Eroglu pointed out that the newspaper, matches, and alcoholic beverage found at the site of the incident came from south Cyprus. Asked if the person or persons could not have entered Tymbou Airport from the ``TRNC'', Eroglu replied: ``I do not know. An investigation is under way.''
A reporter asked if the firing could not be connected to retired General Nurettin Ersin, who left the island on 17 November. Eroglu said: ``The incident occurred at 03:50. General Ersin left Tymbou at 11:00''.
Replying to another question, Eroglu said that there is no reason not to show the newspaper, matches, and bottle found at the site of the incident. He added that he will give instructions to make sure that they are shown to the press.
Mustafa Tokay, the so-called under secretary of the pseudostate´s ``PM office'' was present at the welcoming ceremony for the Turkish naval ships, expressed great pleasure at receiving the Turkish naval ships and commanders in the occupied area Tokay said: ``Your arrival give us strength and moral support. We always like to see you in the TRNC'', Tokay added and continued:
``The Turkish naval ships are giving the other side a message while constituting a source of strength for us. Tokay wished all the commanders success.
Rear Adm. Ogutcu, in turn, said he was very pleased to be in the ``TRNC'' and expressed the hope that the visits to the occupied area will contribute to the atmosphere of peace and tranquillity maintained in Cyprus since 1974. In reply to a question, Ogutcu said that the ships did not encounter any pursuit, provocation, or harassment on their way to occupied area.
Moreover, KIBRIS (19.11.98) reports that Turkish jet fighters taking part in the military exercise will be landing at the occupied Lefkonico airport. The jets will be open to public to visit them. (MY)
Following the resignation of Arikan, the number of the DTP deputies reduced to 15, while the umber of the independent deputies increased to 19 in the parliament.
The recent distribution of the chairs in the parliament is as follows:
FP (Virtue Party 144 ANAP (Motherland Party 135 DYP (True Path Party) 97 DSP (Democratic Left Party 61 CHP (Republican People´s Party 55 DTP (Democratic Turkey Party) 15 BBP (Great Unity Party) 8 MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) 3 DP (Democrat Party) 1 DEPAR (Changing Turkey Party 1 Independent 19 Vacant 11
The banner, viewed as a sacred possession of the Turkish nation and a symbol of honour for the Turkish Armed Forces, was handed over to the 14th Armoured Brigade Command yesterday.
After the banner was brought to the ceremonial ground, flags were hoisted to the accompaniment of the Turkish national anthem.
After a reading of the history of the 14th Brigade and a biography of Brigade Commander Brigadier General Zekai Babuccuoglu, General Ozkok deputy Chief of Staff, representing President Demirel, and a handed the banner to general Babucuoglu.
General Ozkok said: ``The way you received it now, you in turn will hand it over to the next commander with its honour and purity intact. In the name of the President of the Turkish Republic, I am handing this secret trust over to you. Let it be auspicious.''
After Babucuoglu took an oath with the troops and after the signing of the banner register, the ceremony was concluded with a parade.
The paper then gives the history of the 14th Armoured Brigade, which has now been ``honoured'' with this banner: The 14th Cavalry Brigade, from which the 14th Armoured Brigade took its name, was established in Afyon on 31 July 1922. It immediately joined the Great Offensive against the Greeks. It launched an offensive and captured Gediz on 5 September 1922, and on 9 September 1922 it was the first Turkish unit entering Izmir. It went down in history in golden letters for occupying Karsiyaka (quarter of Izmir). With the Turkish Army placed on peace footing on 1 November 1923, it was dispatched to Urfa. KIBRIS goes on and says that it played a role in the suppression of Sheikh Sait and Nasturi Kurdish uprisings in 1925. It was later disbanded. As of 14 May 1997, work started in occupied Kythrea for the formation of an armoured brigade, and on 17 July 1997 the original brigade was reinstated as 14th Armoured Brigade. The Brigade, which is known for having ``thrown the Greeks'' into the sea, is ready to carry out the same task in Cyprus too KIBRIS declares.
KIBRIS reports that excavations carried out for the last two days by the so- called Department of Museums and Antiquities, until now ten amphorae were unearthed by the workers.
Dating back to 2,300 years the amphorae were unearthed at the ancient ``Arsinoe'' port city.
KIBRIS adds that the excavations will continue.