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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 02-11-29

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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. 228/02 29.11.02

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Turkish Foreign Minister evaluates Denktasī letter
  • [02] Denktasī adviser Ergun Olgun went to Ankara to discuss Annan plan
  • [03] Finnish MP^“s express their hope to see the accession of a united Cyprus to the EU
  • [04] Eroglu and Cosar criticize the UN plan on Cyprus
  • [05] Serter returns from CoE meeting with ^”positive impressions^‘
  • [06] Tahsin Ertugruloglu will meet with Yasar Yakis
  • [07] A two thousand seven hundred year-old ^”Kouros^‘ statue, of the Cypriot Archaic period, was found in the occupied Ay. Theodoros village
  • [08] Talat critical of Denktasī delaying tactics

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Turkish Foreign Minister evaluates Denktasī letter

    According to KIBRIS (29.11.02), Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis, referring to the letter sent by the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas to the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said: ^”The letter is the most that can be advanced by Denktas.^‘

    Replying to journalists^“ questions, Yakis said: ^”Denktas has some obligations to fulfil towards the Turkish Cypriot public opinion. A pretty good balance was maintained between the views explained in the letter and requests of the United Nations Secretary-General Annan. We hope that this balance will constitute a good start for the negotiations.^‘

    When asked whether or not Denktas` letter was contrary to the will of the Turkish Cypriot side, Yakis told reporters, ^”the step taken by Denktas creates the conditions necessary to reflect this will on the ground.^‘

    [02] Denktasī adviser Ergun Olgun went to Ankara to discuss Annan plan

    According to KIBRIS (29/11/02), Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktasī adviser Ergun Olgun, who arrived in Ankara yesterday to discuss the UN plan on Cyprus with the Turkish Foreign Ministry officials, said that the issues of equality, sovereignty, territory, and property must be carefully reflected in the agreement. Pointing out that there is a need for negotiations in Cyprus, Olgun said: ^”Our aim is to approach a point that is acceptable to the two sides^‘. Olgun expressed the belief that there will not be a forced peace.

    He went on and said: ^”It is a fact that there is need for negotiations and conciliation in Cyprus. It is not healthy to continue relations in this atmosphere of tension and confrontation. Conciliation must be reached, but the form of this conciliation is very important. The sides' equality must be reflected in this conciliation in the full sense of the word. The two sides' sovereign equality must be reflected. This must be manifested in the territorial aspect. The representation and equality of the two sides must be reflected in the decision-making mechanism and institutions of the partnership government to be established.

    Furthermore, the question of territory and property must be resolved in a sound manner. After an agreement is reached, care must be taken that the package does not include any elements of possible future conflicts, confrontation, or tension. We must ensure that once the package is completed, it will not be possible to puncture it for years. Attention must be paid to all these points. I spoke with the leaders of many circles in Cyprus. They also expressed their belief that many aspects in the package must be changed. Anyway, there are no differences. The negotiations to be held will focus on changing the aspects of the package that are unacceptable to both sides. The UN Secretary-General has accepted this. Therefore, he expects to hear the views of the two sides. He will do this in order to reach a middle way. Therefore, from the viewpoint of both sides we have now reached the point that is expected, as far as the pre-negotiation stage is concerned.

    When asked to comment on Denktasī statement that the territorial aspect in the plan is a disgrace, Olgun said: ^”Of course, this is an important issue in terms of the Turkish Cypriot side. This important issue must be resolved. Our territorial needs were not reflected in the package. We will try to achieve this.

    In the same way as there cannot be a forced marriage, there cannot be a forced peace, because circles that are uneasy about it and that want to react against it will continue to react against it in the future. One must come to terms with peace. The sides must benefit more from attaining peace than from not attaining it. About 68-71 percent in south Cyprus rejects this agreement in its present form. Whether we can reach a satisfactory point as a result of the changes they want is a different matter. If, however, the changes they want are points that we cannot accept, and vice versa, a serious problem arises. We will see what happens in the coming days. Both sides must display certain flexibility with regard to points that are important and vital to the other side. The key to this lies in the acceptance, especially in south Cyprus, of the concept that will enable the principle of equality to be reflected in the agreement in all its aspects. The existing package contains shortcomings in this regard. We must bring this about. We will struggle to this end. Our goal is to try to approach a point that can be acceptable to both sides in Cyprus in sincerity and goodwill.^‘

    When asked what would happen if Cyprus becomes an EU member prior to a solution, Olgun said: ^”This would be a train crash God willing, no such thing will happen^‘. Olgun went on to say that at the end of his contacts in Ankara he would return to the occupied area, hold contacts, prepare a draft report and convey it to Denktas^‘.

    [03] Finnish MP^“s express their hope to see the accession of a united Cyprus to the EU

    KIBRIS (29.11.02) reports that Mrs Lisa Jaakonsaari, who is heading a delegation of members of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Finnish Parliament, visited the occupied area of Cyprus yesterday. She said during her visit that they hope to see a united Cyprus acceding to the European Union.

    The delegation and Finland^“s Ambassador to Nicosia, Mr Pasi Patokalio, had separate meetings with Huseyin Angolemli, chairman of the Communal Liberation party (CLP), Mehmet Ali Talat, leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP) and Hakki Muftuzade, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas^“ special advisor on political affairs.

    Mrs Jaakosaari described this period as ^”very critical^‘ for Cyprus and expressed their wish to tell people when they return to Finland that there is significant progress in the Cyprus problem. The Finnish MP noted that the Cyprus problem is very important for her country and reiterated their wish to see a united Cyprus acceding to the EU.

    Meanwhile, Mr Angolemli said that they discussed at length the situation in Finland because of the issue of the Aaland Islands. The CLP leader admitted that the Turkish side had delayed for ten days to respond to the UN plan on Cyprus. However, Mr Angolemli claimed that the Turkish side ^”has given the expected answer, as this answer is similar to the answer of the Greek Cypriot side^‘.

    Mr Angolemli said that by Saturday they would inform the UN Secretary-General about their ^”concerns^‘ regarding the plan. He also added that he would exchange views with Mr Denktas^“ advisor Ergun Olgun after the latter^“s return to the pseudostate from Ankara where he is expected to discuss the Cyprus issue with the Turkish government.

    Furthermore, after his meeting with the Finnish delegation, Mr Talat expressed his party^“s full support for the initiative of the UN Secretary-General but added that unfortunately there are ^”some difficult and important realities^‘ as far as the Turkish side is concerned. According to Mr Talat there is lack of knowledge about the developments and the facts are not understood by the Turkish side, while at the same time there are some circles who do not want a solution, supporting that ^”the non-solution is the solution^‘.

    [04] Eroglu and Cosar criticize the UN plan on Cyprus

    VOLKAN (29.11.02) reports that the so-called ^”prime minister^‘ Dervis Eroglu said yesterday that the UN plan on Cyprus cannot be accepted as it is by the Turkish side. ^”No one in the TRNC could accept this document as it is^‘, noted Mr Eroglu, reiterating that they could not accept the maps which would force thousands of their ^”citizens^‘ to become refugees. Mr Eroglu was speaking at the so-called assembly during the discussion of the 2003 budget of the pseudostate.

    Meanwhile, talking at the same session, Mr Salih Cosar, leader of the Democratic Party and partner of Mr Eroglu in the so-called ^”coalition government^‘, said that the Annan plan on Cyprus is based on the political equality of the two communities and added: ^”However, the plan is not based on the sovereign equality and weakens the bi-communal structure^‘ of the state.

    Mr Cosar expressed the Turkish demand regarding the recognition, even for 24 hours, of the illegal regime established and controlled by Turkey in the occupied areas since the 1974 invasion of Cyprus.

    [05] Serter returns from CoE meeting with ^”positive impressions^‘

    According to KIBRIS (29/11/02), the discussion on the report on the minorities in the occupied are, prepared by Dick Marty, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly special envoy on Cyprus, has been postponed once again. The so-called Turkish Cypriot delegation, headed by Vehbi Zeki Serter, returned from Paris, where they had gone to attend the meetings of the CoE Parliamentarian Assembly Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights. Serter said that discussion on Marty's report had been postponed.

    In a statement he issued at occupied Lefkoniko airport, Serter said that Marty's report was on the meeting^“s agenda. Explaining that the report contained accusations against the Turkish Cypriots, Serter added that the delegation pointed out the drawbacks of discussing such a report when the UN Secretary-General Annan's Cyprus plan was on the table. Noting that the Committee did not take up the report despite the objections of the Greek Cypriots, Serter stressed that the report was postponed with 15 votes in favour and six votes against.

    He said that Marty's report will be taken up once again at the Strasbourg meeting in January and Serter added that they were returning to the occupied area with positive impressions.

    [06] Tahsin Ertugruloglu will meet with Yasar Yakis

    KIBRIS (29/11/02) reports that the so-called Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, of the pseudostate, Tahsin Ertugruloglu, will have a meeting with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yasar Yakis. The meeting will be held today in Ankara.

    According to the paper the two men will discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

    [07] A two thousand seven hundred year-old ^”Kouros^‘ statue, of the Cypriot

    Archaic period, was found in the occupied Ay. Theodoros village KIBRIS (29/11/02) reports that a two thousand seven hundred year-old statue of a youth of the Cypriot Archaic period, was found in Ay. Theodoros village, in the occupied Karpass peninsula. The statue was found yesterday in a retaining wall of the village. The partially broken statue was used as building stone.

    According to the Famagusta area ^”official^‘ of the ^”Department of Antiquities and Museums^‘, Hasan Tekel, the statue is known in archaeological literature as a ^”Kouros^‘, is made of limestone, has no head and legs, and is estimated to have been 170 cm high.

    The paper writes that in the past year, three statues of the same type were found in the villages of Ay. Theodoros, Leonarisso and Lithragkomi in the occupied Karpass peninsula.

    [08] Talat critical of Denktasī delaying tactics

    According to KIBRIS (29/11/02), the pseudo-assembly in the occupied area started debating the 2003 budget.

    Taking the floor, the leader of the Turkish Republican Party (RTP), Mr Mehmet Ali Talat, referring to the UN Secretary-General Annan plan, accused Denktas of delaying tactics. He said that the policy of ^”non-solution is the solution^‘ has failed. Talat said that in the past Denktas had confessed of his continuing delaying tactics.


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