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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot Press and Other Media, 01-05-02

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

[B] TA A TAA ... TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS AND OTHER

MEDIA No. 81/01 -- 1-2.5.01

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Bulent Ecevit re-elected DLP leader at Party Congress.
  • [02] EU Commissioner for Enlargement refers to Cyprus in message to a seminar in Istanbul.
  • [03] Salih Boyaci has resigned from the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.
  • [04] The gypsies are perishing.
  • [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS


    [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Turkish columnist sees the EU as the main factor in finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.


    [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Bulent Ecevit re-elected DLP leader at Party Congress According to SABAH, (30.4.01) the fifth regular congress of the Democratic

    Left Party (DLP), which began at the Ankara Aski Sports Hall, at 11:00 yesterday ended the same day with an announcement made by DLP Izmir Province leader Ramazan Gursoy. Gursoy announced that of the 1,189 registered delegates, 1,084 cast their ballots. The number of valid votes was announced as 1,049. Accordingly, Bulent Ecevit, DLP leader and Prime Minister, received 963 votes and another candidate Aydin Deputy Sema Piskinsut received 86 votes. To the applause of the DLP members in the hall Ecevit, the new DLP leader and Prime Minister, was invited to the rostrum to deliver a speech.

    However, all the Turkish dailies strongly criticize the way, the other candidate for leadership, Mrs. Sema Pizkinsut was not allowed to address the congress and whose son was beaten by Ecevit/s supporters, in front of the TV cameras.

    HURRIYET (30.4.01) reports the event under the banner headline-``Democratic Stick Party''.

    Turkish Daily News: Democracy a La DLP MILLIYET: Is It Democratic! Or Left! SABAH: Obstacle to Dervis CUMHURIYET: Democratic Congress!!!

    [02] EU Commissioner for Enlargement refers to Cyprus in message to a seminar in Istanbul

    According to KIBRIS (1.5.01) Guenter Verheugen, the European Union (EU) Commissioner for Enlargement sent a message to the seminar on Turkey and Europe held in Istanbul by Daimler Chrysler on 30 April.

    In his message Mr. Verheugen referred to the Cyprus question and said that he is concerned about the developments which occurred in recent months.

    Verheugen said that the Commission has done everything to support the efforts that the United Nations (U.N) Secretariat General has made to solve the disagreement.

    He called on all the sides involved to exert efforts for a solution and said that time has gradually gained an important role and that they need a comprehensive and acceptable solution which will ensure that all the people in Cyprus live together in peace.

    This point can be reached only through talks and negotiations, Verheugen said, adding that there is no other alternative.

    [03] Salih Boyaci has resigned form the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce According to ``Halkin Sesi'' (29.04.01), on 28 April 2001 Salih Boyaci

    submitted his resignation form the presidency of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce in the occupied areas.

    The paper reports that an administrative council which consists of 50 members was elected and that this council will appoint nine persons as the Administrative Committee.

    [04] The gypsies are perishing YENIDUZEN (1.5.01) reports that the shanties of the gypsies in occupied

    Morphou are being demolished by the services of the so-called municipality, under ``police'' supervision.

    The paper says that among the shanties demolished are those belonging to gypsies who fled to the free areas and later went back.

    The paper quotes an old gypsy lady who was complaining, while her shanty was being demolished, that the pseudostate knows them when their children are called to the army but due to unemployment they have to flee to London or to the south.


    [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS

    [01] Turkish columnist sees the EU as the main factor in finding a solution to the Cyprus problem

    According to ``Yeniduzen'' (01.05.01), Semih Idiz, a columnist in Turkish mainland ``Star'' (30.04.01), believes that the European Union is now the main factor in the efforts towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem. Mr. Idiz says that the United Nations are slowly being pushed into second place. The Turkish columnist expresses the view that the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU is the only fact that could create some activity in the Cyprus problem. Mr Idiz writes, among other things, the following:

    ``The time has come to sit and say the truth about the Cyprus problem. At last we must see some realities. ...The European Union is now the main factor in this problem in which all efforts towards finding a solution have passed away. That is, the United Nations are slowly pushed into second place. The fact that Mr. Denktash has protested and withdrew from the talks, shows that the UN `wing` is closed. Of course our officials will refuse this. They will say that Cyprus has no relation with the EU.

    However, the plain realities show to me that the situation is not like that at all. This view was strengthened during a meeting I had this week with the President of the Liberal Group in the European Parliament, the Irish Patrick Cox. ... First of all, Cox said the following: `Cyprus is the country which will easily become an EU member in the framework of the first wave of the enlargement...` Of course here he was talking about the Greek Cypriot side.

    When I asked him whether there was anything that could prevent this accession he said that technically nothing could stop it. For the EU circles Cyprus` becoming an EU member in the first wave of the enlargement is now a reality. However, as Cox said, the real problem will start then, because there will be a de facto situation. And that will be the behaviour of the Turkish Part and Turkey. The EU circles, however, do not see this behaviour, whatever this could be, as `an element which could prevent the accession of Cyprus`. They are preparing themselves for the storm which will brake out in the Turkish side. They are trying to form a strategy for this and they ask Turkey to be `harmonised` with this, so that their headache is less. Cox as well talked about new proposals which the UN will soon make. He noted that they expect Turkey to behave `positively and courageously`. However, I do not know what different proposals could the UN make and how these proposals, which are not made until now, could persuade the Turkish side.

    In a few words, only one thing could brake the stalemate in the Cyprus problem and cause a great activity. And this is the Greek Side's being accepted in the EU. This event will be a `catalyst` for the Cyprus problem. Unexpected developments will happen because of this. ...Very well, what is the Turkish side doing? As far as I am concerned, nobody should take very seriously the `hard statements` which Ismail Cem has recently made in Cyprus. They are not enough to change the realities laid on the European dimension of the matter. The question is what Turkey will do before the reality of the Greek side's being accepted in the EU representing the whole of Cyprus, something that now is considered definite by Europe. It is not a valid answer to say that Turkey and TRNC will co-operate more closely, because there are other things that should be taken into consideration. And there are the expectations of the Turkish Cypriots who are facing great economic difficulties. Let us not forget the unpleasant events which took place last summer in the TRNC. ..''


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


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