Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktas met Turkish Prime Minister, mr Bulent Ecevit in Ankara, Friday (1st December) for vital talks on the future of the Turkish community on Cyprus.
PAN Denktas arriving with the Turkish Foreign Minister, Okcun and being greeted by Ecevit at door of building
SV ZOOM TO CU of Ecevit seated, PAN TO Denktas and Ockun
CU Denktas seated
SV PAN OF three seated (LEFT TO RIGHT)
CU newsmen taking pictures
SV three men seated
SV Denktas speaking in English
DENKTAS: "I told him my impressions of the New York meetings and resolutions. I pointed out to him very frankly that the way the Greek Cypriots are going about the Cyprus problem, they are leaving us no alternative except to declare ourselves an independent country, an independent state and thus to sit at the negotiating table on the basis of equality. Because this political equality existed in 1960 treaties. The Greek Cypriots destroyed this bicommunal estate by attacking us and by maintaining their rejection of us to return back to the bicommunal estate. For fifteen years the Turkish Cypriots are in stateless position and we have to give name to ourselves otherwise the world, the Security Council and the General Assembly can-not comprehend, cannot understand the meaning of having a kind of partner status in the estate and not possessing it."
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Background: Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktas met Turkish Prime Minister, mr Bulent Ecevit in Ankara, Friday (1st December) for vital talks on the future of the Turkish community on Cyprus. Mr Denktas had only just arrived back from New where the United Nations Security Council, has called on Greek and Turkish Cypriots to resume negotiations.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Denktas was met in Ankara by the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mr Okcun, who informed him of local development before their meeting with Prime Minister, Mr Ecevit. In Mr Denktas' absence in New York, seven members of the cabinet of the self proclaimed Turkish Federated State of Cyprus had resigned.
The mass resignation of ministers was major discussion point for Prime Minister, Mr Ecevit, Mr Denktas and Mr Okcun. Although there has been no official explanation for the cabinet upheaval, it follows closely on allegations in Turkish Cypriot newspapers that the self-styled government was planning secret tourist deals with foreign companies. The United Nations Security Council resolution calling on Greek and Turkish Cypriots to resume negotiations on the long standing Cyprus dispute was the focal point of the meeting. Mr Denktas was pessimistic about solving the Cyprus question soon.