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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 02-02-05

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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:25/02 5.2.02

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Denktas says it is obligatory for the world to understand the line drawn by the Turkish occupation troops in 1974.
  • [02] Statements by Denktas after meeting President Clerides.
  • [03] Ismail Cem cautiously optimistic over developments in Cyprus.
  • [04] Former Turkish minister of State on Cyprus/ taking part in the Istanbul forum.
  • [05] Turkish party leader: "Cyprus and the ME problems cannot be settled by force of arms".
  • [06] YENIDUZEN says Turkey manipulates the occupied areas of Cyprus in the field of education as well.
  • [07] Turkish Cypriot hunter beaten by Turkish soldiers.
  • [08] Meat production in the occupied area dropped.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Denktas says it is obligatory for the world to understand the line drawn by the Turkish occupation troops in 1974

    Ankara Anatolia (4.2.02) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Rauf Denktas, yesterday met with Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Baki Ilkin in occupied Nicosia.

    At their meeting, Denktas stated that for the solution of the Cyprus question it was obligatory that the world should understand the Green Line, which was even resembled to the Berlin Wall, brought peace and a humanly living to Cyprus, comprised of two separate nations.

    Everybody wanted to leave aside the history, Denktas said and Added: `` We have left it aside. We really want a compromise starting from this current situation. I believe that compromise is very near and possible. Because, it is so simple, we can go for a unification by establishing bridges in the current situation. But, we cannot go anywhere by ignoring the current situation like we could not go anywhere for 38 years.``

    Ilkin said that the happiness, welfare, prosperity and security of Turkish Cypriots is the happiness, welfare, prosperity and security of Turkey.

    Baki Ilkin added: ``There are not two sides in our national case but there is one side, Turkey and `TRNC/. You have overcome all the difficulties so far. From now on, you will overcome them as the Turkish Cypriots. Turkey is always beside the Turkish Cypriots.``

    [02] Statements by Denktas after meeting President Clerides

    Ankara Anatolia (4.2.02) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Rauf Denktas, upon returning to the occupied areas after his meeting of one hour and 10 minutes with President Clerides within the framework of the direct talks on Cyprus, replied to reporters' questions.

    In reply to a question, Denktas recalled that at the start of the negotiations on the security issue he said there are no great differences of views between the sides, but at the end of the meeting he realized he was wrong. A rapprochement on the security aspect was achieved between the sides during today's meeting, Denktas added.

    Denktas stated that the proposals for a solution that appeared in the Greek Cypriot press are concoctions. Asked when the security issue will be closed, Denktas responded: "Nothing is closed. We cannot say we reached agreement on a specific subject unless we agree on everything. However, we will probably finish this subject on Wednesday."

    Asked what "the functions are," Denktas described the functions as the powers of a government. He said: "We are viewing this as the various powers of the governments that will form this government."

    Denktas reported that the issues of territory and property will be on agenda after the security aspect.

    [03] Ismail Cem cautiously optimistic over developments in Cyprus

    Ankara Anatolia (4.2.02) reports that Foreign Minister Ismail Cem held a half-hour meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York yesterday. The issues of Iraq, Cyprus, the Middle East peace process and Afghanistan were discussed during the meeting.

    In a short statement at the end of the meeting, Cem recalled that Turkey has always urged Iraq to comply with UN resolutions and to allow the weapons inspectors to return to the country. Cem stated: "Turkey is ready to help its neighbour Iraq if it complies with UN resolutions."

    In reply to a question on Cyprus, Cem expressed "cautious optimism" with regard to the developments.

    [04] Former Turkish minister of State on Cyprus' taking part in the Istanbul forum

    According to KIBRIS (5/2/02), former Turkish minister of State, Nationalist Action Party deputy Sadi Somuncuoglu has said that since the pseudostate cannot be invited to the EU-ICO forum as state then the Republic of Cyprus should not be invited as a state as well.

    In a written statement on the issue Somuncuoglu said that inviting the Republic of Cyprus as a state is contrary to Turkey's foreign policy. He said that not inviting the pseudostate to the forum is tantamount to Turkey' s indirect recognition of the Republic of Cyprus, approving of Cyprus' EU membership and accepting the demoting of the ''TRNC" to the community level.

    [05] Turkish party leader: "Cyprus and the ME problems cannot be settled by force of arms"

    According to KIBRIS (5.2.02), the leader of the Justice and Development Party, Recept Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at the Foreign Policy Institute in New York has said that "the Cyprus and the Middle East problems cannot be solved through force of arms but through mutual understanding". In his speech Erodgan has explained his party/s programme in the event that his party becomes the ruling party in Turkey.

    Erdogan further said that his party firmly supports Turkey/s EU membership. The Islamic Justice and Development Party leader further added that his party attaches great importance to the democratisation process in Turkey.

    [06] Yeniduzen says Turkey manipulates the occupied areas of Cyprus in the field of education as well

    Under the banner front-page title "Scandal!" "Yeniduzen" (5.2.02) reports that Turkey's Supreme Education Council (YOK) has forbidden the illegal universities in the occupied areas of Cyprus to educate advocates and teachers. However, it had no objection to permit new universities from Turkey to open branches in northern Cyprus.

    "First, our hotels have been put up for sale and were given to the service of 'the big hoteliers' from Turkey", writes the paper adding that after that the gambling houses were moved into the occupied areas of Cyprus.

    "After that our banks went bankrupt and a lot of money were transferred into banks of Turkish mainland origin", reports "Yeniduzen" noting that now is the turn of the illegal universities to be put under the control of the mainland Turks.

    Furthermore, "Yeniduzen" writes the following: "The Technical University of Kyrenia, which the Republic of Turkey plans to establish in Kyrenia has answered the question regarding the reasons for which YOK causes problems to the Turkish Cypriot universities. After the Near East University the American University of Kyrenia (GAU) is protesting as well!... ".

    According to the paper, in a letter sent to "officials" of the pseudogovernment and the pseudostate, the administration of the "GAU" are strongly against the initiative of establishing the so-called "Technical University of Kyrenia", which will be the eighth in such a small place as the occupied areas of Cyprus. The administration of "GAU" notes also that the new "university" will have the same faculties and a similar name as their own "university" and described this development as "unjust competition".

    The paper supports also that the illegal universities are being forced to collapse, underlining that only the so-called "Eastern Mediterranean University" (DAU) is not complaining over the situation. In a campaign in the United Arab Emirates, the above - mentioned "institution", with an announcement published in the Arabic language, has declared itself as the only recognized "university" of the pseudostate.

    The five illegal universities of the pseudostate are to participate in an International Education Fair in the UAE, between 9 and 12 April this year. Therefore, the "Near East University" issued a statement strongly criticizing the behaviour of DAU.

    [07] Turkish Cypriot hunter beaten by Turkish soldiers

    "Afrika" (5.2.02) reports that three soldiers of the Turkish occupation army have beaten a Turkish Cypriot hunter, Redif Temel living in occupied Argaki village, while he was hunting with two friends of his in an area open for hunting.

    The paper writes that despite the fact that the Turkish Cypriots were hunting 500 metres away from the military forbidden zone, the soldiers used their guns to threaten them and make them leave the area. One of them hit Redif Temel in the belly and on the back with the butt of his rifle. The Turkish Cypriot was arrested for a while and after he was set free he went to the offices of "Afrika" to report the incident to the Press. On its front page the paper publishes a picture of the wounded back of Redif Temel.

    [08] Meat production in the occupied area dropped

    According to Kibris (5.2.02), meat production in the occupied area has dropped due to the economic problems and to the increase in the production cost. Because of this drop meat shortages started and this pushed the meat prices, especially beef and lamb meat, upwards.

    Meat processors complained that they are having problems in finding livestock. They asked from the occupation regime to allow them to import meat from Turkey or abroad.

    KV/SK


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