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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 99-06-18

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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. 105/99 -- 18.6.99

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Turkey irked by G-8 involvement in Cyprus.
  • [02] Ecevit: ``There is no Cyprus issue''.
  • [03] Bosnia-Herzegovina Ambassador visits occupied area.
  • [04] Pseudostate delegation to go to Strasbourg.
  • [05] Denktash insists on recognition of his pseudostate.
  • [06] Albanian party leader to visit pseudostate.
  • [07] Gurel: ``two states'', confederation, a precondition for negotiations.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Turkey irked by G-8 involvement in Cyprus

    According to Turkish Daily News (17.6.99) Ankara said on Wednesday that it disapproves of the G-8 countries´ initiative regarding Cyprus claiming that it constituted an interference into the United Nations goodwill mission.

    ``I should underline that we do not approve the G-8 countries´ arbitrary interference in this issue'', Foreign Ministry spokesman Sermet Atacanli told reporters.

    He was referring to a June 10 statement by the group´s foreign ministers calling for an immediate resumption of the dialogue between the two Cypriot sides with no preconditions, and their upcoming summit in Cologne, where the Cyprus issue will be again on the agenda.

    Atacanli claimed that the efforts of the G-8s contradicted the goodwill mission carried by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his Cyprus envoys.

    ``The June 10 statement of the G-8s will not bring about any acceleration in the solution process and it contains contradictions within itself'', Atacanli said, stating that the G-8s do not have the authority to call on the two sides to restart dialogue.

    He referred to the EU´s 1997 Luxembourg summit at which Cyprus was announced a candidate and reiterated the claim that this decision destroyed the solution framework based on the establishment of a bi-zonal bi-communal federation.

    ``The proposal of President Rauf Denktash for the establishment of a confederation has the full support of Turkey'', the spokesman said.

    Atacanli reiterated that, ``Any talks in Cyprus can be held only between the two sovereign states there. There cannot be any talks between communities.''

    He also emphasized that before making calls for dialogue, the atmosphere on the island should be taken into consideration.

    The G-8 group embodies the world´s seven most industrialised nations - the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Japan, Canada and Russia. Their leaders will gather for a three-day meeting in Cologne on Friday.

    [02] Ecevit: ``There is no Cyprus issue''

    HURRIYET (17.6.99) reports on a statement Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit made during a reception at the British Embassy in Ankara. In reply to a journalist´s question on the G-8 initiative regarding Cyprus Ecevit claimed:

    ``But there is no issue in Cyprus so that G-8 countries should be interested in it. Cyprus is neither Bosnia nor Kosovo. There is peace on the island since 1974. If others get involved, then there could be an ethnic conflict, like in Bosnia. We won´t allow foreign intervention.''

    [03] Bosnia-Herzegovina Ambassador visits occupied area

    All newspapers (17.6.99) report that the Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to Pakistan, Prof. Faik Uzunovic, arrived in the occupied area last Wednesday at the invitation of the so-called foreign affairs and defence ministry and had a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

    [04] Pseudostate delegation to go to Strasbourg

    KIBRIS (17.6.99) reports that a delegation from the pseudo-assembly under ``speaker'' Ertugrul Hasipoglu is to go to Strasbourg for various contacts, in the framework of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly meeting.

    [05] Denktash insists on recognition of his pseudostate

    KIBRIS (17.6.99) publishes the summary of an interview that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash gave to the Japanese magazine ``Diplomacy'', where Denktash claims, inter alia, that ``the best form of solution in Cyprus is the recognition of two independent states''.

    He further claimed: ``The only way to a solution is talks between two states. The Greek Cypriots have to recognise the TRNC, or at least Mr. Clerides has to announce that he is not the government of the Turkish Cypriots.''

    [06] Albanian party leader to visit pseudostate

    VATAN (17.6.99) reports that the leader of the Christian Democrat Party of Albania, Zef Bushati, will be visiting the occupied area from 21 to 28 June 1999, as the guest of the pseudo-assembly.

    [07] Gurel: ``two states'', confederation, a precondition for negotiations

    CUMHURIYET (17.6.99) refers to an exclusive statement by Sukru Sina Gurel, the Turkish State Minister responsible for Cyprus affairs, to the paper, who claimed the G8 initiative on Cyprus will have no practical results. Gurel further claimed:

    ``The (68) decision does not assess the issue on the basis of the realities. They refer to negotiations without preconditions, while Mr. Denktash in no way accepts that and we support his stand''.

    Gurel added that Turkey and the pseudostate pose as condition for the carrying out of negotiations the ``two states'' in Cyprus and the establishment of a confederation on the island. He added that the framework of the good offices mission of the UN Secretary General is the consent of both sides in Cyprus.

    Reminded that the Cyprus problem is one of the most important issues on the agenda of Washington, Gurel replied:

    ``Whenever there is reference to Turkey, the Cyprus problem is not the only issue that should come to mind. Turkey is a state that guarantees stability and peace in the area. Consequently, this fact should be appreciated by the USA. Turkey must cease to be the state about which there is consideration only simultaneously with the Cyprus problem.''

    The article further notes that during Ecevit´s visit to Washington, probably in September, President Clinton will ask for concessions on Cyprus by Turkey. It further notes that the present Turkish Government stresses that it is impossible for Turkey to make concessions on Cyprus, but that such an impression has been created among western countries due to the mistaken policies of previous governments.


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


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