming that the ``Turkish-TRNC Partnership Council'' convenes when the sides are angry at someone and that Denktash is turning a blind eye to the illegal workers issue, Talat cited examples of the negative aspects of bilateral economic relations.
 ``Suit-case trade'' suspended The Turkish Cypriot press report that according to new custom regulations inTurkey, affected as from 12.8.99 custom free imports in suitcases of products such as sugar, tobacco, tea, alcohol, porcelain and small house- hold effects will no longer be permitted.
This is a heavy blow on the ``suitcase-trade'' say the newspapers whereby ``traders'' could import goods in Turkey packed in suitcases without any tax imposed.
According to Hurriyet Kibris (14.8.99) the decision has affected mostly 400 persons involved in the trade of tea, who staged a demonstration (13.8.99) in occupied Nicosia. The demonstrators claimed that Turgut Yilmaz (Mesut Yilmaz’s brother, the leader of ANAP) is behind the decision. Turgut Yilmaz holds a senior position in Gay-Kur, the biggest tea-producing company in Turkey. Tea traders demand compensation for their damages as well as license to export their products to Turkey.
 Electricity price increases KIBRIS (14.8.99) reports that the so- called Agriculture & Forestry MinisterIrsen Kucuk has submitted a proposal to the pseudo-council of Ministers for a 40% price increase in electricity consumption.
If the proposal is accepted the price of electricity will rise from 5c per kilowatt per hour to 7 cent. Household electricity will cost 30,723 TL instead of 21,945 TL and industrial & tourism electricity will cost 27,356 TL instead of 19,540 TL.
The so-called Agriculture and Forestry Minister stated that the 8-month ``coalition government'' has not imposed any increases in electricity, but this is now inevitable.
 Cost of living According to KIBRIS (14.8.99), the cost of living index increased by 6.19%the last month. (9 July - 10 August 1999).
 Aurupa threatened once again Front page article in Aurupa (14.8.99) under the title ``Threat!'' reportsthat a threatening letter was left (13.8.99) on the door of ``Aurupa''. The typewritten letter was addressed to Sener Levent and signed by ``a group of patriots''. A few days ago Arif Hasan Tahsin also received a threatening letter. The newspaper publishes the entire letter to Levent. The ``group of patriots'' repeated their allegations regarding Levent’s articles. The letter concludes that they have had enough and that the community will not forget the traitors.
 Confederation the last train Halkin Sesi (14.8.99) reports that the leader of the Turkish Cypriots RaufDenktash on the occasion of 25th anniversary of the Turkish invasion called on the Greek Cypriot side not to miss the last train, which is that of confederation.
Replying to reporters’ questions regarding the recent statement by President Clerides that ``loose federation is not a confederation'', Denktash said that at Glion Clerides had said that the Greek-Cypriot side goes to the negotiations for tactical reasons, and he continues these tactics. Denktash repeated his known allegations that Greek-Cypriot side hides behind the title of Cyprus Government, pointing out that there is no question of establishing even a confederation, if this hostility of the Greek-Cypriots against the Turkish-Cypriots continues.
Denktash finally called on the Greek-Cypriots to stop giving bases to Greece and to repent for their actions in the period 1963-74.
He said that the Turkish Cypriots will continue their course aiming at two states.
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