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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 02-04-19

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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. 75/02 19.04.02

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] TUSIAD delegation meets with Denktas; Warns that solution by June is important for Turkey's accession to the EU
  • [02] Denktas insists on the existence of his pseudostate
  • [03] Ertugruloglu requests a clarification from the British Government regarding UK Immigration Visas to the Turkish Cypriots
  • [04] Yilmaz: Discusses EU Ties, Cyprus Issue
  • [05] Sezer: "Greek Cypriots anticipation for EU accession is an obstacle to the settlement talks"
  • [06] AFRIKA: "We are here to oppose the occupation"
  • [07] Aktolgali: The information regarding brucellosis infecting 70 % of the employees of the "Veterinary Department" is untrue

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] TUSIAD delegation meets with Denktas; Warns that solution by June is important for Turkey's accession to the EU

    KIBRIS (19.04.02) reports that a delegation of Turkey's Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TUSIAD), which is visiting the occupied areas of Cyprus in order to have contacts on the Cyprus problem, met yesterday with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas.

    The paper writes that Mustafa Koc, vice president of TUSIAD's administrative council, pointed to Mr Denktas that Turkey's beginning accession talks with the EU at the end of 2002 would to a great extend be facilitated in case concrete steps are made towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem by June.

    Mr Koc said they supported the face-to-face talks between President Clerides and Rauf Denktas, "which continue in a determined way". The Turkish businessman wished a lasting solution to the Cyprus problem and expressed his sorrow for the fact that the EU is allegedly using Cyprus as a master card against Turkey, "showing openly favouritism towards Southern Cyprus", as he claimed.

    On his part, the Turkish Cypriot leader said to the Turkish businessmen, among other things, the following: ".We know your views regarding the EU. The opinion that the Cyprus issue prevents the accession to the EU predominates in some circles. When the press leaves us alone we shall discuss these issues in depth, because until today we followed our policy in a way that our Motherland is not harmed. We pursued this policy together with the Motherland. And this is still happening. The steps we make are always careful steps together with our Motherland. We believe that Cyprus is important for the Motherland and it is historical place with geopolitical importance, which could not be abandoned. .".

    It is noted that the Turkish businessmen met also with Dervis Eroglu, so-called "Prime Minister", Salih Cosar, so-called "deputy Prime Minister and responsible for the economy" and Turkey's "ambassador" to occupied Nicosia Hayati Guven.

    [02] Denktas insists on the existence of his pseudostate

    KIBRIS (19.04.02) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas has called on the Turkish Cypriots youth to insist on the existence of the pseudostate. Speaking at the opening ceremony of a computers' laboratory at the Haydarpasa Commercial Lyceum Mr Denktas expressed the opinion that the economic problems of the pseudostate are temporary and added: "However, if the state is lost, you must know that a man without a state is like a beggar asking for money with his head bent down.".

    Meanwhile, speaking at a meeting with a delegation of 59 administrators from Turkey, Mr Denktas alleged that foreign powers exert efforts towards separating the Turkish Cypriots from Turkey and in order to achieve this they use tricks like spreading the opinion that the most important thing for Turkey is its accession to the EU, something which cannot be prevented by the Cyprus problem.

    Referring to Mrs Karren Fogg, EU's representative in Turkey, Mr Denktas claimed that she tried all the ways to divide Turkey, but she failed. Mr Denktas said, inter alia, the following: ".All games and tricks aim at diving Turkey and making it smaller because it is a strong country.When Madam Fogg's correspondence was published the eyes of all of us, both in Turkey and here, opened. A great game is played against both Turkey and Cyprus.".

    [03] Ertugruloglu requests a clarification from the British Government regarding UK Immigration Visas to the Turkish Cypriots

    According to KIBRIS (19/04/02) the so-called Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence Tahsin Ertugruloglu commented yesterday on the report published in the daily AFRIKA that the British Government will accept the immigration requests of those Turkish Cypriots who hold the passport of the Cyprus Republic.

    Ertugruloglu affirmed that the report comes as no surprise, that a clarification is being expected from British Government officials and from the British High Commission in Cyprus. Once an announcement is made by these sources, he said, he will issue a statement.

    [04] Yilmaz: Discusses EU Ties, Cyprus Issue

    According to Anatolia Agency (18/04/02) the Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Mesut Yilmaz, who is currently in Florence, Italy, to attend a special meeting, talked to Turkish press about the issues which are on the agenda. He said that the biggest fear the EU countries have about Turkey is the large Turkish population.

    Yilmaz said that the recent intensive diplomacy dialogue between the EU and Turkey is in order to urge the EU to give a timetable for the start of negotiations with Turkey.

    "We expect the EU to take a decision at the Copenhagen summit that will open our way to the EU. Important steps were taken to fulfil the Copenhagen political criteria to date, but they were not completed," Yilmaz said and noted that Turkey has to focus more on the EU-Turkey relations in the coming period and meetings will be held on this issue.

    Responding to a question about the negotiations in Cyprus, Yilmaz said: "A process continues. The Greek Cypriot side should not think that Cyprus will join the EU even if the Cyprus issue is not solved."

    The admission of Cyprus to the EU will cause a serious problem in respect of the EU`s future, said Yilmaz and noted that the EU has to be objective and the solution of the problem will become more difficult if the EU takes sides.

    [05] Sezer: "Greek Cypriots anticipation for EU accession is an obstacle to the settlement talks"

    According to HALKIN SESI (19/04/02) the Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, who is paying an official visit to Lithuania, has alleged that the Greek Cypriots anticipation for EU accession creates the most serious obstacle to the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    [06] AFRIKA: "We are here to oppose the occupation"

    Under the banner front-page title "Here is our answer to Akarcali: We exist", AFRIKA (19.04.02) answers to statements made yesterday in Athens by Bulent Akarcali, vice president of Turkey's Motherland Party, who in his address to a conference organized by the "Economist" magazine referred to the occupied areas of Cyprus and wondered: "What kind of occupation is it, there is no one to oppose it".

    The paper answers to Mr Akarcali that AFRIKA exists in the occupied areas to raise its voice against occupation. The paper reminds that in the past Mr Akarcali had stated that northern Cyprus is under occupation and it is ruled by Ankara.

    [07] Aktolgali: The information regarding brucellosis infecting 70 % of the employees of the "Veterinary Department" is untrue

    KIBRISLI (19.04.02) reports that Kamil Aktolgali, director of the so-called "Veterinarian Department", said that the information published yesterday in the above-mentioned paper regarding the fact that 70 % of the employees of this department are infected by brucellosis, is not true.

    Mr Aktolgali said that the disease infected only seven of the employees of his department.

    Yesterday KIBRISLI wrote that the illness of brucellosis has been found on 30 out of 67 cows of a farm in the occupied village of Arsos, in the Larnaca area and that 70 % of the veterinarians and the technicians who work in the "Veterinary Department" have been infected by brucellosis.


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