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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 06-02-20

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TURKISH PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA No.35/06 18-19-20.02.06


  • [01] Mr Talat met with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan´s Cyprus Special Representative.
  • [02] The breakaway regime is changing the citizenship law.
  • [03] Izzet Izcan the winner at the BKP Congress. Crisis over phrase on Turkey´s control of the occupied areas.
  • [04] Next President to be from AKP.
  • [05] Turkey was asked to end the occupied areas´ energy shortage.
  • [06] A research on sustainable tourism in occupied Karpass peninsula was presented at occupied Komi Kepir.

  • [07] Sustainable tourism? Rubbish!


    [01] Mr Talat met with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan´s Cyprus Special Representative

    Illegal Bayrak television (18.02.06) broadcast that Mr Mehmet Ali Talat met with the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annans Special Representative for Cyprus, Mr Michael Moller.

    No statement was issued after the meeting held at the presidential palace.

    [02] The breakaway regime is changing the citizenship law

    Turkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper (18.02.06) reports that the breakaway regime in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus is changing the citizenship law.

    As the paper writes, statements as regards this issue were made by the self-styled minister of interior, Mr Ozkan Murat, who was touring various villages in the occupied areas of Famagusta and Trikomo.

    Mr Murat stated that the draft for the law amendment has been prepared by its ministry and it will be submitted in the self-styled parliament for approval.

    According to this change, a person must live for a period of fifteen years in the breakaway regime in order to get the right to get the citizenship. For the time being a person can get the citizenship if he/she lives in occupied Cyprus continuously for five years.


    [03] Izzet Izcan the winner at the BKP Congress. Crisis over phrase on Turkey´s control of the occupied areas

    Turkish Cypriot KIBRIS newspaper (20.02.06) reports that the first Congress of the United Cyprus Party (BKP) was held on Sunday.

    The 20-member party assembly elected at the Congress will meet tomorrow evening to choose the party General Secretary and members of the party organs.

    The Party was established nearly three years ago.

    A total of 130 of the 263 delegates from the United Cyprus Party cast their votes to choose members of the 20-member party assembly.

    0zzet 0zcan, ^efik Par, Ali Fegan, Dervi Okan Ünlüyol, Salih ^oförolu, Hediye Kurucu, 0ncilay Eren, Emine Okçu, Hasan Ercüment, Feridun Ardost, Abdullah Korkmazhan, Ali Polili, Hüseyin Y1lmaz Yaarcan, Gülten Oygur, Faik Bozkaya, Sava Zorlu Özgöçmen, Bahri Bayraca, Gültekin Tözün, Kadir Yiit and Hüseyin Kamal1 were elected to the party assembly.

    On the same issue Turkish Cypriot YENIDUZEN newspaper (20.02.06) reports that a crisis broke out during the BKP congress over a phrase in the draft of the resolution submitted for approval.

    The phrase was: The Turkish Republic not satisfied with what it has done, it put under its control, assimilated and turned into minority the Turkish Cypriot community by establishing in 1983 the Turkish Republic of Cyprus, an illegal state.

    In the end the phrase illegal (private) state was changed to separate state.

    [04] Next President to be from AKP

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (19.02.06) reported from Istanbul that the Deputy leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Hayati Yazici has indicated that the next president of Turkey will be elected by the current parliament. "The eleventh president will definitely be from the AKP group," stated Yazici.

    Yazici participated in the Second Ordinary Congress of the AKP Beyoglu town representation.

    "Every one knows that today's parliament which was elected on November 3rd, 2002 is going to choose the next president of Turkey.

    The general elections were held and the will of the Turkish people became apparent. The AKP formed the new government. The AKP will elect Turkey's next president. The president will definitely be a politician from the ranks of the AKP," said Yazici.

    [05] Turkey was asked to end the occupied areas´ energy shortage

    Illegal Bayrak television (17.02.06) broadcast that a delegation from the Economy, Finance, Budgetary and Planning Committee of the Republics Assembly met with the Turkish Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan in Ankara this morning.

    During the meeting, the delegation headed by Alpay Afsaroglu asked Turkeys support for projects aimed at ending the occupied areas energy shortage.

    Speaking after the meeting, Mr Unakitan promised continued support to the TRNC economy, adding that new investments will be made with the aim of boosting the economy of the Turkish Cypriot people.

    The delegation later visited the Head of the EU Harmonization Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Yasar Yakis.

    Speaking during the meeting, Mr Yakis said that support expressed to Turkeys Action Plan on Cyprus by the international community will force the Greek Cypriot Side towards a solution.

    [06] A research on sustainable tourism in occupied Karpass peninsula was presented at occupied Komi Kepir

    Illegal Bayrak television (18.02.06) broadcast that the presentation of a research on sustainable tourism in the Karpass area, developing products for tourism and marketing them was held today at occupied Komi Kepir.

    The research was carried out by the Management Center of the Mediterranean with the support of the British High Commission.

    Speaking during the presentation at occupied Komi Kepir, the self-styled undersecretary for the illegal Ministry of Economy and Tourism, Mr Mehmet Bael pointed to the positive developments that are taking place in the tourism sector and emphasized the significant role the tourism sector plays in the development of the areas of Cyprus occupied by Turkish troops.

    Also addressing the meeting, the self-styled Mayor of Komi Kepir Raif M1nd1k said that the area had been chosen as a pilot area for organic farming and lodgings, adding that committees would be formed to see if sustainable tourism could also be developed in the village.

    Speaking on behalf of the Management Center of the Mediterranean, Director Bulent Kanol, pointed to the tourisms significant contribution to the occupied areas´ economy.

    For her part, Doctor Julie Scott from the London Metropolitan University said that the projects aim is to determine a strategy for the improvement of the village tourism and to increase cooperation between the two sides on the island to contribute to the efforts aimed at reunifying the island by using the Green Line Regulation.


    [07] Sustainable tourism? Rubbish!

    Under the above title, and with a photograph of the huge signboard from occupied Kyrenia, English language Turkish Cypriot CYPRUS TODAY weekly newspaper (18-24.02.06) publishes the following letter, by Michael Haigh who now lives in occupied Motides of occupied Kyrenia district.

    So the demise of sustainable tourism in North Cyprus is to be advertised! (CYPRUS TODAY, What a Big Signboard, Mr Mayor February 11).

    When I first saw this metallic monstrosity a couple of weeks ago I thought it must be that one of the myriad other billboards flanking our roads had finally mutated, and planted its roots where else but on a narrow pavement in the refurbished town square. Here the pedestrian, hypnotized by its message, on stepping into the road to avoid tripping over its trunk, can now more easily be mown down by an approaching vehicle. This must be the acme of advertising madness.

    The above may seem to be a frivolous comment, but no. It seems to be all the more relevant as it is backed up by the Special Report on billboards appearing elsewhere in last week´s issue. Thank goodness that at least concern has been voiced about its location. This, although of immediate importance, hides a more vital point.

    I use the phrase sustainable tourism above. We hear much of sustainable this, sustainable that and the other these days but what does this really mean? There is in fact a definition of sustainable development which applies not only to tourism but to all other aspects of the conservation of the environment in which we live. This came out of the Bruntland Report (Our Common Future, 1987). Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

    In North Cyprus these future needs are indeed being compromised not just by outsiders, but by the apparent inability of the powers that be to really see where their sustainable economic tourist market lies.

    I attended the High Commissioner´s talk on the environment at GAU last week. Referring to Mrs Anna Graham´s letter about rubbish, a subject which was much discussed, here is an example of how such a problem has been addressed in Holland. They have a major problem with polluted sediments due to effluents from the river Rhine, and to deal with it the Ketelmeer Project came into being. They dug a hole one kilometer across and fifty metres deep which can hold 20 million cubic metres of polluted spoil.

    Now we haven´t created that much solid rubbish yet, so how about a similar landfill project here with the intention, like theirs, when it´s full, to cover and landscape it. Any other ideas?


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