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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.155/03 19.08.03
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[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Durduran : If there is no solution holding or not holding elections make no differenceAccording to Turkish Cypriot daily YENIDUZEN newspaper (19.08.03), the Patriotic Union Movement^“s (PUM) Foreign Relations Secretary Alpay Durduran has said that ^”if the existing situation continues and there is no solution in Cyprus because of the present demographic structure , holding or not holding elections will make no difference^‘.
Durduran claimed that it is possible to reach an agreement prior to ^”elections^‘ and he urged the opposition to unite their forces and wage a struggle against the present regime.
Durduran held a press conference yesterday and briefed the press about his movement^“s recourse to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Durduran said that he hopes that the ECHR will process their application soon and an early result will be received.
The PUM^“s foreign relations secretary referred to Turkeyīs stance as well and said that the Turkish Government should be sincere in its quest for a settlement in Cyprus.
 Occupation Regime forbids Turkish Cypriot farmers to sell their barley produce to the Cyprus Grain Commission in the free areasAccording to local Turkish Cypriot daily YENIDUZEN newspaper (19.08.03), a group of Turkish Cypriot farmers from occupied Louroudjina village have expressed the desire to sell their barley produce to the Cyprus Grain Commission, in the free areas and made an application to this end to the Commission.
When the Cyprus government informed the producers that it is ready to buy their grain, necessary preparations were made to receive the barley yesterday. However, the occupation regime interfered and forbid the farmers to sell their produce to the Commission .the so-called Minister of Agriculture of the pseudostate Irsen Kucuk after meeting the farmers has claimed that ^”such business should be carried out from state to state^‘ and that Turkish Cypriot farmers agreed not to sell their produce to the Cyprus Government.
The farmers who applied to the so-called Trade Department of the pseudo-state for permission to sell their produce in the free areas received the oral reply that ^”their application was considered not suitable^‘. Turkish Cypriot farmers demanded a written answer to their written application.
Meanwhile Irsen Kucuk has alleged that the Cyprus government was not sincere in its desire to buy the Turkish Cypriot farmers grain produce.
 Three days remand order for the British coupleAccording to the local Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (19.08.03), the British couple who were taken into custody for the murder of the British citizen Stanley James Rankin in his house in the occupied Ayios Georgios village in Kyrenia the other day has been given three days remand order by the so-called court for further investigation.
The accused couple is Christopher (70) and Sylvia (62) Boak who are neighbours of the murdered Rankin.
Meanwhile, in a separate article in the same newspaper it is reported that Radkin was a wanted man by the British police for being involved with another British national in a major narcotics smuggling and in 2001 he had been deported from the occupied area but returned to the occupied area after six months.
The paper wonders how come a wanted man by British police was allowed to enter in the occupied area after his deportation?
The paper concludes by demanding an explanation from the occupation regime.
 A fire at occupied Pentadaktylos range destroys 100 acres of forest landAccording to Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (19.08.03) a fire that broke out yesterday afternoon at the Pentadaktylos range, destroyed around 100 acres of forest land.
As the paper reports, the fire started yesterday around 14:00 in a valley between the Kyrenia-Kythrea high way, the dirt road of Halevka and the hills of Pentadaktylos. It was announced that the fire started after a short circuit in the high voltage energy lines. The fire was put out after two hours, but the so-called firemen of the pseudostate remained on the area until late evening for possible flare up.
The paper stresses that a major calamity was just evaded; one similar to the big fire that broke out at the Pentadaktylos range in 1995. The fire destroyed around 100 acres of forest land: 40 acres of pine and cypress young trees and 60 acres of bushes. A large number of these young trees, which turned into ashes, were planted in the occupied Pentadaktylos range after the fire of 1995.
 Rauf Denktas and Mehmet Ali Talat criticized each otherTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (19.08.03) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktas strongly criticized the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (RTP), Mr Mehmet Ali Talat for his yesterday^“s statement.
Mr Talat stated yesterday that Mr Denktas ^”started a fight against the Turkish Cypriots^‘ and that ^”the National Revival Party and the Democratic Party beg for votes^‘. Mr Talat also stated that those who gave their ^”votes^‘ to this two parties in the past, they do expect anything from them now. He said that the Turkish Cypriots believe in peace and want to be European Union members that they have put aside in their minds the past and they have turned their eyes and heart towards a new Cyprus.
Describing the statements of Mr Talat as ^”odd^‘, Mr Denktas said that the leader of the RTP only represents his party and not the Turkish Cypriots. He also alleged that ^”If there is anyone who can claim that he represents the Turkish Cypriots, is the īPresidentī the man elected by the īpeopleī^‘.
Mr Denktas also alleged that he has no other choice but to defend himself against the continuous attacks of Mr Talat and said that Talat is not the appropriate person to be a leader of a party. ^‘By saying that he represents the īpeopleī he can deceive the English and the Americans, but the `peopleī is not deceived yet and by the help of God it will not be deceived^‘, he said.
 Rauf Denktas met with the Palestinian Ambassador in NicosiaTurkish Cypriot daily newspaper VATAN (19.08.03) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Rauf Denktas had a meeting yesterday in occupied Nicosia with the Palestinian Ambassador to Cyprus Mr Sameer Abu Ghazaleh. No statements were made after the meeting.