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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 03-06-05

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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.104/03 05.06.03

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Ankara appears disappointed with EU aid for the Turkish Cypriots
  • [02] Turkish Gendarmerie Commander asked Azerbaijan to recognize the pseudostate
  • [03] Measures announced by the so-called cabinet to maintain the competitiveness of the occupied areas economy [] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Ankara appears disappointed with EU aid for the Turkish Cypriots TRT2 television (04/06/03) broadcast that Ankara is disappointed with the economic package the EU Commission has announced will be extended to the Turkish Cypriots. The economic package aims at developing the economy of the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus", and at bringing it closer to the EU. It involves financial support, economic development, and the development of trade. The part in the commercial section, which says that goods produced by Turkish Cypriots must first be approved by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Trade and then by another appropriate authority, has been questioned in Ankara. Diplomatic circles have expressed dissatisfaction with the ambiguity surrounding the appropriate authority, saying they are concerned that the authority will be the "Greek Cypriot Administration".
  • [02] Turkish Gendarmerie Commander asked Azerbaijan to recognize the pseudostate Milliyet newspaper (05/06/03) reports that the Commander of the Turkish Gendarmerie Forces, Mr Sener Eruygur, met in Baku of Azerbaijan, with President Haydar Aliyev. In statements be made Commander Eruygur referred to Cyprus. He said support shall be extended to the steps taken by the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Rauf Denktas, and added: "The time has come to recognize the 'TRNC'. Friendly Azerbaijan's support on this issue is very important for us."
  • [03] Measures announced by the so-called cabinet to maintain the competitiveness of the occupied areas economy Ankara Anatolia news agency (04/06/03) reported from occupied Nicosia that the so-called TRNC Council of Ministers, in a meeting chaired by so-called Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu, evaluated the package for Turkish Cypriots which the EU Commission announced yesterday, and also made important decisions regarding the economy. Deciding to reduce or eliminate the fund contributions and customs duties on imported goods apart from fuel, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, automobiles, and milk in order to increase the conditions of competitiveness in the market and lower the cost of living, the "Council of Ministers" did away with the fund contributions and customs duties on goods that are not produced within the 'TRNC', and, for goods that are produced within the 'TRNC', left unchanged the fund contributions and customs duties up to 25 percent, reducing to 25 percent the fund contributions that were over 25 percent. It is expected that the "Council of Ministers'" decision regarding the fund contributions and customs duties will be published, together with lists of the relevant goods, in tomorrow's edition of the "Official Gazette" and go into effect thereupon. The "Council of Ministers" also decided to apply a 25-percent subsidy for electricity in order to support domestic industry. During the winter months this implementation will also be valid for tourism. So-called Council of Ministers Spokesman and Minister of Transport Salih Miroglu, in a statement made following the meeting, commented on the EU Commission's document and stated that work has been completed regarding the fund contributions and customs duties. He noted that the main wish and demand of the "TRNC" and the Turkish Cypriots is for the elimination of the embargoes that have been imposed for years. Stating that "The embargoes that the world and particularly the EU have imposed at the instigation of the Greek Cypriot side are the greatest obstacle in front of the "TRNC" economy," Miroglu pointed out that it has been noted that the embargoes are not eliminated in the document announced yesterday. Miroglu said that "We are not calling for material support from the EU; but we have demanded, and are still demanding, that the world and the EU lift the inhumane embargoes." Alleging that the EU document is a text that the "Greek Cypriot administration and EU officials have drawn up by working together", Miroglu said that efforts are underway for everything to be done via Greek Cypriot officials, and for the ports of the "TRNC" to be left out of the picture. Miroglu, stating that the EU document does not satisfy the "TRNC" side, noted that they would nevertheless continue evaluations in this regard. Meanwhile, so-called Economy Minister Salih Cosar, who provided details regarding the fund contributions and customs duties, announced that customs duties and fund contributions have been eliminated on goods that are not produced in the occupied areas, but that fund contributions and duties will be retained on fuel, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and automobiles, all of which ensure revenue support, as well as on milk. Cosar noted that they will reduce the fund contributions and duties on milk, and that it may also become possible to import cheese. Noting that, with the opening of the crossing points, individual shopping between Southern Cyprus and the "TRNC" is continuing, and that initiatives are also underway for free trade, Cosar said that they are making new arrangements so as not to lose the North's advantages in the event of this coming about. Cosar, pointing out those great reductions are being made in the fund contributions and customs duties, said: "We are going to initiate this implementation quickly, despite the loss to the state of a certain degree of revenue. And we believe that it will bring about conditions of competition, free trade conditions, and to a certain degree a lower cost of living in the country."
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