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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.206/07 25.10.07
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 The Russian delegation of businessmen and journalists continues its contacts in occupied CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Sozcu newspaper (25.10.07) reports that the self-styled foreign minister Turgay Avci met yesterday with a Russian delegation of businessmen and journalists which is visiting occupied Cyprus. Speaking during the meeting, the journalists spokesman Valentin Prusakov stated that this is the second time he is visiting the TRNC, which is a very beautiful place with people who behave in a very friendly manner. He also stated that there is lack of information and communication between Russia and the TRNC and added that both sides are responsible for this. He also expressed the wish for relations between the two sides to improve after the visit.
On his part, Mr Avci stated that they want to expand the relations and the cooperation with Russia and added that the launching of this cooperations establishment should not be delayed. He also stated that they want to visit Russia as soon as all the adjustments are made. He also said that they will be happy to see people from various sectors visiting the TRNC and added that these visits can improve the relations in trade, culture, sports and education.
In addition, Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (25.10.07) reports that the Russian delegation also met with the self-styled minister of education and culture Canan Oztoprak. At the meeting issues for cooperation in the fields of education and culture were taken up.
Reporting on the same issue, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (25.10.07) writes that the head of the delegation Vladislav Cherkasov stated that they are willing to establish cooperation with universities in the TRNC. On her part, Mrs Oztoprak provided detailed information about the illegal universities and stated that universities from the two countries could establish cooperation through student exchange programs.
 Trade union representatives visit the self-styled Mayor of occupied KeryneiaIllegal Bayrak television (24.10.07) broadcast the following:
A delegation of officials from some Turkish Cypriot, Greek Cypriot, Turkish and Greek trade unions is having contacts in the Republic.
The delegation visited the Mayor of Girne (occupied Keryneia) Sumer Aygin today.
The delegation consists of officials from the Union of Municipality Employees (BES) from North Cyprus, the Municipal and Local Authority Workers and Employees Trade Union (SIDIKEK-PEO) based in South Cyprus, DISK/GENEL-IS from Turkey and Local Government Workers union POE-OTA from Greece.
As part of their contacts on the island, the delegation visited the Mayor of Girne Sumer Aygin today.
Welcoming the delegation, Mr. Aygin called the visit as very important as representatives of Greek and Greek Cypriot unions visited the Girne Municipality for the first time and as it happened at a time when terrorist attacks in Turkey were mounting.
For his part, the OTA President Themis Banasopoulos stressed the need for all unions to wage a common struggle to create better working conditions for workers.
The BES President Ali Ecesoy, for his part, provided detailed information about the joint work being carried out by the unions.
In his speech, he also condemned terror attacks in Turkey and in the world.
Simos Eftihiou, an official from the SIDIKEK, underlined the need to maintain constant dialogue and cooperation among the trade unions.
 Statements by the self-styled prime minister SoyerIllegal Bayrak television (24.10.07) broadcast the following:
Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer has stressed that the Turkish Cypriot people has the same rights as the Greek Cypriot people over the island.
Mr. Soyer also added that economic development will strengthen the Turkish Cypriot sides hand at the negotiations table.
Within the framework of his regular visits to villages throughout the Republic, Prime Minister Soyer paid a visit to Beyarmudu (occupied Pergamos) last night.
On the Cyprus issue, the Premier pointed to the fact the Turkish Cypriot people proved their desire for a solution by approving the UN peace plan at the 2004 referendum on the island.
He also stressed that the Turkish Cypriot people has the same rights as the Greek Cypriot people over the island, adding that the Turkish Cypriot side will strengthen its hand at the negotiations table by improving its economy.
Noting that the Turkish Cypriot people proved its willingness for a solution at the 2004 Referendum, he said that the Turkish Cypriot peoples YES vote had given a boost to the construction sector and showed the world that the Turkish Cypriot side is in support of a solution.
Noting that ferry services between Gazimagusa (occupied Famagusta) and Latakia were launched despite of all kinds of attempts by the Greek Cypriot Leader Tassos Papadopoulos to stop them, Mr. Soyer reminded that both the European Union and the United Nations have made it clear that the use of TRNC ports are not illegal under international law.
Pointing out that the TRNC Immovable Property Commission has been continuing its work; he said that a total of 267 Greek Cypriots have applied until now.
In his speech, the premier also expressed Turkish Cypriot peoples deep grief over the latest terrorist attacks in Turkey.
 The self-styled president Talat meets the opposition partiesIllegal Bayrak television (24.10.07) broadcast the following:
President Mehmet Ali Talat has briefed the opposition about the meeting he held with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the latest Greek Cypriot proposals.
President Talat met with officials from opposition parties, the National Unity Party (UBP), the Democrat Party (DP) and the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) this morning.
Yesterday, the President briefed the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) and the Freedom and Reform Party (ORP).
President Talat briefed the leaders and representatives of National Unity Party, Democrat Party and Communal Democracy Party on his meeting with the UN Chief Ban Ki-moon and the latest so-called Greek Cypriot proposals.
Speaking after the meeting, the leader of the main opposition National Unity Party, Tahsin Ertugruloglu, said that there was no new development on the Cyprus issue.
Noting that the international community has been behaving as if there could be a chance to achieve progress in Cyprus after the Presidential elections in the South, the UBP leader said nothing would change after the elections as all the candidates have been saying the same thing.
He stressed that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus should be strengthened whether a settlement is reached or not.
For his part, the DP Leader, Sedar Denktas, called latest Greek Cypriot package of proposals as empty.
Accusing the Greek Cypriot leadership of playing for time to realize osmosis, the assimilation of Turkish Cypriots into the Greek Cypriot Administration, he called on the international community to see this fact.
He also proposed the setting up of a Discussion Platform where all political parties could express their views on the Cyprus issue.
The Communal Democracy Party Leader Mehmet Cakici, for his part, expressed the view that the President should have briefed them before his meeting with the UN Chief.
 Demonstration against the PKK in occupied Nicosia was turned into a demonstration against Afrika newspaperTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (25.10.07) reports in its first page that a large protest gathering to condemn the PKK attacks against Turkish soldiers was held yesterday in occupied Lefkosia.
Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan (25.10.07) reports about yesterdays protest and writes that after Famagusta, Lefkosia stood up and with one heart shouted Down with PKK, Down with the USA.
Under the title Lynching insanity Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (25.10.07) reports in its first page that the nationalists in north Cyprus, whose blood is boiling with the developments regarding the PKK, took aim at AFRIKA during the protest organised yesterday to condemn PKKs actions. The protesters carried provocative banners opposite the paper with slogans like the following: PKKs spokesman Afrika, Afrikas place is not here, it is at Kandil Mountains, AFRIKA, are you PKKs voice here?. The paper also writes that the protesters wanted to enter the papers building but they were prevented by the self-styled police.
 The first meeting of the ad-hoc assembly committee, established to examine amendments to the TRNC constitution, met yesterdayUnder the title Start for the new constitution, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (25.10.07) reports in its first page that the first meeting of the ad-hoc assembly committee, established to examine amendments to the TRNC constitution, met yesterday in occupied Lefkosia. The participants tried to answer to the question what kind of constitution we want, writes the paper which also reports that no statements were made regarding the meeting. The paper also writes that parties representatives along with jurists participated in the meeting.
 Turkish National Security Council convened in Ankara under the Turkish President GulAnkara Anatolia news agency (24.10.07) reports the following from Ankara:
National Security Council (MGK) decided to make recommendation to the Council of Ministers about economic measures which should be taken against the groups directly or indirectly supporting terrorist organization in the region.
MGK, which convened under the chairmanship of Turkish President Abdullah Gul at Cankaya Presidential Palace, released a statement after the meeting.
The statement said that security conditions across the country as well as recent domestic and foreign developments were discussed in the meeting.
MGK members also discussed the Armenian draft on 1915 incidents, which was adopted at the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
The draft, which is the latest product of the campaign that has been pursued for years against Turkey by Armenian diaspora and Armenia, can never be justified and accepted, stated MGK.
MGK members also took up political and military measures, which may be taken within the scope of the motion adopted at Parliament on October 17th, 2007.
 Turkish Parliament Speaker Toptan says Guls term was reduced to 5 years with the referendumTurkish daily Todays Zaman newspaper (25.10.07) reports the following:
Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan has said that deputies terms in office had been shortened following the referendum held on Sunday, since parliamentary elections will be held every four years instead of the current five.
In my personal opinion, our length of duty has been shortened. The referendum reduces the presidents term in office from seven years to five and says the parliamentary elections will be held every four years. President Abdullah Gul can become a presidential candidate in five years if he so wishes, Toptan said at a breakfast meeting held yesterday with parliamentary news correspondents.
Commenting on the subject in response to Todays Zamans questions, Constitutional Commission President Burhan Kuzu said: The basis of that argument is that there are no earned rights existing in public law. There is also no additional article affecting the current situation. So I do not think the president and the deputies terms in office have been affected.
Kuzu also said that other countries had similar experiences. In France, President Jacques Chiracs length of service was shortened, but it was done after an article was added stipulating that it would be the case.
Regarding the quorum of 367 deputies needed for a presidential election to be valid, he said, From now on the presence of 184 deputies will be sufficient for meetings of Parliament to be held.
During the presidential election in May, the main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) claimed that 367 deputies must attend the vote for the first two rounds of the presidential election, leading the Constitutional Court to cancel the election upon the CHPs filing of a lawsuit.