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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 03-01-08

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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.4/03 08.01.03

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Prosecution blocks Erdogan from running in Siirt election. Reaction by the JDP.
  • [02] Four Battalions of Turkish troops are already in Northern Iraq. Turkey wants no British troops there
  • [03] The Technical Committee met in the buffer zone. Turkish Foreign Ministry Delegation in the occupied areas
  • [04] Denktas is said to be preparing to submit two new maps
  • [05] Reference to Cyprus by Erdogan during an interview with "Star" television
  • [06] The Turkish Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee was briefed on Cyprus and Iraq. Aircraft from the U.K. Bases in Cyprus to use the Turkish airspace.
  • [07] Yakis: The UN plan has not been accepted as a basis for negotiations
  • [08] The Turkish government is accused of contributing to the campaign for having the Annan plan accepted
  • [09] Erel: "The sovereignty in the Annan plan is exactly as Mr Denktas has dictated it".
  • [10] The Democratic Party stated that the UN Plan must be discussed
  • [11] Sener Levent is brought in front of a "martial court" today for the Dikomo case
  • [12] According to a public opinion poll only the 27.1% of the Turkish Cypriots support the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas
  • [13] Pro-Denktas VOLKAN newspaper continues the publication of a public opinion poll
  • [14]The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly invited the Turkish Prime Minister to its meeting
  • [15] The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs declares that the Turkish policy on the Cyprus issue will change

  • [01] Prosecution blocks Erdogan from running in Siirt election. Reaction by the JDP. NTV television (07/01/03) reports that according to Sabih Kanadoglu, the Chief Prosecutor of the Court of Appeals, as the Siirt election, provisionally to be held in February, is not a by-election but a part of the November polling process, any person who was ineligible to stand as a candidate in November is still banned from contesting the re-run of the ballot. Erdogan was unable to stand in the November 3 election as he was still serving out a court imposed ban from politics due to a conviction for religious sedition. A vote by the parliament has amended the legislation under which he was banned, clearing the way for the Justice and Development Party (JDP) chairman to be elected to parliament. However, while not mentioning Erdogan by name in his written statement, Kanadoglu said those who were not entitled to stand in the November 3 elections could not stand in the Siirt elections, despite legislative changes. The prosecutor said as this was not a by-election, but repeat of the same election, the candidate lists could not be updated. He said that changes in the list were only possible in cases of those deputies who had died or resigned and that previously nominated second candidates would fill any gap. Turkey's Supreme Election Board (SEB) cancelled the results of the November 3 election in Siirt due to allegations of tampering with ballot boxes and because some communities were not provided with ballot boxes. Reacting to Kanadoglu's statement, Hayati Yaz?c?, the deputy chairman of the JDP, said on Tuesday afternoon that it was not up to Sabih Kanadoglu, the Chief Prosecutor of the Court of Appeals, to decide who could stand for election. That authority lay with the Supreme Board of Elections, Yaz?c? said. However, he denied that the JDP saw Kanadoglu as an opponent. "Our political rival is not Kanadoglu but political parties," he said. The JDP's group chairman, Salih Kapusuz, said that changes to the constitution had cleared the way for Erdogan to stand as a candidate, adding that the relevant authority was the SEB. Meanwhile, another to query the statement of Kanadoglu was the head of the SEB, Tufan Algan, who said that the prosecutor's comments were his personal views, rather than a statement of law. Algan said that the situation would be clearer once they had the list of candidates and any petitions opposing the candidature of nominated persons for the Siirt election.
  • [02] Four Battalions of Turkish troops are already in Northern Iraq. Turkey wants no British troops there NTV television (07/01/03) broadcast that Turkey has given permission for up to 35 members of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to operate in Northern Iraq, in the company of Turkish intelligence operatives, it was revealed late Monday. The information came out of a briefing to the Turkish Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee, given by officials of the Foreign Ministry and the General Staff, on a possible US-led military operation against Iraq. According to information released at the briefing, Turkey gave permission to 35 CIA agents to enter Northern Iraq and, as a result 150 persons suspected of being spies loyal to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein were detained and taken to a third country. Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar Yak?s also told the committee that Ankara has granted a 150 strong US delegation permission to examine ports and airbases in Turkey, under the supervision of Turkish officers. In the briefing it was also reported that the Bush administration wanted to increase its CIA delegation to 90 people, a request that Ankara has not yet responded to. Another pending request by Washington is that Ankara allows 60 civilian vehicles to cross into Northern Iraq. The bureaucrats stated that Washington had demanded that 90,000 American troops cross into Northern Iraq from Turkey but did not ask for Turkish forces to take part in any such invasion. The military officials said that there were currently four battalions of Turkish troops in Northern Iraq but that this number should be increased to 22,000 men. Officials of the Foreign Ministry stressed that under no circumstances should British troops be allowed into Northern Iraq. Turkey has also demanded that the US submit in advance the list of weapons to be provided to the Kurdish groups in Northern Iraq.
  • [03] The Technical Committee met in the buffer zone. Turkish Foreign Ministry Delegation in the occupied areas Illegal Bayrak Radio (07/01/03) reported from occupied Nicosia that the Turkish and Greek Cypriot members of technical committees, which were established in line with a decision reached during the Cyprus talks, convened in the buffer zone. The``International Agreements`` and ``Joint State Laws`` committees participated in the meeting. Laws which will be implemented by the joint state, in case of a possible agreement between the sides, are being discussed. Denktas' advisers Ergun Olgun and Prof. Mumtaz Soysal act as the coordinators of the Turkish committee. The Turkish and Greek Cypriot technical committees had convened on December 20 for the first time. Meanwhile, a delegation chaired by Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Under Secretary Baki Ilkin arrived in the occupied areas on Tuesday. Ilkin, Cyprus Department Director General Ertugrul Apakan and Deputy Director General Necip Erguz will hold consultations with Rauf Denktas and officials. So-called Foreign and Defense Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu said that consultations are constantly held between Turkey and the puppet regime in defending and implementing a national struggle and added that this visit was a part of this process. Stating that the delegation had an intensive programme, Ertugruloglu said: ``We will evaluate the situation related to the Cyprus issue with the delegation. We will determine steps which will be taken in defending and continuing our common struggle.`` On his part, Mr Ilkin said that a critical point was reached in the negotiations on the Cyprus issue, stating that negotiations which were suspended due to Denktas` illness would restart after Denktas recovered. Stating that the two-month period was very important and it should be well evaluated, Ilkin said that they would evaluate the issue with Denktas and other officials. The Foreign Ministry delegation will depart from the occupied areas on Wednesday.
  • [04] Denktas is said to be preparing to submit two new maps Turkish mailand "Aksam" newspaper (Internet Version 07/01/03) carries the following report by Mutlu Colgecen under the title: "Two maps from Denktas": It was learned that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktas, prepared two maps within the framework of the Cyprus Plan. There are two separate formulas in the maps prepared within the framework of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Cyprus Peace Plan. In the talks between the sides, which should start again today under the observation of the UN Cyprus Representative Alvero de Soto, discussions will be held on the Annan Plan. According to the two maps that Denktas will present, land would be left to the "TRNC" on Cyprus at the rates of 29 plus percent and 30 plus percent. According to the information reaching the "Aksam" Newspaper, one of the maps envisages giving the Karpass Region to the Greek Cypriot Section in a manner complying with the Annan Plan. This map, which proposes leaving to the Greek Cypriots a "narrowed down and disarmed" Karpass Canton with a number of autonomies, is being evaluated as the Denktas Surprise. In this map, Denktas envisages leaving the Varosha Region to the Turkish Cypriots in return for Karpass. On the second map, the Varosha Region would be opened for settlement with a special status. On the second map, in return for the Karpass Region remaining on the Turkish Cypriot side, it is envisaged to open the Varosha Region for joint settlement. According to these maps, the part of Varosha on the sea side is left to the "TRNC" and the part on the side of the plain is left to the Greek Cypriot Section. The security of the region is left to the UN within the framework of Denktas' plan for opening the Varosha Region to joint settlement. The balance between the Karpass and Varosha regions is established on the maps by Denktas. On both maps prepared by the UN, Varosha and a large part of Morphou and more than 20 large villages and subdistricts are left to the Greek Cypriots. Meanwhile, KIBRIS (08.01.03) reports that Ahmet Okan, a press representative of the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas, issued yesterday a statement declaring that the information, published yesterday by Turkish mainland AKSAM newspaper under the title "Two alternative maps from Denktas" regarding two maps prepared by the Turkish Cypriot leader for settling the territorial aspect of the Cyprus issue, is not true. In his statement and in a letter he has sent to AKSAM's editor-in-chief, Mr Okan supports that this information "has no relation with the realities".
  • [05] Reference to Cyprus by Erdogan during an interview with "Star" television Ankara Anatolia news agency (07/01/03) reported that the Justice and Development Party (JDP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday responded to questions on private STAR television. In reply to a question on Cyprus, Erdogan said: ``If Cyprus is to be a peace island, this should be solved through mutual agreement. As Turkey, with an objective point of view, and being at a distance from sentiments,, we should provide the plan to be negotiated, and reach a positive result. We should search for ways to reach a solution based on concession.`` Erdogan said that Rauf Denktas said he favored negotiations: ``They will sit at the negotiation table. I hope a solution will be reached at that negotiation table``, he added. Stating that they were not a party having ``give and relieve``understanding, Erdogan concluded: ``A just and lasting solution should be aimed at based on a partnership state, and through discussing the property and refugee problems.``
  • [06] The Turkish Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee was briefed on Cyprus and Iraq. Aircraft from the U.K. Bases in Cyprus to use the Turkish airspace. Ankara Anatolia news agency (06/01/03) reports from Ankara that Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis, Foreign Ministry and General Staff officials briefed the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee on Iraq and Cyprus on Monday. Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mehmet Dulger said that Turkey would wait for the final report which would be presented by the United Nations (U.N.) on Iraq and added that not February 28, but the Thessaloniki Summit at which new members of the European Union (EU) would sign their accession documents was very important with respect to the Cyprus issue. Yakis, who attended the meeting following the briefing that was given by Foreign Ministry and General Staff officials, also gave a briefing which lasted for one hour and fifteen minutes to the committee. After the meeting, Yakis replied to questions by committee members. Yakis said: ``Some columnists write in their articles that Turkey has accounts to settle with Mosul and Kirkuk. I asked for bureaucrats to `examine this issue`. All I have said is this.`` On Cyprus Dulger said that it was understood that nine separate maps were prepared about Cyprus in the U.N. in the beginning and that those were later reduced to two maps. ``Negotiations on U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan`s plan are being held by accepting it as a framework. They have not finished yet. It is not clear yet whether there would be a change in policy or not,`` he stated. When recalled that there was not much time left to February 28, Dulger said: ``Reaching a result on the issue till February 28 is not obligatory. April is very important.`` Reporting on the same issue Milliyet newspaper (07/01/03) publishes the following report by Ayhan Demir: Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis and his bureaucrats together with officials from the General Staff have briefed the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee on both Cyprus and Iraq. The General Staff officials said that Saddam might hit Turkey during any US operation against Iraq. From the General Staff Brig. Kadir Sagdic gave a briefing on Cyprus while Maj. Gen. Bekir Kalyoncu gave a briefing on Iraq. Kalyoncu said that the US administration had gotten it into its head to intervene in order to change the administration in Iraq. Recalling that the United States was reshaping the Middle East and that the region had enough oil reserves to meet the United States' energy needs for another 100 years, Kalyoncu maintained that order in the region was necessary. Noting that [Saddam's] WMD had a range that encompassed Erzurum, Erzincan and Adana, the top brass said that the United States had taken a decision, it was going to intervene and it was going to stay in the region for a long time. Stating that Saddam might strike Turkey during the operation, the commanders said they had spoken at length with US authorities and that the United States wanted full cooperation from Turkey. According to the commanders' briefing the United States' demands were presented on a written list delivered on 19 November 2002. The Americans made an alteration on 16 December and then presented their list of demands. The Turkish government gave permission on 16 December for ports to be inspected. A 150-strong team of experts is due to come to Turkey on 16 January to inspect our ports, airfields and bases. If the inspection reveals that further construction is required this task will be given to Turkish contractors. The top brass noted that absolutely no political pledges had been made but that things were now critical and that it was time now for political decision making and military planning failing which Turkey could find itself facing a few fait accompli. The officers said that Iraq would be reshaped and that the question of whether or not Turkey would have a say in this reshaping needed to be clarified. "If places like Kirkuk and Mosul are within the National Pact then it is important who controls them," they said. "During our talks with the US authorities we drew our red lines. We told them of our indisputable conditions. We do not want a Kurdish state in the region. We want Kirkuk and Mosul to be accepted not as minorities but as major elements of the state of Iraq." When asked by the deputies, the commanders stated that the region would be entered in order to stop migration during the fighting and that there were currently four Turkish battalions in the area. Stating this number would be bolstered, the commanders said this would require a parliamentary decision and that this decision needed to be taken within a few days. Noting that a 32-strong team of experts had arrived over the period September-October and that Turkey was also contributing to this group, comprised of Special Forces, and that it was carrying out intelligence work, the top brass said the US Special Forces had captured several Iraqis in the region and taken them to the United States. The commanders stated they had reckoned on 250,000 people being displaced during the fighting and that 18 camps would be built between the 36th and 37th parallels for this. The officers revealed the United States demands of Turkey: 1. Immediate use of intelligence gathering aircraft. 2. Permission for aircraft taking off from the UK bases on Cyprus to use Turkish airspace. 3. The use of intelligence gathering aircraft for the intelligence center set up at Incirlik. 4. There are 60 civilian vehicles waiting at Incirlik. Permission is wanted for these vehicles to carry small arms. These weapons will be distributed to the Kurdish groups in northern Iraq. Transfer is asked for this. 5. Firstly an air operation then a land operation is planned to seize Baghdad. For this the United States wants to base 80,000 land force personnel and 5-6,000 Special Forces personnel in Turkey. They also want permission for British Special Forces to be included among them. 6. They want to use the Incirlik, Batman, Diyarbakir, Afyon, Corlu and Sabiha Gokcen airfields plus the ports at Tasucu, Mersin and Iskenderun. The issue of State Minister for the Treasury and Foreign Trade Kursat Tuzmen going to take a 150-strong delegation to Iraq has been taken up at the Foreign Affairs Committee. One Justice and Development Party deputy, Emin Sirin, asked: "This trip could turn into Erbakan's Libya trip. Seeing that there is going to be an intervention in Iraq in a month's time why go there? Saddam is going to be replaced. Just how are you going to look at the new administration?" While Sirin was speaking the officers were nodding their approval. Foreign Minister Yakis said: "I am going to look into this matter. It is a serious warning."
  • [07] Yakis: The UN plan has not been accepted as a basis for negotiations KIBRIS (08.01.03) reports that Yasar Yakis, Turkey's Foreign Minister, has said that the Turkish side has not accepted the Annan plan as a basis for negotiations and added that his government is satisfied by the behaviour of the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas on the Cyprus issue. Talking to Mehmet Ali Birand of CNN TURK television, Mr Yakis said that Denktas' policy on Cyprus is formed by the Turkish authorities and the Turkish Cypriots together. "Cyprus is not only his (Denktas') problem, it is a problem of all of us", he continued. Asked whether Turkey's presidency, the Turkish Amred Forces, the ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government have the same opinion on the Cyprus issue, Mr Yakis said: "The Annan plan has created a new situation. Very naturally, this new situation has not been assimilated in the same manner by all the authorities. Therefore, when a difference comes up, all these authorities meet and compare their views". Furthermore, Mr Yakis noted that he believed that Turkey would make its decisions on Cyprus within this week and this would be at the same time the result of the cooperation with the so-called authorities of the puppet regime in occupied Cyprus. Answering a question Mr Yakis said that the Annan plan could be accepted if some adjustments are made and added: "We have not accepted it as a basis for negotiations. If you accept it as a basis for negotiations then the other side will interfere when you get out of this basis. We do not want to get into such situation. .". The Turkish Foreign Minister noted however that the letters sent by Mr Denktas to the UN Secretary - General and the changes made to the plan by Mr Annan, show that the plan is in fact being negotiated. Asked whether they are satisfied by Mr Denktas' behaviour on the Cyprus issue, Mr Yakis noted: "We have no complaints. We are working in cooperation and this cooperation will continue". Mr Yakis supported that the Turkish government does not want Mr Denktas to resign, but in case the Turkish Cypriot leader decides to do so a new negotiator will be appointed according to the so-called "laws" of the pseudostate.
  • [08] The Turkish government is accused of contributing to the campaign for having the Annan plan accepted KIBRIS (08.01.03) reports that Deniz Baykal, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (RPP), has accused Justice and Development Party's (JDP) leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the JDP government of "contributing to the campaign of having the Annan plan for Cyprus accepted". Addressing yesterday his party's parliamentary group, Mr Baykal strongly criticized JDP and its government because of their approach on the Cyprus problem. He especially criticized Mr Erdogan's statements for the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas, arguing that these words would cause "great results", which would be seen within the next few days. Mr Baykal expressed the opinion that in case the Annan plan is implemented the Turkish Cypriots will be turned into a minority and 60 thousands Greek Cypriots will be settled in the north, as he described the occupied areas of Cyprus. This approach will not bring peace, he claimed arguing that: "in the light of the realities taking place in the Balkans and in the Middle East, this is wrong".
  • [09] Erel: "The sovereignty in the Annan plan is exactly as Mr Denktas has dictated it". KIBRIS (08.01.03) reports that Ali Erel, chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, has said that "the sovereignty in the Annan plan is exactly as Mr Rauf Denktas has dictated it". Talking last night at a press conference in occupied Famagusta aiming at explaining the Annan plan, Mr Erel said that for the first time in 40 years the solution is so close and added that Mr Denktas is rejecting the solution despite the will of the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey. Mr Erel expressed also the opinion that the content of the plan has now become a detail and added that this could be discussed a little bit more, but an agreement must definitely be signed until 28 February. Mr Erel said, inter alia, the following: ".We have lost the 13th of December. What shall we do in order not to loose the 28th of February as well? We are informing our people. We have proposed the creation of a parliamentary council. We are talking with the MP's. We were expecting from the MP's to show a will on this, but we were not able to make the majority of the assembly to get into action. Either they do not care or they are afraid. Therefore, I do not think that this initiative will be successful.".
  • [10] The Democratic Party stated that the UN Plan must be discussed HALKIN SESI (08/01/03) reports that the Democratic Party (DP), which recently elected a new leadership, decided to take every democratic initiative to discuss the content of the UN Plan and to reach a solution. At the same time the DP stated that it continues to support the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas as the Turkish Cypriots/ representative in the Cyprus talks. According to the paper, the DP Council issued a statement according to which it is necessary for the Cyprus talks to be held in order to improved the issues pertaining to the two "states", like the issue of the sovereignty, the issue of the political equality and de-facto guarantees of Turkey and the Turkish-Greek balance over the island, which appears in the Annan document. The DP also noted that the version of the document that will be achieved should be submitted to the Turkish Cypriots/ referendum before it is signed. In addition the DP stated that the party will extend its support to the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas, in this process. It also called on the Turkish Cypriot parties to put aside their differences in order to cooperate and to be prepared for the post-agreement period. Moreover, BIRLIK (07/01/03) reports that Serdar Denktas, the newly elected chairman of the DP stated that he will take over the post of the so-called "deputy prime minister" of the pseudogovernment, a position held recently by the ex chairman of the Party, Salih Cosar. According to Mr Denktas, some "legal" problems may occur regarding this replacement, but said that he will discuss the issue with the "Attorney General" of the pseudostate.
  • [11] Sener Levent is brought in front of a "martial court" today for the Dikomo case AFRIKA (08/01/03) reports that its editor Sener Levent is going to be brought in front of a "martial court" today. Mr Levent, as well as AFRIKA and many other journalists of the paper, were charged because of the paper's reportages and comments about the events that took place on the 29th of July 1999 at the Dikomo Village. AFRIKA had reported then that the Cemal Ugursan family was forced by the occupation army to live its house in the village so that a commander may live in it. Sener Levent, who in his articles had strongly criticized the event and the army's behavior, was accused for "orchestrated the insulting of the moral personality of the army". The journalists and writers of AFRIKA Ali Osman, Kazim Denizci, Suzan Karaman, Ozker Ozgur and izzet Izcan were also charged for the same case, but as the paper reports, the charges were withdrawn. Sener Levent will also be brought in front of the judge Omer Guran today along with Memduh Ener because of a poem written by the latter.
  • [12] According to a public opinion poll only the 27.1% of the Turkish Cypriots support the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas KIBRIS (08/01/03), in its front page, under the banner headline "Only 27,1% support Denktas", publishes the third part of the opinion poll carried by the Turkish Cypriot Market and Research Company KADEM. Almost half of the Turkish Cypriots, who wish solution of the Cyprus problem until 28 February and to join immediately the EU, do not approve the policy that the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas follows at the negotiations on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots. The 44.1% of the participants in the poll found wrong the policy that Denktas follows. TABLE 1 Evaluation of Rauf Denktas/ policy by educational level
     	Illiterate	Literate	Elementary school	Secondary school	Lyceum	University
    General
    It's correct	41,9	28,9	42,2	29,8	20,4	22,1	27,1
    It's partly correct	29	18,4	21,1	30,3	23,8	34	26,8
    It's wrong	25,8	50	34,5	37,6	53,9	42,2	44,1
    No answer	3,3	2,7	2,2	2,3	1,9	1,7	2
    Total	100	100	100	100	100	100	100
    
    TABLE 2 Evaluation of Rauf Denktas/ policy by age
     	18-24	25-34	35-44	45-54	55+	General
    It's correct	29,4	22,4	21	30,9	36,7	27,1
    It's partly correct	23,5	33,3	25,3	24,6	24,6	26,8
    It's wrong	42,2	43,2	53	42	36,7	44,1
    No answer	4,9	1,1	0,7	2,5	2	2
    Total	100	100	100	100	100	100
    
    TABLE 3 Evaluation of Rauf Denktas/ policy by District
     	Nicosia	Famagusta	Kyrenia	Morphou	Trikomo
    It's correct	24,9	28,6	31,4	21,6	38,2
    It's partly correct	26,3	30,6	23,1	25,1	28,2
    It's wrong	46,7	39,1	42,6	51,9	30,9
    No answer	2,1	1,7	3	1,4	2,7
    Total	100	100	100,1	100	100
    
    TABLE 4 Evaluation of Denktas/ policy by occupation
     	It's correct	It's not correct	It's wrong	No answer	Total
    Civil Servant	25	31,9	40,6	2,5	100
    Worker	23,6	28,2	46,4	1,8	100
    Farmer	30	30	40	-	100
    Housewife	31,6	28,2	37,4	2,8	100
    Artisan	34,3	24,8	40	0,9	100
    Industrialists	27,3	9,1	63,2	0,4	100
    Retired	37,4	21,1	39,5	2	100
    Student	25,5	18,2	51,8	4,5	100
    Policeman/Soldier	20	13,3	66,7	-	100
    Teacher	13,6	35,6	50,8	-	100
    Self-employed	12,2	30,4	55,7	1,7	100
    General 	27,1	26,8	44,1	2	100
    
    TABLE 5 The percentage of those who support the establishment of a parliamentary council by educational level
    	    Illiterate Literate Elementary school Secondary school Lyceum University General
    I support        51,6    71,1         78,9              82         74,6     79,5     77,1
    I do not support 41,9    15,8         16,6              12,9       20,4     17,8     18,3
    No answer         6,5    13,1          4,5               5,1        5        2,7      4,6
    Total           100     100          100               100        100      100      100
    
  • [13] Pro-Denktas VOLKAN newspaper continues the publication of a public opinion poll Pro-Denktas VOLKAN newspaper (07/01/03) continues to publish a public opinion poll carried out by Akdeniz News Agency on 25 December in five occupied villages of Cyprus. VOLKAN reports that the 66,9% of the participants in the poll do not approve to live together with the Greek Cypriots. VOLKAN (08/01/03), in its front page, reports that the 87,5% of the participants in the occupied area of Morphou do not approve the UN plan, adding that the 67,5% of the participants support Denktas/ policy on the Cyprus problem and the 66,5% of the participants do not want a new negotiator to be appointed.
  • [14] The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly invited the Turkish Prime Minister to its meeting According to ORTAM (08/01/03) the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) invited the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr Abdullah Gul, to attend its general assembly meetings that will be held at the end of January. It was announced that the Turkish Prime Minister replied positively to the invitation and he will deliver a speech at the parliamentary assembly session in Strasburg on 27 January. Gul will also reply to MP's questions. It is expected that Gul will be asked on the cases of Titina Loizidou and Leyla Zana. Turkey, which was convicted by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to pay a compensation of 600,000 dollars to Titina Loizidou, is preparing to give an answer to the Council of Europe (CoE) in the question, "why they have not pay the compensation", ORTAM reports. The PACE has approved a report that criticizes Turkey for not implementing the decision of the ECHR to pay the compensation to the Greek Cypriot Titina Loizidou and to retry the Kurdish Leyla Zana and her friends.
  • [15] The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs declares that the Turkish policy on the Cyprus issue will change NTV (08.01.03, 12:30 pm) broadcast that Yusuf Bulunc, spokesman of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said during a press conference today that the Turkish policy on the Cyprus problem would change. According to NTV's correspondent in Ankara, Mr Bulunc said: "Turkey needs to adjust its policy on Cyprus, taking into consideration the requirements of the Annan plan. New characteristics are needed to be brought to the behaviour of Turkey. The government will make such an adjustment". Mr Bulunc did not give any information regarding the content of the new policy. He only said that it was important to take realistic decisions in the direction of the interest of the Turkish Cypriots and added that assuring permanent stability is also important. Furthermore, Mr Bulunc noted that there are no different views between Turkey and the pseudostate and added that the points of the Annan plan which the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas thinks that should be changed are the same as the ones Turkey considers that should be changed. EG/
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