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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 06-01-24

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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.16/01 24.01.06

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Two suspected cases of bird flu in the territories of the Republic of Cyprus occupied by 40,000 Turkish troops.
  • [02] Soyer confirms that occupied Karavostassi has been leased to an American company.
  • [03] The Minister of Sports of Kyrgyzstan is holding contacts in occupied Cyprus.
  • [04] Hours before President Papadopoulos met President Putin Mr Erdogan asked for the support of President Putin to legitimize the Turkish army´s crimes against the Cypriots.
  • [05] Gul and Erdogan announce that the Turkish Foreign Minister will make a statement on Cyprus.
  • [06] Mr Erdogan will meet with Kofi Annan in Davos.
  • [07] The General-Secretary of the Turkish National Security Council is holding contacts in Washington.
  • [08] Turkey-EU accession partnership accord approved.
  • [09] The Czech Ambassador to Cyprus met the President of the TCCC in occupied Lefkosia.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Two suspected cases of bird flu in the territories of the Republic of Cyprus occupied by 40,000 Turkish troops

    Illegal Bayrak television (23.01.06) reported the following:

    Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer has told a press conference this afternoon that two suspicious bird flu cases have been detected in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. (occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus)

    The Prime Minister said samples collected from the two suspicious cases have already been sent to Turkey and Britain for further tests, the results of which will be known in three days time.

    Mr Soyer said that in order to avoid any risk of the flu spreading, if it really does exist, teams of the TRNC Veterinary Services have been culling all birds and poultry in the village of Incirli (occupied Makrasyka) in central Mesaoria.

    He said villagers in occupied Makrasyka are advised not to consume eggs or poultry for the time being, pending the laboratory test results.

    Pointing to the possibility of the samples testing negative, Mr Soyer said however, that the citizens of Makrasyka should still avoid consuming poultry and eggs, and not take risks

    The Prime Minister said that in case the samples tested positive to bird flu, all necessary measures that are already being advised by the World Health Organization worldwide, will be applied to Makrasyka village.

    [02] Soyer confirms that occupied Karavostassi has been leased to an American company

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (24.01.06) reports that Ferdi Sabit Soyer, self-styled Prime Minister of the TRNC (occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus) has said that no proposal or initiative had been made towards the Turkish Cypriot side regarding the construction of a military base, a naval base or a port where American war vessels will be coming.

    Responding to a question yesterday, Mr Soyer noted that permission has been given to an American company for the construction of a shipyard at the area of CMC mining corporation at Karavostassi, Morfou. He said that permission has also been given to another company for the construction of a shipyard in the area of Famagusta, but no investment is done until now.

    I wish that they to come and invest in the country, he added pointing out that the shipyards constructed for the maintenance and reparation of ships will ensure other important advantages to the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus.

    Noting that the construction of a military naval base is out of the question, Mr Soyer said that in the West many companies have relations and cooperation with the Ministries of Defense or the civilian defense of their country.

    Mr Soyer stated also that an application has been submitted to his self-styled government for the construction of a marina by one of the most important tourist agents in the world. He noted that the project regarding this marina will be brought to them within the next few days. Asked to reveal the place where this marina will be built, he answered: Let the project come first, let us see how sound a project will be and according to this we shall discuss the place.

    I/Ts.

    [03] The Minister of Sports of Kyrgyzstan is holding contacts in occupied Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (24.01.06) reports that the Kyrgyz Minister of Sports Bektur Asanov, who is visiting the occupied areas of Cyprus, is holding contacts with various officials.

    The Kyrgyz Minister of Sports and the Kyrgyz national football and basketball teams arrived in occupied Cyprus on Sunday, together with the deputy prime minister foreign minister Serdar Denktas who was visiting Kyrgyzstan and held contacts in the country.

    Mr Asanov, heading a delegation, visited yesterday the self-styled minister of sports in occupied Cyprus, Mr Ozkan Yorgancioglu. The self-styled minister thanked the Kyrgyz Minister of Sports for Kyrgyzstans support as regards the lifting of the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots in the field of sports.

    On his part, Mr Asanov stated that after the Soviet Union collapsed they faced many difficulties but they are now in a better condition than the TRNC and they area recognised by the whole world. He also stated that this visit is only the beginning and that in the years to come more visits will take place. Mr Asanov has also invited Mr Yorgancioglu and sportsmen from occupied Cyprus to visit Kyrgyzstan.

    In addition, as Turkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper reports (24.01.06) the Kyrgyz delegation also visited Rauf Denktas. During the visit Mr Asanov stated that they are undertaking initiatives in order for the relations of the Turkic nations to be strengthened and reminded that in the past they made efforts for the establishment of a Turkish language union. He said that the language union and these kinds of efforts are useful for the communication between the Turkic nations and that this will be an advantage for them.

    C/S

    [04] Hours before President Papadopoulos met President Putin Mr Erdogan asked for the support of President Putin to legitimize the Turkish army´s crimes against the Cypriots

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (23.01.06) reported the following from Ankara:

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to support efforts aiming to lift restrictions that prevent economic and social development in Cyprus.

    Prime Minister Erdogan held a 25-minute telephone conversation with President Putin on Monday.

    Recalling that Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer was planning to pay a state visit to Russia in the coming months, Prime Minister Erdogan said that the visit would make valuable contributions to the bilateral relations between the two countries.

    Referring to the Cyprus issue, Prime Minister Erdogan said that Turkey had been continuing to support efforts to find a comprehensive solution under the good-will mission of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

    ''I will have the chance of meeting Mr Annan during the World Economic Forum in Davos,'' he said.

    Erdogan asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to support efforts aiming to lift restrictions that prevent economic and social development in Cyprus.

    President Putin, in his part, highlighted the importance of setting up dialogue between the two sides on the island.

    He said that they would continue encouraging the two parties to find a solution to the Cyprus issue, and supporting the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot side.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Erdogan requested an increase in natural gas flow from Russia to Turkey. President Putin said that they would do everything in their power to help Turkey to this end.

    [05] Gul and Erdogan announce that the Turkish Foreign Minister will make a statement on Cyprus

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (23.01.06) reported the following from Ankara:

    "We will make a comprehensive statement on Turkey's projects pertaining to Cyprus very soon", said Turkish FM and Deputy PM Abdullah Gul upon his return return to Ankara after completing meetings in Brasil.

    Asked if Turkey has made a call to the United Nations for the re-start of discussions on Cyprus, Gul responded that Turkey has always been a step ahead in finding a comprehensive solution in the island. "The dead-end in the problem does not help Turkish Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and the international community. Therefore, we wish to find a solution under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General," said Gul.

    Gul stressed that Turkey is determined to develop ties with Latin American countries in 2006, the year declared as the "year of Latin America" in Turkey.

    "Our meetings in Brasil were very fruitful and successful. We have signed various economic agreements that will help develop economic ties," added Gul.

    On the same issue TRT 2 Television (23.01.06) broadcast the following:

    Our cameras are at the AKP [Justice and Development Party] headquarters. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to make a statement.

    [Off-screen reporter] We acted with good will. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan confirmed that. The Greek Cypriots and the Greeks must take a step now. Have they done so? Is that why we are to make a new initiative?

    Prime Minister Erdogan: Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will make a statement tomorrow. Anything that I might say might weaken the attractive nature of the statement that will be made tomorrow.

    [06] Mr Erdogan will meet with Kofi Annan in Davos

    Turkish daily AKSAM newspaper (24.01.06) reports that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is to attend the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.

    To this effect Mr Erdogan will leave Ankara for Davos on 26.01.06.

    During his stay in Davos, Mr Erdogan will have a number of meetings with personalities who will be attending the Forum.

    AKSAM further reports that in Davos Mr Erdogan is expected to meet Mr. Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General.

    [07] The General-Secretary of the Turkish National Security Council is holding contacts in Washington

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (23.01.06) reported the following from Washington D.C.:

    Turkish National Security Council (MGK) Secretary-General Yigit Alpogan highlighted the importance of the consultation mechanism between Turkey and the United States.

    Alpogan, who is currently paying an official visit to the United States upon the invitation of Stephen Hadley, assistant to President George W. Bush for National Security Affairs, met on Monday U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

    Following the meeting, Alpogan said that they exchanged views over some issues.

    [08] Turkey-EU accession partnership accord approved

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (23.01.06) reported the following from Brussels:

    Turkey's EU Accession Partnership Accord was approved after EU foreign ministers agreed on it during General Affairs Council meeting in December 2005.

    European Council stated that revised Accession Partnership Accord of Turkey was approved in line with the consensus of member countries on December 12th, 2005.

    The Accord lists priorities which Turkey has to meet in short-term (1-2 years) and medium-term (3-4 years) within the scope of EU negotiation process.

    [09] The Czech Ambassador to Cyprus met the President of the TCCC in occupied Lefkosia

    Illegal Bayrak television (23.01.06) broadcast the following:

    The Czech Ambassador to Cyprus Martin Vavra today paid a courtesy visit to the Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce. (TCCC)

    During the meeting, the Chamber President Ozdil Nami and the Czech Ambassador exchanged views on the Direct Trade and Financial Assistance Regulations prepared earlier by the European Commission to assist the Turkish Cypriot economy.

    Speaking before the meeting, the President of the Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce Erdil Nami pointed to the big interest shown in the Cyprus issue by the Czech Republic, and said this country played an important role in bringing the two sides closer in the search for a permanent solution to the Cyprus problem.

    He said the Chambers main aim is to make the Turkish Cypriot People part of the European Union and the international community, on the basis of the Annan plan.

    The Chamber president said the chamber is not trying to secure political advantage with the possible approval of the regulation.

    /SK


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