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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.220/05 17.11.05
[A] NEWS ITEMS
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Namik Tan: Preparatory efforts are under way for Toros military exercises in the TRNCAnkara Anatolia news agency (16.11.05) reported from Ankara that the spokesman of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Namik Tan, speaking at the weekly press briefing, said that preparations were under way for Toros military exercises and that the manoeuvres would be held in the TRNC (occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus) in the coming days.
Upon a question over several news reports that the Republic of Cyprus vetoed signing of a deal between Turkey and the European Defence Agency, Mr Tan said: The Greek Cypriot administration has blocked positive consequences of a meeting held in Brussels in April in which administrative arrangement document between Turkey and the Agency was discussed. National Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul conveyed Turkey's uneasiness to Foreign Secretary Jack Straw of Britain which holds the EU presidency and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana. Turkey has been pursuing its initiatives in member countries.
Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (17.11.05) reported that during a reception at Sheraton Hotel in Ankara hosted by the self-styled TRNC Ambassador in Ankara Tamer Gazioglu to mark the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of the illegal TRNC on Tuesday, 15 November, the Turkish Commander of Land Forces General Yasar Buyukanit said that after the military exercise Nikiforos held by the Greek Cypriots, Turkey will hold the military exercise Toros in the TRNC, adding that they were not holding exercises during the period that Nikiforos was not held either.
Replying to a question regarding Toros exercise, General Buyukanit said that only the occupation Turkish military units, which are in the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus, will take part in the exercise.
 Official ceremony for Blue Stream project in Samsun on ThursdayAnkara Anatolia news agency (16.11.05) reported that the official inauguration of the Blue Stream Project will be held in northern city of Samsun, in Turkey, on Thursday.
The inauguration is expected to be attended by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Later the three leaders are expected to hold a meeting. Officials said that the Russian party is expected to make a proposal for the extension of the pipeline from Samsun to the southern town of Ceyhan in order to sell natural gas to Israel.
Turkey imported 1.2 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2003, 3.2 billion cubic meters in 2004 and 2.1 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia as of June 2005 through Blue Stream Project which was initiated in 2003. The 1,200 kilometres pipeline having a capacity to transport 16 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually, approximately cost 3.3 billion USD.
 Gul paid a surprise visit to Syria discussing Hariri Commission workIstanbul NTV television (16.11.05) broadcast that the Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul made the following statements at Ankara's Esenboga Airport after returning from his visit to Syria:
Dear friends, as you already know, an inquiry commission was establish in connection with the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri and was placed under the chairmanship of Detlev Mehlis. The Mehlis commission submitted its preliminary report to the United Nations Security Council, which endorsed it and extended the commission's mandate until 15 December.
Acting on our experience of events taking place in our region, we have reached the conclusion that if problems are not intervened with and assisted in their solution they later become intractable. We were for a long time thinking about it [the visit to Syria], and considering the time recognized by the Security Council was running short, we were mulling over the contribution that we could make as Turkey. During the visit that I paid to Bahrain last week within this framework the infrastructure for today's visit had fully matured. I also took esteemed President's views on this issue, alongside on many other issues. I also sounded out our Prime Minister and then I carried out this visit today.
The purpose of my visit was to contribute to the speedy and full implementation of the Security Council decision. Additionally, we also broached regional issues, like the security situation in Iraq, and the reform issues in the region.
As you know, my visit started this afternoon and ended now. I believe my visit was beneficial. My meeting with President Asad was held in a frank atmosphere. I found the opportunity to convey my views to him very clearly. I hope we have contributed, and will continue to contribute, to the solution of the problems in our region.
 The self styled Prime Minister says that they are thinking of amending the article 159 of their illegal constitution regarding the proprietorship regimeUnder the title The proprietorship regime is changing, Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (17.11.05) reports that the self-styled Prime Minster, Ferdi Sabit Soyer has said that they might amend the article 159 of the illegal constitution regarding the proprietorship regime.
Addressing a meeting in London, Mr Soyer said yesterday: We have to make some legal amendments by arranging some elements which will be used against us by the Greek Cypriot side. And as a result of this, we are thinking of a certain change in the article 159 of the constitution.
Mr Soyer argued that the cases filed by Greek Cypriots regarding their occupied properties is a serious danger before northern Cyprus. He expressed the opinion that as Turkish Cypriots, they have not struggled in the legal field, that they neglected doing many things which they should have done thirty years ago and that their self-styled government has decided to carry out this work with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat.
Now as the side that lived the Loizidou case and knows its difficulties, we are determined to do what is necessary regarding the issue of the properties of the Turkish Cypriots in the south, concluded Mr Soyer.
 EU officials had several meetings yesterday in the Turkish occupied part of the Republic of CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (17.11.05) reports that Mr Jaacko Bloomberg, EU Commissioner for the Enlargement Olli Rehns Special Representative for Cyprus, Mr Leopold Maurer, Head of the Turkish Cypriot Desk at the Directorate for the Enlargement, and Timo Suma, General Director for the Enlargement visited yesterday the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus and had separate meetings with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat and officials from the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), the main opposition National Unity Party (UBP), the Democratic Party (DP) and the Peace and Democracy Movement (BDH).
No statements were issued before or after the meetings.
Meanwhile, responding to questions during another meeting on the content of his meeting with the EU officials, Mr Talat said they had discussed the relations between the EU and the self-styled TRNC. He noted that they discussed the Financial Aid and Direct Trade Regulations of the EU. He argued that the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots could not be lifted with the Financial Aid Regulation, but only with the Direct Trade Regulation and the lifting of the embargoes in the field of sports and culture.
Mr Talat said that the EU officials have mostly listened to what the Turkish Cypriot side had to say during their meeting, but they also expressed their opinions on some issues.
Mr Talat argued that the Turkish Cypriots do no occupy have the position they want in the world, but they will reach to that point with the pro-peace policy they are following. He alleged that strengthening the self-styled TRNC with all its institutions and turning it into a modern mechanism is necessary for the present and the solution in the future.
Meanwhile, the UBP issued a written statement regarding the meeting of Mr Eroglu with the EU officials, describing it useful and sincere.
Mr Eroglu said they were expecting that the Financial Aid and Direct Trade Regulations of the EU are put into practice as soon as possible, according to the decision of the EU Commission. This is not important only for the trade and economy, but from the point of view of bringing the Greek Cypriot side to the negotiating table, alleged Mr Eroglu.
Ozker Ozgur: I was only a figure head, others were pulling the stringsLocal Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (17.11.05) publishes an interview given by the Turkish Cypriot politician Ozker Ozgur, who was the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) when in 15th November, 1983, Ankara and Denktas forced them to say yes to the unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in the pseudo-Assembly.
In 1996 Ozker Ozgur resigned both from the CTP, and the so-called Deputy Prime Minister post.
When asked to comment on the statement he made when he resigned from the CTP and as deputy Prime Minister he said: I was only a figure head, others were pulling the strings.
Ozgur said: On top of it as the figure head I was alone, but the strings were several. One was being pulled by the Turkish Embassy, the other was being pulled by Rauf Denktas the third was being pulled by the Security Forces and the other was being pulled by the Army Corps That is, you are appeared to be the pilot in the plane´s cockpit but, others were flying the plane
When asked what was his comments as regards the 22nd anniversary of the UDI Ozker Ozgur said: If we go back to those days, the Communal Liberation Party TKP and the CTP were against the `TRNC´s´ declaration. Despite this both the CTP and the TKP said yes. How we said yes?
On the evening of 14 November 2005, Denktas invited us for a dinner. At the end of the dinner Denktas told us: `Tomorrow the `TRNC´ will be proclaimed. It is up to you to cast a `yes´ vote. In the Assembly otherwise, there is enough majority. However, if you say `no´ then after the proclamation, those parties which cast `no´ vote will have no place at the Republic´s Assembly. That is they were going to close the TKP and the CTP. Denktas wanted to imply this. Under this condition we have convened the party assembly at midnight and until four o´clock in the morning we discussed the issue, we argued, we have argued strongly If we had said `no´ the CTP was going to be closed. We were going to disintegrate to fall into pieces. Our members and grassroots were going to demoralize. The voting at the party assembly was 16 for `yes´ and 14 against. Thus the CTP has decided to say `yes´ to the `TRNC´s proclamation on 15 November at the Assembly. This is the fact whether it was right or wrong decision, this should be left for history.
However, had it happened today, I would have said let him close the party, I would have voted `no´. For the sake of Party´s unity, integrity and continuity we have voted `yes´.
 The KTOEOS trade union accuses Talat of continuing the status quo in occupied Cyprus-Soyer admitted that the regime put press on Kurdish people living in occupied CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (17.11.05) reports that KTOEÖS (Secondary School Teachers Trade Union), stated that the status quo in the Occupied Territories of the Republic of Cyprus (OTRC) is continuing.
Speaking during a press conference the members of KTOEÖS, who have been on strike for some time now asking for more rights in the work place, accused the self-styled government in the OTRC of its attitude towards the trade union and noted that the status quo is going on in the OTCR and those who were elected for demolishing it, they have now been put into its service.
KTOEOS Chairman Adnan Eraslan stated that in the past the self-styled government wanted to destroy the trade unions in the OTRC and stated that the same things are done by this government as well.
In addition, under the title Admission for Kurdish pressure by Soyer, AFRIKA writes that Mr Ferdi Soyer, the self-styled prime minister in the OTRC stated that the raid carried out by the self-styled police to a teacher´s house, named Sedat Kilic is not related to KTOEOS strike. The paper writes that the raid is considered to be a normal raid carried out to the houses of Kurdish people who live in the OTRC.
 Jordan Deputy Riyad Ibrahim Hijazzen held a meeting with Mehmet Ali Talat in occupied CyprusIllegal Bayrak television (16.11.05) broadcast that Dr Riyad Ibrahim Hijazzen, who is a member of the Jordanian Parliament met yesterday with Mr Mehmet Ali Talat the self-styled president in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus (OTCR).
According to Bayrak, Mr Hijazzen visited occupied Cyprus for the anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence UDI in the OTRC. The two men did not make statements after their meeting. The meeting took place at the presidential palace.