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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 04-04-02

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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.62/04 01-02.04.04

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The Turkish Cypriot leader likens Mr Verheugen to a Nazi officer.
  • [02] Statements by the Turkish Foreign Minister on the final plan of the UN on Cyprus.
  • [03] Press release issued by the NSC after a meeting on April 1st
  • [04] Denktas sends the "referendum law" to the so-called constitutional court.
  • [05] Talat stated that the best result came out from the Cyprus talks in Switzerland.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The Turkish Cypriot leader likens Mr Verheugen to a Nazi officer

    Ankara Anatolia (31.03.04) reported from occupied Nicosia that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktas, on Wednesday made the following statement:

    ''The Greek Cypriot side is refusing everything that our friends in Switzerland are trying to gain in our favor. They are making demands in their favor which exceed the limits of United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plan.''

    Mr Denktas went on: ''(European Union Commissioner for enlargement Guenter) Verheugen, who went to Switzerland on behalf of EU although he doesn't have any authority, is putting unbelievable pressure on the Turkish side. He is also trying to influence the U.N. officials. He is trying to achieve what he wants by shouting at our people like a Nazi officer.''

    The Greek Cypriots changed their attitude towards the presence of Turkish soldiers in Cyprus after Turkey joins the European Union (EU), Denktas stated.

    Denktas noted that Turkey and Greece had not yet reached any agreement on guarantees.

    Recalling that the media published and transmitted news that an agreement had been reached on guarantees, Denktas said that those reports were not accurate, but he could not give more details.

    ''We are determined not to give up our rights. They want to possess the whole Cyprus with the support of EU and we won't permit it,'' Denktas said.

    [02] Statements by the Turkish Foreign Minister on the final plan of the UN on Cyprus

    Ankara TRT 2 Television (01.04.04) broadcast the following statement made at Ankara´s Esenboga Airport by Abdullah Gul, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister before leaving for Brussels:

    "Our priorities with regard to the Annan Plan were outlined, and changes were introduced to the plan within the framework of these priorities. No doubt, this was a negotiation process about meeting the demands on both sides. I am certain that when they study the document everyone will see that very significant changes were effected with regard to the issues which we underlined as important before leaving for Switzerland and which we shared with you on several occasions. Therefore, this plan has been one in which the issues that are important for Turkey were rectified.

    Undoubtedly, Mr Rauf Denktas also needs some time. He will no doubt also see all these changes and assess them."

    [03] Press release issued by the NSC after a meeting on April 1st

    Istanbul NTV television (01.04.04) broadcast the following press release issued at the end of Turkey´s National Security Council meeting held on 1 April:

    "During its meeting today, the National Security Council [NSC] reviewed the negotiation process that started in the wake of the New York understanding as well as the talks conducted in Switzerland on the Cyprus issue. The council listened to the statements made by the members of our delegation that participated in the negotiations with regard to the latest situation on the Cyprus issue. Turkey, which initiated the existing process, continues to sincerely support the efforts for a just and lasting solution in Cyprus. In view of the council members' working schedule and in a bid to allow the relevant parties to assess the final documents in a comprehensive manner, a decision was made to convene the NSC again at 1430 on Monday, 5 April 2004."

    [04] Denktas sends the "referendum law" to the so-called constitutional court

    Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (02.04.04) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas has sent the "law" approved by the "parliament" for conducting a referendum to the so-called constitutional court.

    According to the paper, Mr Denktas sent the "law" to the "constitutional court" without signing it upon the suggestion of the office of the "attorney general". The court will convene on Monday 5 April in order to examine the issue.

    [05] Talat stated that the best result came out from the Cyprus talks in Switzerland

    Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SESI newspaper (02.04.04) reports that Mr Mehmet Ali Talat, the so-called Prime Minister of the pseudostate stated that the best result came out of the Cyprus talks in Switzerland. Mr Talat made these statements after his return yesterday in occupied Cyprus from Switzerland.

    Mr Talat, who stated that a big political battle was given in Switzerland, said that in the end the best possible result came out. He also added that the plan was the most ideal and optimum plan that could have been gotten and added that the procedure is continuing and there are more steps to be taken. Moreover, the so-called Minister of Foreign Affairs of the pseudostate, Mr Serdar Denktas stated that a very difficult period has passed and added that the procedure is going now through a very difficult phase as well. He added that the most difficult is the decision that the persons who live in occupied Cyprus will take regarding the future.

    In addition, as Turkish Cypriot daily YENI DUZEN newspaper writes, Mr Talat is positive regarding the referendum, while Mr Serdar Denktas is undecided.

    /SK


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