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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 00-04-07

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No. 66/00 -- 7.4.00


  • [01] Turkish Cypriot leaders respond to attacks against Turkey.
  • [02] International conference on education.
  • [03] Turkish and other foreign MPs to ask lifting of ``sports embargo.


    [01] Turkish Cypriot leaders respond to attacks against Turkey

    Illegal Radio 1 (15:30 hours, 6.4.00) carries extensive reports on the statements issued by Rauf Denktash, Dervis Eroglu, and ``assembly speaker'' Hasipoglu on the criticisms levelled against Turkey during panel meetings with the participation of ``presidential candidates'' broadcast on various television channels.

    In its report, illegal Bayrak Radio says that Denktash said that ``the president is elected by the people in the TRNC'', adding that those who engage in propaganda, which claims that Denktash should go because Demirel went, have disregarded this fact. Denktash described as disloyalty, insulting, and ungratefulness the attacks against Turkey during panels in various television stations.

    Denktash adds that the attacks against Turkey by certain people at certain panels in television stations has exceeded the limits of criticism and are unacceptable. Denktash continued: ``A heavy blow was dealt when we realized that only Mr. Akinci responded to the attacks against our supreme nation and its state. Mr. Eroglu/s silence in face of these attacks is incomprehensible''.

    So-called assembly speaker Hasipoglu in a written statement said that it is a mistake to exploit Turkey in election propaganda on an internal issue and added: ``It is Turkey/s power, weight, and respectability that will secure a lasting peace, solution, and prosperity for our people.'' Hasipoglu, in his statement, said that ``it is a great blunder to describe motherland Turkey, which gave martyrs, paid a high price, and faced great sacrifices for us, as a colonialist''.

    Dervis Eroglu, responding to the criticisms levelled against him for remaining silent, said that ``all the presidential candidates participating at the panel expressed their views, which are binding on them only'', and stressed: ``It is impossible to accept and display goodwill on the views expressed by certain candidates against Turkey and the remarks they made along these lines''. Recounting that the National Unity Party/s views on Turkey are clear and open, Eroglu said: ``We are not concerned with trying to appease anybody during these elections. We have always been open and transparent and we are not calculating votes with slanders and exploitation. We have the holy belief that motherland Turkey is the only guarantee for TRNC/s existence and that the Turkish Cypriot people is an integral part of the Turkish nation''.

    [02] International conference on education

    KIBRIS (7.4.00) reports that some 150 educators from North Africa and the Middle East, including Cyprus, are meeting in Cyprus for two days, under the guidance of an American non-profit organization, to find ways to teach tolerance in classrooms.

    Delegation leaders at the two-day meeting, on ``Rewriting the Grammar Coexistence: teaching tolerance in the classroom'', will seek to find guidelines through effectively teaching tolerance in the classrooms by looking at the experiences they share in ``Seeds of Peace'', the spokesman for this organization Adam Shapiro, said.

    He also said delegates are scheduled to visit the Troodos mountains, in the free areas of Cyprus, and Kyrenia in the occupied area. The meeting will take place at the Ledra Palace Hotel in the buffer zone.

    The opening session will hear addresses by John Wallach, president and founder of ``Seeds for Peace'', Barbara Zasloff, vice president of the same organization, US Ambassador to Cyprus Donald Bandler, Czech Republic Ambassador Vera Jerbkova, Israeli Minister of Education Yossi Sarid and Minister of Local Government of the Palestinian National Authority Saeb Erekat.

    On Friday afternoon participants will attend four workshops on development of a consensus on the meaning and need for tolerance education, using literature to reach tolerance, using film to teach tolerance and using personal stories to teach tolerance.

    The meeting will also listen to speeches from Eliot Sorrel, chairman of the World Psychiatric Association and professor Abdul Aziz Said, Director of the Centre for Global Peace and other speakers.

    The Seeds for Peace is a non-profit organisation, set up in 1993, that brings together youth and educators from regions of conflict for an intensive conflict resolution and coexistence programme in the US.

    [03] Turkish and other foreign MPs to ask lifting of ``sports embargo''

    KIBRIS (7.4.00) reports that Turkish MPs have submitted a written motion to the European Council Parliamentary Assembly, asking the lifting of the ``sports embargo'' on the ``TRNC''.

    The motion is signed not only by Turkish MPs, but from other countries/ MPs as well. The motion will be discussed today (7.4.00).

    The text of the motion, as published in the paper, is the following:

    ``Doc.3648 7 February 2000 Sporting rights of the Turkish Cypriot people Motion for a resolution presented by Mr. Gurkan and others

    This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

    [01] The Turkish Cypriot people have been denied the right to participate in international sporting events since 1964. The political problem in Cyprus

    has been allowed to prevent all kinds of contacts between Turkish Cypriot sporting teams and teams of any other country.

    [02] Sporting activities and international contests are an integral part of the education of young people, both mental and physical. Prevention of

    Turkish Cypriot youth from engaging in international contests constitutes a violation of their human rights. Sporting activities should instead be used for promoting the ties of friendship and building bridges of peace between peoples.

    [03] The Assembly is concerned by the restrictions imposed on Turkish Cypriot people and demands that they be allowed and assisted to integrate with the

    rest of the member nations of the Council of Europe, of which they are an undeniable part.


    Gurkan,, Turkey, SOC Simka, Latvia, EDG Goulet, France, EDG Taylor J.D. United Kingdom, EPP/CD Gulek, Turkey, SOC Telek, Turkey, EDG Kalkan, Turkey, EDG Yanez-Barnuevo, Spain, SOC Saakashvili, Georgia, EDG Yurur, Turkey, EDG Saglam, Turkey EPP/CD Zhirinovsky, Russia, NR

    SOC: Socialist Group

    EPP/CD Group of the European People/s Party

    EDG: European Democratic Group

    LDR: Liberal, Democratic and Reformers/ Group

    UEL: Group of the United European Left

    NR: not registered in a group''

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