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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 99-08-20

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No. 149/99 -- 20.8.99


  • [01] Turkish Cypriot allegations at the UN
  • [02] Help to Turkey
  • [03] Denktash - earthquake victims
  • [04] Turkish Minister postpones visit
  • [05] US legislative Assistants


    [01] Turkish Cypriot allegations at the UN KIBRIS (20/8/99) reports that the so-called representative of the ``TRNC'' in

    New York Aytug Plumer, in a letter to the General Secretary of UN Kofi Annan alleged that the Greek-Cypriot side continues militarization of the island. Although the Greek-Cypriot side has not deployed the S-300 missiles in Cyprus but in Crete as a result of Turkish pressure, the Greek Cypriots have bought six TOR-M1 missiles from Greece, the letter asserted. It is further claimed that Greece will buy from Russia 21 such missiles and will transfer them to the Greek-Cypriot side.

    In the letter, Plumer lists the arms that reportedly the Greek Cypriot side plans to buy (up to the year - 2001): 41 tanks, 12 155MM mobile artillery, 7 anti-aircraft 35MM, 12 ``Aspide'' systems, 2 Mistral-Atlas missiles, 3 destroyers, 2 patrol boats, 3 MM-40 Exocet shore missile systems, 20-32 planes, 4-6 helicopters and 12 S-300 missile systems.

    Finally, Plumer dismissed as unfounded Greek Cypriot complaints to Annan that Cyprus’ air space had been violated. He claimed that the Turkish planes have the right to use the ``TRNC'' air space over which, he asserted, the Greek Cypriot side has no jurisdiction or right of say whatsoever. (DP)

    [02] Help to Turkey According to Aurupa (20.8.99), Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu announced during

    a Press Conference yesterday the measures the so-called coalition government is taking for the relief of the victims of the earthquake in Turkey. Eroglu said he will visit Ankara to see what the Turkish Government is going through. He also thanked the people for their response to the campaign to help Turkey.


    [03] Denktash - earthquake victims According to KIBRIS (20.8.99) the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash had a

    meeting yesterday with a delegation of the Turkish Cyprus Chamber of Industry headed by Eren Rifat Ertanin.

    Denktash said that he will do everything for the earthquake victims, and invited people who lost their homes to come to the ``TRNC''. He added that the ``TRNC'' will provide a shelter to the homeless as long as it is necessary. He recalled that Turkey has always been by the side of the Turkish Cypriot people.

    Eren Ertanin said that the Chamber has taken the initiative to send food and clothing to the victims of the earthquake.


    [04] Turkish Minister postpones visit KIBRIS (20.8.99) reports that the Turkish Agriculture & Country Minister

    Husnu Yusuf Gukalp who was to visit the ``TRNC'' on 25-28 August as a guest of the so-called Agriculture & Forestry Minister Irsen Juguk, has postponed his visit because of the earthquake.


    [05] US legislative Assistants KIBRIS (20.8.99) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, the

    so-called TRNC Assembly Speaker Ertusrul Hasipoglu, the so-called Foreign Affairs Minister Tahsiri Ertusruloslu and the leader of the Communal Liberation Party (TLP, Vice President of the so-called coalition government, Mustafa Akinci met yesterday with the US legislative assistants who are in the ``TRNC'' as guests of the so-called Foreign Affairs Ministry. The six- member delegation of US legislative assistants said that the American people do not know the Cyprus issue very well and that the purpose of their visit is to acquaint themselves with it. They said that on their return to the USA, they will inform the members of the US Congress about the situation on the island.

    Ertusruloslu said that the US legislative assistants’ visit is a very important event, underlining the significant role of Congress in US foreign policy. He said that the inevitable reality of the existence of two separate states, had to be explained to them.



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