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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 00-03-09

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>


TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA

No. 46/00 -- 9.3.00

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Denktash denies Tukrey sent constitutional experts.
  • [02] Turkish Major-General visits pseudostate.
  • [03] Visit to Hala Sultan Tekke.
  • [04] Pseudostate to participate in three tourism fairs.
  • [05] Other "presidential" candidates.
  • [06] Wrestling team.
  • [07] Denktash meets Argentine Ambassador.
  • [08] Talat to meet Hannay in London.
  • [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS Denktash: "It will be against TRNC if I am not

    elected".


    [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Denktash denies Turkey sent constitutional experts

    Illegal Bayrak radio 1 (16:30 hours, 7.3.00) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has said that the Cyprus issue is not a problem that can be resolved by drawing up a constitution adding that it requires a political decision. According to information supplied by Denktash/s Office, Denktash was assessing Greek Cypriot press reports to the effect that Turkey has sent Turkish and Belgian constitutional experts to the occupied area and that work is being conducted on a constitution. Denktash claimed that the "TRNC" has a "constitution", adding that the reports in question are unfounded.

    Noting that the Turkish Cypriot side is insistent on the abolition of the "embargoes", Denktash said that the "embargoes" are not destroying the Turkish Cypriot side but are adversely affecting the talks as signs of enmity and lack of conciliation.

    Denktash further reiterated the Turkish Cypriot stand of establishing a confederation, adding: "A confederation is the only package I will be giving to my people". He continued: "Even if the talks go on for years we shall never relinquish our status. We are not a minority. We are the founding partners. We have political equality. We have sovereignty rights. We will not renounce Turkey/s guarantees. This has always been our defense".

    [02] Turkish Major-General visits pseudostate

    According to KIBRIS (9.3.00), Turkey/s Chief of Staff of the Land forces Command, Major - General Necdet Timor, arrives in the occupied area today to have contacts and conduct investigation work regarding the Turkish occupation forces in Cyprus.

    Timor will also pay a visit to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, so- called TRNC assembly speaker Ertugrul Hasipoglu, Turkey/s envoy Eertugrul Apakan, so-called prime minister Dervis Eroglu. He will leave the island on 11 March.

    (DP)

    [03] Visit to Hala Sultan Tekke

    According to KIBRIS (9.3.00) approximately 2,000 pilgrims from the occupied area will visit Hala Sultan Tekke on 18 March 2000, the third day of Kurban Bayram.

    The paper adds that Turkish Cypriot journalists, who visited the Tekke when UN Secretary General/s special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto toured the Larnaca area, have reported that the place was cleaned and painted.

    [04] Pseudostate to participate in three tourism fairs

    KIBRIS (9.3.00) reports that the pseudostate will be represented at three big tourism fairs during the month of March.

    The first fair will be the TTB Berlin 2000 Fair that it will be held between 11-15 March and the pseudostate will be represented there with the so-called Turkish Cypriot Airways.

    The second Fair is the MIT 2000 Moscow International Journeys and Tourism Fair between 22-25 March and the third is the UTAZAS Budapest Tourism Fair between 22-26 March.

    (DP)

    [05] Other "presidential" candidates

    KIBRIS (9.3.00) reports that the candidates for the so-called presidential elections 2000 have increased to six since at the last minute Ayhan Kaymak announced that he will ran as an independent candidate.

    Ayhan Kaymak was born in Varosha in 1936 and is the son of Faiz Kaymak, a close partner of Fazil Kuchuk. He studied economics in the USA. He works now as a professor at the "East Mediterranean University (EMU)."

    (DP)

    Moreover, AVRUPA (9.3.00) reports that the "candidates" will be eight. The two new candidates are Sener Levent and Turgut Asaroglu, who will run as independent candidates.

    [06] Wrestling team

    According to KIBRIS (9.3.00) the "wrestling national TRNC team" will fly this morning to Moldovia via Istanbul to participate in the international free wrestling tournament, which will be held between 10-12 March. (DP)

    [07] Denktash meets Argentine Ambassador

    ORTAM (9.3.00) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash yesterday had a farewell meeting with the Argentine Ambassador to Tel-Aviv who is also accredited to Cyprus, Vicente Espeche Gil.

    Denktash informed the Ambassador on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

    Denktash claimed that "the world must recognize both governments in order to solve the Cyprus problem. Greek Cypriots cannot represent us under the title of Cyprus".

    Vicente Espeche Gil said that he will inform his government on the results of his contacts in Cyprus and that he was witness to interesting developments during his stay on the island. He also said that he noticed serious efforts on the part of the UN on the Cyprus problem, adding that the UN/s efforts are on a good road for the solution of the Cyprus problem. (DP)

    [08] Talat to meet Hannay in London

    YENIDUZEN (9.3.00) reports that the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP) Mehmet Ali Talat will have a working lunch in London today with the British special representative for Cyprus Sir David Hannay.

    Talat will also give a reception for the representatives of Turkish Cypriot Organizations in London and for a number of British MPs.

    Talat will return on 11March.

    (DP)

    Correction

    With reference to item 2 of our Turkish Mass Media Bulletin dated 7.3.2000, please note that the correct text should read as follows:

    "KIBRIS (7.2.00) reports that the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), Mehmet Ali Talat, had a meeting yesterday morning with the Czech Ambassador to Cyprus, Mrs. Vera Jerabkova. The latest developments in the Cyprus issue were evaluated during the meeting."


    [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS

    [09] Denktash: "It will be against TRNC if I am not elected"

    Muharrem Sarikaya, writing in HURRIYET (Internet Version, 5.3.00) under the title "Denktash: It will be against TRNC if I am not elected", says inter alia that during his meeting the other day with Turkish Minister of Industry Ahmet Tanrikulu and TOBB (Turkish Union of Chambers and Stock Exchanges) leader Fuat Miras, Denktash begun the conversation by complaining about their plight over the elections. Sarikaya writes:

    "What bothers Denktash is that upon his return from the Geneva talks on Cyprus he has, this time, encountered a banking crisis on the island. And he complains that `I still have not embarked on election work because of all these problems/.

    Still, he is sure of himself. First he speaks about the Cyprus negotiations and implies that he does not find the United States/ attitude towards TRNC to be warm. And bemoans about them facilitating Turkey/s entry into EU in exchange for concessions in Cyprus.

    Denktash is pleased about the rapprochement between Turkey and Greece but is also worried that this might in the future bring about other problems:

    `This should not push us to a point where the international community might come up saying, `After so much rapprochement, you too should make some concession/."

    Sarikaya adds that they put to him the question, "What will the effect of the 15 April elections be on the negotiations?", and says that with a decisive tone of voice Denktash replied: "If I am not elected the talks will turn against the TRNC".

    Sarikaya further says that Denktash still believes that he will win over his strongest rival, Dervis Eroglu and concludes:

    "The planeload of businessmen on the TOBB delegation, who have come to Cyprus for the first time, appeared supportive of Denktash during their contacts. Clearly, the attitude of the delegation indicates that Turkey/s preferences also lie with Denktash, who for years has shouldered and carried on the Cyprus struggle single-handedly".


    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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