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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 04-09-08

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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.172/04 08.09.04

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The Missing Persons Committee is holding its third meeting.
  • [02] Turkey´s share in the "Turkish Cypriot Airlines" to be privatized.
  • [03] The occupation regime changes the "law" giving the foreigners the right to own property in the occupied areas of Cyprus.
  • [04] Turkish Cypriots sold products of total value 5.843 pounds to the free areas.
  • [05] "Poison on the grapes"!
  • [06] Ali Erel: The reasons why the South said no to the Annan plan in the referendum should be examined thoroughly.
  • [07] KIBRISLI reports that Verheugen and British diplomats are against the proposal of the Republic of Cyprus regarding the return of the closed area of Famagusta and the joint use of the Famagusta Port.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The Missing Persons Committee is holding its third meeting

    Illegal BRT-1 TV (07.09.04) broadcast that the autonomous Missing Persons Committee maintains its work to determine the fate of the missing persons. The committee is holding its third meeting today. According to a disclosure by Rustem Tatar, the Turkish Cypriot member of the committee, the meeting will discuss the procedure to be followed when the files on the missing persons are taken up one by one.

    In a statement earlier, Tatar said that the officials in Geneva have not yet responded to a document that was conveyed to them some time ago in connection with the experts to be appointed to supervise the exhumation of graves.

    Rustem Tatar and his assistant, lawyer Hakki Onen, represented the Turkish Cypriot side and Elias Georgiades and Xenofon Kallis represented the Greek Cypriot side during the last meeting the committee held.

    Pierre Guberan represents the UN at the meetings, concludes illegal Bayrak television.

    [02] Turkey´s share in the "Turkish Cypriot Airlines" to be privatized

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (07.09.04) reported from Ankara that Turkey´s Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan met the occupied area´s so-called Minister of Finance Ahmet Uzun on Tuesday.

    Replying to a question after the meeting, Unakitan said that Turkey owns 50 percent share of "Turkish Cypriot Airlines", noting that privatization of the company would be open to discussion soon.

    Unakitan said: ''It is out of question to grant this share to `TRNC´, but it will be privatized. Any company can buy this share.'' Stating that experts would discuss the issue, he added that they would take a decision on the question after they received bids.

    On his part, as Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI reports (08.09.04), Mr Uzun underlined the importance of the "Turkish Cypriot Airlines" and stated: "We came to the end of the road, we will take over, it is obvious". He also added that the "Turkish Cypriot Airlines" are important for the Turkish Cypriots and added that there will be no other tenders. He added that even if tenders are invited the airlines will remain in Turkish Cypriot hands.

    [03] The occupation regime changes the "law" giving the foreigners the right to own property in the occupied areas of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (08.09.04) reports that the so-called council of ministers of the occupation regime decided to change the "law" giving the foreigners the right to own property in the occupied areas of Cyprus during a meeting yesterday.

    In statements after the meeting its spokesman the so-called minister of health and social insurances, Mr Huseyin Celal said that according to the new "law" foreigners will not have the right to own property in the occupied areas of Cyprus, but only use it for a period of 125 years.

    Mr Celal noted that from the moment the property is sold, it will be turned over to the "state" which will give the opportunity to the foreigner to use it for 125 years.

    Mr celal pointed out that this change was considered necessary because of the increase of the sales of property to foreigners during the past few months. He also added that the "law" is valid for the sales that will take place after its enforcement and not for the sales that took place in the past.

    [04] Turkish Cypriots sold products of total value 5.843 pounds to the free areas

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (08.09.04) reports that Turkish Cypriot producers sold goods of total value 5.843 Cyprus pounds to the free areas of Cyprus since the enforcement of the Green Line regulation.

    According to the paper, the above-mentioned number is expected to increase. The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce is undertaking initiatives to bring together the Turkish Cypriot producers with Greek Cypriot buyers.

    The paper refers also to reactions against the obstacles put by the occupation regime to the trade between the two communities and writes, inter alia, the following: "The fact that the TRNC government does not withdraw the decision that prevents the imports from the south is being criticized. 'The Chamber of Commerce has asked the council of ministers to re-examine this decision".

    [05] "Poison on the grapes"!

    Under the above title Turkish Cypriot daily GUNES newspaper (08.09.04) reports that as a result of analysis conducted at the so-called state laboratory, high proportion of poison has been found on grapes produced in the occupied areas of Cyprus.

    The paper invokes statements by experts who said that "the agricultural chemicals could cause serious problems from the point of view of the human health".

    The paper notes that in the past, poison was found on strawberries, celery and parsley produced in the occupied part of Cyprus.

    [06] Ali Erel: The reasons why the South said no to the Annan plan in the referendum should be examined thoroughly

    Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (08.09.04) reports that the Chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Ali Erel, has briefed the members of the Turkish Cypriot University Women´s Association (TCUWA) on the EU's Green Line Regulation that envisages direct trade with the Turkish Cypriots, as well as the present situation in the Cyprus problem.

    Ali Erel said that the polls carried out in the "south" after the referendum has shown that if enough guarantees are given for the implementation of the plan, the Greek Cypriots will approve the plan. He also noted that the possibility of holding another referendum in the "south" before December is highly probable.

    Erel went on and said that the "Green Line Regulation" which was prepared hastily, could not be a substitute for a solution. "It only regulates the flow of goods, services and persons from the north to the south", Erel stressed.

    Erel further clarified that no embargo, as in Iraq, is imposed on the "north Cyprus". "In fact it is isolation" he said and condemned those people who branded it embargo. "It is wrong propaganda", he admitted.

    Referring to the trade between the occupied area and the free areas, Erel alleged that "the south Cyprus is not ready psychologically to engage in trade with us .The Greek Cypriots are in a dilemma right now".

    Commenting on the present situation prevailing on the island , Ali Erel said: "We had said that if we miss The Hague and Copenhagen we will be patched to the (Republic of Cyprus). Today this is being done" . He further said that the positive atmosphere which was created following the referendum has started to fade away because, "in the past what was necessary was not done. Now the law is in the Greek Cypriots´ favour". He said that most probably the approval of the Direct Trade Regulations will be deferred and the financial aid will be approved on condition that it will not be used on the Greek Cypriot properties.

    Erel also said that the Turkish side did not "manage the crisis properly" and with the suggestion of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan it entered into a waiting stage.

    Stressing that the only way out is to secure a yes for the Annan Plan in a new referendum that will take place in the south Cyprus Ali Erel added that "the reasons why the south said no to the Annan plan should be examined thoroughly and if they demand guarantees for the implementation of the Plan the Security Council should provide such a guarantee".

    "Our hope is that there will be a new referendum before December in the south", Erel said.

    [07] KIBRISLI reports that Verheugen and British diplomats are against the proposal of the Republic of Cyprus regarding the return of the closed area of Famagusta and the joint use of the Famagusta Port

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (08.09.04) invoking sources from Brussels, writes that the EU Commission's enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen and British diplomats are against the proposal made by the Republic of Cyprus as regards the returning of the closed area of Famagusta and the joint use of the occupied Famagusta Port

    The Republic of Cyprus proposed the return of the closed area of Famagusta and the operation of the Famagusta port jointly by the Turkish and Greek Cypriots, under the responsibility of the EU commission, along with the conducting of free trade between the Turkish Cypriots and the European Union.

    KIBRISLI, which describes as "cunning" this proposal, writes that Mr Verheugen and British diplomats oppose it, notes that this is not enough and that the diplomats of the Turkish side must carry this issue to the diplomatic area since it is a political issue.

    /SK


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