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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.153/03 14.08.03
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 Denktas announces the establishment of a bureau for the Turkish Cypriot properties in the free areas of CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (14.08.03) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas announced yesterday that the occupation regime has established a bureau for helping the Turkish Cypriots to file suits for the expropriation of their properties in the free areas of Cyprus.
Mr Denktas distributed to the press a list with the properties allegedly expropriated by the Republic of Cyprus within the last two years. Mr Denktas argued that about 500 Turkish Cypriot properties in the free areas of Cyprus have been expropriated during the above-mentioned period. 241 of them were expropriated in January 2002, according to Mr Denktas' allegations.
Noting that the bureau was the result of work began from a long time aiming at defining the expropriated Turkish Cypriot properties by the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Denktas alleged:
"The lists include only the last two years. The expropriation process continues since 1963. We shall investigate all these going into the past. . In many places, under the pretext of obligatory expropriation, they have deliberated seized Turkish Cypriot land. They have passed roads through them, build refugee housing on them, and done many other things".
Mr Denktas asked the representatives of the Turkish Cypriot press to tell him how much money they want to publish the whole list as a supplement to their paper.
Referring to the issue of the Greek Cypriot applications for compensations regarding their occupied properties, Mr Denktas said that the number of the Greek Cypriots applied to the so-called "compensations committee" reached 19.
 Talat says that they will be betraying the struggle of the people if after the December "elections" they cooperate with forces, which are against the solution and the EUTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (14.08.03) reports that Mehmet Ali Talat, leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), argued yesterday that after the December "elections" in the occupied areas the forces which support the solution of the Cyprus problem and the accession to the EU will come into "power". Noting that then the pseudogovernment will conduct the negotiations for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem, Mr Talat said: "Consulting with Turkey we shall both solve the Cyprus problem and pave the way for Turkey".
Talking about the period after the "elections", Mr Talat expressed the opinion that thinking of making coalition with forces, which do not support the solution of the Cyprus problem and the accession to the EU, will be tantamount to betraying the struggle of the people.
Mr Talat argued that the pro-solution and pro-EU forces will win the "elections" and estimated that these forces will get all together about 70 % of the total "votes". This is the reason why Mr Denktas declares that he does not want a "government" which supports the Annan plan, said Mr Talat accusing the Turkish Cypriot leader of being afraid because "his sultanate is in danger".
 Eroglu argues that criticizing a decision taken by Turkey is not rightTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (14.08.03) reports that the so-called Council of Ministers of the occupation regime approved yesterday the so-called "Customs Union Framework Agreement" between Turkey and the pseudostate and sent it to the "assembly" for approval. The paper writes that the "council" issued also the regulations according to which the "compensations committee" which will look into the Greek Cypriot properties seized in the occupied areas will be functioning.
Talking after the meeting, "prime minister" Dervis Eroglu referred to the issue of Turkey's prohibiting the Turkish Cypriots to travel via its ports using the passport of the Republic of Cyprus. Mr Eroglu alleged that criticizing Turkey's decision would not be right and added that there is nothing that the Turkish Cypriots could do in order to change the situation.
Mr Eroglu said that until today the Turkish Cypriots have been traveling abroad using the passports of Turkey and faced no problems. Noting that the same situation is still valid, Mr Eroglu called on the Turkish Cypriot opposition not to use the issue for political reasons.
The so-called prime minister alleged that there was no need to exaggerate about the issue and accused Europe and the world of limiting the right of the Turkish Cypriots to move freely.
Meanwhile, talking during a meeting organized in the occupied Kyrenia region within the framework of his party's "election" campaign, Mr Eroglu claimed that the Annan plan aims at annexing Cyprus to Greece and sending the Turkish Cypriots away. Mr Eroglu accused "some forces" within the Turkish Cypriot community of wanting to sign the Annan plan and right off the pseudostate.
 A new Commander of the Turkish Occupation Forces in Cyprus is appointed According to Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (14/08/03), the lieutenant general Isik Kosaner has been appointed Commander of the Turkish occupation forces in Cyprus. He will arrive in the occupied areas on Saturday and have a meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas. He will take over his duties on Monday at a ceremony in occupied Kyrenia.
 The Turkish Cypriot Confederation of Trade Unions criticized the "Customs Union Framework Agreement"YENIDUZEN (14/08/03) reports that the General Secretary of the Turkish Cypriot Trade Unions Confederation of Cyprus Unions and the Chairman of KTAMS (Turkish Cypriot Civil Servant Unions), Mr Ali Seylani, at a press conference that was held yesterday, criticized the "Customs Union Framework Agreement" signed between Turkey and the pseudostate. Mr Seylani noted that signing such an "agreement" means being against the EU and the settlement of the Cyprus problem.