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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. 116/08 20.06.08
[A] NEWS ITEMS
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Avcis contacts in the OIC meeting He agreed with the ministers of Nigeria and Oman for the improvement of the relations between these two countries and the occupation regimeMost of the Turkish Cypriot dailies (20.06.07) report today on the contacts of the self-styled prime-minister Turgay Avci, who is currently in Kampala, Uganda, to attend the 35th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
Under the title AVCI is meeting with five ministers every evening at the OIC meeting, Sozcu reports that the self-styled prime minister Turgay Avci who once more carries the realities of north Cyprus at the international platform, met yesterday with the Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Tiyani Kaura.
According to Sozcu newspaper, Avci and the Nigerian Foreign Minister agreed to expand the cooperation existing between Nigeria and the occupation regime in the field of higher education to other fields as well. Mr Avci told Mr Kaura that currently around a thousand Nigerian students study in the TRNC universities and added that common efforts are needed for the numbers of the Nigerian students to be increased. Expressing his pleasure on this issue Mr Kaura said that the cooperation can be carried out to the fields of sports and culture.
The two men also discussed the Cyprus problem. Mr Kaura told Mr Avci that his country would follow the developments regarding the Cyprus problem more closely and would show sensitivity for the issue both at the United Nations and the OIC.
Mr Avci met later with the head of the delegation from Oman Said Ali Salim Al-Kalbani. The two men agreed to work on ways of improving further bilateral ties between Oman and the occupation regime. Avci and Al-Kalbani also discussed the latest developments as regards the opening of the TRNC Oman Representation and agreed on the issue of having mutual visits in the near future.
The paper also writes that the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni offered a dinner in honor of the ministers who participated in the OIC meeting. Mr Avci participated in the dinner with his wife, Ozlem, and he had a short conversation with the Foreign Minister of Uganda, Sam Kutesa, at the cocktail party given prior to the dinner. Sozcu also writes that Mr Avci had dinner at the same table with the General Secretary of the OIC, Ekmelettin Ihsanoglu, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ali Babacan, and the foreign ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Cameroon. Mr Avci is returning to occupied Cyprus on Sunday.
Kibris reports that the General Secretary of the OIC Ekmelettin Ihsanoglu expressed the support of the organization to a solution in Cyprus and added that OIC will continue to help towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem. Mr Ihsanoglu also said that the Cyprus problem was one of the important issues on the agenda of the meeting. He said that the lifting of the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and the establishment of untroubled relations with the rest of world are very important issues.
Bakis newspaper writes that in the framework of the Kampala meeting, a family picture was taken as on every other occasion and the TRNC representative took place in the picture as well. Bakis writes that it received the picture from the foreign ministry. However, the TRNC representative could not be found in the picture. According to the paper this means that at the time the official picture was taken, the TRNC representative was not on the picture taken of the representatives of all countries. This is an enigma, writes Bakis and notes that the citizens are wondering who participated in the meeting in which the TRNC was represented.
 Mehmet Cakici on the settlers- He gave data according to which the occupation regime spends more than half of the budget for education and health for the non TRNC citizensTurkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (20.06.08) reports that Mehmet Cakici, the chairman of the Social Democrat Party (TDP), stated that the discussion regarding the population structure in north Cyprus is one of the most necessary issues and noted: The discussion of this issue is not racism but an essential necessity. Mr Cakici who was commenting on the statements made by the self-styled prime minister Ferdi Soyer on the issue of the settlers, stated that Mr Soyer is behaving like a leader of a dervish order and said: Prime minister Soyer, as he did until now, by covering up the realities he is contributing towards multiplying the problem rather than solving it.
Mr Cakici also said that an important aspect of the issue of the structure of population is the expenses of the state for the persons who are not citizens and gave information on this subject after a research carried out by his party.
Mr Cakici stated that according to the 2008 budget of the TRNC, the occupation regime spends at least the 25% (85 million New Turkish Lira-YTL) of the education budget which is 335 million YTL for the persons who are not citizens. In addition it spends the 70% (105 million YTL) of the budget for health, which is 157 million YTL, for them. The total amount which the occupation regime spends for the persons who are not its citizens is 190 million YTL, Mr Cakici stated.
 KTOS calls for a new population census in the north of the island by international observersTurkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (20.06.08) reports that the Turkish Cypriot Primary School Teachers Trade Union (KTOS) condemned the statements made by the self-styled prime-minister Ferdi Soyer, on the issue of the settlers. In a statement yesterday the chairman of KTOS, Guven Varoglu said that the organization condemns Mr Soyer who tried to safeguard a political benefit over this issue.
He noted that nobody has the right to hide the realities of the country and that the Turkish Cypriots are being annihilated. Mr Varoglu said that KTOS is ready to discuss in a scientific environment the data for the population with the government and asked for a possibility to be given so that a population census to made again in the north of the island by international observers.
 Serdar Denktas calls on the assembly to define the political equality and founding state terms existing in the 23rd May AgreementTurkish Cypriot daily Bakis newspaper (20.06.08) reports that Serdar Denktas, the chairman of the Democratic Party (DP) stated that a closed session of the assembly in occupied Cyprus must take place in order for the latest developments of the Cyprus problem to be discussed. Mr Denktas stated that the assembly must take a decision of how the concept of political equality and founding state, which exist in the 23rd May Agreement, are understood.
 Soyer on the solution of the Cyprus problem and the handling of money by CTPIllegal Bayrak television (19.06.08) broadcast the following:
The TRNC Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer has said that the Cyprus issue should be solved on the basis of political equality and that the Turkish Cypriot people should take its place within the European Union and international politics as an equal partner.
The Premier also called on the United Nations to appoint an arbitrator to start a new negotiations process between the two sides.
In a statement on Thursday, Mr Soyer referred to the Greek Cypriot Sides unilateral membership to the European Union, a move which as he said, diminished the Greek Cypriot leaders interest in the solution of the Cyprus problem.
But, Mr Soyer said that his government under the leadership of President Mehmet Ali Talat - will continue its efforts towards finding an immediate, comprehensive and mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem.
He also expressed the hope that fully-fledged negotiations between the two sides would soon be resumed.
President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias are expected to meet again next week to review the work being carried out by working groups and technical committees established to prepare the ground for substantial talks.
Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (20.06.08) reports that the self-styled prime minister Ferdi Soyer stated that when the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) took over the government they received one quadrillion 600 trillion of internal loan and added that until now they only manage to pay 350 trillion. Mr Soyer made these statements during a visit to the occupied Kalopsida village.
 Imports and exports in occupied Cyprus for the first four months of 2008Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (20.06.08) reports that for the four months of the year 2008 the imports in occupied Cyprus have increased by 19% while the exports were decreased by 11%. According to information given to the press by the trade department, the imports were up to 525.1 million dollars and the exports were 35.8 million dollars. The exports to Turkey were 20.4 million dollars while the exports to third countries were 15.4 million dollars.
As regards the imports, Turkey is the country from which occupied Cyprus imports most products and the amount of the imports is 348.8 million dollars. From this amount, 50.5 million were spent for buying vehicles and 50.2 for the purchase of gas.
 The nature has been vanished; the history was saved the last minute,Under the above title Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (20.06.08) reports that in a forest area of 36 donums, which was leased out by the so-called forestry department to a citizen for agricultural purposes near the historic site of Plusa Monastery of the occupied village of Agios Andronikos, ancient tombs were found and saved at the last minute from being ruined. The so-called antiquities department has found ten historic graves in the area and prepared a report against the citizen who leased the area for causing damages.