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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 78/00 -- 25.4.00
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Denktash pledges to do best to solve Cyprus problem.
 FYROM delegation to visit pseudostate.
 Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Yildirim Akbulut run for Turkey/s Presidency.
 No decision reached over cancellation of ``elections''.
[B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS
 Turkish columnist views ``elections'', Cyprus problem.
------------------------------------------------------- NEWS ITEMS
 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.
 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
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.
 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
 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.''.
[B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS
 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
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
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
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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