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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 03-05-23

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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.95/03 23.05.03

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Denktas addresses a meeting of Istanbul's Chamber of Commerce in occupied Kyrenia.
  • [02] Efforts to silence another Turkish Cypriot newspaper.
  • [03] Baykal Says EU membership cannot be linked to Cyprus solution.
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [04] Sener Levent says that Denktas knows the murderers of Turkish Cypriots who opposed to his policy.
  • [05] HURRIYET Columnist: The red lines in Cyprus are dying away.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Denktas addresses a meeting of Istanbul's Chamber of Commerce in occupied Kerynia

    KIBRIS (23.05.03) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas addressed yesterday a meeting of Istanbul's Chamber of Commerce (ICO) in occupied Kerynia. In his speech Mr Denktas accused the Turkish Cypriot opposition of trying to prevent the investments in the occupied areas so that the Turkish Cypriots are forced to be in need of the Greek Cypriots.

    Mr Denktas claimed also the following regarding the Turkish Cypriot opposition: "The duty of the opposition is to support the national cause, because any moment it could come into power. However, if it is an opposition, which continuously stabs in the back it could come into a difficult situation then. I have been stabbed many times in the back when I was defending the national case with Turkey on the negotiating table. They are still stabbing me".

    The Turkish Cypriot leader reiterated his intransigent views on the Cyprus problem and added that the island's importance for Turkey increased because of the pipelines, which will carry petrol to the Mediterranean Sea.

    Meanwhile, addressing the same meeting Mehmet Yildirim, chairman of ICO, reiterated his support to the Denktas' policy on Cyprus. Reminding that two years ago Turkey announced that it would create a 160 million dollar fund for granting credits to those who wished to invest in occupied Cyprus, Mr Yildirim noted that "not a single cent was given" for this aim, because of bureaucratic obstacles.

    [02] Efforts to silence another Turkish Cypriot newspaper

    Under the banner headlines "We shall not keep quiet!" KIBRISLI newspaper (23.05.03) reports that efforts to silence another Turkish Cypriot newspaper continue in the occupied areas, as Ismet Kotak filed charges against KIBRISLI because it had published information regarding his involvement in "illegally" buying and selling Greek Cypriot land in occupied Kyrenia area.

    The paper reminds that in the above-mentioned region the tourist village named "Dreamland" has been built. Mr Kotak asks for compensations of about 1.5 trillion Turkish liras.

    KIBRISLI asks the resignation of Ismet Kotak from the post of the chairman of the so-called "Press Council".

    [03] Baykal Says EU membership cannot be linked to Cyprus solution

    Ankara TRT 2 Television (23.05.03) broadcast that the leader of the Turkey's Republican People's Party (RPP) Deniz Baykal said that there are two communities in Cyprus and that "attempts to change this reality are wrong." Baykal further argued that Turkey's EU membership cannot be linked to the Cyprus condition.

    Within the framework of his contacts in Berlin, Baykal participated in a meeting attended by German deputies of Turkish origin and Turkish businessmen. In a statement he made here, Baykal said that the Turkish Grand National Assembly [TGNA], including the ruling party and the opposition, has a clear and joint will as regards to Turkey's EU membership. He further noted that the commencement of Turkish-EU membership negotiations will be a historic decision.

    Referring to the Cyprus issue, Baykal said that the partial lifting of the restrictions of free movement in the island following the rejection of the Annan plan created an atmosphere of peace and conciliation.

    Baykal also said: "It was being claimed that the non-solution of the Cyprus problem would constitute a lasting obstacle to Turkish-EU relations. It was being said that although this has no legal basis, Turkey should make its political calculations accordingly. The Annan plan was rejected. Turkey, however, is now the closest it has ever come to the EU. There is nothing as meaningless and wrong as placing Turkey's relations with the EU under the mortgage of an agreement between the south and the north of Cyprus."


    [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

    [04] Sener Levent says that Denktas knows the murderers of Turkish Cypriots who opposed to his policy

    Under the title "If you do not know then who does?" Sener Levent of AFRIKA (23.05.03) says that the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas knows the murderers of Turkish Cypriots who opposed to his policy and supported the peaceful coexistence of Greek and Turks in Cyprus. Mr Levent wonders whether or not the names of those murderers are in the "black list" which Mr Denktas prepared and includes names of Greek Cypriots who have allegedly murdered Turkish Cypriots in the past. Mr Levent writes, inter alia, the following:

    "They say that at the 'border gates' 'black lists' have been distributed and murderers are searched for. If Greek Cypriots who have killed our citizens come to these gates, our police will arrest them immediately.

    Denktas says that all of them are in his 'black list'. I am very interested to know the following: "Are those who killed Kutlu Adali too in his black list? Has Denktas not said that 'the Greeks killed Kutlu Adali'? Are the murderers of Ayhan Hikmet and Ahmet Gurkan on this list? Has Denktas not said that the Greeks had killed them also? Why have the Greeks murdered them? Because, he said, they were spies of Greeks. According to Denktas, the Greeks benefited from them a lot when they were alive and wanted to benefit from their death as well. That is why they shot them dead, he said! Are the murders of these people in the list as well, or murdering them was an honour because they were 'spies' of the Greeks? Do we have to give a reward to the murderers of these men and not to punish them? .

    Since we have begun searching to find the murderers let us find them all. Cyprus is an island full of murderers. There are a lot of them. You have been an intelligence officer in the service of an underground organization (Mr Denktas). Have you not? So, you have the most classified and accurate information. I have asked many times everybody who stabbed and killed Fazil Onder in 1958 at the market. I have asked for the murderers of Ayhan Hikmet, Ahmet Gurkan and Dervis Ali Kavazoglu. Have I not asked for those who shot dead Ahmet Sadi and his wife, murdered Sumer at the Tanzimat street, stabbed Salim at Mecidiye street, shot dead Zeka Arif at the gate of Kyrenia and murdered Alpay in his cell? I have asked, but no one told me that he 'saw the evidence'. No one knew the substance of this case! You have been an officer in the intelligence service of this organization. If you do not know these things then who does?

    Add everybody in the black list. Do not forget! ."

    [05] HURRIYET Columnist: The red lines in Cyprus are dying away

    HURRIYET newspaper (22.05.03) columnist Cuneyt Ulsever writing in his column under the above title strongly criticizes the Turkish Cypriot Rauf Denktas, his anachronistic policies and his contradicting stance in the Cyprus problem. Cuneyt Ulsever writes:

    "The status quo, is heading for a deadly crash, like a lorry that speeds down a ramp without brakes.

    People started to realize that it is not possible to embrace the 21st century with the 19th century mentality.

    All the strategies of the status quo have collapsed. The red lines drawn in the foreign policy are dying out one by one in Cyprus.

    Today, the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas, sweeping out, with his own hands, all the views that once he had defended.

    First, contrary to his 28-years thesis he accepted the Greek Cypriots in his midst. He tried to justify himself by saying that the Greek Cypriots were not staying over night. With this action it becomes clear that Denktas is not interested in the Greek Cypriots but in their property.

    Then he accused the European Courts of Human Rights (ECHR) as 'Greek Cypriot Spokesman' and made fun of Loizidou case. However, when he realized that this case could cost Turkey around 30-40 billion USD, he changed his stance and recourse to the ECHR accepting the Loizidou case, which he made fun of it earlier, as basis for the Greek Cypriots to open law suits in the `TRNC'. While doing this he has forgotten the article in his Constitution that envisages expropriation. The only aim is to gain time!

    However, with this proposal of his, this time Denktas came face to face with the Turks who become `TRNC' citizens. The motherland Turks of the `TRNC' who, for years supported Denktas now are furious of him.

    Lately, the Greek Cypriot Minister of Interior Andreas Christou has declared that since 23 April where reciprocal crossing were eased on the both side of the divide, 20 thousands Turkish Cypriots have applied for getting Cyprus passports. If we consider that the total population of the `TRNC' is 200 thousands and half of it comes from Turkey then one can understand how important this figure is.

    Now Rauf Denktas comes and says: 'The Turkish Cypriots do not get the Greek Cypriot passport but they are exercising the rights they had during 1960-1963 period and they are acquiring the passports of the Republic of Cyprus, they are not rejecting their `TRNC' citizenship'.

    Very well, but for ten years now the Cyprus passports were subject to debate in the `TRNC'. Until recently, few months ago, neither the Turkish administration nor the nationalists circles looked favourably to those who acquired the Cyprus passports. Few years ago Denktas has started a campaign against those who acquired the Republic of Cyprus' passports. And the government has drafted a law that envisages two years imprisonment for those who acquired the Republic of Cyprus' passport. However, in the face of the strong reaction from the people the government was forced to withdraw the law and did not submit to the Assembly.

    The statements made by Denktas accusing those people who acquired Cyprus Republic's passports of 'treason' are on records still. The same Denktas is digesting what he had said only two months ago and today he comes and says that there is no objection against those who acquire Republic of Cyprus' passports.

    We do admit the Greek Cypriots in our midst, we do recognize the Cyprus Republic, if the Greek Cypriots want the recourse to courts in the `TRNC' for their property they could do so and the Turks from Turkey who are `TRNC' citizens and whom for years we have exploited could be written off in single action.

    But, we do not give the Snake Island".

    /SK


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