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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 05-12-06

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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.233/05 06.12.05

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Turkey is reportedly exerting efforts to convince the Turkish Cypriot political parties to approve the draft-law on the properties; Izcan notes that the aim of the Turkish side with the law is to gain time
  • [02] KIBRIS: Regulations issue entered into an impasse
  • [03] Erdil Namis contacts in Brussels
  • [04] Gul warns the European Union about Cyprus
  • [05] Replies by the leader of CHP to questions on Cyprus and current political issues
  • [06] The Turkish Minister of Defense is holding contacts in Washington
  • [07] Nine illegal immigrants from Syria were arrested yesterday in occupied Cyprus
  • [08] Metin Hakki is the new self-styled president of the high court in occupied Cyprus
  • [09] Turkish Central Bank governor sets new policies
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [10] Columnist in Cyprus Times challenges Mr Talat to say what he means by re-unification [a] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Turkey is reportedly exerting efforts to convince the Turkish Cypriot political parties to approve the draft-law on the properties; Izcan notes that the aim of the Turkish side with the law is to gain time Under the title Turkey tours to convince for the Property law and Experts from Turkey sound out the TRNC for the Property Law, Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (06.12.05) reports that pressures and suggestions aiming at the approval of the so-called draft law on the properties by the self-styled assembly have been intensified. Two persons, who work in the European Union and have been appointed by the Turkish government to contribute on this issue, visited yesterday some Turkish Cypriot political parties, accompanied by jurists who helped in the preparation of the draft-law. During the visits the illegal ambassador of Turkey in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Aydan Karahan participated also in the delegation, which met with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat, the self-styled Prime Minister, Ferdi Sabit Soyer, the self-styled Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktas, the administrative council of the National Unity Party (UBP) and the former Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas. The delegation did not visit the leader of the Peace and Democracy Movement (BDH), Mustafa Akinci. According to the paper, during the meetings Mr Rauf Denktas and the representatives of the main opposition UBP expressed the opinion that in case such a draft-law is approved, the Greek Cypriot side will be given great trump cards and a course without turn back will begin. The self-styled MPs of the UBP argued that the draft-law provides for more concessions by the Turkish side than the Annan Plan. They said that the Turkish Cypriots had opened Turkeys way to the EU by approving the Annan Plan. What else do they want from us, they asked. Furthermore, Turkish Cypriot daily VOLKAN newspaper (06.12.05), under the title A four-person delegation for pressures by the AKP writes that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to help Talat and the CTP-DP government, who understood that the draft-law for returning property to the Greek Cypriots will not be approved by the assembly. The delegation sent by the AKP, notes VOLKAN, met for two hours with the UBP officials and one hour with Mr Rauf Denktas, to whom it explained the importance attached by AKP to the draft-law and the reasons which make it necessary. After the meeting, the leadership of the Democratic Party decided to send a four-member delegation to Turkey on Friday in order to convey their sensitivities to the leadership of the AKP, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the opposition parties. According to VOLKAN, the UBP delegation expressed the opinion that the draft-law is contrary to the so-called constitution of the self-styled TRNC and that they could not discuss it. The UBP will not be a party which votes for a law that sells out TRNC and our territory, they said. Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper (06.12.05) reports that the General Secretary of the United Cyprus Party (BKP), Izzet Izcan issued a written statement on the above-mentioned draft-law. Mr Izcan noted that the aim of the draft-law is to transfer to northern Cyprus the cases at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and to solve the property issue. Mr Izcan said that the aim with this draft-law is to gain time and to solve Turkeys problems at the ECHR. Mr Izcan reminded that with the article 159 of the illegal constitution all the properties in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus have been nationalized. He pointed out that as long as the above-mentioned article is not changed, the draft-law will be contrary to the constitution. Mr Izcan expressed also the opinion that the definite and permanent solution of the property issues will be reached by finding a political solution to the Cyprus problem at the negotiating table. The applicability of the new property law is doubtful, he noted. Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily GUNES newspaper (06.12.05) writes that commenting on the issue, the leader of Turkeys True Path Party (DYP), Mehmet Agar alleged that a mistake committed in Cyprus on the property issue will lead Turkey to loosing the rights it obtained by the agreements. In statements during a meeting of his party, Mr Agar said that the issue of the properties in Cyprus could cause very serious troubles. I/Ts.
  • [02] KIBRIS: Regulations issue entered into an impasse Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (06.12.05) reports under the above title that the financial help and direct trade regulations prepared by the EU with a view to saving the Turkish Cypriots from the isolations, have entered, because of the Greek Cypriots, into a total impasse. The information that the occupation regime in the Turkish occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus, will not accept the reconciliation reached within the EU front in Brussels last Friday, was received with concern. KIBRIS reports that the Greek Cypriot side had officially informed the Commission about its stance regarding the regulations. The Greek Cypriot side in a clear manner had declared that it says yes to the financial documents and rejects the direct, trade regulations. The paper reports that the Greek Cypriot side had already informed the Commission that it would not back down from this position. Commission sources had expressed the view that, if the TRNC do not approve the new declaration, then signing of the new agreement will be very difficult. The same sources said that a new draft should be drawn up which will satisfy both sides.
  • [03] Erdil Namis contacts in Brussels Illegal BAYRAK television (06.12.05) reports that the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce Erdil Nami, who flew to Brussels yesterday, held various meetings with some the European Union officials and representatives of member states. The Chambers deputy presidents, Gunay Cerkez and Hasan Ince are accompanying him. Mr Nami has already met permanent representatives of Austria - Tunde Huber and Gabriela Kühtreiber. He later met the permanent representative of Germany at the EU, Oliver Rentschier. Within the framework of his contacts, Mr Nami is expected to express the Chambers views to EU officials on the north Cyprus Direct Trade and Financial Assistance Regulations, before the Union reaches its final decision on the issue in the coming days. Nami is reported by the illegal TAK news agency as having said that the EU Councils 26th of April recommendation envisages the removal of the international isolation of the Turkish Cypriots, and that he would be calling on the EU to put the recommendation into practice
  • [04] Gul warns the European Union about Cyprus Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (06.12.05) reports that the Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul warned the European Union not to make any mistakes as regards the Cyprus problem. The Turkish Foreign Minister made these statements upon his departure for Saudi Arabia to attend the meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) on Tuesday, prior to the beginning of the OIC Summit in Mecca on December 7th. Mr Gul, who stated that a solution in Cyprus must be found within the framework of the United Nations, added the following: ''It is clear that a comprehensive solution as regards the Cyprus problem will be in the hands of the UN. If the EU acts in parallel with Greek Cypriot demands, it would lose its reliability and its credibility and will not be in a position to help find a solution in Cyprus''. Mr Gul also said that the EU must help towards the solution of the Cyprus problem, must not behave in a way that will harden the solution and must not take wrong steps or put itself in the place of the United Nations.
  • [05] Replies by the leader of CHP to questions on Cyprus and current political issues The New Anatolian newspaper (05/12/05) publishes an interview with the leader of Republican Peoples Party (CHP) Mr Deniz Baykal. Following are Mr Baykals replies to questions on Cyprus and current political issues: Question: We see an initiative by a prosecutor in Van against a rector. How do you see this? Answer: In Van, it's apparent that there's an ideological fight underway. And it's obvious that the judiciary became a part of that fight. This is very clear. It's been such a long time [since the process began], but the rector is still in custody. But there isn't any reason to support what they're doing against him. They say, let justice speak, everyone else must keep silent. Okay we held our tongues, but all these things keep going on. One honorable man [deputy rector of the university] took his own life while in custody. These are great tragedies, and these aren't isolated tragedies, these are the tragedies of the judiciary. So if we're talking about such incidents, can you believe that the judiciary is independent? Question: What's your view of the coming 2007 presidential election? Will Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan be a candidate? Answer: We try to tell everyone that such a thing would be a huge mistake, both for Turkey and the AK Party. If a hardline member of the AK Party were to become president, its government would become a speeding car without any brakes. The AK Party needs a brake, we're trying to act this way and in many cases we succeeded, and sometimes media is performing this function as they [the AK Party] takes a step back and bides their time. If they come to power at the Cankaya Presidential Palace then they'll try to reshape the Constitutional Court, the universities and the Board of Higher Education (YOK), so the government-opposition tension will take on unprecedented proportions. Turkey will face enormous social strains. Question: But since the AK Party has a majority in Parliament, why shouldn't it try for these elections? Answer: The next presidential elections will be held in 2007. But at the end of next year this Parliament will be completing its fourth year. In Turkey, up to now, parliamentary elections were always held every four years [or less]. But the AK Party government is trying to delay the parliamentary elections just to be able to elect the president. They don't have any other excuse to avoid parliamentary elections. Turkey is a very young, energetic country, every year we get 1 million new voters. And the political scene is very different from the last time the AK Party faced the voters. So if they insist on delaying elections, the entire political atmosphere will be poisoned. Question: But if they do insist on their plans? Answer: We're trying to tell how such a mistake would be fatal for our democracy. We're trying to warn them of the possible results of such a choice. In fact in our Constitution, for certain reasons the Parliament and presidency are designed with different terms. Because it's not good for the parliamentary atmosphere to be the same as the presidential one. But what if they [the AK Party] don't heed the warnings, if they act as they wish, and do whatever they want, and say, 'so what?' Question: I'm asking the same question. Answer: There would be serious political consequences then. So until the elections we're trying to make that clear to everyone. We trust our society, if we can manage to convince people on those issues, then despite their will they [the AK Party] can't do that. Let's not allow them to make that mistake. Question: Even though we still have some time until the presidential elections, it's become a very controversial issue. Even Chief of General Staff Gen. Hilmi Ozkok felt the need to declare that he has no presidential ambitions. Among the presumed candidates, can there be a choice for the CHP as the lesser evil, as it were? Answer: I firmly believe that a picture of a president designed by the AK Party can never fit our society's desires. I don't believe that such a candidate would be in favor of our constitutional principles and our point of view. I see that they're in the midst of preparations which are secret and silent. I have deep concerns on that issue and I'll keep on sharing them with the public. Question: Last week I was in Lefkosa, (occupied Lefkosia) and I heard a lot of pessimistic expectations about the future. How do you see things on Cyprus at this point? Answer: They [the AK Party] did the wrong things on the Cyprus issue, but the biggest mistake belongs to the EU. Because before a solution was reached on Cyprus, before a common state was established, only one part of the island was accepted into the Union. That mistake put the biggest hurdle before a solution via peaceful negotiations. Now they're trying to find a solution by forcing and pressing Turkey, but naturally this leads to a backlash. In fact, it will get more difficult from here on out to find a solution there. At this point the world has to accept two different political identities and start lifting the isolation and embargo from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) (occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus). If such developments can be achieved then both sides can come together and compromise on a new partnership document. But if the initiative is only in the hands of Greek Cypriots and the Turkish side is treated like it's not even there, then there can't be any just solution. Under such circumstances any solution that is forced can't be a solution but just terms of surrender. Question: When I spoke to TRNC (self-styled) Foreign Minister Serdar Denktas, he said that instead of waiting for a solution the TRNC could go its own way in two years' time. Answer: In fact these are immature ideas. We have such a situation there. There is a different political situation in the TRNC. This society created its own bodies, they have all the political and social instruments there. This is a reality, so how can they [the world] refuse such a reality? They keep on acting blind and deaf towards that truth, don't they ever regret it? Isn't it hurting their conscience to assume that there isn't an organized group of 200,000 Turkish Cypriots on the island? Question: Do you think their rights are being defended properly? For example last week Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Turkey, and do you think the prime minister raised the issue during their meeting? Answer: The AK Party government was so naive waiting for the gestures of the world on the issue. At this point none of their promises have been kept and we just see and observe the developments. We haven't taken any initiative on the issues. In fact this is the way the AK Party works. They try to avoid taking any initiatives or responsibilities. They can't take any risks. We have an overly flexible, even a spineless body of governance. Question: Will we see a de facto change if a Greek Cypriot ship is able to dock at a Turkish harbor? Answer: With those sorts of constraints the issue can't be solved. If the government is seen as ready to make such concessions, then they can't hold back other concessions. Such a step would have serious consequences.
  • [06] The Turkish Minister of Defense is holding contacts in Washington Ankara Anatolia news agency (05.12.05) reports from Washington that the Turkish National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, who is currently in Washington D.C. to attend the Southeastern European Defense Ministerial (SEDM) meeting, met executives of the American-Turkish Council (ATC) on Monday. Defense industry issues were high on agenda of the meeting. Gonul, who was also expected to meet U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, will attend the Southeastern European Defense Ministerial meeting on Tuesday.
  • [07] Nine illegal immigrants from Syria were arrested yesterday in occupied Cyprus Turkish Cypriot daily YENI DUZEN newspaper (06.12.05) reports that nine illegal immigrants from Syria were arrested yesterday in the coast between the villages of Livera and Orga in the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus. The illegal immigrants have arrived in Cyprus in a fishing boat on the 2nd of December at 05:00 oclock in the morning and were found by the self-styled police on the 3rd of December. The paper writes that 14 more Syrians arrived in occupied Cyprus but have not been found yet by the police. Two bus drivers of Turkish origin, who live in the OTRC, were arrested because it is believed that they are involved in the incident. These persons are Mehmet Denim Sogukkanli Ahmet Ucar. C/S
  • [08] Metin Hakki is the new self-styled president of the high court in occupied Cyprus Illegal BAYRAK television (06.12.05) broadcast that the self-styled high judiciary council in the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus (OTRC) has elected judge Metin Hakki as the new president of the high court in the OTRC. The council met yesterday to discuss who should replace the outgoing president Taner Erginel who is retiring in February. Metin Hakki will be acting as president of the self-styled high court as from this coming Saturday, until February 10th , when Taner Erginel will retire.
  • [09] Turkish Central Bank governor sets new policies NTV television (05.12.05) broadcast the following: Central Bank Governor Sureyya Serdengecti told a press conference in Ankara that the consumer inflation target will be five percent in 2006 and four percent for both the subsequent years. He also said that the 2006 inflation deviation range has been set at three to seven percent. The Central Bank Governor said that the bank would issue statements when Turkeys inflation rates deviate by two percentage points in either direction from the set targets. Any such deviations would necessitate a review of Turkeys stand by agreement with the International Monetary Fund, Serdengecti said. The Central Bank would also reduce the difference between its borrowing and lending rates to three percentage points from four points from January 2, Serdengecti said.
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [10] Columnist in Cyprus Times challenges Mr Talat to say what he means by re-unification Turkish Cypriot Cyprus Times newspaper (06.12.05) publishes the following under the title Mean what you say, Mr Talat, in the column Great Writer, by Ian Jefferson, a legal writer and member of the International Council of Northern Cyprus: EVEN as dreams go, this one, which linked a thunder-storm, the word re-unification and President Talat, seemed odd. My brain was debating, with itself, the proposition that a thunder-storm has very similar properties to the word re-unification, especially as that word (or the Turkish equivalent) is used by Mr Talat. A thunder cloud rises and dominates the sky, its powerful shapes surge and boil like a muscular phantasm. Its colours range from blinding white to blackest jet, but can be adorned with all the colours of a rainbow. It fires off bolts of lightning that can split trees and deafen ears, with the chasing thunder. It raises powerful winds and can hurl millions of tones of water to the ground. Yet, if you flew towards it, its stark outline would dissolve into a blurry miasma. Within the cloud itself, every direction would look impenetrably grey. You would be lost. Re-unification the word has an equally powerful image. It is shaped like a spear, on which are skewered the people of north Cyprus, like a tasty kebab, to satisfy the hunger of the international community. The word crackles, like an electric arc, poised ready to weld together the broken parts of Cyprus. It has the power, of some wonderful form of penicillin, to cure all the ills which afflict Cyprus. But, approach the meaning of the word and it becomes vague, in the mouth of Mr Talat. Does it really mean make one state, again? Again? When was there ever a single state? Before 1960 Cyprus had never been a state. It had only ever been a place, an island, always dominated by outsiders from every other nation from around the Mediterranean, save Greece, which refused it. For 3 years, the founding communities of Cyprus did, in partnership, create a state. Then, one of the partners destroyed that fragile construct. Just 3 years of independent statehood in 7,000 years of history is, well, pretty much bottom of the class, as nations go. What of the broken bits, of this state, which are to be welded back together? One fragment claims that the other does not exist. The other bit behaves as if it entirely agrees with that claim. Are we so lost within that grey thundercloud? Are you, Mr Talat, the honourable Vice President of an unified, 1960, Cyprus or are you the President of an independent country, which is the last safe haven for Turkish Cypriots? Are you the shield against the spear, or do you thrust the kebab-spear deeper into your own people? Mr Talat, you freely use the word re-unification, or make one, again. What do you mean? A return to 1960, or a return to the tradition of being dominated by someone else? Whichever it is, you should explain, to your electorate, that you wish them to be dominated by their Greek neighbors, one way or the other, and that they should prepare to give up what they now have, their own state, their own language, religion and culture. That would be a cure that really kills. Is what you say, subjugation, what you mean? If it is not, then speak plainly. Your people can understand. You must tell the international community to restore and respect your peoples rights and integrity. Do not give them away, again. /ES
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