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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 04-05-28

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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.100/04 28.05.04

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Talat asked the EU Commission to adopt decisions for direct trade with the areas of the Cyprus Republic under Turkish military control.
  • [02] Ankara and its occupation regime are launching a diplomatic offensive in the United Nations headquarters.
  • [03] The so-called minister of foreign affairs of the occupation regime visits Pakistan reportedly upon official invitation from Islamabad.
  • [04] Turkish daily alleges that the USA will be treating President Papadopoulos "as a tourist" during his visit in Washington.
  • [05] Turkish Minister will illegally be visiting Cyprus.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Talat asked the EU Commission to adopt decisions for direct trade with the areas of the Cyprus Republic under Turkish military control

    Mr Mehmet Ali Talat the so-called Prime Minister of the occupation regime set up in the territories of the Republic of Cyprus after the Turkish invasion of 1974, which resulted in the killing by Turkish troops of 1% of the Greek Cypriot population and the eviction of 1/3 of the population from their ancestral homes, has sent a letter on 24 May to the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Mr Gunther Verheugen.

    Local HALKIN SESI newspaper (28.05.04) reports that the translation of the letter was made public in occupied Nicosia yesterday by the so-called Information Department of the "Prime Ministry".

    In his letter Mr Talat is asking for financial assistance and direct relations between the EU and the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus, where 40,000 Turkish soldiers are still stationed and where decisions are taken by the commander of the Turkish troops and the so-called Turkish Embassy.

    [02] Ankara and its occupation regime are launching a diplomatic offensive in the United Nations headquarters

    Encouraged by the Greek Cypriots´ rejection of the Annan plan in a democratic manner during a referendum, Turkey, and the regime it has set up in the framework of its long-term policy to partition Cyprus, has started a diplomatic offensive in the UN headquarters in the hope of securing a report by the UN Secretary-General that would facilitate its aims of legitimizing the faits accomplis of the Turkish invasion and continuing military occupation of a country member of the EU.

    Local daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (28.05.04) reports that in the framework of this diplomatic offensive Turkey is having contacts with important members of the UN while its military-supported regime is conveying in writing the Turkish side´s views to 192 countries members of the UN.

    The paper publishes statements made by the so-called prime minister of the occupation regime, Mr Mehmet Ali Talat, who assessed that the report the UN Secretary-General is about to submit to the Security Council will determine the policies to be followed in the coming years. Mr Talat further explained that the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the world are in wait for the UN Secretary-General´s report because the steps to be taken by the Turkish side after it will be important.

    He explained that based on the report, the Turkish side will try in a speedy manner to render ineffective all the previous negative decision for Turkey for its violations of the international law and the human rights of the Cypriots. (Tr. Note: They call isolation and embargo the implementation of international law).

    [03] The so-called minister of foreign affairs of the occupation regime visits Pakistan reportedly upon official invitation from Islamabad

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (28.05.04) reports that Serar Denktas, so-called deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ankara´s occupation regime in Cyprus, visited yesterday Pakistan. The visit is reportedly taking place upon an official invitation by Islamabad and it is expected to be the first stop of a long tour of Mr Denktas, within the framework of the "diplomatic attack" of the Turkish side aiming at putting an end to the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots.

    The paper notes that Mr Denktas began his contacts in Islamabad by meeting with ambassador Riaz Khokhar, permanent undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, because the Pakistani Minister of Foreign Affairs was on a visit abroad. According to KIBRIS, the bilateral relations between Pakistan and the illegal occupation regime in Cyprus, the recent developments on the Cyprus problem and ways for strengthening the support that Pakistan gives to the Turkish Cypriots were discussed at the meeting.

    In his statements, Mr Denktas alleged that the Turkish Cypriots believed that they deserved being unified with the world and that the so-called embargoes applied on them should be lifted.

    Furthermore, Mr Khokhar expressed his satisfaction from the visit of Mr Denktas and said that his country would continue supporting the occupation regime in Cyprus. "Until today we have supported our Turkish brothers living in Cyprus without any hesitation at all platforms and no one should doubt that our support will continue", Kohkar said.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily CUMHURIYET newspaper (28.05.04), under the banner front-page title "The target is the Turkish Cypriot State", writes that Mr Denktas asked the support of Pakistan for upgrading the status of the Turkish Cypriots at the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Conference Organization (ICO), which will be taking place in Istanbul between 14 and 16 June. The occupation regime demands that the Turkish Cypriots participate in the meeting as "Turkish Cypriot State" and not as "Turkish Cypriot Moslem Community".

    [04] Turkish daily alleges that the USA will be treating President Papadopoulos "as a tourist" during his visit in Washington

    Turkish daily MILLIYET newspaper (28.05.04) supports that the United States of America "does not forgive" President Papadopoulos for not accepting the plan that the UN Secretary - General submitted for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    The paper alleges that no one from the US administration gave an appointment to President Papadopoulos because he had rejected the Annan Plan. On the contrary, notes MILLIYET, Foreign Secretary Collin Powell met with the so-called Prime Minister of the occupation regime, Mehmet Ali Talat who supported the Annan Plan.

    [05] Turkish Minister will illegally be visiting Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (28.05.04) reports that Turkey's Minister of Environment and Forests, Osman Pepe will illegally be visiting the occupied areas of Cyprus today upon invitation of the so-called Minister of Economy and Tourism of the occupation regime, Ayse Donmezer.

    The Turkish Minister is expected to sign a protocol on environment between his country and Ankara´s occupation regime. Tomorrow Mr Pepe will be visiting the occupied Karpss peninsula. He is expected to leave occupied Cyprus on Sunday 30 May.

    /SK

    Constantia Soteriou


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