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Media Watch 2003

09 June 2003
Source: Politis
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Comment: The following article appeared in Politis of Nicosia on 9 June 2003.
Who goes, who doesn’t, and why?


An Acnielsen-Amer and Cadem opinion poll on behalf of Politis

Asked how the northern part of Cyprus seemed to them, 62% of Greek-Cypriots state that it was worse than expected. On the other hand, 41% of Turkish-Cypriots state that the southern part of Cyprus was better than expected.

The majority of Turkish-Cypriots have passed to the free areas after the partial lifting of the restrictions on movement, while two thirds of Greek-Cypriots have yet to visit the occupied areas. The Greek-Cypriots refuse to visit the occupied areas on the grounds of the production of passport, with the belief that such an action would recognize the pseudostate. Still, this tendency is mainly observed among non-refugees, since those who don’t visit the occupied areas are in their majority residents of Limassol and Paphos. In the second part of the all-Cyprus opinion poll, conducted on behalf of Politis by the companies ACNIELSEN-AMER in the free areas and CADEM in the occupied areas, the reasons given by Greek-Cypriots who have already visited the occupied areas and by Turkish-Cypriots who have visited the free areas are of particular interest.

How many already?

39% of Greek-Cypriots have visited the occupied areas. They are people of all ages, 70% of them are refugees and the rest of them are non-refugees. The district of Ammohostos has the higher percentage with 67%, followed by Nicosia with 47% and Larnaca with 45%. A mere 27% of Limassol residents and 10% of Paphos have visited the occupied areas. Greek-Cypriots, in their overwhelming majority, visited the occupied areas to see their houses, their property and to worship at their churches (they had the right to give multiple answers in this question). A mere 1% stated that they visited the occupied areas for pleasure. It is interesting to point out that 19% of those who visited the occupied areas state that they will not go again.

The majority of Turkish-Cypriots (52%) have visited the free areas. Considering that the rest of them are settlers, who are not entitled to visit the free areas, it is rather precise to say that all Turkish-Cypriots have visited the free areas. What are the reasons given by Turkish-Cypriots? Two thirds came to see their houses and their properties, the rest of them came for tourism, while 3% looking for work. The Turkish-Cypriots, who claimed that they came to ask for identity cards, state that they need an identity card to be able to emigrate from Cyprus (23%) or to look for work in the free areas (25%). A 43% of Turkish-Cypriots have entered the free areas only once, 24% twice, 11% three times, while a 5% have visited the free areas over six times.

How many haven’t?

A 61% of Greek-Cypriots haven’t gone over to the occupied areas. Still, 19% of them state that they intend to visit the occupied areas at some point in the future. Obviously, they have yet to do it, because of the trouble all Greek-Cypriots have to go through by the Denktash regime. Those refusing to do so, come from the districts of Paphos (90%), Limassol (73%) and Nicosia (53%). In their majority, those people are non-refugees and state as the principal reasons for their refusal a) the production of passport b) the recognition of the pseudostate c) the trouble they have to go through.

The Turkish-Cypriots who refuse to visit the free areas (48%), are unlikely to be Turkish-Cypriots; they must be settlers or Turkish citizens. A 47.5% of them state, rather reluctantly, that it just didn’t happen. How could it happen, since they are not allowed to enter the free areas? Due to the possibility to give multiple answers to the question, some people answer that they are not interested, or that they are afraid for their safety.

Cyprus

Asked how the northern part of Cyprus seemed to them, 62% of Greek-Cypriots state that it was worse than expected, 14% better than expected, and 18% nearly as expected. On the other hand, 41% of Turkish-Cypriots state that the southern part of Cyprus was better than expected, 22% worse, and 33% nearly as expected.

Both Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots received a rather friendly welcome during their visits. An 83% of Greek-Cypriots state that they were treated in a friendly way and only 3% in an unfriendly way. On their part, 60% of Turkish-Cypriots state that they were treated in a friendly way, 6% unfriendly and 23% in a neutral way.

-11% of Greek-Cypriots who visited the occupied areas have made some buys compared to 9% of Turkish-Cypriots who came to the free areas.

-14% of Greek-Cypriots have dined in a restaurant in the occupied areas compared to 11% of Turkish-Cypriots in the free areas.

-85% of Greek-Cypriots state that they have made no buys nor have they dined in the occupied areas.

-As far as prices are concerned on both sides of the barricade, Greek-Cypriots find the prices in the occupied areas very low, while Turkish-Cypriots find the prices in the free areas very high.

Research

Assignment: newspaper Politis
Sample: 700 people in the free areas and 600 in the occupied areas
Method: Random sampling
Collection of data: Telephone
Date: June 2-6

Companies: The opinion poll was conducted in the free areas by ACNIELSEN-AMER and in the occupied areas by the company CADEM."