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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 00-10-10

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <>


No. 194/00 -- 10/10/00


  • [01] Poll on use of foreign languages at occupied areas
  • [02] Turkey sent 15 trillion TL to the occupied area
  • [03] Ecevit insists on two separate state view
  • [04] Zerrin Guzelyurtlu arrested again
  • [05] Talat meets Barton


    [01] Poll on use of foreign languages at occupied areas According to COMAR/s poll (Public Opinion and Marketing Research Company)

    published in KIBRIS (9.10.00) the most widespread foreign languages spoken to the occupied areas are English and Greek.

    According to the poll, the number of people who know English has been increasing since 1990, and the number of people who know Greek has been decreasing.

    The number of people who knew English in 1990 were 32% and increased to 38% by 2000. Contrary to that, the number of people who knew Greek in 1990 were 20% and decreased to 14% by 2000.

    The responses at the poll are the follow:

    -In which degree, do you talk and understand foreign languages?

    Foreign language Very well Well Little Not at all English 11.9 26.0 28.9 33.2 French 0.3 0.2 3.7 95.8 German 0.4 1.6 7.6 90.3 Greek 6.1 7.9 16.7 69.3 Russian 0.4 0.5 1.4 97.6 Arabic 0.5 0.8 1.5 97.2 -2--English according to education level Education level very well Well Little Not at all Illiterate - - - 100.0 Primary school graduated 5.4 6.5 19.9 68.3 Gymnasium graduated 7.1 10.4 22.7 59.7 Lyceum graduated 11.5 28.2 42.5 17.8 University graduated 22.6 51.8 23.5 1.8 General 11.9 26.0 28.9 33.2 -Greek level, sex and age Greek language level General Women Men 18-24 25- 34 35-44 44-54 55+ very well 6.1 2.7 8.7 0.6 1.0 5.3 5.4 21.1 Well 7.9 6.2 9.3 2.3 4.7 5.7 9.2 20.4 Little 16.7 14.5 18.4 9.6 7.3 15.4 28.6 24.3 Nothing 69.3 76.6 63.5 87.6 86.9 73.6 56.8 34.2 -Education level and Greek Greek level General Primary School Gymnasium Lyceum University Very well 6.1 13.4 6.7 4.4 1.4 Well 7.9 10.8 8.7 5.8 6.6 Little 16.7 10.8 16.8 16.3 16.6 Nothing 69.3 57.0 67.8 73.5 75.4 -The Greek language level according to occupations Job Very well Well little Little Nothing Employee 1.8 3.6 17.1 77.5 Worker 6.0 4.5 22.4 67.2 Teacher - 4.2 12.5 83.3 Shopowner/ handicrafts 3.4 5.2 13.8 77.6 Private sector 5.7 7.8 15.6 70.9 Army/Police - 1.7 15.0 83.3 Merchant/Industrialists 16.7 16.7 41.7 25.0 Retired 17.5 20.0 25.8 36.7 Housewife 5.8 5.3 16.9 72.0 Farmer 10.5 15.8 - 73.7 Student 1.0 5.2 7.3 86.5 General 6.1 -4-7.9 16.7 69.3

    [02] Turkey sent 15 trillion TL to the occupied area According to KIBRIS (10/10/00) Turkey recently transferred 15 Trillion TL

    for the occupied area, to pay salaries of the civil servants and to meet its social insurance obligations.

    KIBRIS reports that Turkey/s financial assistance to the occupied area will continue in the coming months as well, thus helping the occupied area to solve its financial and economic problems.

    KIBRIS quoting a reliable source in Ankara, says that Turkish government will also help the occupied area, to solve problems created by banks that went bankrupt. It reports that effected depositors will receive their money within a payment plan drawn by Turkey and the pseudo-state.

    [03] Ecevit insists on two separate state view KIBRIS (10.10.00) reports that the Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit

    repeated his known allegations that ``the existence of two different states in Cyprus cannot be denied''.

    Ecevit attended a reception given by the Turkish State Minister Responsible for Cyprus Affair Sukru Sina Gurel in honour of the Turkish and Greek journalists at the Yildiz Palace.

    Addressing the reception, Ecevit stressed that the Cyprus problem can be solved through a dialogue between the two communities in Cyprus. Ecevit also claimed ``You all know about the Turkish Cypriots sufferings before 1974. For this reason, the Turkish Cypriots want to feel secure in the future. Today there is a reality in Cyprus that it cannot be denied: two separate independent states. I believe that when this reality will be accepted, we will be able to reach an agreement easily''

    [04] Zerrin Guzelyurtlu arrested again According to AVRUPA (10.10.00) the wife of the owner of the now bankrupt

    bank Everestbank, Zerrin Guzelurtlu, has been rearrested by the pseudo- state police last light on the allegation thats the might preparing to leave the occupied area through illegal means. Her son Mehmet Guzelyurtlu told AVRUPA that this was one of the plots hatched by Eroglu against the Guzelyurtlu family. He said that if it needs be they will hold a protest meeting before the so called TRNC Assembly on Friday.

    Earlier, occupation regime confiscated Zerring Guzelyurtlu/s travelling document and the identity card.

    [05] Talat meets Barton Yeni Duzen (10.10.00) reports that the leader of Turkish Republican Party

    (CTP) Mehmet Ali Talat met yesterday with the British High Commission/s undersecretary Philip Barton (as mentioned by the paper) and they exchanged views on the Cyprus problem and Cyprus accession process into EU. In a statement before the meeting, Talat said that Britain is an important country for them, because she is one of the guarantor countries and is also member of the EU. Talat demanded from Britain to secure progress in the solution of the Cyprus problem and to contribute to Cypru/s accession efforts to the EU.

    Pointing out that there are some problems in the way to accession to the EU, Talat said that Greek Cypriot side by attending the accession negotiations representing the whole of Cyprus and in the absence of the Turkish Cypriot side, will cause some new and difficult problems in the coming years.

    Talat also said that those problems will start when Turkey and the EU open the accession negotiations.

    At that point he said, the position of the Turkish Cypriots vis a vis to the EU might face further difficulties. So, it is a must to have progress in the solution of the Cyprus problem, before handing progress in Turkey/s EU candidacy , and before completion of the Greek Cypriots/ accession negotiations.

    In a short statement before the meeting Philip Barton said that they will assess the latest developments on the Cyprus problem and he will be informed on Talat/s views regarding the 4th round of proximity talks that was held in New York

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