Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 00-08-16
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T U R K I S H M A S S M E D I A B U L L E T I N
15-16.8.2000 TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 155/00 -- 15-16.8.00
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Denktash calls for 'de Facto' integration with Turkey, two-state
According to illegal Bayrak Radio (12.30 hours, 15.8.00) addressing a
ceremony in occupied village Vouno, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash
called on the people not to forget that the Greek Cypriots will do anything
to get all of Cyprus. He stressed that the only way to get the ``Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus'' out of the present situation is a de facto
integration with Turkey.
Remembering the Taskent ``massacre'', Denktash addressed himself to
President Clerides thus: Clerides, you did all this and you have the names
of those who did it, but you did not bring even one of them to court.
Shamelessly you complain that Turkey violates human rights. For a person to
take somebody else to court, that person must be innocent, he must have a
clear conscience. The blood of my innocent people is on your hands. You do
not say that you will never do it again. On the contrary, you arm
yourselves. You say that you own the whole of Cyprus, that you are the
legitimate government of the whole of Cyprus. Based on this lie, you want
to reach an agreement with me.
Denktash pointed out that he and Turkey are constantly criticised because
he does not agree to the Greek Cypriot scenarios based on lies. He added
that the Greek Cypriots continue to make efforts to own the whole of Cyprus
by using international organisations. He said to the Greek Cypriots:
Because the Greek lobby makes its voice heard there, you think that the
United States is behind you.
Denktash asserted that despite all their efforts, the Greek Cypriots will
not erase the massacre of innocent people from the memory of the Turkish
Cypriots. He charged that if the Turkish Cypriots forget the past and give
the Greek Cypriots another chance they will be massacred again. He called
on the Turkish Cypriots to know their enemy and to be prepared against
their enemy morally and materially. He said: ``This country is ours. We are
free and we have a democracy. We elect our own governments. We ourselves,
suffer from the mistakes of our governments, but we have the option to
Denktash recalled that for the Turkish Cypriots to be able to live like
that, the Turkish army and the Turkish Cypriot security forces are
stationed along the border.
He noted that certain circles have lately been criticising the Turkish army
and the Turkish Cypriot security forces. He added that the press reports to
this effect sadden everyone as well as the motherland.
Denktash reiterated his thanks to motherland Turkey and the Turkish
soldiers. He said: ``Accept our gratitude my motherland. Certain circles
oppose us because they say integration with you means annexation, but the
same circles dig the earth under our feet in order to carry out the same
integration with the Greek Cypriots.''
He explained that by integration he means the opening of the doors for
economic cooperation with Turkey, and the opening of all the doors with
Turkey. He called on the governments to take the necessary steps without
wasting any time. He added: ``Integration does not mean annexation. It
means cooperation, but not with words, with deeds. The laws that were kept
waiting for years are being enacted only now. Implement the laws you have
enacted. Do not deceive the people with false promises.''
Denktash called on his so-called government: Stop resisting cooperating
with the president under the pretext that he is the enemy of this or that
party. Cooperate with the presidency and I will help you. However, you must
stop undermining my position. The Greek Cypriots and the world are
undermining me, anyway. Certain harmful circles are undermining me, anyway.
I ask you not to undermine me. We have things to do. We want to do them. I
am sure you also want to do them too, but you cannot do them by undermining
Denktash repeated his call to the Greek Cypriot leadership to give up their
dream of turning Cyprus into a Greek island. He said: ``I call on you
Clerides. You have embraced the murderers of Taskent. Enjoy them. However,
we will not trust you an inch so long as you embrace and honor the
murderers of Taskent, Murataga (Maratha) Atlilar (Aloa) and Sandallar
(Sandalaris) 'massacres', so long as you say that Turkey's guarantees
should be lifted, so long as you say that you are the government of the
whole of Cyprus, that you have the right to go to the north and that your
refugees will go to the north. You cannot do anything in Cyprus so long as
my people mistrust you.''
On the population exchange, Denktash said that peace is based on the
population exchange and that the two peoples will live in their respective
republics. He reiterated that after an agreement is reached between the two
republics, they can, if possible, be represented in the world as a
 Denktash calls on Greek Cypriots to recognize 'TRNC' KIBRIS (15.8.00)
reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has
noted that the Turkish Cypriots are trying to reach an agreement with the
Greek Cypriots who massacred them in the past, adding that they want the
Greek Cypriots to accept that the Turkish Cypriots, who were expelled from
the partnership republic, have established their own state.
Speaking at the commemoration ceremony held at the Muratage (Maratha),
Sandallar (Sandalaris) and Atlilar (Aloa) martyrs' cemetery on the 26th
anniversary of the second phase of the Cyprus ``peace'' operation, Denktash
stressed that no agreement can be reached without accepting the existence
and sovereignty of the Turkish Cypriots.
Explaining that before the Turkish soldiers came to the island the Turkish
Cypriots could not say 'this homeland is ours', could not establish their
state and could not have claims on the territories they lived in, Denktash
said: ``Without our motherland, our people can only see bloodshed,
suffering and oppression. Without the motherland we can not say that 'this
is our homeland'.''
Noting that they are present to commemorate a brutality written in blood in
the annals of history and to condemn the perpetrators, Denktash asked that
the past not be forgotten and that lessons be learned from it. Denktash
stated that with the second ``peace operation'', Turkey rescued 17 Turkish
Cypriot villages from massacre and annihilation.
Referring to the statement President Clerides made to the effect that he
expects a realistic approach from Denktash at the talks to be held in New
York, Denktash said that as far as the Greek Cypriots are concerned a
realistic approach is one that that rejects sovereignty and Turkey's
guarantees, adding that, however, the Turkish Cypriots will renounce
neither their sovereignty nor Turkey's guarantor rights.
Denktash pointed out that the Greek Cypriots can tell the world ``the
entire island is ours. The Turkish Cypriots are a minority. The Turkish
troops are occupationist forces and should withdraw from the island.'' He
``Some crazy voices from among us are capable of listening to these claims.
We should be aware of that.''
Referring to the economic problems, Denktash said that those responsible
for the current situation should be sought from within the community and
``Let us decide on the course we shall take with our fighters' spirit. Let
us be aware that we can advance nowhere without leaning on our
 Turkish Cypriot Representative sends letter to UN responding to Greek
According to illegal Bayrak Radio (18.00 hours, 15.8.00) Altug Pulumer, New
York representative of the Turkish Cypriot regime has stressed that the
only invasion and occupation in Cyprus is that of the Greek Cypriot
administration which continues to occupy the Cyprus Republic for 37 years.
Pulumer responded to the Cyprus Republic UN representative, who wrote to
the UN about Turkey's 1974 military invasion and occupation.
In a three-page letter to the permanent representatives in New York,
Pulumer claimed that only after attaining the EU perspective, the Greek
Cypriot side, which previously rejected all UN initiatives envisaging a
federal agreement, began appearing as though it accepts the federation
Pulumer remarked that the Greek Cypriot interpretation of the federation
formula was clarified in a statement made by President Clerides during the
proximity talks in Geneva on 2 February. Pulumer stressed that the real
Greek Cypriot intention is to amend the Constitution of their own
administration, which they claim is the Cyprus Republic, rather than
acquiesce to the Turkish Cypriots' equal political status and sovereignty
Pulumer said that despite Clerides statement revealing the Greek Cypriots'
real intentions, the Turkish Cypriot side continued to negotiate in
goodwill and submitted the confederation proposal, which will pave the way
for progress toward a comprehensive agreement. Pulumer also recalled that
the Greek Cypriot side rejected the Turkish Cypriot proposals, which were
described as comprehensive by UN officials and other interested parties. He
underlined that the Turkish Cypriot confederation proposal envisages the
establishment of bridges between two equal states in Cyprus and it would
form the foundation of a new partnership and start the process of reuniting
the old partners under a confederal roof.
According to Bayrak the representative said that the Greek Cypriot side had
the impudence of calling on the Turkish Cypriot side, which, he said, has
always continued to show goodwill during negotiations, to display a
positive spirit in the negotiations despite its own negative stand. Pulumer
also stressed that the Greek Cypriot side has been imposing inhuman
embargoes on the Turkish Cypriots for 37 years. Underlining that the
embargoes on the Turkish Cypriots must be lifted, Pulumer stated that these
``inhuman embargoes'' constitute a great obstacle to a negotiated
agreement. He added:
I would like to stress that these embargoes prevent the building of trust
between the two peoples on the island.
In his letter, Pulumer asked the UN member countries to raise the issue of
lifting all the embargoes imposed on the Turkish Cypriots in the next
session of the UN General Assembly. Finally, Pulumer said that the ``TRNC''
expects the international community to treat the two sides as the equal
owners of the island and adopt a constructive attitude. He concluded: Only
in this way can the international community pave the way for a conciliation
on the island.
 Turkish Minister arrives to inaugurate postal service automation
center Turkish transportation Minister Enis Oksuz arrived in occupied
join the inauguration of Postal Service Automation Center and to hold
Rauf Denktash said every delegation, which comes from Turkey, brought new
services to ``TRNC'', adding that this further strengthened the relations
and boosted the morale of Turkish Cypriots.
Transportation Minister Oksuz said Turkish Cypriots will further develop in
the competition for civilization under the leadership of Denktash.
Oksuz said similar centers will be opened in Kyrenia and other centers in
 Turkish Cypriots discuss, approve 'Central Bank' law According to
KIBRIS (15.8.00) the Republican Assembly has approved with a
majority of votes the bill amending the law on the ``TRNC'' Central Bank.
Commenting on his views regarding the bill, Democratic Party leader Serdar
Denktash said that the bill does not accord full autonomy to the Central
Bank, but his party voted in favour of the bill because it incorporated
certain positive articles. Referring to the ``prime minister's'' request to
hold a meeting with the Turkish government, Serdar Denktash noted: ``If
your interlocutor does nothing and only asks for money, you would not
accept this demand. Also charging that the 'government' has no ambition
other than to remain in power, Serdar Denktash criticised the fact that
despite all this, those in 'government' are insisting on their own
Stressing that the ``government'' should resign, Serdar Denktash called on
the government to discuss the problems on the TV screens in a live program.
Addressing the Assembly during the same session, Ferdi Sabit Soyer,
Republican Turkish Party secretary general, said that the DP is in favour
of continuing the old policies. Explaining that the Central Bank is unable
to benefit from the credit extended by Turkey to the ``TRNC'', Soyer said
that this issue must be discussed with a view to conducting bilateral
relations in a healthy manner.
Replying to criticism on behalf of the so-called government ``Economy and
Finance Minister'' Mehmet Bayram said that ``domestic financing in the TRNC
is inadequate and the basic reason for this is the high inflation rate
imported with the Turkish lira. The proceedings against the bank owners in
connection with the banking crisis are continuing within the law, Bayram
remarked, adding that the trials will begin in September and those
convicted will be punished.''
Bayram also denied that the bill on the Central Bank is aimed at
eliminating the workers' right to strike. He said: ``The aim is to secure
an understanding of what the minimum services are and ensure that the link
with the world is not lost when there is a strike.'' Bayram stated that the
subsidies will continue as necessary.'' Stressing that a liberal economy is
not a system in which everyone can do anything he wants, Bayram said that
the state's regulating cannot be ignored.
 Talat, Serdar, Rauf Denktash receive 'bank victims'
Illegal Bayrak Radio and Anatolia News Agency continue to report on the
banking crisis in the ``TRNC''. Bayrak Radio reported at 15.30 GMT on 14
August that a delegation of Turkish Cypriot bank victims visited Republican
Turkish Party (CTP) leader Mehmet Ali Talat and Democratic Party (DP)
leader Serdar Denktash ``to hear their views and suggestions'' on the
Talat said that the bank victims must be organised while waging their
struggle. Blaming the ``government'' and Mr Denktash for the government
crisis, the CTP leader pointed out that the ``president'' seems ``very
unwilling to fulfil his duty of chairing the Council of Ministers in order
to take certain necessary decisions. He also charged that by unilaterally
changing the protocol signed with the bank depositors, the ``government''
showed ``great disrespect'' to the bank depositors thus instigating their
demonstration. He said: ``It was the 'government' itself that provoked the
At this meeting with the bank victims DP leader Serdar Denktash stressed
that the incidents they caused inside the Assembly were unacceptable. He
said that he does not see that the ``government'' is doing anything to
solve their problems. He charged that the bank victims' problems can be
solved, but not by the current ``government''. He explained that ``the
seven problematic banks can be floated; there are methods to do that.''
 Illegal workers According to KIBRIS (14.8.00) during the first six
months of this year there
were 218 illegal workers in the occupied area.
The so-called director of the Labour Office Iakma Ergun said that of the
218 illegal workers, 200 came from Turkey and 18 from other countries.
She further said that those who employed illegal workers were fined and a
total of 3.736 billion TL was collected as fines.
 Rizokarpasso stolen icons found
KIBRIS (15.8.00) reports that six icons which were stolen from the Michael
Archangelos Church in the occupied Rizokarpasso village a week ago, have
been recovered and five persons were arrested.
After searching the premises Denktash's police also recovered other stolen
items which were stolen earlier.
 Hashish in Kyrenia port According to KIBRIS (15.8.00) a kilo of
hashish was confiscated at the
occupied Kyrenia port by Denktash's police.
KIBRIS says that two people were arrested and an eight days remand order
has been issued for two of them. The paper does not give their names but
only their initials S.C. and M.Y.
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