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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. 46/08 05.03.08
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 Moller met with TalatTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.03.08) reports that the UN Secretary-Generals special representative in Cyprus, Mr. Michael Moller, after meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat yesterday declared that there was no preconditions as regards the opening of the Ledra street crossing. Speaking to reports after meeting with Mr. Talat, the UN Secretary-Generals special representative in Cyprus Mr. Michael Moller said that no specific date has been fixed as regards the meeting of the leaders of the two communities. He said that most probably the meeting will take place before the end of this month. He expressed the hope that the date will be fixed during President Christofias meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Talat.
When asked to comment on the opening of the Ledra street crossing and whether there is a precondition set by the Greek Cypriot side to this end, Mr. Moller said: Opening of Limnitis crossing is not a precondition but a wish.
As for the visit of the UN delegation to Cyprus Mr. Moller said that a date was not fixed yet and that the delegation might visit the island after the meeting between President Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Talat. He said that the visit will most probably take place towards the end of March or the beginning of April.
 Ercakica on the Talat-Moller meetingTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.03.08) reports that the self-styled presidential spokesman Hasan Ercakica said that the meeting between President Christofias and Mr. Talat will take place in March. He went on and said that the UN evaluation team will be arriving in the island during the first half of April. Referring to the UN Secretary-Generals special representative in Cyprus, Mr. Michael Mollers meeting with Mr. Talat yesterday, Mr. Ercakica said that during the meeting issues concerning the negotiation process were discussed.
When asked to comment on the opening of the Ledra street crossing Mr. Ercakica said that the Turkish side is ready in every way for the opening of the Ledra street crossing. He expressed great satisfaction that for the opening of the Ledra street crossing the Greek Cypriot side does not set preconditions.
When asked to comment on the recent statement by President Christofias that If Turkey is ready, we are ready as well, Mr. Ercakica said: He is trying to say that Turkey precludes a solution in Cyprus. This is a very wrong stance. If you make a wrong diagnosis of the problem then it will be difficult to secure a solution. We consider this statement totally aimed at domestic consumption, since he gives the impression that he is willing to meet Mr. Talat.
When asked to comment on Mr. Talats visit to Ankara tomorrow Mr. Ercakica said that Mr. Talat will leave for Ankara at the head of a delegation, where the self-styled foreign minister Turgay Avci will also be included. Mr. Ercakica went on and added that after Ankara, Mr. Talat will leave for Dakar, Senegal to take part at the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
 Title deeds are being secretly provided by the occupation regimeTurkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (05.03.08) reports under banner headlines that the occupation regime is secretly providing title deeds to those who occupy immovable property belonging to the Greek Cypriots in the Turkish occupied part in the Republic of Cyprus. The paper criticizes Mr. Talat and Mr. Soyer to get engaged in such dealings in order to creating new problems, at a time when there are attempts to solve the Cyprus problem. The paper says that first they rent the property and then secretly provide the title deeds.
 Secret Constitution is being drafted in SwitzerlandTurkish Cypriot daily Yeni Volkan newspaper (05.03.08) reports in its front page under banner headlines, Secret Constitution, and writes that a group of Greek and Turkish Cypriots got together in Switzerland and started drafting the Constitution of the United Cyprus. The paper reports that this work is being carried out secretly without informing the people, the Assembly and the opposition parties. It urges the opposition parties to bring this issue before the assembly and ask explanations from the government.
 A total of 809 people arrived in Cyprus through SyriaTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.03.08) reports that 809 Syrians who arrived in the occupied Famagusta port from Latakia, Syria by boat only 200 of them returned to Syria. The paper says that the self-styled foreign ministry still refuses to accept the accusation that with Famagusta-Latakia Ferryboat services illegal immigration got a legal dimension. The paper notes that until now 14 journeys took place and a total of 809 people arrive in from Syria and only 200 of them returned.
 International Arts Festival began yesterday in the occupied CyprusIllegal Bayrak television (04.03.08) broadcast the following from occupied Lefkosia:
The second International North Cyprus Lefke [occupied Lefka] Arts Festival has started with a cocktail.
Last nights opening ceremony also featured a recital by the Turkish Cypriot pianist Ruya Taner.
Following the opening cocktail, an exhibition of paintings by Feridun Isiman and photographs by Korkut Unal was opened at the annual event jointly organized by the European University of Lefke and the Lefke Municipality, with the support of the Turkish Embassy and the Ministry of Economy and Tourism.
Famous Turkish Cypriot pianist Ruya Taner also performed a recital at the Lefke Ataturk Cultural Centre.
Artists from North Cyprus, Turkey, Hungary, Germany and Uzbekistan are attending the nine-day festival, which will feature various events. All will be free and open to the public.
 Tomorrow general strike by the trade unions in the occupied areasAll the Turkish Cypriots papers (05.03.08) report about the strike called by five trade unions for tomorrow. The papers report that the representatives of the trade unions had more than three hours meeting with the self-styled prime minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer, during which the sides did not agree. And the trade unions decided for a general strike.