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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 00-04-25

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Please find below the Turkish Press dated 25.4.2000, which was not sent to you, by mistake.


No. 78/00 -- 25.4.00


  • [01] Denktash pledges to do best to solve Cyprus problem.
  • [02] FYROM delegation to visit pseudostate.
  • [03] Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Yildirim Akbulut run for Turkey/s Presidency.
  • [04] No decision reached over cancellation of ``elections''.

  • [05] Turkish columnist views ``elections'', Cyprus problem. ------------------------------------------------------- NEWS ITEMS
  • [08] Denktash pledges to do best to solve Cyprus problem Anatolia Agency (9.49 hours, 24.4.00) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash said on Monday that he will do his best to solve the Cyprus question and to remove the burden on his shoulders. ``The prosperity of people depends on this economy and a healthy constitutional order. I will keep the promise I had given to my people regarding these issues'', said Denktash. Denktash pointed out that he will do his best to cooperate with the ``governments'', adding he is ready to cooperate with all parties due to his status which is unbiased and which is above parties.
  • [22] FYROM delegation to visit pseudostate According to ORTAM (22.4.00), a FYROM delegation will arrive in the occupied area on 23 April as the guest of the so-called foreign affairs and defence ministry. The delegation consists, inter alia, of the Struga Mayor, the president of the Struga Municipality, a representative from the Social Democratic Union, a representative from the Albania Democratic Prosperity Party, and a representative from the Socialist Party. The delegation will have contacts with so-called government officials, as well as with ``mayors'' and political party representatives.
  • [36] Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Yildirim Akbulut run for Turkey/s Presidency According to HURRIYET (24.4.00) the first round of voting for the election of the 10th president of Turkey is planned to be held on Thursday April 27. The application of candidates for presidency will end today (25.4.00) at 12:00 p.m. Following this, the Advisory Council will meet to determine a calendar for the ballot. According to the draft schedule, the first round of the voting will be held on Thursday. If none of the nominees can obtain 367 votes, the second ballot will be carried out on Monday, May 1. In the meantime, according to TRT Radio 1 (4:30 hours, 25.4.00) the coalition party leaders have proposed Constitutional Court President Ahmet Necdet Sezer as presidential candidate. The coalition leaders said that they took the proposal to the leaders of the opposition parties and are awaiting their response. The coalition party leaders, namely , Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli, and Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz, met three times and at the end of the meetings, accompanied by Bahceli and Yilmaz, Ecevit announced Sezer/s candidacy to the press. Asked why a consensus could not be reached on an Assembly member, Ecevit replied that certain difficulties were involved in that, adding that the interparty relations and rivalries made this difficult. Asked what will happen if the opposition refuses to support the coalition candidate, Ecevit replied: ``Then we will rethink the issue. At the moment, we are thinking that the five parties should act together.'' Asked why Ahmet Necdet Sezer was proposed, Ecevit answered that there are many valuable jurists in the country but that it is very important that all the parties represented at the TGNA proposed him as a common candidate. Ecevit added: Constitutional Court presidents are given such important duties in other countries too. Furthermore, Anatolia (25.4.00) reports that Yildirim Akbulut, speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, has announced that he will run for the presidency.
  • [75] No decision reached over cancellation of ``elections'' KIBRIS (25.4.00) reports that the ``High Election Council'' discussed yesterday the application of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP) for cancellation of the ``presidential elections'' but could not reach a decision and therefore the discussion will continue today. Despite this, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash was sworn in as ``president'' of the pseudostate for the next five years. In the meantime, AVRUPA (25.4.00) has a front-page cartoon (which was also published yesterday in CUMHURIYET) where Denktash is sitting on a 100 million dollar credit and Demirel is showing Denktash to Ecevit, Yilmaz and Bahceli, saying ``See, that it how Presidents are elected.''.

  • [90] Turkish columnist views ``elections'', Cyprus problem Sami Kohen, writing in MILLIYET (21.4.00) under the title ``No Time to Play for Time'', refers to Eroglu/s withdrawal from the ``presidential'' race and says that ``the question now is whether the Eroglu government will survive in its present form. For now, Eroglu seems to have no intention of resigning. The coalition partner TKP headed by Mustafa Akinci also has no desire to leave the government. The fact, however, is that the future of this government is not in the hands only of those who formed it. It is equally important if Denktash will be willing to work with Eroglu, in particular after the bitter election campaign. In a statement to a local radio yesterday, Denktash brought his disagreements with Eroglu and the Foreign Minister to the forefront and implied between the lines that he does not want to work with this government. This may lead to turmoil inside the UBP. And that, Denktash may be thinking, could be used to purge the government of Eroglu, whom he blamed for the economic disaster, corruption, and impairment of the national cause.'' Kohen then adds that for now the issue that will primarily preoccupy Denktash is the third round of the Cyprus talks in New York on 23 May. He says: ``This time around, these talks should be attended with a far more constructive attitude, considering the strong popular desire for a solution and change. Mustafa Akinci/s consultations (on conditions for support in the second round) with Denktash at the beginning of this week came as an important signal in this direction. Denktash supported the views of Akinci/s Communal Liberation Party that were summed up under 13 points. These are the main ideas proposed by the TKP and endorsed by Denktash: Cyprus should be represented at the EU and UN with two states internally and a single identity abroad; once the stage of direct talks arrives, a formal condition for recognition should not be advanced; the ban on contacts between the two sides in Cyprus should be lifted; and, after concluding an agreement providing for the Turkish Cypriot people/s sovereignty, equality, security, and the continuation of the Turkish Republic/s guarantee, Cyprus/ EU membership should be effectuated. As Akinci told us in a meeting yesterday, with the elections behind us `all the efforts should now concentrate on the solution of the Cyprus problem. It is not the time to play for time/''.

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