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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.202/07 19.10.07
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[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Statements by Talat on his contacts in New York upon his arrival in occupied CyprusIllegal Bayrak television (18.10.07) broadcast the following:
President Mehmet Ali Talat has arrived in the Republic after completing his contacts in New York. The President met with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday during which he asked him to launch a new initiative on the Cyprus issue.
Speaking on his arrival at Ercan (occupied Tymbou) Airport, President Mehmet Ali Talat stated that during his meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the UN chief expressed his wish for finding a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem.
However he added that Mr Ban Ki-Moon repeated himself by saying that the UN will only take a new initiative on the island in case of a real commitment by both sides.
Stressing that he expressed Turkish Cypriots readiness for launching full-fledged negotiations for the solution, Mr. Talat said that the address of Mr. Ban Ki-Moons words was obvious.
The President said he had a very fruitful meeting with the UN Chief adding that Mr Ban Ki-Moon had confirmed that the proposals being made by the Turkish Cypriot side on the 5th of September meeting was not against the essence of the 8th July agreement.
Accusing the Greek Cypriot side of trying to manipulate his meeting with Mr Ban Ki-moon, he said that by presenting proposals and sending a letter to the UN Secretary-General, the Greek Cypriot side is trying to give an impression that it is the party which is presenting constructive proposals for the solution of the Cyprus problem.
The President reminded that he handed over a package of proposals putting forward confidence-building measures as well as military arrangements aimed at improving relations between the two sides and opening new crossing points, but he abstained from giving details of the content of the package he presented.
I did not receive any response from the UN Secretary-General. Mr Ban Ki-Moon said that he will evaluate the issue. I think it will be useful to give reasonable time for him, he concluded.
 The British High Commissioner in Cyprus on the Cyprus problemAnkara Anatolia news agency (18.10.2007) reports the following from occupied Lefkosia:
Peter Millett, the British High Commissioner in Greek Cypriot administration, said Thursday the High Commissioner's office has always supported Turkish Cypriots.
"We, as a guarantor state and EU member, work for reunification of the island," Millett told a meeting at the High Commissioner's office in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
According to Millett, there can be an opportunity to find a genuine settlement in the island after February's election in the Greek Cypriot administration. Millett said Britain will continue to work with the UN for a settlement in Cyprus. "We want dialogue, negotiation and agreement," he told.
The British High Commissioner called on the two sides to work for a solution and said he hoped a solution would be found to Cyprus issue in the possible shortest time.
Millett further said the EU thinks trade relations will help a settlement in Cyprus and supported efforts to strengthen Turkish Cypriot economy. Millett also said a settlement and agreement in the island should be based on political equality of both parties.
 The Cyprus problem will be on the agenda of the meeting between the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his British counterpart Gordon BrownTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (19.10.07) reports that the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is going to visit the UK on the 22-23 of October, upon an invitation from his British counterpart Gordon Brown. The Cyprus problem is on the agenda of the meeting.
During the meeting, which will be the first between them, the two Prime Ministers will discuss the bilateral relations and international issues of common interest and mainly the Turkey-EU relations as well as Cyprus and the fight against terrorism. After the meeting they will sign a Strategic Partnership Document between Turkey and England.
According to a statement issued by the Office of the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr Erdogan will pay a visit to the British Parliament. Mr Erdogan will meet with the members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons as well as with the members of Turkey and TRNC Friendship Groups, in the British Parliament.
 More on the issue of the visit of an US Embassy official on the Culture and Solidarity Association of People coming from HatayTurkish Cypriot daily Volkan newspaper (19.10.07) reports that the news reported yesterday by the paper, that the US Embassy Official in Lefkosia, Chris Pancio, Responsible for Political Affairs (as written by the paper), visited the Culture and Solidarity Association of People coming from Hatay (TR. Note: Allexandretta), were confirmed.
Abdullah Atlar, the chairman of the Association, pointing out that Mr Pancio visited the Association, revealed the details of the conversation took place between Mr Pancio at the Association members. Atlar said that he told Mr Pancio, who was giving emphasis to the differences between (Turkish) Cypriots and Turkish (settlers), that there is no difference between them. The Turks wherever they live they are Turks and the Turkish Cypriot people are one integral entity, he said.
Mr Atlar also said that Mr Pancio was asking insistently about the number of the members of the Association. Mr Atlar told Mr Pancio that the Culture and Solidarity Association is one of the biggest non-governmental organizations in occupied Cyprus. He also told him that regarding the Cyprus problem they support the active and de facto guarantee of Turkey for a just and lasting solution. He also said that the Turkish Cypriot people was deceived at the referendum and the promises made to them were not kept.
Pancio also wanted to know how the Association evaluates all the political parties in occupied Cyprus with the Politics for the People Movement (HIS). Mr Pancio made some evaluations himself as well.
Mr Atlar told Mr Pancio the Turkish Armed Forces and Security Forces Commandership is a safeguard for the Turkish Cypriot people to live in safety and peace.
 The anger and the reaction of the Trade Unions against the Republican Turkish Party is growingUnder the title The Trade Unions are like a gunpowder Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (19.10.07) reports that the anger and the reaction against the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) is growing because the CTP decreased the purchasing power of the low income groups, through imposing taxes and not taking measures to reduce the inflation. The paper writes that the CTP ignores the trade unions and the non governmental organizations. The paper publishes reactions by the trade unions; the Primary School Teachers (KTOS), the Public Servants Employees and Workers Trade Unions HUR-IS, KAMU-SEN and KTAMS.
The paper reports the following as regards the KTOS statement: Noting that the government does not even know what the exact population of the country is and therefore it cannot draw plans about education and health. The burden, which is created because of the intensive and the continuous increase of population reached to a point where it cannot be carried any more by the economic resources of the Turkish Cypriot community. KTOS stressed that the Trade Union will not remain mere spectator to this course of events.
 UBP representative to hold contacts in Berlin for UBP joining the European Liberal Democrat MovementIllegal Bayrak television (18.10.07) broadcast the following:
The National Unity Party (UBP) MP Hasan Tacoy is in the German capital Berlin to attend a meeting entitled A Liberal Europe for a Free World.
The meeting will be attended by representatives from liberal democrat parties across Europe and is aimed at cultivating the benefits of globalization among the European countries.
During his stay in Berlin, the UBP MP Tacoy will also hold contacts regarding the partys membership application to the European Liberal Democrat Movement.
 Ali Babacan received by the Egyptian PresidentAnkara Anatolia news agency (18.10.2007) reports the following from Cairo:
Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said that Turkey is determined to fight against terrorism, adding, "nobody should try to test our determination". Babacan was received by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Thursday.
Babacan told reporters that 140 Turkish companies have investments in Egypt, adding that the trade volume between Turkey and Egypt --which was 1 billion USD in 2006 -- is expected to be 1.5 billion USD in 2007.
"We have discussed Iraq, Palestinian-Israeli problem and upcoming elections in Lebanon with President Mubarak. Turkey and Egypt have common views and targets regarding these issues," said Babacan.
"I also told him that regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism is important," he added.
Replying questions of reporters, Babacan said that Turkey has been suffering from attacks of PKK terrorist organization for years, adding that 30 people were killed only in last 30 days.
Babacan said that Turkey, together with the United States and Iraq, exerted efforts for the fight against PKK but the problem was not solved, and instead it grew.
Stressing the importance Turkey attaches to Iraq's territorial integrity, Babacan said that Turkey will continue exerting efforts for peace and prosperity of Iraqi people as well as Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens in Iraq.
Upon a question, Babacan said that Turkey will continue to cooperate with Iraq and the United States in the fight against the terrorist organization.
During his stay in Cairo, Babacan will be received by Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, and also will hold talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit and the Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa. Babacan will proceed to Lebanon after completing his talks in Cairo.
 Turkish Defence Minister to meet with his American Counterpart to discuss Iraq and the Armenian resolutionAnkara Anatolia news agency (18.10.2007) reports the following from Ankara:
Turkish National Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul will meet his U.S. counterpart Robert Gates in Kiev, Ukraine on Sunday.
"I will discuss with Gates the resolution on Armenian allegations regarding incidents of 1915 and the Prime Ministry motion on a cross-border operation," he told reporters.
The Committee on Foreign Relations of the U.S. House of Representatives adopted the resolution on October 10th. The full House is expected to vote it in November.
On the other hand, Turkish parliament passed on Wednesday the Prime Ministry motion empowering the government to launch a cross-border operation into north of Iraq within a period of one year.
"I will meet my U.S. counterpart on the sidelines of a southeast European countries meeting in Kiev," he said.
Gonul said he will then proceed to the Netherlands for a NATO meeting. "I will have the opportunity to discuss recent developments with ministers of NATO member states," he also said.
 Turkish State Minister Tuzmen to attend EUROMED conference; Figures on Turkey´s foreign trade volumeAnkara Anatolia (A.A.) news agency (18.10.2007) reports the following from Ankara:
Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen will leave for Portugal to attend EUROMED Ministerial Conference.
Speaking to A.A on Thursday, Tuzmen said that EUROMED countries constitute a huge market with their 2.3 trillion USD of foreign trade volume. He added that Turkey's foreign trade volume with those countries is 108 billion USD.
Tuzmen said that ministers and high-level representatives from 37 countries and European Commission will attend the conference in Portugal. He noted that studies on the project to make Europe- Mediterranean a free trade zone (which is planned to be completed in 2010) will be assessed during the conference.
Tuzmen said that activities to boost mutual trade and investment opportunities, making business in Europe-Mediterranean zone, measures to be taken to solve problems in textile sector, as well as to increase competitiveness are some of the issues to be discussed in the conference. Noting that he will meet EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, Tuzmen said that he will also hold meetings with commerce ministers of participating countries. Tuzmen said that they will discuss the problems between Turkey and EU, as well as Turkey and regional countries.
Tuzmen will also ask for support of Mediterranean countries and EU-member states for candidacy of Turkish Mediterranean province of Mersin for the 17th Mediterranean Games which will be held in 2013.
He said that Turkey's export to EUROMED countries has increased 20 percent and reached 50 billion USD last year.
EUROMED countries are EU member states, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine, Israel, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Algeria.