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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 02-03-06

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

TURKISH PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA No.46/02 6.3.02

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Talat assesses that the program declared by Sukru Sina Gurel is aimed at creating obstacles to the solution of Cyprus.
  • [02] The Turkish Foreign Ministry on the transfer of the Search and Rescue Operations to the Cyprus Republic.
  • [03] AFRIKA: "Major alliance at the left front".
  • [04] Gurel: "The embargo must be removed".
  • [05] Turkey exploits the helicopters issue to create tension.
  • [06] Toxic waste left by CMC pollutes the areas of Karavostassi.
  • [07] KIBRIS: Surprise visit from de Soto.
  • [08] Euro 2008 championship bid in danger over the pseudostate.
  • [09] Turkish Cypriot Political Party leaders met with Australian Foreign Ministry official.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Talat assesses that the program declared by Sukru Sina Gurel is aimed at creating obstacles to the solution of Cyprus

    YENIDUZEN (6.3.02) reports that the Republican Turkish Party [RTP] leader Mehmet Ali Talat has assessed the statements issued and the vision presented during the visit of Sukru Sina Gurel, Turkish state minister in charge of Cyprus affairs, to occupied Cyprus as devoid of an economic intelligence that can find solutions to the problems of the Turkish Cypriots.

    Talat issued a written statement yesterday saying: "Mr Denktas and Eroglu have been encouraged by Gurel and are exerting efforts toward creating new factors that will generate new obstacles to the Cyprus solution". He added that initiatives toward unification with Turkey will not be beneficial for either Turkey or the Turkish Cypriots.

    Pointing out that the balanced economic structure achieved in south Cyprus cannot be realized in the occupied areas by replacing Turkish Cypriot investors with mainland Turks, Talat stressed that the economic structure proposed as the joint economic field aims at achieving a political goal. He noted that those who cannot prevent a European perspective in Turkey are now trying to achieve their goal by using Cyprus as an excuse.

    Mr Talat also said that although the "spirit of Turk goes - Turks comes has gone bankrupt, and the Turkish Cypriots were forced to emigrate, they are now launching a campaign of attracting Turkish businessmen in the place of Turkish Cypriots".

    Mr Talat described the program declared by Mr Gurel as a ploy by Turkish political circles to prevent Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots from continuing the modernization project, which was started by Ataturk.

    Finally, Mr Talat called on everyone to apply common sense so that a solution may be found through the ongoing dialogue between President Clerides and Mr Rauf Denktas.

    [02] The Turkish Foreign Ministry on the transfer of the Search and Rescue Operations to the Cyprus Republic

    Ankara Anatolia (5.3.02) reports that the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Tuesday issued a statement on the transfer of responsibility of the Air Search and Rescue (SAR) services from Britain to the Republic of Cyprus.

    A Foreign Ministry statement said: ``The unilateral transfer between Britain and Greek Cypriot administration is clearly a violation of both 1960 Treaties and also the rules and practices of International Civil Aviation Organization.``

    Noting that Turkey and the puppet regime, it set up through the force of arms in occupied Cyprus, separately opposed this initiative with the NOTAMs (Notices to Airmen) they published on February 28, the Turkish Foreign Ministry alleged that Turkey can`t accept this unilateral and illegal transfer in which there is no consent of Turkey and the pseudostate and as there is no common administration that represents both peoples on the island today in a period in which the negotiation process between the two sides continues. All necessary measures are being taken to extend air search and rescue services in the region in cooperation between Turkey and the pseudostate, said the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

    A statement on the same lines was issued by the pseudostate as well.

    [03] AFRIKA: ''Major alliance at the left front''

    AFRIKA (6.3.02) reports under banner headlines that the Communal Liberation Party (CLP) and the Patriotic Unity Movement (PUM) have decided to join forces and to this effect they have agreed to enter into an alliance.

    AFRIKA also reports that senior officials of the two parties will hold a press conference today and will announce the establishment of the alliance and that at the press conference the leaders will also invite other leftist forces to join the new alliance.

    According to the same report it is possible that the two parties might cooperate during the so-called local elections, planned for next June.

    The press conference will be held today at 09:30 hours in the occupied part of Nicosia.

    [04] Gurel: ''The embargo must be removed''

    According to KIBRIS (6.3.02), Turkish state minister responsible for Cyprus affairs, Sukru Sina Gurel, who is currently visiting the occupied area, declared yesterday that ''those who want to contribute to the solution of the Cyprus problem, should defend the removal of the embargoes.''

    Speaking at the so-called Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gurel claimed that their aim is to remove the difficulties before the ''TRNC'' so that its economy starts producing, and opens to world markets.

    He also said that until now Turkey wanted to complete the infrastructure in the occupied area and to this effect Turkey built roads, ports and other infrastructure works. Gurel noted that if there were still some deficiencies in some areas Turkey would do its utmost to complete them.

    Referring to the so-called embargoes Gurel claimed that this could be overcome by encouraging Turkish and International capital to invest in the occupied areas.

    Painting a rosy picture for the year 2002 Gurel claimed that both Turkey's and the occupied area's economies will recover in 2002.Gurel admitted that economic problems facing Turkey had negatively affected the occupied area's economy.

    [05] Turkey exploits the helicopters issue to create tension

    Ankara Anatolia (5.3.02) reported that the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Tuesday made a statement alleging that the ``attitude of the Greek Cypriot side in purchasing attack helicopters contradicts the military status quo observed by the U.N. and the general understanding regarding the ongoing negotiation process.``

    The statement added: ``The attack helicopters, purchased by the Greek Cypriot side, which is known to carry out an intense armament effort for years, added a new dimension to the efforts of the Greek Cypriot administration. Greek Cypriot administration`s becoming the owner of the attack helicopters with adventurous desires and intentions carry risks that may threaten peace and stability both on Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean. Also, the attitude of the Greek Cypriot side in purchasing attack helicopters contradicts the military status quo observed by the U.N. and the general understanding regarding the ongoing negotiation process. This development proves that the security concerns of our country and the `TRNC/ on Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean are justified. Turkey will take the necessary measures against this.``

    [06] Toxic waste left by CMC pollutes the areas of Karavostassi

    According to KIBRIS (5.3.02), toxic waste abandoned by the Cyprus Mining Corporation (CMC) during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, continues to pollute the sea coast around occupied Karavostassi where CMC, the largest mining corporation in Europe and the Middle East, was operating.

    Although experts and scientists kept calling on the so-called officials of the occupation regime to take measures and warning them about the dangers the toxic waste poses on the environment, they remained insensitive while the pollution is obvious. Especially during the rainy days, writes KIBRIS, the heavy metal and the chemical substances are carried into the sea polluting the underground and turning the sea water brown.

    The paper concludes by warning that unless measures are taken urgently both the health of the people and the balance of the environmental nature will be affected.

    [07] KIBRIS: ''Surprise visit from de Soto''

    According to Kibris (6.3.02) the UN Secretary - General's Special advisor on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, had separate meetings yesterday with President Clerides and the Turkish Cypriot leader Denktas. There was no press release after the meeting with Mr Denktas.

    Speaking to reporters Denktas said that it was a courtesy call. He also said that de Soto had reviewed the notes he had taken at the first meeting of the second round of talks.

    The paper also reports that Denktas will be meeting Gunther Verheugen, the EU Commissioner responsible for enlargement, on Friday and they will have lunch together.

    When the journalists recalled Denktas's accusations to the effect that Verheugen is an enemy of the Turks and asked him whether they should ask this question to Verheugen, Denktas replied:' Do not make the man angry.''

    [08] Euro 2008 championship bid in danger over the pseudostate

    The Turkish-Greek joint bid to host the 2008 European Soccer Championship has been endangered by the possibility that the Turkish government will not provide the guarantee of support required by UEFA, Europe's soccer governing body.

    According to daily MILLIYET (internet version (5.3.02) Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli warned State Minister Responsible for Sports Fikret Unlu that they would not back the bid unless it included the pseudostate: "TRNC".

    Unlu replied that UEFA would not accept this because it supports the international embargo on "TRNC" sport. At present triathlon is the only sport in which "TRNC" athletes are allowed to compete internationally.

    Turkish soccer clubs holding winter training camps in the "TRNC" have in the past been refused permission by UEFA even to play friendly matches against local teams.

    If the Turkish government insists, reports MILLIYET, on the occupied area/s involvement, the matter will probably never be put before UEFA as Greece, whose own government has already given the necessary guarantee, would be likely to back out.

    Unlu, with a view to getting the government/s quarantee, put the issue on the Council of Ministers agenda.

    Ecevit claimed that Greece was excluding the occupied area which will cause problem in organizing the games. He said that this was important from "Turkey/s foreign policy point of view as well".

    [09] Turkish Cypriot Political Party leaders met with Australian Foreign Ministry official

    ORTAM (6/3/02) reports that the leader of the Communal Liberation Party (CLP) Huseyin Angolemli met yesterday with the Director of the South Europe Deck of the Australian Foreign Affairs Ministry Alex Blooting. In the meeting, the Australian High Commissioner Frank Ingruber and the Responsible of CLP's foreign relations Gungor Gunkan were also present.

    Noting that there is a special relationship with the Australians, Angolemli said that thousands of Turkish Cypriots are living in Australian. He also said that he met several times with Australian Special Envoy on Cyprus Jim Short.

    On his part, Alex Blooting expressed his satisfaction for the opportunity to be informed first hand about the current situation in Cyprus and added that it is his first visit to Cyprus. He also said that they are ready to give support in every way in order to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Moreover, KIBRIS (6.3.02) reports that the leader of the Republican Turkish Party, Mehmet Ali Talat had also a meeting with the Director of the South Europe Deck of the Australian Foreign Affairs Ministry Mr Alex Blooting. During the meeting Talat said that Turkey couldn't be an EU member before the Cyprus problem is solved and because of that Turkey is condemned to solve the Cyprus problem.

    Mr Blooting, on his part, said that the face-to-face talks is a good opportunity to obtain the desired solution.

    KV/SK


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