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TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIANo.: 15/01 23 .1.2001
[A] NEWS ITEMS
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Businessman Rahmi Koc considers Turkish Cypriots as ``Greek Cypriots in thenorth''
According to AVRUPA (21.01.2001), Rami Koc, the Chairman of the biggest Holding in Turkey, Koc Holding, in a speech in Moscow referred to the Cyprus problem and said: ``The Europeans will not wait forever to admit South Cyprus into the EU. If South Cyprus enters EU without the north, all the Greek Cypriots in the north, the Cypriots that we consider Turks, will all go to the south; they too suffer from this conflict.
Will all of them go to the South? Then we have no alternative. I am afraid we will not have any other alternative but to turn north Cyprus into the 82nd province of Turkey.
For the last 25 years we have been looking into our foreign policy through the eyes of Cyprus, we have been charting our foreign policy through the eyes of Cyprus. At one point we have to take a decision on this issue.''
Rahmi Koc further said that the EU will not admit Turkey for another ten years. He urged the Turkish officials to consider seriously the conditions demanded by the EU for membership.
Rahmi Koc/s statement created strong reaction among the Turkish Cypriot press and organisations The statement ``The Cypriots that we consider Turks'' made by Koc created strong reaction. They branded the statement ``irresponsible'' and ``unacceptable''.
KIBRIS (22.01.2001), in an editorial, demanded that Koc offers an apology to the Turkish Cypriots.
 Talat says Denktash policy turning Cyprus into obstacle for Turkeys EUaccession
Illegal Bayrak Radio 1 (11:30 hours, 22.1.01) reports that Republican Turkish Party leader Mehmet Ali Talat has reiterated that Rauf Denktash is also trying to keep Turkey out of the EU, alongside the Turkish Cypriots.
In a written statement issued, Talat assessed the EU process and the relations between the pseudostate and Turkey. In his statement, Talat criticized Denktash/s moves regarding the EU and the negotiation process. Charging that the Cyprus problem that has been festering for many years is negatively affecting Turkey as well as the Turkish Cypriots, Talat said that the Cyprus problem turned into an obstacle on Turkey's road to the EU because of Denktash/s policies. Talat added that in addition to straining Turkish-EU relations, this situation will also create a serious problem in the region.
Pointing out that unless the Cyprus problem is resolved within two years the Turkish Cypriots will experience a real disaster, Talat said that if the Greek Cypriot side joins the EU on behalf of the whole of Cyprus, more and more Turkish Cypriots will emigrate from the island.
 Eroglu regrets Turkish businessman's remarks doubting Turkish Cypriots identityIllegal Bayrak Radio 1 (11:30 hours, 22.1.01) reports that so-called prime minister Dervis Eroglu said that businessman Rahmi Koc/s remarks doubting the Turkish identity of the Turkish Cypriots are regrettable, and stressed that is known by everyone that the Turkish Cypriots are the descendants of the Turks in Anatolia.
Eroglu pointed out that it is general knowledge that the Turkish Cypriots are Turks. He said: ``We do not have the slightest doubt regarding our Turkish identity, and no one has the right to doubt that. We waged a struggle and shed our blood on these territories for the sake of our Turkish identity''.
4 . Denktash in Turkey from 25 to 27 January KIBRIS (20.1.01) reports that, speaking on a radio program, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash reiterated that the Turkish side could return to the Cyprus talks only if the Turkish Cypriots are recognized as a ``state''. Denktash believes the UN Secretary General will not issue an invitation for talks on 26 January because he is aware the Turkish side will not return to the talks under the current conditions. Denktash also said he will meet De Soto but will go to Turkey and stay there from 25 January to 27 January. Denktash claimed that Greek Cypriots/ EU accession before a solution would undermine the guarantee system.
 Koc says his statement about the Turkish Cypriots was misinterpretedAccording to KIBRIS (23.01.2001), the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has said that he had a telephone conversation with Turkish tycoon Rahmi Koc about his statement regarding the Turkish Cypriots (see today/s item 1). He said that Mr. Koc told him that his statement was wrongly conveyed to the press and that he was very sorry about this. Denktash added ``Therefore, I do not see any benefit in further magnifying this issue''.
Meanwhile, protests against Koc/s statement continued in today/s local press as well, despite a statement made by the Press and Public Relations Office of Koc Holding, that the statement made in Moscow on 19 January, 2001 was misinterpreted.
 Greek and Turkish Cypriot political parties joint meetingAccording to KIBRIS (23.01.2001), Greek and Turkish Cypriot political party leaders or representatives met yesterday at the Ledra Palace hotel under the auspices and organisation of the Slovak Embassy in Cyprus.
Yesteryday/s meeting was attended, on the Greek Cypriot side, by representatives from DESY, DIKO, AKEL, KISOS, the United Democrats Party and the Eurodemocratic Reformist Party, and on the Turkish Cypriot side by the Republican Turkish Party, the Communal Liberation Party, the Partiotic Union Movement and the National Revival Party.
The Democratic Party and the National Unity Party did not attend the meeting.
After the meeting a joint statement was issued where the leaders and representatives of the political parties ``call upon the leaders of the two communities to respond positively to the UN Secretary-Generals appeal for the continuation of the talks''.
The joint statement was read by the organiser of the meeting, Slovak Ambassador Dusan Rozbora. The next meeting will be held on 19 February, 2001.
 Turkish Cypriot poet passes awayAccording to KIBRIS (23.01.2001) Turkish Cypriot poet Osman Turhay, died yesterday at a hospital in occupied Kyrenia. He was 74.
Osman Turhay/s poems were translated into several languages.
 Forged US DollarsKibris (22.01.2001) reports that during an operation carried out in the occupied Kyrenia, Denktash/s ``police'' confiscated 31 US dollar banknotes of the 100 denomination.
Two people, a Moldavian national, Mrs. Victoria Matiska (29), and Oktay Pinar (39) were arrested.
 EchinococcusAccording to KIBRIS (23.01.2001), in order to eradicate echinococcus disease currently infesting dogs in the occupied area, the so-called veterinary department has drawn a project whereby within 10 years the disease will be completely eradicated in the occupied area.
The first leg of the project which started in 1998 has been recently completed. Following a detailed screening, 0.68% of all the dogs were found to be infested with echinococcus.
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