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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 06-02-23

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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.38/06 23.02.06

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The Turkish Prime Minister on Turkey´s obligations towards the EU.
  • [02] A ship under the flag of EU member Cyprus was prevented from entering the Turkish port of Mersin.
  • [03] Ankara´s subservient regime continues its efforts to gain recognition in Pakistan.
  • [04] Serdar Denktas: We will work towards the formation of a strong TRNC.
  • [05] Talat says that the time limit and the arbitration is a condition for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem and that he is ready to discuss the demilitarization of Nicosia.
  • [06] Mr Talat will visit Istanbul.
  • [07] Akinci accuses Talat and his regime of acting following Ankaras suggestions.
  • [08] The Turkish settlers strongly react upon information that the breakaway regime is changing the citizenship law; Serdar Denktas supports the settlers.9. NTV: Greek Cypriot company seeks $10 billion from Turkey.
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [09] Turks and British are selling out the properties of the Greek Cypriot displaced invoking the UN Peace Plan without any reaction from the UN officials.
  • [10] AFRIKA: Mustafa of Episkopi took his property from the Greek Cypriot but Mustafa of Sydney is unable to get his property from a Turk.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The Turkish Prime Minister on Turkey´s obligations towards the EU

    Istanbul NTV television (22.02.06) broadcast the following from Aydin:

    Reacting to the EU-term President Austrian Chancellor´s call for the opening of Turkish ports to Greek Cypriot vessels, Prime Minister Erdogan indicated that the Greek Cypriot administration has deceived the EU. Addressing businessmen and NGO representatives in Kusadasi, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "As the government of the Turkish Republic, we did not deceive the EU on the Annan plan. Whereas the South Cyprus Greek Cypriot Administration did."

    Stressing that the EU extended membership to the South Cyprus Greek Cypriot Administration, which does not want peace in Cyprus, Erdogan declared: "Our response to this approach is this: First rectify your mistake, and only then come to us with requests relating to the `TRNC´ [`Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus´]."

    The Prime Minister also said that they will not give any consideration to EU's threat to stall the negotiation process [for Turkey's membership] especially as regards the `TRNC´ issue.

    (Tr. Note: Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is the puppet regime the Turkish Republic has set up in the territories of Cyprus under the occupation of 40,000 Turkish troops).

    [02] A ship under the flag of EU member Cyprus was prevented from entering the Turkish port of Mersin

    Istanbul NTV television (22.02.06) broadcast the following:

    A vessel belonging to the Greek Cypriot sector asked for permission to approach the Mersin port. The vessel, which was prevented from entering the port, anchored some two miles off the port.

    The Greek Cypriot "Able-S" container ship, whose agent is a firm in Mersin, applied to the Mersin Port Authority at around 0530 [ 0330 GMT] this morning and asked to enter the port. The Port Authority did not allow the ship to approach the port and informed the Maritime Undersecretariat about the situation. The Greek Cypriot vessel, which anchored some two miles off the port, waited for entry permit.

    The vessel is being watched by the coast guard boats. The Maritime Undersecretariat and Foreign Ministry [officials] have come together to discuss the issue.

    On the same issue Ankara Anatolia news agency (22.02.06) reported the following from Ankara:

    Commenting on the Greek Cypriot ship which was not allowed to approach Mersin port (in the Mediterranean coast of Turkey), Turkish Foreign Ministry (MFA) said that this ship acted contrary to international rules.

    Releasing a statement, the MFA indicated that a ship, through its agency, should apply to the port management, and ask for a permission to approach a port under international rules.

    In its statement, the ministry noted that the Greek Cypriot ship came close to Mersin port this morning, and said, it told its agency that it wanted to approach the port by imposing fait accompli.

    According to the ministry, Mersin port management notified to the agency (of the Greek Cypriot ship) that it was impossible to allow this ship to approach the port.

    [03] Ankara´s subservient regime continues its efforts to gain recognition in Pakistan

    Illegal Bayrak television (22.02.06) broadcast the following:

    A `TRNC´ delegation led by the Minister of National Education and Culture Canan Oztoprak has continued its contacts in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

    According to a statement by the Ministry of National Education and Culture, the `TRNC´ delegation attended the meeting of one of the permanent committees of the Islamic Conference Organization, namely, the committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation COMSTECH.

    Ms Oztoprak who was invited to the podium as the TRNC Minister for Education delivered a speech at the meeting, and gave information about the developments in the fields of science and technology in the `TRNC´.

    Moreover, Turkish Cypriot CUMHURIYET newspaper (23.02.06) publishes a photo of the self-styled Minister of Education and the flag of Ankara´s puppet regime among the flags of countries participating in the meeting.

    [04] Serdar Denktas: We will work towards the formation of a strong TRNC

    Turkish Cypriot daily CUMHUR0YET newspaper (23.02.06) reports that Mr Serdar Denktas, the chairman of the Democratic Party (DP) stated that his party will work towards the formation of a strong TRNC .

    Mr Serdar Denktas made these statements in 6th ordinary Congress of the party which took place in occupied Morfou.

    The chairman of DP said that if the Greek Cypriots continue the existing attitude and if they do not talk to the Turkish Cypriots, the latter can take the road of economic and social union with the world, with the knowledge that there is another world besides the European Union.

    (C/S)

    [05] Talat says that the time limit and the arbitration is a condition for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem and that he is ready to discuss the demilitarization of Nicosia

    Turkish Cypriot daily YENI DUZEN newspaper (23.02.06) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat has said that the Cyprus problem could not be solved without a time limit and arbitration.

    In statements yesterday during one of his meetings, Mr Talat noted that the role of the United Nations in Cyprus is within the framework of their good-offices mission and that the duty of the arbitration could be given to the international organization upon an agreement between the two sides. He reminded that the duty of the arbitration was given to the UN during the period before the Annan Plan. The Secretary-General conducted arbitration and the result is known, he added.

    Noting that the sides should meet first and decide on which ground they will conduct the negotiations towards reaching a solution, Mr Talat argued:

    I am emphasizing on the Annan Plan. The negotiations must begin on the basis of the Annan Plan. It is the only plan that exists. While that plan is discussed and there is no time limit and no kind of arbitration at any stage, what will happen then with the issues on which there is no agreement? If there is no time limit and the issues on which there is no agreement are postponed, they will eternally be postponed. That is, the Cyprus problem will eternally not be solved. Therefore, I think that after all these preparations are conducted and the procedure begins, there is definitely a need for both a time limit and arbitration at a point. You will see that if the Cyprus problem is to be solved one day and whenever this day comes, arbitration or a role similar to it will definitely come onto the agenda. Otherwise it is not possible. The positions are very different. .

    Meanwhile, the editor-in-chief of KIBRIS newspaper (23.02.06), Basaran Duzgun writes in his column today that Mr Talat told him that he was ready to discuss the demilitarization of Nicosia, sitting face to face at the negotiating table with the Greek Cypriot side and without the mediation of the United Nations and without any conditions.

    Mr Duzgun reports, inter alia, the following on the issue:

    In the period after the referendums the opinion that a solution with military means cannot be reached to the Cyprus problem has for good been established. Very well, is it possible to reach an overall solution by beginning from the demilitarization of Nicosia and making steps that will create confidence in this road? I asked about this president Mehmet Ali Talat. I am ready to discuss this issue and apply the agreement that will be reached, he said. President Talat says that he is ready to discuss the issue with the Greek Cypriot administration without any conditions and even without using mediators, that is without feeling the need of the mediation of the United Nations. He can discuss the need of the demilitarization of Nicosia and under what conditions this will happen. Asked what will happen with the other regions after we demilitarize Nicosia, Talat takes the issue even further. To the point of reaching an overall solution. And he expresses a clear view: The main target must be the overall solution. I can discuss everything that will open the way to an overall agreement. .

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] Mr Talat will visit Istanbul

    Illegal Bayrak television (22.02.06) broadcast that Mr Mehmet Ali Talat will be flying to Istanbul tomorrow for a series of contacts.

    Mr Talat will be delivering a speech at Bogazici University on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, as part of his contacts in Istanbul.

    On the second day of his visit to Istanbul, Mr Talat will meet representatives of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TUSIAD) and hold talks with the press and media organizations.

    [07] Akinci accuses Talat and his regime of acting following Ankaras suggestions

    Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (23.02.06) reports that Mr Mustafa Akinci, the chairman of the Peace and Democracy Movement (BDH), stated that Talat and its breakaway regime are acting following Ankaras suggestions.

    Mr Akinci was speaking at a press conference at BDHs headquarters that took place yesterday.

    The chairman of BDH stated that in this stage the civil society was silenced and the issue of early election was put on the shelf. Talat and his government do not act the way they raised their voice two years ago but they act following the suggestions of Ankara, he stated. He also said that the message that Talats government is sending continuously to Turkey can be summarized in the following sentence: We can struggle against the Greek Cypriots better than Denktas.

    Mr Akinci also said that they are making policy by hiding behind the no that was said by the Greek Cypriots. In the past Papadopoulos was hiding behind Denktas, now Talat is hiding behind Papadopoulos, he stated.

    He also said that the rights to elect and be elected of the Turkish Cypriots are been usurped by the Greek Cypriots and added that the Turkish Cypriots must support their rights of the 1960 constitution of the Republic of Cyprus.

    C/S

    [08] The Turkish settlers strongly react upon information that the breakaway regime is changing the citizenship law; Serdar Denktas supports the settlers

    Turkish Cypriot daily VOLKAN newspaper (23.02.06) reports that after the associations of the Turks coming from Turkeys Hatay region and the Turks who fought during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the Nationalist Justice Party (MAP) and the association of the refugees (settlers) from Turkey have strongly criticized the information that the breakaway regime in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus is thinking of changing the citizenship law and extending the period of stay in the occupied areas from five to fifteen years in order to grand the citizenship.

    The chairman of MAP, Ata Tepe argued that the aim of the change was to destroy the national cause which has as a target a strong TRNC.

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (23.02.06) reports that asked to comment on the issue, the self-styled minister of foreign affairs and deputy prime minister, Mr Serdar Denktas said that the self-styled minister of interior, Mr Ozkan Murat, who had first stated that they were planning to extent the above-mentioned period, is forgetting that elections are approaching and makes statements as if his party, the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), is alone in power. Mr Denktas said that no such decision is taken by the council of ministers and that there is no such law. Mr Minister has committed a mistake from the ethical point of view and I have told him that, he added.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (23.02.06) demands that the period for granting citizenship should be extended to 35 years or the granting of citizenship to be postponed until a solution to the Cyprus problem is reached. The paper accuses those who react against the draft-law of wanting to prevent Turkey from joining the EU. That is why they are not content with continuous residence permit and they want the right to elect and be elected, adds KIBRISLI.

    (I/Ts.)

    [09] NTV: Greek Cypriot company seeks $10 billion from Turkey

    Turkish NTVMSNBC (23.02.06, NTVMSNBC internet version) reports the following:

    Legal representatives of a Greek Cypriot firm have lodged a claim for arbitration over Turkeys seizure of the assets of two electric companies it was associated with.

    The Greek Cypriot investment firm Libananco Holdings Company Ltd. is seeking $10 billion investment arbitration claim against the Republic of Turkey for what it claims was the unlawful expropriation in 2003 of the assets of Cukurova Elektrik Anonim Sirketi (CEAS) and Kepez Elektrik Turk Anonim Sirketi (Kepez).

    Both were owned by the collapsed Uzan group of companies, which had its assets seized after accumulating more than $5.0 billion in debts and fines.

    The suit, filed with the World Banks International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington, claims that Turkey violated the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), which protects foreign investors in the Turkish energy sector from unlawful expropriation.

    By ratifying the Energy Charter Treaty Turkey expressly promised to protect Cypriot investors in the Turkish energy sector from these very acts of expropriation and to submit investment disputes like this for arbitration at the World Banks ICSID, said Stuart H. Newberger, a senior attorney for Libananco, in a statement issued late Wednesday.

    (I/Ts)


    [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

    [09] Turks and British are selling out the properties of the Greek Cypriot displaced invoking the UN Peace Plan without any reaction from the UN officials

    Under the title: Border Terror and subtitle: Posters, exhibition stands and hundreds of CDs belonging to Property North Cyprus Magazine were confiscated by the Greek Cypriot Police at Metehan Border Crossing with no explanation while on their way to Spain for international exhibition, Turkish Cypriot CYPRUS TIMES newspaper (23.02.06) reports the following:

    The Greek Cypriots instead of helping to their Turkish Cypriot Compatriots to raise their living standards and economy envisaged in the United Nations Peaec Plan are now aiming to stifle them completely. After blocking the Direct Trade and Economic Aid of 259 million Euros promised by the European Union, they have now started to use every means in their hand to stop the promotion of the Northern part of the Island.

    The advertising and exhibition team of Property North Cyprus Magazine were stopped and their vehicle thoroughly searched by several Greek Cypriot Police officers while they were on their way to Spain via Larnaca Airport on Monday. The team were planning to attend the International Property Exhibition that is currently underway at Almeria.

    The police, after discovering many posters, advertising material, exhibition stands and hundreds of CDs all designed for advertising and promoting North Cyprus at international exhibitions, confiscated the items with no explanation.

    The traveling team members Stephen Mortimer, Sarah Kirton and Paul Gibson reacted to the practice of the Greek Cypriot Police and insisted on knowing the reason of the materials´ seizure.

    If these are illegal items why arent we under arrest asked one of the team but failed to receive a decent answer by the hardliner Police officer.

    Arif Tahir Erisen, the legal and political article writer of the Property North Cyprus, speaking on behalf of the director of Property North Cyprus Magazine Mehmet Kozansoy, who is now attending another International Property Exhibition amongst many other Turkish Cypriot construction companies in Dubai, told CYPRUS TIMES their main bulk of magazines were sent to Spain via Istanbul Airport anyway. Therefore the Greek Cypriot Police were far from achieving their aim this time.

    Greek Cypriots will not be able to stop our work for the promotion of Northern Cyprus. The promotion pictures are in our computer programs. We will have printed new Northern Cyprus Poster in Spain, we will buy new stands there and we will continue with our presentation work of presenting and demonstrating the economic developments, giving our assistance to the property construction sector and to show investments opportunities for foreign investor and also to show the beauty and tranquility in Northern Cyprus to the holiday makers in Spain, Erisen said on behalf of Mr Kozansoy.

    [10] AFRIKA: Mustafa of Episkopi took his property from the Greek Cypriot but Mustafa of Sydney is unable to get his property from a Turk

    The main editorial in the Letter From Africa column in the Turkish Cypriot daily AFRIKA newspaper (23.02.06) writes under the above title:

    If the Greek Cypriots have Titina Loizidou then we have Arif Mustafa.

    It is not a joke

    It was a lone struggle.

    And at the end he won the case.

    He should be thankful because in the Greek side the rule of law functions.

    Otherwise, if he had opened such a case in the north he would have been empty handed.

    Look what happened here. People came and occupied the house of a person. The owner neither saw them nor knew them in his life. They have changed the keys of the vacant home and settled in the house. And if you hang on the walls of the house the Grey Wolves flags with three crescents on them, then everything is all right

    How sweet it is

    The owner of the house informs the police and following is what police whisper to his earswe are unable to do something

    That is, the police is unable to say something to those who openly usurp the house in the center of Nicosia.

    Why?

    Does not the police apprehend burglars, who steal shops and get bracelets? If yes why it is not apprehending those who still houses?

    Is it possible that those who steal houses have special exemption?

    The scene is very touching

    Arif Mustafa is able to take his house in the south from a Greek

    However, a Turkish Cypriot living in the north is unable to acquire his home from a Turk.

    Police is unable to touch these thievesAnd it tells the owner to recourse to the Court.

    What would happen in the court?

    How long does it take such a law suit?

    Two years. Three yearsMay be five years.

    Could ones life last to take this or bear this?

    The owner, who was living in Australia, came here to his country.

    When he was told on the phone that his house was occupied he was astonished and he asked: Is it a jungle there?

    Now he is here to find out whether it is a jungle or not.

    He worked hard in Australia and he saved money and bought this home here and now people have occupied it that neither pay rent nor sign any contract of lease.

    What should he do? Should he take arms and tell the occupiers you have to vacate the house immediately?

    Most probably Mustafa of Sydney who lived there for a very long time has forgotten what kind of place this is.

    He is robbed in his country. He has fallen into the trap again. He was unable to escape from the trap.

    He is in the streets and his house belongs to the occupiers.

    /SK


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