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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 01-11-22

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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.224/01 22.11.01

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Ismail Cem on Cyprus and the forthcoming Clerides-Denktas meeting.
  • [02] Denktas insist on two separate states.
  • [03] Closed session over Cyprus.
  • [04] Gurel: Turkey will not give up either Cyprus or the EU.
  • [05] Statements showing the reason of Denktas/ invitation to President Clerides for face-to-face meeting.
  • [06] Akinci and Soyer criticize Denktas policy.
  • [07] Serdar Denktas is flying to Antalya.
  • [08] Talat says just solution is possible in Cyprus. A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Ismail Cem on Cyprus and the forthcoming Clerides-Denktas meeting According to KIBRIS (22.11.01) Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, gave an interview to Turkish CNN Turk's correspondent Mehmet Ali Birand. During the interview Cem referred to the Cyprus problem and to the forthcoming meeting between President Clerides and Denktas. When Birand asked Cem if the meeting between Rauf Denktas and Glafkos Clerides will be a showcase or if any concrete steps are expected, Cem answered: "I know that Mr. Denktas is approaching the matter in terms of finding a solution that is acceptable to both nations and that he will try to pave the way to such a solution with a serious attitude. I do not know about Mr Clerides". When Birand inquired about the steps expected after the meeting, Cem said: "The decision is up to Mr. Denktas, but it is my guess that if something positive emerges from the meeting, the two leaders will meet again and decide on the beginning of a new solution process. This is my optimistic forecast." "A good sign would be the scheduling of a second meeting."
  • [02] Denktas insist on two separate states BIRLIK (22.11.01) reports on a letter sent to the UN Secretary-General by Denktas where he is conveying the views of the Turkish Cypriot side with regard to the basic goals and parameters of a future agreement. In his 12 November letter, Denktas continues to insist on his intransigent stance, and demands the establishment of two separate states.
  • [03] Closed session over Cyprus KIBRIS (22/11/01) reports that the Parliament in Turkey agrees to sit in closed session over Cyprus on Friday; minutes will not be disclosed for 10 years According to the paper in the wake of Foreign Minister Ismail Cem's remarks that Turkey might pay a high price over Cyprus, Parliament has decided to sit in secret session to discuss the Cyprus problem. A proposal put forwards by independent deputy Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik and many other deputies asking that Cyprus be discussed in a secret session was accepted by the Advisory Board, chaired by Parliament Speaker Omer Izgi. Ministers that are not parliamentary deputies may attend as well the president, as audience only. Nobody present or with the right to be present at the session will be allowed to say anything about it. What is discussed will be kept a state secret. Minutes of the secret session will be kept by clerk members or, if the General Assembly sees fit, by a sworn in stenographer. The minutes and notes for the session can only be made public 10 years to the day later. Any proposal to make them public earlier or later than this needs to be approved by the Advisory Board. There have been 47 secret sessions held in Parliament to date.
  • [04] Gurel: Turkey will not give up either Cyprus or the EU KIBRIS (22.11.01) reports that Sukru Sina Gurel, Turkey's State Minister responsible for Cyprus, has said that it would be wrong to support that Turkey must either choose the European Union and give up Cyprus or choose Cyprus and give up the EU. "Cyprus is an island which has strategic importance for Turkey", noted Mr Gurel talking yesterday at the opening ceremony of a primary school in the Turkish city of Kirikkale.
  • [05] Statements showing the reason of Denktas' invitation to President Clerides for face-to-face meeting Statements of Turkish and Turkish Cypriots officials clearly show the reason of the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas' invitation to President Glafkos Clerides for face-to-face talks. It is obvious that the Turkish side wants to get itself out of the impasse after the decision to withdraw from the proximity talks. KIBRIS (22.11.01) reports that Huseyin Dirioz, spokesman of Turkey's Foreign Affairs Ministry, said yesterday that the Turkish Cypriot leader has undertaken an initiative by inviting President Clerides. Mr Dirioz claimed that Mr Denktas sent a letter to President Clerides, because he "was not disappointed" by the fact that in the past Mr Clerides "rejected" to meet him face-to-face". "At the above mentioned talks, Turkey wishes the two sides to find a solution which both of them accept by their own free will", added Mr Dirioz. Meanwhile, commending in the same issue the so-called prime Minister Dervish Eroglu pointed out that the 4 December meeting will be taking place after a demand by the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas and expressed the opinion that the world must see that the Turkish side does not avoid talking. "The world must see and accept that reaching an agreement which will have the favorable results is possible only if this is based on a realistic ground", alleged Mr Eroglu.
  • [06] Akinci and Soyer criticize Denktas' policy Representatives of the Communal Liberation Party (CLP) and Republican Turkish Party (RTP) strongly criticized the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas' policy on the Cyprus problem, during yesterday's (21.11.01) discussions of the so-called "presidency's" budget at the "Assembly" of the pseudostate. Ortam (22.11.01) reports that Mustafa Akinci, CLP's so-called MP, said that Mr Denktas' policy on the Cyprus problem is wrong and expressed his party's satisfaction about the 4th December face-to-face meeting of Mr Denktas with President Clerides. Mr. Akinci added that if the responsibility for not achieving progress towards the solution of the Cyprus problem remains on the Turkish Cypriot side, then the "Greek Cypriots" will enter the EU and the Turkish Cypriots will emigrate. Mr Akinci said that the Turkish Cypriots are taking passports of the Republic of Cyprus not because they want to go to the EU member countries, but because they want to enter the EU and to live in their own country after a solution of the Cyprus problem. Mr Akinci noted that the policy of Mr Denktas caused harm to Turkey as well and pointed out that this reality has started to be realized and discussed in Turkey. Meanwhile, Ferdi Sabit Soyer, RTP's General Secretary said that the policy of Mr Denktas on the issue of Cyprus must be examined and noted that this is happening in Turkey. Mr Soyer argued that this policy harmed the Turkish Cypriots and stressed that it is wrong to talk about recognition of the pseudostate in order to participate in the negotiations.
  • [07] Serdar Denktas is flying to Antalya KIBRISLI (22/11/01) reports that the so-called Tourism and Environment Minister of the pseudostate Serdar Denktas flied to Antalya, Southern Turkey, today to take part at the 2-day Meditt Antalya Tourism Fair. On 24 November Serdar and his delegation will participate in another meeting that will held in Adana for the development of the tourism relations between Turkey and the pseudostate. The aim of the meeting is to exchange views on a better promotion of the pseudostate in the media and the increase of the cooperation regarding issues related to tourism.
  • [08] Talat says a just solution is possible in Cyprus YENIDUZEN (22/11/01) reports that the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP) Mehmet Ali Talat wrote an article," There is a just solution in Cyprus", which was published yesterday in the Turkish mainland newspaper EVRENSEL. In the article, Talat stressed that Cyprus' accession into EU must be simultaneously with the solution of the Cyprus problem. He noted that the Turkish Cypriots must participate in the EU negotiation procedures in such a way that their political equality would be reflected. Within this framework, the peace infrastructure, which can be continued, must be established from now, Talat wrote. Pointing out that the continuation of the pre-1974 and the non-solution situation was unacceptable Talat said, "We can find a solution with a mutual understanding taking into consideration today's basis and today's world reality. We must look for a solution that guards the security of both communities, the existence of both communities but also the unification of Cyprus as a common homeland". AC/SK
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