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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 03-09-19

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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.178/03 19.09.03

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Denktas asked a meeting with Wlosovitcz; Statements on minefields and the ^”Customs Union Framework Agreement^‘ .
  • [02] Talat says Turkey^“s presence in Cyprus is contrary to the international law.
  • [03] Talat accuses Denktas of not wanting a solution to the Cyprus problem because of personal interests.
  • [04] Diplomatic spat between Iran and Turkey led to cancellation of visits between the head of the statesī of the two countries.
  • [05] Akinci: ^”The World^“s attention is on the elections^‘.
  • [06] So-called elections will be held on 14 December 2003.
  • [07] Erel: ^”International observers carry vital importance^‘.
  • [08] Contradictory statements regarding the merging or not of two Turkish Cypriot Parties.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Denktas asked a meeting with Wlosovitcz; Statements on minefields and the ^”Customs Union Framework Agreement^‘

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (19.03.09) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas met yesterday with Zbigniew Wlosowicz, deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary - General and Chief of Mission in Cyprus. The meeting took place in occupied Nicosia upon demand of the Turkish Cypriot leader, who according to his own statements to the press, informed the UN official that the Turkish side was ready to cooperate with the international organization for the removal of the mines in the buffer zone.

    Mr Denktas said that Mr Wlosowitz told him that the UN were expecting an expert to come to the island and begin work after having contacts with the two sides.

    The Turkish Cypriot leader noted also that he informed Mr Wlosowitz about his views on the issue of the closed city of Varosha and the demand regarding opening a gymnasium for the Greek Cypriot children living in occupied Karpass peninsula.

    Asked to comment on the reaction of the EU to the so-called Customs Union Framework Agreement between Turkey and the occupation regime, Mr Denktas alleged that the reason for EU reaction is the lack of information and claimed that the ^”agreement^‘ aimed at preparing the pseudostate for the EU and the acquis communautaire together with Turkey.

    During another of his meetings Mr Denkas said that the Turkish Cypriots would insist on their illegal state and added that if the EU really wants Turkey to become its member then the ^”resistance^‘ of the Turkish Cypriots could help Turkey to accede the Union quicker.

    [02] Talat says Turkey^“s presence in Cyprus is contrary to the international law

    Turkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper (19.09.03) publishes an exclusive interview by Mehmet Ali Talat, leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), who inter alia, said that Turkey^“s presence in Cyprus is contrary to the international law, because Turkey^“s duty in 1974 should have been restoring the constitutional order. Talking to Ertem Kasimoglu, VATAN^“s director and editor-in-chief, Mr Talat supported that Turkey should solve the Cyprus problem so that it enters the EU and become a regional power. The following dialogue took place between Mr Talat and Mr Kasimoglu.

    ^”Talat: If Turkey has the pretension to be a regional power, it is not possible for it to be in dispute with the international law. Therefore it has to solve the Cyprus problem.

    Kasimoglu: But the international law is not only the European Union.

    Talat: I did not mention at all the EU. If it is going to play any role during this century, when there is only one superpower, then Turkey has to solve the Cyprus problem. What is the relation of the Loizidou case with the EU?

    Kasimoglu: Do you want to say that Turkey^“s presence in Cyprus is unjust according to the international law?

    Talat: Is it not so?

    Kasimoglu: Of course not.

    Talat: Really?

    Kasimoglu: Turkey^“s presence on the island today is a right given to it by the international law.

    Talat: One moment. The international agreements give, Turkey the duty to protect the 1960 status of the island. Excuse me. Therefore, do not tell me that Turkey^“s presence here is in accordance with the international law. There is only this: If Turkey was not in dispute with the international law because of Cyprus, then there would be no Greek Cypriot queue at the European Court of Human Rights. There is the Loizidou case and much more. Turkey received serious warnings. ^ŇOn what basis Turkey is in Cyprus?

    Kasimoglu: Of course on the basis of agreements and the international law.

    Talat: Do the 1960 agreements provide for Turkey^“s preserving the present status quo in Cyprus? ^Ň^‘

    [03] Talat accuses Denktas of not wanting a solution to the Cyprus problem because of personal interests

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (19.09.03) reports that Mehmet Ali Talat, leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), accused the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas of not wanting the Cyprus problem to be solved because the non-solution serves his personal interests.

    In a written statement issued yesterday, Mr Talat referred to the recent scandal revealed by the Turkish mainland YENI SAFAK newspaper, which wrote that Mr Denktas had sold Greek Cypriot land in the occupied Kyrenia region to companies from Turkey.

    Mr Talat said that the relations of Mr Denktas with some circles in Turkey, which ensured him benefit, as came to light recently, show why the Turkish Cypriot leader insists on the global exchange of properties.

    Mr Talat added referring to Mr Denktas: ^”When his illegal actions come to light, in his effort to hide them he attacks us, who want a bright future for the Turkish Cypriots and a new Cyprus. However, he cannot hide his crimes by attacking other people. ^Ň^‘.

    [04] Diplomatic spat between Iran and Turkey led to cancellation of visits between the head of the statesī of the two countries

    Turkish NTV Television Station (18.09.03), reports that the US Ambassador to Ankara, Eric Edelman, warned a Turkish Foreign Ministry official that the timing of the proposed visit by the Turkish Premier to Iran was inappropriate.

    Ankara and Tehran are involved in a diplomatic spat leading to the cancellation of reciprocal visits to the two country^“s capitals by the government leaders of Iran and Turkey.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was scheduled to visit Iran in the coming weeks. However, following Tehran^“s refusal to recognize the outlawed KADEK, the successor of the PKK, on the list of organizations Iraq identifies as being involved in terrorism, the visit was shelved. In response, Iranian President Mohamed Hatemi has also cancelled his planned visit to Ankara. On Thursday, Tehran sent Ankara the message that Hatemi would not pay a visit to Ankara before Erdogan had visited Iran.

    [05] Akinci: ^”The World^“s attention is on the elections^‘

    According to the Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (19.09.03) the leader of the Peace and Democracy Movement Mustafa Akinci has said that they want international organizations to send observers to the so-called elections to be held on 14 December2003 in the occupied area. He said that in today^“s world democracy and human rights are not the domestic affairs of a country.

    Akinci made this statement during his meeting with the visiting German parliamentarians headed by Siegfried Helias, chairman of the Cyprus ^÷Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group.

    During the meeting Akinci explained to the visiting parliamentarians the work that they are carrying out for safeguarding the credibility of the so-called elections.

    In his turn the head of the German parliamentarians, Siegfried Helias, said ^”We follow the elections carefully, it is the people who will decide .We do think that the people will decide by taking into account their future.

    Akinci yesterday also met with the British High Commissioner to Cyprus, Lyn Parker. After the meeting Parker said that everybody is aware of the importance of the so ^÷called December elections. He said that he shares the view with Akinci that the so-called elections should be transparent and fair.

    [06] So-called elections will be held on 14 December 2003

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (19.09.03), the so ^÷called Supreme Election Council of the psedo-state has declared that the so- called elections will be held on 14 December 2003.

    The paper reports that according to the so-called ^”election and referendum law^‘ the election restrictions will start on 15 October 2003.

    [07] Erel: ^”International observers carry vital importance^‘

    According to local Turkish Cypriot newspaper HALKIN SESI (19.09.03), the leader of the Solution and EU Party, Ali Erel has declared that the presence of the International observers during the so-called 14 December elections carry vital importance .he said that ^”for the trustworthiness, transparency as well as the credibility of the negotiation team that will be appointed by the ^”assembly^‘ following the elections, made it inevitable the presence of the international observers team at the elections^‘.

    [08] Contradictory statements regarding the merging or not of two Turkish Cypriot Parties

    Turkish Cypriot daily YENI CIZGI newspaper (19.09.03) reports that Mr Okyay Sadikoglu, leader of Our Party (OP), stated that his party did not merge with the Nationalist Justice Party (NJP) as it was published yesterday in the Turkish Cypriot press.

    Mr Sadikoglu stated that his party has not decided yet whether it will merge with NJP or any other party.

    /SK


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