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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 01-09-14

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

TURKISH PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA No.176/01 14.9.01

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Talat accuses Denktas of making fun of the world.
  • [02] PUM calls on Denktas to return to the negotiating table.
  • [03] Former so-called «Ministers of Foreign Affairs» comment on the effect of the terrorist attacks against the USA on the Cyprus problem.
  • [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS

  • [04] We should start thinking differently in Turkey.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Talat accuses Denktas of making fun of the world

    Mehmet Ali Talat, leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), yesterday accused the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas of making fun of the whole world as on the one hand he has rejected the UN Secretary - General's invitation for talks in New York on 12 September, while on the other he has challenged President Clerides to a face to face discussion about the Cyprus problem, reports «Yeniduzen» (14.09.01).

    In a written statement, Mr Talat noted that «Denktas is not serious on this matter», something which is proved by his behaviour and the demand he has put forward in order to return to the negotiating table. The Turkish Cypriot leader demanded from President Clerides to accept terms like the so-called «political equality of the two peoples», two separate states, two regions where the communities in Cyprus will live separately etc.

    Commenting on Denktas/ reaction to a warning by George Vasiliou, Head of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of Cyprus to the EU, who said that if the Turkish Cypriot side insisted on the confederation then a divided Cyprus would join the EU, Mr Talat noted that Mr Vasiliou «puts forward the possible developments in a realistic way» and added the following: «It is becoming more and more obvious every day that Denktas wants to prevent Turkey`s EU accession course by demanding that Cyprus should join the EU before the solution (of the Cyprus problem).»

    [02] PUM calls on Denktas to return to the negotiating table

    The Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Patriotic Union Movement (PUM), Rasih Keskiner, has called on the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas to return to the negotiation table in order to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, writes the weekly «Yeni Cag». (14.9.01)

    In a written statement he issued yesterday, Mr Keskiner noted that «due to his intransigent stance Denktas has lost the ability to represent the interests of the Turkish Cypriots, he is preventing Cyprus` becoming a bridge of peace between Turkey and Greece and with the support of the hawks of Turkey he is threatening the peace of the region».

    Mr Keskiner underlined also that Mr Denktas has forgotten that the 1960 Agreements, with which the Republic of Cyprus was established, are a whole and he claims that the only part of those agreements which is valid is the one regarding the guarantees.

    [03] Former so -called «Ministers of Foreign Affairs» comment on the effect of the terrorist attacks against the USA on the Cyprus problem

    «Halkin Sesi» (14.09.01) publishes the opinions of former so-called «Ministers of Foreign Affairs» Kenan Atakol, Taner Etkin, Atay Ahmet Rasit and Vedat Celik about the terrorist attacks against the United States of America and their effect on the Cyprus problem.

    Kenan Atakol supported that the terrorist acts against the USA show that the world must change its attitude towards the terrorists. «As a result of this, I believe that the way they see the Cyprus problem must also change», said Mr Atakol adding that «it is a reality that this change will have positive effect on the Cyprus issue».

    On his part, Taner Etkin said that he did not expect any easy change of the internal balance in Cyprus, even if the terrorist acts against the USA influence the balance in the world.

    Atay Ahmet Rasit expressed the view that the attacks will not have a direct influence on the Cyprus problem. However, he added that Cyprus, like all the other problems in the world, is being pushed aside because the whole interest of the high-ranking American officials is turned to the terrorist attacks.

    Finally, Celik said that the attacks had no direct relation with Cyprus and that he did not expect any negative influence on the position of the Turkish Cypriots. «On the contrary, there could be positive influence, because of the relations which will be developed between Turkey and America», he concluded.


    [B] COMMENTS AND EDITORIALS

    [04] We should start thinking differently in Turkey

    Under the above title, Mehmet Ali Birand, comments on the terrorist attacks in the USA, in his column "Opinion" of Turkish Daily News (14/9/01):

    "This business is not over. It will go on for some time to come. A new world order has begun to be formed. We should all now forget our old approaches and start thinking differently.

    Following the mass murder in the United States on Tuesday, the situation is beginning to take shape. A period of calm collective thinking has begun. However, developments are not yet over. They will go on for much longer. We are going to experience some major incidents. It is already clear that the most significant aspect of the new world order will be the fight against terrorism and the elimination of those factors that drive communities to terrorism.

    Terrorism cannot be combated through security measures alone. It is necessary to eliminate those factors that drive states or communities to terrorism.

    The most vivid example is that of Bin Laden and Afghanistan.

    Who was it that created Bin Laden, who is said to have masterminded this murder that shocked the world? How did the Taleban regime in Afghanistan, which all fingers are pointing to, come about?

    Was it not the United States and Pakistan that created this regime between them in order to intervene in the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan?

    In those days, radical Islamic groups were given money and terrorists were trained. While the Soviet Union called them "terrorists", the United States called them "freedom fighters" and praised them. Eventually, the Russians pulled out of Afghanistan. However, the Islamic terrorist groups that had been created and nurtured survived and now here we are.

    We witnessed the same thing in the Israeli-Palestinian fighting. The combatants are called terrorists or freedom fighters depending on people's point of view.

    The PKK activists in Turkey also received much support from many countries and thrived until that support was cut off.

    Even today, many countries are feeding terrorist groups in other countries they view as the enemy.

    This attitude is finally going to cease.

    This is because no matter on what pretext you create a terrorist group, it will in the end strike back at you.

    Another change the new era needs to introduce will be the drying up of those swamps that allow terrorism to thrive.

    It will become a priority now to create the conditions whereby communities can live comfortably and not feel the need to resort to terrorism.

    This list will see regional conflicts and tensions, starting with the Middle East, resolved. In the fight against terrorism freeing communities from the feeling they have no choice but to resort to terrorism will be as important as taking new security measures.

    It is clear that only through more democracy will the swamps that breed terrorism be able to be dried up.

    It is extremely difficult to get anywhere through policing alone. Naturally, security will increase and new techniques will be developed. However, it is also known this may not be enough. Drying out those swamps is a must.

    NATO's famous Article 5 takes to the stage

    It only takes one single incident to change so much.

    NATO's Article 5 (An attack on one member is considered an attack on all members and the aggressive country will be supported with all available means) has been invoked for the first time.

    You will recall that during the Greek coup on Cyprus in 1974, Turkey called for Article 5 to be invoked but this was denied.

    For this article to be invoked now shows the seriousness of NATO countries, and for the first time in history, towards combating terrorism.

    The factor that caught my attention was the attitude of the Turkish Cabinet, and which can be summed up as: 'This should teach the Europeans a lesson in terrorism.'

    Actually, Turkey should adopt a different approach to the "Didn't we tell you so?" one. It should think more adult. It should plan how it is going to dry up the terrorism swamps in the country.

    If the people are hungry, unemployed and desperate... If they cannot get themselves heard no matter what they do and whenever they open their mouths they find themselves beaten and thrown in prison, in the end they will explode.

    Therefore, both from a security perspective and from the angle of drying up the swamps, a whole new way of thinking needs to start.

    It is high time something was done."

    KV/SK


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