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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 00-04-26

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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. 79/00 -- 26.4.00

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Head of EU delegation holds contacts in pseudostate.
  • [02] Talat/s objection to ``presidential elections'' rejected.
  • [03] German delegation holds contacts in occupied area.
  • [04] Denktash rejects ``good-will gesture'' of returning Varosha.
  • [05] Contacts of FYROM delegation.
  • [06] Conference at ``EMU''.
  • [07] Two news planes for ``Turkish Cypriot Airlines''.
  • [08] Turkish Interior Ministry delegation in pseudostate.
  • [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS

  • [09] Turkish columnist criticizes situation in pseudostate and Turkey/s non- solution policy.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Head of EU delegation holds contacts in pseudostate

    YENIDUZEN (26.4.00) reports that Head of EU Delegation in Cyprus Donato Chiarini, who yesterday visited the Teachers Trade Union KTOS, said that the EU was not directly involved in or responsible for the solution negotiations related to Cyprus.

    He added however that the EU officials had an obligation to watch the UN led process because the resulting arrangements had to be compatible with the EU norms since ``this island is going to join the EU''.

    To bring further clarification, he said that the UN was responsible for the solution of the Cyprus problem. As the head of the EU delegation, his main duties were: to finance bicommunal activities, to provide information about the EU, to explain the meaning of a country/s membership and to provide for Turkish Cypriot participation in the accession negotiations when possible.

    He said that his call on KTOS was within the framework of an effort to get acquainted with the non governmental organisations.

    He expressed the belief that Helsinki conclusions would serve as the key for a solution; and with good will on both sides, there could be a federal solution. Starting from there, there could be progress towards EU membership. He said he was confident that when united Cyprus joins the EU, the Turkish Cypriot side would get substantial support towards modernisation and catching up with the Greek Cypriot side.

    He pointed out that when it became possible to implement bicommunal projects, the EU would provide the necessary financial support.

    KTOS Secretary General Varol Oztug expressed support for a federal solution in Cyprus. He pointed out that the Turkish Cypirotos were eager to learn more about the EU and its regulations.

    He said that as far as his organization was concerned, ``property/territory'' was the basic issue since there was going to be a bizonal agreement. He expressed support for the contribution of the EU member countries to the solution of the Cyprus problem and he claimed that continuation of bicommunal contacts would upgrade Turkish Cypriots/ right of say in the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    [02] Talat/s objection to ``presidential elections'' rejected

    Anatolia Agency (8:52 hours, 25.4.00) reports that the so-called Higher Board of Election (YSK) of the pseudostate rejected on Tuesday the objection of Republican Turkish Party (CTP) to the ``presidential election held'' on April 15.

    Salih Dayioglu, the so-called YSK Chairman told the press ``they rejected the application of CTP as it was baseless''.

    Dayioglu pointed out that the reasons will be later announced in written form. Responding to a question, Dayioglu pointed out that the way to object to the ``presidential election'' has been closed from now on.

    [03] German delegation holds contacts in occupied area

    According to KIBRIS (26.4.00) a delegation consisting of MP/s, teachers and journalists from Saxony province in Germany met yesterday with the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), Mehmet Ali Talat.

    ``The policy of Greek Cypriots on the Cyprus problem and the EU'' and ``The official policy of Turkish Cypriots on the Cyprus problem and EU matters'' were discussed during the meeting.

    Talat also explained the relations the RTP has with political parties and civil organizations in the free areas of Cyprus and the policy of RTP on the Cyprus problem and the EU process.

    The German delegation also had a meeting yesterday with the ``mayor'' of the occupied part of Nicosia then on the restoration work carried out in the old part of Nicosia.

    [04] Denktash rejects ``good-will gesture'' of returning Varosha

    KIBRIS (26.4.00) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash called on Foreign Affairs Minister Ioannis Kasoulides ``to give up day-dreaming'' in claiming that the Turkish Cypriot side will give to the Greek Cypriots the occupied area of Varosha as a good-will gesture before the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Denktash met yesterday with US Ambassador to Cyprus Donald Bandler.

    Replying to journalists/ questions prior the meeting, Bandler said that ``it is high time the negotiations be intensified. And our aim is to prepare the common ground for the negotiations and to enter into discussion of the substantial issues''.

    Denktash/s advisors Ergun Olgun, Necati Munir Ertekun and Mustafa Evran were present at the meeting.

    The US Embassy/s responsible for Turkish Affairs, Paul Wohlers also attended the meeting.

    The Turkish Cypriot leader also had a meeting yesterday with British High Commissioner, Edward Clay.

    The undersecretary at the British High Commission John Buck and Denktash/s advisors Ergun Olgu, Necati Munir Ertekun, Taner Etkin and Mustafa Evran were also present at the meeting.

    No statement was made before or after the meeting.

    [05] Contacts of FYROM delegation

    KIBRIS (25.4.00) reports that the visiting delegation from FYROM comprising the Mayor of Struga, Rade Kutanvoski, and party representatives started their contacts.

    The delegation yesterday visited the ``mayor'' of occupied Kyrenia. Erdinc Gurcag and later had lunch with representatives from the so-called Kyrenia municipality.

    Gurcag said that, with Famagusta being a twin city with the city of Struga, the so-called Kyrenia municipality is following this example and currently initiatives are being undertaken to make ``Kyrenia municipality'' a twin city with the city of Gorce Petrov in FYROM. Gurcag added that, with the establishment of the cultural bridges, the ``TRNC'' would achieve its aims of recognition.

    For his part, the Mayor of Struga, Rade Kutanovski, stated that the city of Struga is one of the world/s most socially and culturally developed cities and said that he hoped with the further expansion of the relations already established ``between the two countries'' this would lead to even bigger developments.

    The FYROM delegation also met the so-called mayor of the occupied part of Nicosia, Semi Bora, the ``acting speaker'' of the pseudo-assembly, Salih Cosar and had lunch with political party representatives.

    The delegation also had contacts with the so-called municipality of Famagusta.

    The Mayor of Struga, Rade Kutanovski, in a speech at the ``muncipality'' of occupied Famagusta said: ``We came to a friendly country and we wish that TRNC will surpass all its problems and will be accepted by the whole world''. Adding that ``we will also contribute to the recognition of TRNC''.

    At a meeting with the ``Fighters Association'', chairman Faik Koyuncuoglu said that the member of their association Altay Sayil will attend an international conference that will be held in FYROM on 9 May.

    KIBRIS (26.4.00) further reports that tomorrow the delegation will meet Tahsin Ertugruloglu, the so-called minister of foreign affairs and defence and then with Rauf Denktash. Later on the same day Ertugrul Apakan, the Turkish envoy, will meet the delegation.

    On April 28, the delegation will visit the ``Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU)''. They will depart on April 30.

    [06] Conference at ``EMU''

    KIBRIS (26.4.00) reports that a three-day international conference on ``The role of Turkey in the 21st century on world policy'' will begin tomorrow at the ``East Mediterranean University (EMU)''.

    The conference is organized by the International Modern Middle East Research Centre and academicians from 14 countries will attend.

    Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will address the conference.

    [07] Two new planes for ``Turkish Cypriot Airlines''

    According to KIBRIS (26.4.00) the two new airplanes Boeing 737/800 that will be added to the fleet of the so-called Turkish Cypriot Airlines (KTHY) will arrive today at the occupied Tymbou airport.

    The planes will bear the names of occupied Famagusta and Morphou.

    [08] Turkish Intrerior Ministiry delegation in pseudostate

    According to KIBRIS (26.4.00) a 162-member delegation from the Turkish Ministry of Interior and the Directorate of Special Administration of Provincial Council has arrived in the occupied area for a seminar.

    The delegation is also paying visit to various places and having meetings with peole of the occupation regime.


    [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS

    [09] Turkish columnist criticizes situation in pseudostate and Turkey/s non- solution policy

    Gungor Uras, writing in MILLIYET (26.4.00) under the title ``The Situation in Cyprus is `Normal/ , says that ``if there is no economic independence it is not possible to have political independence'' and adds: ``If the salaries of the civil servants in a country is paid with money coming from another state, and if in a country there is no electricity, no water and cars cannot move unless money comes from another state, then how can the people of that country do whatever they want or take the decisions they would like to take?

    25 years ago, when Cyprus was divided into two, those in the south were seriously shaken. Then they organized themselves and managed to recover. They have become self-sufficient, they stew in their own juice now. Their per capita income has reached 17 thousand US Dollars. They are living without Greece/s assistance. They are going to be an EU member after Greece and before Turkey. They are not struggling for entry. It is the EU that is struggling to make them full members.

    On the other hand, the ones up in the north are not living on their own free will, nor have they `mended/ to Turkey. For various reasons their per capita income remained at the 3 thousand US dollar mark. More correctly, their per capita income dropped below the 3 thousand mark but with the money sent from Turkey, the 3 thousand USD mark has been maintained.

    Had Turkey not sent a 100 million USD package of assistance from time to time, life there would come to a `stand still/. Turkey is happy with this situation. The Turks from Turkey in Cyprus are happy with this situation. The ruling class there is happy with this situation. Those who are happy with the situation are not looking for a `settlement/. Their policy is the continuation of the non-solution.

    There you are, in a country where it is not known whether its population is 150 or 200 thousand, presidential elections took place.

    In every five people who voted, three were Turkish Cypriots and two were Turks from Turkey.

    The Turkish Cypriots did not show the necessary interest in the elections. The majority of them did not vote. While Denktash was leading, with the votes of those supporting non-solution and the votes of the Turks from Turkey, his opponent Dervish Eroglu withdrew from the election campaign.

    All these are `normal/. These are common developments that should happen, because the Turks from Turkey and the politicians in Turkey who want the continuation of the non-solution do not want to replace Denktash who successfully continues the non-solution policy. Dervish Eroglu did not stand a chance of getting elected. Even if he had been elected, nothing would have changed. Eroglu withdrew. Nothing will change.''

    /SK


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


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