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Media Watch 2006

03 December 2006
Sunday Mail
"SOME EUROPEAN Union countries are seeking tougher sanctions on Turkey than the partial freeze in membership talks proposed by the European Commission over its failure to open ports to ships from Cyprus, diplomats say."
01 December 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"The only blackmail in force in connection with Cyprus is none other than the continuing illegal Turkish occupation of the north and its linkage to Turkey's insistence for the acceptance of the illegal breakaway state and the even more heinous crime of the ethnic cleansing of the Greek Cypriot population of the occupied north as a preconditions for a Cyprus settlement."
01 December 2006
Cyprus Weekly
Tassos not satisfied with Commission’s stance towards Turkey "CYPRUS moved yesterday towards blocking Turkey’s EU accession course, with President Papadopoulos saying that he was not satisfied with the European Commission’s recommendations over Ankara’s refusal to meet its obligations."
01 December 2006
Cyprus Weekly
Top EU parliamentarians reaction to EU Commission's soft treatment of Turkey over its Cyprus obligations "THE EU must suspend accession negotiations with Turkey if it continues to refuse to open its ports and airports to Cypriot traffic, the Chairman of the EU Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Elmar Brok, and other leading MEPs said this week."
01 December 2006
Associated Press
"Pope Benedict XVI, left, and Bartholomew I, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, prayed together at the patriarchal church of St. George. Turkey doesn't recognize the global stature of Bartholomew and considers him only the leader of the 2,000-member Greek Orthodox community in Turkey. Turkey also has imposed restrictions on efforts to expand orthodox churches and reopen a seminary, which was closed more than 20 years ago after Turkey blocked the acceptance of new students."
30 November 2006
BBC
"Cyprus has threatened to block Turkey's EU membership talks unless Ankara lifts its trade restrictions on Nicosia.The European Commission on Wednesday recommended that some elements of the talks with Turkey should be frozen until Ankara opens its ports to Cyprus."
29 November 2006
BBC
"One subject which may well come up during Benedict XVI's trip to Turkey is the allegation that Christians are not treated fairly. In the 1920s, when the Turkish Republic was established on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire, there were 200,000 Orthodox ethnic Greeks in Istanbul. Today there are 5000."
28 November 2006
Cyprus Mail
"Ankara has failed to open its ports and airports to Greek Cypriot traffic, an obligation it has under the EU customs union protocol."
06 November 2006
BBC
"German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Turkey's EU bid will be in serious trouble if Ankara does not open its ports and airports to Cyprus."
06 November 2006
Cyprus News Agency
"Two French journalists, kidnapped and detained yesterday by the so-called Turkish Cypriot military authorities in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus, are due to appear before a "military court" today. read more."
05 November 2006
Sunday Mail
"PRESIDENT Tassos Papadopoulos said yesterday the government’s main objective was to see Turkey comply with its EU obligations to open its ports and airports to Greek Cypriot traffic. He said this must not be linked with other developments on the Cyprus issue"
03 November 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"…the [Cyprus] President said: "For the meeting to take place, Turkey must first state that it agrees to the return of the fenced off part of Varosha to its lawful inhabitants". He stressed that according to UN resolutions, Turkey was held responsible for Famagusta and Varosha."
03 November 2006
Cyprus Weekly
""We have made clear to Turkey and I have said many times previously in public that we expect Turkey to accept its obligations under European law," said Hoon" [Britain’s Minister for Europe]
03 November 2006
BBC
"The report also highlights serious concerns about allegations of torture and ill-treatment, public statements by senior military figures, the rights of Kurds, women, religious groups and trade unions… a partial freeze of talks may become inevitable by the end of the year anyway, as Turkey shows no sign of keeping its promise to open its ports and airports to traffic from Cyprus."
03 November 2006
BBC
"…a draft European Commission report, due to be released next week raises fresh doubts about Turkey's bid to join the EU… It urges Turkey to guarantee greater freedom of expression and human rights… The report also says Ankara has made no progress towards normalising relations with EU member Cyprus. Turkey has not yet opened its air and sea ports to Cyprus, the north of which remains under Turkish occupation… a partial freeze of talks may become inevitable by the end of the year anyway, as Turkey shows no sign of keeping its promise over Cyprus."
25 October 2006
Cyprus Mail
"ATHENS is also evaluating reports that Greek and Greek Cypriot missing from 1974 ended up as guinea pigs in Turkish biochemical experiments, Greece’s Government Spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos said yesterday."
24 October 2006
Cyprus Mail
"AN AMERICAN defence and strategic policy report saying some of the 1974 missing Greek Cypriots ended up as guinea pigs in Turkish biochemical experiments was described as "shocking" yesterday by Foreign Minister George Lillikas."
24 October 2006
Cyprus Mail
"ECHR allows wrongful death case to go ahead. Turkey bears the responsibility for the August 1996 killing of Greek Cypriot demonstrator Tassos Isaak, in a case brought by his relatives which the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found admissible, lawyers for the family said yesterday."
23 October 2006
Cyprus News Agency
"The Cypriot government is taking into serious consideration the content of a US report on the issue of missing persons."
23 October 2006
Cyprus Weekly
If Turkey wants to continue its EU accession negotiations, it must normalise relations with Cyprus, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot said during a visit to the island...
20 October 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"The Greek Cypriots are among those people who remain deeply dismayed and disillusioned by the actions of the previous Secretary General, Kofi Annan, who tried to solve the Cyprus problem through the controversial plan bearing his name. The plan violated the basic principles on which the United Nations is founded and was overwhelmingly rejected by the Greek Cypriots in a referendum."
20 October 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"In his letter to the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the Council of Europe and Unesco, the Kyrenia Bishop said the continuing unacceptable treatment of religious and cultural heritage in the occupied part of Cyprus has exceeded all boundaries of shamelessness."
26 September 2006
BBC
"I find it rather shocking... that because you write a letter to me, you are being accused of violating the law" Anders Fogh Rasmussen Danish PM
22 September 2006
Cyprus News Agency
"Finland accepts Cyprus' positions, which have been adopted by the EU, that Turkey's obligations towards the EU do not depend on any developments regarding the Cyprus problem."
22 September 2006
BBC
"An EU delegation on a fact-finding mission to Turkey has reported a "worrying" increase in allegations of torture and abuse in the country."
22 September 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"…a problem of invasion and continuing occupation, by Turkish military forces, of 37% of the territory of my country for more than thirty-two years now. The Cyprus problem essentially epitomises the inability of the international community to redress this set of massive violations of international legality"
08 September 2006
Agency France Presse
"French Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy on Friday called for the suspension of EU membership talks with Turkey unless Ankara changes its stance on Cyprus."
08 September 2006
Cyprus Mail
"the British High Court ruling did not in any way legalise the illegal purchase of Greek Cypriot property in the occupied areas. 'On the contrary, it certifies that the illegally occupied Greek Cypriot property belongs to its legitimate inhabitants and that any purchaser or exploiter of this property is violating another's ownership.'"
08 September 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"[Turkish Cypriot newspaper] Afrika was more circumspect. "Plunder and do not be afraid," the daily said, calling the high court ruling "good news for everyone who plunders Greek Cypriot properties…"
08 September 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"the ruling recognizes the illegal nature of transactions involving Greek Cypriot property in the north…"
08 September 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"TURKEY'S fresh refusal to allow Cypriot ships and aircraft to use its ports and airports was roundly denounced by top EU officials and ministers"
08 September 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"If Turkey wants to continue its EU accession negotiations, it must normalise relations with Cyprus, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot said during a visit to the island."
08 September 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"DANISH Prime Minister Anders Rasmussen warns that Turkey's failure to open its ports and airports to Cypriot ships and planes will harm its European Union accession progress."
07 September 2006
Cyprus News Agency
"The Cypriot government has underlined that Greek Cypriots remain the owners of their land in the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus and that those buying property not belonging to them are acting illegally."
30 August 2006
Cyprus Mail
"…journalists had the right under the UN charter to carry out their work unhindered. Since June, a number of Greek Cypriot journalists have been arrested in the north."
28 August 2006
BBC
"…Talat is neither a citizen nor an official of Turkey, the organising country, to be invited to present the Formula One winner's trophy"
25 August 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"It is both a pity and a shame that these Security Council resolutions and Rights Court judgements remain unimplemented all these years with the major world powers choosing to ignore them so as not to upset Turkey, a valuable strategic and trade partner for some of them"
25 August 2006
Cyprus Weekly
"Nicosia remains adamant in its position that Turkey should meet fully the obligations and commitments it undertook towards the EU—including the opening of its ports and airports to Cypriot traffic-- and rejects the idea of tradeoffs on the Cyprus issue"
15 August 2006
Xinhua
"The Cyprus government on Monday accused Turkish Cypriot authorities of illegally arresting earlier in the day two representatives of the Cypriot press who went to the occupied town of Famagusta to cover a story on the abduction of a Greek Cypriot man by four Turks".
07 July 2006
Cyprus Weekly
THE European Parliament this week took a long-overdue step by denouncing Turkey's deliberate destruction of the Christian cultural heritage in the Turkish-occupied north of the island.
07 July 2006
Cyprus Weekly
A TURKISH Cypriot architect has been charged in connection with illegal building on Greek Cypriot owned land in the occupied north.
03 July 2006
BBC
The President of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, has met Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat for the first time in two years.
01 July 2006
Guardian
In a sign that Turkey's 40-year European dream is in danger of being derailed, the EU's incoming presidency told Ankara that it would trigger a crisis this autumn if it failed to open its ports and airports to Cyprus.