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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 09-08-14

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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. 152/09 14.08.09

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The journalist who took the photographs of the five Greek Cypriot soldiers in occupied Chatoz claims that the Turkish Cypriot fighters are those who killed them and not the Turkish army
  • [02] Interim agreement for the Cyprus problem to be brought to the fore
  • [03] Ozdil Nami on the land in the buffer zone for the opening of Limnitis crossing point
  • [04] The occupation regime to participate in the 14th Turcic World Youth General Assembly in Ukraine
  • [05] Eighteen illegal immigrants of Syrian citizenship were arrested in occupied Karpass peninsula
  • [06] The 9th International Eurasia Taekwondo Championship will take place in the occupied areas of Cyprus
  • [07] Richard Holbrooke to visit Turkey later this month.
  • [08] Turkey and Syria to work on a joint tourism project
  • [09] A document revealed that the Turkish Armed Forces make discrimination and categorize soldiers according to their religious and military views
  • [10] Turkish Treasury figures show 22,505 international companies operate in Turkey

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The journalist who took the photographs of the five Greek Cypriot soldiers in occupied Chatoz claims that the Turkish Cypriot fighters are those who killed them and not the Turkish army

    Under the title Experienced journalist described what happened 35 years ago and subtitle Fighters said They murdered our families and shot the prisoners of war, Turkish daily Vatan newspaper (12.08.09) publishes a report by Oge Demirkan on the five Greek Cypriot soldiers who were taken prisoners and were killed by the Turkish soldiers in occupied Chatoz in 1974. Oge Demirkan writes:

    The pictures of the Greek Cypriot soldiers, who were taken prisoners following the Peace Operation in Cyprus, have become one of the symbols of the war. Thirty five years later it was revealed that these prisoners have been killed. The journalist Ergin Konuksever who brought back to his memory the incident that took place 35 years ago, said that the prisoners have been killed, yet, this was done by the fighters.

    General had shouted at the fighters

    Ergin Konukseyer, who took the picture which was in the hands of the Missing Persons Commission, vividly remembers those days. He had summarized the events as follows: When we had reached to Serdarli Region with Meric 1 Tank, we came face to face with the prisoners.

    Commander of the tank, Lieutenant Erael Kayan had offered cigarettes to them. Then Hakki Boratas Pasha came. He too inquired about them. He had handed them over to the Turkish Cypriot fighters (mücahit) and told them to keep the prisoners in a closed quarter. We had mounted on the tank and we were about to leave when we heard shots. I had jumped over the tank and run towards the direction where sound of firing shots was heard. In the meantime I saw the mücahits shooting at the prisoners. While I was taking the photographs of the dead Greek Cypriot soldiers lying on the ground and the mücahits, Hakki Pasha had arrived. When he saw the scene he had shouted at them: ´What did you do, did I order you to kill them? I told you to keep them in closed quarters´.

    They killed my brother

    Following the tough stance by Hakki Pasha, the mucahits started talking. One of them said: They killed my brother. The other reacted as follows: They killed my sister. We were waiting this moment for years. Hakki Pasha ordered the bulldozer which was there to dig a pit and these people were buried there. Meanwhile, one of the mucahits gave the documents and the money taken from the Greek Cypriot soldiers. Pasha became furious and had torn off all the money and the documents. After that we mounted on the tanks and moved away

    The story of the pictures

    Konuksever says that the said photographs have a very interesting history: When we had left the area we tried to dispatch the photographs we had with us to Turkey. We had to go to Nicosia and from there we would give the films to the helicopter that was going to Adana. We had got on a minibus. Besides me as journalist, there were Adem Yavuz and Cengiz Kapkin in the car. When the driver took a wrong turn, the Greek Cypriots fired at us. I was hit with a bullet. It entered from by back and came out from my shoulder. When firing stopped a thin fair haired Greek Cypriot soldier came. I told him ´I am a journalist´. In turn he said to me ´I am also a journalist but at this moment we are at war´. He took my three cameras and 11 films. Later on they gave me a towel. Adem Yavuz helped me. For hours I waited wounded. Then with an armored vehicle they took us to a military camp. There too I waited for hours. And then they took me to hospital. I was on the stretcher, the nurses attacked me. Then a doctor came and saved me. He took me to the surgery room for operation.

    They shot Adem Yavuz

    The doctor who operated on me said: I gave my Hippocrates oath. I am responsible for your security. For me my oath is important and not the war. Meanwhile, they brought Adem Yavuz who was unconscious to the bed next to me. When I saw him I was surprised because he was not wounded. I wondered why he was next to me now. Few days later when Adem came to his senses he told me what had happened. When the nurses attacked me, they handcuffed Adem and Cengiz together and then they blind-folded them. At that moment a soldier fired at Adem and wounded him at his stomach. Adem underwent five operations. Especially for the last one the doctor told me: I will operate on him with local anesthesia. I cannot make him to sleep because he will not wake up. I still hear his cries. After the operation he continuously wanted water from me. It was forbidden to him. Then he requested that if he dies he should be buried in his birth place, Cinarly in Sivas by the river and then on his grave I should drink raki (ouzo) and eat zanziki because I longed for those two he said. Unfortunately he was unable to hold on. He was transferred to Adana but he died.

    I have said what I know

    Konuksever said that five years ago Rauf Denktash had invited him. He said: When Denktash was still President his aid-de-camp called me and invited me to Cyprus to give testimony before the Missing Persons Committee established by the UN. I went to tell what I know. When I entered the room where the commission was, I saw my photographs in a file. I studied them. Yes, they are my photographs when the Greek Cypriots were taken prisoners but no photographs exist when the mucahits killed them. I told them what happened. Later on I told them that It is your duty to find my three cameras and photographs´. Meanwhile the Dutch President of the Commission came to me and whispered to my ear. I come from a cold country. I live in a nice house in Cyprus. I have a luxurious car and I get 20 thousand dollars a month. I never want this case to finish.

    (MHY)

    [02] Interim agreement for the Cyprus problem to be brought to the fore

    Under the title Interim Agreement Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam (14.08.09) publishes a report in its front page according to which in case a solution is not reached to the Cyprus problem until December or until the beginning of the year 2010, an interim agreement scenario will be brought to the fore and the signing of an interim agreement prior to the April 2010 TRNC presidential elections, will be put forward.

    This scenario envisages that the agreement will be signed prior to the April 2010 elections, so that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat, may secure support for the elections. This scenario is prepared by Britain and the USA but the UN are also involved in it. Greece and the Republic of Cyprus are aware of it and Brussels were also informed. The two sides in Cyprus appear to have no objections towards this plan, writes the paper.

    (CS)

    [03] Ozdil Nami on the land in the buffer zone for the opening of Limnitis crossing point

    Illegal Bayrak Television (13.08.09) broadcast the following:

    Special Representative of the TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat in charge of UN and EU Affairs- Ozdil Nami has responded to the claims issued in the Greek Cypriot media regarding the preparatory work in the area of the Yesilirmak [occupied Limnitis] crossing point.

    Greek Cypriot media said the two sides might face some difficulties on the issue of expropriation during the phase on road construction.

    Speaking to the BRT newsroom, Ozdil Nami said there is no legislation regarding expropriation activities within the UN-controlled buffer zone. He also noted that the road on the side of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will pass through the state land. Thus, there wont be any problems he said.

    A road, with a length of 6.5 km, needs to be constructed for the opening of the Yesilirmak crossing point. It is going to be constructed between the villages of Yesilirmak and Pirgo. Part of the road remaining in South Cyprus has already been constructed and work is underway to construct the rest of it in the buffer zone and on the TRNC land.

    [04] The occupation regime to participate in the 14th Turkic World Youth General Assembly in Ukraine

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (14.08.09) writes that the occupation regime will participate in the 14th Turcic World Youth General Assembly, which will take place in Yalta, Ukraine. A five-person delegation of Turk-Bir Union will participate in the assembly. According to the paper 70 youth organizations, consisting of 350 persons from 44 countries will participate in the assembly. The dates of the event are not mentioned in the paper.

    (CS)

    [05] Eighteen illegal immigrants of Syrian citizenship were arrested in occupied Karpass peninsula

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (14.08.09) reports that 18 illegal immigrants of Syrian citizenship were arrested yesterday by the self-styled police for entering illegally the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus. The immigrants were arrested in the Karpass peninsula and occupied Trikomo areas. According to the paper, the self-styled police is looking for 9-10 more immigrants, who are to have arrived in the occupied areas together with the persons arrested.

    (CS)

    [06] The 9th International Eurasia Taekwondo Championship will take place in the occupied areas of Cyprus

    Under the title The Championship in the TRNC, Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (14.08.09) reports that the 9th International Eurasia Taekwondo Championship will take place in the occupied areas of Cyprus, together with the 22nd TRNC Taekwondo Championship, between 25-31 of October 2009.

    (CS)

    [07] Richard Holbrooke to visit Turkey later this month.

    HurriyetDailyNews.com (13.08.09) reported the following from Washington: Richard Holbrooke, U.S. President Barack Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has said he will visit Turkey later this month to attend an international meeting on Pakistan.

    I will be leaving the day after tomorrow for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Then I'll fly to Istanbul, where the Turks are hosting a Friends of Democratic Pakistan meeting, Holbrooke said Wednesday in an address to the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington.

    He said he would be in Afghanistan during the war-torn country's presidential election on Aug. 20 at Obama's request. Incumbent President Hamid Karzai is leading in public opinion polls before the election.

    In addition to attending the Istanbul meeting, Holbrooke is also expected to meet with senior Turkish officials.

    Fighting against Taliban:

    Friends of Democratic Pakistan is a group of nations aimed to extend support to Pakistan's government in its efforts to consolidate democracy and to back social and economic development in the country.

    Twenty-four countries, including Turkey, and international organizations are members of the group. Sources said Holbrooke would like Turkey to send combat troops to Afghanistan to join Western forces fighting the Taliban, but Turkish officials have repeatedly made it clear that Ankara has no such intention.

    Presently, nearly 1,000 Turkish troops are serving in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, and are tasked with defending the capital Kabul.

    Since last week, U.S. forces have been conducting a large-scale military offensive against Taliban strongholds in the country's south.

    [08] Turkey and Syria to work on a joint tourism project

    Todays Zaman newspaper (14.08.09) reports the following:

    Officials from the Association of Turkish Travel Agents (TURSAB) and the Syrian Federation of Chambers of Tourism convened in Damascus on Wednesday to discuss a project that would jointly promote tourism to Turkey and Syria.

    The project aims to help tourists -- especially from the Far East -- visit Turkey and Syria under a single program. Prices, border passage and accommodation standards will be similar in both countries under the project.

    Accordingly, a tourist who visits the Syrian city of Aleppo will be able to visit the southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep, the closest Turkish city to Aleppo, as part of a single travel package. Also, cities that are similar culturally, like Istanbul and Damascus, will be included in similar packages. Officials will meet again in the coming months to discuss the project in detail.

    [09] A document revealed that the Turkish Armed Forces make discrimination and categorize soldiers according to their religious and military views.

    Todays Zaman newspaper (14.08.09) reports the following: A document reportedly prepared by the Land Forces Command revealed that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) categorized soldiers serving in the military and cadets in military schools in accordance with their religious and military views and ordered the relevant bodies to keep them on a monitor list for life.

    The Land Forces Command sent a copy of the said document to the National Intelligence Organization (M0T), the Gendarmerie General Command and various police departments, warning them to keep an eye on the names included in the document when they are conducting security investigations.

    Several soldiers and cadets were mentioned in the document just for praying or carrying religious symbols. One of them is Onur Dusgul, a cadet at the Maltepe Military High School. According to the document, Dusgul poses a danger to the constitutional order of the Republic of Turkey.

    The document notes that praying is among Dusgul's illegal acts. The cadet also reads religious books, carries religious symbols and is in close contact with illiterate individuals coming from eastern and southeastern provinces. The document also accuses Dusgul of criticizing Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern republic, and 0smet 0nonu, Turkey's second president.

    Dusgul favors the destruction of the constitutional order of the Republic of Turkey and the establishment of an order based on Shariah rule. He has the power to poison his entourage at school with his views if he has the chance. He should be kept under control when his service in the military ends, states the document.

    The document also asks M0T, the Gendarmerie General Command and police departments to include Dusgul on their monitoring lists .

    [10] Turkish Treasury Figures Show 22,505 International companies operate in Turkey

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (13.08.09) reported the following from Ankara: The number of international companies operating in Turkey has reached 22,505 at the end of June 2009.

    According to the figures by the Turkish Treasury Undersecretariat, 54.7 percent of these companies are from the European Union (EU) countries.

    German companies are ranked the first among international firms with 3,852 and British and Dutch companies followed Germans with 2,123 and 1,732 respectively.International companies in Turkey operate in the areas of wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing industry and real estate

    The number of foreign companies which were established in Turkey till the end of June 2009 and their countries are as follows:

    COUNTRIES                     NUMBER OF COMPANIES
    EU Countries                          2712.312
    Germany                                  3.852
    The Netherlands                          1.732
    Britain                                  2.123
    Other EU countries                       4.605
    Other European countries (except the EU) 2.939
    African countries                          382
    North America                            1.118
    USA                                        974
    Canada                                     144
    Central and South America                  123
    Near and Middle East countries           3.823
    Azerbaijan                                 651
    Iraq                                       627
    Iran                                     1.089
    Other                                    1.456
    Other Asian countries                    1.528
    Peoples Republic of China                  356
    South Korea                                144
    Other                                    1.028
    Other countries                            280
    TOTAL:                                  22.505
    

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