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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 00-06-30

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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. 123/00 -- 30.6.00

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Turkish Cypriots to attend Geneva talks, measures on UNFICYP announced.
  • [02] Denktash assesses measures against UNFICYP.
  • [03] Turkish occupation troops commander defends previous statement about "traitors".
  • [04] Ertugruloglu meets foreign ministers of Malaysia and Pakistan.
  • [05] Gurel links progress in Cyprus problem to lifting of "embargo".
  • [06] Turkish, Greek Cypriot parties meet, issue joint statement.
  • [07] Lebanese Education Committee discusses cooperation with "EMU".

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Turkish Cypriots to attend Geneva talks, measures on UNFICYP announced

    According to illegal Bayrak Radio 1 (10:30 hours, 29.6.00), the pseudostate has decided to attend the third round proximity talks to be held in Geneva on 5 July. It also announced the measures it adopted in connection with the UN Security Council resolution on UNFICYP. Accordingly, UNFICYP will be able to enter and exit the pseudostate only via the Ledra Palace check- point.

    In a news conference yesterday, Salih Miroglu, "acting foreign affairs and defense minister", announced the measures adopted by the "council of ministers" in connection with the UN resolution on the extension of the UNFICYP mandate. Miroglu also declared that a decision was made to attend the talks in Geneva despite the UN Security Council resolution on UNFICYP.

    Commenting on the UN resolution regarding the UNFICYP mandate, Miroglu claimed that "the resolution deals a heavy blow on the foundation of cooperation between UNFICYP and the Turkish Cypriot side", and described the resolution as unfortunate. "As of 0600 tomorrow morning", Miroglu announced, "UNFICYP can enter or exit the TRNC only via the Ledra Palace border gate." Noting that passages for social purposes also fall under this category, Miroglu said that "UNFICYP must now insure all its vehicles that are to be used in the territories of the TRNC with insurance companies active in the TRNC". He added that fees for services such as water and electricity used by UNFICYP in its camps in the "TRNC" will be collected by "state authorities", and this will also go into effect as of tomorrow.

    [02] Denktash assesses measures against UNFICYP

    According to illegal Bayrak Radio 1 (15:30 hours, 29.6.00), Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash staged a news conference yesterday and assessed the measures taken with regard to the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution on UNFICYP (UN Forces in Cyprus) and the proximity talks to be held in Geneva.

    Noting that he will leave Cyprus on 4 July in order to attend the third round of proximity talks in Geneva on 5 July, Denktash explained that, like the first two rounds, the third round of talks will also prepare the grounds for the main talks.

    Commenting on the measures adopted with regard to the UNFICYP, Denktash claimed: "The government announced its minimum-measures package in the wake of the unjust UNSC resolution. We hope that the balance will be restored after this package is assessed and the injustice eliminated before extending the UNFICYP mandate. We seek for the implementation of the principle, which says that a peace force cannot be deployed anywhere in the world without the consent of both sides involved". Explaining that this resolution influenced the third round of proximity talks, Denktash added: "For this reason, it was very difficult to make the decision to go to Geneva. We thought that the Greek Cypriots did all these in order to prevent us from going and defending our just cause in Geneva. We are, therefore, going to Geneva".

    In reply to a reporter/s question on whether the United Nations will be requested to revoke its decision, Denktash said that he wrote to the UN Secretary General a letter, which said that the UN Secretary General was expected "to restore the balance after the situation prompted by the mistaken decision."

    Explaining that a written invitation had not been received from the UN Secretary General, Denktash said that the conditions valid for the first and second round of talks were valid in the third round as well.

    In reply to a question on who will take place in his delegation, Denktash said that the delegation was considerably limited this time. Noting that Mustafa Akinci, "state minister and deputy prime minister", will not be able to accompany him to Geneva because the "assembly" decided not to go into recess and because of the work under way on the economic package, Denktash said that the "foreign ministry" delegation will join him in Geneva after the OIC meetings.

    Denktash said: "It is not my duty to ask party leaders to accompany me. This time, there are no two opposition leaders in the government/s decision. However, the necessary decision to accompany me can be adopted if they appeal to the council of ministers and ask for going to Geneva despite the internal situation".

    In reply to another question, Denktash stressed that the Geneva talks can only prepare the foundations and added: "Direct talks can follow if the third round of talks are successful".

    In reply to a question on how he will arrange his return to the occupied area in order to attend the 20 July "ceremonies", Denktash said that both sides accepted to pursue the talks within the framework of their respective programs and that there were no changes to this effect.

    According to Anatolia Agency (14:32 hours, 29.6.00) Rauf Denktash has also said that the sanctions and measures against UNFICYP can be increased in the future if the non-recognition of "TRNC" continues.

    He also noted that he will not visit Ankara prior to his visit to Geneva and that he will return to "TRNC" on July 14 or 17.

    [03] Turkish occupation troops commander defends previous statement about "traitors"

    According to KIBRIS (30.6.00) the commander of the so-called Security Forces in the occupied area, Brigadier General Ozeyranli, referring to recent debate in the Turkish Cypriot press regarding his statements branding as traitors those Turkish Cypriots who expressed opposition to the continued Turkish occupation and who demanded that Turkish occupation troops leave the island, defended his position and stressed that every word that comes out of the month of a Turkish Commander are well - thought words. He claimed that "if no one defends the state, the Security Forces by constitution will defend it". Ozeyranli made this statement during his meeting with DP leader Serdar Denktash who visited him to express his support.

    [04] Ertugruloglu meets foreign ministers of Malaysia and Pakistan

    According to KIBRIS (30.6.00) the so-called foreign affairs and defence minister of the pseudostate, Tahsin Ertugruloglu, spoke yesterday at the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Foreign Ministers/ meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Ertugruloglu also had separate meetings yesterday with the Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albor, and the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Abdul Sattar.

    He also replied to journalists/ questions and informed them about the Cyprus problem.

    [05] Gurel links progress in Cyprus problem to lifting of "embargo"

    According to illegal Bayrak Radio 1 (5:00 hours, 29.6.00) Turkey has reiterated that if progress is to be achieved with regard to the Cyprus issue, it is essential that the "embargo" against the pseudostate be lifted and the "realities" on the island be taken into account. Sukru Sina Gurel, Turkish State Minister in charge of Cyprus affairs, made a statement in Belgium, noting that the positive developments that Turkey is expecting have no emerged yet. Alleging that international organizations and the EU are ignoring the Cyprus "realities", Gurel claimed that it is essential that the "embargoes" imposed on the Turkish Cypriots be lifted.

    [06] Turkish, Greek Cypriot parties meet, issue joint statement

    According to illegal Bayrak Radio 1 (15:30 hours, 28.6.00) the Patriotic Unity Movement (YBH) and the Greek Cypriot European Democratic Renewal Party held a meeting in the occupied area yesterday. A statement issued by the YHB noted that attending the meeting at the party headquarters were YBH Secretary General Izzet Izcan and Antonis Vialides, leader of the Greek Cypriot party. The Cyprus problem, Cyprus-EU relations, and joint projects of rapprochement between the two communities were discussed at the meeting.

    The joint statement stated that it is necessary to solve the Cyprus problem by means of a federal solution that protects Cyprus/ territorial integrity and guarantees the basic human rights of the Cypriots. The statement declared that the two parties support the peace atmosphere between Greece and Turkey. In the statement, the parties also demanded an end to the cold war environment in Cyprus and the transformation of the proximity talks into face-to-face talks. They said that a solution must be sought under the auspices of the United Nations and within the framework of UN resolutions and principles.

    [07] Lebanese Education Committee discusses cooperation with "EMU"

    According to BIRLIK (30.6.00) a delegation from the Lebanese Education Committee paid a visit to the so-called East Mediterranean University (EMU).

    BIRLIK reports that the Lebanese Education Committee was briefed by the so- called dean of the "EMU" Prof. Dr. Ozay Oral.

    During the meeting, says BIRLIK, the issue of cooperation with the Lebanese University was discussed. The Lebanese Committee will also meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, and so-called minister of education Dr. Mehmet Altinay.


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


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