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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA
No. 35/01 -- 20.2.01
[A] NEWS ITEMS
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 The Turkish Cypriot leader to visit Istanbul According to KIBRIS (20.2.01) the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Rauf Denktashis flying to Istanbul today to give a lecture on the Cyprus issue at Istanbul university. He will return to the occupied areas tomorrow.
 Denktash met with the Dutch State Secretary for Foreign Affairs KIBRIS (20.2.01) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Rauf Denktash,met yesterday with the Dutch State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dick Benschop who is in Cyprus for an official visit. During the meeting Denktash explained to the Dutch delegation the position of the pseudostate on the Cyprus problem. Present at the meeting were also the so-called foreign affairs and defence minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu and Denktash/s advisors Taner Etkin, Resat Caglar and Mustafa Evran. The Dutch State Minister for Foreign Affairs was accompanied by the Dutch Ambassador to Rome and also accredited to Cyprus, Mr. Maurits Jochems, the Director, Head of the European Integration Department Mr. Pieter de Gooljer, the Head of Western Europe Division of European Affairs, Mr. Karel van Oosterom, and other officials accompanying Mr. Benschop.
In a statement prior to the meeting, Mr. Benschop expressed satisfaction for his first visit to Cyprus, and added: ``The aim of our visit is to exchange views with the Cyprus government on Cyprus/s accession course to the EU and on the Cyprus problem''.
On his part Denktash expressed his thanks for the Dutch State Secretary/s visit and said: ``We hope that you will have the opportunity to listen to the views of the Turkish Cypriot side because in Cyprus there is the other side of the story as well''.
 The pseudostate/s so-called Prime Minister has sent a supplementary letter to Turkey on the economic program for the occupied areasAccording to BIRLIK newspaper, (20.2.01), the so-called Prime Minister of the pseudostate, Mr. Dervis Eroglu, has sent a supplementary letter to Turkey on the program being worked out in order to overcome the economic difficulties of the occupied areas.
Eroglu, who was replying to a journalist/s question said that the letter covered a number of regulations on social security, development taxation and the situation of the pensioners. The letter also lays out a schedule of the economic stability program.
BIRLIK also reports that Eroglu yesterday met with a delegation from the Turkish Ministry of Health which is in the occupied areas to examine ways of improving the health services of the pseudostate.
Addressing the delegation, which is headed by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health of Turkey, Mr. Rustem Zeydan, Eroglu said that the pseudostate has always received support and understanding from Turkey and that as a result of the visit the possibilities of overcoming the pressing health problems will be increased.
 The so-called Foreign and Defense under-secretary replies to question by SKY TV in LondonAccording to KIBRIS (20.02.01) the so-called Foreign and Defence Ministry Under Secretary Osman Erdug, replying to questions put to him by SKY TV correspondent, Tom Roche, regarding the Cyprus problem, claimed that ``in case a partnership agreement based on two independent and sovereign states is not reached then the only alternative in Cyprus is for two independent states existing side by side''.
When asked to comment on the proximity talks, Ertug said that the proximity talks were broken up when the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan ``watered down'' the talks with his oral proposals.
He also repeated Denktash/s view that the Cyprus problem must be settled on a confederal basis.
 The occupation regime continues to Turkify the names of occupied villages and placesAccording to KIBRIS (20.2.01) the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, commenting on the Cyprus Government/s protest regarding the Turkification of the names of villages and places in the occupied areas alleged that what really is being done is that Hellenized names were being re-Turkified again.
Speaking at the new offices of the so-called Cartography Department, Denktash said that in the past each place carried Greek, Turkish and English names.
He claimed that the Greek Cypriots want to deny the pre-1878 period and turn a blind eye.
He congratulated the so-called Director of the Cartography Office Halil Giray who ``rendered very valuable services which nobody could deny''.
He said that he had used the information supplied by Giray in international conferences, and the other side was unable to give a reply to him.
Denktash urged that similar work be carried out at the so-called Land- Registry and Survey Office.
The ``Director'' of the so-called Cartography Department Halil Giray claimed that prior to 1571 the names of villages and places in the occupied area were either Italian or French with Latin roots. He said that part of these were Hellenized and places where Turks were living, Turkified.
 Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot politicians met at Ledra Palace Hotel According to KIBRIS (20.2.01) Greek and Turkish Cypriot political partyleaders or officials, met yesterday at the Ledra Palace Hotel in the buffer zone under the auspices of the Slovak Embassy in Nicosia and discussed Cyprus/ EU accession course which was on the meeting/s agenda.
At the meeting, the participants discussed Cyprus/ EU membership process and the Turkish Cypriot side/s position.
However, adds the paper, no details were given in the written joint communique on this issue. Prior to the meeting, the Slovak Ambassador underlined the importance of the issue by saying that the ``EU accession process is a very sensitive issue''.
After the meeting the Slovak Ambassador, Mr. Dusan Rozbora, read the joint communique.
Mr. Rozbora announced that the next meeting will take place on Monday 9 April, 2001.
 Screening of dogs for echinococcus under way in the occupied areas According to KIBRIS (20.2.01) the so-called Veterinary Department, Ministryof Agriculture and Forestry, has started and is continuing screening of the dogs in the occupied area for echinococcus.
KIBRIS reports that the screening has started yesterday from the occupied Famagusta region and will continue in that area until 23 February.
In a statement the so-called Veterinary Department said that dog owners should take their animals for screening.
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