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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 01-01-03

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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. 2/01 -- 3.1.01

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Outcome of poll on Turkish electorate/s changing inclinations.
  • [02] Former owners of Hurbank detained.
  • [03] Turkish Cypriot export products do not comply with EU standards.
  • [04] Ecevit on Cyprus.
  • [05] Cem on Cyprus.
  • [06] Ayia Anastasia church turned into a hotel.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Outcome of Poll on Turkish Electorate's Changing Inclinations A report in Radikal (30.12.00) says that an opinion poll by the A&G

    [Research and Development] Company brought to light the Turkish electorate's inclinations since 18 April. According to the poll, in which 1, 836 respondents were interviewed, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer is the most trusted official and the MHP [Nationalist Action Party] is the leading party in the country.

    Some 53.1 percent of the electorate, who voted for the DSP [Democratic Left Party] on 18 April, said that they would vote for the same party again in a new election. However, 35.9 percent of the DSP supporters said that they were either undecided or would not vote for any political party.

    The poll showed that the percentage of the loyal DSP and ANAP [Motherland Party] supporters decreased. Some 35.9 percent of the DSP voters and 25.6 percent of the ANAP voters said that they would support the other political parties in a new election.

    The poll also showed that the MHP lost 25 percent of the voters who supported it on 18 April and that the DSP will be supported by the 82.9 percent of the electorate who did not vote on that day.

    Some 58.1 percent of the voters who said that they would support the MHP in a new election voted for the party on 18 April. Meanwhile, the poll showed that the MHP will be supported by 20.2 percent of the voters who either decided not to vote or voted without preferences on 18 April, 8.4 percent of the voters who supported the DSP, and 5 percent of the voters who supported the DYP [True Path Party].

    The electorate's profile showed that 43.9 percent of those who said that they would support the MHP are women and 56.1 percent are men. The women voters generally support the ANAP and the DSP and the young voters generally support the MHP. The poll showed that the MHP voters who are 43 years old or older make up only 16.7 percent of overall party electorate. The DYP and the Virtue Party [FP] are at bottom of the list of the preferences of the young voters. The educated young voters mostly preferred to support the MHP and the CHP [Republican People's Party].

    The poll showed that the large and crowded families mostly prefer to vote for the DYP, MHP, and the FP and the members of the electorate who have a high income prefer to support the ANAP, DSP, and CHP.

    The voters in the rural areas mostly support the DYP. Some 60.8 percent of the electorate in those areas said that they would vote for that party. Some 35 percent of the voters in the large cities said that they would vote for the DSP, 40.9 percent said that they would vote for the CHP, and 35.6 percent said that they would vote for the FP. Asked which political party they would support if they had to vote for a second party in the elections, 10.8 percent of the respondents said that they would vote for the ANAP. That showed that 24.2 percent of the voters who said that they would vote for the MHP would support the ANAP. However, 21.7 percent of the electorate said that they would support only the MHP and no other party.

    Which party would you vote for in a new election?

    Political Parties Percent MHP 15 DSP 11.3 DYP 11.2 FP 10.3 ANAP 7.8 CHP 4.7 BBP [Great Unity Party] 2.3 HADEP [Peoples Democracy Party] 2.2 Other 2.5 Undecided/no reply 32.6

    Some 31.6 percent of the young voters who are not yet 27 years old supported Turkey's accession to the EU. They made up the highest percentage among those who supported Turkey's accession to the organization. Some 3.5 percent of the university students said no to Turkey's accession to the EU. They made up the smallest educated group among those who objected to accession. Many merchants, industrialists, and businessmen said that Turkey should agree to the EU conditions to join the organization. However, they were strongly opposed by independent businessmen, private sector employees, and civil servants. Some 34.6 percent of the female voters and 51.7 percent of the male voters objected to the EU conditions. Some 34.1 percent of the female voters did not express their opinion. The MHP supporters were at the top of the list of those who objected to the EU conditions for Turkey's accession. However, 45.2 percent of the ANAP supporters said that Turkey should accept them.

    Should Turkey agree to the EU conditions to join the organization?

    Percent No 43.6 Yes 25.2 Turkey must not join the EU even without conditions 8.4 Other 2.2 No reply/no idea 20.6 EOT

    Some 94.1 percent of the respondents said that they trust President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and 91.1 percent said that they trust the Armed Forces. Minister of Internal Affairs Sadettin Tantan is the second official the electorate trusts most. Some 83 percent of the respondents said that they trust him. The percentage showed that he is trusted more than Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and the Government. Only 62 percent of the respondents said that they trust the Prime Minister and 56.2 percent said that they trust the Government.

    Which institution or official do you trust most?

    Those who trust Those who do not trust

    2000 1999 2000 1999

    Percent Parliament 60.4 60.4 39.6 39.6 Armed Forces 91.1 91.6 8.9 8.5 Government 56.2 58.1 43.8 41.9 Police 76.3 76.9 23.8 23 Courts 72.5 69.3 27.5 30.7 President 94.1 5.9 Mayors 63.7 74 36.3 26 Newspapers 27 25 73 75 Private Television Networks 32.8 25.2 67.2 74.9 TRT Television Network 82.9 77.8 17.1 Prime Minister 62 38 Minister of Internal Affairs 83 17

    A large percentage of the people want the death penalty to remain in effect. The research established that 53.5 percent of the people do not was it to be lifted. However, 60.4 percent of the university graduates want it to be removed. The lifting of the death penalty was supported particularly by the DSP and CHP electorate. However, the DYP, MHP, and ANAP supporters said that it should remain in effect.

    Some 72.2 percent of the people do not trust Greece. However, 12.4 percent of the primary school graduates and 23 percent of the university graduates trust that country. Some 78.8 percent of the MHP electorate do not trust Greece at all and 31 percent of the DSP supporters believe that the Greek approach is insincere. Some 54.9 percent of the people do not want to have Greek neighbors. Some 40.4 percent support the establishment of two states in Cyprus. Only 27.7 percent support the establishment of a federation on the island.

    Does Greece inspire confidence?

    Percent

    No 71.2 Yes 14.6 No reply 14.2

    [02] Former Owners of Hurbank Detained Anatolia Agency (16:37 hours, 2.1.01) reports that the pseudostate police

    have detained the former owners of Hurbank, one of the banks seized in 2000.

    The so-called Lefkosia Criminal Court ordered the detention of Tekin, Mehmet and Ertan Birinci pending their trial. Tekin and his sons Mehmet and Ertan Birinci were the former owners and directors of Hurbank.

    [03] Turkish Cypriot export products do not comply with CE standards YENIDUZEN (3.2.00) under the title ``TRNC products which do not comply with

    CE standards will not be able to be sold even to Turkey'' reports that within the framework of the Custom Union/s agreement between Turkey and the EU, products must comply with CE standards. This means that as from 1st of January 2001 products that do not comply with CE standards cannot be exported from Turkey to the EU, and cannot even be sold in the Turkish market. Consequently, it will be difficult for products of the pseudostate to be sold in the Turkish market, because the so-called government has not taken any measures in this respect.

    The author wonders what will happen to the pseudostate. It is expected that the Turkish Cypriot products will face a secret embargo and even raki will not be able to be sold in Turkey.

    [04] Ecevit on Cyprus KIBRIS (3.12.00) reports that Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was the

    guest at yesterday/s main news of the Turkish Channel TRT.

    On the Cyprus issue, Ecevit said, `` In 2000, the EU and the UN Secretary General experimented with Turkey on the Cyprus issue once more. They said `Let/s try with the Turks, can we make them grant concessions either in Turkey or the TRNC?/, but they saw that they could not and they will not be able to bend us.''

    [05] Cem on Cyprus According to SABAH (Internet version, 31.12.00), Turkish Foreign Minister

    Ismail Cem has said:

    ``The economic, social, and political structure of the TRNC has to be beefed up and the ties with Turkey should be raised to a higher and more rational level. Failure to do these might create problems before us in the future''.

    [06] Ayia Anastasia church turned into a hotel YENIDUZEN (3.1.00) refers to the turning of the Ayia Anastasia church in

    the occupied village of Lapithos into a hotel.

    Under the title, ``Look what value the TRNC attaches to the cultural heritage'', it reports that the historical church of Ayia Anastasia, in spite of all the rules and regulations, could not be saved and was turned into a hotel.

    The works that took place in the church do not comply with the ``Supreme Monument Council''/s criteria. Even a swimming - pool was built in front of the church.


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


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