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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 01-03-08

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No. 46/01 -- 8.3.01


  • [01] No Cyprus talks until May elections in the free areas.
  • [02] Forged sterlings in the occupied areas.
  • [03] Mustafa Akinci says that participation in tourism fairs will have positive results for the economy of the pseudostate.

  • [04] The political system in Turkey is at an impasse.
  • [06] Columnist in AVRUPA newspaper criticizes the pseudostate over tourism.


    [01] No Cyprus talks until May elections in the free areas Mainland Turkey newspaper CUMHURIYET (8.3.01) publishes a dispatch by

    Anatolia News Agency from Washington on President George Bush/s first report to Congress on Cyprus.

    After referring to the content of the report, that President Bush will continue to support the UN efforts for a solution to the Cyprus problem, the paper says that according to diplomatic observers in Washington the United States are not expected to exert any pressure on the sides for talks until the elections of 27 May in the free areas and that the proximity talks under UN auspices are still ``frozen''.

    The paper says that according to the same diplomatic observers the fact that George Bush abolished the Special Presidential Emissary and kept the State Department Special Co-ordinator on Cyprus must be seen as a positive development since Mr. Moses, the Presidential Emissary, followed a persistent policy while John Weston, the Coordinator, followed a soft and compromising position.

    HURRIYET newspaper (8.3.01) at the top of its front page carries the title ``Good news for TRNC from the USA'', and says that according to political circles the fact that Mr. Moses was removed from his position is a positive development.

    Reporting on the same issue in the inside pages HURRIYET writes that the Greek-Greek Cypriot lobby/s efforts for the appointment of a person of high political profile in Moses/s position have so far not been fruitful. TURKIYE newspaper (8.3.01) carries the Bush report news at the top of its front page with the main title ``Cyprus report by Bush'' and says that no pressure will be exerted on the sides for a solution, and that Washington/s latest move to abolish Presidential Emissary is in Turkey's favour and that a new strategy is being formulated.

    [02] Forged sterlings in the occupied areas According to KIBRIS (8.3.01), forged sterlings were found in the market in

    the occupied areas. While the pseudopolice was trying to track down forged dollars it came across forged sterlings. A person was arrested while making a purchase with forged banknotes of 50 pound sterling at a petrol station.

    [03] Mustafa Akinci says that participation in tourism fairs will have positive results for the economy of the pseudostate

    ORTAM (8.3.01) reports that the so-called State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Akinci returned to the occupied areas last night after attending the tourism fairs in Istanbul, Crimea and Berlin.

    In a statement at the occupied Tymbou airport, Akinci said that he believes the participation of the pseudostate in three tourism fairs will provide positive results. He also added that he had very useful contacts.

    Stressing that the pseudostate is going through a very difficult period in the economy, Akinci said that tourism can play an important role in overcoming the current economic difficulties.


    [04] The political system in Turkey is at an impasse Okay Gonensin, editor of SABAH (7.3.01), writes in his column that the

    political system in Turkey will enter into an impasse, unless changes are brought about within the political structure itself. In his comment under the title ``The Main Opposition'', Mr. Gonensin refers to a public opinion poll conducted by the Social Research Center of Ankara (ANAR), according to which all the political parties in Turkey are loosing their power. According to the research the main political parties would not enter the National Assembly, as they would not get the limit of 10%.

    Mr. Gonensin then says the following: ``In multi-party political regimes when the policy of the government is not successful, the interest/ of the people is diverted towards the opposition parties.

    The public opinion polls are used as a `barometer/ for the politicians. The administration follows how the people see its acts and defines its `line/ according to the results of the research. The opposition as well adjusts its `control/ and `alternative proposals/ to this poll. Parties which fail go and their place is taken up by parties which are able to gain peoples/ trust with their proposals and programs. The balance of the system is based on this ``come and go''.

    Now, this system of `one goes down and other comes up/ does not work in Turkey. The political parties, the ruling parties as well as those which are in the opposition, `are going down/ together.''

    SABAH/s editor expresses the view that half of the Turkish people do not trust the parties.

    ``The results of public polls conducted by the Social Research Center of Ankara (ANAR), show that all the political parties `have reached the bottom/.

    The `trust/ to the parties has been so low that no one of them is able to pass the limit of 10%: FP (the main opposition Islamic Party gets 9,4%, MHP (The Nationalist Party of Bahceli, one of the three ruling parties) gets 8, 9%, DYP (Ciller/s Opposition Party), 7,2%, CHP (The party of Deniz Baykal which is not in the parliament) 6,4%, DSP (Prime Minister Ecevit/s party), 4,9%, ANAP (Mesut Yilmaz/s party) 4,1%. Only the (pro Kurdish) HADEP party (3,9%) and the BBP (non-parliamentary Party of Great Union 2,4%) maintain their votes.''. Mr. Gonensin notes that 32,8% of the people who have participated in the research, expressed completely negative view about the political parties while 16,9% of the people have not yet decided to which party they will give their vote. Gonensin adds the following:

    ``The main opposition is outside the Parliament as well as outside the political parties. This a very serious situation, because half of the people do not believe that `things will get better/ if there is a change and the opposition parties get in power. They do not trust the present political structure and do not hope that a `solution/ will be found with this structure. This result shows that it is not believed that elections, which is the key for all the locks in a democratic system, could open the way.

    There is a `moral collapse/. The quarrel between Sezer and Ecevit and the discussions about the investigations regarding corruption may have played a role in this. However, it is obvious that the largest share of the responsibility is due to the disappointment regarding the economic stabilization program.''

    In ANAR/s research, says Gonensin, a very high percentage answered that Sezer was right when he disagreed with the government. This, claims Gonensin, shows that people need ``Something to lean on''.

    This is how the editor concludes his comment:

    ``Fifty per cent (50%) of the main opposition is outside the political structure and considers the President to be the only `moral/ support.

    The situation is very serious for all the political parties. If solutions are not found and reforms are not made within the political structure itself, a great danger is in the horizon. The system is going to enter into an impasse''.

    [79] Columnist in AVRUPA newspaper criticizes the pseudostate over tourism Columnist Turgut Afsaroglu, writing in AVRUPA (8.3.01), under the title

    ``Tourism'', criticizes the pseudostate over its inability to exploit the tourism potentials of occupied Cyprus, and, inter alia, says: ``South Cyprus has a hotel bed capacity of 88 thousands. They will shortly reach 100 thousands. Two and a half million tourists go to the south every year. Their yearly tourism income is 2,5 billion dollars. Their current account balance deficit is offset by the surplus from tourism. For this reason, the Cyprus Pound is not continuously devaluated like the Turkish Lira. Their inflation does not exceed 2-3%. Their unemployment is very low. There is cost-price balance. After 1974, 52,5% of the coasts was left to us. And to Greek Cypriots 47,5%.'' Afsaroglu blames Turkey for the calamities of the Turkish Cypriots in the occupied areas by saying:

    ``We depend on Ankara. We could not escape from the pressure of inflation of the Turkish Lira. And the most important, we do not know how to take advantage of things.''

    Finally, the columnist refers to the so-called embargo as follows: ``We are not able to even achieve full capacity for 8-10 thousand hotel beds. Why?

    Because it is said that there is an embargo.

    This is a lie! There is no embargo until to Istanbul''.

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