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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 07-04-11

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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.69/07 11.04.07

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The Turkish Cypriot press publishes the letter sent by the Turkish Cypriot leader to the UN Secretary General
  • [02] Statements by Hasan Ercakica
  • [03] More on Pertev contacts in New York
  • [04] Gul will illegally visit the occupied areas of Cyprus tomorrow
  • [05] The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce signed a protocol for cooperation with the South Korean Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • [06] A campaign on the Green Line Regulation is launched by the breakaway regime
  • [07] About 8.000 persons have signed the demand for direct flights between Britain and illegal Tymbou airport
  • [08] Bulutoglulari threatens that he will close the valve of the Mia Milia refinery
  • [09] An International Civil Defense Conference to be hosted in occupied Cyprus
  • [10] Star Kibris newspaper will be published
  • [11] Rauf Denktas calls on those who have become rich because of TMT to contribute to the preparation of a documentary film
  • [12] The Turkish National Security Council met yesterday and discussed Iraq
  • [13] Turkey delivers a diplomatic note to Iraq on the PKK issue
  • [14] Erdogan to visit Germany on the 15th of April
  • [15] ANAVATAN to form parliamentary group again

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The Turkish Cypriot press publishes the letter sent by the Turkish Cypriot leader to the UN Secretary General

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (11.04.07) publishes the full text of the letter which the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat sent to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon on 3 April 2007.

    According to the paper, in his letter Mr Talat expressed the views and worries of the Turkish Cypriot side regarding the 8 July procedure and alleged that after the referendum on the Annan Plan, the Greek Cypriot side follows the policy of avoiding the dialogue with the Turkish side.

    Mr Talat claimed that there is no sign that the interlocutors of the Turkish side will soon abandon this policy, which is meaningless and harmful for the objective. Mr Talat reiterated the commitment of the Turkish Cypriot side to reaching a comprehensive solution on the basis of the Annan Plan.

    Contrary to my interlocutor, I want to note that I am ready to accept a timetable and if necessary a mediation by the UN in a meaningful negotiation process, which we think that could start even tomorrow, adds Mr Talat.

    The Turkish Cypriot leader accuses the Greek Cypriot side of trying to prevent the beginning of a negotiation process by insisting on the inclusion of the property issue into the agenda of the technical committees which will be discussing daily issues.

    The full text of the letter is also published by Turkish Cypriot daily YENIDUZEN newspaper (11.04.07), under the title Here are the views of the Turkish Cypriot side: We are ready to begin negotiations even tomorrow. Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (11.04.07) publishes also the full text of Talats letter.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Statements by Hasan Ercakica

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (11.04.07) reports that Hasan Ercakica, spokesman of he Turkish Cypriot leader, has accused the Greek Cypriot side of trying to present the effort of the Turkish Cypriot side toward making the 8 July procedure effective as an effort to murder this process.

    Speaking yesterday during his weekly briefing, Mr Ercakica alleged that the aim of the Greek Cypriot side is the existence of a non functional process and leading the Cyprus problem to other channels. He also accused the Greek Cypriot side of wanting to fully murder the UN solution plan. Mr Ercakica said that the 8 July procedure is at the point it was during the first days it had started and pointed out that the Turkish side noted its views on the process in the evaluation document it had prepared.

    The Greek Cypriot side, instead of expecting a solution from the 8 July procedure, continues its efforts for binding the Turkish Cypriots to itself through osmosis by using its accession to the EU, claimed Ercakica.

    Referring to statements made by President Papadopoulos that the Turkish Cypriot side has decided to deal the final blow to the Gambari process, Mr Talats spokesman said: Let him not wait. We will not do it. The efforts of the Greek Cypriot side to derail this process will not have a result and the Gambari process will continue towards its basic aim.

    Commenting on statements made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Lillikas regarding the relation of the elections in Turkey to the solution of the Cyprus problem, Mr Ercakica alleged that whatever the developments in Turkey are, the Turkish side supports a comprehensive and just solution in Cyprus.

    Referring to statements made by Archbishop Chrysostomos that the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus will begin collecting money from the people for the restoration of the churches in the occupied area of the island, Mr Ercakica alleged that this behaviour will cause tension in the relations between the two peoples and cause permanent harms to the efforts for a solution. He said that the situation in which all the historical monuments are today is related to the Cyprus problem and their restoration should be discussed between the sides within the framework of a confidence building measures package.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] More on Pertev contacts in New York

    Illegal BAYRAK television (10.04.07) broadcast the following:

    Presidential Undersecretary Rasit Pertev embarks on his contacts in New York today with a meeting with the President of the United Nations Development Program Kemal Dervis.

    During his stay in the city, Mr Pertev will also be meeting with officials from the World Bank and the IMF.

    At the meetings, Turkish Cypriot Sides displeasure over the fact that the TRNC had not been consulted during the preparation of the relevant IMF and World Bank reports on North Cyprus economy will be conveyed to these organizations.

    Within the framework of his visit, the Presidential Undersecretary will also confer with the UN Secretary-Generals Permanent Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Lin Paskow.

    Mr Pertev will explain the Turkish Cypriot Sides position concerning the 8th July process and the Cyprus issue.

    Mr. Pertev completes his contacts in New York on Friday.

    [04] Gul will illegally visit the occupied areas of Cyprus tomorrow

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (11.04.07) reports that Hasan Ercakica, spokesman of he Turkish Cypriot leader, said during his weekly briefing yesterday that the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah Gul will visit the occupied areas of Cyprus within this week and meet with Mr Talat.

    According to the paper, Mr Gul will visit the island tomorrow. The aim of Mr Guls illegal visit to Cyprus is to attend a reception organized by Star Kibris newspaper and participate in the opening of Mekury Hotel. KIBRIS reports that Mr Talat and Mr Ferdi Sabit Soyer, will also attend the reception which will be organized by Star Kibris newspaper.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce signed a protocol for cooperation with the South Korean Chamber of Industry and Commerce

    Turkish Cypriot daily YENIDUZEN newspaper (11.04.07) reports that Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) has signed a protocol for cooperation with South Koreas Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

    According to a statement issued yesterday by the TCCC, the protocol includes the fields of economy and trade. The protocol was signed in Seoul by Erdil Nami, chairman of TCCC, and Sang Yeol-Kim, vice president of the Korean chamber during a visit of a delegation by TCCC to Korea. It includes the development of the economic and trade relations between the two countries, further strengthening of the relations between the chambers, the sharing of information, market research, the organizing of seminars and conferences and providing aid to businesspeople for finding partners.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] A campaign on the Green Line Regulation is launched by the breakaway regime

    Illegal BAYRAK television (10.04.07) broadcast the following:

    The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and the TRNC Ministry of Economy and Tourism have signed a protocol designed to enlighten foreigners on the EU Green Line Regulation that envisages free trade between the two sides in Cyprus.

    The protocols objective is particularly to inform foreigners crossing from North into South Cyprus that they are free to purchase goods in North Cyprus with a total value of 135 Euros.

    Speaking shortly before the signing ceremony, the president of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce Erdil Nami pointed to the visible reluctance by foreigners to spend money in North Cyprus.

    He said a new enlightenment campaign is being launched in a months time which will provide information to tourists on issues like trade in North Cyprus, tax free shopping, and on sites of tourist attraction.

    Also speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Economy and Tourism Enver Ozturk explained how foreign tourists wishing to cross into the TRNC are being misled into believing that shopping in North Cyprus is illegal.

    [07] About 8.000 persons have signed the demand for direct flights between Britain and illegal Tymbou airport

    Turkish Cypriot daily SOZCU newspaper (11.04.07) reports that according to a statement issued by The Embargoed Association, 7.944 persons have signed the application to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blaire demanding the starting of direct flights between Britain and the illegal Tymbou airport and the lifting of the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots. The campaign has been launched by Ata Colak, member of the above-mentioned association. The voting began four months ago and ended on 5 April.

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] Bulutoglulari threatens that he will close the valve of the Mia Milia refinery

    Turkish Cypriot daily CUMHURIYET newspaper (11.04.07) reports that Cemal Bulutoglulari, self-styled mayor of the occupied part of Nicosia, commented again yesterday on a letter sent by Mrs Eleni Mavrou, mayor of Nicosia, to the mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbas regarding the status of the self-styled municipality at the Summit of Mayors which will take place in the above-mentioned Turkish city.

    In statements to illegal Bayrak television, Mr Bulutoglulari reiterated that he did not expect such a statement by Mrs Mavrou and added that he will convey his views on the issue to the foreign ambassadors in Cyprus. He noted that he could not cooperate with Mrs Mavrou from now on. I will not build the Mia Milia refinery with Mavrou, despite the pressures to be exerted by the EU, said Bulutoglulari noting that soon he will close the valve of the refinery to the Greek Cypriots.

    We are not obliged to clean their dirt, he noted and added: At any case they are not paying the 35 million euros which are in their share. In this case we will build the part of the project which falls into our share. And we will close the valve to them.

    Meanwhile, according to Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (11.04.07), Turgay Avci, self-styled minister of foreign affairs, issued yesterday a statement and alleged that Mrs Mavrous behaviour is a product of the negative policy of the Greek Cypriot leadership.

    (I/Ts.)

    [09] An International Civil Defense Conference to be hosted in occupied Cyprus

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (10.04.07) reports the following from occupied Lefkosia:

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Civil Defence Organization will organize "1st National and International Coordination and Humanitarian Aid Conference in Natural Disasters and Extraordinary Situations (IC-HAND 2007)" and "2nd International Civil Defence Exercise (ICDE 2007)".

    TRNC Civil Defence Organization stated today that the conference would be held at Merit Crystal Cove Hotel in Girne (Tr. Note: occupied Kyrenia) between April 16th and 18th, and the exercise would be performed in Taskinkoy region in Lefkosia on April 19th.

    Academicians from several countries will participate in IC-HAND 2007 conference.

    [10] Star Kibris newspaper will be published

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (11.04.07) reports that the first issue of Star Kibris newspaper will be published tomorrow. Its owner is Turkish Cypriot businessman, Ali Ozmen Safa, who is also the owner of Star newspaper which is published in Turkey. Director of the newspaper will be journalist Rasih Resat and its editor-in-chief Artun Caga. Star Kibris will be a daily newspaper prepared in the occupied areas of Cyprus and printed in Turkey. As of 28 April 2007 it will also be published in Britain.

    (I/Ts.)

    [11] Rauf Denktas calls on those who have become rich because of TMT to contribute to the preparation of a documentary film

    Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (11.04.07) reports that a documentary film will be prepared regarding the persons who had brought weapons in Cyprus from Turkey by boats in the period when the TMT organization began its action in the 1950s.

    The film under the title The First Blessing will be prepared by journalist Arslan Menguc, who held yesterday a joint press conference with the former Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas. Mr Denktas called on the members of the TMT who have become rich to contribute to this effort. I am sure that our people who have become rich thanks to the resistance of the TMT will do what is necessary for the preparation of this documentary, he noted.

    (I/Ts.)

    [12] The Turkish National Security Council met yesterday and discussed Iraq

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (10.04.07) reports the following from Ankara:

    The diplomatic note that was handed to Iraq regarding the measures that Iraqi government needs to take against the terrorist attacks targeting Turkey from the north of Iraq and the economic, political and other steps that will be taken from now on were discussed at the National Security Council (MGK) meeting on Tuesday, it was reported.

    The local and foreign developments affecting the security and public order in Turkey were assessed in detail at the MGK meeting, said the communiqué that was issued after the meeting.

    The communiqué said in this perspective that the operations carried out by the security forces will continue with strong determination and the terrorist organization have no chance of fulfilling its aim through acts of terrorism.

    The acts of terror that were committed by terrorist organization Hezbollah and measures taken against these acts were also assessed at the meeting.

    [13] Turkey delivers a diplomatic note to Iraq on the PKK issue

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (10.04.07) reports the following from Ankara:

    Turkey delivered a diplomatic note to Iraq, asking for immediate and decisive measures to be taken to combat terrorism and called Iraq to put an end to all activities of terrorist organization PKK in the north of the country. Government spokesman and Minister of Justice Cemil Cicek announced that Turkey delivered a note to Iraq, in the aftermath of the Council of Ministers meeting yesterday.

    Diplomatic sources told that Iraqi Ambassador to Turkey Sabah Cemil Umran was summoned to Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to deliver the note. In the note, it is stated that PKK terrorism has been tolerated in the north of Iraq for a long time, and even terrorists are being trained in this region. Reminding that Turkey has previously asked for measures to be taken in this respect, the note reads that there has not been a satisfactory development since then.

    ´Turkey once more asks Iraq to put an end to activities of terrorist organization PKK in northern Iraq and extradite terrorists to Turkey´, reads the note. ´Turkey expects immediate and decisive measures to be taken in this respect´, it is also added.

    Turkey also refers to its rights emanating from international law and mentions U.N. resolutions regarding anti-terror fight in this context.

    Turkey's note also emphasizes that Ankara sees Iraq as a friendly nation and respects its borders and territorial integrity.

    Meanwhile Iraqi leader J. Talabani called Prime Minister Erdogan by phone yesterday and stated that he felt sorry over recent remarks of Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Massoud Barzani. He added that they are in contact with him.

    On the other hand, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul held a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over the weekend and expressed Turkey's anxiety concerning the issue, diplomatic sources recalled.

    [14] Erdogan to visit Germany on the 15th of April

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (10.04.07) reports the following from Ankara:

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to Germany on April 15th-16th.

    A statement released by Prime Ministry Press Center said on Tuesday that Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel would inaugurate Hannover Fair on April 15th in which more than 250 Turkish companies would participate. Meanwhile, Turkey is this year's Hannover Messe partner country. Erdogan and Merkel will deliver speeches in the opening session of the German-Turkish Business Summit on April 16th.

    After the summit, the 13th German-Turkish Cooperation Council meeting will be held. Political and commercial relations between the two countries will be discussed during the meeting.

    On the other hand, Erdogan and Merkel will have a tête-à-tête meeting on April 15th.

    [15] ANAVATAN to form parliamentary group again

    Turkish daily TODAY´S ZAMAN newspaper (11.04.07) reports the following:

    The Motherland Party (ANAVATAN), which lost its group in Parliament last week when 56-year-old Deputy Group Chairman and Gaziantep deputy Ömer Abuolu died in a car accident, appears to be readying to form a new group.

    ANAVATAN, the third largest party in Parliament, was one of three parties with a parliamentary group, the other two being the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP). Parties in the Turkish Parliament must have at least 20 deputies in order to form a parliamentary group.

    Mahmut Koçak, an independent deputy who was expelled from AK Party after criticizing the prime ministers speech and style as being ´uncouth´, will be joining ANAVATAN today. Ersoy Bulut, a deputy from the 0çel province who recently resigned from the CHP, is also expected to join ANAVATAN in the next few days.

    Meanwhile, sources said Turkey s many time prime minister and ninth President Süleyman Demirel called ANAVATAN leader Erkan Mumcu on Tuesday and advised him to avoid forming a party group in Parliament with only 20 people, as such a low number entails difficulties like deputies threatening to walk out from the party at the slightest disagreement. However, Mumcu and his party members decided to stick with their initial decision to form a group in Parliament once again, albeit not without reservations after Demirels warning.

    The party s deputy group chairman, Süleyman Sar1ba, speaking to the other 18 deputies of his party, demanded all to promise to avoid conflict and threats of resigning the party if a group is formed after Koçak s transfer. ANAVATAN officially decided to form a group after all agreed to Sar1ba s statement.

    EG/


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