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

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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. 170/09 09.09.09

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Another place where Greek Cypriot victims were buried during the Turkish invasion of the island
  • [02] Erolu announced the results of a survey which revealed that 50.1% of the persons in the occupied areas supports the existence of two separate states
  • [03] Ercakica said the meeting of the 17th of September will be held as planned
  • [04] The self-styled government to add a representative in the Turkish Cypriot negotiation team
  • [05] Turkish Cypriot imam rejects allegations made yesterday by Mufti Yusuf Suicmez
  • [06] Tacoy said they will launch 38 additional flights from Britain next year; Plans for building marinas in occupied Keryneia and Famagusta
  • [07] The CTP takes Eroglu and the illegal BRT to court
  • [08] Turkish President Gul discussed the Cyprus problem with members of Elders Group
  • [09] Gul met with the ambassadors of the OIC member countries during a fast-breaking dinner
  • [10] Foreign Minister Davutolu to embark on yet another Mideast tour
  • [11] Turkey s EU Reform Follow-up Group defined its new road map
  • [12] The Turkish Finance Ministry fines the Turkish publisher Doan Yayin Holdings 3.75 billion Turkish Lira
  • [13] Turkish state minister held a meeting with Indian Commerce Minister
  • [14] Turkey is planning to establish a Presidency for the Turks living abroad, raising its lobbying activities against the Armenian Diaspora
  • [15] Turkey to launch its first domestically-built earth observation satellite next year

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Another place where Greek Cypriot victims were buried during the Turkish invasion of the island

    Under the title 14 corpses at Mevlevi Tekke [dervish lodge], Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (09.09.09) reports that it was established that a mass grave is located in the centre of Lefkosia at the Mevlevi Tekke [dervish lodge] next to the Turkish war cemetery.

    According to information acquired by the paper, this mass grave has been established by the Committee on Missing Persons and it will soon be opened. The paper notes that after April 2004, a group of Greek Cypriots from occupied Aiyialousa village crossed over to the occupied areas searching for a Turkish Cypriot police sergeant who saved their lives during the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island.

    The meeting was materialized with the pensioner sergeant Mr Vedat, who was in bed sick and described to them an incident of which he was eye witness. He said that during the invasion some Greek Cypriots were buried in the Mevlevi Tekke. Reporters of Afrika went to the above-mentioned place and took the picture of the spot where the Greek Cypriots are buried. The reporters found out that the 14 Greek Cypriots entered into the area occupied by the Turkish troops in 1974 either because they lost their way or for some other reasons. They were killed and buried in a hole at the above-mentioned Tekke.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Erolu announced the results of a survey, which revealed that 50.1% of the persons in the occupied areas supports the existence of two separate states

    Illegal BAYRAK television (08.09.09) reports the following:

    Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu has called on the Greek Cypriot Side to adopt a reasonable stance and to open the way for reconciliation in Cyprus. He also urged the Greek Cypriot Side to accept the existence of another state in Cyprus and to open the way for reconciliation. `All should know that the Cyprus Turkish People are not helpless and they have alternatives`, he said.

    Prime Minister Dervi Erolu held a press conference today to make an assessment of his first 100 days in office. Economic measures taken by the government and the negotiation process continuing in Cyprus was the two main topics of the press conference.

    On the negotiation process, Mr Erolu said that his government was working in full harmony with President Mehmet Ali Talat who is conducting the negotiations. The Premier repeated that a representative of the government would be included in the Turkish Side s team at the talks.

    He also urged the Greek Cypriot Side to adopt a reasonable stance and to open the way for reconciliation in Cyprus. `I hope our Greek Cypriot neighbors will adopt a reasonable stance at the negotiations which are to be resumed on Thursday and accept the existence of another state in Cyprus which is equal to their own state and will open the way for reconciliation`, he said.

    `All should know that the Cyprus Turkish People are not helpless and they have alternatives`, he said, adding that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus exists and will continue to do so.

    Announcing the results of a latest public survey, the Prime Minister said the study revealed that 50.1% of the TRNC people supports the existence of two separate independent states, 17.4% a federation with a strong central government, 16.8% a confederation with a weak central government and 8.4% wanted the continuation of the current situation while 6.5% is in support of integration with Turkey.

    On economic issues, Mr Eroglu said that the government has been working hard since coming to power to develop the economy and the private sector and to achieve greater economic growth in order to create a stronger Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

    He said an opinion poll has revealed that the measures taken by his government have the support of the TRNC people.

    He said the government needs the support of the trade unions, civil society organizations, workers and businessmen in order to achieve this objective and explained that he wanted to create a platform where all these would be represented.

    `I hope all will get rid of their prejudices and such a platform will be created` he said, expressing the hope that the government would achieve its objective with the support of this platform.

    The Premier also noted that the 13th salary would not be scrapped and retirement bonuses will not be taxed. He also added that his government is determined to make the Prime Ministry Inspection Board functional.

    Moreover, Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (09.09.09) reports that in statements yesterday during a press conference on the occasion of the completion of 100 days from the National Unity Partys (UBP) coming to power the self-styled prime minister Dervis Eroglu referred to the protest activities organized by some Turkish Cypriot trade unions and argued that their aim is to abolish the TRNC, breakaway regime in the occupied areas of Cyprus, and pave the way for an agreement which will ensure that the Turkish Cypriot people are patched up to the so-called Republic of Cyprus.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (09.09.09) refers to Mr Eroglus statements and reports that the self-styled prime minister announced the results of a public opinion poll regarding the Cyprus problem. According to these results, 50.1% of the people support two completely independent states in Cyprus. Mr Eroglu alleged that this result coincides with the will of 19 April 2004 as expressed by the Turkish Cypriots during the referendum regarding the Annan Plan. The paper publishes Mr Eroglus statements under the title Account for it will be called and notes that he said they will call some persons to account for the corruption in the occupied areas.

    Mr Eroglu was asked whether he was annoyed by the support expressed to the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and replied negatively. He added that this was a message given to the public opinion in Turkey. He noted that Mr Erdogan used this expression in order to stress that Cyprus will not be sacrificed. Responding to another question, Mr Eroglu said his party will have a candidate in the forthcoming so-called presidential elections, but the competent organs of the party have not decided yet on the issue.

    [03] Ercakica said the meeting of the 17th of September will be held as planned

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (09.09.09) reports that Hasan Ercakica, spokesman of the Turkish Cypriot leader Talat, referred yesterday to statements made by the Government Spokesman, Stefanos Stefanou and expressed the satisfaction of the Turkish side for the fact that the meeting between President Christofias and Mr Talat will not be annulled because of the participation of President Christofias in the Summit of the Heads of State of the EU. The paper publishes Mr Ercakicas statements to the illegal TAK news agency under the title Ercakica stated that the meeting on 17 September will be held as planned and There is no annulment.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] The self-styled government to add a representative in the Turkish Cypriot negotiation team

    Illegal BAYRAK television (08.09.09) broadcast the following:

    Foreign Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Huseyin Ozgurgun has said the government has reached agreement with President Mehmet Ali Talat to add a governmental representative into the TRNC negotiating team.

    Answering a reporters question during a visit paid to him today, the Minister said the representative will be chosen through his Ministry but noted that its yet a bit early to speak of names.

    Mr Ozgurgun said the representative may not be chosen by the first meeting of the second round but the final decision will definitely be made before the second meeting.

    [05] Turkish Cypriot imam rejects allegations made yesterday by Mufti Yusuf Suicmez

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (09.09.09) refers to the issue of a possible imam crisis at Hala Sultan Tekke mosque in Larnaka and reports that it seems that there is a Turkish Cypriot imam at Hala Sultan. The name of the imam is Sakir Alemdar, who had applied to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Cyprus and acquired a document for being able to carry out this duty. Mr Alemdar criticized the head of the so-called Religious Affairs Department, Yusuf Suicmez for telling Kibris the day before yesterday that there are no Cypriot imams and therefore we were forced to bring from Turkey. We are here, he said.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibrisli newspaper (09.09.09) refers to the same issue under the title The imam crisis has been proven to be false and reports that the head of the so-called Religious Affairs Department, Yusuf Suicmez has deceived the press in the name of politics and lied to the people. The paper notes that the news published yesterday in the front page of Kibris has been proven to be faked up.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] Tacoy said they will launch 38 additional flights from Britain next year; Plans for building marinas in occupied Keryneia and Famagusta

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (09.09.09) reports that the self-styled minister of public works and transport, Hasan Tacoy has said that the illegal Turkish Cypriot airlines are preparing to launch 38 additional flights to Britain in order to meet the demand of 30 thousand passengers and increase this number.

    In statements yesterday during a meeting of government officials with the Union of Turkish Cypriot Travel Agents (KITSAB), Mr Tacoy noted that during a visit he paid to the illegal airlines he saw that they are preparing a program for new destinations. He noted that the additional flights are planned from Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow. He noted that during a meeting he held with the Turkish Minister of Transport, Binali Yildirim he asked for the abolition of the fee charged for the journeys to the occupied areas of Cyprus and added that soon they will sign a protocol with the Turkish Ministry aiming at the increase of the number of the passengers. He said they will try to lift the above-mentioned fee as well within the scope of this protocol.

    Mr Tacoy noted that they have completed a feasibility study on the issue of how appropriate the shores of the occupied areas of Cyprus are for marinas and yachting. He noted that within this framework they plan to build a marina in the old port of occupied Keryneia and the port of occupied Famagusta with the capacity of receiving more than 3.000 yachts. He noted that they will announce these projects in three months. He said the positive results of these projects could be seen as of next April.

    The chairman of KITSAB Ozbek Dedekorkut and the self-styled minister of tourism, environment and culture, Hamza Ertan Saner participated in the meeting.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] The CTP takes Eroglu and the illegal BRT to court

    Turkish Cypriot midweek Cyprus Today newspaper (09.09.09), in English, under the title Legal action begins over PM remarks, reports, inter alia, the following:

    Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu is being taken to the court by the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) over slanderous remarks made against former ministers. CTP has also started legal proceedings against state-run BRT for broadcasting Dr Eroglus comments.

    Ferdi Sabit Soyer, the former prime minister, and former ministers Ozkan Murat, Canan Oztoprak, Ahmet Uzun, Salih Usar, Esref Vaiz and Sonay Adem filed a case at Lefkosa District Court on Friday. They are seeking compensation from Dr Eroglu and BRT director Ozer Kanli and board member Tulin Ural.

    [08] Turkish President Gul discussed the Cyprus problem with members of Elders Group

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (08.09.09) reports the following:

    Turkey's president met with members of "The Elders Group", a circle of leaders working for global peace, in capital Ankara on Tuesday.

    Turkish President Abdullah Gul got together with two members of the group, former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi and former Norwegian Foreign Minister Gro Brundtland, in a closed-door meeting at Cankaya Presidential Palace.

    According to officials, Gul briefed Brahimi and Brundtland on Turkey's approach to the Cyprus issue during the gathering.

    Emphasizing Turkey's constructive efforts aiming at the solution of Cyprus issue, Gul also told the leaders that the European Union did not keep its promise regarding the lifting of isolations on Turkish Cypriots.

    The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

    The Elders are currently helping to promote an environment for the successful completion of the ongoing peace talks in Cyprus.

    Members of the group Brahimi and Brundtland are expected to travel to the Greek capital of Athens and Greek part of Cyprus in the upcoming days.

    [09] Gul met with the ambassadors of the OIC member countries during a fast-breaking dinner

    Turkish daily Milliyet newspaper (09.09.09) reports on a fast-breaking dinner given to the representatives of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) member states by the Turkish President Abdullah Gul at the Cankaya Presidential Palace in Ankara.

    Addressing the OIC Ambassadors, Mr Gul, inter alia, said that when we consider the recent 40 years since the OIC was established, we are looking with sadness that the problems humanity is facing have diversified and the conflicts have not been decreased, but increased. He added that valuable resources are being wasted in wars and that the OIC geography is being extremely affected from these problems, as well. Mr Gul said that all those negative developments once more indicated the importance of joint international action and strengthening of friendship and fraternal ties.

    Mr Gul also referred to the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Economic and Commercial Cooperation Permanent Committee (ISEDAK). The celebrations of the Committee, which is chaired by the Turkish President, will take place during the ISEDAK meeting on November 5-7 and on November 9 when the heads of state of the OIC s Executive Committee member countries will attend an Economic Summit in Istanbul.

    The self-styled ambassador of the occupation regime to the OIC was among the 32 OIC Ambassadors attending the dinner.

    (EA)

    [10] Foreign Minister Davutolu to embark on yet another Mideast tour

    Under the above title Turkish daily Today s Zaman newspaper (09.09.09) reports the following:

    Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolu is scheduled to depart for Cairo today to attend a ministerial-level meeting of the 22-nation Arab League where strained relations between Iraq and Syria will be one of the items topping the agenda.

    Relations between Iraq and Syria deteriorated after Baghdad alleged that Damascus was harboring insurgents behind one of two devastating truck bombings that killed 95 people and wounded about 600 in the Iraqi capital on Aug. 19. On Aug. 25, Iraq recalled its ambassador in Damascus, and Syria retaliated within hours by ordering its envoy back from Baghdad. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, is also expected to attend the meeting in Cairo, Syrian media have reported.

    Last week Davutolu paid consecutive visits to Baghdad and Damascus in a bid to ease relations between the two neighbors after they withdrew their respective envoys. Following Iraq and Syria, Davutolu also visited Egypt, where he had talks with President Hosni Mubarak as well as with his Egyptian counterpart, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, and intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.

    Following his participation in the Arab League meeting in Cairo, Davutolu is expected to pay visits to Jordan and Iran, diplomatic sources told Today's Zaman on Tuesday. According to a tentative schedule, Davutolu will be in Amman on Thursday and Friday and will be visiting Tehran on Saturday and Sunday, the same sources said.

    Turkey, a NATO member and a candidate for EU membership, has in recent years focused on boosting its political and economic cooperation with Middle Eastern countries and sought to establish itself as a broker in regional conflicts.

    In his capacity as chief foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan, Davutolu had talks with the most controversial political actors, including Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, and was behind the Turkish-brokered mediation between Syria and Israel. Last week, delivering a speech in the Cairo-based Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS), Davutolu cited maximum security, democracy, zero problem with neighbors and peace diplomacy as the fundamental principles of Turkish foreign policy.

    We have been trying to protect our people's democratic freedom as much as possible. We don't experience problems with our neighbors if we maintain our security. We are trying to resolve the Syria-Iraq dispute. I'm involved in this issue solely as a member of a family living in the same house, not as a mediator, Davutolu said.

    [11] Turkey s EU Reform Follow-up Group defined its new road map

    Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (09.09.09) reports that Turkey s EU Reform Follow-up Group (RIG), which was established in order to accelerate Turkeys EU accession process, determined its new road map in Trabzon. The group, which consists of the Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu, the Interior Minister Besir Atalay, the Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin and the State minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis, defined the steps that Turkey will make in order for the 24th chapter of Justice, Freedom and Security to be opened.

    According to the paper, the group made an appeal to the political parties for a new Constitution. The group also decided the establishment of a National Human Rights Association in order for a national control mechanism against torture to be created. In addition, the preparation of an action plan concerning the human rights is also on the agenda.

    (EA)

    [12] The Turkish Finance Ministry fines the Turkish publisher Doan Yayin Holdings 3.75 billion Turkish Lira

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (08.09.09) reports the following:

    Turkish Finance Ministry fined Turkish publisher Dogan Yayin Holding 3.75 billion TL (2.52 billion USD) for tax irregularities, Dogan said in a statement on Tuesday.

    In its statement, Dogan denied charges and said it would use its all legal rights including appeal and reconciliation.

    The ministry issued the penalty after an examination into tax reports for 2005, 2006 and 2007, Dogan said, adding that the fine includes unpaid tax of 1.87 billion TL, loss of tax of 1.87 TL and unspecified tax irregularities of a total of 342 million.

    Shares of stock-listed Dogan companies started the day with sharp declines up to 12 percent after ministry's penalty.

    [13] The Turkish state minister held a meeting with the Indian Commerce Minister

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (08.09.09) reports the following:

    Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan received Indian Commerce & Industry Minister Anand Sharma in Ankara on Tuesday. Sharma is in Ankara to attend a meeting of Turkey-India Economic & Technical Cooperation Joint Committee.

    Following his meeting with Sharma, Caglayan told reporters that they reached an understanding with the Indian minister on a working group on a free trade agreement which was planned to be signed between Turkey and India. He noted that the officials who would take place in the working group would meet in October.

    Caglayan said that the trade volume between Turkey and India had been 3 billion USD in 2008.

    Infrastructure and super structure construction projects --worth of 500 billion USD-- would be implemented in India in the next ten years, Caglayan said that it was important that Turkish contractor companies would undertake those projects.

    Caglayan also said that the two countries could cooperate in medicine, chemicals, communication, information technologies and textile sectors.

    Caglayan said that India would become neighbor with Europe via Turkey with the free trade agreement they were planning to sign.

    Meanwhile, guest minister told reporters that they would provide more incentives to companies in public sector, adding that they would encourage companies for mutual investments in Turkey and India.

    Sharma said that free trade agreement and general economic cooperation would develop the relations between Turkey and India.

    [14] Turkey is planning to establish a Presidency for the Turks living abroad, raising its lobbying activities against the Armenian Diaspora

    Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (09.09.09) reports that, in the framework of the Armenian initiative, the Turkish government is planning to raise the lobby activities abroad against the Armenian Diaspora.

    Particularly, the State Minister responsible for the Turkish citizens living abroad, Mr Faruk Celik, prepared a bill regarding the issue, which will be presented to the Turkish Parliament in the upcoming days. Mr Celik proposes the establishment of a Presidency for the Turks abroad, which will offer help to the Turkish citizens living abroad to resolve their problems, as well as to carry out lobby activities and promote Turkey abroad. The Presidency will also be responsible for the negative propaganda experienced against Turkey.

    According to the paper, the Presidency will consist of one president, seven department presidents and 50 experts while various desks will be opened for countries with a large number of Turkish citizens such as Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, France and Luxembourg. The presidency will be responsible for determining policies, creating projects, developing policies against the (Armenian) Diaspora and organizing promotion and PR activities for Turkey.

    (EA)

    [15] Turkey to launch its first domestically-built earth observation satellite next year

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (08.09.09) reports the following:

    Turkey plans to launch its first domestically-built earth observation satellite next year.

    Rasat, having a high-resolution optical imaging system and new modules developed by Turkish engineers, will be the first earth observation satellite to be designed and manufactured in Turkey.

    The satellite will be launched from an airlift base in southeast Russia. Officials of Turkey's TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute and Russia's International Space Company Kosmotras inked a deal last month for the launch of Turkish satellite.

    Images from Rasat are expected to be used in mapping, disaster monitoring, environment and urban and regional planning.

    EI


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