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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 06-05-24

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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.98/06 24.05.06

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The illegal regime´s self-styled Presidential Spokesman held his first press briefing. Meetings to be held on a weekly basis.
  • [02] The Green Line Regulation not satisfactory for Turkish Cypriot businessmen.
  • [03] Brucella was detected in lambs in occupied Cyprus.
  • [04] Turkish President Ahmet Sezer calls for lifting the Turkish Cypriots´ isolation.
  • [05] Mr Yasar Yakis, supports non-implementation of Turkey-EU additional protocol until EU ends sanctions on the illegal regime in Cyprus.
  • [06] Turkish Parliament speaker held meetings with Bahraini officials; Cyprus in the agenda.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The illegal regime´s self-styled Presidential Spokesman held his first press briefing. Meetings to be held on a weekly basis

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (24.05.06) reports that the self-styled presidential spokesman, Hasan Ercakica held his first weekly meeting with the press yesterday. Commenting on the parliamentary election results in the free areas of Cyprus Mr Ercakica said that not much has changed in the Greek Cypriot political life. He went on and said that following the election results there is no need for the Turkish Cypriot side to introduce changes in its Cyprus policy. Just the opposite, the Turkish side will make more effective its Cyprus policy and will be more active as regards the solution, Ercakica said.

    When asked to comment on the new UN initiative and the UN deputy Secretary-General responsible for Political Affairs Mr Ibrahim Gambaris possible visit to Cyprus, Ercakica said that this depends on the Greek Cypriot stance. As for the establishment of Technical committees Ercakica claimed that on this issue they are waiting for the official answer of the Greek Cypriot side. He said that in general the Turkish sides answer is positive. Ercakica further said that there are no political obstacles as regards functioning of the committees. Ercakicas press briefing will be held every Tuesday.

    On Mr Ercakica´s statements illegal Bayrak television (23.05.06) broadcast that stressing the fact that it was true that the leader of the Greek Cypriots Tassos Papadopoulos, had strengthened his intransigent position on Cyprus, Mr Ercak1ca, however noted that other pro-solution parties supporting the Annan Plan, had also increased their vote margins.

    He added that the only correct conclusion to be derived from the outcome of the Greek Cypriot elections, was that - the current deadlock on the Cyprus Problem would continue.

    Asked to confirm or deny reports that the UN Secretary-General s advisor for political affairs Ibrahim Gambari will be visiting the island now that the elections process in the Republic of Cyprus has ended, Mr Ercak1ca said Mr Gambari s visit completely depended on whether or not the Greek Cypriot side will display a positive stance.

    If Mr Gambari departs from the island empty handed then this will be acknowledged as a failure of the United Nations he added, stating that the Greek Cypriots had to take steps forward so that such a visit could take place.

    [02] The Green Line Regulation not satisfactory for Turkish Cypriot businessmen

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (24.05.06) reports that the trade regulations put into practice 15 months ago are not fulfilling the expectations of the Turkish Cypriot businessmen. The paper reports that in 15 months time only 1,4 million Cyprus Pounds worth of trade was realized under the Green Line Regulation.

    The Chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce Erdil Nami demanded additions to the regulation.

    (MHY)

    [03] Brucella was detected in lambs in occupied Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily YENIDUZEN newspaper (24.05.06) reports that around 150 lamb were destroyed because they were found carrying Brucella which is dangerous for the human health.

    (MHY)

    [04] Turkish President Ahmet Sezer calls for lifting the Turkish Cypriots´ isolation

    Illegal Bayrak television (23.05.06) broadcast that the Turkish President Ahmet Nejdet Sezer has said that the unjust international isolation of the Turkish Cypriots, which had clearly displayed its political will for peace and solution in Cyprus, has got to be lifted.

    In a message he sent to the gathering in Izmir of ISEDAK the watchdog body for the Organization of Islamic Conference, the Turkish president said that it was pleasing to see that the OIC has been working hard for the last two years towards helping remove the international isolation of the Turkish Cypriots.

    The Turkish president in his message also underlined the importance of member countries of the OIC extending financial and political support to improve contacts between the international community and the occupied part of Cyprus.

    [05] Mr Yasar Yakis, supports non-implementation of Turkey-EU additional protocol until EU ends sanctions on the illegal regime in Cyprus

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (23.05.06) reported from Vienna that the Turkish Parliamentary EU Adjustment Commission Chairman Yasar Yakis has indicated, "the additional protocol to the Customs Union will not be implemented, unless EU ends sanctions on `TRNC´ (`Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus´).

    Mr Yakis attended the meeting of the Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) in Vienna, Austria.

    Stating that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plan on Cyprus foresaw that a re-united Cyprus could be a member of the EU and re-united Cyprus was comprised of Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot founder states, Mr Yakis stressed that if the EU accepted a re-united Cyprus, Turkey would also recognize it.

    Onur Oymen, a member of the EU Adjustment Commission and deputy leader of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), stated that if Turkey started to implement the additional protocol, Greek Cypriots would not open its ports and airports to TRNC, noting that Turkey was asked to make a unilateral concession.

    [06] Turkish Parliament speaker held meetings with Bahraini officials; Cyprus in the agenda

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (23.05.06) reported from Manama that the Turkish Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc met Bahraini PM Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, and Shura Council Chairman President Faisal Radhi Al-Mousawi in Bahraini capital of Manama on Tuesday.

    During the meeting, Mr Al-Khalifa said that Turkey has close cooperation with all Gulf countries, not only Bahrain.

    "Economic relations between the Gulf countries and Turkey have been enhanced in recent years. But, we should continue to further improve our relations," he stated. Mr Al-Khalifa noted that his country wants to import construction materials, particularly cement, from Turkey.

    On the Cyprus problem, Mr Al-Khalifa said: "We stand by our commitments regarding Cyprus."

    On the other hand, Mr Arinc said that Bahrain is a modern country which has completed its development. He also noted that Turkey is for peace and calm in its region.

    Recalling that direct flights have been started between Turkey and Bahrain, Mr Arinc said that this will increase tourism and trade between the two countries.

    Mr Arinc later met Mr Al-Mousawi. During the meeting, Al-Mousawi said "We are seeing Turkey as a bridge uniting the East and the West" .

    /SK


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