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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA (Cyprus PIO review) 96-01-10

From: Panayiotis Zaphiris <pzaphiri@Glue.umd.edu>

Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Directory

TURKISH PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA

No. 7/96 10.1.96

NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Demirel tasks Erbakan with forming new government.

  • [02] Denktash meets US Ambassador.

  • [03] Two Turkish businessmen killed in Istanbul.

  • [04] Denktash reiterates known views.

  • [05] Mr. Gilles Anouil's interview. NEWS ITEMS


    [01] Demirel tasks Erbakan with forming new government

    According to TRT Television Network (15:20 hours, 9.1.96) Turkish President Suleyman Demirel has called upon Welfare Party (RP) leader Necmettin Erbakan to establish a government.

    [02] Denktash meets US Ambassador

    According to KIBRIS (10.1.96) the US Ambassador to Cyprus, Richard Boucher, yesterday had a meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash.

    Speaking to reporters prior to the meeting, Ambassador Boucher conveyed the message that they are determined to secure a common ground and bring the two leaders together.

    Boucher added: "The main thing is to bring together all the issues and reach a comprehensive settlement." (MY)

    [03] Two Turkish businessmen killed in Istanbul

    According to TRT Television network (11:00 hours, 9.1.96) businessman Ozdemir Sabanci, Toyotasa General Director Haluk Gorgun, and Sakip Sabanci's secretary Nilgun Hasefe were killed in an armed attack in Istanbul yesterday.

    According to TRT's correspondent, "an unidentified number of terrorists" came to the Sabanci Center around 11:00 and attacked Sabanci, Gorgun, and Hasefe with weapons in Ozdemir Sabanci's office on the 25th floor. The three were killed instantly.

    Meanwhile, according to illegal Bayrak radio (11:30 hours, (09.1.96) the Revolutionary People's Liberation Front (DHKC) has assumed responsibility for the murders.

    A person telephoned the newspapers and said that the attack was perpetrated by the DHKC in order to protest the incidents at Umraniye prison, which caused the death of three inmates.

    [04] Denktash reiterates known views

    According to KIBRIS (10.1.96) the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, speaking during a live TV programme broadcasted from illegal Bayrak TV, once more reiterated his intransigent attitude as regards the Cyprus problem and the EU membership issue.

    Denktash said that if a federation is established in Cyprus, the Turkish side will not automatically enter into the EU but will express its readiness for membership. He further added that at the intercommunal talks the conditions for Cyprus' EU member- ship will be discussed and among these conditions will be whether Turkey will be an EU member or not.

    Denktash further alleged that the rejected proposals put forward earlier are no longer valid. He said: "Any proposal made by the Turkish side in the past but rejected by the Greek Cypriot side is no longer valid."

    Denktash also defended the switch from a so-called parliamen- tary system to a "presidential" one.

    [05] Mr Gilles Anouil's interview (continued from 9.1.96)

    "Question (Suleyman Erguclu): I think we have covered all the issues. Gilles Anouil: Except the solution. Question (Suleyman Erguclu): We are not expecting this from you. The Americans are more interested in this than you. Gilles Anouil: In fact, we are also interested in the issue. However, at present there are three sides that are interested in the issue: Esteemed Mr. Feissel, the British High Commissioner and the US Ambassador are trying to maintain their goodwill mission. At this moment, the EU does not deem it necessary to add a fourth party to the process. There is a British and German proverb that says that `too many cooks spoil the broth'. But I cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that after some time the EU will be directly involved in the issue. Question (Suleyman Erguclu): In the near future? Gilles Anouil: I cannot exclude such a possibility. This is an idea.

    Before concluding, I would like to say the following: It is true that I talked a lot about economic issues. I do understand that the economy in this side is not the best economy in the world. I have no intention of trying to sell you the EU by say- ing that if you enter the EU you will become rich. However, it is a fact that in the case of a settlement or in the process towards a settlement, in order to develop the infrastructure of the island's northern part, there are funds, which we call' regional funds' that could be used. We have programmes for small and medium size enterprises. Why small and medium size enter- prises? Because from our experience we have seen that these enterprises offer more opportunities for employment than large size enterprises. As you know, in some of the EU countries there exists a huge unemployment problem.

    During the Madrid Summit it was again decided that support for small and medium size enterprises should be developed and their number increased. This kind of enterprises make up the very structure of north Cyprus economy. There are no big corporate groups. If the economy and the standard of living improve, all these elements will help the creation of a relaxed atmosphere." (MY)

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