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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 97-07-11

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>


TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA

No. 125/97 -- 11/7/97

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] PRESIDENT CLERIDES AND DENKTASH HAVE A ONE HOUR WALK
  • [02] KIBRIS: "ROOMS T THE TROUTBECK MAY BE BUGGED
  • [03] CEM ON AGREEMENT WITH GREECE
  • [04] ATUN ON NEW YORK TALKS, NOTES 'FULL FAITH' IN DENKTASH
  • [05] TURKISH ADMIRAL EXPLAINS REASONS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF "WESTERN WORKING GROUP", REFERS TO CYPRUS

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] PRESIDENT CLERIDES AND DENKTASH HAVE A ONE HOUR WALK

    According to KIBRIS (11-7-97) President Clerides and the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash who are in the USA for the direct talks, yesterday morning, had a one hour promenade around the woodland surrounding the Troutbeck Conference centre where the two leaders are holding their direct talks under the UN auspices.

    KIBRIS says that nothing was learned about what the two leaders discussed during this private walk.

    (MY)

    [02] KIBRIS : "ROOMS AT THE TROUTBECK MAY BE BUGGED"

    KIBRIS (11.7.97) reports that it is suspected that the rooms where the two leaders stay and meet their respective advisors are bugged.

    KIBRIS adds that an important source who wanted to remain anonymous said that there is high possibility that the rooms are bugged.

    The same source said that the leaders prefer to have face to face meetings with their delegations rather than to have telephone conversations. They are extremely careful not to hold important talks on the phone.

    (MY)

    [03] CEM ON AGREEMENT WITH GREECE

    According to TRT Television Network (1000 hours, 10/7/97), Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem has stated that the agreement reached with the Greek side with regard to certain approaches is viewed as a serious and positive development, adding that no one has lost in this agreement and that both sides have gained.

    Cem made a statement in connection with the recent contacts held with Greece during the NATO summit held in Madrid. Pointing out that the most important work conducted in Madrid was the talks held with Greek Foreign Minister Pangalos in which a rapprochement on certain views, which will constitute a basis for the discussion of the problems between the two countries in goodwill, was achieved, Cem added: "The fact that the honorable Turkish and Greek presidents agreed with these views and the fact that the U.S. secretary of state extended support and made contributions to the rapprochement in question have created an atmosphere conducive to future peaceful and beneficial initiatives."

    Stating that Turkey's various governments took initiatives in a bid to approach its problems with Greece on a goodwill basis, Cem added that various possible reconciliation approaches were determined within this framework and that these approaches were conveyed to Greece and to the other NATO and EU member countries at different times. Cem noted that the active support and contribution of the United States will increase the effectiveness of this initiative. Cem said that, taking into consideration the security dimension of the issue, the participation of the pertinent units of the Armed Forces to these activities has also been arranged.

    Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said the following in his statement: "The respect that both sides will show for the vital interests of each other and the refraining by both sides from undertaking any one-sided stands to resolve issues constitute the main principle in the text of the conciliation. The need to react to a mistaken approach will be eliminated in an atmosphere in which none of the sides will undermine the interests of the other and in which one-sided initiatives are not undertaken. Both sides said they will settle their differences in goodwill and through peaceful means. Consequently, the possibility of a clash and tension in the Aegean has been eliminated to a great extent.

    Like all the other world capitals, which expressed their views on the rapprochement document, Turkey considers the agreement reached with Greece to be a serious and favourable development. Nobody stands to lose from this conciliation. Actually, both sides have a lot to gain from it. Turkey for years sought to lay down peaceful and goodwill grounds so as to defuse the tension in the Aegean and to launch a process to find a solution that is in the interests of Turkey. Launching concrete initiatives along these lines is a serious possibility in the coming days."

    Explaining that Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz and Bulent Ecevit, deputy prime minister and state minister, contributed greatly to securing this extremely important development, which is in the interests of Turkey, Cem thanked the Foreign Ministry officials and the press for making it possible to conduct work along these lines.

    [04] ATUN ON NEW YORK TALKS, NOTES 'FULL FAITH' IN DENKTASH

    According to illegal Bayrak Radio (1030 hours, 10/7/97), so-called acting prime minister Hakki Atun has claimed that the key to a Cyprus solution lies with accepting the rights and the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots. Noting that all eyes were turned toward New York, Atun added that the Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish population of 65 million were following the New York meetings closely.

    During an interview he granted to illegal BRT (Bayrak Radio and Television) on the Cyprus meeting, Atun said that every support necessary was extended to Rauf Denktash, and that the Turkish Cypriots put their trust in Denktash fully. Atun stressed the importance of the security of the Turkish Cypriots and added that it is out of question for the Turkish Cypriots to relinquish Turkey's guarantee.

    Claiming that the Greek Cypriot side should acknowledge the fact that there are two separate equal communities in Cyprus, Atun added: "We have full faith that Denktash, who devoted his life to the cause, will defend the Turkish Cypriots' rights to the best of his abilities."

    [05] TURKISH ADMIRAL EXPLAINS REASONS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF "WESTERN WORKING GROUP", REFERS TO CYPRUS

    According to TRT Television Network (1700 hours, 9/7/97) Admiral Guven Erkaya, commander of the Naval Forces, has said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) have the duty to protect and safeguard the Turkish Republic against domestic threats aimed to change or eliminate its secular, social, and legal character.

    Speaking at a news conference in Istanbul, Admiral Erkaya also gave information on the establishment and activities of the Western Working Group (WWG).

    Admiral Erkaya stated that the government that was in power at the time adopted these decisions, sent directives to the ministries for their implementation, and made an announcement.

    "It is clear that the TAF has not engaged in any activity against the existing law and practice but rather has made the necessary assessment in accordance with its legal duties. Previously, special working groups were established and activated in a bid to assess domestic threats relating to the Cyprus and Turkish-Greek problems and threats to domestic security posed by separatist terrorism. Meanwhile, a new department on Turkish-Greek and Cyprus problems was established within the Office of the Chief of the General Staff.

    Acting with the same considerations, a group called the WWG, which would deal with reactionism, was established in the aftermath of the 28 February NSC decisions and began to operate.

    The duty of the WWG is to expose the reactionary threat throughout Turkey and, within this framework, to update the security, public order, and mutual aid plans prepared in line with the implementation of Provincial Administration Law No. 5442. With this goal in mind, general criteria were determined by enumerating the essential information in accordance with the proposal regarding the TAF report system with the aim of collecting the necessary information and, in this way, a report system was created."


    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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