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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 01-07-25

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

TURKISH PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA No.140/01 25.7.01

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the G-8 declaration on Cyprus.
  • [02] The Turkish Cypriot leader is continuing his contacts in Malaysia.
  • [03] «Near East University» to participate in an international conference in Sydney.
  • [04] Unemployment increases in Turkey.
  • [05] RTP General Secretary answers to Cumhuriyet/s columnist.
  • [06] New Islamist Party established. The new allocation of seats in TGNA.
  • [07] NPM is training people in shooting with G-3 rifles.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the G-8 declaration on Cyprus

    According to KIBRIS (25.7.01) the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Tuesday, that «opinions which were put forward in the joint declaration released at the end of the G-8 Summit in Genoa-Italy between July 20 and 22 about regional problems, are not based on the approval of the sides in Cyprus.»

    In a statement, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said: ``The final declaration released at the end of last year's G-8 summit in Okinawa, Japan, gave place to opinions towards solution of the Cyprus question, and referred to the decisions taken by the United Nations Security Council. ``

    Alleging that the Cyprus question could be solved by two equal and sovereign states on the island through free negotiations, the statement added: ``However, opinions which were put forward in the joint declaration are not based on the approval of the sides in Cyprus. It is clear that a lasting solution could be reached on the island only with the free will of the sides. ``

    [02] The Turkish Cypriot leader is continuing his contacts in Malaysia

    Kibris (25/7/01) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktash, is continuing his contacts in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    According to the paper, Denktash, who went to Malaysia as guest of the government of Malaysia, within the framework of the Islamic Conference Organization (ICO), met the night before yesterday with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Mr Michael Troyad. During the meeting they discussed the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and cooperation between the Islamic countries.

    Denktash delivered a speech yesterday at the Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Institute of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his speech Denktash repeated, inter alia, his known allegations that an institutional cooperation between the "two states that exist in Cyprus" will safeguard the peace in the area and in the world.

    Denktash will depart from Malaysia today and will arrive in the occupied areas via Istanbul tomorrow.

    [03] "Near East University" to participate in an international conference in Sydney

    Kibris (25/7/01) reports that the "Near East University"(NEU) will be represented in the "8th World Systems of Intelligent Communication" international conference to be held between 30 September-4 October in Sydney, Australia. Professor Dr Dogan Ibrahim of the Engineering School of "NEU" will represent the "university" at the conference. One hundred and fifty scientists from different countries will attend the conference.

    [04] Unemployment increases in Turkey

    Turkish mainland Cumhuriyet (25.07.01), reports that during the last six months 52,800 businesses closed down in Turkey, as a result of the economic crisis. According to the paper, this phenomenon occurs mostly in Thrace, where during the last six months 11,250 workers members of the DISK union lost their jobs.

    At the same time, it is noted that only in the city of Bursa more than 14,000 members of the union Turk - Is remained jobless in the first six months of this year.

    Among other things, Cumhuriyet writes that 90 enterprises went bankrupt in the city of Gaziantep, while 181 traders in Erzurum also went bankrupt.

    In the capital, Ankara, 2,000 enterprises closed down and 3,162 passed under a new management. Furthermore, a total of 20,000 people lost their jobs.

    [05] RTP General Secretary answers to Cumhuriyet`s columnist

    Turkish mainland Cumhuriyet (25.07.01) reports that the Republican Turkish Party's (RTP) General Secretary, Ferdi Sabit Soyer has noted that during the recent rally organized in the occupied areas by the platform «This Country is Ours», the Turkish Cypriots did not demand the withdrawal of the Turkish occupation army from Cyprus.

    Responding to an article of the columnist of Cumhuriyet Orhan Birgit, who wrote a commentary in Sabah newspaper's on the above mentioned event, Mr. Soyer says, among other things, the following:

    «...Unfortunately you have written that there were slogans and speeches which asked the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) to leave Cyprus. You have accepted as true the false article of Sabah and showed as a fact something which did not happen. ... At the age of 16 our generation became fighters and did their military service during the most difficult times. Therefore, when someone tells us that we think differently and tries to give us lessons of nationalism, our reaction grows. ... Among our members there are some who have children, brothers, parents and relatives in massive graves. ... We fight against the massive crimes and against this mentality, not because these are committed against us, but because every racist and fanatic view is an unacceptable crime committed against humanity...».

    [06] New Islamist Party established. The new allocation of seats in TGNA

    According to Turkish mainland Yeni Safak (24.07.01), the allocation of the seats in Turkey`s Grand National Assembly has changed after the establishment of the islamic Contentment Party (CP), which is comprised of the hard line islamists of the Virtue Party (VP), which was outlawed by decision of Turkey/s Constitutional Court. The establishment of the new party was announced last Friday (20.07.01) and the relevant application was signed by more than 100 persons including 51 MPs of the VP.

    However, the new party has suffered its first blow. Just as it was being formed and holding its first parliamentary group meeting, deputy for Kahramanmaras, Ali Sezal resigned.

    The seats in the 550 members TGNA are now as follows: Democratic Left Party (DLP) 132, Nationalist Action Party (NAP) 126, Motherland Party (MP) 87, True Path Party (TPP) 80, Contentment Party (CP) 50, and Independent 67. Eight seats remain empty.

    [07] NPM is training people in shooting with G-3 rifles

    Yeniduzen (25/7/01) reports that the National People's Movement (NPM) continues to do things without following any rules with the support of the so-called state. Within the framework of the 1st of August ceremonies (TMT's foundation day) NPM is organizing a shooting exercise with G-3 rifles for the young and old fighters. The shooting exercise will take place at the shooting grounds near the occupied village of Elia.

    The newspaper criticizes this action by writing: "At what excuse will the Security Forces carry out a shooting exercise for citizens in cooperation with NPM organization?»

    Stressing that a paramilitary organization has been established with the hand of the state, political circles stated that similar organizations can be found in Latin American countries under military dictatorships. It is also reported that their aim is to prepare the creation of a death squad within NPM, concludes the paper.


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