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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 01-03-30

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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. 61/01 -- 30.3.01

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The Turkish Cypriot leader urged to contribute towards rapprochement
  • [02] Akinci sees tourism as a way out of the economic crisis
  • [03] After the illegal workers now illegal employers from Turkey
  • [04] Reactions against the bi-communal ``Festival of Hope''

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The Turkish Cypriot leader urged to contribute towards rapprochement

    KIBRIS (30.3.01) reports that the Vice-President of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the Norwegian Parliament, Mr. Haakon Blankenborg and the Ambassador of Norway in Tel-Aviv, also accredited to Cyprus, Mr. Svein O. Saether, who are having contacts in Cyprus, yesterday met with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Rauf Denktash.

    In a statement after the meeting, Blankenborg said that he had a fruitful meeting with Mr. Denktash in order to hear his views. Stressing that the continuation of the rapprochement between the two sides carries a great importance, he said: "We hope that the negotiations under UN auspices will be continued."

    On his part, Denktash alleged that he was forced to end the proximity talks in order for the ground to be prepared for substantive negotiations and added: "We hope that a new framework, a new situation will be created where the Greek Cypriots will accept to meet with us on an equal basis."

    [02] Akinci sees tourism as a way out of the economic crisis

    According to Ortam (30.3.01) the so-called State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Akinci said that the only way the occupied areas could overcome the economic difficulties is through tourism.

    Akinci was speaking during a meeting where a "cooperation protocol" was signed yesterday in occupied Nicosia between the Turkish Cypriot Travel Agents/ Association and the Turkish Travel Agents/ Association. The aim of the protocol is to promote further the occupied areas as a tourist destination for tourists from Turkey.

    Akinci also said that their target is to increase the tourist flow to the occupied areas from 220,000 to 330,000. During the last ten years the tourist flow is approximately 220,000 annually, of which about 160,000 tourists come from Turkey and the rest from other countries. This year it is expected that more tourists will come from Britain due to the beginning of the flights to Manchester. The commencement of flights from Glasgow and Dublin is also on the agenda. Akinci also proposed a reduction in the fares for tickets by air.

    [03] After the illegal workers now illegal employers from Turkey

    Yeni Duzen (30.3.01) in its front page under banner headlines "After the illegal workers the illegal employers" refers to the big companies that come from Turkey and carry out several projects in the occupied areas.

    The article says that for more than a year "an illegal company from Turkey is constructing buildings in the occupied areas and has transferred about one million dollars to Turkey but for the "state" there is no difference".

    Although they earn so much money, they do not pay anything to the pseudo- state. In addition to that they do not pay any taxes at "the customs" for bringing their vehicles. It is an unfair competition with the small bussiness, stresses the paper.

    The newspaper calls on the so-called authorities to take some measures against the illegal employers, because until now the youth were emigrating because they could not find jobs, now it is the turn of the small bussinessmen to leave Cyprus in order to survive.

    [04] Reactions against the bi-communal ``Festival of Hope''

    According to the Turkish Cypriot Press (30-3-01), some parties and other organisations in the occupied part of Cyprus have strongly reacted against the bi-communal ``Festival of Hope'' which will take place tomorrow at the Ledra Palace Hotel, in the buffer zone, after an initiative undertaken by the youth organisation of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP) and the Greek Cypriot left wing AKEL party's youth organisation EDON.

    KIBRIS reports that the Nationalist Justice Party (NJP) protested about the fact that placards have been placed at two sites in the occupied part of Nicosia. In a statement published yesterday the party's leader, Zorlu Tore, criticised the fact that EDON`s name is written in Greek on the placards and that there is the emblem of the Greek Cypriot organisation. Mr. Tore asked from the regime in the occupied areas to take the necessary ``legal'' measures against ``activities of this kind''. He also asked the so-called police and the ``Attorney General's'' office to take action on the matter.

    According to the same paper, the General Secretary of the Association of the Retired Non-commissioned Officers, Esen Omurlu, published a statement in which he blames and criticises RTP for the festival. Mr. Omurlu expressed the view that ``activities of this kind harm the national cause'' and asked from the so-called Turkish Cypriot authorities to be more careful when they give permission for these things to happen. He also alleged that the Festival is a sign of ``lack of respect'' towards Turkey, the Turkish Armed Forces and the so-called Security Forces.

    HALKIN SESI newspaper in the title of its front page leader wonders ``What an evil time we are in ?!'' and adds that the placards for the Festival which were hung in the occupied towns and villages, have almost turned the pseudostate into a place that anyone can enter without asking. According to the paper, the ``citizens'' of the pseudostate said that the fact that the placards were positioned in the occupied areas is unacceptable.


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


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