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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. 97/08 23.05.08
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 The Turkish Cypriot University Women Association accuses the illegal settlers from Turkey for the increased acts of raping, abuse and harassments of women in occupied CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (23.05.08) reports that the Turkish Cypriot University Women Association in a written statement issued yesterday referred to the recent increased raping, abuse and harassment cases in the Turkish occupied part in the Republic of Cyprus and declared that this situation is related to the demographic changes in the country and the increased male population in the de facto population and the low education, culture and income level of these people, implying Turks brought from Turkey and settled illegally in the Turkish occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus. It urged for necessary measures to be taken and the launching of a scientific investigation of the problem immediately and seriously.
The Association condemns these acts of raping, abuse and harassments and demands urgent measures so that they will not happen again.
 Soyer holds contacts in Ankara with governmental officials on CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (23.05.08) reports that the self-styled prime minister, Ferdi Sabit Soyer and Turkish State Minister Responsible for the Cyprus Affairs and deputy Prime Minister, Cemil Cicek, met yesterday in Ankara.
During the meeting, the Cyprus problem, economic issues and the problems related to drought were discussed. After the meeting Mr. Soyer said that it was extremely constructive meeting. He added that in line with the common policy chartered between Turkey and the breakaway regime they once more reiterated their determination to exert every effort in order to reach a solution in Cyprus.
Mr.Soyer further said that he is going to meet today the Turkish President Abdullah Gul and they will discuss the Cyprus problem and the relations between Turkey and the occupied area. Self-styled foreign, finance and tourism ministers, Turgay Avci, Ahmet Uzun and Erdogan Sanlidag are accompanying Mr.Soyer.
 President Christofias meets today with the Turkish Cypriot leader for evaluating the work done at the working groups and technical committeesTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (23.05.08) reports that President Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will be meeting today at 11:00 oclock at the residence of the UN Secretary-Generals Special Representative in Cyprus and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Taye-Brook Zerihoun.
The self-styled presidential spokesman of the breakaway regime Hasan Ercakica said that during the meeting the work done at the working groups and technical committees will be taken up. He further said that during the meeting it is possible that President Christofias might raise the question of postponement of the planned 21 June comprehensive negotiations. Hasan Ercakica further said that if there are problems that preclude President Christofias to sit around the negotiation table for a comprehensive solution, Mr. Christofias should disclose these problems and the Turkish Side will try to help him. President Talat will listen to him and will try to be helpful to him, Ercakica said.
Apart from Mr. Zerihoun, Presidential Commissioner Iacovou and Mr.Talats special adviser on EU and UN issues, Ozdil Nami will be present at the meet.
 Yeni Volkan continues to publish the results of the public opinion poll carried out by the Social Movement AssociationUnder the title The people support the TRNC, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Volkan newspaper (23.05.08) continues to publish the results of the public opinion poll carried out by the Social Movement Association.
According to the paper, asked what kind of solution they support for the Cyprus problem, 50 % of the participants in the poll said that the TRNC should continue to exist as independent state, 14.8 % argued that it should be integrated with Turkey, 4.6 % said that a confederation should be established by two sovereign states, 20.1 % supported the united Cyprus provided for in the Annan Plan, 6.6% expressed their support to a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation and 2.6 % gave no reply.
 Turkey to open 15 embassies in Africa and gets Burkina Facos support for its candidacy in the UNSCAnkara Anatolia news agency (22.05.08) reported the following from Ankara:
Djibrill Yipene Bassole, the minister of foreign affairs and regional cooperation of Burkina Faso, invited Turkish companies to his country.
Bassole, who is currently paying a visit to Turkey, and Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan held a press conference in Ankara.
Babacan said Turkey decided to open 15 embassies in Africa --one of them would open in Burkina Faso-- by the end of 2009.
Economic relations between Turkey and Burkina Faso have been progressing and trade volume which amounted to 6 million USD in 2006 would become nearly 12 million USD in 2007, Babacan said.
Bassole said the two countries could cooperate in several areas such as agriculture and textile.
Burkina Faso was also eager to open an embassy in Ankara, Bassole said. Turkey was working for settlement of stability and peace in the Middle East and Burkina Faso was playing an important role for solution of several problems in West Africa, he said.
Bassole also said his country supported Turkey's candidacy to have a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the period between 2009 -2010.
 Turkey and Switzerland sign agreement to avoid double taxationAnkara Anatolia news agency (22.05.08) reported the following from Ankara and Bern:
Turkey and Switzerland have signed an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation, Turkey's Ministry of Finance said on Thursday.
The agreement was signed by Turkish Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan and his Swiss counterpart Hanz-Rudolf Merz, in Bern.
The agreement aims at making the two countries more attractive for businessmen by ending double taxation stemming from increasing economic and commercial relations.
The agreement, which also enables Turkish and Swiss officials to exchange information for a more effective struggle against tax evasion, will come into force in the coming months after being ratified at the respective parliaments of both countries.
Turkey have so far signed 74 similar agreements to avoid double taxation. 68 of those agreements are still in force.