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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 06-09-21

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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.182/06 21.09.06

[A] NEWS ITEM

  • [01] Developments on the issue forming a new government; Reactions in Turkey and the occupied part of Cyprus
  • [02] Milliyet: Surprise name in the TRNC crisis
  • [03] The 19th International Congress of Football Referees will be organized in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [04] The illegal Turkish Cypriot Airlines signed an agreement with Lufthansa
  • [05] Sixty international businesses were established in the occupied areas of Cyprus since 9 August 2005
  • [06] Programme of the Turkish Prime Ministers visit to Washington
  • [07] Erdogan rules out concessions on Turkeys EU course
  • [08] Mr Gul is holding contacts in New York
  • [09] The 10th Turkic Congress in Antalya ended. Cyprus in the final communiqué
  • [10] Turkey launches interactive dialogue with Austrians through the internet

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Developments on the issue forming a new government; Reactions in Turkey and the occupied part of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (21.09.06) reports that the work of the committees established by the Republican Turkish Party United Forces (CTP-BG) and the Freedom and Reform Party (Free Party) aimed at forming a new government was completed positively yesterday.

    The committees under CTPs General Secretary Omer Kalyoncu and Mustafa Gokmen on behalf of the Free Party completed yesterday the protocol of the government, which will be discussed today at the organs of the two parties. Ferdi Sabit Soyer, chairman of the CTP, said that there was a complete agreement on the issue of the protocol during the talks between the delegations of the two parties aimed at leading the country to reforms, democracy and the solution it deserves on the basis of equal rights.

    Furthermore, the editor-in-chief of KIBRIS, Basaran Duzgun writes in his daily column that after the establishment of the government something unexpected will happen and this will be the beginning of resignations of MPs and members of the CTP, who will withdraw from politics.

    KIBRIS reports also that the deputy chairman of the AKP, Saban Disli has said that within the framework of his duties as responsible for the foreign relations of the party, he sometimes visited officially the occupied areas of Cyprus and had bilateral talks.

    However, no one of these meetings was conducted by using false names, as it has been alleged, he added.

    Meanwhile, the MP of Motherland Party (ANAP), Huseyin Guler submitted a question to the Turkish Grand National Assembly addressed to Prime Minister Erdogan. Mr Guler called

    on Mr Erdogan to say whether or not the allegations that Mr Disli interfered into the events in the occupied part of Cyprus are true.

    Furthermore, Turkish Cypriot daily AFR0KA (21.09.06) reports that the three ministers to be appointed by the Free Party are Enver Ozturk, as minister of Economy and Tourism, Mustafa Gokmen as minister of Environment and Natural Resources and Turgay Avci as minister of Foreign Affairs and deputy Prime Minster.

    The paper writes that Mr Soyer stated that the establishment of the government will be completed by the end of the week. Meanwhile, according to AFR0KA the AKP officials refrain from officially making statements on the developments in the occupied areas and from replying to the many questions of the press and the MPs. Deniz Baykal, leader of the main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP), said that interventions have been made from outside in Cyprus with methods that do not comply with democracy.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily YEN0 DÜZEN newspaper (21.09.06), under the title Solution, harmonization with the EU, reform , publishes a draft of the protocol of the new coalition government . Among the targets of the protocol is the solution of the Cyprus problem, the harmonization with the EU, the struggle against the isolations and getting the Turkish Cypriots together with the world, transparency, reforms in all the institutions, democratization and reforms in accordance with the Copenhagen Criteria.

    Furthermore, Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRISLI newspaper (21.09.06) reports that Mr Soyer refused the allegations that Turkey interfered into the recent developments in the occupied areas and said that these allegations insult the Turkish Cypriots.

    Finally, Turkish Cypriot daily GÜNE^ newspaper (21.09.06) reports that the deputy General Secretary of the National Unity Party s (UBP) Nazim Cavusoglu has said that as long as this pollution in politics is not cleansed they are ready to resign or be expelled from the parliament . Mr Cavusoglu met yesterday with the trade union of the workers in the public sector (Kamu-is) and the Association of the Fighters.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Milliyet: Surprise name in the TRNC crisis

    Turkish daily MILLIYET newspaper (21.09.2006), under the above title, reports that difficulties faced by a group of Turkish businessmen headed by the owner of the Rixos Hotels in the occupied areas, Fettah Tamince, had a role in toppling of the so-called coalition government in the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus. Ferdi Sabit Soyer, the self- styled Prime Minister claimed that the Turkish businessmen who wanted to invest in the occupied area have complained that Serdar Denktass Democratic Party wanted 10% from these investments. When the businessmen refused to pay the 10% the necessary permissions for these investments were delayed by Denktas people.

    Serdar Denktas denied the claims put forward by Soyer, and said that he is ready to meet face to face with Mr Tamince who is very close to the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    (MHY)

    [03] The 19th International Congress of Football Referees will be organized in the occupied areas of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (21.09.06) reports that the 19th International Congress of Football Referees will be organized between 22 and 25 of September 2006 at the Salamis Bay Conti Resort Hotel by the Turkish Cypriot Football Federations Central Referee Committee. Guests from Turkey and Azerbaijan will participate in the congress.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] The illegal Turkish Cypriot Airlines signed an agreement with Lufthansa

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (21.09.06) reports that the Turkish Cypriot Airlines (KTHY) and German Lufthansa Airlines signed yesterday an agreement on the issue of the education of pilots.

    The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the KTHY by the General Director of the KTHY, Ahmet Derya and Lufthansas Sales Director, Andreas Schuldt. The self-styled minister of Youth and Sports, Ozkan Yorgancioglu and other officials of the Turkish

    Cypriot company attended the ceremony. Three persons will begin their education in November, said Ahmet Derya.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Sixty international businesses were established in the occupied areas of Cyprus since 9 August 2005

    Turkish Cypriot daily HALKIN SES0 newspaper (21.09.06) reports that as of 9 August 2005 when the new regulations regarding the foreign business enterprises entered into force, 60 international businesses were established in the occupied areas of Cyprus.

    The paper notes that the model applied in the occupied areas is known as the Dutch Model and the foreign enterprises pay 2.5 % taxes, whereas this percentage is 10 % in the free areas and around 15 % in Europe. The tax for the local businesses is 25 %.

    The paper notes that about 15 investors, such as Akfen, Kaya and Eksen will complete very soon the tourist installations in the area of occupied Vokolida village. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of the investors in Vokolida village.

    One of the important targets of the breakaway regime is the increase of places such as Vokolida, writes the paper reminding that a well-known British firm is building a big port in the Karpass peninsula. The port is expected to be completed in 2010.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] Programme of the Turkish Prime Ministers visit to Washington

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (20.09.06) reported the following from Washington D.C: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a formal visit to the United States between September 30th and October 2nd, it was reported on Wednesday.

    According to the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C., Erdogan will first meet representatives of the Turkish community in New York and proceed to Washington D.C. on October 1st.

    On October 2nd, Erdogan will meet U.S. President George W. Bush.

    Following this meeting, Erdogan is expected to meet representatives of Turkish and U.S. media and depart from the United States.

    [07] Erdogan rules out concessions on Turkeys EU course

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (20.09.06) reported the following from Yenisehir: "We will not make any concession of our interests, whether they are industrial, social, economic or cultural (for the sake of EU membership)'', said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Making a keynote speech at the inauguration of Turkish glassware company Sisecam's factory in northwestern city of Bursa, Erdogan said that 60-65 percent of Turkey's overall exports are shipped to EU-member countries.

    "If we lose such a market, how can you sell your products? We should not be heroic or emotional in our relations with the EU. We will do whatever our best interests require," he stated.

    On the other hand, Erdogan referred to the economic development of Turkey, and compared the economic situation between 2002 (when his Justice & Development Party-AKP came to the government) and 2006.

    Erdogan said that Turkey's economy grew 7.6 percent in the last four consecutive years, and noted that the industrial sector had a key role in this achievement.

    "Our total investments were 46 billion USD in 2002, while it rose two-fold and reached 95.3 billion USD in 2005. Private investments in the same period were 74.6 billion USD. 30,842 companies were opened in 2002, whereas the number of companies opened in the first half of this year was 33, 049," noted Erdogan, adding that Turkey is looking to the future with confidence.

    [08] Mr Gul is holding contacts in New York

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (20.09.06) reported the following from New York:

    If the Kirkuk issue is not solved, the Iraqi problem will become more complicated," said

    Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan in a briefing about Abdullah Gul's meetings at the UN in New York.

    Regarding Gul's meeting with Premier Milo Djukanovic of Montenegro, Tan said: "Officials of Montenegro thanked Turkey for its recognition of their country. Turkey is in preparation to hold diplomatic relations with Montenegro.

    Turkish officials wanted the support of Montenegro for Turkey's candidacy to UN Security Council's non-permanent membership. Montenegro is positive towards our request."

    Regarding Gul's meeting with Slovakian Foreign Minister Jan Kubis, Tan said: "Kubis told Gul that Turkey supported Slovakia's NATO membership, and similarly Slovakia will support Turkey's candidacy for UN Security Council's non-permanent membership.

    Gul briefed Kubis about the Cyprus problem. Gul stressed that Turkey's EU membership process should be kept apart from the Cyprus issue."

    Noting that Gul also met Italian Foreign Minister Massimo Dalema, Tan said: "They especially discussed dispatch of soldiers to Lebanon under UN peace-keeping force. Italy, as a country which sent soldiers to Lebanon, was pleased with Turkey's decision. Meanwhile, Gul introduced Prof. Tomris Turmen, the candidate of Turkey for the directorate of the World Health Organization (WHO)".

    Regarding Gul's meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative to Iraq Ashraf Qazi, Tan said: "Gul brought the Kirkuk issue onto the agenda, and told Qazi that Turkey expects UN to act more actively and constructively. Gul wanted the UN to exert efforts for a consensus before the referendum in Kirkuk in 2007."

    Noting that Gul also met the Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, Tan said: "They exchanged views about the foundation of Turkish-Arabian Forum. They also discussed Pope's statements which hurt Muslims. Moussa said that these statements were inappropriate. Moussa also briefed Gul about the activities of the Arab League in the Middle East peace process."

    [09] The 10th Turkic Congress in Antalya ended. Cyprus in the final communiqué

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (20.09.06) reported the following from Antalya:

    The Tenth Turkic Governments and Societies Congress which was held in the Mediterranean city of Antalya for two days, (between Sept.18th-20th), ended on Wednesday.

    Taking the floor at the closing session, Turkish State Minister Besir Atalay indicated that it was for the first time the congress was held jointly by the government and NGOS.

    Former Turkish President and Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel and the president of the Foundation of Turkic Societies Friendship, Brotherhood & Cooperation (TUDEV) Abdulhaluk Cay also spoke at the closing session.

    Bureaucrats and academicians, representatives of NGOs and think tanks, executives of chambers of commerce and media from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, and TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) and representatives of Turkish communities in many countries participated in the congress. Participants discussed the problems of the Turkic world and the ways to enhance the cooperation among them.

    In the final communiqué Ankara Anatolia news agency (20.09.06) reported the following from Antalya:

    The Turkish Speaking Heads of State Summit will be held in the Mediterranean city of Antalya on November 17th, 2006 in order to discuss global and regional problems, announced Turkish State Minister Besir Atalay.

    Atalay read out the final communiqué of the 10th Turkic Societies Friendship, Brotherhood & Cooperation Congress closed today in Antalya.

    The final communiqué listed the recommendatory resolutions reached by the delegates in order to enhance cooperation and relationship among the Turkic societies.

    Below are some of these recommendations:

    - An action plan should be prepared to set up a Turkish Speaking States Community.

    - Turkic communities should take concrete steps to end isolation of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), visit this country, and improve their relations with Turkish Cypriots.

    - Turkish world should work for solution of the Upper Karabakh dispute.

    On the other hand, the participants of the congress think that efforts to change the demographic structure in Kirkuk are unacceptable, and draw attention of the world to the fact that a sound referendum cannot be held in this city under these circumstances.

    Also, the delegates extended their support to the Meskhetian Turks to return to their homeland.

    Meanwhile in the final communiqué, the participants underlined the strategic importance of completing energy transmission lines among Turkic states, taking into consideration their growing energy need.

    Also, the delegates called on their news agencies, press organizations, newspapers, radio and televisions, and vocational institutions to cooperate more.

    In the final communiqué, Turkic states agreed to lift obstacles before investments and trade, simplify procedures regarding foreign capital, end double taxation, enhance cooperation among businessmen and small and medium scale enterprises.

    The delegates also decided to take advantage of Turkey's experiences in tourism and facilitate transportation among their countries.

    Turkic states agreed to create a common alphabet, and maintain efforts to announce Turkish spoken in Turkey, as their common communication language.

    In the final communiqué, the participants decided to enhance educational cooperation among their countries, and form a commission of scientists to give "Science Award".

    The Turkish world would also set up a Eurasian Arbitration Council, it added.

    (Tr. Note: Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is an illegal regime set up by the Turkish Republic in occupied northern Cyprus).

    [10] Turkey launches interactive dialogue with Austrians through the internet

    The New Anatolian newspaper (20.09.06) reports the following:

    Turkey's embassy in Austria has launched a Web site to hold direct discussions with Austrians who have been the most skeptical in the European Union about the country's desire to join the bloc, an official said Tuesday.

    The site, called "Tuerkei Dialog" or "Turkey Dialogue," asks Austrians a variety of questions about Turkey, including its potential accession to the European Union and what steps Turkey could take to improve its image in the Alpine nation.

    "In Austria, the feelings toward Turkey and the Turks are not what it should be, to say the least," said Selim Yenel, Turkey's ambassador to Austria.

    "We're trying to probe the minds of the Austrians without any intermediary. ... We want to have a direct, interactive dialogue with the Austrian people."

    All 25 EU members agreed in December 2004 to start membership negotiations with Turkey, but Austria held out until the last minute, forcing EU foreign ministers to delay the start of negotiations. The Austrian government wanted Turkey to be offered a "privileged partnership" in place of full membership, which Ankara said was unacceptable.

    Yenel, speaking to reporters at the embassy, said the aim of the site was also to determine the main concerns Austrians have about Turkey.

    "Is it economic? Is it employment? Is it religion? Is it history? What is it?"

    "This is unique. We are in uncharted waters - we don't know what kind of response we'll be getting, Yenel said.

    /ES


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