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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.99/06 25.05.06
[A] NEWS ITEMS
[B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Talat argues that the Turkish side will benefit nothing from the opening of Pyrgos-Limnitis crossing pointTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (25.05.06) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat has expressed the opinion that the opening of the crossing point in the area of Pyrgos and occupied Limnitis villages will have no benefits for the Turkish Cypriot side and there is no need for its opening because it will only ensure advantages to the Greek Cypriots.
Speaking yesterday during a lunch with the administrators, the editors and the columnists of KIBRIS Media Group, Mr Talat alleged that the Greek Cypriots are trying to make the opening of the Ledra Street barricade to be forgotten and that the Pyrgos Limnitis crossing point has been turned into a barricade that could have a very small contribution to the inhabitants of occupied Limnitis village.
Mr Talat alleged, inter alia, the following: While they were putting the Ledra Street barricade into the Green Line Regulation they asked us as well about it. We said put it. First Zodia and then Ledra Street (should open), we said. Afterwards, the European Union, without consulting with us, added the two barricades of Limnitis and Kokkina villages into the Green Line Regulation.
The inhabitants of Pyrgos village persuaded those from Limnitis and some pro-solution and pro-rapprochement persons started an activity. The opening of this gate, however, brings nothing to the Turkish side. It only ensures the easier communication for the persons from Limnitis village. As a side effect of the opening of many gates, the wish of the preservation of the status quo increases.
Accusing the Greek Cypriot side of not wanting a solution and of having the intention to preserve the current situation by asking the opening of new crossing points, Mr Talat alleged: We must choose which gates to open. Limnitis is not a necessity. It only ensures an advantage to the Greek Cypriots.
Referring to the internal affairs of the Turkish Cypriots, Mr Talat alleged also that significant progress was made in the recent period in the direction of the democratization and the Turkish Cypriots being sovereign. He argued that the Turkish Cypriots are today in a better position from the point of view of governing themselves and that they ask no one while they take their decisions. Giving as example the illegal Turkish Cypriot airlines and the Central Bank, Mr Talat expressed the opinion that the Turkish Cypriot institutions are slowly slowly being put in to order.
Meanwhile, commenting on the meeting with Mr Talat, the editor-in-chief of KIBRIS, Basaran Duzgun writes that he saw a very significant change on the way Talat approaches the issues. He notes that Mr Talat is now saying openly that if he is to make a step the Turkish side should have a benefit. Mr Duzgun notes, inter alia, the following: Talat thinks that the Greek Cypriot side will ensure more benefits from the opening of Limnitis gate and asks what will we get in return of this? The same thing is valid for Varosha as well. .
 Ankara tries to put the blame on the UN Secretary General to justify its separatist plansTurkish daily CUMHURIYET newspaper (24.05.06) reports under the title: If the UN Secretary General Annan does not take initiative in the Cyprus problem, then Turkey will put into implementation to its B- Plan- The Montenegro Model in Cyprus.
The paper reports that since the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan will not take any initiative because President Papadopoulos came out strengthened, in the last Sundays elections in Cyprus, as a result of this, Turkey has started to work on a new plan regarding the Cyprus problem. According to the plan, reports CUMHURIYET if Annan refuses to take initiative, Ankara will call for a referendum similar to the one held in Montenegro in which separation of Montenegro from the federal administration was asked. In this referendum the Turkish Cypriots will be asked whether they want or not to unite with the Greek Cypriot side.
In case the result is no the TRNC administration and Ankara once more will declare the result to the world and the TRNC will demand recognition with the right to direct trade. Turkey will raise this issue in the UN and in the Islamic Conference Organization.
Former TRNC envoy to Ankara Ahmet Zeki Bulunc, who has evaluated the post-election process to the CUMHURIYET, said that it would be very difficult for the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to take initiative. Expressing the view that election results demonstrated that single island state approach no more exist, Bulunc said that Turkey should, as soon as possible, engage in policy change. Bulunc said: First of all we have to say the following, Turkeys Action Plan was not result oriented. This plan not only did not bring new elements from the Greek Cypriot point of view, it was tantamount to accepting the 17 December decision, and the elements included in the 3 October Negotiation Framework and 9 November Accession Partnership documents.
In order Turkey to call for a referendum under these conditions it should depart from the Annan Plan. It is absolutely necessary for Turkey to put forward a reconciliatory status based on two peoples and two states which will guarantee Turkeys rights stipulated under the Treaty of Alliance and will maintain Greco-Turkish balance.
 Mr Ferdi Sabit Soyer expresses his satisfaction for UN initiative callIllegal Bayrak television (24.05.06) broadcast that the self-styled Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer has said it is time for the United Nations to take on the responsibility of launching a new initiative aimed at promoting a solution to the Cyprus Problem.
Mr Soyer said the rejection of the Annan plan by the Greek Cypriot Side has resulted in the current deadlock in the Cyprus problem.
Commenting on the United Nations Secretary Generals plans to send his Special Representative to Cyprus Michael Moller on a fact finding mission to Cyprus, Ankara and Athens, Mr Soyer said this is good news as far as the Turkish Cypriot side is concerned.
 Turkish Cypriot leader discusses Cyprus problem with a British Euro members delegation. Calls for lifting Turkish Cypriots´ isolationIllegal Bayrak television (24.05.06) broadcast that delegation made up of British Euro-MPs who are on the island on a fact finding mission were received yesterday by President Mehmet Ali Talat.
Ways to remove the international isolation of the occupied part of Cyprus, the issue of opening direct flights to-and-from the TRNC, and the establishment of humanitarian technical committees were among the topics discussed during the hour-and a half long meeting.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting on behalf of the delegation, British Euro MP Richard Howitt said the aim of the visit was to exchange and listen to the views and concerns of both sides on the island.
Mr Howitt said the focus of the delegations meeting with Mr Talat had been to look into ways to remove the international isolation of occupied part of Cyprus and to discuss prospects of finding a solution to the Cyprus Problem under the UN umbrella.
Asked, whether or not he and his friends believed there is political atmosphere on the island suitable for a new initiative, Mr Howitt said that currently great differences existed between the two sides.
He stressed the importance of the need to establish the much-talked-about technical committees in order to build confidence between the two sides on the island.
Also speaking, the British Euro-MP Robert Evans pointed to the importance of the need to have the international isolation of the Turkish Cypriots lifted, and reminded that the European Union has been looking for ways to solve this problem.
He said he believes direct international flights to and from the occupied part of Cyprus should be free to take place.
The Euro-MPs said the European Union should work more to put the direct trade regulation into practice as soon as possible so as to ease the unjustified international isolation of the occupied part of Cyprus.
But he claimed that to achieve that - Turkey should ratify the additional protocol - extending its customs union with the European Union and, open its ports to the Republic of Cyprus.
 The Turkish Spokesman sees the parliamentary elections in the free areas of Cyprus as a unification rejection call by Greek CypriotsAnkara Anatolia news agency (24.05.06) reported from Ankara that ''The outcome of elections held in Greek Cypriot administration showed that Greek Cypriots rejected once again the idea of reunification of Cyprus'', said Namik Tan, spokesman of Turkish Foreign Ministry.
In a weekly press conference, Tan stated: ''The parliamentary election held in Greek Cyprus on May 21st, 2006 is important. It was the first one after the referendums held in the island on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plan (on April 24th, 2004). It is also a signal regarding the election to be held to choose the leader of Greek Cypriot administration in 2008.''
Underlining that the result of Greek Cypriot parliamentary election demonstrated that those who are opposed to the efforts of solution in Cyprus are the winners, Tan said: ''Another interesting outcome of the elections was that votes of President Tassos Papadopoulos' DIKO party increased by 3.07 percent''.
''We hope that the international community and EU countries are monitoring this disturbing developments,'' he added.
 Serdar Denktas said that the elections result in the Republic of Cyprus sends the message that osmosis is one-way roadTurkish Cypriot daily CUMHUR0YET newspaper (25.05.06) reports that Mr Serdar Denkta the self-style minister of foreign affairs in the TRNC (breakaway regime in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus) evaluated the elections held last Sunday at the Republic of Cyprus.
Mr Denktas stated that the fact that the supporters of no vote at the referendum became stronger after the elections results sends the message that osmosis is one-way road. He also stated that the separation must be put forward openly and added that it is obligatory to find an understanding of a news policy.
Our message to the world is the following: We will not abandon the Turkish Cypriot identity. We will never become citizens of the Greek Cypriots. We are the other owner of this island and we will continue to claim our ownership. The world must accept this reality, he stated.
Mr Denktas also said that the message that was sent by the elections results to the Turkish Cypriots was that if they want solution, osmosis is the one-way road. Meaning you must accept that you are citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, to abandon your identity, to become our citizens. To be benefited individually from the opportunity of the EU citizenship. This is the solution. This was the message that it was sent, he said.
 TRNC presents its natural and cultural beauties to Abu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (25.05.06) reports that yesterday, the so-called representation office of TRNC in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, organized an activity during which the natural and cultural beauties of the TRNC were promoted.
Based on information given by Mr Aytug Plumer, the so-called representative of the TRNC in Abu Dhabi, a great number of foreign diplomats participated in the activity.
A video presentation where the richness of the main natural and cultural beauties of TRNC was also shown, while advertising tourist material has also been distributed.
The presentation was held under the auspices of the Diplomatic Association and took place at TRNC representation office in Abu Dhabi.
(Tr. Note: Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is the illegal regime set up by the Turkish Republic in the occupied northern part of the Republic of Cyprus)
 Mr Glafcos Clerides and his family are to be hosted today for dinner by Turkish Cypriot leader in occupied LefkosiaIllegal Bayrak television (24.05.06) broadcast that the self-styled President Mehmet Ali Talat will be hosting the former President of Republic of Cyprus, Mr Glafcos Clerides, tomorrow evening at a social dinner at the Presidential Palace in Lefkosia.
A statement issued from the Presidential Palace stated that first lady Oya Talat, Mr Cleridess daughter Ketty Clerides and her husband Kostas Shammas will also be guests at the informal, social dinner.
[B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS
 In spite of the statements that the Turkish side wants a federal solution and a united Cyprus, Turkish officials confess anonymously that their aim is the establishment of two states on the IslandIn spite of the statements that the Turkish side wants a federal solution and a united Cyprus, Turkish officials confess that their aim is the establishment of two states on the Island and that they must prepare the ground for bringing onto the agenda the establishment of two separate states.
The columnist of Turkish daily BUGUN newspaper (22.05.06), Mrs Lale Sariimbrahimoglu writes, inter alia, the following:
Drawing attention to the fact that the tendency in the people in the Greek Cypriot sector to support the two separate states increases, a high ranking official, says: The fact that the Greek Cypriots do not want the solution of the united Cyprus is there. We must prepare the ground for bringing onto the agenda the issue of the establishment of two separate states.
Because of the fact that the person who expressed this view is a bureaucrat who has a say in the formation of the internal and foreign policy in Turkey, we must take seriously the words which mean that the time came for Ankara to process the position for separation which is the opposite of unification. Although the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its official statements say that the solution passes from a united Cyprus, it understands that the way things are going leads to the division. However, it does not want to be the side that will say first that the division is now inevitable.
Essentially, for some time now, the position for two states in Cyprus, even if is for the time being remaining with a weak voice, is being brought onto the agenda by some officials and some influential names with more loud voice.
The fact that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the TRNC Serdar Denktas said this month, referring to President Mehmet Ali Talat, during a visit to Ankara for a meeting, that this issue is going towards two separate states, was attention worthy. .