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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.217/04 12.11.04
[A] NEWS ITEMS
[B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 The USA is reportedly working "very secretly" with Talat's office on the issue of direct flights to the illegal Tymbou airportTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (12.11.04) reports that the United States of America and the office of the so-called prime minister of the occupation regime have "very secretly" been working on the issue of the opening of the illegal Tymbou airport to direct flights. According to KIBRIS, the illegal airport is being prepared for accepting flights from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
The paper notes that the USA have intensified their efforts in the direction of launching a flight between New York - Istanbul - Tymbou - New York. The report of the experts from Ankara, who inspected the illegal airport, is expected for the setting of the necessary standards on the issue of the direct flights.
According to KIBRIS, the American officials are "intensively" exchanging information on the issue with the so-called prime ministry of the occupation regime. The Americans have reportedly demanded from the regime the lengthening of the runway of the illegal airport and the upgrading of the security measures in its buildings.
In statements to KIBRIS, Mehmet Ali Talat, so-called prime minister of the occupation regime, expressed the belief that eventually the illegal airport will open to direct flights. He noted that the opening of the illegal airport is his greatest demand until today.
 Ankara is reportedly concerned with Talat's statementsTurkish Cypriot daily VOLKAN newspaper (12.11.04) reports that Ankara is concerned because of the so-called prime minister of the occupation regime Mehmet Ali Talat's proposal regarding Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots operating together the ports of Larnaca and occupied Famagusta.
Invoking reliable sources in Ankara, the paper notes that the government of Turkey had no idea about this proposal. "According to information acquired from reliable sources in Ankara, this statement caused great concern to the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which had no idea about the proposal and are against giving any concessions to the Greek Cypriot administration which said no in the referendum", writes VOLKAN adding:
"It is noted that great damage is caused to the applied policy regarding the national cause because of these binding statements of Talat which were made off- hand and without consulting Ankara".
The paper writes that Mr Talat had also not informed his coalition partner, the Democratic Party, the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas and the political parties represented in the so-called assembly.
 Two municipalities in the occupied areas of Cyprus became members of the CIOFFTurkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (12.11.04) reports that the festivals of folk dancing, which are organized by the occupied municipalities of Trikomo and Geunyeli, have become member of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festival and Folk Art (CIOFF), which comes under UNESCO.
The so-called mayor of Trikomo, Mr Halil Orun, in a press conference held yesterday, announced that the membership of the two municipalities was confirmed in the 34th World Congress of CIOFF between 12-20 of October 2004 in London.
Concluding, Mr Orun said that the Turkish delegation at the Congress gave them a great support.
 The Republican Turkish Party is distributing to its followers two thousand donums in the occupied village of Afania for building plotsTurkish Cypriot daily GUNES newspaper (12.11.04) reports that the Republican Turkish Party (RTP) of Mehmet Ali Talat is distributing to its followers around two thousand donums of "state land" in the occupied Afania village and the area around it.
Invoking sources of its readers, the paper writes that in the past the RTP also distributed around six thousand donums of "state land" to its supporters from important areas of occupied Mesaoria like the occupied villages of Afania, Louroudjina and Mora. GUNES readers informed the paper that in addition supporters of the RTP leased so-called state land at lower prices than other persons.
 Greek Cypriot students visited the illegal Eastern Mediterranean UniversityAnkara Anatolia news agency (11.11.04) reported from occupied Lefkosia that 25 Greek Cypriot students studying Turkish language and literature at the Cyprus University in the free areas of Cyprus visited Prof. Dr. Halil Guven, rector of the illegal Eastern Mediterranean University (DAU) in occupied Famagusta city on Thursday.
The university said Guven provided information on his university and informed the students about the university programs and facilities.
He congratulated the Greek Cypriot students for studying Turkish literature. "You have made a wise decision. You will have good and solid jobs in the future," stated Guven.
The students later met DAU history professor Gul Barkay and were given a tour of the campus. The students ended their visit with a tour of occupied Famagusta.
[B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS
 Turkey may see greater role in post-Arafat eraUnder the above title and subtitle: "If all goes well, a new initiative for peace in the Middle East could take effect by early next year and if this window of opportunity opens, it is both necessary and possible for Turkey to play a role", Turkish Daily News (12.11.04) publishes the following analysis which is partly based on commentaries from Turkish dailies:
"The death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has meant the loss of a personal friend for many Turkish leaders, deeply respected in Ankara, but his sorrowful demise could provide opportunities for new momentum in the stalled Middle East peace process, offering Turkey wider chances to play a meaningful role, analysts said.
Both Prime Minister Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan are heading to Egypt today to attend Arafat's funeral and the high level of participation is a sign of both Turkey's deep sympathy with the veteran leader and its interest in peace efforts in the region.
And the quest for peace in the Middle East could take a new turn, now that Arafat, who shaped and headed the Palestinian cause for decades, is no longer in the process.
The charismatic leader's death yesterday meant both risks and opportunities, said daily MILLIYET´s foreign policy columnist Sami Kohen. Arafat was isolated from the rest of the world in his compound in Ramallah in the last years of his life and dialogue between Israel and Palestine was virtually cut off, with the Israeli government refusing to talk to the 75-year-old leader, describing him as an obstacle to peace.
Kohen predicted that international pressure on hawkish Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will grow to resume the search for peace after Arafat is replaced by somebody else, such as Mahmoud Abbas, who has gained much international credibility for his moderate attitude.
If all goes well, a new initiative for peace in the Middle East could take effect by early next year. "If this window of opportunity opens, it is both necessary and possible for Turkey to play a role," Kohen said.
Turkish leaders have treated Arafat as a friend, reflecting the high public sympathy for the Palestinian leader. "Arafat was a leader who always had close ties with Turkey, who had great love for Turkey and who supported Turkey in all occasions," Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday.
Elections for a new president are due to take place in 60 days in Palestine and Turkish analysts were in consensus that Ankara would have no problem in dialogue with the new leadership, as all of the candidates to replace Arafat are already familiar with Turkey.
But a positive change in the Palestinian leadership is hardly seen sufficient for a meaningful momentum in the Middle East peace process, which would also invite Ankara to play an effective role as a friend of both the Palestinian and Israeli sides.
Turkey's Middle East policy has been traditionally limited to words and expression of friendship and sympathy for both sides. In the post-Arafat era, too, a significant change from a passive stance to active participation would depend on several outside factors.
Much depends on Israel for a new momentum in the stalled peace process, first of all. "Nobody expects a miracle in the Middle East as long as Israeli government sticks to its position," Husnu Mahalli, a journalist expert on regional issues, said.
Turkey has stepped up its criticism of the Israeli government after Israel launched assassinations on Palestinian Hamas leaders and a deadly offensive in the Gaza Strip. But irritance caused by Turkey was hardly enough to convince Israel to revise its stance.
"Turkey can play a meaningful role only where the United States and the European Union's policies overlap," said Cengiz Candar, a columnist for Dunden Bugune TERCUMAN daily.
"Turkish initiative on its own would not count a lot" in resolving the "world's most complicated dispute," said Candar.