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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 00-08-14

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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. 154/00 -- 12-13-14

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[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Gurel on Geneva Talks, Economic Package, Banking Crisis
  • [02] Denktash confers with Parties on talks, Economic Situation
  • [03] Denktash: Greek Cypriot threat to withdraw from talks is a bluff
  • [04] Hasipoglu, Eroglu assert no turning back in Anniversary Messages
  • [05] Petition for peace by Turkish Cypriots
  • [06] Mehmet Ali Talat calls for end to Denktash monopoly over Cyprus
  • [07] Opposition parties rap pseudo government for canceling payment to depositors
  • [08] Turkish Cypriot Unions criticize economic package
  • [09] Bank victims establish association, call on pseudo government to resign
  • [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS

  • [10] Honeymoon atmosphere, negative developments between Turkey and Greece viewed
  • [13] Share ideas, in the interests of all . NEWS ITEMS
  • [17] Gurel on Geneva Talks, Economic Package, Banking Crisis KIBRIS (13.8.00) reports that Sukru Sina Gurel, Turkish state minister responsible for Cyprus affairs, has told the Turkish Cypriots: Let us not fall into the trap of those who want to cause a rift between Turkey and the ``TRNC''. Gurel said that the decision about the economic package will be made by those who rule the ``TRNC''. On the payments to the bank victims, he said: We will continue to make recommendations and to extend financial aid. We are studying the issue. On the proximity talks, Gurel said he returned happy from Geneva and that both in Geneva and before that, the talks were held in line with the concrete and constructive proposals made by the ``TRNC''. He pointed out that third parties that are interested in the Cyprus question are closer to the realities of the issue than before, adding: ``Therefore, during our joint assessment, we were able to say that compared to the past, we are now much better able to explain the realities of the island and the reality of the TRNC to others.'' Asked what Turkey's expectations are regarding the talks planned for September, Gurel said: ``We are waiting for the ground to be prepared for direct comprehensive talks, but so far the Greek Cypriot side has not made any constructive or concrete proposals.''
  • [43] Denktash confers with Parties on talks, Economic Situation ``Yeni Demokrat'' (13.8.00) reports on a meeting Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has had at which he briefed political party leaders on the third round proximity talks held in Geneva. Denktash explained to them the current position of the Turkish Cypriot side. ``Internal problems were also discussed at the meeting'', the report says. Mustafa Akinci, Communal Liberation party leader, ``state minister, and deputy prime minister'' noted that it is impossible to say much in connection with the Geneva talks because of the news blackout. He added: ``We came here to discuss the Geneva talks, but we also touched upon internal matters. Those issues were also discussed in earnest, and views were exchanged.'' Akinci remarked that the issues were discussed in general, but no concrete proposals were submitted during the meeting. In the period ahead, Akinci said, the ``government'' can benefit from various views which are suitable to the country's conditions, which are applicable, and which do not constitute mere criticism for the sake of criticism. Democratic Party leader Serdar Denktash reported that the Cyprus issue and the ``domestic'' developments were discussed. Noting that there is not much hope of reaching a conciliation regarding internal matters, Serdar Denktash remarked, however, that the very fact that the issue was discussed together is progress. Serdar Denktash said that his party had described the ``government's'' stand as wrong, and this was manifested in the meeting as well. He added: ``It is clear that there is no more confidence in this government. A new governmental structure must emerge to inspire the people's trust and to prompt them to say that maybe now something will happen. This is what we must dwell on, because the country is on a bad course.'' He continued: ``We must create a new economic structure internally by activating our own resources. To this end, we must cooperate with, rather than confront, Turkey, and together outline the course ahead.'' Republican Turkish Party leader Mehmet Ali Talat said: ``Work to be conducted on many levels at this juncture when the Cyprus issue is on a path of non solution and steps to be taken in this regard may lead to the solution of the economic crisis. The government is definitely not engaged in such work''. Talat charged that the economic packages prepared together with Turkey have nothing to do with the economy. Claiming that the packages are devoid of economic sense and fail to incorporate any element concerning production. Talat said that the packages define only how to balance the public finances, how to restrict budget allocations, and how to increase the budget income by raising prices.
  • [90] Denktash: Greek Cypriot threat to withdraw from talks is a bluff According to KIBRIS (13.8.00) Turkish Cypriot Leader, Rauf Denktash, said on Saturday that the threat of the Greek Cypriot side to withdraw from the talks due to the confederation proposal is a bluff. He said that ``it is a kind of rigged game to influence the U.N. Secretary-General of the U.N. Security Council.'' Denktash noted that the aim of the Greek Cypriots is to eliminate the confederation proposal of the Turkish side and to bring the talks to the frame they want. Denktash stressed that they attended the talks on condition that everything will come to the table without any preconditions, adding ``we will meet without any preconditions. The sides are not communities, there is no longer a thing called intercommunal talks. The term of 'two equal sides' is used. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. Nobody will be limited by referring to the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council.'' Denktash added that the ``real aim of the Greek Cypriots is to join the European Union by being the government of the whole Cyprus and to end the rights of Turkey on Cyprus.'' [113] Hasipoglu, Eroglu assert no turning back in Anniversary Messages According to ``Birlik'' (14.8.00) Ertugrul Hasipoglu, the ``Parliament Speaker of the TRNC'', said on Sunday that taking a backward step in ``TRNC'' is out of question. Hasipoglu issued a message upon the 26th anniversary of the second phase of the Turkish invasion in 1974. Hasipoglu said that they are against formulas that have the risk to bring back former days in Cyprus and that the ``TRNC'', which paid the price with its life, blood and self-sacrifice, will be further developed. Hasipoglu continued ``the political and economic problems we are facing today should not make us forget our earlier troubles. They should not make us forget the 103 villages that we had to abandon and the sorrowful and miserable days.'' TRNC Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu who also issued a message said that the Peace Operation drew the final line where today's state was established and put an end to the dreams of Greeks and Greek Cypriots who wanted to own the whole of Cyprus.'' Eroglu added ``our main target in political platforms is providing the acceptance of the existence of the two separate states on the island by making the peace which was brought to the island by the Peace Operation a lasting one.'' [141] Petition for peace by Turkish Cypriot CYPRUS TODAY (12-18 August, 2000) publishes a petition by Peace-Cyprus.Org which will be posted on the Internet on August 15. The announcement says that every year during the months of July and August tensions rise in Cyprus and the bitter realities of the existing division show their face. These months are the anniversaries of bloodshed. People who believe in a peaceful solution to the Cyprus problem should raise their voices during these months and confront the chauvinist rhetoric. Peace-Cyprus.Org believes in grass-roots participation in peace-building. Therefore, we are calling for endorsement of a petition which calls for a peaceful solution to the Cyprus problem under the auspices of the UN, for a complete demilitarisation of the island, for the restoration of human rights and for taking the necessary steps for rapid accession the E.U. The petition and the signatures will be posted on the Internet on August 15. It will be faxed/e-mailed to media in Cyprus, Turkey and Greece and to the international media. It will also be faxed/e-mailed to political organisations, NGOs and international bodies. All destinations will also be posted in the homepage, which is at www.peace-cyprus.org. You and/or your organisation can sign the petition there, the announcement says. [171] Mehmet Ali Talat calls for end to Denktash monopoly over Cyprus The front page of Yeni Duzen (12.8.00) under the title ``Why the chaos, what is the solution'' refers to a statement of Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader Mehmet Ali Talat that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is faced with important and serious problems. Talat said that the negative interventions to the democratic system, the discussions initiated on the regime, the civilian-military conflict, the large rallies, and the signing campaigns are indications of serious problems. The statement noted that the CTP has always approached the country's problems in a sensitive and responsible manner. Meanwhile, the CTP informed the public of its assessments on the Cyprus problem, the economic and political situation, and the democratic system. The CTP Party Council prepared a brochure under the headline ``Why the chaos, what is the solution, we will produce, and we will govern'', saying that the chaos which is affecting all the areas of our lives should be eliminated. The brochure further expressed the view that the development and change of the Turkish Cypriot people as well as its spiritual, cultural and political experience is being suppressed. Pointing out that those who created this distorted structure well not be able to solve the problems, the brochure said that a crushing majority of the Turkish Cypriot people want an equitable solution to the Cyprus problem and participation in the EU process. The brochure noted that if the economic, political and social crises are to be overcome, then the restrictions imposed on politics should be lifted. Pointing out that an end should be put to the Denktash monopoly over the Cyprus negotiating process, the brochure expressed the view the current mutual anger in Turkey and north Cyprus was the result of the unhealthy relations established with Turkey. The brochure, distributed by the CTP, concluded by noting the inevitable presence of a strong, productive and a self-governing Turkish Cypriot people within the framework of a democratic system. [207] Opposition parties rap pseudo government for canceling payment to depositors According to illegal Bayrak Radio (17.30 hours, 10.8.00) Serdar Denktash, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party(DP), has said that the National Unity Party(UBP)-Communal Liberation Party (TKP) coalition government is incapable of either generating or implementing any decisions. In a press release he issued, Denktash said that the government abrogated the agreement it reached with the bank depositors, charging that, therefore, the people's trust in the government has been shaken. Pointing out that the depositors expect a concrete statement in connection with their savings, Denktash noted that, the statement issued after the cabinet meeting held on 9 August that the payment of one eighteenth of the sums would not be made, grieved the citizens. Pointing out that bringing to trial the owners and administrators of the banks is inevitable, Denktash added that, this will not facilitate the solution of the bank victims' problems. Stressing that the so-called government should urgently find a solution to the problems, Denktash continued: ``If the government is still uncertain as to what measures should be taken on the issue and if it is considering solving the problem by requesting funds for the depositors from Turkey, then it is gravely mistaken. The solution lies within us.'' Nationalist Justice Party (MAP) leader Zorlu Tore has charged that it is a great disgrace that the government has not been able to solve the problem. In a statement Tore called on the so-called government and the bank owners to solve the issue as soon as possible. Questioning as to how much longer the Turkish Cypriot people will be administered by a ``government'' that is incapable of implementing the state guarantee, Tore asked that stands critical of the Turkish and the TRNC states by abandoned immediately. [238] Turkish Cypriot Unions criticize economic package According to KIBRIS (12.8.00) the Federation of Turkish Cypriot Worker Unions (Turk-Sen) has announced that it is opposed to the deception of the Turkish Cypriot people. Turk-Sen leader Onder Konuloglu issued a written statement asking if the so-called government and the ``president'' consulted with any worker unions or non governmental organisations (NGO's) before they decided to implement some of the clauses of the economic package. Konuloglu said: ``If they are going to implement the economic package despite the unions, despite the NGO's, in short, despite the Turkish Cypriot people, then they should announce that they are doing it because they are being forced to, because they are being instructed to.'' Konuloglu announced that Turk-Sen is opposed to these forced measures and stressed that the officials must protect the country and the people. The Turkish Cypriot Union of Public Sector Employees (Kamu-Sen) called on the government to fulfill its promise that it will protect the rights of the workers. Kamu-Sen leader Ahment Otuken and Secretary General Hasan Kozuk sent a letter to so-called Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu with a copy to ``Deputy Prime Minister'' Mustafa Akinci. The letter says that Kamu-Sen will continue to oppose the curtailment of the workers' rights. [261] Bank victims establish association, call on pseudo government to resign According to illegal Bayrak Radio (12.30 hours, 10.8.00) victims of the banking crisis in occupied Cyprus have established an association. Metin Ahun was elected the temporary president of the Association of Bank Depositors and Victims during the expanded coordination council of the bank victims formed with the participation of the regional committees. In a statement Ahun said that the ``Cabinet'', after its meeting on 9th August, announced that the payment of one eighteenth of the deposited sums was canceled unilaterally. He added that the committee took various decisions following the ``Cabinet'' decision. The statement stressed that the bank victims will not keep silent in the face of the unilateral cancellation of the protocol envisaging the payment of the deposited sums in 18 equal installments. Pointing out that a decision was adopted to set up the ``Association of TRNC Bank Depositors and Victims'' in a bid to establish closer ties with the depositors being represented and to overcome the hitches in the activities being organised, the statement added that, however, the Bank Depositors Administrative Councils will not be dissolved. He noted that the Association's temporary administrative council will implement the action plan to be formulated by the depositors within a week the latest. The statement further stressed that the so-called government, which the depositors believe is incapable of surmounting the problem, will be asked to resign immediately and called on all the depositors to keep calm and give a chance to the democratic initiatives and actions to be taken.
  • [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS [288] Honeymoon atmosphere, negative

    developments between Turkey and Greece viewed

    Istanbul ``MILLIYET'' (11.8.00) by Sami Kohen Will the honeymoon between Turkey and Greece, which began in 1999, end? We have asked the question because of the reports we received on a number of recent developments between the two countries. ``Honeymoon'' is a word that is frequently used. But let us see what it stands for in international relations. It means an era of transition. It might be full of disappointments or opportunities for friendships. The honeymoon between the Turkish and Greek communities began at about this time in 1999. It is still continuing. The affection displayed by the two sides toward each other quickly brought the Turkish and Greek peoples closer together after the two countries suffered from earthquakes. The contacts between various sectors of the two communities and the exchange of visits pave the way for cooperation between Ankara and Athens in many fields. The Turkish and Greek Governments signed many agreements to cooperate to promote tourism, trade and cultural activities between them. Naturally, the dialogue and friendship between Foreign Minister Cem and Foreign Minister Papandreou contributed toward the honeymoon. The honeymoon atmosphere between the two peoples is still continuing but the relations between the two countries at official level are deteriorating. Some of the developments that took place recently can be seen as a clear sign of that. For example, the meeting Cem and Papandreou planned to have in Greece early in August was not held because the Greek side changed its mind. They were expected to exchange vies on how to hold talks on the main problems that harm the relations between the two countries. The strong statements recently made by some of the Greek ministers and the Government Spokesman harmed the atmosphere between Ankara and Athens. What they said in connection with various issues, from the Cyprus problem to democracy in Turkey, recalled Greece's approach prior to the honeymoon between the two countries. The official statements in Athens brought to light Greece's inclination to use the EU factor as a kind of weapon in its effort to settle its disputes with Turkey on Cyprus and the Aegean Sea. In fact, the Greek diplomats recently made a strenuous effort in the EU to achieve Greece's objectives. That has led to ask whether or not Greece will adopt a negative and obstructive approach against Ankara when the Turkey-EU Association Partnership Document is placed on the agenda. In fact, the officials in Ankara have already considered the possibility of Greece adopting such an approach. Why has Athens preferred such a policy, which conflicts with the approach it maintained during the past few months? The position held by the Greek officials should not be seen as a sign of a change in Greece's policy? The views Greece outlined on Cyprus and the Aegean disputes when the honeymoon between the two sides was at its peak were not different from those the Greek officials defended in the past. Nor are they different at the present time. Cem and Papandreou might have found a way to improve the situation if they were able to hold their planned meeting. However, it seems that the Greek Government does not intend to change its approach on the main problems. Nor does it intend to contribute toward new concepts for reconciliation. Unfortunately, Papandreou's moderate approach (and more realistic initiatives on various issues) failed to change that state of affairs. In fact, many officials in Greece are convinced that he will be replaced. The negative developments at official level have not affected the honeymoon atmosphere thus far. But, unfortunately, nor has the honeymoon atmosphere had a bearing on the official policies of Turkey and Greece until now. [355] Share ideas, in the interests of all CYPRUS TODAY (12-18.8.00) Referring to the various plans following the banking scandal in the occupied areas the paper says: ``So, now its official: Plan A for repaying lost savings of thousands of bank depositors is finally dead, just five months after is inception and two months after the well from which compensation was being drawn dried up. But never fear; the government is beavering away on Plan B - its alternative arrangement for meeting the understandable demands of investors that they get their money back. Once the Cabinet is satisfied with its new scheme, it will present it to the committee representing victims of the four financial institutions ... ... who, meanwhile, have come up with their one five-point Plan C, which they presented to ``Prime Minister'' Dervis Eroglu this week. And in the latest development, it emerged that the Democrat Party had come up with a Plan D for resolving the country' s economic woes, including the banking crisis, within six months. Who might now come up with Plans E to Z? So far, it seems, few are privy to details on any of the new proposals. Instead of the various parties playing their cards so close to their chests, and talking of ``our'' plan, it would serve everyone's best interests if some cross-party, cross-society think-tank were to be formed to pool ideas and come up with an agreed, composite compensation scheme. One which, this time, could be trusted still to be workable after three months.'' /SK.

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