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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 06-04-27

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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.80/06 27.04.06

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] US Secretary of State wants to intensify contacts for the new plan.
  • [02] Talat says that there are two peoples in Cyprus and accuses the Greek Cypriots of following a chauvinistic policy.
  • [03] Efforts to give legal cover to the illegal census in the occupied areas of Cyprus.
  • [04] Columnist predict population in the occupied area to be 300,000.
  • [05] Forty seven thousand workers were registered in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus since the 1st of July 2005.
  • [06] The chairman of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce stated that the TRNC must be allow to conduct trade.
  • [07] The Foreign Press Union will protest against the Republic of Cyprus.
  • [08] Tan on the reported hot pursuit in Iraq by Turkish armed forces.
  • [09] Turkey´s constitutional court chief judge speaks of interference in judicial decisions.
  • [10] Bulent Arinc calls for a re-interpretation of the meaning of secularism.
  • [11] Collecting signatures for Ocalan´s release sends three to prison.
  • [12] TRTs explanation for Eurovision.
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [13] Turkish Diplomats on the results of Rice´s visit.
  • [14] Turkish Cypriot columnist accuses the Greek Cypriot political leaders of not being sincere.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] US Secretary of State wants to intensify contacts for the new plan

    Turkish daily BUGUN newspaper (Internet version 27.04.06) reports about the meeting between the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which, inter alia, they discussed the Cyprus problem .

    The paper reports Mr. Erdogan said that they expect steps to be taken to ease the so-called isolations imposed on the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus. Mrs. Rice replied: We too think along this line and that we are of the view that for the new plan it would be suitable if the contacts with the UN Secretary-General are intensified.

    (MHY)

    [02] Talat says that there are two peoples in Cyprus and accuses the Greek Cypriots of following a chauvinistic policy

    Under the title Two peoples! Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (27.04.06) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat has argued that there are two peoples in Cyprus who have separate political wills.

    The paper writes that in statements on GENC TVs Konusma Zamani (Time for Discussion) program, which is presented by KIBRISLIs editor-in-chief Dogan Harman and will be transmitted tonight, Mr Talat commented on the opinion which the Greek Cypriots allegedly use more often recently regarding the existence of one people in Cyprus.

    Mr Talat alleged that by saying that there is one people in Cyprus and the Cyprus people said no at the referendum, the Greek Cypriots are trying to keep secret the fact that the Turkish Cypriots voted yes to the Annan Plan.

    The paper adds, inter alia, the following:

    Talat, who drew attention to the fact that the UN recognized the right of conducting separate referendums to the peoples (in Cyprus) on the basis of the acceptance of the existence of two separate peoples and that this is tantamount to putting the right of self-determination into practice, said that trying to underestimate the meaning of the referendum because of unproductive political reasons is very sad. Criticizing the chauvinistic policies of the Greek Cypriots, Talat said the following:

    The Greek Cypriots are being chauvinistic with their policies which reject the equal rights of our people. While we are struggling for the equal rights of our people, we are struggling against chauvinism as well. We must not confuse these two things. Struggling for equal rights is not chauvinism. We would be chauvinists too, if we struggled for establishing domination on the Greek Cypriots and violated the equal rights of the Greek Cypriots.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Efforts to give legal cover to the illegal census in the occupied areas of Cyprus

    Illegal Bayrak television (26.04.06) broadcast the following:

    The Head of the State Planning Organization Isilay Yilmaz and the Prime Ministrys Chief of Staff Erkut Sahali have briefed chiefs of foreign missions in Cyprus on the planned census being held this Sunday.

    The foreign emissaries were told during the briefing that all the preparations for the census have been completed.

    Explaining that international criteria and principles were taken into account in connection with the holding of the census, Erkut Sahali said that the EU Council has been invited to observe the event.

    He said representatives from foreign missions will be free to observe the census within the framework of diplomatic principles.

    Also speaking at the briefing, the Head of the State Planning Organization Isilay Yilmaz said the main objective of the census is to collect data on the North Cyprus economy, its population, demography and social life including housing details.

    Mrs Yilmaz stated that data to be collected during the census will be synthesized and used in formulating future policies in many areas, including education, labor, housing, health, rural development and family planning.

    Commenting on the issue, Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer expressed the hope that the People of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will be helpful to the officials and experts to conduct the census.

    He said that about six thousand public servants are being employed in the census, who, he said, have been receiving training on the matter.

    He repeated a government undertaking made earlier, that this is to be the last census to be carried out in conventional methods.

    The success of the census will be the success of the whole community, he said.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (27.04.06) reports that while representatives of the missions in Cyprus of UN member countries, the UN Security Council permanent members and the EU member countries had been invited to the briefing which began at 09.30 at the headquarters of the Government Accounting Bureau, representatives of Turkey, France, Germany and Britain followed the briefing.

    (Tr. Note: The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is the illegal regime set up by the Turkish Republic in the territories of Cyprus ethnically cleansed by the Turkish army in 1974. Since then the 200.000 Greek Cypriots, who were forced to abandon their homes and properties at gun point, live in temporary housing estates with their basic human rights violated by Turkey.)

    (I/Ts)

    [04] Columnist predict population in the occupied area to be 300,000

    Columnist Resat Akar in his column under the title Latest Situation in the Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (27.04.06) writes about the forthcoming census to be held in the Turkish occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus. He writes: The last census in the north Cyprus was held on 15 December 1995. The results after the census were as follows;

    Over all total 200,587

    TRNC citizens 164,460

    Citizens of Turkey 30,702

    Others 5,425

    The distributions of the 164,460 TRNC citizens are as follows;

    Born in Cyprus 137,398

    Born in Turkey 23,924

    Others 3,138

    The distribution of the 30,702 citizens of Turkey is as follows;

    Student 8,287

    Workers 12,922

    Unemployed 1,327

    Others 8,166

    They have announced that the next census on 30 April that is ten years later it will be de facto That is, the man who is carrying out the census will register every body. Unfortunately it is not possible to conduct the census in this country otherwise because we have people who are without house or a place to stay.

    Mr. Akar then engages in trying to predict the population in the occupied area today and says that this figure might reach to 300,000 strong.

    (MHY)

    [05] Forty seven thousand workers were registered in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus since the 1st of July 2005

    Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (27.04.06) reports that Mr Sonay Adem, the self-styled minister of labour and social security in the TRNC (breakaway regime in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus) stated that 47 thousand workers and three thousand companies have been registered in the TRNC from the 1st of July 2005 until today.

    Noting that inspections will be conducted, he stated that for one year licenses for bringing new workers will not be granted, to those companies or subcontractors that have illegal workers to work from them.

    C/S

    [06] The chairman of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce stated that the TRNC must be allow to conduct trade

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (27.04.06) reports that Mr Murat Yalç1nta, the chairman of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce stated that the TRNC (breakaway regime in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus) must be given permission to conduct trade.

    Mr Yalç1nta made these statements during contacts he held in Brussels with Mr Michael Leigh, Director General of European Commission DG and Mr Françoise Le Bail, Deputy Director General, DG Enterprise.

    Mr Yalç1nta who said that they worry that the shadow of the Cyprus problem will fall upon Turkey s EU progress, said that they said that Turkey must keep its promises and open the ports. As businessmen of course we want trade. However, TRNC must be given permission to conduct trade as well, he stated.

    He also said that putting into practice the financial aid that the European Commission prepared for the TRNC is important. However the obstacles put as regards the trade are far more important. They talked about the opening of the Famagusta port as regards this issue. Our desire is the opening of this port under Turkish control. The EU is acting apprehensively as regards this issue.

    (C/S)

    [07] The Foreign Press Union will protest against the Republic of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (27.04.06) reports that the so-called Foreign Press Association (FPA) will protest against the Republic of Cyprus alleging that it prevents its members to cross over to the free areas of the Republic and cover events happening here.

    The paper notes that the members of the above-mentioned Association are representatives of international media in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus.

    The chairman of FPA, Mesut Gunsev, who is in Brussels in order to support the protest acts against the so-called embargoes allegedly applied on the Turkish Cypriots, will discuss the issue with Mr Georg Zigrer, representative of the EU Commission. He will also meet with the chairman and members of the administrative council of the European Journalists Union and the International Journalists Federation.

    In a statement he issued, Mr Gunsev describes as unacceptable the embargo applied on the Turkish journalists and calls on the international organizations to undertake the necessary initiatives so that it is lifted.

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] Tan on the reported hot pursuit in Iraq by Turkish armed forces

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (26.04.06) reported the following from Ankara:

    Turkey's Special Representative to Iraq Oguz Celikkol had a meeting with Iraqi Ambassador to Turkey Sabah al Umran today in which they discussed border security, Turkish Foreign Ministry (MFA) spokesman Namik Tan said.

    Speaking to reporters, Tan said: ''In this meeting, the Iraqi ambassador has been told that the (military) deployment and measures taken near Turkish-Iraqi border aim to ensure the border security. The Iraqi ambassador is also said [was also told] that these measures are taken every spring, and the presence of PKK in Iraq has urged Turkey to take these measures.''

    Tan noted that Turkey also told Umran that the presence and acts of the terrorist organization PKK in Iraq should be eradicated, and added that Turkey wants to discuss this topic with the new Iraqi government in a detailed way.

    On the same issue NTV television (26.04.06) broadcast the following: "Foreign Ministry officials, who said that Iraq handed the note to obtain information, rejected the allegations about the Turkish special forces conducting hot pursuit in northern Iraq. Celikkol briefed the Iraqi ambassador about measures Turkey has taken near the Iraqi border, telling him that routine measures have been taken to ensure border security. The Iraqi ambassador was once more told that the PKK presence in northern Iraq should be eradicated."

    [09] Turkey´s constitutional court chief judge speaks of interference in judicial decisions

    Turkish Daily News newspaper (26.04.06) reports the following:

    Constitutional Court Chief Judge Tülay Tugcu said on Tuesday that interference in judicial decisions under the guise of protecting freedom of expression could not be tolerated.

    Speaking at a ceremony marking the 44th anniversary of the establishment of the court, Tugcu said the level of criticism had gone beyond acceptable norms and had turned into outright attacks on court members.

    She said pressure from the legislative and executive branches of the state and claims of politicization were weakening the judiciary.

    She also called for fair salaries for members of the judiciary, noting that the recently passed Social Security Law would decrease the real wages of judges and prosecutors by almost 22 percent.

    [10] Bulent Arinc calls for a re-interpretation of the meaning of secularism

    The Turkish NTV-MSNBC television (26.04.06) broadcasts from Ankara that the speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly on Tuesday called for a re-interpretation of the meaning of secularism in Turkey.

    However, speaking on the 44th anniversary of the foundation of the Constitutional Court, Parliamentary Speaker Bulent Arinc said that he was only expressing his own views, rather than flagging any change in official policy.

    Is it a secularism understanding that would turn social life into a prison or one that people freely practice their beliefs, Mr Arinc said.

    [11] Collecting signatures for Ocalan´s release sends three to prison

    Istanbul NTV television (26.04.06) broadcast the following:

    In Diyarbakir, three persons who were collecting signatures for the release of terrorist Abdullah Ocalan have been sentenced to 7.5 years.

    The three were collecting signatures for Ocalan's release and for his recognition as a political leader when they were detained. Two of them are university students.

    Appearing before a judge for the last time at the 4th Criminal Court, the three suspects asked to be acquitted. The court sentenced them, however, to seven years and five months. The court then commuted the sentences to six years and three months.

    [12] TRTs explanation for Eurovision

    Turkish Cypriot VATAN newspaper (26.04.06) reports that the Turkish Radio and Television (TRT), in a written statement announced that the appearance of the Cyprus representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, Annette Artani, in its programs is out of the question.

    TRT states that Turkeys representative to Eurovision, Sibel Tuzun, during her visit to the free areas of Cyprus, invited Cyprus representative to Turkey independently of the TRT. Ms Artani therefore, is not going to appear in any of the TRTs programs. Based on the announcement, this stands for the rest of the representatives of the countries participating in the contest - none of the artist has been invited to TRT program.

    The artist who will take part to the entertainment programs to be broadcast during Ms Artanis visit to Turkey have discussed in prior.

    (M/L)


    [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

    [13] Turkish Diplomats on the results of Rice´s visit

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (25.04.06) publishes the following report from Ankara:

    Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul signaled to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the current cooperation between the two countries must be improved further within a framework of mutual trust.

    Rice, who was on a working visit to Ankara, met with Gul privately, during talks between delegations, and later at dinner.

    Commenting on the talks, diplomats said that "Rice's visit has added further depth to the current close and warm relations between the two countries."

    The diplomats noted that Rice used Gul's official car throughout her visit, that the two ministers had a chance to chat in the car, and that no other US secretary of state has used another nation's official car in the past.

    The diplomats said that Gul told his American counterpart that the two countries already have a cooperation with a strategic basis, that reciprocal contacts and consultations must be increased to improve this cooperation within a framework of mutual trust, and that these efforts must be shown to the whole world.

    The sources quoted Rice as saying that the two countries' need for each other has increased rather than decrease since the end of the Cold War. She reportedly added: "We trust each other. We need to have more dialog."

    Subtitle: Iraq, Kirkuk

    The diplomats said that Iraq was also discussed at these meetings. Gul reportedly said that the Kirkuk issue must be given special importance, that attempts to change the demographics of Kirkuk are very dangerous, and these should not be allowed to make the situation worse.

    According to the diplomats Rice responded that the United States is also concerned about the demographic changes occurring around Kirkuk, that various efforts are under way on this issue, and that she believes that the UN can also be helpful in this matter.

    Subtitle: Terrorist organization PKK

    The diplomats quoted Gul as saying that Turkey is pleased that the United States has treated the PKK has a terrorist organization from the outset, but that this gives Turkey the right to expect more from the United States on this issue. Gul reportedly asked the United States to be more proactive on this issue at a time when the terrorist organization has stepped up its activities and pointed out that the PKK now has weapons that mostly come from Iraq.

    According to the diplomats Rice said that she had very useful talks with Gul and that she did not know how the time passed. They added that the Secretary of State expressed her gratitude to the Turkish government for its considerable help to the United States in making the political process work in Iraq.

    The diplomats said that Rice agreed with Turkey's concerns with regard to the battle against the PKK and quoted her as saying that the United States "will redouble its efforts on this issue as soon as a government is formed in Iraq." They also cited Rice as saying that the tripartite mechanism among Iraq, the United States, and Turkey will work effectively.

    Subtitle: Iran

    The diplomats said that Gul also commented on Iran and quoted him as saying that Turkey is opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and that it has sent very clear messages [to Iran] to this effect. He reportedly said that these messages will be reiterated when Ali Larijani, Secretary General of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, visits Turkey next week.

    Rice reportedly noted the importance of a stronger stand by the international community with regard to Iran and said that the United States has never mentioned the use of military force but that it has declared that all options will be considered.

    According to the diplomats Gul underscored the need for encouraging the parties to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to find a peaceful solution to the problem. Noting the dangers of the existence of so many problems in the Middle East, Gul reportedly said that the purpose of the [Turkish government's] talks with HAMAS was to warn this group against "going in the wrong direction."

    Subtitle: Cyprus

    The diplomats said that the Cyprus problem was also discussed during the talks and quoted Rice as saying that the United States was very disappointed with the results of the referendum on the Annan plan.

    According to the diplomats Rice expressed her appreciation of Turkey's efforts on this issue and said that the United States is discussing steps that can be taken to end the isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

    Subtitle: Vision document

    The diplomats also said that agreement was reached during the talks on drafting a vision document which will prepare the strategic cooperation between Turkey and the United States for the future.

    The diplomats explained that the document will be shaped through talks between the officials of the countries who will get together in the near future. They added that, as part of this work, first the values to which the two countries are committed will be identified and that they will then determine the major political issues that need to be discussed within the framework of these values.

    [14] Turkish Cypriot columnist accuses the Greek Cypriot political leaders of not being sincere

    Ozcan Ozcanhan, writing in his daily column in Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (27.04.06), accuses the Greek Cypriot political leaders of not being sincere when they say that they want the reunification of Cyprus under a bi-communal and bi-zonal federation.

    Under the title Beware, do not believe them, Mr Ozcanhan writes, inter alia, the following:

    Beware, do not believe the statements of the leaders of AKEL, DISI, DIKO and the other Greek Cypriot political parties that they want peace, solution, the reunification of Cyprus and a bi-communal and bi-zonal federal Cyprus. Christofias, Papadopoulos and Anastasiades are pseudo-supporters of a reconciliation and agreement with the Turkish Cypriots. If you follow closely their actions and policies, you will understand that they are not sincere at all.

    What they want is neither some changes in the Annan Plan nor a new solution plan. They are after predominating over the whole of Cyprus under the wings of the EU and the shadow of the UN. Their greatest desire is removing away from Cyprus the Turkish and the refugees who came from Turkey and get completely rid of the guarantees of Turkey and the partnership rights of the Turkish Cypriots. And they desire to become the sole dominant of the island. Having a look at their campaign before the elections which they will conduct in May and at what they say, you will clearly see what their target is.

    (I/Ts.)

    /SK


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