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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 07-05-09

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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.88/07 09.05.07

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Europe Day celebrated in the occupied areas
  • [02] Talat: Our aim is to crown our military success with a peace agreement
  • [03] Ercakica insists that the Turkish Cypriots have submitted a proposal regarding the 8th July process in spite of the fact that the UN representatives in Cyprus declared this to be false
  • [04] Script by Rasit Pertev of the Missing Bus drama documentary
  • [05] Soyer received two Turkish delegations which are holding contacts in occupied Cyprus
  • [06] Kemal Dervi mentioned as World Bank chief
  • [B] Commentaries, Editorials and Analysis

  • [07] From the Turkish press on political developments in Turkey
  • [08] How the Turkish press covered the results of the presidential elections in France

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Europe Day celebrated in the occupied areas

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (08.05.07) reports that on the occasion of the Europe Day the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce organized an event at the Chambers building.

    Addressing the event the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, said that unfortunately the Turkish Cypriots were unable to celebrate the European Day on 9th of May. However, he added the Turkish Cypriots still maintain the European Vision. Talat went on and said that in 1997 at the same hall for the same occasion when the Head of the EU Delegation in Cyprus was speaking, unable to stand further in the face of his heavy criticism, he had left the hall. From that day on, Talat noted the Turkish Cypriots have developed a new angle of view as regards the EU.

    Noting that the Turkish Cypriots have adopted with a long struggle the EU values, Talat said that the Turkish Cypriots exhibited great determination during the UN plan which was prepared for the comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. He said that the Turkish Cypriots have introduced major political changes and organized major events. He recalled that these events echoed all over the world.

    Saying that the Turkish Cypriots exercised their Self-determination right (Tr. note: Talat used this word in English) and through direct democratic means approved the UN comprehensive settlement plan. Talat added: The Turkish Cypriots gave this major struggle in order to become an EU member and added that the EU is a strong centre of attraction for the Turkish Cypriots. Had it not been for the EU perspective the Turkish Cypriots would have not been following a new policy. In conclusion the Turkish Cypriots have extended strong support to the EU but, unfortunately, they were left outside of the EU, Talat said.

    In his address Talat also referred to the so-called isolations and said that the removal of the isolations will be a good motivation to the Turkish Cypriots EU vision .However, he added, the isolations will not be removed by only introducing the direct trade. As for the continuing EU vision, Talat said that he cannot guarantee that this could go on forever.

    Speaking at the same event the president of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce Erdil Nami said that they wish for a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem based on bicommunal, bizonal and politically equal federation. He demanded concrete steps to be taken in order to renew the Turkish Cypriots trust in the EU. He attacked the Greek Cypriot side by saying that since 1963 whatever the Greek Cypriots did, including the EU membership, was illegal without getting the consent and the participation of the Turkish Cypriots. Nami went on and said that today he is forced to say that the EU is not a catalyst in finding a solution to the Cyprus problem but an obstacle. He also said that demanding from Turkey to open its ports and airports to Cyprus - registered ships and planes will reach nowhere.

    Addressing the same event the German ambassador to Cyprus Dr. Rolf Kaiser said that the EU Council on 22 January tasked Germany as term president to deal with the issue of direct trade with the north of Cyprus and as such Germany will continue its efforts towards this direction.

    The German ambassador went on and explained the principles and the guidelines that gave birth to the EU.

    (MHY)

    [02] Talat: Our aim is to crown our military success with a peace agreement

    KIBRIS newspaper (09.05.07) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, speaking during a meeting with a delegation from Istanbuls Samandira Municipality headed by the Samandira Mayor, said: Our aim is to crown our military success scored in 1974 in Cyprus with a peace agreement which will do away with the Cyprus problem.

    Talat went on and said that at the end of each war, agreements are signed and added: Our objective is to bring about a peace which will secure the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots and it will be solid, reliable, unshakable, bizonal where Turkish guarantorship will continue.

    In addition, Mr Talat, commenting on the criticisms launched against him as regards the Morfou area said that he should not be dragged to the political polemics. He said that he had never tried to market the Morfou area, and added that it was past governments that considered the Morfou area to be returned to the Greek Cypriots in case of a solution and as a result these governments did not make any investment or encouraged the people to make investment in the Morfou area. Talat noted that in the 2004 referendum the Turkish Cypriots said yes to a plan that envisaged the return of Morfou to the Greek Cypriots.

    (MHY)

    [03] Ercakica insists that the Turkish Cypriots have submitted a proposal regarding the 8th July process in spite of the fact that the UN representatives in Cyprus declared this to be false

    Illegal BAYRAK television (09.05.07) broadcast the following:

    The Presidential Spokesman Hasan Ercakica has called on the Greek Cypriot Administration to respond to the package of proposals brought to the table by the Turkish Cypriot Side on the 24th of April in order to forward the 8-July Process.

    Speaking at his weekly press briefing, Mr Ercakica complained that the Greek Cypriot Side did not respond to the Turkish Cypriot Sides package at yesterdays meeting between the Presidential Undersecretary Rasit Pertev and the Chief of the Diplomatic Bureau of the Greek Cypriot President Tasos Tzionis.

    Accusing the Greek Cypriot Side of trying to delay a solution in Cyprus, he said the reason behind the deadlock in the 8-July Process was its negative attitude.

    Mr Ercakica accused the Greek Cypriot Administration of trying to get rid of the package of proposals prepared by the Turkish Cypriot Side and thus to delay the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    He said that the Greek Cypriot Side which has been trying to gain time was trying to put the blame of the failure to hold serious negotiations on the Cyprus issue on the political developments in Turkey.

    Stressing that the political debate in Turkey was not an obstacle in the way of talks on the Cyprus issue, Mr Ercakica criticized the Greek Cypriot Side for trying to present Turkey as its collocutor on the Cyprus issue.

    He said that the Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Levent Bilman had given the necessary response to the Greek Cypriot Administration on the issue by saying that its the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sides which could bring about a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    The spokesman said that such attempts by the Greek Cypriot Side would not be successful but would just delay a solution in Cyprus.

    [04] Script by Rasit Pertev of the Missing Bus drama documentary

    Illegal BAYRAK television (08.05.07) broadcast the following:

    The bus carrying Turkish Cypriots which went missing on the 13th of May 1964 after taking off from Larnaca, has become the subject of a new documentary film.

    The Missing Bus drama documentary, which is written by the Presidential Undersecretary Rasit Pertev, was produced on the basis of eyewitness accounts of the bitter events of the past.

    The missing bus event is only one of several dramatic events of the past that cost the lives of many people in the last 50 years.

    The premiere of the Missing Bus documentary will be held at the Ataturk Culture and Congress Centre of the Near East University on Thursday, marking the 43rd anniversary of the event.

    The 55 minute documentary sheds light to the bitter experiences of the missing persons and their families, as well as to the history of the Turkish Cypriot People.

    The scenario of the film was written by the Presidential Undersecretary Rasit Pertev and the documentary was directed by Fevzi Tanpinar.

    The Presidential Undersecretary Rasit Pertev said that the film is the first of its kind in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in terms of techniques used.

    He added that the documentary was produced by a 44 member team and that the music of the film is composed by Ahmet Okan.

    Meanwhile the Presidential Undersecretary Rasit Pertev paid a visit to the Director of Bayrak Radio and Television Huseyin Gursan, inviting him to the documentarys gala.

    For his part, Mr. Gursan said that the documentary will shed light on the past events and expressed the BRTs readiness to assist in the screening and promotion of the documentary.

    [05] Soyer met with two Turkish delegations which are holding contacts in occupied Cyprus

    Illegal BAYRAK television (08.05.07) broadcast the following:

    Two delegations from Turkey, one headed by the mayor of Istanbuls Samandra Municipality Yusuf Buyuk and the second by the President of the Turkish Veteran Combatants Societys Pendik Branch Safa Altinparlar are in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus for contacts.

    The two delegations were received today by Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer and later paid a visit to the main opposition National Unity Party.

    Speaking before the meeting with the Prime Minister, the Mayor of Istanbul Samandra Municipality Yusuf Buyuk said that the aim of their visit to the TRNC was to reunite fighters who came to fight for peace in Cyprus 33 years ago, with the Turkish Cypriot public.

    Mr Buyuk also highlighted the need to raise future generations with a strong commitment to national solidarity.

    For his part the President of the Turkish Veteran Combatants Societys Pendik Branch Safa Altinparlar said that veteran fighters had contributed greatly in achieving peace and harmony on the island. He expressed the wish that the Turkish Cypriot people will never once again have to experience the events of the past and will live happily and in prosperity.

    Speaking during the meeting, Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer said that the Turkish Cypriot people who have been present on the island for the last 500 years, was struggling to preserve its religion and native language.

    Pointing out that the government was cooperating with Turkey in preparing and launching various projects in all fields for the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot people, the Prime Minister said that their aim was to elevate the standards of the Turkish Cypriot youth in order to enable them to compete with the Greek Cypriot Side as well as the rest of the world.

    Later, the two delegations then visited the main opposition National Unity Party where they met with the former party leader and Deputy Dervis Eroglu.

    [06] Kemal Dervi mentioned as World Bank chief

    Turkish Daily News newspaper (08.05.07) reports that Kemal Dervi is mentioned as World Bank chief. The paper writes the following:

    World Bank presidents should be chosen from a range of countries where first-rate candidates exist such as United Nations Development Programme Chief Kemal Dervi rather than solely from the United States, said the bank's former chief economist Joseph Stiglitz. Stiglitz, who was sharply critical of the sister institution of the bank, the IMF, during his tenure at the bank wrote in Monday's Financial Times that the current president Paul Wolfowitz should quit. Stiglitz also referred to Brazil's former central bank chief Arminio Fraga as a possible replacement for Wolfowitz.

    Prior to his appointment with UNDP, Mr. Dervi was a member of the Turkish Parliament from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) representing Istanbul from November 2002 to June 2005.


    [B] Commentaries, Editorials and Analysis

    [07] From the Turkish press on political developments in Turkey

    The Turkish press on 08.05.07 continued to cover the political developments after the failure of the Turkish Grand National Assembly to elect the 11th President as follows:

    In an article entitled "Businessmen's reactions to constitutional amendments," HURRIYET columnist Erdal Saglam points out that Turkish businessmen and industrialists are opposed to a series of constitutional amendments tabled by the ruling Justice and Development Party, (AKP), in the Turkish Grand National Assembly, (TBMM). Noting that the AKP is also criticized by different segments of society for maintaining its irreconcilable stance, Saglam comments: "It is not possible to understand why AKP leadership insists on those amendments. Can they not see that its current policy overshadows its achievements in the economic field; people think that the AKP's performance would not be found satisfactory if it comes into power again; and that it is losing voter support especially from intellectuals in cities?"

    In an article entitled "Before social fault lines move," MILLIYET columnist Fikret Bila writes that the constitutional amendments actually reflect the AKP's desire to settle scores after being prevented from electing the new president in the TBMM. Pointing out that the AKP has taken an uncompromising stance about the proposed amendments, Bila comments: "It is clear that proposed amendments are problematic from the legal standpoint and that they will fuel political tension." Bila concludes by saying that some contentious articles of the Constitution should be amended after reaching a consensus among all political parties to be represented in the TBMM after the forthcoming general election.

    In an article entitled "How could the CHP-DSP alliance come into power?" HURRIYET columnist Mehmet Yilmaz says that the proposed alliance between the Republican People's Party, (CHP), and the Democratic Left Party, (DSP), would not be sufficient to ensure them to increase their votes in the upcoming general election although it could create a center of gravity for some voters. Yilmaz notes that both parties need to nominate new candidates for Parliament and devise a new program in order to ensure that their alliance will pave the way for an election victory. Yilmaz also cautions that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's insistence on the proposed constitutional amendments could be detrimental to the current regime and calls on the opposition parties to thwart his plan.

    In a report entitled "DSP will nominate candidates in the Black Sea while CHP candidates will run for Parliament in the Aegean" HURRIYET writes that, the DSP and CHP agreed to accord priority to DSP's candidates who will run for Parliament in various cities in the Black Sea region while the CHP's candidates will be atop their joint lists of candidates in other cities.

    In an article entitled "What will the MHP do in the upcoming election?" Sabah columnist Mahmut Ovur quotes Gurcan Dagdas, adviser to Nationalist Action Party, (MHP), leader Devlet Bahceli, as saying that the MHP will emerge as the main party in the center after the general election. He also predicts that the AKP, CHP, and the MHP will share most of the seats in the TBMM.

    In an article entitled "A man coming under attack," HURRIYET columnist Yalcin Dogan argues that various non-governmental organizations have agreed to stage the last rally ahead of the upcoming general election in front of the CHP's headquarters in a bid to force its leader to resign because left-wing voters regard him as the only obstacle to a possible merger of left-wing parties. Dogan notes that many voters are determined not to vote for the CHP if Baykal does not step down before the general election.

    In an article entitled "Marching with blue or orange flags", YENI SAFAK columnist Ibrahim Karagul warns that "the atmosphere of calm" created by the removal of the military "memorandum" from the General Staff's website, Abdullah Gul's withdrawal of his presidential candidacy, and the prevailing "general election mood" does not mean that Turkey has weathered the latest "crisis." He claims that there is a "serious possibility" that the continuation of the recent anti-AKP rallies during the election process will provoke "millions" of people annoyed by these rallies into staging counter demonstrations, leading to clashes between those who align themselves with "secularism, nationalism, localism, anti-Westernism, and xenophobia" and those who believe in "globalization, integration with the West, liberalism, and democracy" and to the eventual partition of Turkey along ethnic lines.

    In an article entitled "The light at the end of the tunnel", YENI SAFAK columnist Fehmi Koru asserts that the Turkish society is going through a process of polarization whose manifestations include a disappearance of "intermediate colors" and a pressure to choose between two political parties in the next elections. He claims that sacrifices are needed from both parties if the existing tensions are not to be translated into a "dangerous conflict," in the words of main opposition leader Deniz Baykal, adding that the onus is on Baykal and the Republican People's Party, (CHP), to try to obstruct a possible escalation of the domestic situation.

    In an article entitled "Heed this warning", VAKIT columnist Serdar Arseven draws attention to Felicity Party, (SP), leader Recai Kutan's warning of a "major danger" in the form of efforts to encourage "bipolar politics" and create "two different societies" in Turkey. Arseven asserts that public faith in politics as a means of providing solutions and addressing demands for rights and freedoms and in the validity of legal mechanisms is fast eroding dangerously in the wake of the recent developments. He cautions that the existing schisms will deepen if politics continues to fail to be an answer to the challenges facing Turkey, leaving the country vulnerable to provocations.

    In an article entitled "BBP and AKP into parliament together", VAKIT columnist Huseyin Ozturk calls on the AKP to look into forming an election alliance with the Grand Unity Party, (BBP), and asserts that the grassroots of both parties would approve of such a move.

    In an article entitled "Alliance on the left", ZAMAN columnist Mumtazer Turkone asserts that "the invisible hand of the State Institutions Party" [the Establishment] is behind the recent endeavors to forge alliances on the Right and the Left and that those conducting these efforts are banking on the scenario of a CHP-DYP-MHP [Nationalist Action Party] coalition" to obstruct the AKP's possible re-election into office in the next elections. In explaining why this plan is a "miscalculation," Turkone argues that the AKP retains the "card of stability" against the prospect of an inefficient coalition government.

    In an article entitled "Would the AKP be closed down? Are you saying, 'What Next?'", ZAMAN columnist A. Turan Alkan criticizes the Constitutional Court ruling on 1 May 2007 upholding the CHP's argument of a 367 quorum requirement for the parliamentary voting for the presidential election as a decision that has created major legal uncertainties making it hard for even the most celebrated jurists in the country to "see two days ahead" and impossible for anyone to say when and how the next president will be elected. Alkan also calls attention to "rumors circulating among the people these days" that those who went out of their way to make certain articles in the Constitution inoperable in the presidential election process might well take steps to close down the ruling AKP.

    In an article entitled "Denouncement," TODAY´S ZAMAN columnist Lale Sariibrahimoglu responds to "e-mails I received contain[ing] criticism amount[ing] to a denouncement of my article" entitled "Turkish Military Involvement in Politics Endangers the Military Itself," in which she cited a statement posted at www.harbiyeli.net as a possible indication of disagreements within the military over the recent General Staff statement.

    In an article entitled "Turkey's True Divide," TODAY´S ZAMAN columnist Suat Kiniklioglu argues that "secularism and religion have become tools in what essentially is a power struggle [in Turkey] between those who are pro-establishment and those who want an open and normal democracy."

    In an article entitled "The United States' approach to the elections in Turkey", MILLI GAZETE columnist Suleyman Arif Emre argues that Washington is trying to bring to power a government in Turkey, either in the form of a coalition or single-party rule, that would be willing to support the Broader Middle East Project in place of the ruling AKP, which, he claims, has lost too much of its popularity in US eyes to serve that purpose any more. Emre argues that the US administration might even want the "memorandum crisis" to pave the way for a "post-modern coup" like the 28 February process if it feels that this will be in US interests.

    Finally in a commentary entitled "What would happen in the elections?", BUGUN newspaper columnist Hakan Aygun predicts the following distribution of votes in the next general election: the AKP, 28-36 percent, the CHP 19-27 percent, the DP, 15-30 percent, and the MHP, 8-13 percent. He claims that if four parties win seats in Parliament, the following coalition formulas will become feasible in descending order of probability: CHP-DP-MHP, 70 percent, AKP-DP, 50 percent, CHP-MHP, 15 percent.

    [08] How the Turkish press covered the results of the presidential elections in France

    On May 8, 2007 the Turkish press gave wide coverage to the results of the presidential elections in France with reports and assessments, as follows:

    In an article entitled "The outcome of the election in France and EU membership process," HURRIYET columnist Ilter Turkmen writes that Turkey should pursue a "benign neglect" policy toward French President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy and not make attempts over the short term to persuade him to support Turkey's accession to the EU which he strongly opposes. He comments: "It should be borne in mind that Sarkozy pursues a pro-Atlantic policy and has close ties with the United States. He is also supported by French businessmen. We should try to influence him indirectly."

    In an article entitled "Why does Sarkozy behave that way?" MILLIYET columnist Sami Kohen cautions that Sarkozy may attempt to derail accession talks between Turkey and the EU in line with his election promises. Pointing out that many European countries would oppose such moves because they could create serious rifts within the EU and that large French companies and the opposition in France would also be bothered by such attitudes, Kohen comments: "Could those factors be sufficient to dissuade the new President and force him to change his policies? I have doubts. Nobody should expect Sarkozy to change over the short term."

    In an editorial entitled "Is it the end of a dream?" SABAH columnist Erdal Safak argues that Sarkozy is the most fervent opponent of Turkey's accession to the EU among all French presidents and predicts that he will attempt to block the accession talks by preventing Turkish and EU delegations from opening and discussing different chapters. Safak also points out that Turkey will have lost three staunch allies after the change of leaders in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

    In an article entitled "Is this Sharia?" REFERANS columnist Cengiz Candar says that Turkey should keep its "democratic horizons" open and revive its reform process as part of its goal to join the EU taking account of Sarkozy's election and the fact that the United States is abandoning its neutral stance following the General Staff's ultimatum to the government. He concludes by saying that Turkey will not face a threat stemming from a plan to establish a regime based on sharia if it continues to make determined efforts to join the EU.

    In an article entitled "A turning point in relations with France and EU: President Sarkozy," TURKISH DAILY NEWS columnist Cengiz Aktar says that French-Turkish relations will possibly undergo a radical change if Sarkozy's party wins a comfortable majority in the parliamentary elections in June, and if he implements fully his campaign promises.

    In an article entitled "Just what we needed", VAKIT columnist Abdurrahman Dilipak predicts problems in relations with France over the Armenian genocide issue as well as in the EU accession process in the wake of Sarkozy's election as the new French president. He also claims that what appears to be the "neo-nationalist Kemalist wing's defiance of the US and the West" in the recent rallies is actually a manifestation of this section's "envy" and "deep anger" at Washington's partnership with "moderate Islamists" in Turkey.

    EG/


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