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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 01-09-24

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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.182/01 22-23-24.9.01

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Cem: Turkey's duty is not to «mislead» US in war on terrorism with `No Geography/.
  • [02] Turkish Cypriot `Deputies/ leave for OIC, PACE Meetings in Morocco, France.
  • [03] Izgi says Turkey, occupation regime have joint stand in solution of Cyprus issue.
  • [04] Cosar and Bayram go to Ankara for contacts regarding the economy.
  • [05] Bi-communal panel in Pyla village.
  • [06] Eroglu threatens «disquiet» in Cyprus in case the Republic of Cyprus joins the EU before the solution of the Cyprus problem.
  • [07] CUMHURIYET: «Money Transfers from the TRNC».

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Cem: Turkey's duty is not to 'mislead' US in war on terrorism with 'No Geography'

    The private Turkish TV channel (23.9.01, 10:00 hours) CNN TURK carried the following interview with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem by Mete Belovacikli and Murat Yetkin in Ankara on `Cafe Politics/ programme:

    «In reply to a question by Yetkin on the countries which harbour terrorism, Cem says that "there is a need to launch a legal war against terrorism." Noting that "it seems the EU is serious about the war against terrorism," Cem says that "these new winds should be put to good use." Explaining that the EU approved a document, which expresses the principles and views on the war against terrorism, Cem says: "This is a serious document. We expect now that this document be legitimized and a joint law formulated and implemented."

    Noting that "Turkey's security" constitutes the most important parameter in all this crisis, Cem adds that "everything will be done so that the people, which are already suffering from economic difficulties, will not have to suffer even more." Responding to Yetkin comments that "Turkey will not be dragged into an adventure," Cem says that the "Gulf war is completely different from today's developments." Explaining that Turkey is directly affected when the events get out of hand in the Middle East, Cem reiterates the cost of the Gulf war in terms of Turkey: "Our economy collapsed in southeast and east Anatolia. The collapsed economy helped the separatist movements in that region. Poverty is knee-high."

    In reply to a question on what Cem means when he says that "nobody should expect Turkey to be dragged into an adventure," Cem points out that "Turkey does not even names country names when it comes to terrorism because terrorism does not recognize geography. We do not think that terrorism is directed against the United States only. This is against the whole humanity, and Turkey suffered the most from this terrorism.

    In reply to a question on whether Turkey's contacts in the Middle East can be interpreted as efforts to avoid the spread of the war into the region, Cem says that Turkey has said from the beginning that the "Israeli and Palestinian peoples should be shown a target and objective" in order for them to maintain the cease-fire.

    In reply to a question on whether Turkey plans to take action concerning the "allegation levelled against south Cyprus with regard to the financing of several terrorist organizations, not only Bin Laden's," Cem noted that many countries financed terrorism through money laundering and went on saying: "This is an issue which we have brought to the agenda, which we try to keep on the agenda, and continue to do so." Cem said.

    On the issue of the "alliances in the region," Cem says that Turkey has two main complementary targets in the 21st century, and adds: "One of these targets is to become a EU member. The second target is to become an influential country in Eurasia." "Within this framework," Cem explains, "Turkey decided to further its relations with Russia, in particular in economy." If the UN meeting had not been cancelled in New York, Cem continues, the new action plan would have been signed between Russia and Turkey.

    In reply to another question on US demands from Turkey, Cem says that he does not want to add more than the government already said».

    [02] Turkish cypriot 'Deputies' leave for OIC, PACE Meetings in Morocco, France

    According to KIBRIS (24.9.01), two delegations from the so-called pseudostate Assembly left the occupied areas yesterday to attend two routine international meetings.

    The first delegation, headed by so-called Assembly Speaker Ertugrul Hasipoglu, will attend the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference [OIC] Parliamentary Union in Morocco.

    The second delegation, headed by «Deputy Assembly Speaker» Unal Ustel, will attend the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE] in Strasbourg.

    In a statement at the occupied Tymbou airport before he left the island, Hasipoglu said that he would be attending the OIC meeting as an observer. He pointed out that he applied for membership in the organization. He stressed that this was the first time a so-called Turkish Cypriot Assembly delegation was attending such a meeting, adding that the Cyprus question would be discussed at the meeting. Hasipoglu recalled that Unal Ustel would attend the meeting in Strasbourg.

    Hasipoglu said he would return to the island on Wednesday or Thursday [26 or 27 September], and Ustel's delegation on the weekend. He stressed that they would relate their impressions from the meetings once they returned to the occupied areas.

    Hasipoglu is being accompanied by Ilker Nevzat from the National Unity Party (NUP) and by Seyit Yolakli, so-called «director of extraparliamentary affairs», while Ustel's delegation is composed of Savas Atakan, Kadri Fellahoglu, and Iltac Karayel.

    [03] Izgi Says Turkey, occupation regime have joint stand in solution of Cyprus issue

    KIBRIS (23.9.01) reports that the speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, TGNA, Omer Izgi said on Saturday that Turkey assumed a common attitude with the occupation regime about the solution of Cyprus question.

    Izgi left occupied areas for Turkey after holding several contacts.

    Prior to his departure, izgi told reporters that pseudostate would join the Friend and Friendly Countries Parliamentary Union which was planned to be formed till the end of this year.

    This union composed of pseudostate, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan would meet periodically, twice or three times a year to debate problems, Izgi added.

    [04] Cosar and Bayram go to Ankara for contacts regarding the economy

    KIBRIS (24.09.01) reports that the so- called assistant «Prime Minister» and responsible for the economy, Salih Cosar and his colleague responsible for economic affairs, Mehmet Bayram are to go today to Ankara in order to have contacts on economic matters.

    The paper writes that the two so-called «Ministers» will discuss with Sukru Sina Gurel, Turkey`s Minister responsible for Cyprus, the economic programme aiming at helping the pseudostate to overcome the economic crisis which exists there for over two years. They are also expected to sign a «protocol» regarding this matter.

    During the visit of Mr Cosar and Mr Bayram to Ankara an «additional protocol» providing for an extra financial aid of 140 million dollars to the pseudostate, in order to help it to overcome the consequences caused by the devaluation of the Turkish lira last February.? Will be signed.

    [05] Bi-communal panel in Pyla village

    According to «Avrupa» (24.09.01) a bi-communal panel took place yesterday in Pyla village organized by young Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in the framework of the project «Acknowledging each others pain - celebrating togertherness».

    At the panel two Greek Cypriots and two Turkish Cypriots spoke about the crimes committed during the history of Cyprus and about the motives and the psychology of the perpetrators of those crimes. They also referred to the reasons which caused these crimes.

    At the end of the panel the participants observed a minute's silence in the memory of the victims of the conflicts in Cyprus.

    Next Sunday at 02:00 p.m the panel's «Acknowledging each other's pain» will take place at the park of Pergamos village in buffer zone. After that there will be the feast «Celebrating togetherness».

    Furthermore, the young Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will declare September 30 as a «Peace Day for Cyprus». They will also organize a bicycle race and an activity named «I want to meet my friend».

    [06] Eroglu threatens «disquiet» in Cyprus in case the Republic of Cyprus joins the EU before the solution of the Cyprus problem

    The so-called «Prime Minister» Dervis Eroglu has threatened that there will be disquiet in Cyprus in case the Republic of Cyprus joins the European Union before the solution of the Cyprus problem, according to «Birlik» (24.09.01), which writes that Mr Eroglu made the above mentioned statement on the «Third Dimension» programme of illegal «Bayrak» television.

    Asked about the message the Turkish Cypriot side was trying to give by not participating in the negotiations procedure towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, Mr Eroglu said that they wanted to prove that there are two states in Cyprus and make the third countries see and accept this so-called «reality», in order to try to help for reaching an agreement «taking into consideration this reality».

    «We are trying to give the message that there will be disquiet if they accept the Greeks into the EU before any agreement and if they accept a divided Cyprus», added the so-called «Prime Minister».

    [07] CUMHURIYET: «Money Transfers from the TRNC»

    CUMHURIYET (24.9.2001) writes about a book recently published in France on Usama bin Laden by Roland Jacquard.

    In the book, there is a reference regarding the occupied area in Cyprus it says:

    «Ladin, in order to realize his operations directed to the East Europe, he used the banks in the Turkish section of Cyprus. He secured the cooperation of some businessmen who have close cooperation with the Government in Turkey. They even speak about a person who is the member of the President/s family».


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