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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 06-01-10

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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.6/06 10.01.06

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Measures by the self-styled Council of Ministers for the bird flu epidemic
  • [02] Ozgur Dusunce newspaper: Talat found the solution in attacking the Greek Cypriots on El Cezire
  • [03] Mr Ferdi Sabit Soyer is not pleased with the Greek Cypriot Administration for its initiatives to prevent a meeting between President Talat and Foreign Secretary Straw
  • [04] The self-styled presidency denies that jurists from Turkey visited the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus aiming at improving the law regarding the occupied Greek Cypriot properties
  • [05] The Iranian President is calling for Improved Turkey-Iran relations
  • [06] President Sezer vetoed the law on establishing 15 new universities

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Measures by the self-styled Council of Ministers for the bird flu epidemic

    Illegal Bayrak television (09/01/06) broadcast the following on a meeting of the self-styled council of minister of the breakaway regime in the territories of the Republic of Cyprus:

    The Council of Ministers convened this afternoon under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer to discuss the bird flu issue and the needed precautionary measures.

    Speaking after the meeting, Mr Soyer said the Council decided to ban the small-game hunting in line with the latest developments in Turkey.

    As Bird flu continues to be the top issue on the governments agenda, a committee - made up of officials from the Ministries of Interior, Health and Social Welfare, Agriculture and Forestry- held a meeting earlier on the issue.

    The Minister of Health and Social Welfare Eref Vaiz stressed that the needed measures have been taken; and that medicine and equipment have been stored.

    Hüseyin Öztoprak, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry said that the import of livestock has been stopped.

    Speaking at the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer said that the Council decided to ban the small-game hunting in line with the latest developments in Turkey on the bird flu disease.

    Calling on the Greek Cypriot administration to ban the hunting also in its side, the prime minister pointed to the importance of cooperation as regards the bird flu.

    The homeland and people are fundamental. Stop displaying fanatic stance due to political reasons, he called on the Greek Cypriot side.

    Also speaking, the deputy prime minister- foreign minister Serdar Denktas said that measures have been taken on the issue, but, extra measures could be needed if the Greek Cypriot side did not take serious measures.

    Speaking at a joint press conference afterwards, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare Eref Vaiz and the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Hüseyin Öztoprak said that the needed measures as regards the bird flu have been taken.

    Reminding that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare had started a work in July aimed at implementing the action plan towards exterminating the epidemic in accordance with the proposal made by the World Health Organization and the European Union, Mr Vaiz said tamiflu and other anti-viral drugs have been stored as a precautionary measure.

    As for the small-game hunting, he criticized hunters for not knowing the issue, adding that game animals are on the top of risk groups.

    Also speaking, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Hüseyin Öztoprak said that the Veterinary Department has taken measures the same that has been taken by other countries, adding that the culling of infected animals, the setting up of a quarantina spot, and the labaratory work have been planned.

    Referring to poultries feed within villages, Mr Oztoprak called on the people to keep them in shelters. If need arises, they can be culled in order to prevent the spread of the disease he proposed.

    [02] Ozgur Dusunce newspaper: Talat found the solution in attacking the Greek Cypriots on El Cezire

    Under the above title Turkish Cypriot daily OZGUR DUSUNCE newspaper (10.01.06) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Mehmet Ali Talat, participated yesterday in the main news bulletin of the Qatar based El Cezire television and replied to questions regarding the Cyprus problem. The interview was transmitted live from the studios of illegal Bayrak Radio and Television.

    Asked why a solution to the Cyprus problem was not found, Mr Talat reminded that the Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the UN Secretary Generals solution plan and argued that as from that date the Greek Cypriots do not support having relations with the Turkish Cypriots. He accused the Greek Cypriots of not exerting any effort in the direction of the reunification of the Island and of not cooperating with the Turkish Cypriots.

    Mr Talat said that they were expecting the Greek Cypriot side to be encouraged for a solution and for coming to the negotiating table. He expressed the hope for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem through negotiations and reiterated the view that the so-called isolations of the Turkish Cypriots must be lifted. He also said that the lifting of the isolations cannot take the place of a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Alleging that the Turkish side is not responsible for the non-solution, he argued that the Turkish Cypriots have been isolated because of the political situation and added: The isolation, the restrictions of the freedom of traveling, the fact that direct flights cannot be conducted to the northern part of the Island, all these constitute a problem for the Turkish Cypriots. According to the UN Secretary General as well, all these are unnecessary restrictions. The effort exerted at the moment is in the direction of the lifting of the isolation applied on the Turks. This will of course encourage the Greek Cypriot side to come to a point of accepting that the solution and the unification of the island should be reached.

    Asked about the visit of the British Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth, Mr Jack Straw, to Cyprus, Mr Talat said that Britain is a guarantor power and that it wants a solution to be reached. He added: Britain knows the obstacles. It knows that it has to work with the Greek Cypriots and convince them. I think that the aim of the visit of the British Foreign Secretary is to convince the Greek Cypriot side. .

    Responding to a question, Mr Talat alleged that the rejection of the Annan Plan by the Greek Cypriots has a relation with the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union. He claimed: In principle, the Greek Cypriot side does not want to go for a sharing of the leadership with the Turkish Cypriots. They want to be accepted as the only authority on the Island. They want to represent Cyprus by themselves internationally and at the international organizations. They do not want to share this with the Turkish Cypriots. They want to register their sovereignty to the north of the Island and in this manner to control the whole Island. .

    Furthermore, Mr Talat accused the Greek Cypriots of rejecting the rights of the Turkish Cypriots and of using the advantages of the accession to the EU to turn them into minority. Of course, this is not possible, he said.

    I/Ts.

    [03] Mr Ferdi Sabit Soyer is not pleased with the Greek Cypriot Administration for its initiatives to prevent a meeting between President Talat and Foreign Secretary Straw

    Illegal Bayrak television (09/01/06) broadcast the following:

    Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer has stressed that ignoring President Mehmet Ali Talat means the Turkish Cypriot people is being ignored.

    Speaking to reporters during a meeting today, Mr Soyer criticized sharply the Greek Cypriot Administration for its initiatives aimed at preventing the meeting between President Mehmet Ali Talat and the British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw due to take place at the end of this month.

    Reminding that Mehmet Ali Talat won the Presidential elections by taking 55% of the votes, the prime minister stressed that the Turkish Cypriot peoples will can only be represented by President Mehmet Ali Talat, the Republics Assembly and the government.

    [04] The self-styled presidency denies that jurists from Turkey visited the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus aiming at improving the law regarding the occupied Greek Cypriot properties

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (10.01.06), the self-styled presidency of the TRNC (occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus) issued yesterday the following written statement:

    On 8 January 2006, the information that some jurists from Turkey have come to the TRNC and began to work aiming at improving the Property Law took place in some local papers published in the TRNC. In the information, the source of which is he Greek Cypriot press, it is alleged that establishing its weak points which is not possible to be accepted, they will work on the necessary changes for giving the Property Law a form that could be accepted at the ECHR as sufficient local remedy. It is announced to the public opinion that the above-mentioned information which took place in the Greek Cypriot press and which the Turkish Cypriot press used as its source, is completely groundless and untrue.

    I/Ts.

    [05] The Iranian President is calling for Improved Turkey-Iran relations

    Anatolia news agency (09/01/06) reports the following from Tehran: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmedinejad, stating that Turkey and Iran's national, regional, and international interests are dependent on one another, has said that he "expects progress in the relations between the two countries."

    Turkey's Ambassador in Tehran, Halit Bozkurt Aran, visited President Mahmud Ahmedinejad due to his assignment in Iran coming to an end.

    Ahmedinejad, in remarks he made while receiving Aran, noted that "Turkey and Iran can be a bridge between East and West in the areas of the economy, politics, and security."

    Pointing to the "historical and deeply rooted" ties between the two countries, Ahmedinejad stressed that "Turkey and Iran's national, regional, and international interests are dependent on one another."

    Ahmedinejad, noting that "Both countries have a determining role in regional balances, and in issues of the Islamic world and the international community", said that "The current positions of Turkey and Iran require that their cooperation in all areas be developed, and that the two countries meet the expectations of their own peoples and the Islamic world."

    Stating that the potential exists for cooperation between Turkey and Iran to be further developed, Ahmedinejad indicated that officials of both countries are eager to benefit from this potential. Ahmedinejad also noted that he "expects progress in the relations between the two countries."

    Ahmedinejad, stating that there has been good cooperation in the past in the area of security, said that a joint effort between the two countries is needed in order for this cooperation to be made complete.

    Turkey's Ambassador in Tehran, Bozkurt Aran, also noted the "friendly relations" between the two countries, and said that the desire of top-level officials to promote relations in every field has led to striking growth in the economic area in particular.

    Stating that Turkey and Iran's being located in "a fragile region like the Middle East contributes to stability, peace, and security in the region", Aran added that the cooperation between the two countries in international organizations such as the Islamic Conference Organization is important.

    [06] President Sezer vetoed the law on establishing 15 new universities

    Anatolia news agency (09/01/06) reported from Ankara that the Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has partially vetoed the law which envisages establishment of new universities in 15 cities.

    President Sezer returned the law to the parliament on Monday to be debated again.

    EG/


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