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Media Watch 2005

25 March 2005
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following editorial appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 25 March 2005.
Brave words by Levent [Turkish Cypriot journalist]
v"It is worth noting that Talat's claim that it is the Turkish Cypriot themselves who administer the northern part of Cyprus is rejected by Sener levent, the outspoken editor of the Turkish Cypriot daily newspaper Arfrika who is being persecuted and jailed for insisting that it is not the Turkish Cypriots who rule the north, but Turkey... Levent argued that "we (the Turkish Cypriots)... loot the territory we occupy in the north since 1974. We brought over from Turkey more population (settlers) more numerous than our own population... The one who have the most title deeds and collected the most applause was the party of Talat. Does this people (the Turkish Cypriots) like the sale off of its motherland. Instead of demanding an explanation from those who gave away as a gift this land to the people they brought from abroad, they rewarded those who did this by making them their rulers."

It is worth noting that Talat's claim that it is the Turkish Cypriot themselves who administer the northern part of Cyprus is rejected by Sener levent, the outspoken editor of the Turkish Cypriot daily newspaper Arfrika who is being persecuted and jailed for insisting that it is not the Turkish Cypriots who rule the north, but Turkey.

Levent repeated this charge this week in his daily column in the Greek Cypriot daily Politis dealing with the illegal sale of Greek Cypriot property in the north.

Levent argued that "basically we (the Turkish Cypriots) should have passed the law adopted by the Greek Cypriots in the south. Instead, we loot the territory we occupy in the north since 1974. We brought over from Turkey more population (settlers) more numerous than our own population. First we loanded them Greek Cypriot properties and later we gave them title deeds, as if then property was their's. The one who have the most title deeds and collected the most applause was the party of Talat. Does this people (the Turkish Cypriots) like the sale off of its motherland. Instead of demanding an explanation from those who gave away as a gift this land to the people they brought from abroad, they rewarded those who did this by making them their rulers.

"Our brothers from Turkey, that even the most progressive of our political parties refer to as "New Cypriots,'' began to sell off and to get rid of whatever they possessed for hundreds of thousands and millions of pounds sterling. And, what is more, by using property titles that the International Court brands as false while we remain spectators to this looting.''

Referring to the new law approved by the Cyprus parliament to limit the property sale off, Levent said "The Greek Cypriot side is doing what we the Turkish Cypriots should have done a long time ago. Tjhey approve the laws that we should have passed.''"