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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. 10/09 16.01.2009
[A] NEWS ITEMS
[A] NEWS ITEMS
 Statements by Talat during Fazil Kucuks commemoration ceremonyIllegal Bayrak television (15.01.09) broadcast the following:
The late founding leader of the Turkish Cypriot people, Dr Fazil Kucuk was remembered today on the 25th anniversary of his death.
In his speech to commemorate Dr Kucuk, President Mehmet Ali Talat praised the works of the former leader which played a vital role in the gaining of todays Turkish Cypriot position.
Talat said that Dr Kucuk made big contributions to the Turkish Cypriot freedom and existence, as well as to the formation of a strong communal consciousness. The President went on to say that the former Turkish Cypriot leader represented the Turkish Cypriot people as equal partners of the state when the Republic of Cyprus was established in 1960.He also set off the Turkish Cypriot struggle against the Greek Cypriot EOKA organization, which started the Turkish Cypriot killing, Talat reminded.
Today we do make serious efforts to reach a settlement on the Cyprus issue and get integrated with the rest of the world. Dr Kucuks values and principles shed light on our path. We hope to reach a peaceful outcome at the end, the President said.
Mr Talat moved on saying that the Turkish Cypriot side is maintaining its peaceful efforts on the Cyprus issue in cooperation with Turkey- which he said provides its unconditional support to Turkish Cypriots in all cases. Reminding that Dr Kucuk had always referred to the necessity for solving the Cyprus problem together with Turkey, President Talat said that this thinking is still valid today.
 Soyer is going to IstanbulTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.01.09) reports that the so-called prime minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer is going today to Istanbul as a guest of the Faculty of Trade, Economy and Management of Marmara University. According to a press release, Mr Soyer will deliver a speech today at the Faculty and will be the guest of honour at an event. He will return to the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus on Saturday night.
 KTOS held a demonstration against Talat for preventing KTFA of being member of KOP. Adal stated that they will try again to change FIFAs proposalTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.01.09) reports that the Cyprus Turkish Teachers Trade Union (KTOS) organized yesterday a demonstration in order to protest against the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. KTOS said that Mr Talat is trying to prevent the openings of the Turkish Cypriot Football Association to the world in the football field. KTOS supported yesterday the Cyprus Peace Platform with its demonstration entitled Kick at Talat. Mr Sener Elcil, General Secretary of KTOS, in a speech during the demonstration, said that those who want to isolate the Turkish Cypriots from the world with the expressions of embargo and isolation, first is the former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas who tried to deceive the Turkish Cypriots in the past by using the world embargo and now the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat who is trying to continue the same mentality by changing the terminology to isolation.
Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (16.01.09) reports that the Chairman of Turkish Cypriot Football Association (KTFA), Omer Adal, in a written statement, said that it is not possible to accept the proposal of FIFA to be member of the Cyprus Football Association (KOP), adding that they will continue to have discussions with officials of FIFA/UEFA and KOP in order to be able to change the proposal to be acceptable.
 The so-called Civil Aviation stated that the Civil Aviation of the Republic of Cyprus has no authority over the North CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (16.01.09) under the title Tension between North and South for Ercan (occupied airport of Tymvou) reports that the so-called ministry of public works and transportation, in a written statement, announced that while the Cyprus problem has not been solved yet, the Greek Cypriot side should know that it can only have control in its own area and cannot interfere in the North. As the Greek Cypriots have a state, an administration and airspace in the south, so the Turkish Cypriots have an administration, a state and airspace in the north. The Turkish Cypriot civil aviation serves this airspace at world and European standards. This statement was a reaction to the statement of the civil aviation of the Republic of Cyprus that the occupied airport of Tymvou is not safe that this is a meaning with more than a political coercion.
 Occupied Cyprus serves as a shelter of the Ergenekon membersTurkish daily Cumhuriyet newspaper (16.01.09) reports on the inquiry regarding the underground organization Ergenekon and writes that there were claims that the retired brigadier general Levent Ersoz, who was arrested in a hospital following his prostate treatment in Ankara under a false name Mehmet Orhan Gulcu, would go to the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus via the Mersin port in south Turkey.
The paper report that the retired brigadier general Levent Ersoz seven months ago left Turkey for Russia one day before an arrest warrant was issued against him regarding his involvement in the Ergenekon under ground organization and he was at large until his arrest the other day.
Levent Ersoz was the former head of the Gendarmerie Intelligence Department. Under his command the Gendarmerie Intelligence Department tapped the telephone conversations of high level Turkish officials. He was also considered as the Key name in the attempted coupes detat code named: Sarikiz -Blondie and Ayisigi- Moonlight in Turkey.
The papers report that he had entered Turkey from Zonguldak, north Turkey. He was going to have a prostate operation when he was arrested in the hospital following a tip off by the security services. When he was arrested with him were his son-in-law and an active gendarmerie petty officer.
On the same issue, Turkish daily Todays Zaman newspaper (15.01.09) writes that police sources said intelligence information indicated that Ersoz was planning to escape to occupied Cyprus following the completion of his treatment in the hospital.
 UN Secretary-General pays a visit to Turkey todayTurkish daily Todays Zaman newspaper (16.01.09) reports that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to pay a visit to Turkey today as part of an effort to implement an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Palestine.
Mr Ban's visit comes amidst rising tension in the Middle East due to an ongoing Israeli military attack on the Gaza Strip, which has so far killed more than 1,000 people and wounded at least 4,000 others. Ban is scheduled to meet with President Abdullah Gul and later with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the recent developments in the Israeli military's assault against Gaza. Foreign Minister Ali Babacan is expected to attend both meetings.
 Erdogan to discuss Turkeys EU accession in Brussels between 18-20 JanuaryAnkara Anatolia news agency (15.01.09) reported from Ankara that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to Brussels in January 18-20 upon an invitation from European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso. According to a statement by Prime Ministry Press Center, the visit was the first of its kind since 1996 that takes part from Turkey at Prime Minister level upon an invitation from the EU Commission head.
This is also the first visit from Turkey to Brussels at prime minister level after 2004 December Summit.
Turkey's accession process, Turkish-EU relations as well as regional and international matters are expected to be discussed during Erdogan's visit. Erdogan is scheduled to meet a delegation led by Barroso, the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pottering, and the chairmen of European Parliament Political Groups.
The Turkish Prime Minister will deliver speech on Turkish-EU relations at a think-tank organization, European Policy Center, in Brussels on January 19.
Erdogan will also meet representatives of associations of Turkish citizens living in Belgium on January 18.
 Independent Turkey Committee delegation, lead by former Finnish president Ahtisaari, reaffirms support to Turkeys EU bidAnkara Anatolia news agency (15.01.09) reported from Ankara the following:
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has received members of the Independent Turkey Committee led by former Finnish president and Nobel laureate Martti Ahtisaari at the Cankaya Presidential Residence in Ankara.
Newly appointed State Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis was also in attendance at the closed-door meeting.
During the meeting, President Gul reiterated that Turkey was determined about becoming a full member of the EU while Bagis informed members of the Committee on steps to be taken by Turkey in the membership process.
Independent Turkey Committee members renewed their support to Turkey's EU process. They expressed their appreciation with opening of a new TV channel by the state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corp. to broadcast in Kurdish and the government's decision about prominent poet Nazim Hikmet.
They also said that Turkey's significant role in energy and its active policies about the Caucasus and the Middle East entailed its full membership.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also received the members of the Independent Turkey Committee led by former Finnish president and Nobel laureate Martti Ahtisaari, on Thursday.
Erdogan told Ahtisaari about the activities which were carried out regarding Turkey's EU membership process as well as recent steps Turkey took about the issue.
Ahtisaari said during the meeting that Turkey's National Program which was issued on December 31, 2008 would bring momentum to Turkey's EU membership process.
 First message from Gul to ObamaTurkish daily Sabah newspaper (13.01.09) reports that the first diplomatic note sent from President Abdullah Gul to President-elect Barack Obama was regarding Israel's offensive on Gaza. Gul, in a message sent to Obama, requesting he take consideration of the Turkish public's sensitivity on the Palestine issue, stated; "Understand us correctly on the Palestine issue. Take heed of Turkey's words. This incident is not just between Palestine and Israel, but is an event that will bring instability to the entire region." Gul, welcomed members from the board of administrators of the Turkish Businessmen and Industrialist Confederation (TUSKON) along with US academics to the Presidential Palace (Cankaya). The topics discussed during the meeting included the Israeli offensive in Gaza, Russia's shutting off of gas supplies to the EU via Ukraine as well as the European Union process. US academics asked Gul if he had a message for Obama. Gul stated; "Understand us correctly on the Palestine issue. The Turkish press and public have reacted more 'sensitively' than others to the developments in Gaza. Turkey's sensitivity and sensibility on the issue should be well understood. What has happened is upsetting."
 Turkish Human Rights Foundation notes a rise in suspicious murders and deathsTurkish Bianet internet site (14.01.09) publishes the following report:
The Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TIHV) has published its annual report, in which it states that unsolved murders as well as deaths in detention or prison are the highest in eight years.
Following the publication of its
annual report, the Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TIHV) points to a
worrying similarity in numbers of suspicious deaths to the 1990s. While
there were two murders committed by unknown assailants in 2007, the
number rose to 34 in 2008.
A rise compared to 2007
In addition, there were 37 deaths in extrajudicial killings, when
people ignoring a call by the police to stop were shot, or died of
random gun fire. There were 27 such deaths in 2007.
As for deaths in detention or prisons, the number has risen from 11 in
2006 and 10 in 2007 to 45 in 2008.
Laws and implementations at fault
Examining the statistics of the last eight years, the foundation found
that an improvement between 2000 and 2005 has given way to a lack of
respect for the right to life in Turkey. The foundation blames both
changes in law and in practice for this deterioration.
TIHV statistics of the last eight years:
Year / murders with unknown assailants / extrajudicial killings, stop
warnings, random gun fire / deaths in detention or prison
A rise compared to 2007
In addition, there were 37 deaths in extrajudicial killings, when people ignoring a call by the police to stop were shot, or died of random gun fire. There were 27 such deaths in 2007.
As for deaths in detention or prisons, the number has risen from 11 in 2006 and 10 in 2007 to 45 in 2008.
Laws and implementations at fault
Examining the statistics of the last eight years, the foundation found that an improvement between 2000 and 2005 has given way to a lack of respect for the right to life in Turkey. The foundation blames both changes in law and in practice for this deterioration.
TIHV statistics of the last eight years:
Year / murders with unknown assailants / extrajudicial killings, stop warnings, random gun fire / deaths in detention or prison