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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 03-09-05

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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.168/03 05.09.03

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Turkish Cypriot opposition parties sign protocol of co-operation.
  • [02] Turkey sets conditions for deploying forces in Iraq.
  • [03] Mehmet Ali Talat calls on the Turkish Cypriots not to apply to the Compensation Committee.
  • [04] Ali Erel stated that global solutions regarding the property issue are contrary to international law.
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [05] Turkish Cypriot columnist criticizes Prime Minister Erdogan's stance on Cyprus and supports that the so-called openings of the Turkish side aim at making the division of the island permanent and legalizing the occupation.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Turkish Cypriot opposition parties sign protocol of co-operation

    Turkish Cypriot newspaper YENIDUZEN (04.09.03) reports that the Peace and Democracy Movement Party (PDM) leader Mustafa Akinci, Republican Turkish Party- (SEUP), United Forces Movement (RTP) leader Mehmet Ali Talat, and Solution and EU Party (SEUP) leader Ali Erel have signed a protocol for cooperation prior to the so-called elections in December. The protocol which was disclosed to the press in a written statement, is as follows:

    " 1. The Republican Turkish Party-United Forces, the Solution and EU Party (SEUP) and the Peace and Democracy Movement (PDM) see as their primary objective the establishemnt of the United Cyprus Republic within the framework of a solution to be found on the basis of the Annan Plan and based on the political equality of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot constituent states as their main objective.

    2. The SEUP, PDM and RTP-United Forces, undertake to form a coalition government amongst themselves in accordnace with the Arithmetic of the Assembly which will be formed with the support and confidence of the people after the December, 2003 elections, to cooperate in every way for the realisation of the afore mentioned main objective and not to go into any coalition with the NUP (UBP), DP or any other similar pro status-quo party.

    3. The three parties as a first step soon after the elections will terminate the duties of `President' Denktas as negotiator and will appoint a new team of negotiators with the confidence of the majority in the assembly.

    4. The three parties will achieve an agreement on the basis of the Annan Plan by May 2004 and put it to a referendum.

    5. The three parties will strongly oppose any efforts of the pro status-quo parties +which in collaboration with the anti EU forces in Turkey to interfere in the elections and to divert the will of the peole by meddling with the demography of the community and playing with the number of the electorate.

    6. Our parties are conscious of the fact that the solution of the Cyprus problem and the accession of the United Cyprus into the EU are in the common interests of the Turkish Cypriot pepole and Turkey. In this connection, we shall be in dialogue and solidarity with the political and social forces in Turkey which are for a solution in Cyprus and the progress of Turkey's EU membership process.

    7. The peace forces which consist of three parties, in the process leading to the December, 2003 elections, will in order to achieve their goals, act in solidarity and cooperation, united in force and action, will refrain from doing anything which may harm each other and will together resist attacks hampering the peace and EU process."

    [02] Turkey sets conditions for deploying forces in Iraq

    Under the above title, NTV Television station (04.09.03) broadcast that Turkey has outlined its conditions for contributing troops to a US-led stability force in Iraq on the first day of talks between US and Turkish military experts in Ankara.

    The Turkish General Staff said they would have to be assured that the US took Ankara's concerns over the activities of the PKK/KADEK seriously and took concrete steps to eradicate them in northern Iraq, where the group has bases.

    Among the other conditions set are that the Turkish forces should not be under the control of the US though Turkish troops would work in close co-operation and co-ordination with them. Turkey also wants to have any contingent of its troops stationed to the north of Baghdad.

    The Turkish military also asked that security on the Dohak-Mosul-Kirkuk-Baghdad road be increased as both Turkish troops their equipment and food would be conveyed along that route. It was also requested that the people of the region invite the Turkish forces and that all groups open their arms to them.

    Another issue raised at the talks was the statement by the leader of the PKK/KADEK, Osman Ocalan, in the Arabic El Hayat paper calling for a roadmap for Kurds and threatening to carry the war to Turkish cities if this was not done.

    It was also reported that during Wednesday's visit by General James Jones, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, the US General had asked Turkey to provide between 8,500 to 11,000 troops for service in Iraq. Jones also is reported to have said that the US shared Turkey's views of the PKK and that the Pentagon would take steps on the issue soon.

    [03] Mehmet Ali Talat calls on the Turkish Cypriots not to apply to the Compensation Committee

    KIBRIS (05.09.03) reports that the so-called Compensation Committee, which was set up recently by the occupation regime, has begun to receive the first applications by the Greek Cypriots. The Committee will not give information regarding the names of the Greek Cypriot applicants, because as alleged, pressure is exerted from the Greek Cypriot side on the applicants.

    According to the paper, the Greek Cypriots, who are applying to the Property Compensation Committee, must pay 100 million TL for expenditures.

    In addition to that, yesterday the Committee dealing with the Turkish Cypriot property in the free areas of Cyprus began its activities. The first applicant was a Turkish Cypriot woman living in London. Ms Hatice Sadik, submitted an application through her son Huseyin Sadik. She applied for two separate plots of land she owns at Polemidia, which were expropriated, one to construct a road and the other for building a house. The information was given by the so-called Attorney General, Mr Akin Sait, who organised a press conference yesterday in the building housing the two committees. The paper also reports that the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), Mr Mehmet Ali Talat, yesterday called on the Turkish Cypriots not to apply to this Compensation Committee for their property, which is in the free areas of Cyprus, because at the end they will have to face the problem of not having any property at all. He called on them not to give the opportunity to Rauf Denktas, to the National Unity Party and to the Democratic Party to do more harm to the Turkish Cypriots.

    [04] Ali Erel stated that global solutions regarding the property issue are contrary to international law

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (05.09.03) reports that Mr Ali Erel, the chairman of the Solution and EU Party stated yesterday that the property issue must be solved in the framework of the individual rights and stressed that global solutions regarding this matter, are contrary to the international law.

    Mr Erel stated that the proportion of the expropriations of the Turkish Cypriot property and the Greek Cypriot property in the south must be examined. "If there are hidden political expediencies in this action, it cannot be accepted", he said. He also said that the Turkish Cypriots are left without property as a result of these expropriations, they must apply to international Courts.

    Stressing that it is not possible for the so-called government office to work, he stressed that the so-called authorities of the pseudostate try to gain time by diverting attention elsewhere.


    [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

    [05] Turkish Cypriot columnist criticizes Prime Minister Erdogan's stance on Cyprus and supports that the so-called openings of the Turkish side aim at making the division of the island permanent and legalizing the occupation

    Under the title "The 'non-solution is not a solution' fairy tale deceives no one any more", Mehmet Levent of Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (05.09.03) criticizes the Turkish government's Cyprus policy and expresses the opinion that the so-called openings of the Turkish side after April 2003 aim at making the division of Cyprus permanent and legalizing the occupation of the island by the Turkish troops. Mr Levent writes, inter alia, the following:

    ".Last night while I was watching Turkey's Prime Minister on the TV, I realized once more how slim the hope for a solution in Cyprus is. Noting that 'Annan has deceived us', he says the same things he was saying when he blew The Hague up! 'Separate state, separate sovereignty, separate region, separate nation, separate religion'!!! This is Erdogan's solution. On the one hand he is saying that the non-solution is not a solution and on the other he is putting all the obstacles he can so that the problem is not solved! He is saying the same fairy tale from the very first day. 'The non-solution is not a solution'! Everybody is fed up with listening this fairy tale! In the beginning these words were hopeful. Now they mean nothing! Everybody plugs his ears with cotton when Erdogan refers to the non-solution! This lullaby beguiles no one any more. New fairy tales, new lullabies must be told! .

    The three and a half out of the four statements of Erdogan, who says nothing new, are in the direction of the intransigence and the non-solution. In this case, some media which support the solution and the EU are doing nothing else but amusing the hopes of the people by ignoring the three and a half statements and by making headlines the other half, as though Turkey wants a solution and the Annan Plan.

    Erdogan is continuously saying that Denktas and Turkey are making steps towards peace and solution, but the Greek Cypriot side is not responding to any one of them. The Greek Cypriot side is right in not responding, because no one of these measures deserves a positive response. No one of these steps is made for peace and solution. All of them are steps in order to make Denktas' and Ankara's separate state, separate sovereignty, separate region, separate nation and separate religion policy accepted, to incite the separation, to make permanent the division of the island and legalize the 30-years occupation.

    No one has the right to present them as steps towards peace and solution and expect the Greek Cypriots to accept all of them. If you want solution either you will declare that you are ready to sign the Annan Plan as it is or you will officially demand our rights in the Republic of Cyprus and if necessary to launch a legal struggle for this. This is the way a step towards the solution is made and not by setting so-called traps to ensure the recognition of the 'TRNC' as a separate state!"

    /SK


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