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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 99/00 -- 26.5.00
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 Diplomatic sources comment on Cem-Albright meetingAnatolia Agency (13:22 hours, 25.5.00) reports that Turkish Minister Ismail Cem met with Madeleine Albright, the US Secretary of State, in Florence city of Italy on Thursday. Mainly, Turkish-Greek relations were discussed during the meeting.
Albright said the US expected new developments from the two sides regarding the Cyprus question. Foreign Minister Cem, said, ``Rauf Denktash, President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has always been in a constructive attitude pertaining to the establishment of a confederation. I think this will be understood better in time''.
It was reported that the US side did not oppose to this view.
 Turkey/s National Security Council to discuss CyprusTurkish daily MILLIYET (24.5.00) reports that Turkey/s National Security (MGK) will convene under Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Turkey/s 10th President, for the first time at 09:30 on Tuesday, 30 May.
The meeting will discuss, inter alia, the relations between Turkey and Greece, the Cyprus problem, Turkey/s economic plan to support the ``TRNC'', the activities of groups involved in organized crime, the situation of tourism in summer, the struggle against inflation, investments in southeastern Turkey, and the plan drawn up for the establishment of a new undersecretariat.
 Denktash meets Bulgarian immigrants who demand land and ``citizenship''Illegal Bayrak radio 1 (15:30 hours 24.5.00) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has said that the necessary work has been launched to solve the problems of Bulgarian ``immigrants'' who have been living in the occupied area for a long time, adding that decisions on the issue will be conveyed to him within a few weeks.
Denktash had a meeting with a delegation of Bulgarian ``immigrants'' and listened to their problems. In a statement he made on behalf of the ``immigrants'' at the meeting, Emin Mutlu said that they have been living in the ``TRNC'' since 1994 but that some among them have still not received ``citizenship'' and are, therefore, faced with various problems. In addition to the solution of the ``citizenship'' problem, Mutlu asked that they be given land in occupied Klepini, Ayios Epiktitos, and Kyrenia. They ``complained'' that they did not own ``their houses''.
Noting that those who want to bring their families from Bulgaria are faced with various problems, Mutlu asked for Denktash/s help on the issue.
Denktash said that work has been launched for the solution of their problems and added that certain decisions have been made about bringing to the ``TRNC'' the families of some of the ``immigrants''.
 MAP raps package; calls on ``government'' to resignAccording to illegal Bayrak radio 1 (15:30 hours, 24.5.00), the Nationalist Justice Party (MAP) has described the economic package as the expression of a stillborn mentality, adding: ``No one can allow this. All partial and impartial parties should veto this government''.
A statement issued by the MAP Press Bureau noted that it would be more correct to describe this package as a package of price hikes. The statement further noted that ``one cannot understand what the police department/s affiliation with the Interior Ministry as well as institutions such as the Public Affairs Committee and the Central Bank ( as heard) have to do with the economy''.
Accusing the ``government'' of not fulfilling the promises it made to the people, the statement called for its resignation.
 Italian and Egyptian Ambassadors congratulate Denktash on his ``reelection''KIBRIS (26.5.00) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash had separate meetings yesterday with the Italian Ambassador to Cyprus, Fransesco Bascone and the Egyptian Ambassador, Omar Metwally.
KIBRIS says that the ambassadors said that the aim of their visit was to congratulate Denktash for his ``re-election''.
Denktash/s advisors Ergun Olgu, Necati Munir Ertekun, Taner Etkin and Mustafa Evran were also present at the meeting.
 Turkish State Minister to visit pseudostateAccording to KIBRIS (26.5.00) Turkish State Minister Prof. Dr. Ramazan Mirzaoglu will arrive in the occupied area tomorrow at the head of a delegation.
Mirzaoglu will visit first Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and then the so-called assembly speaker Ertugrul Hasipoglu, the so-called state minister and deputy prime minister Mustafa Akinci and the commander of the Turkish occupation forces Sukru Sariisik.
Mirzaoglu and his delegation will depart Monday night.
 EU Cyprus Delegation organizes conference at ``Near East University''According to YENIDUZEN (26.5.00) the Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Cyprus, Ambassador Donato Chiarini, gave a conference on ``Social and Labour Policies of the EU: Social Dialogue'' at the so-called Near East University (NEU).
The conference was jointly organized by the ``NEU'' Center for European Studies and the Delegation of the European Commission to Cyprus. The conference was also addressed by the representative of the European Trade Unions Confederation, Penny Clark, and Finland/s Permanent Representative to the EU, Reijo Komppinnen.
While Clark referred to Social Dialogue, Komppinnen discussed the enlargement process and integration issues. Ambassador Chiarini, in his address said that following the Helsinki Summit decisions, EU relations acquired new dimensions.
Expressing his satisfaction over the realization of the conference, Chiarini said that this was a small step in promoting EU-Turkish Cypriot relations.
The conference was attended by businessmen, faculty members and students.
 Turkey/s Consultive Council of Citizens Living Abroad to be held in pseudostateAccording to KIBRIS (26.5.00) the Consultative Council of the Citizens Living Abroad of the Turkish Prime Ministers Office will hold its third meeting between 31 May-4 June at the occupied Salamis Bay Conti Resort Hotel.
The Council is headed by the Turkish State Minister Responsible for Cyprus Affairs, Sukru Sina Gurel.
Consultants from Australia, USA, Canada and Russia as well as bureaucrats and representatives of the parties represented at the Turkish Grand National Assembly will attend the meeting.
 Hearings against AVRUPAAccording to AVRUPA (26.5.00) the hearings of the lawsuits filed against AVRUPA and some of its journalists by the occupation forces commandership and the ``Police General Directorate'' will start today.
The hearings will take place at the so-called Nicosia District Court in the occupied area. At the first hearing, journalists Ozker Ozgur and Sener Levent will be tried.
A total of 42 charges have been brought against AVRUPA and some of its writers and journalists. The hearings will continue on 29-30 May and 1-2 June.
All changes are related to the forceful eviction by occupation forces units of a Turkish Cypriot family from the house they had been living in occupied Dikomo.
 Denktash calls for change in administrative `team/According to illegal Bayrak Radio 1 (5:00 hours, 26.5.00) Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has said that ``the people want change and security''. Noting that a change is necessary in offices in which trust has been lost, Denktash said: ``I am not saying that the government should change. There is, however, a need for change. There should be a change in the team that has brought the country to the current situation. Economists should be included in the team''. He further noted that the people will not have confidence in the bitter recipes to be prepared by the same team in a bid to overcome the difficulties. Pointing out that the crisis can be surmounted through cooperation, Denktash concluded by saying that it would be beneficial for the nongovernmental organizations to assess the problems.
 Akinci says Turkey contacts constructiveAnatolia Agency (20:18 hours, 25.5.00) reports that so-called deputy prime minister Mustafa Akinci has said that the contacts he held in Ankara together with ``economy and finance minister'' Mehmet Bayram had been very constructive and positive. Akinci said that the Socio-Economic Package prepared by the pseudo-government had been taken up in detail in Ankara.
Akinci said that State Minister Sukru Sina Gurel would come to the occupied area on May 30; Finance Minister Sumer Oral would come on June 2, and State Minister Recep Onal of Economic Affairs would come on June 6.
 Expected 15% increase in number of touristsThe front page article of KIBRIS (26.5.00) under the title ``Our hopes are in tourism'' refers to the tourism festival that begins in the occupied area today.
The so-called undersecretary of the state ministry and deputy prime ministry responsible for tourism, Bulent Kanal, said that they expect to have an increase of 15% in the number of tourists this year, adding that the political situation influences tourism in a negative way.
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