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

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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.81/05 29-30.04/01-02-03.05.05

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Talat urges the UN Secretary-General to undertake initiatives on the Cyprus problem and argues that a solution would be reached during his 5-year term in office.
  • [02] Erdogans interview on the Cyprus problem.
  • [03] Turkish Cypriot papers say that crimes are increasing in the occupied part of Cyprus due to the fact that Turks from Turkey enter freely by showing only their identity card.
  • [04] The occupation regime will reportedly return to Mrs Titina Loizidou her house in occupied Kyrenia.
  • [05] The occupation regime is uneasy because the Greek Cypriots demand their occupied properties.
  • [06] Serdar Denktas is visiting Qatar; Experts from Qatar are expected to the occupied part of Cyprus.
  • [07] The so-called economy and tourism minister of the occupation regime to participate in the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.
  • [08] The usage of Incirlik base is extended by one year.
  • [09] The Israeli Ambassador to Ankara commented on investments in the occupied part of Cyprus.
  • [10] The owner of the Celebrity Hotels Group in occupied Cyprus will sue the Republic of Cyprus on the ground that one of the hotels that allegedly belongs to him is appeared to be among the hotels that belong to Greek Cypriots.
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [11] The editor in chief of KIBRIS newspaper writes that the mentality of increasing the population in the occupied part of Cyprus to 500 thousands still exists.

  • [01] Talat urges the UN Secretary-General to undertake initiatives on the Cyprus problem and argues that a solution would be reached during his 5-year term in office Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (02.05.05) publishes an interview that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat gave to the illegal Turkish Cypriot news agency (TAK). Mr Talat stated in the interview that he requested the UN Secretary- General to undertake initiatives on the Cyprus problem and to send a special envoy to Cyprus. Mr Talat said that they are trying to determine new policies in the pseudostate, noting that he conveyed their demands to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, through the UN representative in Cyprus. Mr Talat said that he met Mr Annan's representative on Cyprus and that he wants the UN Secretary-General to send a high ranking official to the Island to launch an initiative for the solution of Cyprus problem. He also expressed readiness to discuss daily problems, with the Greek Cypriot side. "New stances and policies will be determined according to the reply we will get", he stated. Furthermore, the Turkish Cypriot leader expressed the belief that the Cyprus problem will be solved during his 5-year term in office. Replying to a question, on whether he believes that an agreement will be signed during his 5-year term in office, Mr Talat stated that he does share this view: Of courseI believe that the Cyprus problem will be solved during these 5 years. It is my duty to try for this. This is my mission, he stated. Mr Talat also said that he is planning to pay an official visit to Turkey and added that Turkey and the pseudostate will review their policy during this visit. He also stated that he will convey to the Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan his wish for Mr Erdogan visiting the occupied part of Cyprus.
  • [02] Erdogans interview on the Cyprus problem Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (01-2.05.05) publishes in two parts an interview of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the paper“s editor-in-chief Basaran Duzgun. Mr Erdogan, inter alia, said that their aim is to create a United Cyprus and added: We will support them and work together with the government and the president of the TRNC. Our aim is to protect the interests and rights of our compatriots, as well as to create a United Cyprus, which will be member of the European Union, within the framework of two separate peoples and two separate states.
  • [03] Turkish Cypriot papers say that crimes are increasing in the occupied part of Cyprus due to the fact that Turks from Turkey enter freely by showing only their identity card Crimes are increasing in the occupied part of Cyprus, according to the Turkish Cypriot press (03.05.05), which writes that this is due to the fact that Turks from Turkey, who do not have any money, enter freely the occupied part of the island by showing only their identity card. Under the banner front - page title It is enough, daily KIBRIS newspaper refers to the issue and reports: A booming is taking place in the country in the offences such as stabbings, robberies, murders and thefts. The citizens have no safety for their life and property in their homes and the businessmen have no safety in their working place. The paper writes that these crimes are due to the increase of the tourists that come to the occupied part of Cyprus from Turkey without having any money in their pocket. The citizens want the entering to the country to be controlled more strictly, adds KIBRIS. The paper writes that during the last twelve days three incidents happened in the occupied part of Cyprus. On 20 April a 92 year-old British citizen named Joseph Swindell was murdered in his house in Kyrenia by an ex-convict named Yalcin Huseyin Solat, who had entered the house wanting to commit burglary. On 19 April a businessman named Mustafa Ersalici was attacked while being at his working place in the occupied part of Nicosia. The two persons who attacked Mr Ersalici escaped to Turkey. Yesterday two persons attacked Doctor Ozel Bindayi and stole from him 250 million Turkish liras, threatening him with a knife. The paper notes that the perpetrators are tourists from Turkey. Commenting on the issue Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper writes the following: Our society pays a very big price for approving in the elections those who facilitated our countrys being turned into a place of crimes with the Emigration Law that gives title deeds for our land to those coming from outside!
  • [04] The occupation regime will reportedly return to Mrs Titina Loizidou her house in occupied Kyrenia Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (03.05.05) reports that the occupation regime paid 250 thousand sterling pounds to the person living in the house of Mrs Titina Loizidou, a Greek Cypriot refugee from Kyrenia, in order to evacuate the house. The paper writes, inter alia, the following: This year the house must be returned. This is the decision of the European Court. According to our information, the government began to take measures from now for giving Loizidou her house. The state has bought the house paying 250 sterling pounds as compensation to those who are living in it. The house is evacuated. It is waiting for Loizidou. Things are at this stage. You think about the rest.
  • [05] The occupation regime is uneasy because the Greek Cypriots demand their occupied properties The occupation regime seems to be uneasy because the Greek Cypriots demand their properties occupied since 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus by Turkish Cypriots, Turks from Turkey and foreigners. Turkish Cypriot daily CUMHURIYET newspaper (03.05.05) reports that the so-called Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the occupation regime has warned the United Nations on the issue of some Turkish Cypriots and foreigners being called with summons to the courts of the Republic of Cyprus because they are occupying Greek Cypriot property. The ministry claims that these efforts are a very big blow to the rapprochement between the two communities and argues that no one has the right to annoy the people of the TRNC and that it will not permit this. The ministry calls on the citizens not to receive such summons and to inform the police about the persons that bring the summons and about their car numbers. Meanwhile, according to Turkish Cypriot daily GUNES newspaper (03.05.05), the new Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat said that he is worried about the fact that Greek Cypriots take Turkish Cypriots to courts and alleged that the issuing of arrest warrants may increase the conflicts between the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots. AFRIKA (01.05.05) writes that Mr Talat described these cases as the biggest danger. Furthermore, under the banner front - page title £ 1 M for war with south! the Turkish Cypriot CYPRUS TIMES newspaper (03.05.05) reports that estate agents developers and other companies in the property industry are meeting at the Colony Hotel in occupied Kyrenia, on Wednesday evening to decide on their response to the European arrest warrant issued against British estate agent Mark Unwin. The paper writes that the meeting is organized by Eurpo, the association representing private owners in the occupied part of Cyprus and the aim is to unite professionals behind an international campaign to counter this latest challenge to the property market in the occupied areas of Cyprus.
  • [06] Serdar Denktas is visiting Qatar; Experts from Qatar are expected to the occupied part of Cyprus Turkish Cypriot daily CUMHURIYET newspaper (03.05.05) reports that Serdar Denktas, so-called deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the occupation regime, who is visiting Qatar, met yesterday with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheik Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani. The paper reports that Mr Denktas told Sheik Al Thani that the economic development of the pseudostate will force the Greek Cypriots to sit at the negotiating table. CUMHURIYET writes that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar said the following: This is a just demand and we as Qatar are ready to do whatever we can for your strengthening from economic point of view. We shall send a delegation to conduct researches on this issue in the TRNC. We want to work with Turkish Cypriot businessmen. The paper notes that Mr Denktas was officially received in Qatar. He passed through the VIP room of the Doha airport and was given an official car and bodyguards.
  • [07] The so-called economy and tourism minister of the occupation regime to participate in the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai Turkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper (02.05.05) reports that the so-called economy and tourism minister, Mr Dervis Kemal Deniz went to Dubai, Saudi Arabia. As the paper writes, Mr Deniz will participate in the Arabian Travel Market which is going to take place in Dubai between 3-6 of May, 2005. Mr Deniz will be accompanied by Mr Mehmet Basel, director of the so-called tourism advertising and marketing department and Mr Ahmet Yonluer, consultant for the Arab countries of the so-called ministry of foreign affairs of the pseudostate.
  • [08] The usage of Incirlik base is extended by one year Ankara TRT 1 Television (29.04.05) broadcast that the Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has signed the decree which extends the term of usage of Incirlik base by one year. The decree the President signed organizes the aid being sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the region within the framework of the United Nations and NATO. Under the decree, the technical work regarding the issue will be conducted by the Office of the Chief of the General Staff. Moreover, TRT 1 television (02.05.05) broadcast the technical details of the use of the Incirlik Air Base by the United States are now taken up at military level. Meanwhile, the details of the Ankara-Washington agreement are coming to light. Six C-17 planes will transport the logistics support material that will be brought to the Incirlik Air Base to Iraq and Afghanistan. The logistics support material will not include arms and ammunition. Turkey will be informed on all the flights of the six C-17 planes and the cargo they will carry a month in advance. Turkey will also be informed on any changes that might be effected in the programs. Turkey will be asked to approve the flight of each and every plane. Turkey will be able to end the use of the base if that is required by its national interests. The agreement reached between the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the US State Department, and the military officials on the use of the Incirlik Air Base will be valid for one year. It will be effective on 23 June. The military officials are concentrating on the technical details. The United States will inform Turkey on when its activities will begin later. Meanwhile, it has been reported that Ankara has responded favourably to the British flight crews' request to use the base facilities to lodge, refuel, and service their planes and ROK's request to evacuate its military personnel in Iraq in an emergency through Turkey. Finally, Turkish daily HURRIYET newspaper (01.05.05) reports that in addition to Incirlik, the decree enables the United States to also use the Port of Iskenderun. It was reported that the United States will carry to the Port of Iskenderun military equipment that is not lethal, but that is impossible to carry in large civilian cargo planes. This load will be carried to the Incirlik Base by land.
  • [09] The Israeli Ambassador to Ankara commented on investments in the occupied part of Cyprus Turkish daily MILLIYET newspaper (01.05.05) published an interview of the Israeli Ambassador to Ankara Mr Pinhas Avivi by Semih Idiz. Mr Avivi, among other issues, commented on the economic investments by Israeli businessmen in the occupied part of Cyprus as follows: Question: We are aware of the Israeli investments in Northern Cyprus. There is talk of new openings in this regard. Does the Greek Cypriot reaction not concern you? They might go to international courts, etc.? Answer: I can say that a large number of Israelis are active economically in Northern Cyprus. If there are Israelis who want to become involved in these activities, we are happy with it. There is no problem or restriction from this standpoint. And I have not seen anyone in Israel who has worried about promoting these relations. Economic relations are a part of a global world. We are all members of this global village. During Foreign Minister [Abdullah] Gul's visit to Israel, we also stated clearly that we were not going to lag behind steps that the EU or the United States take in terms of Northern Cyprus. In the meantime, we have also greatly appreciated Turkey's position in the Cyprus negotiations. The fact that you have endeavoured greatly to reach a solution in this issue, and that Northern Cyprus accepted the Annan Plan, won a great deal of appreciation.
  • [10] The owner of the Celebrity Hotels Group in occupied Cyprus will sue the Republic of Cyprus on the ground that one of the hotels that allegedly belongs to him is appeared to be among the hotels that belong to Greek Cypriots Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (02.05.05) reports that Mr Aziz Kent, the owner of the Celebrity Hotels Group in occupied Cyprus will sue the Republic of Cyprus. Mr Kent will proceed to this action on the ground that in the website of the Embassies of the Republic of Cyprus in Sweden and Israel a hotel, named Celebrity that allegedly belongs to him, is appeared to be a Greek Cypriot property. In the website the Republic of Cyprus is giving information as regards which hotels that operate in occupied Cyprus belong to Greek Cypriots and warns the tourists who visit the pseudostate not to stay in these hotels. The Celebrity hotel appears to be in the list. Noting that he will continue to struggle until the end, Mr Kent claimed that the Celebrity Hotel was the first Turkish Cypriot hotel in Cyprus, and criticized the fact that the hotel is appeared to belong to Greek Cypriots. He stated that the Celebrity hotel was built before 1974 and that he took permission for Archbishop Makarios for it. He added that two other hotels that belong to the Celebrity Hotels Group, the Sato Lambousa and the Afrodit holiday village were built in lands that belong to Turkish Cypriots. Mr Kent stated that he gave instructions to his attorneys as regards these developments and added that he will sue the Republic of Cyprus on this issue.
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [11] The editor in chief of KIBRIS newspaper writes that the mentality of increasing the population in the occupied part of Cyprus to 500 thousands still exists Under the title The north is under occupation, Basaran Duzgun, editor in chief of Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (03.05.05), writes, inter alia, the following: Let no one try to discuss this problem by hiding behind his finger, because the issue has a long time ago gone beyond the dimensions of utopian discussions. Almost every day a belly is probed, a man is slaughtered, tens of houses are robbed, and billions of (Turkish liras) are stolen. Let no one try to conceal the problem, because it is an occupation problem. Northern Cyprus is under occupation: Every day that passes the occupation of murderers, thieves, charlatans and rascals is settled even more. It is almost institutionalized and causes problems to more citizens every day, irrespectively of the origin of these citizens. And thus this occupation continues. No power can face this occupation. Neither the police nor the army nor the civilian authority (can face it). Those who have been brought to power with the votes of the people are actually without authority. Discussing the issue with them and trying to bring them to book is in vain, because they do not have even the slightest authority to give orders. When they try to do so they receive the answer we do not take orders from you ... The police are a walk on in this issue. The dimensions of the issue are frightening. Everyday houses are robbed, attempts for murders are conducted. Ships come full and no one can prevent those who come. There is an order of things where even the police cannot interfere in the gangs of robbers that come out from the ships. It is certain that the north is under the occupation of thieves, murderers, charlatans and rascals. The responsible for what is happening is the mentality of let us increase the population of the North to 500 thousands which is still acting secretly but effectively. Or (the responsible) is the those living there have been drawn into rottenness philosophy. Those who think that the northern part of Cyprus is not Turkish enough and try to Turkify it, are those who prevent all the efforts that are exerted. Let no one be offended, but as long as the power is not passing to the civilian authority the situation will continue being like this. Some persons will be lamenting that those living in the TRNC do not want us, ships will continue coming full and no one will be able to prevent houses and shops from being robbed and people from being murdered. Until when (this will be happening)? Until the issue is turned into a political crisis? Is it the time for organizing rallies under the slogan End the occupation, give me back my sovereignty? Is this what is desired? /SK
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