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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 03-09-17

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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.176/03 17.09.03

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Talat supports changes to the Annan Plan which will make the solution functional
  • [02] Akinci: Turkey has the power to influence the ^”voters^“ lists^‘
  • [03] The provocations made by nationalistic groups in occupied Cyprus did not prevent the youth march organized by the Bi-communal Youth Forum
  • [04] The pseudoparliament discussed the Customs Union ^”agreement^‘ signed by Turkey and the pseudostate
  • [05] The Turkish National Security Council is meeting next Friday
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [06] Denktas admits that he is making money out of usurped Greek Cypriot property

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Talat supports changes to the Annan Plan which will make the solution functional

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (17.09.03) reports that Mehmet Ali Talat, leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP) said yesterday that some changes should be made to the Annan Plan, which will make it functional.

    Talking after a meeting with Mr Lynn Parker, the British High Commissioner to Nicosia, Mr Talat argued that reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem was inevitable and noted that the solution should be achieved after the December ^”elections^‘ in the occupied areas. After the ^”elections^‘, supported Mr Talat, the political climate in the occupied areas will change and a solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the Annan Plan will definitely be reached.

    Mr Talat added: ^”The Annan Plan is a balanced plan. However, some changes should be made to this plan in the light of the developments, which took place during the past months. This will make the plan more functional^‘.

    In his statements, Mr Parker said that he hoped the will of the Turkish Cypriots^‘ is reflected in a free and just manner^‘ in the December ^”elections^‘ and underlined that there is a real opportunity for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem before May 2004, so that both sides of the island enter together the EU.

    Mr Parker said that the December ^”elections^‘ were very important for the future of the Turkish Cypriots and noted that his country would closely follow the developments.

    [02] Akinci: Turkey has the power to influence the ^”voters^“ lists

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (17.09.03) reports that Mustafa Akinci, leader of Peace and Democracy Movement (PDM), said yesterday that Turkey has the power to influence the ^”voters^“ lists^‘ in the occupied areas and noted that if the government in Ankara wants the democratization of their country and its accession to the EU it should contribute to the expression of the real will of the Turkish Cypriots in the December ^”elections^‘.

    Talking on a radio program of KIBRIS FM, Mr Akinci said that change was never and nowhere in the world easy, because the supporters of the status quo use all the means at their disposal to ^”maintain their sultanate^‘.

    Mr Akinci added, inter alia, the following: ^”^ŇThey will continue hiring people whom they will fire in December, they will distribute land, funds and loans. This is typical of the status quo. They do the same vote hunting during all the elections. ^ŇThe elections are a referendum. ^ŇAs long as we are getting away from this position, the danger grows. ^ŇNeither the world nor we will accept an abnormal swelling of the voters^“ lists. If there is such a thing this could cause the discussion on whether or not the elections should take place. The voters^“ list is the thing, which will influence the elections most. Who has the power on the voters^“ list, which will influence these elections? Turkey has the power. If in Turkey there is a government, which wants the democratization and the accession to the EU, it should contribute in the real will of the Turkish Cypriots coming to light. Our job will be difficult if we have before us a Turkish government which say ^—our road towards the EU is long, let us keep Cyprus^“. However, if there is a Turkey, which understood the importance of the solution and the EU, it must investigate the interferences and prevent them. ^Ň^‘.

    [03] The provocations made by nationalistic groups in occupied Cyprus did not prevent the youth march organized by the Bi-communal Youth Forum

    Turkish Cypriot daily ORTAM newspaper (17/09/03) reports that despite the provocations made by supporters of National People^“s Movement (NPM), the Bi-communal Youth Forum succeeded in the organization of the youth march, which took place yesterday, both in the occupied and free areas of Cyprus.

    The joint march, under the slogan ^”Unity of the youth for a united Cyprus^‘, was organized by the following youth organizations which compose the Bi-communal Youth Platform: EDON, Republican Turkish Party (RTP) Youth Branch, NEDHSY, Patriotic Unity Movement (PUM) Youth, NEDHK, Peace and Democracy Movement (PDM) Youth Committee, NEOS and ONED.

    As the paper writes, hundreds of young people started gathering at the Eleftheria Square in Nicosia and at Kugulu Park in occupied Nicosia around 16.30. The goal was to march at the same time towards the buffer zone where the two youth delegations would meet and read their common declaration. As hundreds of young Turkish Cypriots were gathering at Kugulu Park, a group of about 20-30 NPM supporters gathered at Kyrenia Avenue and tried to provoke the group. When they did not succeed, they went to the Ledra Palace check point with flags of Turkey and the pseudostate in their hands and waited for the marchers to arrive there.

    And the paper goes on: ^”When the marchers arrived there after passing through the road in front of Denktas^“s palace, the NPM supporters were waiting for them. However, the young Turkish Cypriots carried on with their march without being distracted.^‘

    The marchers carried banners with slogans ^”Unity of the youth for a united Cyprus^‘, ^”Common struggle, common homeland!^‘, ^”Unity, struggle, solidarity^‘ and ^”Peace in Cyprus cannot be hindered^‘. The young Turkish Cypriot marchers passed to the buffer zone where they met the Greek Cypriot marchers who had been marching from the Eleftheria Square with similar banners and slogans.

    There they read a common declaration of five points, which inter alia states the following: The Cyprus problem was not solved despite the UN efforts due to the lack of will by Rauf Denktas, but despite these negative developments the UN should remain actively involved in Cyprus and resume negotiations on the basis of the revised Annan plan. Moreover the declaration stated that such a settlement must provide for a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979 and be in accordance with the UN Charter and International Law. The organization also calls on the youth of Cyprus to join them in the struggle for promoting peace and rapprochement for a solution based on the Annan Plan and the reunification of Cyprus.

    [04] The pseudoparliament discussed the Customs Union ^”agreement^‘ signed by Turkey and the pseudostate

    Turkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper (17/09/03) reports that the so-called parliament of the pseudostate met today and discussed the Customs Union ^”agreement^‘ signed by Turkey and the pseudostate.

    Speaking during the meeting Mr Ferdi Sabit Soyer, so-called deputy of the Republican Turkish Party criticized the ^”agreement^‘ and said that it was signed in a very different atmosphere compared to previous so-called agreements .He also said that this is due to the fact that the ^”agreement^‘ is ^”empty^‘, as it was also said by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and stated that it put Turkey under pressure and in ^”an ineffective position^‘.

    On him part Mr Mustafa Akinci, the leader of the Peace and Democracy Movement also criticized the ^”agreement^‘ and repeated also that the agreement was ^”empty^‘. He also stated that Turkey had no intention to sign this agreement, stressing that Turkey prefers the road of the EU.

    [05] The Turkish National Security Council is meeting next Friday

    Turkish Daily News (17/09/03) reports that the Turkish National Security Council (NSC) will hold a meeting on September 19 under the chairmanship of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer at the Presidential Palace.

    Though the current law envisages the assembly of the NSC once every two months, in last month's meeting, the NSC decided the next meeting to be held this month for the reason of 'recent political developments in the region and the world.' The meeting will begin Friday at 14:00.

    Recently assigned Naval Forces Commander Ozden Ornek, Air Forces Commander Ibrahim Firtina and NSC General Secretary Sukru Sariisik will attend the meeting for the first time.

    Previously NSC used to assemble once a month. The law envisaging this practice was amended to organize the meeting once every two months in the framework of the Seventh EU Harmonization Package. The National Security Council composed of top military and state officials carry great importance in Turkish politics.


    [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

    [06] Denktas admits that he is making money out of usurped Greek Cypriot property

    Sener Levent in his ^”Angle^‘ column in Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (17/09/03) comments about an article published in Turkish daily YENI SAFAK where it was reported that Denktas has sold a 3,5 - donums plot of land in the occupied village of Bellapais to the Uzan family.( Tr.note: The Uzan family is on the wanted list of the Turkish police for illegal financial dealings and embezzling money from their banks.)

    Sener Levent writes:

    ^”This time ^—Yeni Safakī broke the news.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan^“s newspaper^ŇAnd the news had a bomb shell effect on the Palace. It seems that the newspaper was able to acquire certain documents. It is not publishing the photocopies of these documents, it only mentions the content of them. These are related to Rauf Denktas^Ň

    According to the paper, Denktas has acquired 3,5 donums of land in Bellapais village against the property he has left in the south Cyprus . This plot of land on 7 February 1995 was registered in the name of Rauf and Aydin Denktas at the Title Deeds Office .At the time that this plot of land was registered its selling value was mentioned as 787,500 million TL

    The special feature of this plot of land was that a public road was passing through it. However, with a Council of Ministers decision on 12 March, 2002, this road was cancelled and it was made a ^—no-through road^“ thus with this arrangement the plot of land acquired by Denktas became a single plot of land ^Ň

    Now let us read the rest of the report from the YENI SAFAK newspaper: ^—The plot of land belonging to Rauf Denktas and his wife Aydin Denktas was sold to Yagiz Construction firm. The records say that Yagiz Construction had paid 120 Billion TL to Denktas and the plot of land was registered at the Title Deeds Office in the name of the company on 24 April 2003. The owners of the Yagiz Construction who bought the land from Denktas are Enis Zaimoglu and Metin Sadi who work for the Uzan Group. The Yagiz Firm is considered as the cover-up company of Uzan Group in Cyprus. It is a well known fact that Zaimoglu and Sadi work for Uzan Group. Meanwhile the real value of the plot of land was given as300 Billion TL. But it was declared at the Land Registry and Title Deeds Office as 120 Billion TL. Certain sources say that the real value of the land is 400 thousand USD and for tax evasion purposes it was shown as 120 Billion TL.

    Following this report in YENI SAFAK, Denktas made immediately a written statement yesterday and denied the allegations .He sent this statement to all local newspapers as well as to YENI SAFAK. He said that it was not true that he has sold to an open or cover up company belonging to Uzan Group. He did not deny the fact that he had sold 3-4 Donums of land to Yagiz Construction Firm. He further said that this sale was realized not in 2003 but on 6 September 2000. The transfer operations as well were completed on this date. However, Denktas did not disclose for how much he had sold this land to Metin Sadi, 120 Billion TL or 400 thousand USD?

    As you see Denktas is not denying all the claims raised by the paper, it only objects to the claim that he did not sell the land to the Uzan Group and the sale was realized in 2000 and not in 2003.

    In fact the paper did not say that Denktas had sold the plot of land directly to the Uzan Group but to the directors whose company works for Uzan Group.

    In conclusion, there is a land belonging to a Greek Cypriot in one of the most beautiful parts of Cyprus whose land was acquired against points and was sold for billions of pounds.

    Is it so important to whom this land is sold?^‘


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