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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 04-04-27

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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.77/04 27.04.04

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The National Security Council of Turkey convened and examined the latest developments after the referenda results in Cyprus.
  • [02] Efforts by Turkey to disclaim responsibility for its crimes in Cyprus after the 24 April referenda results.
  • [03] Denktas states that the ruling Justice and Development Party made "a good manoeuvre" as regards the Cyprus problem.
  • [04] Two "deputies" of the Democratic Party, one of the two partners of the "coalition government" of the occupation regime resigned.
  • [05] New manoeuvre on the property issue by the Turkish side which is waiting for the Americans to punish the Greek Cypriots and deal the last blow to President Papadopoulos. [A} NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The National Security Council of Turkey convened and examined the latest developments after the referenda results in Cyprus TRT 2 television station (26.04.04) broadcast that the National Security Council (NSC) of Turkey convened yesterday in order to evaluate the latest developments as regards the Cyprus problem after the results of the 24 April referenda. The National Security Council has convened and issued the following statement: "The NSC conducted a detailed assessment into the new situation that emerged after the Greek Cypriot side rejected the Annan Plan, which was launched by Turkey, supported by the United Nations, the United States, and the EU, and held to a referendum on 24 April 2004 in a bid to secure a just and lasting solution in Cyprus. A conflicting and unfair situation emerged because the Greek Cypriot side, whose overwhelming majority voted against a most comprehensive solution plan described as balanced and viable by both the United Nations and the EU, will become a full EU member on 1 May 2004 while the Turkish Cypriot side, which voted in favor of the referendum, will be left out. The NSC calls on international organizations and states to take into serious consideration the will displayed by Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot people toward a solution and the necessity of keeping the promises to lift the restrictions imposed on the `TRNC´ and undertake some political, economic, and social improvements. The NSC stresses once again that it considers the attitude displayed during the work under way for the referendum as efforts to find the truth and notes that Turkey's responsibility to the `TRNC´ and the unity, togetherness, and solidarity of the Turkish people have gained even more importance today."
  • [02] Efforts by Turkey to disclaim responsibility for its crimes in Cyprus after the 24 April referenda results TRT 2 television station (26.04.04) broadcast that the Turkish Council of Ministers met yesterday in order to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus problem after the 24 April referenda. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Cemil Cicek, the Turkish Government spokesman and Justice Minister, said that an opportunity has been lost for the solution of the Cyprus problem and blame the Greek Cypriot side for this development. He also said that a new situation has been created in Cyprus with the referenda and that the international community and all the concerned institutions must make the correct diagnosis of the situation that has emerged. He also stated that the result of the referendum has shown that the Greek Cypriot side is opposed to a new partnership, to coexistence or agreement with the Turkish Cypriots, or to join the EU together with them. He said that at this stage the Turkish side demands that the Greek Cypriot political leadership and the international community "first lift the embargo and restrictions on the Turkish Cypriots" and added that "nobody has the right to further isolate the Turkish Cypriots in the international scene after the referenda results". A journalist told Mr Cicek that certain EU circles are saying that it is exaggerated to say that the Turkish side did its bit completely and that Turkey should withdraw some of its troops from the island, even if symbolically, and that it should recognize the Republic of Cyprus. Commenting on this remark, Mr Cicek said that nobody should underestimate the outcome of the referendum because both the pseudostate and Turkey did all they could. "All those who made promises before the referendum must fulfil their promises. There is no need to come up with pretexts; the real picture is out there for everyone to see. If certain circles do not want to accept it they must say it openly. It is meaningless to set conditions after the fact, or to make such interpretations. We believe that we did our bit. The Turkish Cypriots made the efforts they needed to make, and produced a positive outcome. Everybody must accept this fact", he said.
  • [03] Denktas states that the ruling Justice and Development Party made "a good manoeuvre" as regards the Cyprus problem Ankara Anatolia news agency (26.04.04) broadcast that the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas stated that the Turkish Government played its role very well as regards the Cyprus problem and stated that "it made a good manoeuvre". "Turkey did all it could to reach a settlement. I hope that the world and the EU will see it as such. The sincerity and credibility of those who promised us sweets will soon be proven'The Justice and Development Party Government played its role very well. It displayed its sincerity. It did what it believed to be the right thing at the cost of contradicting us in certain matters. That was a good thing. It is understood now that it was a good manoeuvre", he said. Mr Denktas also said that the referenda results left him with a sense of relief. "I am not tired, I am not sad. I have the peace of mind that comes when a great load is taken off you," he said. Asked to comment on the call of certain circles for him to resign, Mr Denktas said that it was wrong to call on him to resign by "interpreting the referendum as a referendum on Denktas". "Until today, the EU always saw me as the obstacle before a settlement. I know the Greek Cypriots, the EU does not. The EU is saying that it is disappointed by the Greek Cypriots. I am not. If an agreement is going to be reached that will eliminate the 'TRNC', then I need to resign. As long as the 'TRNC' exists, however, and until my term expires, I have the duty to sign an agreement that will protect the 'TRNC'", he said. Asked to comment on the reports that certain steps may be taken in favour of the pseudostate, now that the Greek Cypriots voted "no" in the referendum, Denktas replied that those promises will be tested in 24 hours, or 48 or 72 hours. Denktas claimed that "the Greek Cypriots want to undermine Turkey within the EU by means of vetoes, and to take from Turkey tomorrow what they cannot take from it today." Asked if the Annan Plan is dead, Denktas recalled that Abdullah Gul, Turkish Foreign Minister and deputy Prime Minister, said in clear terms that "this plan can no longer be a subject of negotiation". "I had killed the Annan plan once. They resurrected it, like Jesus. I do not think it can be resurrected again", Denktas stated. To the question on whether a second referendum is possible, Denktas replied: "There is no such thing." 4. Two "deputies" of the Democratic Party, one of the two partners of the "coalition government" of the occupation regime resigned NTV television station (26.04.04) broadcast that the so-called coalition government of the pseudostate has become a minority "government" after two "deputies", Mr Ahmet Kasif and Mr Unal Ustel from the Democratic Party [DP] of Serdar Denktas have resigned. Kasif and Ustel who said that they will not be supporting the coalition government were earlier referred to the Disciplinary Council of DP. The resigning "deputies" are supported by eight Party Council members, who were also referred to the Party's Disciplinary Council. With the resignation of Kasif and Ustel, the number of DP "deputies" has decreased to five and the so-called coalition government's number of seats in the "assembly" has decreased to 24. In addition, as TRT 2 television station (26.04.04) broadcast, Mr Serdar Denktas commented on this development and stated that it creates difficulties. "The number of seats has decreased to 24 in the 50-seat 'assembly'. Naturally, there is some difficulty'.. At this stage, however, there is one thing that I will not resort to, and that is to adopt a stand aimed at obstructing a policy that should be conducted and steps that should be taken outside the party. We cannot lose any time. We have about a month, at the most a month and a half. We, as a party, will make every kind of self sacrifice to ensure the continuation of these steps and the process that has been initiated within this period even if this entails forming another government. We, in no way, have the right to deprive the Turkish Cypriots of this", he said.
  • [05] New manoeuvre on the property issue by the Turkish side which is waiting for the Americans to punish the Greek Cypriots and deal the last blow to President Papadopoulos Basaran Duzgun, editor-in-chief of Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (27.04.04), writes that the Turkish side is working on the unilateral application of the Annan Plan, especially on the property issue, aiming at closing the door of the European Court of Justice to all Greek Cypriot refugees who may want to appeal claiming their rights, which are violated since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Mr Duzgun notes that on his return from Brussels, Mr Talat will stop in Ankara and have meetings with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah Gul, with whom he is expected to discuss the situation in Cyprus after the referenda and the steps the Turkish sides needs to take. Mr Duzgun, reports, inter alia, the following: "'The Turkish side is working on realizing unilaterally the Annan Plan. It is planned that the regime regarding properties in the Annan Plan is applied as it is. The Greek Cypriot administration, after becoming a full member of the EU on 1 May, will try to get both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots convicted with cases similar to the Loizidou case. In order to prevent this, the Turkish side will enforce the proprietorship regime of the Annan Plan and say to the Greek Cypriots: 'come you can take your property'. Those Greek Cypriots who wish to do this will take the one third of their property and get a compensation for the rest. Those who have any objections may appeal to the properties commission established in northern Cyprus. In this manner, the way for the Greek Cypriots towards the European Court of Justice will be closed. At the Ankara summit, the issue of 'Denktas' (father and son), which concerns the government in Ankara, will also be discussed. According to information leaked from the political back scene, Ankara is very concerned with the behaviour and the statements of Rauf Denktas and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Serdar Denktas. There is the fear that the statements made by Rauf Denktas after the referendum, will waste the benefits gained by the Turkish side with great effort. 'The government of Turkey will try to get rid of Denktas quietly. The information that the US Secretary of State Collin Powell is prepared to invite Prime Minister Talat to Washington was published yesterday in KIBRIS and caused great activity in all circles. ' The official invitation has not yet been sent. The reason for this is the preparation of the American administration. The American administration is discussing the steps that it will make towards northern Cyprus. As soon as this preparation is completed, Talat will officially be invited to Washington and the Americans will deal their last blow. They were saying that the Greek Cypriot administration will pay a price for the no campaign it had conducted. This will be the last blow to Papadopoulos. ' We are going to be in Brussels and in Ankara, but our attention will be in Washington. Our diplomatic sources say: 'After the steps to be made by the Bush administration, the Greek Cypriot side may accept a second referendum'. '". /SK
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