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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 03-08-29

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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.163/03 29.08.03

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Denktas: Britain and the USA do not want Turkish troops in Cyprus.
  • [02] No applications by Greek Cypriots to the occupation regime^“s Compensations committee.
  • [03] Ali Erel to Denktas: ^”Resign and participate in the īelectionsī^‘.
  • [04] The Turkish Cypriot press publishes the results of a public opinion poll.
  • [05] Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visits the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to relate problems of Greek minority.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Denktas: Britain and the USA do not want Turkish troops in Cyprus

    According to the Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (29.08.03), the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas, who is currently in Istanbul ,Turkey for various contacts, has claimed that as long as the Treaty of Guaranty exists Cyprus^“ entry into the EU without Turkey^“s membership is out of question .He went on and added that the occupied area could enter into the EU only when the EU satisfies Turkey and Turkey tells the Turkish Cypriots that ^”do not worry, nothing will change from the guarantee and I am ready to defend you^‘.

    Denktas further alleged that Britain as guarantor power failed to protect the Turkish Cypriots for the last forty years and that he is in contact with lawyers in order to open a law suit against the British government. He claimed that the British parliament has no right to approve Cyprus^“ accession to the EU.

    Alleging that the USA and Britain want the opposition to win the so- called December elections in the pseudo-state because they do not want Turkish troops in Cyprus, Denktas added that these two want to use Cyprus for their own interest as military base against the Arab countries in the oil trade.

    Speaking to private TV channel ^”Sky Turk^‘ in Istanbul, Denktas claimed that in case the EU recognizes the two ^‘states^‘ in Cyprus then Cyprus could unite within the EU.

    When asked what he will do if the news that in case the opposition wins the so-called elections they will remove him from the past of negotiator, Denktas replied that he will continue as ^”president^‘ and will try to prevent possible dangers that might come up.

    [02] No applications by Greek Cypriots to the occupation regime^“s Compensations committee

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS (29.08.03) reports that it was made known that no Greek Cypriots have applied to the Committee set up by the occupation regime for compensations to the owners of immovable property, which is under the control of the Turkish army since the invasion of the island by Turkey in 1974.

    According to the paper, many Greek Cypriots go to the Committee, but simply in order to get information.

    The paper also reports that the Committee set up by the occupation regime for compensations to Turkish Cypriots for the properties they abandoned in the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974, will start receiving applications as of next Wednesday.

    In addition to the above, the paper adds, the Vakif Foundation is continuing its work regarding its property both in the free areas of Cyprus and the fenced area of occupied Famagusta.

    On the whole issue statements were made yesterday by the occupation regime^“s so-called Attorney General, Mr Akin Sait.

    In reply to a question regarding compensations to Turkish Cypriots, and especially who will get the compensation since the Turkish Cypriots have ceded their rights for their properties in the free areas to the pseudostate in order to be given Greek Cypriot property in the occupied areas, Mr Sait replied:

    ^”Depending on the size of the compensation, payment will be made to individuals as well^‘.

    The paper stresses that Mr Sait gave no further details on this issue for which the Turkish Cypriots are very anxious.

    Finally, the paper writes that the work regarding the ^”office^‘ for compensation to Turkish Cypriots will be followed by lawyers Zeki Bayram, Ergin Ulunay and Gursel Kadri, who are registered in the Republic of Cyprus.

    [03] Ali Erel to Denktas: ^”Resign and participate in the ^—elections^“^‘

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (29.08.03) reports that Mr Ali Erel, the chairman of the newly established Solution and EU Party, called on the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktas to resign and participate in the forthcoming December elections of the pseudostate as the leader of the right wing. Mr Erel made these statements in a meeting he had yesterday with a delegation of the so-called Turkish Cypriot Civil Servantsī Trade Union (KTAMS).

    Mr Erel stated that he does not consider Mr Denktas to be a proper opponent for the elections. However, he said that if Mr Denktas considers this subject so important, he should resign from the so-called presidency, become the head of the right wing and start gathering the rightists.

    On his part Mr Ali Seylani, the general secretary of KTAMS stated that the Parties and the Civil Society Organizations which support the solution and the European Union should act together for the ^”elections^‘ and that KTAMS supports the efforts being made in this direction.

    [04] The Turkish Cypriot press publishes the results of a public opinion poll

    Turkish Cypriot newspapers KIBRIS, YENI DUZEN, KIBRISLI and ORTAM (29.08.03) publish the results of a public opinion poll conducted by the research company KADEM (Cyprus Communal Research and Consultancy Training Centre) for the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Trade regarding the forthcoming ^”elections^‘ in December 2003.

    The survey was conducted between 13-23 August and 893 persons, above the age of 18, participated in it. According to the poll, the 66.6% of the respondents believes that the ^”most reasonable way^‘ of the solution to the Cyprus problem is a solution based on the Annan plan and that the most important problem in the occupied areas of Cyprus is the unemployment, with 44%.

    Meanwhile the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Trade is conducting a second more extensive survey with 1600 participants regarding the political parties in the occupied areas of Cyprus. The results of this public opinion poll will be announced on 1st September.

    Turkish Cypriot newspaper KIBRILSI announces the results with the banner headlines: ^”THE END of the status quo!^‘

    According to KIBRIS, the Chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Trade, Mr Ali Erel, commenting on the results of the survey said: ^”It shows that the 75% of the respondents wants a change in the political scene!^‘

    The results of the public opinion poll are the following:

    1.

    According to your opinion, which is the most serious problem in our "country" nowadays?

    General

    First priority %

    Second priority %

    Unemployment

    44

    22,2

    Cost of living

    9,4

    14,4

    Partisanship

    6,3

    15,6

    Cyprus problem

    31,9

    29,7

    Domestic problems

    0,2

    1,2

    Crime

    0,4

    1,7

    Drugs

    0,1

    1,2

    Traffic accidents

    2,2

    3,5

    Education

    1,5

    2,4

    Others

    1

    1,2

    No answer

    3

    6,9

    Total

    100

    100

    2.

    To what degree do you think that the pseudostate has been solving the problems?

    General

    %

    Very successful

    10,6

    Partially successful

    28,8

    Not successful

    58,5

    No answer

    2,1

    Total

    100

    3.

    To what degree can any of the following developments influence the solution of the above mentioned problems?

    General

    Very important

    Important

    Insignificant

    Not important

    No opinion

    Total

    The change of the ^‘government^‘

    40,3

    23,5

    11,7

    16,9

    7,6

    100

    The Turkish Cypriots to join the EU

    52,6

    24,3

    7,5

    9,2

    6,4

    100

    The solution of the Cyprus problem

    58,9

    22,6

    6,9

    6,9

    4,7

    100

    Financial aid from Turkey

    27,5

    27,2

    16,9

    16,9

    11,5

    100

    The Preparation of economic package

    29,2

    31,8

    14,1

    14,6

    10,3

    100

    A reform in the public sector

    29,7

    31,4

    12,8

    14

    12,1

    100

    4.

    What do you believe is the most reasonable solution to the Cyprus problem from the following options?

    General

    %

    A solution based on the Annan plan

    34,6

    A solution based on two states

    57

    Integration with Turkey

    4,3

    The continuation of the status quo

    2,1

    Others

    0,1

    No opinion

    1,9

    Total

    100

    5.

    Which of the following expressions are the most near to your thinking?

    General

    %

    The most rational solution is a solution based on the Annan plan

    66,6

    We must refuse a solution based on the Annan plan

    22,5

    No opinion

    10,9

    Total

    100

    6.

    When in your opinion must the ^”Turkish Cypriot area^‘ join the EU?

    General

    %

    With the solution of the Cyprus problem before 1 May 2004

    75,3

    After the solution of the Cyprus problem and after Turkey's accession to the EU

    20,3

    The ^”Turkish Cypriot area^‘ should never join the EU

    1,6

    No opinion

    2,8

    Total

    100

    7.

    In case there is a Cyprus settlement and accession to the EU, how do you think this would affect Turkey?

    General

    %

    It will pave the way for Turkey's accession talks with the EU and it will speed up the procedure

    82,4

    It will harm Turkey and it will be negative for Turkey's accession procedure

    9,7

    No opinion

    7,9

    Total

    100

    8.

    How do you approach the fact that the Turkish Cypriots were not given the right of referendum on the Annan plan?

    General

    %

    A right behaviour

    16,6

    A wrong behaviour

    77,8

    No opinion

    5,6

    Total

    100

    [05] Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visits the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to relate problems of Greek minority

    Under the above title Turkish Daily News (29.08.03) reports that the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said that the problems of the Greek minority have both political and legal aspects, after visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Thursday in Ankara. The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew asks the Turkish government to reopen a key training centre for the Orthodox clergy.

    "The Prime Minister told us that they will consider our problems with goodwill. We hope that certain concrete results will be reached in the near future," said Bartholomew speaking to the press.

    The Halki Theological School, on Heybeliada Island of Istanbul, was closed in 1971 by Turkey. The Orthodox Church says that without the seminary, they are denied a centre for theological study and clerical training in what was the ancient Byzantine capital.

    Bartholomew presented a letter to Erdogan that indicates the problems of the Greek Orthodox minority.


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