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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 00-07-10

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NO.129/00 8-9-10.7.00


  • [01] Denktash claims leak of proposal aimed to destroy its contents.
  • [02] AVRUPA owner, 4 other remanded for three days on spying charges.
  • [03] Annan asks Ecevit not to visit Turkish Cypriots on 20 July.
  • [04] Turkish Cypriot Unions threaten strike against socioeconomic package.
  • [05] Talat says socioeconomic package unacceptable.
  • [06] Eroglu files charges against KIBRISLI newspaper for false allegations.


    [01] Denktash claims leak of proposal aimed to destroy its contents

    KIBRIS (10.7.00) carries a report saying that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has claimed that the leak of the Turkish Cypriot side/s proposal package to the Greek Cypriot press aims at destroying the contents of the proposal.

    Explaining that the confederal solution in the proposal package is not secret and that he made it public on repeated occasions, including to the Greek Cypriot press, Denktash said: ``The fact that it was not announced in Geneva is because of the news blackout imposed by the United Nations''.

    Alleging that the confederation proposal aimed at securing a conciliation on the island, Denktash said: ``We seek to unite the divided island''.

    Noting that it is out of the question to make concessions on Turkey/s rights on Cyprus, Denktash said that every effort possible will be made to further the Turkish-Greek friendship.

    [02] AVRUPA owner, 4 others remanded for three days on spying charges

    A report by Anatolia Agency (12:45 hours, 8.7.00) says that five persons who were detained in the occupied area last Friday ``on charges of spying against the state and the military'', including Sener Levent, the owner and editor-in-chief of the AVRUPA newspaper, have been brought before a ``court''.

    During the ``hearing'', the suspects were remanded in custody for three days.

    Sener Levent, AVRUPA writers Ali Osman Tabak and Harun Denizkan, NCO Vasfi Tutuncu, who is stationed at the so-called Security Forces Command, and his wife Pembe Tutuncu were remanded within the framework of the investigation launched in connection with the ``spying ring''.

    ``Police'' alleged that the suspects gave the photographs of restricted military zones and of very secret military documents to the Greek Cypriot side and that many persons were identified during the investigation and the number of suspects may increase, adding that the ``authorities'' have proof.

    For the sake of the safety of the investigation, the ``court'' decided to remand the suspects for three days and ordered them to undergo medical examinations.

    Meanwhile, via his lawyer Levent said at ``court'' that the detentions are ``a scenario and state terrorism''.

    [03] Annan asks Ecevit not to visit Turkish Cypriots on 20 July

    While the third round of the indirect talks on Cyprus continued under UN auspices in Geneva, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to ask him not to visit the ``TRNC'' on 20 July because of the sensitive situation. Recalling that the talks will be postponed because Rauf Denktash will return to the island to participate in the ``ceremonies'' on that day, he asserted: ``It will be better if you do not visit the island. Your arrival in north Cyprus might have negative effects on the talks. It might disrupt harmony''.

    YENI BINYIL (9.7.00) reports that it has been ascertained that Ecevit carefully noted Annan/s request and informed him that he has not planned to participate in the ``ceremonies'' that will be held in the occupied area on 20 July.

    [04] Turkish Cypriot Unions threaten strike against socioeconomic package

    A report in YENI DEMOKRAT (7.7.00) says that Turk-Sen (Turkish Cypriot Federation of Labour Unions) leader Onder Konuloglu has declared that the socioeconomic package, which is currently being discussed, is aimed at reversing the existing rights of the Turkish Cypriots. Konuloglu stated that a general strike, with the participation of all the workers in the pseudostate, will be staged unless the ``government'' withdraws this package. The representatives of 18 organizations met at the Turk-Sen central building in order to adopt a joint stance against the socioeconomic package. Attending the meeting, were representatives from Turk-Sen, Gida- Sen (Turkish Cypriot Food, Tobacco, and Alcoholic Beverage Workers Union), Bank-Sen (Turkish Cypriot Bank Workers Union), Kamu-Sen (``Turkish Cypriot Civil Servants Union''), Dev-Is (Turkish Cypriot Federation of Revolutionary Workers Union), Emek-Is (expansion unknown), Liman-Sen (Turkish Cypriot Port Workers and Stevedores Union), the Turkish Cypriot Secondary Education Teachers Union, El-Sen (``Turkish Cypriot Electric Power Employees Union''), Bel-Sen (``Turkish Cypriot Municipal Workers Union''), Basin-Sen (Turkish Cypriot Journalists and Press Industry Workers Union), the ``Turkish Cypriot Public Sector Workers Union,'' the Turkish Cypriot Teachers Union, Tip-Is (Turkish Cypriot Medical Workers Union), Sel- Sen (expansion unknown), Cag-Sen (expansion unknown), and the Turkish Cypriot Engineers and Architects Chambers Union.

    [05] Talat says socioeconomic package unacceptable

    According to YENIDUZEN (8.7.00) Kamu-Is (``Public Workers Union'') held its sixth general council meeting last Friday.

    Addressing the meeting, Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader Mehmet Ali Talat said that the ``TRNC'' is going through very significant processes. He noted that one of these processes is the Cyprus proximity talks being held in Geneva and the other the economic difficulties. Noting that the Cyprus problem has been continuing for years, Talat said that the CTP attaches vital importance to the solution of this issue. Talat said that the nonsolution of this problem is greatly damaging the Turkish Cypriots, adding that all the difficulties stem from the fact that this problem has not been overcome. Expressing support for a lasting solution on the island, Talat stressed the necessity of granting the Turkish Cypriots their rights and of lifting the current ``embargoes''.

    Pointing out that the ``TRNC'' economy is going through its worst impasse in its history, Talat said that the current point has been reached because of various decisions, charging that the socioeconomic package that is being prepared will not solve these problems. Talat continued: ``This package is devoid of any economic logic. This package prepared by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot officials is not directed toward production. Whereas, the greatest problem the country is facing is production. This package is aimed at balancing the budget.'' He further reiterated that this package is unacceptable.

    [06] Eroglu files charges against KIBRISLI newspaper for false allegations

    So-called prime minister Dervis Eroglu initiated legal proceedings against the KIBRISLI newspaper via his lawyer ``for levelling false accusations against him and for attempting to establish a link between himself and the ugly attacks directed against Turkey and the Turkish army''.

    According to KIBRIS (9.7.00) Eroglu said that ``the attempts to portray him as being involved in the ugly attacks directed by certain sectors against motherland Turkey and the Turkish army constitute an insult against him and his party.''

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