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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 99-02-01

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>


TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA

No.17/98 30-31/1-1.2.99

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Dentkash on Cyprus´ EU accession.
  • [02] Turkish Cypriots reiterate demand for equal representation in CEPA.
  • [03] Denktash rejects President Clerides´ proposal for international peace- force.
  • [04] Susurluk - occupied area connection.
  • [05] Turkish Foreign Ministry officials visited the occupied area.
  • [06] Turkish Cypriots to apply for UEFA membership.
  • [07] Greek Cypriot illegally abducted in buffer zone. Garbage pollutes Karpass peninsula shores.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Denktash on Cyprus´ EU accession

    According to KIBRIS (31.1.99), Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has alleged that the Greek Cypriot people and not Cyprus applied for EU membership, and that the aim is to achieve Enosis that they were unable to realize by the force of arms, embargoes and lies, through the EU.

    Denktash said that unless the Cyprus problem is solved, unless a confederal roof is created, and unless Turkey´s guarantorship and all other rights on Cyprus are safeguarded, Cyprus´s accession to the EU would be impossible.

    Commenting on Greece´s deputy Foreign Minister Yiorgos Papandreou´s statement that ``Cyprus accession to the EU will facilitate the settlement of the Cyprus problem'', Denktash claimed that ``the unilateral EU membership application by the Greek Cypriots, using the blackmailing policies of Greece, is a political juggling with ulterior bad motives''.

    Denktash alleged that Greece´s aim is to ``devour'' Cyprus, and that in cooperation with the Greek Cypriots she laid down the EU trap for the Turkish Cypriots. He further alleged that the Cyprus government is trying to render the Treaty of Guarantees invalid. Denktash said since the issue of property exchange is contrary to EU laws, the Greek Cypriots dream that they will return to their homes in the north.

    Denktash ntoed that once the EU membership door was opened the Greek Cypriots turned their back to the parameters - found useful by the Security Council - that were on the negotiation table.

    He claimed that negotiations had turned into cheating.

    Referring to his confederation proposal Denktash said that this ``state to state confederation proposal is an indication of the Turkish Cypriots´ conciliatory stance and should be evaluated accordingly.''

    [02] Turkish Cypriots reiterate demand for equal representation in CEPA

    According to KIBRIS (31.1.99) the so-called assembly delegation headed by Ertugrul Hasipoglu, completed its contacts in Strasbourg.

    The so-called delegation yesterday had a long meeting with the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly´s newly-elected chairman, Lord Russel.

    During the meeting Hasipoglu demanded Russel´s assistnace regarding the Turkish Cypriots equal representation in the CEPA. He claimed that a step towards this direction will contribute to the settllement of the Cyprus problem.

    In his turn, Lord Russel said that Turkish Cypriot representatives were invited to the committee deliberations related to the Cyprus problem, and added that this was an important step in the settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    Russel further said that his door is always open to Turkish Cypriots and wished progress in the settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    The so-called delegation also met with Victor Ruffy, the new chairman of CEPA´s Political Affairs Committee. (MY)

    [03] Denktash rejects President Clerides´ proposal for international peace- force

    According to KIBRIS (31.1.99) Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has warned President Clerides ``not to touch the Treaty of Guarantees''. Denktash issued this warning after President Clerides´s proposal to demilitarize the island, to bring in an international peace force and and make Cyprus an EU member.

    Denktash said that for the last 36 years the Greek Cypriots, with a view to getting rid of or rendering the guarantee system invalid ``have been hashing up the same dish and served it with a different sauce.''

    Denktash said that President Clerides´s latest proposal was a good example of the fact that Greek Cypriots are living in wonderland. Denktash claimed that the demand for demilitarization by President Clerides was part of the ugly game played for years by Greece in Cyprus. Denktash added that with this proposal, the Greek Cypriots consider the Turkish Cypriots stupid. He demanded from Greek Cypriots to end their efforts to strengthen their defence capabilities.

    Denktash also rejected the proposal for an international force, saying that it was aimed at doing away with Turkey´s guarantorship.

    Denktash reiterated his claim that EU membership will not contribute to the settlement of the Cyprus problem but will render it more complex. (MY)

    [04] Susurluk - occupied area connection

    YENIDUZEN (1.2.99) reports that the ``state-mafia-government'' connection, which surfaced in Turkey following the Susurluk accident in 1996 in which mafia boss Abdullah Catli and a police director were killed, had tantacles in the occupied are as well.

    Turkey´s National Intelligence Organization´s (MIT) former senior officer, Mehmet Eymur, has confessed during his trial at the State Security Court that he had asked Abdullah Catli to establish a bank in the occupied area.

    In order to cover up any further investigation, the occupation regime did not allow any investigation of the files of the off-shore banks in the occupied area.

    YENIDUZEN wonders whether this decision has anything to do with the Susurluk scandal and the laundering of black money. (MY)

    [05] Turkish Foreign Ministry officials visited the occupied area

    BIRLIK (1.2.99) reports that a delegation from the Turkish Foreign Ministry made up of Ambassadors and senior Ministry officials, who arrived in the occupied area the other day, have completed their contacts and left the occupied area.

    Prior to their departure, the so-called foreign and defence minister of the pseudostate, Tahsin Ertugruloglu, gave a breakfast in honour of the delegation.

    The delegation, during its contacts, was briefed on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and there was an exchange of views.

    The Turkish delegation was headed by Ambassador Aydin Tosun. (MY)

    [06] Turkish Cypriots to apply for UEFA membership

    According to KIBRIS (1.2.99) the so-called general assembly of the ``Turkish Cypriot Football Federation'' has authorized its so-called executive committee to make a membership application to UEFA.

    The chairman of the ``Federation'', Omer Adal, has said that if UEFA turns their application down they will recourse to the International Sports Court.

    Adal said that prior to submitting the application they will have a meeting with FIFA chairman, Mr. Blatter. (MY)

    [07] Greek Cypriot illegally abducted in buffer zone

    KIBRIS (1.2.99) reports that Constantinos Anastasiou (53) has been abducted by the occupation troops in the buffer zone near Koutraphas around 13:00 hours yesterday.

    KIBRIS says that an ``investigation'' was opened regarding the case. (MY)

    [08] Garbage pollutes Karpass peninsula shores

    According to YENIDUZEN (1.2.99) the northern shores of the ocucpied Karpass peninsula are polluted by garbage thrown into the sea from neighbouring countries, mainly Lebanon.

    The paper says that garbage from Syria, Israel, Turkey and Cyprus is found on the shores.

    (MY)


    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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