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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 07-03-06

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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.45/07 06.03.07

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] More on the missing Christakis Georgious case
  • [02] Rauf Denktas on the case of the five-year old Christakis Georgiou who is missing since 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus
  • [03] HURRIYET on the halloumi cheese issue
  • [04] Mehmet Ali Talat has been invited as President to attend the The First Turkish Diasporas Summit to be held in Azerbaijan.
  • [05] The breakaway regime to establish an industrial area in occupied Kaprass peninsula
  • [06] A conference will be held at the European Parliament on the 16th of May to discuss the problem being faced by the Turkish Cypriots
  • [07] The chairman of the American Football Academy wants to organize a championship for children in June 2008 in the occupied areas of Cyprus
  • [08] The illegal YDU has signed a protocol for cooperation with the universities of Strathchlyde and Cardiff
  • [09] The commander of the Turkish occupation army in Cyprus reiterates that not a single soldier will be withdrawn until the solution
  • [10] Gul plans to visit Greece by the end of March
  • [11] Turkish Deputy Rustu Kazim Yucelen resigned from ANAVATAN party
  • [12] A new party under the name Party of Patriots was established in Turkey

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] More on the missing Christakis Georgious case

    Turkish daily SABAH newspaper (06.03.07) reports that the story of the missing Christakis Georgious case took an interesting dimension when Mehmet Mercan who was a soldier in the area during 1974 remembered Christakis and said: I talked to his mother I carried away the child to the hospital. The child then was transferred to Adana.

    Mercan went on and said: I vividly remember the child. He had come with his mother to our hospital in Dikomo. When I saw the mother I could not stand. I took the child in my arms and took him inside. The military doctors serving there showed great interest. After that with broken English I talked to his mother. I had asked how the child was wounded. She said something like stray bullet (Kaza kursunu-Accidental bullet). I do remember that the child was transferred to Adana.

    The Turkish Doctors very well treated the child and the mother. In fact the commander of the regiment Colonel Nezih Siral had ordered the doctors to look after the child very well. The mother was made to wait outside after submitted Christakis in. The child was conscious when he was brought to the hospital. He was crying and talking. Then he was sent to Adana after that I cannot know what had happened Mercan stressed.

    SABAH then publishes a statement by Christakiss mother Mirofora that she had taken her wounded son to the hospital where a Turkish soldier helped her and in fact cried with her.

    The mother says that she is thankful to the Turkish family in Adana who brought up her son and what she wants is just to say him that she is his mother.

    (MHY)

    [02] Rauf Denktas on the case of the five-year old Christakis Georgiou who is missing since 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily GUNES newspaper (06.03.07) reports that the former Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas has departed for Switzerland in order to express his support to the chairman of the Labour Party (IP), Dogu Perincek against whom charges had been filed for rejecting the genocide against the Armenians.

    In statements yesterday at the Ataturk Airport, Mr Denktas referred to the information published in the Greek Cypriot and Turkish press regarding the case of the five-year old Greek Cypriot Christakis Georgiou from occupied Palaikythro village who is missing since 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Responding to a question he said:

    After the 1974 Peaceful Operation (Tr. Note: He is referring to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus) both sides were giving emphasis to the issue of the missing persons. We were searching for our missing persons and the Greek Cypriots for their own. Clerides explained to me the situation of a child and said that the child had been taken to a military hospital and that they do not know what had happened afterwards. During the investigation which I have conducted, a low ranking military official confirmed to me that such a child came. With joy I went to Clerides and said: I have good news. They say that the child is in the hospital. When we conducted an official investigation they said that the child died and that his mother was informed about it. Every mother lives in hope before seeing the body of her child. This woman contacted me afterwards. I understand the pain of this woman and her hopeless expectation. But I think that the things they are saying such as that the child has been sent to Ankara, he was adopted, he has even called his mother and talked with her on the phone are games for conducting propaganda against Turkey. .

    Mr Denktas said that he informed Mr Clerides that the child was living but told him afterwards that he died. Mr Denktas noted that he did not say that the child was taken to Ankara and added: I think that Clerides might have said that the child had been taken to Ankara in order to divert the family.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] HURRIYET on the halloumi cheese issue

    Turkish daily HURRIYET newspaper (06.03.70) reports that it became clear that behind the cheese crisis recently started in Cyprus by the Greek Cypriot side, regarding halloumi cheese when the Greek Cypriots wanted to register it in the EU as the regional product, lies the Greek Cypriot fear of losing foreign markets in the face of the Turkish Cypriot interesting marketing tactics.

    The paper then reports an incident happened in Saudi Arabia when Turgay Avci the self-styled foreign minister of the regime established in the Turkish occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus, together with a delegation of Turkish Cypriot businessmen met with Saudi businessmen. During the meeting a Saudi Arabian businessman who has supermarket chains in Saudi Arabia said that they are importing from Cyprus halloumi cheese which is very popular in the country and he asked whether this cheese is produced by the Turkish Cypriots. The Turkish Cypriot businessmen immediately opened their briefcases and placed their halloumi samples on the table saying: Here it is our cheese. The halloumi cheese is an authentic cheese for Cyprus and it does not belong to the Greek Cypriots only.

    The paper goes on and reports that the Saudis noted that the quality of the Turkish Cypriot product is better and less expensive than the one they are buying from the Greek Cypriots and started thinking ways to import halloumi from the Turkish Cypriots. The Turkish Cypriot businessmen offered them to send the product via Turkey and thus they concluded export deals with the Saudi businessmen.

    The Greek Cypriots in vain tried to stop Turkish Cypriots exporting halloumi to Saudi Arabia. Fearing that they will lose the Arab market to the Turkish Cypriots they have applied to the EU to own the product, HURRIYET concludes.

    (MHY)

    [04] Mehmet Ali Talat has been invited as President to attend the The First Turkish Diasporas Summit to be held in Azerbaijan.

    Turkish daily HURRIYET newspaper (06.03.07) reports that Turkish Cypriot community leader Mehmet Ali Talat has been invited to attend The First Turkish Diasporas Summit to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    The paper reports that Talat is invited as President and that this is an important step in the recognition work of the TRNC, the breakaway regime in the occupied areas of Cyprus. The summit will be opened on Friday and the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the summit.

    (MHY)

    [05] The breakaway regime to establish an industrial area in occupied Kaprass peninsula

    Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (06.03.07) reports that Enver Ozturk, self-styled minister of tourism and economy, and Turgay Avci, self-styled minister of foreign affairs, visited the Karpass peninsula yesterday.

    In statements at occupied Rizokarpasso village Mr Avci said that a small industrial area will be established in Karpass as soon as possible and added that they will give the opportunity to small investors and those who want to establish a business to benefit from credits from the Development Bank. Mr Avci said that they will create an opportunity for additional 10-15 pensions to the already existing 21.

    Furthermore, Mr Ozturk said that their aim is to solve the problem of the free donkeys which cause damages to the sown fields in Karpass and to turn this problem into a source of income. He noted that there are 2.500 donkeys in the area and that they are planning to fence the area where the donkeys live so that the animals are not able to come out. He added that they will also built walls in some areas.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] A conference will be held at the European Parliament on the 16th of May to discuss the problem being faced by the Turkish Cypriots

    Illegal BAYRAK television (05.03.07) broadcast the following:

    Karin Resetaris a member of the European Parliaments High Level Contact Group for Relations with the Turkish Cypriot Community has announced that a conference will be held at the Parliament on the 16th of May to discuss the problem being faced by the Turkish Cypriot people.

    Karin Resetaris told the AB Haber that a conference will be held on the Cyprus issue at the European Parliament on the 16th of May. She said problems being faced by the Turkish Cypriot people, its international isolation and the policies of the European Union will be discussed during the conference.

    Pointing out that the Turkish Cypriot people has been facing restrictions in the fields of sports, culture and education, Ms Resetaris said that the Liberal Grouping of which she is a member wants these problems to be discussed by the Parliament.

    Referring to the report prepared by the High Level Contact Group for the European Parliament, she ruled out any change in the report which she said- included expectations of the Turkish Cypriot people.

    [07] The chairman of the American Football Academy wants to organize a championship for children in June 2008 in the occupied areas of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily ORTAM newspaper (06.03.07) reports that the self-styled mayor of the occupied part of Nicosia Cemal Bulutoglulari met yesterday with Victor Stanculescu, chairman of the American Football Academy who is visiting the occupied areas of Cyprus. Mr Bulutoglulari expressed the Turkish view that the Turkish Cypriots are isolated and therefore their football players cannot play matches at national level and they are negatively influenced from that.

    Mr Stanculescu said that there is no place for politics in the sports and noted that they want to support the Turkish Cypriot football. He added that they want to organize a championship for children like a festival in June 2008 in the occupied areas of Cyprus.

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] The illegal YDU has signed a protocol for cooperation with the universities of Strathchlyde and Cardiff

    Turkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper (06.03.07) reports that the illegal Near East University (YDU) has signed a protocol for cooperation, exchange of students at bachelors, masters and doctorate level and joint researches with the Pharmaceutical Faculties of the universities of Strathchlyde and Cardiff. According to a statement issued yesterday by the YDU, the agreement was signed on 2 March. The three universities agreed also to organize an international congress on pharmaceutical issues in 2008.

    (I/Ts.)

    [09] The commander of the Turkish occupation army in Cyprus reiterates that not a single soldier will be withdrawn until the solution

    Turkish Cypriot daily VOLKAN newspaper (06.03.07) reports that the commander of the Turkish occupation army in Cyprus, General Hayri Kivrikoglu met yesterday with the administrative council of the Association for Protecting the TRNC. General Kivrikoglu reiterated that the active and actual guarantees of Turkey will continue and not a single Turkish soldier will be withdrawn from Cyprus until a lasting solution, which will include the political equality and the sovereignty of the Turkish Cypriot people, is found.

    (I/Ts)

    [10] Gul plans to visit Greece by the end of March

    Turkish Daily The New Anatolian newspaper (06.03.07) invoking Turkish diplomatic sources writes that the Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is planning to visit Greece at the end of the this month upon the invitation of his Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyanni.

    The Turkish Foreign Minister is expected to discuss the situation of the Turkish minorities as the Turkish side describes the Moslems in Greece's Western Thrace region, an oil dispute due over oil exploration in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the Cyprus issue and Turkey's European Union membership bid. An earlier visit by Gul was postponed due to various reasons. Turkish diplomatic sources said that Gul will seek Athens' support on Turkey's EU membership negotiations.

    [11] Turkish Deputy Rustu Kazim Yucelen resigned from ANAVATAN party

    Turkish The New Anatolian newspaper (06.03.07) reports that Rustu Kazim Yucelen, a deputy from the centre-right Motherland Party (ANAVATAN), resigned from the party, protesting a lack of policies. Yucelen served as industry and trade, interior and state minister in previous Turkish governments.

    "Patiently we have waited to see what party leader Erkan Mumcu will do and followed what he has been doing," Yucelen said. "There is scarcely a month left until (May's) presidential elections and still ANAVATAN is asking the public to choose their president. Unfortunately ANAVATAN's stand on the presidential election is not clear."

    "I still don't know ANAVATAN's views regarding northern Iraq, Cyprus or the European Union. ANAVATAN doesn't even have a program. Although there are six months left to the general elections there are no plans to gather those who are committed to this party," he argued.

    Yucelen's son Ali Yucelen joined True Path Party (DYP) a while ago and later was appointed as deputy general secretary by leader Mehmet Agar. Yucelen senior, came into the spotlight last summer over a dispute with ANAVATAN leader Mumcu.

    [12] A new party under the name Party of Patriots was established in Turkey

    Turkish daily MILLIYET newspaper (06.03.07) reports that the 53rd political party in Turkey has been established. Its name is Party of Patriots. The founder of the party is a retired lieutenant colonel who served ten years in the Turkish Army.

    (MHY)

    ES/


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