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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.96/05 24.05.05
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 Talat said that property issue depends on the solution of the Cyprus problemAnkara Anatolia news agency (23.05.05) reports from occupied Lefkosia that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat said on Monday that property issue would be solved with the solution of the Cyprus problem.
Mr Talat said that he sent letters to the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan and the EU member countries, noting that he asked these officials to intervene in this issue.
When asked whether he launched an initiative on the cases filed against Turkish Cypriots and foreigners who usurp Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied part of the island, Mr Talat reiterated that necessary preparations were made, but these preparations could not be made public now.
Mr Talat also noted that they brought this issue onto the agenda during their meetings with foreign officials. Noting that this was a political issue and that there was no need to concern about it, he recalled that some Greek Cypriot officials also considered that the issue could not be solved through law suits.
 Soyer said that they would fight the legal cases against themTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (24.05.05) reports that the so-called Prime Minister of the occupation regime, Ferdi Sabit Soyer met yesterday with a delegation of the Turkish Cypriot Hoteliers´ Association.
During the meeting they, inter alia, discussed the property issue. Mr Soyer, commenting on the issue, said: In order to prevent a comprehensive solution and undermine the economical development of the Turkish Cypriots and their integration with the world, the administration of Mr Papadopoulos chose the legal way. At the same time, we as a government in full cooperation and solidarity with our president, will do whatever we can to give this political mistake a legal answer. We will face these cases. We will reply to the steps that they want to take a regards these cases, on the basis of the political legitimacy and with the legal means we have.
 Serdar Denktas launches an initiative in AfricaTurkish Cypriot daily CUMHURIYET newspaper (24.05.05) reports that Mr Serdar Denktas, so-called deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the occupation regime, is launching a diplomatic initiative in the African continent, and especially in West Africa, aiming at developing relations with countries which are members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and getting their support on the issue of lifting the so-called embargoes allegedly imposed on the Turkish Cypriots.
The paper reminds that Mr Denktas had meetings on the same issue with the governments of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
In statements in Paris to the correspondent of the illegal TAK news agency, Mr Denktas underlined the importance they give to the relations with the 56 OIC member countries and pointed out that the Organization could play a significant role in the United Nations on the issue of adopting a decision, which provides for the lifting of the so-called embargo allegedly imposed on the Turkish Cypriots.
The paper writes that the names of the countries, which Mr Denktas will be visiting, will be announced after the visits are realized.
 The General Secretary of the Peace and Democracy Movement stated that the Cyprus problem is not only political but also a legal problemTurkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper (24.05.05) reports that Mr Mehmet Cakici, the General Secretary of the Peace and Democracy Movement (PDM), has issued a written statement on the issue of the property lawsuits by Greek Cypriots against Turkish Cypriots and foreigners who usurp Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied part of the island.
Mr Cakici stated that as a result of these lawsuits the Cyprus problem has now become a legal problem as well. The property lawsuits filed by the Greek Cypriots, open the road for the Greek and the Turkish Cypriots to come as individuals face to face, he said.
Mr Cakici also noted that the policy followed in occupied Cyprus, which was unsuccessful and without a vision, led the Turkish Cypriots to this situation. It should have been seen that the Cyprus problem would have come to this stage. The leaders and the governments that were not able to see the future are mainly responsible for todays situation, he agreed.
 Shimon Perez: For the EU I could be your envoyTurkish daily HURRIYET newspaper (24.05.05), reports that Deniz Baykal the leader of the main opposition party in Turkey, Republican People´s Party (RPP), who is in Israel for the Socialist International meeting, had a meeting yesterday with Israel´s deputy Prime Minister and the leader of the Israel´s Labour Party, Shimon Perez.
During the meeting besides the Middle East issue, Turkey´s EU membership was taken up. Mr Baykal referred to the French and Austrian decision to hold referenda regarding Turkey´s membership. He also expressed concern regarding the recent local election results in Germany where Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder´s Social Democrat Party (SDP) was defeated by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) which opposes Turkey´s full EU membership. Baykal said: It is possible that if early elections are held in Germany, the CDU which opposes Turkey´s full membership could come to power. This will negatively effect Turkey´s full membership process, because the CDU opposes Turkey´s full membership.
Moreover, Ankara Anatolia (23.05.05) reports that the Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, when asked whether or not the decision on holding a possible early elections in Germany would affect Turkey´s EU membership process, said that such political developments could happen in democratic communities any time, adding that Turkey´s EU process would not be affected by such developments.
In his turn Mr Perez said that in the face of rapid development of Russia and China, EU enlargement with Turkey´s accession gains enormous importance. He stressed that Israel consider very important Turkey´s full membership to the EU. Perez said: Turkey, should absolutely be a full EU member. What could we do to this end? We are as well looking into this matter. If need be I personally will contact with the EU leaders, and I will explain these to them. I want to contribute to Turkey´s accession to the EU.
Shimon Perez went on and said that Turkey´s full membership to the EU will strengthen its democratic and secular structure. He added: In Turkey, besides political parties, the grounds laid by Mustafa Kemal and the Armed Forces, play a major role in establishing democracy and secularism.
 Babacan is appointed Turkeys chief negotiator with the EUTurkish CNN television (24.05.05) broadcast that the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed Mr Ali Babacan as Turkeys chief negotiator with the EU. Mr Babacan is the State Minister responsible for the Economy.
Mr Erdogan announced Babacans appointment today, addressing the Justice and Development Partys parliamentary group. Mr Erdogan added that Turkey will start officially accession negotiations with the EU on the 3rd of October. We have no worry as regards this issue, he stated.