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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 05-10-20

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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.201/05 20.10.05

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The self-styled council of ministers convened yesterday in the presence of the commander of the security forces
  • [02] Eroglus statements after a closed meeting
  • [03] The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg stated that it is shameful that the isolation of north Cyprus was not made possible
  • [04] Turkeys new diplomatic attack for the solution of the Cyprus problem
  • [05] The spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry does not want the EU to be involved in Turkeys occupation of EU territory
  • [06] Kyrgyz parliamentary delegation started its illegal visit
  • [07] Erdogan and President Putin discussed practical issues regarding the timetable for contacts. Turkeys interior Minister is visiting Russia
  • [08] Turkeys Minister of Energy is visiting Moldova
  • [09] The Turkish minister of Transportation off to Britain, the IMO and Israel
  • [10] International political implications as a result of Garry Robbs fleeing with millions of dollars from usurped Greek Cypriot properties
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [11] Column in AFRIKA blames the Turkish army of protecting the criminals, including Garry Robb, in the occupied territories of Cyprus

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The self-styled council of ministers convened yesterday in the presence of the commander of the security forces

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (20.10.05) reports that the self-styled council of ministers in the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus convened yesterday in the presence of the commander of the security forces, major general Tevfik Ozkilic and decided to take more active measures on the issue of controlling the shores of the occupied part of Cyprus, after the recent incident as a result of which illegal emigrants from Syria lost their lives.

    In statements after the four-hour meeting, the spokesman of the council, Salih Usar noted that the necessary work on the issue of preventing the human smuggling and the more widespread control of the traffic at the shores of the occupied areas of Cyprus will be made in cooperation with the Command of the Security Forces.

    The self-styled council of ministers decided also the participation of the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus in the Permanent Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Islamic Conference Organization in Istanbul, in the Travel Extra Tourism Fair, the Tourism Fair of the Islamic Countries and the Tourism Marketing Fair in Britain.

    Mr Usar noted that yesterday they did not discuss the issue of the hunting period, that they are closely following the developments on the birds flu and that they will urgently take the necessary measures.

    I/Ts.

    [02] Eroglus statements after a closed meeting of the Turkish Cypriot leadership

    Turkish Cypriot daily GUNES newspaper (20/10/05) reported that the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat had yesterday a joint closed-meeting with the self-styled government and the opposition party leaders represented in the self-styled Assembly to evaluate the Cyprus problem.

    The meeting, which was held yesterday morning, was attached by the self-styled Prime Minister and leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Ferdi Sabit Soyer, the leader of the Democratic Party (DP) and self-styled Minister of Foreign Affairs Serdar Denktas, the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Dervis Eroglu and the leader of the Peace and Democracy Movement Mustafa Akinci.

    Mr Eroglu, in a written statement issued after the meeting, said that they, as National Unity Party, expressed their satisfaction that President Mehmet Ali Talat called this meeting to assess the developments on the Cyprus problem with the leaders of the opposition parties and proposed that this kind of meetings should be institutionalized.

    Commenting on the visit of Mr Talat to the United States, Mr Eroglu wished that the meeting that he would have with U.S. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice will be successful. He also added that he hopes that this meeting would not be a meeting that the U.S State Department will dictate their terms to Talat, but what it would open the way to an agreement based on the equality in Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriots rights to be safeguarded.

    Mr Eroglu also said that they expect that Mr Talat would convey to the U.S. State Secretary Rice that the time has come for the Turkish Cypriots to take their place in the world and that the USA should prevent the injustices done to the Turkish Cypriots.

    Mr Eroglu said that Mr Talat should ask the U.S. Secretary of State, whether this meeting would be done with the aim to support the efforts for a solution or what the Turkish Cypriots condition would be if the Greek Cypriot side has no intention to abandon their current stance.

    D/Ps

    [03] The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg stated that it is shameful that the isolation of north Cyprus was not made possible to be lifted during Luxembourgs EU presidency

    CNN Turk (internet version) reported on 19.10.05 that Mr Jean Asselborn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg stated that it is shameful that the isolation of north Cyprus was not made possible to be lifted during Luxembourgs EU presidency.

    Mr Asselborn made these statements in Turkey where he inaugurated the buildings of his countrys honorary consulate in Istanbul.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg stated, inter alia, that the position of his country as regards the Cyprus problem is clear: This problems solution location is the United Nations, not the European Union, he said. In addition he added that it is a shame that they were not able to lift the isolation of north Cyprus during Luxembourgs EU presidency. Mr Asselborn also stated that Turkeys accession negotiations with the EU started aiming to the Countrys full membership.

    C/S

    [04] Turkeys new diplomatic attack for the solution of the Cyprus problem

    Under the title Cyprus attack, Turkish TURKIYE newspaper (20.10.05) reports that the Turkish government is preparing a new diplomatic attack for the finding of a solution of the Cyprus problem and the lifting of the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots.

    The paper writes that after the statements made by the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gul that we are ready to lift all the restrictions including the opening of the ports for the solution in Cyprus, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is getting ready to go to the UK. Mr Erdogan will make some soundings regarding a new procedure in Cyprus at the EU State and Government Informal Summit, which will be held on the 27th of October, at Surrey, UK.

    It will be the first time after the 3rd of October when Turkey started accession negotiations with the EU that Mr Erdogan will meet with the EU leaders. It is expected that Cyprus will be the most important issue on Erdogans agenda at the summit, writes the paper.

    According to TURKIYE, during the bilateral contacts Mr Erdogan will ask from the EU leaders to keep their promises as regards the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus (OTRC). He will also convey the message that Turkey supports fully the starting of a possible new procedure for the solution in the island and will underline that the solution must be in the framework of the good offices mission of the UN Secretary-General Koffi Annan. He will also state that Turkey is ready to sit at the negotiation table any time in this framework.

    Besides of the Cyprus problem, the second important matter on Erdogans agenda in the Summit will be how the negotiations between Turkey and the EU will proceed, writes the paper.

    C/S

    [05] The spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry does not want the EU to be involved in Turkeys occupation of EU territory

    Illegal Bayrak television (19.10.05) broadcast the following:

    Asked to comment on the Greek Cypriot Administrations decision to hold the Nikiforos military exercise despite a three year suspension of Turkish military exercises in North Cyprus, the Spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Mr Namik Tan said the Turkish side is following the war games with concern.

    Explaining that the exercises will not contribute positively to the efforts by Turkey aimed at promoting cooperation, peace and stability in the region, the spokesman said Ankara will take the necessary matching steps on the issue, in the coming days. Asked whether or not the Toros military exercises will be held in retaliation, he said that a decision on that will be reached after an assessment of the situation by the Turkish military.

    Responding to a question on the Greek Cypriot attempts to take the Cyprus issue out of the United Nations umbrella and into the European Union, he underlined the need for a solution to be found to the Cyprus problem within the UN framework.

    Mr Tan called on the Greek Cypriot Side to stop trying to make the Cyprus issue a problem of the European Union and a platform for a solution to it. Instead, the Greek Cypriot side should decide to respond positively to the United Nations Secretary-Generals calls, he said.

    On Mr Tans statements Turkish MILLIYET newspaper (20.10.05) reports on the Cyprus National Guards Nikifiros exercise, which is aimed at securing rudimentary defence for the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus from 40,000 Turkish troops which occupy its territories, and writes under the title: A reply will be given to the Greek Cypriots with F-16 fighter planes. The paper publishes Mr Tans statements.

    [06] Kyrgyz parliamentary delegation started its illegal visit to the territories of the Republic of Cyprus occupied by 40,000 Turkish troops

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (19.10.05) reports that following from occupied Lefkosia: A Kyrgyz parliamentary delegation arrived in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) (occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus) on Wednesday as the guest of TRNC Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktas.

    There are three deputy ministers and 15 deputies in the 23-member delegation who came to TRNC with Cyprus Turkish Airlines (KTHY) from Istanbul. Three others from the delegation will arrive in Lefkosia this evening.

    Speaking at Ercan (occupied Tymbou) Airport, Arslan Maliev, the head of the delegation, said that they wanted to improve relations with the Turkish Cypriots and they visited TRNC to show their intention to the world.

    Maliev said that Turkish and Greek Cypriots clearly revealed their intention in the referendum held on April 24th, 2004 and the world saw who had the good intent. The isolation of Turkish Cypriots should end now, he said. Stressing that the Cyprus problem should be solved under the supervision of United Nations, Maliev said that the two states having two equal peoples could cooperate with each other, but the conditions should be equal.

    Hatice Faydali, a Turkish Cypriot member of the self-styled parliament who welcomed the Kyrgyz delegation, said that there was such a contact between the two [countries for the first time and the relations between the two parliaments would be improved.

    The Kyrgyz delegation members who will start their meetings on Thursday will meet state and government officials, visit universities and historical and tourist places and leave on Saturday.

    [07] Erdogan and President Putin discussed practical issues regarding the timetable for contacts. Turkeys interior Minister is visiting Russia

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (19.10.05) reported the following from Moscow:

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

    'The two leaders discussed practical issues regarding bilateral relations and the timetable for contacts at various levels over the upcoming months. Mr Putin thanked the Turkish Prime Minister for expression of support and sympathy following the recent terrorist raid in Nalchik,'' it was stated in the official internet site of Russian Presidential Office, the Kremlin.

    Moreover, Ankara Anatolia (19.10.05) reported from Istanbul that the Turkish Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu left for Russia on Wednesday. Aksu will hold meetings in Russia as the official guest of Russian Interior Minister Rashid Gumarovich Nurgaliyev.

    [08] Turkeys Minister of Energy is visiting Moldova

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (19.10.05) reported the following from Istanbul:

    Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler left on Wednesday for Moldova. Before he flew to Moldova, Guler said that he would attend Turkish-Moldovan Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting, and visit the region where Gagaus Turks were living. ''There is a water project concerning this region, and it is important for Gagaus Turks and Moldovans. I will discuss this project during my meetings,'' added Guler.

    [09] The Turkish minister of Transportation off to Britain, the IMO and Israel

    Ankara Anatolia (19.10.05) reported the following from Istanbul:

    Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim left for Britain on Wednesday.

    Prior to his departure, Yildirim told reporters: ''I will attend a meeting which will be held on infrastructure investments with public-private sectors partnership model in transportation. Ministers from EU member and candidate states will attend the meeting.''

    Mentioning the importance of the meeting for Turkey, Yildirim said: ''We want to develop the ways of implementing public-private sectors partnership model in Turkey. This model has been recently improved especially in Europe and used as a financing model for projects about infrastructure, railways, airlines, highways and ports.''

    ''Later, I will visit the International Maritime Organization and meet its secretary general. We will discuss the progress of Turkish maritime as well as Turkey's candidacy for council elections,'' he added.

    Yildirim will proceed from Britain to Israel on October 22nd.

    [10] International political implications as a result of Garry Robbs fleeing the occupied areas with millions of dollars from usurped Greek Cypriot properties.

    Turkish Cypriot daily VOLKAN newspaper (20/10/05) publishes a follow-up reportage to the scandal involving the British estate agent Garry Robb, who fled to Taiwan, after transferring millions of pounds sterling to HSBC Bank in Bangkok, Thailand, from the advance payments by British buyers of properties belonging to Greek Cypriots in occupied Cyprus.

    Under the title Tens of more injunctions against Talat Kursal and Garry Robb, the paper publishes statements by Turkish Cypriot lawyer Mentes Aziz, who said that on behalf of certain foreigners who bought houses from Aga Development Ltd he secured injunctions from the Kyrenia District Court against Garry Robb, Garry Robbs solicitor Talat Kursat, who is Director of Aga Finans, Aga Development and Trading Ltd, Aga Finans and Tahir Soycan.

    The paper goes on:

    The panic which started in the construction sector after the fleeing to Taiwan of Garry Robb, major shareholder in the Aga Development who transferred into private accounts in Bangkok, millions of pounds sterling of the company, from which 500 foreigners bought a house, has started to shake the whole construction sector. Companies which are owed hundreds of thousands of sterling from Aga Development are in a great panic. Many foreigners, who were panicked after their instalments were at risk, have started to apply to their solicitors and secure injunction.

    Finally, the paper reports that the self-styled police and Attorney-Generals office are investigating the sources of the bank deposits of Garry Robbs lawyer Talat Kursat and how many millions of pounds sterling were transferred by Garry Robb to his accounts abroad.


    [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

    [11] Column in AFRIKA blames the Turkish army of protecting the criminals, including Garry Robb, in the occupied territories of Cyprus

    Under the title You have to ask the intelligence about Garry Robb, the main editorial in the Letter from AFRIKA column in the Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (20.10.05) writes:

    The problem of the citizen who called the paper was serious. He had 30 thousand Pound Sterling being finched by Garry Robb. When he had learned that Garry Robb finched the money and landed in Taiwan he went suddenly pale in the face.

    He lost his head and became bewildered.

    He is asking us:

    Will the state reimburse this money to me if I ask for it?

    This is our citizens logic He thinks that the state is the guarantor for Robb.

    Who is this Garry Robb? The last miracle of the TRNC!

    He left Britain and came and settled in our country

    He was engaged in under-the-counter dealings and made a wealth in the land of plunder and profiteering. He was arrested in Britain with his brother for narcotics smuggling but later on he was set free, because of lack of evidence. He then came and settled in the TRNC. His house in Kyrenia was spread with bullets twice. The Greek Cypriot side had issued arrest warrant because he had marketed the Greek Cypriot property left in the north.

    He started constructing 500 dwellings in 16 different areas of the North Cyprus.

    With his Turkish partners he made a lot of money. And last July, he had silently slipped away from here and fled with millions of embezzled Pound Sterlings, from his customers.

    Now he is enjoying in the charming and seductive world of the Far East.

    For Garry Robb, the north Cyprus was the most secure place for smuggling and profiteering. It was possible to engage in every kind of obscure dealings in this region where the security was provided by the Turkish troops.

    Under the watchful eyes of the Turkish troops, gambling and prostitution are having their golden age.

    Here is one of the unique and rare places for narcotics, human, cigarette and all kinds of smuggling.

    On top of everything, the Interpols hand short to be effective here. Neither international law nor European Aquis could be imposed here. Turkish commanders were responsible for everything.

    This land is not virgin, it is a piece of perverted land. Who knows, who are those who raped this land?

    Who are those who licked the cream of this land? The antique smugglers

    Such as Mancini and Bellazi. This land saw people like Murat Demirel, Gem Uzan, Topal Abdullah Caltli. All the gangsters and notorious gangs came and went from here in thirty years time.

    They came for money laundering or smuggling or embezzling or plundering or land speculation. The Turkish Commanders who are responsible to maintain our security always watched these people from the distance.

    What kind of security is this? The last swindlers name is Garry Robb.

    He was TRNCs citizen for 12 years.

    Who knows, whose egglaying chicken became a bird and flew away, under the nose of our glorious army?

    |SK


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