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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 03-09-15

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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.174/03 13-14-15.09.03

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] RTP accuses the occupation regime of granting ^”citizenship^‘ to 1000 persons within the last two months.
  • [02] Akinci describes the December ^”elections^‘ as referendum and says that no settler will go unless he wants to do so.
  • [03] New accusations have been filed against 15 journalists of AVRUPA and AFRIKA newspapers.
  • [04] Zorlu Tore, former leader of the Nationalist Justice Party, became a member of the National Unity Party.
  • [05] Turkish Cypriot Teachersī Union and the Development of Morfou Association support the alliance of the opposition parties and a solution based on the Annan Plan.
  • [06] Thirteen Turkish Cypriots applied to the Office established by the pseudostate regarding Turkish Cypriot properties in the free areas.
  • [07] Conventions to dominate Turkish political scene in autumn.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] RTP accuses the occupation regime of granting ^”citizenship^‘ to 1000 persons within the last two months

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (13.09.03) reports that Ferdi Sabit Soyer, general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), has said that 1000 persons have secretly been granted the ^”citizenship^‘ of the occupation regime within July and August 2003.

    Addressing on Friday the so-called assembly, Mr Soyer noted that the above-mentioned ^”citizenship^‘ has been granted upon decision of the ^”council of ministers^‘ that was not published in the ^”official gazette^‘ of the regime.

    Noting that the average increase in the number of the ^”voters^‘ between the ^”elections^‘ in the years 1993, 1995, 1998, 2000 and 2002 was 4.44 %, Mr Soyer warned that if there is a much bigger increase now it will mean that there is a ruse.

    Meanwhile, according to KIBRIS (15.09.03), the RTP leader Mehmet Ali Talat accused the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas, the Democratic Party (DP) and the National Unity Party (NUP) of behaving in an irresponsible manner and called on them to immediately stop granting ^”citizenship^‘, because this would allegedly put in danger the legitimacy of the ^”elections^‘.

    In a written statement issued yesterday Mr Talat said, inter alia, the following: ^”This is the biggest harm anyone could do to the community. There is no other country in the world where the lists of voters are exaggerated by the government, the way it likes^Ň^‘.

    [02] Akinci describes the December ^”elections^‘ as referendum and says that no settler will go unless he wants to do so

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (13.09.03) reports that Mustafa Akinci, leader of the Peace and Democracy Movement (PDM) has said that the December ^”elections^‘ would be a referendum where the Turkish Cypriots would determine their destiny.

    Addressing a meeting in occupied Kythrea village, Mr Akinci reminded Foreign Minister Gul^“s statement that the negotiations towards reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the Annan Plan would continue after the December ^”elections^‘.

    Referring to the Turkish settlers brought illegally in Cyrus by Turkey after the 1974 invasion of the island, Mr Akinci argued that if the result of the ^”elections^‘ gave the message that the Turkish Cypriots do not want a solution, then the ^”people who came or were brought here from Turkey after 1974 will be left without support^‘.

    Mr Akinci said, inter alia, the following: ^”^ŇThey say that if there is an agreement those who came from Turkey will be loaded on ships and sent back to Turkey. There is no such thing. No one will be sent away from this country without his own will. Only if he says ^—I will not stay here^“ his family will be granted 10 thousand euros and will be sent back to Anatolia. No one will be thrown in the streets. No one will get out of his house without first having a place to go^‘.

    [03] New accusations have been filed against 15 journalists of AVRUPA and AFRIKA newspapers

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (13.09.03), ^”officials^‘ of the so-called ^”judicial office^‘ of the occupation regime visited on Friday the paper and filed against 15 of its journalists more than a hundred new accusations regarding articles they had published both in AVRUPA and in AFRIKA newspapers. In every one of these accusations the demanded minimum sentence for each journalist is five years in prison.

    The Turkish Cypriot journalists are accused of insulting the command of the ^”Security Forces^‘ and the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas, of publishing articles which cause people^“s loosing their love towards the army service and hating the army, of humiliating the representatives of a foreign country, of publishing articles aiming at abolishing the ^”state^‘, of causing unrest among the people etc. The fifteen accused journalists and columnists are: Sener Levent, Ali Osman, Mehmet Levent, Ahmet Karaman, Ozker Ozgur, Kazim Denizci, Suzan Karaman, Memduh Ener, Serhat Incirli, Izzet Izcan, Nilgun Orhon, Ozker Yasin, Salih Olgun, Hurmus Denizci and Yalcin Okut.

    [04] Zorlu Tore, former leader of the Nationalist Justice Party, became a member of the National Unity Party

    Turkish Cypriot daily BIRLIK newspaper (15.09.03), reports that Mr Zorlu Tore, the founder and former leader of the Nationalist Justice Party (NJP) left his party and became member of the National Unity Party (NUP).

    As the paper reports, Mr Tore was a member of the NUP but he left this party in order to establish the NJP.

    [05] Turkish Cypriot Teachersī Union and the Development of Morfou Association support the alliance of the opposition parties and a solution based on the Annan Plan

    Turkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper reports that the Turkish Cypriot Teachersī Union (KTOS) and the Development of Morphou Association (DMA) expressed their support to the alliance of the three opposition parties, the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), the Peace and Democracy Movement (PDM) and the Solution and EU Party (SEUP) for the forthcoming December so-called elections of the pseudostate, and their support to a solution to the Cyprus problem based on the Annan Plan.

    According to VATAN (13.09.03) the DMA visited separately on Friday the leaders of RTP, PDM and SEUP. During the visits the chairman of the Association Mr Hakan Kuntay told the three leaders that DMA supports the co-operation protocol signed by the three parties. He also stated that his organization supports the solution to the Cyprus problem based on the Annan Plan. However he stressed that the issue of the exchange of properties is a very sensitive subject for the persons who live in Morfou area.

    Moreover VATAN (15.09.03) reports that KTOSīs executive committee decided to support openly and fully the protocol of cooperation that was signed by the three parties of the opposition in favour of solution based on the Annan Plan, peace and EU membership.

    [06] Thirteen Turkish Cypriots applied to the Office established by the pseudostate regarding Turkish Cypriot properties in the free areas

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (13.09.03) reports that thirteen Turkish Cypriots applied to the Office that was established by the pseudostate aiming to take action regarding the ^”unjust treatment^‘ of the Turkish Cypriot properties in the free areas of the Cyprus Republic.

    As the paper writes, the so-called attorney general of the pseudostate, Akin Sait stated that these applications are being examined in detail and that the so-called authorities of the pseudostate are going through the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus in order to find evidence regarding this issue.

    [07] Conventions to dominate Turkish political scene in autumn

    Under the above title Turkish Daily News (15.09.03) reports that with the beginning of autumn, various political Turkish parties are involved in efforts to hold their conventions.

    The first convention of the fall will be held by the New Turkey Party (NTP) in Ankara on September 21. October will be the month that will play host to three important conventions.

    Ruling Justice and Development Party (JDP) will hold its first convention since its establishment on October 12. On the same day, the Nationalist Action Party (NAP) will hold an important convention. The NAP convention is expected to be the scene of fierce competition between its current leader Devlet Bahceli and popular Koray Aydin. Main opposition Republican People's Party (RPP) will have its convention between October 25 and 26.

    There is speculation that opposed members of both ruling JDP and main opposition RPP will make a show at the conventions.

    /SK


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