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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 09-11-11

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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. 213/09 11.11.09

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The UK informed Mehmet Ali Talat on its proposal for giving 45 square miles from its sovereign bases to United Cyprus
  • [02] Eroglu thanked a German doctor for carrying out propaganda for the TRNC in Germany
  • [03] Ozgurgun met the Czech ambassador to Lefkosia; Reference has reportedly been made to a four-party meeting for the Cyprus problem
  • [04] Ercakica said the Turkish side is ready for a four-party or a five-party meeting
  • [05] Talat met with the President of ONO
  • [06] The number of tourists visiting the occupied areas of Cyprus has increased
  • [07] Turkish Cypriot youth were reportedly beaten up by 15-20 soldiers of the Turkish occupation army
  • [08] The per capita financial aid of the EU to the Turkish Cypriot community is three times higher than the aid to the Greek Cypriot community
  • [09] Turkeys State Minister participated in the EU enlargement meeting
  • [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

  • [10] From the Turkish Press of 10 November 2009

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The UK informed Mehmet Ali Talat on its proposal for giving 45 square miles from its sovereign bases to United Cyprus

    Under the title Gesture regarding the bases from the British, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (11.11.09) reports that the United Kingdom has informed the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat that it is ready to give a part of its sovereign bases in Cyprus, in case a solution is reached at the negotiations between the two leaders. The UK, which conveyed this proposal to Mr Talat through the United Nations, noted that it is planning to give to the United Cyprus an area of 45 square miles from its sovereign bases.

    In statements to illegal TAK news agency, Hasan Ercakica, spokesman of the Turkish Cypriot leader, said this decision of the UK is important from the point of view of showing how serious the stage to which the negotiations between the two leaders have reached. Mr Ercakica wished for such developments to contribute to the positive conclusion of the negotiations.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Eroglu thanked a German doctor for carrying out propaganda for the TRNC in Germany

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (11.11.09) reports that the self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime, Dervis Eroglu met yesterday with the chairman of the Doctors Union of Germany, Dr. Markus Dahlmann, who is considered to be the honorary representative of the TRNC in Germany. Mr Eroglu expressed his satisfaction for seeing Dr. Dahlmann in the occupied areas of Cyprus and wished for the relations between the two countries to continue. He pointed out to the fact that Dr. Dahlmann is carrying out propaganda for the TRNC in Germany together with Dr. Kandemir Ozdemir and thanked both of them for this.

    Mr Eroglu reiterated the Turkish allegation that the solution in Cyprus will become easier in case the so-called embargoes on the TRNC are lifted. He said he wants to see Dr. Dahlmann to carry out an operation at one of the universities in the occupied areas of Cyprus.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Ozgurgun met the Czech ambassador to Lefkosia; Reference has reportedly been made to a four-party meeting for the Cyprus problem

    Under the title The Cyprus problem can be solved on the axis of equality, Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (11.11.09) reports that the self-styled minister of foreign affairs of the breakaway regime, Huseyin Ozgurgun met yesterday with the ambassador of the Czech Republic to Lefkosia, Jan Bondy and claimed that the Turkish side wants a solution in Cyprus, but it will not accept an agreement which is going beyond its red lines. He reiterated that the political equality, the bi-zonality which is not watered down, the equal status of the constituent states and the active guarantees of Turkey are their red lines. According to a statement issued by his ministry, Mr Ozgurgun told his interlocutor that if the Greek Cypriots accept that we have equal status with them, the Cyprus problem will be solved. He alleged that he knows very well the Greek Cypriot mentality and that the Greek Cypriots consider the Turkish Cypriots as minority. He reiterated the Turkish allegation that the EU did not keep the promises it gave to the Turkish Cypriots in 2004 and asked for the lifting of the embargoes applied to the breakaway regime.

    According to the paper, the Czech ambassador noted that Turkey, Greece, the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots should negotiate at the same table in the negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus problem. He expressed the support of his country to the negotiations between the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots and noted that he understood in the meetings that preserving the position of Turkey on the island is important for the protection of the security of the Turkish Cypriots.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Ercakica said the Turkish side is ready for a four-party or a five-party meeting

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (11.11.09) reports that Hasan Ercakica, spokesman of the Turkish Cypriot leader, has said that Mr Talat will brief the assembly on the negotiating process for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem. In statements during his weekly press briefing yesterday, Mr Ercakica noted that Mr Talat will also brief separately the political parties next week.

    The paper reports also that Mr Ercakica said speculations are made in the occupied areas regarding the latest book of the Turkish journalist Erdal Guven which includes statements by Mr Talat. He claimed that Mr Talat said he was sorry about the fact that his party changed its views in one night and not because of the declaration of the TRNC. He noted that the attempts to make the statements of Mr Talat an issue of nationalistic approaches are a very dangerous development. He said that during his term of duty as prime minister and president of the breakaway regime, Mr Talat represented the TRNC successfully at international platforms and he increased both the visibility of the TRNC internationally and the prestige of the Turkish Cypriots.

    Mr Ercakica said: Neither Mr President could be accused of not representing satisfactorily the TRNC, nor the TRNC could be positioned as the side which opposes to the solution. It should not be forgotten that he takes all the power for the efforts towards the solution from the legitimate democratic organs of the TRNC and the participative democratic rights of the people.

    Responding to a question, he said they have also heard that a four-party summit could be held regarding the Cyprus problem and added that there is no information regarding a five-party meeting with the participation of the United Kingdom, which is one of the guarantor powers. He said the Turkish side is ready for four-party or a five-party meeting and expressed the belief that this will contribute especially to the solution of the international aspects of the Cyprus problem.

    Moreover, illegal Bayrak television (10.11.09) broadcast the following:

    The Cyprus Turkish Side is open to a quadruple Cyprus summit, involving the two sides in Cyprus as well as Turkey and Greece.

    At his weekly press briefing today, the Presidential Spokesperson Hasan Ercakica also left the door open for a quintet meeting on the Cyprus issue, involving Britain too.

    The statements on a possible quintet meeting came amid todays private meeting held between President Mehmet Ali Talat and the British High Commissioner in Cyprus Peter Millet at the Presidential Palace. Yet, Mr Ercakica noted that there has been no certainty reached over the organization of such a summit. The Presidential Spokesperson Ercakica said that Britain, one of the guarantor powers in Cyprus, seems to own a more active role in the Cyprus solution process recently.

    On negotiations, he then moved on saying that the work on how to define the different categories of what are the affected properties in the two sides in Cyprus, is expected to continue on Thursday with another meeting to be held by the special representatives Ozdil Nami and Giorgos Iacovou. Mr. Ercakica noted that the TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat and the Greek Cypriot Leader Demetris Christofias will then be evaluating the work at their next round on Friday.

    The Presidential spokesman said that progress on the Property issue will be considered an important step forward towards achieving a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.

    As for the Immoveable Property Commission operating in the TRNC, Ercakica said the Commission actually aims to bring remedy to the individual property concerns of the Greek Cypriots by according relevant rights to them, but also added that the solution of the Property issue on a communal basis is currently being work out within the framework of negotiations.

    Recalling that the Cyprus issue was given prominence during a recent high level meeting in Ankara, Mr. Ercakica expressed the belief that, the fact that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has written to his Greek counterpart Giorgos Papandreou to propose to work closer together on the Cyprus issue, is a development which will have a positive effect on the solution efforts.Meanwhile, Ercakica also announced that President Talat will be briefing the Parliament on the course of the Cyprus peace negotiations at a special session tomorrow.

    [05] Talat met with the President of ONO

    Illegal Bayrak television (10.11.09) broadcast the following:

    TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat received the President of the Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO) and the Observer readers' editor, Pritchard Stephen today. The press was only allowed to take some footage from the meeting.

    Mr. Stephen arrived in the TRNC as a guest of the Cyprus Turkish Journalists Union to give a conference entitled Effective Journalistic Auto Control.The conference is taking place at 18.30 today, at the Mustafa Cagatay Conference Room located inside the Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce in Lefkosia.Another presenter at the Conference will be Yavuz Baydar - readers' representative for the Turkey-based Sabah Newspaper.

    [06] The number of tourists visiting the occupied areas of Cyprus has increased

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (11.11.09) reports that Kemal Koprulu, so-called representative of the breakaway regime in London, has said their aim is to increase the number of the tourists who visit the occupied areas of Cyprus from Britain. In statements yesterday, during a visit to the World Travel Market in the UK, Mr Koprulu noted that in spite of the global economic crisis the number of tourists visiting the occupied areas of Cyprus has slightly increased this year and added that their target is to increase this number further.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] Turkish Cypriot youth were reportedly beaten up by 15-20 soldiers of the Turkish occupation army

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (11.11.09) reports that the New Cyprus Party (YKP) condemned the beating up of a Turkish Cypriot named Ilkan Besir and one of his friends by 15-20 soldiers of the Turkish occupation army in the occupied area of Pendayia village. The party called on the commander of the occupation army to make a statement on the issue and added: It is not acceptable for our young people who try to live their lives in continuously more difficult conditions under occupation, who struggle for not emigrating and are imprisoned in the island because of the non-solution, to be beaten up until they are almost dead by the occupation soldiers in the middle of the street. We call on all pro-peace, progressive youth organizations to react to this incident.

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] The per capita financial aid of the EU to the Turkish Cypriot community is three times higher than the aid to the Greek Cypriot community

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (11.11.09) reports that the head of the office of the EU for the Turkish Cypriots, Andrew Rasbash has said the per capita financial aid of the Union to the Turkish Cypriot community is higher than the aid to the Greek Cypriots. In statements to the paper, Mr Rasbash noted that the EU is giving annually 165 euro per capita to the Turkish Cypriots, while the aid to the Greek Cypriots is 120 euro per capita. He said that the sum of 259 million euro will be given to the Turkish Cypriots within the framework of a six-year aid program, while the aid to the Greek Cypriot community in the period between the years 2004 and 2006 is 182 million euro. He pointed out that 977 million euro will be given as aid to the Greek Cypriot community until 2013. If the number of the population is taken into consideration, the aid given to the Turkish Cypriots is three times higher than the aid to the Greek Cypriots, he noted. While we complain about the embargoes, we became the advantageous side, commends Kirbis.

    (I/Ts.)

    [09] Turkeys State Minister participated in the EU enlargement meeting

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (10.11.09) reported the following from Stockholm:

    Turkish State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz arrived Tuesday in Gothenburg, Sweden, to attend a European Union meeting which is set to discuss the Lisbon Strategy and the Union's enlargement policy for 2010.

    The Turkish minister met with EU term president Sweden's EU affairs minister Cecilia Malmstrom ahead of session on economic growth and employment policy in Europe.

    Cabinet members and local authorities from 26 EU member and candidate countries are participating in the meeting.

    As a candidate country, we will have the opportunity during the meetings to listen to the issues discussed here and learn from them, Yilmaz told the Anadolu Agency. The Turkish minister is expected to return to Turkey on Wednesday.


    [B] COMMENTARIES, EDITORIALS AND ANALYSIS

    [10] From the Turkish Press of 10 November 2009

    Following are the summaries of reports and commentaries of selected items from the Turkish press on 10 November 2009:

    In a part of his column in Hurriyet of 9 November, Fatih Cekirge recounts that on the way back from Athens he and other journalists asked Turkey's EU negotiator Egemen Bagis what would happen if Turkey withdraws its troops from Cyprus to show the world its peaceful intentions. After noting that Bagis did not reply to the questions, Cekirge says he himself believes troop withdrawal from Cyprus would not be sign of Turkey's weakness but strength, and calls on Turks to start discussing this issue without labeling each other traitors.

    Commenting on Cekirge's remarks and on reports that during his recent visit to Ankara British Foreign Secretary David Miliband proposed the "reinterpretation" of the guarantorship rights in Cyprus, Orhan Birgit says in his column in Cumhuriyet that these are signs that the turn has come for the Cyprus overture. He says in ordinary popular language Miliband's proposal means that the Turkish troops should return to Turkey as they are no more needed for the protection of Turkish Cypriots. Birgit says this in turn would mean the realization of a loose federation in Cyprus by April in line with the EU and US desires. Birgit also hints that any decision for troop withdrawal will be the undoing of Erdogan and Talat.

    EG/


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