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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 04-07-13

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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.131/04 13.07.04

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Denktas arrives in Istanbul; "Says EU conditions are unacceptable".
  • [02] Talat visits Holland and stresses the importance of the Dutch presidency of the EU.
  • [03] The occupation regime will hand over the British fugitives living in there.
  • [04] The Democratic Party of Serdar Denktas wants to postpone the holding of early 'elections' in the pseudostate.
  • [05] The "minister" of Education and Culture of the pseudostate will participate in the 21st meeting of the Permanent Council of the Ministers of Culture of the Turkish Speaking Countries, in Kazakhstan.
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [06] "Why does the EU not prepare a solution plan"?

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Denktas arrives in Istanbul; "Says EU conditions are unacceptable"

    According to NTV-Television (12.07.04), Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas, has said that there is no will to make the pseudostate a sovereign state and has added: "They want to see us as a community that is attached to the Greek Cypriots. The Annan plan was prepared with this goal in mind."

    On his arrival in Istanbul, Denktas replied to questions at Ataturk Airport. Upon being reminded about the statements made by Verheugen, the EU commissioner in charge of enlargement, Denktas said: "The conditions are unacceptable. You will not request sovereignty. You are not a state. You will not become a state. In other words, they want to see us as a community that is attached to the Greek Cypriots."

    He further charged that the Annan plan was prepared with that goal in mind. Denktas was then reminded about the statement made by so-called Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Talat: "We are not after recognition. We are after unification." In response, Denktas stressed that a state and its sovereignty were the conditions of unification. He continued: "Because this is what we are. Mr Talat is the `prime minister´ of our state. He might have been persuaded to say that in order not to disrupt the flow of aid." Denktas said that if the prime minister of state says that he is not after recognition, then this is tantamount to his having renounced that state.

    [02] Talat visits Holland and stresses the importance of the Dutch presidency of the EU

    Turkish Cypriot daily YENI DUZEN newspaper (13.07.04) reports that Mehmet Ali Talat, so-called Prime Minister of the occupation regime, has said that today on 05.05 in the morning he would be departing for Holland where on 17.30 local time he would be meeting with the Dutch Minister responsible for European Affairs, Mr Atzo Nicolai.

    In statements yesterday during one of his meetings, Mr Talat stressed the importance of this visit because Holland holds the presidency of the EU in the second half of this year, when the regulations for granting the 259 million euro-aid to the Turkish Cypriots will be taking their final form.

    Mr Talat said that with Mr Nicolai they would discuss various matters and the expectations of the pseudostate from the European Union. Mr Talat supported that foremost EU and Dutch diplomats give great importance to his meeting with Mr Nicolai.

    Mr Talat is expected to return to the occupied areas of Cyprus on Wednesday night, 14 July.

    [03] The occupation regime will hand over the British fugitives living in there

    The Turkish mainland daily SABAH newspaper (13.07.04), reports that the occupation regime in the north of Cyprus is getting ready to bring the British fugitives who sought asylum there before the "court". The paper adds that "the `TRNC´ will try the fugitives for British gesture to ease the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots"

    SABAH goes on and reports that a team from the occupied area will go to England in order to prepare the necessary files for bringing these people before the "Court".

    The paper reports that narcotics smugglers Mickey Green, Brian Wright are among those people who sought refuge in the occupied area. As for Asil Nadir who jumped the bail order and arrived in the occupied area chances to put him in the dock is very slim.

    [04] The Democratic Party of Serdar Denktas wants to postpone the holding of early 'elections' in the pseudostate

    Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (13.07.04) reports that the party assembly of the Democratic Party (DP) of Serdar Denktas decided yesterday to work towards the postponing of the so-called elections in the pseudostate.

    As the paper writes the leader of the DP, Serdar Denktas and the General Secretary Mustafa Arabacioglu were assigned by the party's assembly to start having meetings with the political parties of the pseudostate as well as with the Turkish government on the issue of postponing the so-called elections'.

    Speaking to HALKIN SESI paper, Mr Serdar Denktas stated that he expects the parties which insist on the holding of the 'elections' on the 26th of September to re-evaluate the situation. He also stressed that the Turkish Cypriots, are going through very important development as a community and therefore the 'elections' must be postponed and be conducted in October, November of even in later months.

    [05] The "minister" of Education and Culture of the pseudostate will participate in the 21st meeting of the Permanent Council of the

    Ministers of Culture of the Turkish Speaking Countries, in Kazakhstan Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (13.07.04) reports that Dr Erbil Akbil, the so-called Minister of Education and Culture of the occupation regime will participate in the 21st meeting of the Permanent Council of the Ministers of Culture of the Turkish Speaking Countries, TURKSOY, (Common Management of the Turkish Culture and Art). In the meeting, which will take place between 14-15 of July in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, the Ministers of Cultural of the following countries will participate: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tataristan and the autonomous areas of Bashkortostan, Tyva, Khakassiya and Gagavuz.

    [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

    [06] "Why does the EU not prepare a solution plan"?

    Under the above title Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (13.07.04) writes, inter alia, the following:

    "Why the new owner of Cyprus, the EU has been directed to measures which will be making permanent the division of the island, instead of searching for a permanent solution? Could it not undertake a mission similar to the previous mission of the UN? Could it not mediate between the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots? Could it not undertake an initiative towards a solution? Have all the peace efforts ended with the result of the referendum? 'Was the Annan Plan the 'last plan'? Could there not be another solution plan for Cyprus? Since the EU is the new owner of Cyprus, is searching for a permanent solution to the problem of the island not its first duty? Could a group of experts not sit and prepare a new plan for Cyprus and undertake the role of mediator like De Soto? Why is the EU not doing this? Would it be giving concessions to the Greek Cypriot NO if he did this? Does everybody afraid of starting from the beginning? '

    It seems that after the Annan Plan is rejected, the United Nations will not be undertaking another initiative on the Cyprus issue. De Soto has returned to his duty in Sahara. Annan is dealing with other issues. Is it not now the turn of the EU? Saving us from isolation could not substitute the solution. 259 million euros, which will be given within three years, could not do much. We shall only be restoring some more neighbourhoods in the area within the walls. In the meantime the money will take us to fight with each other. Instead of dealing with these issues, the EU should make radical steps towards the solution. May be at the time it had not enough power to unify the Germany, but we think its power is enough to unify Cyprus".

    /SK


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