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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.42/06 01.03.06
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 Illegal Bayrak on President Papadopoulos meeting with UN Secretary General in ParisIllegal Bayrak television (28/02/06) broadcast the following: The leader of the Greek Cypriot Administration Tassos Papadopoulos met with the UN Secretary - General Kofi Annan in Paris today where the Cyprus Problem was top on the Agenda.
In a press statement released by the United Nations after the meeting, the UN Secretary - General expressed his contentment with the fact that both sides have agreed to hold bi-communal discussions on a series of issues at the technical level.
He also expressed hope that these discussions will contribute to building confidence between the two sides on the island adding that he had received assurances from 'President' Mehmet Ali Talat that the Turkish Cypriot side shared these aspirations. The UN Secretary - General and the Greek Cypriot leader both expressed their warm wishes for the full and speedy recovery of 'President' Talat.
 How the Turkish Cypriot press covers the meeting between the UN Secretary-General and President PapadopoulosAll the Turkish Cypriot newspapers today (01.03.06) refer to the meeting between the UN Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan and the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos in Paris. Under the banner front page title There is no concrete result, KIBRIS writes that no new element came out from the meeting that lasted about one hour.
AFRIKA refers to the meeting under the title They agreed on the issues of Varosha and disarmament. The paper notes that Mr Annan will appoint a special representative for Cyprus after meeting with both sides.
Under the banner front-page title The negotiations will begin at technical level, HALKIN SESI reports that the UN Secretary General expressed his satisfaction because the leaders of the two communities reached an agreement for the beginning of talks at technical level on issues which are related to the interest of both communities.
YENI DUZEN refers to the issue under the banner front-page title Negotiations at technical level.
GUNES writes that Papadopoulos and Annan agreed!
Under the banner front-page title He is now one step ahead, ORTAM writes that Papadopoulos met and agreed with Annan.
VATAN refers to the issue under the title Annan is optimistic.
Under the title Meeting between Annan Papadopoulos, CUMHURIYET points out to the fact that the UN Secretary General expressed his satisfaction because the leaders of the two communities reached an agreement for the beginning of talks at technical level.
KIBRISLI refers to the issue in its inside pages under the title The talks will begin and argues that the UN Secretary General Annan convinced Papadopoulos on the issue of a new procedure.
CYPRUS TIMES refers to the issue under the title Last tango in Paris.
VOLKAN makes absolutely no reference to the issue.
 Ibrahim Gambari: Contacts with all parties concerned necessary before arbitration role by UNIllegal Bayrak television (28/02/06) broadcast the following: Ibrahim Gambari the UN Secretary - Generals Permanent Undersecretary for Political Affairs has said that the United Nations will be conducting soundings with all parties concerned if-and-when it accepts an arbitrating role on the Cyprus issue.
Addressing a gathering at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Washington, Mr Gambari said the UN has already been in consultation on the Cyprus issue with the United States, Russia, Britain, Turkey, Greece, and the European Union, and added: Weve been talking to everybody involved in the process; and we really do not intend to embark on a go-between role only to find out weve dived in an empty pool.
 Statements by Adam Ereli on trade with the occupied areasIllegal Bayrak television (28/02/06) broadcast the following: The United States has announced it already has trade links with the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus'.
The announcement comes only days after the State Department announced it considers trade with North Cyprus to be free, and that theres no standing ban on trade with the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus'.
The State Department spokesman Adam Erelis latest remarks came in response to a question by a Greek reporter who asked, how the United States could insist that having trade links with what he termed - a territory under illegal occupation is absolutely within the limits of international law.
Mr Ereli responded to the Greek journalists question in a clear but a stronger manner, underlining the fact that theres no standing ban or limitation to international trade with North Cyprus whatsoever. He went further to challenge the Greek journalist and even invites him to let him know if he finds any existing regulation or law that bans trade with North Cyprus.
The Greek journalist continued by asking the State Department spokesman if, quote, the Administration has informed the Congress about what he termed this change of policy, unquote.
Mr Erelis reply, this time, was even sharper: Theres not even a single standing regulation or law that bans or prohibits sending goods to North Cyprus. The State Department spokesman on Friday, for the first time, officially expressed the view that trading with North Cyprus is not illegal.
(Tr.Note: Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is a subservient to Ankara regime set up by the Turkish Republic in the territories of Cyprus occupied by 40,000 Turkish troops since the Turkish invasion of 1974, as a result of which1% of the Greek Cypriot population were murdered, 200,000 Greek Cypriots were forced at gun point to abandon their homes and properties and hundreds of churches were turned into sheep stables, dung storages, bars and restaurants).
 Get well wishes to Talat from Papadopoulos and ChristofiasAnkara Anatolia news agency (28/02/06) reported from Istanbul that the self-styled Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer got information from doctors on Tuesday about the condition of the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Mehmet Ali Talat, who underwent a successful heart bypass surgery yesterday.
Mr Talat will stay at intensive care unit for one day, so Soyer met Talat's wife, Oya Talat. Oya Talat said that Mr Talat was in good condition, he was in high spirits and she chatted with him for a short time.
Oya Talat said that Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos and Greek Cypriot Parliament Speaker Demitris Christofias phoned them last evening and wished speed recovery.
Doctors said Talat's condition was stable and he could talk, but he was not allowed to accept visitors until tomorrow.
 The subservient regimes self-styled Foreign Ministry expected integration with the rest of the world and not EU moneyIllegal Bayrak television (28/02/06) broadcast the following: The 'Ministry of Foreign Affairs' has accused the European Union of making a step backward by separating the two regulations on North Cyprus.
A statement issued today reminded that the Turkish Cypriot sides priority was to achieve integration with the rest of the international community through the proposed free trade regulation prepared earlier by the Union to help ease the effects of Turkish Cypriots international isolation.
It was not financial aid or funds that the Turkish Cypriot side had expected the statement said, and added that the EU Councils approval of the separation of the two regulations was an act far from being capable of contributing to the efforts aimed at achieving a settlement to the Cyprus problem.
As for the envisaged financial contributions to the Turkish Cypriot side, the 'TRNC Foreign Ministry' statement pointed to the fact that Turkeys financial assistance to North Cyprus is several times more than the amount said to have been released by the EUs decision yesterday.
 Self-styled Minister of Tourism and Finance: We will be able to compete with the Greek Cypriot economy if the right policies are not abandonedTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (01/03/06) reports under the above title that the self-styled Minister of Tourism and Finance, Dervis Kemal Deniz, has declared and stressed that during the last two years the occupied areas economy has scored the biggest growth in the world, besides the oil producing countries.
He went on and said that if the same economic growth is maintained and sustained without abandoning the right policies that are being followed, then within a few years parity will be established between the TRNC and the Greek Cypriot economies.
Kemal Deniz made this statement when he visited the occupied Komi Kepir and Rizokarpaso villages. Komi Kepir is chosen as pilot village for village tourism.
Kemal Deniz further said that the yearly trade deficit of the occupied area is about one billion USD and this deficit is balanced through incomes (350 thousand USD) from tourism and the rest with the money received from the university students and the Turkish Cypriots working in the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus.
He declared that the occupied areas economy is growing in a balanced manner and this was confirmed by a report from the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TUSIAD).
 London Times newspaper is calling its readers to go to occupied Cyprus in order to watch the Viva World Cup, according to VATANTurkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper (01.03.06) reports that the British THE TIMES newspaper called on the persons who cannot find a ticket for the World Cup, which is going to take place in Summer 2006 in Germany, to buy tickets and watch the Viva World Cup which is going to be organised by the subservient to Ankara regime in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus.
The Viva World Cup, for countries that are not diplomatically recognised, will take place in occupied Cyprus next November with the participation of eight countries, among them the breakaway regime in north Cyprus.
According to VATAN, THE TIMES noted that the names of the teams that will participate in the Viva World Cup are not yet known, because of the fear that south Cyprus will prevent their participation. Among the countries that will participate in the tournament are Tibet, West Sahara, Chechnya and Okitania, according to THE TIMES.
 A group of Turkish Cypriots want their electoral rights from the 1960 ConstitutionIllegal Bayrak television (28/02/06) broadcast the following: A group of 78 Turkish Cypriots - led by Ali Erel - has launched a campaign today with the aim of claiming Turkish Cypriots electoral rights from the 'Greek Cypriot Administration', stemming from the 1960 Agreements.
The members of the group today visited the 'Greek Cypriot' Minister of Interior Andreas Christou to convey a written request for Turkish Cypriots to be entitled to vote and contest elections in 'South Cyprus', scheduled for May,21st this year.
Ali Erel, the groups leader, said later that the 'Greek Cypriot' Minister of Interior had given neither a positive, nor a negative reply to the demand.
The group also called upon NGOs and political parties to claim their communal rights based on the 1960 Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus.
Referring to a recently adopted law in 'South Cyprus', the group said the new legislation constitutes a violation of the 1960 Republic of Cyprus Constitution, abolishing Turkish Cypriots right to elect and be elected in separate lists, which is a provision in the said Constitution.
 British Euro MP continues his contacts in the occupied areasAnkara Anatolia news agency (28/02/06) reports from occupied Lefkosia that Mr Sajjad Karim, a British MP from the Liberal Democrats in European Parliament (EP), said today that the EU is not a Christian club but the union of different principles and opinions, and any country which adopts these principles can join the EU.
Holding a conference in the occupied areas on Tuesday, Karim said that Turkey, as a secular country, is a bridge between the Muslim world and the Western world, and this is welcomed by Europe in the aspect of the Islamic view. He added that the EU needs Turkey as much as Turkey wants to join the EU.
Karim noted that the EU should take concrete steps for Turkish Cypriots' full representation in the EP. Karim said that he understands Turkish Cypriots' view regarding the EU and their disappointment, adding that the EP forces the Council to take steps for lifting the so-called isolation. He added that the Cyprus problem affects not only Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots but also EU citizens.
Karim is currently in the occupied areas upon invitation of the self-styled Parliament and he will continue his meetings with representatives of political parties and civilian organizations today. He will depart from the occupied areas tomorrow.
 Statements by Ross Wilson on CyprusAnkara Anatolia (28/02/06) reports from Ankara that the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Ross Wilson, on Tuesday appeared in a program broadcast on private TV channel Kanal 7.
Regarding the Cyprus problem, Mr Wilson said that the USA wanted to cooperate with Turkey, Greece and the two parties in Cyprus, and the UN to help the solution to this problem.
He wished that the UN would take new initiatives for settlement of the Cyprus problem, and added that a good opportunity could be seized after the elections to be held in Cyprus in spring.