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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 00-06-27

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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. 120/00 -- 27.6.00

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Turkey Security Council lifts emergency state in Van, continues "TRNC" support.
  • [02] Denktash says UNSC resolution unacceptable, UNFICYP not to serve in "TRNC".
  • [03] Denktash denies preventing money flow. "TRNC" stand on Geneva talks in few days.
  • [04] MAFIA uses Turkish Cypriot youth as courier.
  • [05] Turkish Military School cadets in the occupied area.
  • [06] Turkish scouts in the occupied area.
  • [07] Officials of the Oslo Peace Institute visit Akinci.
  • [B] COMMENT AND EDITORIALS

  • [08] "Zigzag" UN course on Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot reaction seen.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Turkey Security Council lifts emergency state in Van, continues "TRNC" support

    According to KIBRIS (27.6.00) Turkish National Security Council/s (NSC) yesterday/s meeting presided by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer lasted almost 4.5 hours.

    The National Security Council (NSC) decided to propose the Council of Ministers to lift emergency rule in eastern Van province as of July 30, 2000.

    The NSC Secretariat General issued a statement recalling that the NSC had held its regular monthly meeting under the chairmanship of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and that the Prime Minister, Chief of General Staff, NSC member ministers, commanders of Turkish Land, Air and Naval Forces Commander of Gendarmerie, NSC Secretary General, Deputy Prime Ministers had attended the meeting.

    The statement said that the internal and external developments during the past month regarding the security of Turkey had been reviewed in the meeting.

    "The NSC has decided to continue the struggle against illegal fundamentalist, separatist and destructive activities and organized crime organizations which targeted at the Turkish state/s indivisible integrity with its country and nation, democratic secular and social legal order, peace and security of Turkish people and national and moral values. The NSC has decided to support this struggle with economic, social, legal and administrative measures", it said.

    "Within this framework, the emergency rule in five provinces has been evaluated, and the NSC has decided to propose the Council of Ministers to lift emergency rule in eastern Van province as of July 30,2000, and to extend it by four months in Diyarbakir, Hakkari, Sirnak and Tunceli provinces. Besides, the NSC has decided to take necessary measures to revive and recover the economic life and border trade in the region", the statement said.

    Noting that external political developments that closely concerned security of Turkey had been reviewed in the meeting, the statement said, "with this respect, the NSC has taken up the recent developments regarding the issues of Cyprus, Middle East, Caucasus and European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI)." "Turkey will continue to closely follow the decisions taken at the EU Summit in Feria regarding the ESDI policy, and their reflections in the NATO. Each of EU/s demands from NATO will be evaluated within framework of national interests. This evaluation will be appropriate to NATO resolutions. Turkey will take into consideration equality between its contribution and participation", it said.

    The statement said, "Turkey/s position will be concordant with the reality of NATO/s being a primary collective defense organization, indivisibility of defense, principles to protect the Transatlantic tie and responsibilities of a EU candidate country. Turkey will continue its determined approach toward ESDI issue, and continue to request the EU to recover its insufficient policy". The statement alleged that the UN Security Council/s decision about the Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus "contradicted" with the equality between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots, and Turkey evaluated that the decision in question was a development hampering the proximity talks of which third round would start soon.

    The statement added that Turkey would continue to support the so-called TRNC/s position regarding this issue.

    [02] Denktash says UNSC resolution unacceptable, UNFICYP not to serve in "TRNC"

    According to KIBRIS (27.6.00) Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has reiterated that the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution to extend the UNFICYP (UN Forces in Cyprus) mandate without the approval, as he put it, of the "TRNC authorities" is unacceptable. Denktash continued: "Since the extension of the mandate was adopted with the approval of the Greek Cypriot government only, they should realize that they will not be able to serve in the TRNC". Denktash issued the statements concerning the UNSC resolution during a meeting with the Retired Policemen Solidarity Association.

    Alleging that the UN soldiers have been serving on the island with the approval of the "Turkish authorities" and as their guests, Denktash continued: "This time, it was a hasty decision because it was adopted after taking the approval of the Greek Cypriot government only, without the approval of the TRNC authorities". Denktash continued: "They should, therefore, know that they will not be able to serve in the TRNC since the decision was adopted after the approval of the Greek Cypriot government only. Nobody should have any doubts, however, that the agreement to be secured will be based on two parts".

    [03] Denktash denies preventing money flow, "TRNC" stand on Geneva talks in few days

    According to KIBRIS (27.6.00) the so-called prime minister of the pseudostate Dervis Eroglu has said that the Turkish Cypriot side will announce its definite stand on the 3rd round of proximity talks in a few days. Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash held his routine weekly meeting with Eroglu and Mustafa Akinci.

    In a statement he issued to the press before the meeting, Denktash denied newspaper reports that he prevented the flow of money from Turkey during the "elections" and that now the money started to flow once again. Explaining that these newspaper reports linked the economic difficulties in the pseudostate to this, Denktash added: "All these reports are false and will not serve the country. My duty is to think about the country. The issue of money is between the TRNC and Turkey".

    Eroglu, in turn, said that the issues on the agenda of the "government" were taken up at the routine meeting. In reply to a question, Eroglu said that the definite stand on the 3rd round of proximity talks, which will be held in Geneva, will be announced in a few days. Eroglu continued:

    "Meetings will be held on this issue and the results of these meetings will be made public".

    [04] MAFIA uses Turkish Cypriot youth as courier

    KIBRIS (27.6.00) reports under the banner headlines "MAFIA" and describes how underworld people in the occupied area and London exploit young Turkish Cypriots and use them as couriers for money laundering and narcotics trafficking.

    The paper describes how a young Turkish Cypriot who was teaching English at a so-called university in the occupied area, was lured by the underworld people first to act as a courier for carrying money from London to the occupied area and then by intimidation to transfer narcotics from the occupied area to London where he was arrested by British customs officials and was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

    The paper, without giving the name, says that a well - known Turkish Cypriot businessman is involved in the case.

    [05] Turkish Military School cadets in the occupied area

    According to KIBRIS (27.6.00) cadets of the Turkish Military School have arrived in the occupied area for four weeks practical training at the units of the Turkish occupation army.

    The 199 cadets with their commander, Lieutenant Colonel Serhat Ozmilli, arrived in the occupied area yesterday by ferryboat.

    [06] Turkish scouts in the occupied area

    According to KIBRIS (27.6.00) 73 scouts from seven provinces in Turkey have arrived in the occupied area on a familiarization visit.

    The scouts will camp in the occupied Lapithos village.

    The Director of Turkey/s Scouts Department Erdal Guloz has said that the aim of the visit is to convey to the new generation how and under what conditions the pseudostate was established. He further said: "We will invite the TRNC as an independent state to the International Scouts Meeting to be organized in Istanbul, Turkey in 2001".

    [07] Officials of the Oslo Peace Institute visit Akinci

    According to KIBRIS (27.6.0) the head of the Oslo Peace Research Institute, Don Smith, and the official of the Institute, Eline Oftedal, had a meeting yesterday with the leader of the Communal Liberation Party, Mustafa Akinci.

    There was no statement after the meeting.


    [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS

    [08] "Zigzag" UN course on Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot reaction seen

    Turkish columnist Sami Kohen, writing in MILLIYET (21.6. 00) says: "The TRNC and Ankara viewed the report UN Secretary General Kofi Annan submitted to the UN Security Council toward the end of 1999 almost as a victory for the Turkish Cypriot side. It said for the first time that the UNFICYP should cooperate with the TRNC officials and seek their approval. That was outlined in an addendum to Annan/s report on the UNFICYP mandate. It was viewed by the Turkish Cypriot side as the ratification of the TRNC/s existence and equal sovereignty. In fact, some of the officials in Ankara argued that the international community is gradually realizing that the TRNC is a reality and that many foreign circles are adopting a positive approach toward the Turkish Cypriot side/s proposal for the establishment of a confederation in Cyprus.

    However, the TRNC and Ankara were shocked by Annan/s failure to refer to the addendum in the report he submitted to the UN Security Council for the extension of the UNFICYP mandate for another six months last week. That upset them so much that TRNC President Rauf Denktash described the situation as "a serious blow to the Turkish Cypriot side".

    What has changed in the UN policy on Cyprus during the past six months? First of all, we must realize the following: The addendum, which was seen as the ratification of TRNC/s existence was outlined in Annan/s report, not in the UN Security Council resolution. The resolution reiterated the principle of "single state and single sovereignty" and referred to the Greek Cypriot Administration as the "Cyprus Government". In other words, it showed that the UN organization did not change the approach it maintained for many years. The only change was the addendum to Annan/s report. But that is not binding. Obviously, Annan deemed the addendum necessary at the time to guarantee Denktash/s participation in the indirect talks on Cyprus. However, the strong Greek and Greek Cypriot reaction forced him to change his strategy.

    Many conclusions can be drawn from all that.

    [44] The nature of a new development and the delicate manoeuvres in diplomacy must be carefully studied before a situation is described as "victory" or

    "defeat". Meanwhile, it must be noted that in practice, the view point expressed in favour of the Turkish Cypriot side appearing in the UN Secretary General/s report and not in the UN Security Council/s resolution is not important.

    [52] The UN Secretary General denying a statement he made a short time ago is a shameful behaviour. Kofi Annan changing his mind in six months because of

    well-known reasons cast a shadow on his esteem and the confidence he inspired. It seems that whoever uses more pressure gains in the UN body.

    [58] The UN organization moved to solve the Cyprus problem. However, its inconsistent approach and zigzag course have showed that it will not be able

    to achieve progress in its effort. The development took place on the eve of the Cyprus talks in Geneva. Obviously, it significantly weakened the chances of an agreement on the problem.

    [65] The disclosures that the international community, particularly the United States, Britain, and Russia, now seem inclined to support the Turkish

    Cypriot side/s thesis conflict with the realities. Premature optimism might cause disappointment in the future.

    [71] The Turkish side will react to the UN approach. However, an exaggerated reaction might worsen the situation. The imposition of restrictions on the

    UNFICYP activities in the TRNC would, in practice, be a valuable and very effective measure the Turkish Cypriots might take."

    /SK


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


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