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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>TURKISH CYPRIOT AND TURKISH MEDIA REVIEW No. 19/11 28.01.11 C O N T E N T S
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[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESSStatements by Eroglu after the meeting in Geneva, today's rally in the occupied areas of Cyprus, statements by Irsen Kucuk on the in Geneva meeting and the economic situation in the occupied areas, the announcement of TDP's "Project of Hope" are the main topics covered by the Turkish Cypriot press today.
The papers also refer to resignations of UBP's district secretaries at occupied Lefkosia, Keryneia and Morfou areas, a statement by Stefan Fule on Turkey's accession talks, concerns caused by the appearance of swine flu cases at a hospital in occupied Keryneia, and a demonstration by students' organizations.
 Eroglu alleges that the Turkish proposals are not outside the UN parametersUnder the title "The ball is in Christofias' court", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (28.01.11) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu alleged that the proposals submitted by the Turkish Cypriot side are not outside the UN parameters. In statements to Resat Akar, Kibris Media Group's general director, during the Turkish Airlines flight from Geneva, Eroglu said these proposals should be evaluated well and discussed at the negotiating table.
Eroglu reiterated that the Cyprus problem it should be solved with good will at the negotiating table. "However, these negotiations could not continue forever and be open ended. I find it difficult to understand Christofias' reaction when we suggest that a time limit should so that a result can be reached," he added.
Eroglu expressed the view that a solution could be reached by March if the negotiations are intensified. He noted: "I do not want to make detailed statements regarding the Geneva meeting, but we went there with proposals really helpful to a solution. We put practical proposals on the table after making a good preparation. This is all I can say."
Asked to comment on the press reports that the Greek Cypriot side rejected these proposals, Eroglu said the Greek Cypriot side "did not welcome" the proposals of the Turkish Cypriot side on the Governance and Power Sharing and it even expressed the view that these proposals are outside the UN parameters. "The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, however, said no one is outside the UN parameters. We believe that we submitted constructive proposals and we say that they should be evaluated well", he claimed.
When Akar reminded him that Ban Ki-moon did not announce a date for a new meeting, Eroglu replied: "The Secretary-General will submit a report to the Security Council at the end of February. A new invitation might be addressed to us in March, but there is nothing definite yet."
Eroglu said after the meeting in Geneva he talked on the phone with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmet Davutoglu. "Turkey always supports us. They received positively the steps we took at the Geneva summit," he added.
Eroglu noted that before leaving Geneva, he met with Alexander Downer, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cyprus, and exchanged views with him on the process to be followed.
Moreover, under the title "Eroglu: We were not able to find what we hoped in Geneva", Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (28.01.11) reports that in statements last night at illegal Tymvou airport on his return to the occupied areas of Cyprus, Eroglu said the Greek Cypriot side continued its negative stance with regards to a time limit in the negotiations and arbitration by the UN. Eroglu alleged that the Turkish Cypriot side did everything that the UN Secretary-General had asked the sides to do during their meeting in New York on 18 November and went to Geneva with a practical plan. He claimed that the Greek Cypriot side did not do its duty and submitted no plan at the Geneva meeting.
Eroglu expressed the view that the UN Secretary-General is "very satisfied" with the stance of the Turkish side regarding the Cyprus problem and the efforts it exerted in Geneva. Eroglu argued that the reference in Ban Ki-moon's statement that "I will meet again soon with the sides" means that there will be a new tripartite meeting in March. Explaining why he expects this meeting to be held in March, Eroglu said that elections will be held in the Republic of Cyprus in May and the preparation for these elections will begin in April. That is why, he added, the most appropriate time will be March.
Eroglu said the Turkish side is ready for intensive talks.
 Kucuk describes Geneva summit as a failureAccording to illegal Bayrak television (online, 27.01.11), the so-called prime minister Irsen Kucuk said that the awaited progress has not been achieved at the Geneva summit. Speaking upon his return from Istanbul today, Kucuk said that the "Turkish side" expected that timetables and a date for another tripartite meeting in March would be set at the meeting. He said "that the Geneva meeting failed to achieve the desired progress even though the two sides maintained their good will and made some progress during the Cyprus talks".
Recalling that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu submitted proposals during the Geneva summit, while the Greek Cypriot side did not, Kucuk said the Greek Cypriot side continues its stance of open-ended Cyprus talks. For the past two years, "the Turkish side has been asking for a time limit of the Cyprus talks, but the Greek Cypriot side insists on open-ended talks and because of this a third summit in March will not be realized," said Kucuk.
 Demonstrations culminate todayTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris (28.01.11) reports on the preparations for today's rally, scheduled to take place 11:30am at the Inonu square. Yesterday the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) met with the Cyprus Turkish Public Servants Trade Union (KAMU-SEN). After the meeting the chairman of KAMU-SEN Mehmet Ozkardas said that all preparations are complete and their only worry is for the meeting not to be shadowed by provocations. He also said they never revolted against Turkey or consider that it as an occupation force, but they stand together with the Turkish Cypriot people because the structural problems of the country and the pressures to the people have reached its limits.
Sener Elcil, general secretary of the Teacher's Union also announced that teachers will participate in the general strike and stated that they will be in the squares in order to show that they are not slaves of Ankara and make AKP government withdraw its enforced measures.
Pharmacists will also go on a general strike, since their association president announced that they will support the meeting. Also the union of nurses and midwifes, employees in the health sector, doctor's trade union, workers in the press, employees of the so-called parliament, Cyprus Turkish Civil Servants Trade Union (KTAMS), the Independent Worker's Union Federation (HUR-IS) and associated unions and the Revolutionary Worker's Union Federation (DEV-IS) and affiliated unions.
Political parties also called the Turkish Cypriot people to participate in the rally. The New Cyprus Party (YKP) said about the rally: "It is not a fight for the seat, but in order to lift the status quo." Also United Cyprus Party (BKP) called all those who love their country to participate and accused the AKP government that the strip Turkish Cypriots of their economic assets trough privatizations.
Moreover, yesterday as Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (28.01.11), reports three organizations, Baraka Cultural Centre, Jasmin Movement and Barikat newspaper realised a surprise demonstration outside the "Turkish Embassy". The protestors used slogans like: "Ankara take off your hands" however they were quietly removed by police forces. In reaction to this, members of the Democratic Party's Youth Branch submitted a black wreath in the offices of Baraka Cultural Centre.
Also reacting to the demonstrations Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan (28.01.11) reports that racist leaders of trade unions want to create chaos and therefore they organize the rally today. They call upon the people who will participate in the rally to be careful and ready to act in order not to allow provocations to take place.
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) supported Turkish Cypriot workers and sent a solidarity message, including wishes for a successful rally.
 Efforts to prevent Turkish Cypriots from shopping in the free areas of Cyprus continue; Kucuk comments on today's rallyUnder the title "How the market will be saved?" Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (28.01.11) reports that Irsen Kucuk, self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime, who returned from Turkey yesterday morning, said that on Monday the "ministry" of finance will pay 300 million Turkish liras (TL) to the employees for the 13th salaries, the 3% increase in the cost of living and the salaries for January.
Kucuk asked the businessmen to reduce prices so that this money can circulate in the market in the occupied areas of Cyprus. Kucuk said the regime will carry out meticulous "customs" controls at the barricades between the occupied and the free areas of Cyprus.
The paper writes that Kucuk had a meeting yesterday with businessmen in an effort to prevent the money to be paid on Monday from being spent in the free areas of the island. Representatives of the Chambers of Industry, Commerce and Tradesmen and Craftsmen participated in the meeting. There were no statements after the meeting.
Meanwhile, Star Kibris reports that referring to today's rally in the occupied areas of Cyprus, Kucuk said the economic measures were taken for the "future of the country and the young people". In statements an event ceremony yesterday, Kucuk called on everyone to act prudently. He claimed that the decision of the "government" will not victimize the employees and added: "If the decisions really victimized the employees, I would also go out to the squares."
 A "project of hope" by Social Democrat PartyTurkish Cypriot daily Ortam (28.01.11), in its front-page with the above title, reports that in a press conference yesterday, the Social Democrat Party (TDP) announced "A project of hope", containing the positions of TDP on the economic, political, social and cultural issues. The package of TDP is an answer to the package imposed by the Turkish government.
A copy of the project addressed to the Turkish Prime Minister was given yesterday to the "Turkish ambassador" in the occupied part of Lefkosia Kaya Turkmen. Cakici, the leader of TDP, said that in the letter to Erdogan, it is stressed that that the aim of the Turkish Cypriots is to be masters of their institutions, to manage themselves and that they are against any kind of enforced measures.
TDP asks Turkey to play a more active role in the solution process in Cyprus. It also says that it considers "the Turkish governments responsible for the decadent and corrupted structure of the governments in the northern Cyprus nowadays".
TDP also presented yesterday its "Project of Hope" to the self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk.
It is reported that regarding the Cyprus problem the project says that the Turkish Cypriots will continue with determination their policy for a Cyprus settlement.
 Stefan Fule: The deadlock in Turkey's accession talks will not be overcome unless Ankara opens its ports and the Cyprus problem is solvedTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris (28.01.11) reports that Stefan Fule, Commissioner Responsible for the Enlargement of the EU, said it is not possible to overcome the deadlock in Ankara's accession talks to the EU if Turkey does not open its ports to Cyprus, does not take steps to normalize its relations with the Republic of Cyprus, and if the UN-led negotiations in Cyprus have no result. Fule said this difficult situation could be the "key to a new beginning".
Fule attended a reception organized for the New Year by the "Friends of Turkey Group" at the European Parliament (EP), which has 75 members. Fule noted that Turkey is going through a "critical junction" in its accession talks and added that "the fuel in the machine of the accession talks is about to end". He noted that the opening of eighteen chapters is hampered due to political reasons and that only three chapters remained to be opened.
The Turkish Chief negotiator with the EU, Egemen Bagis was also present at the reception. He said Turkey's friends are those who share the vision of a strong EU which will be economically, politically and socially enriched with Turkey's accession. He argued that Turkey has made significant progress recently. He said Turkey carried out constitutional reforms, secured high economic growth and followed an active and multidimensional foreign policy. He noted that 2011 will be a difficult year in the relations between Turkey and the EU and added that they expect the help from all their friends.
 Resignations in the National Unity PartyTurkish Cypriot daily Havadis (28.01.11) reports that three district secretaries (Keryneia, Lefkosia and Morfou) of the National Unity Party (UBP) resigned yesterday because of "UBP ministers'" policies to continue to recruit employees in the "public sector" despite the UBP decision. Necdet Numan, district secretary of occupied district of Keryneia, confirmed his resignation to the paper.
On the same issue, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (28.01.11) reports that the self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk stepped in, and as a result the district secretaries of Keryneia and Famagusta, Necdet Uman and Ahmet Caluda withdrew their resignations, while district secretary of Lefkosia Ali Cetin Amcaoglu insists on his resignation.
 Antiquities found in the occupied village of EptakomiAccording to Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis (28.01.11), during repairs of the water main at the occupied village of Eptakomi, ancient artefacts were found. The artefacts include: 3 bowls, 3 sharp jug pieces, 1 miniature jug, 1mug, 2 rings without gems and 12 skeleton and skull pieces.
The paper reports that the antiques were examined by the "head of antiquities department in Famagusta" Hasan Tekel, who said they belong to the Classic Age, 2,400 years ago.
 Kaya Turkmen: "Turkey will always stand by the TRNC"Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes (28.01.11) reports on the opening ceremony yesterday of a new operations centre established in the occupied areas by the so-called department of forestry. The centre will operate on a 24/7 basis and monitor forests from Limnitis to Rizokarpasso, with 16 camera spots. Fire engines for the centre have been donated by Turkey.
The ceremony was attended by the so-called prime minister Irsen Kucuk, Turkey's "ambassador" Kaya Turkmen and other self-styled officials of the breakaway regime Kaya Turken said that Turkey will always be by the side of the TRNC and support it in every field.
Moreover, Zorlu Tore, self styled minister of Agriculture and National Resources, thanked Turkey for its support saying that if it were not for Turkey they would not be able to do anything in any field.
[B] TURKISH PRESSThe opening of the 25th Universiade in Erzurum, an official ceremony held for the first time in Turkey to commemorate the Holocaust Victims, Erdogan's statements that the presidency system should be discussed, Bagis' speech at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, and other internal issues are the main topics in today's Turkish press.
 Bagis: "Nobody should expect the Turkish side to take unilateral steps in solution of Cyprus question"Ankara Anatolia news agency (AA ? 27.01.11) reported from Brussels on the speech by the Turkish state minister and chief negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis at the European Policy Centre think tank. Speaking at the meeting, Bagis said that Turkey is resolved to maintain European Union (EU) reforms although general elections are due in 2011, adding: "If the obstacles are removed, Turkey is ready to launch 16 more chapters in addition to the 13 chapters that are actually opened, in the short and medium term." He said that the Turkish parliament adopted the 4,000-article Turkish Commercial Code with the support of the opposition.
During his speech, Bagis presented the following 'optimistic scenario' which he described 'possible': "Let us imagine that Turkey sits between the European Commission and rotating president United Cyprus States in 2012 to open 12 chapter headings and to close six chapter headings. Let us also imagine that trade between the two Cypriot parties and Turkey and the whole island quadrupled in six months and a Turkish and Greek joint companies make investments on tourism and yacht construction."
Bagis said 2010 progress report of the European Commission was the most optimistic and encouraging report of the past 12 years. "Per capita income in Turkey is more than the national income in at least four EU member countries. We cannot record necessary progress as some EU members put forth their domestic problems on the enlargement agenda. Turkey is ready to open chapter on Competition Policy during the Hungarian presidency, despite the general elections in 2011.
The Turkish EU negotiator noted: "Although some people think that Greek Cypriot party, which will undertake rotating presidency of the EU in the second half of 2012 would paralyze Turkey-EU relations for six months, I consider this an 'opportunity'. We have one year to see whether a country that steers the EU would prefer to leave a group of people living on the island under blockade or a stable peace." Bagis said the EU may contribute to the solution by keeping its promise on direct trade to Turkish Cypriot party, "accusing one party and denying actual truths is a wrong step," he added. Bagis said nobody should expect the Turkish party to take unilateral steps in solution of Cyprus question.
Bagis also referred to the incidents following the basketball game in Nicosia and said foreign teams coming to Turkey are always welcomed.
Moreover, AA reports that talks on readmission agreement were finalized on Thursday. Cecilia Malmstrom, member of the European Commission responsible for internal affairs, announced that following the meeting between the chief negotiators on January 14, 2011 in Ankara, the final adjustments to the draft EU Readmission Agreement with Turkey were agreed.
Malmstrom described the outcome of the negotiation as very balanced and one that would contribute greatly to the effective management of irregular migration in the region. She said: "the text was presented to the EU Member States. Once approved will be brought for formal conclusion to the next Justice and Home Affairs Council on 24 February 2011. "This important development also opens up new perspectives to further foster our cooperation with Turkey in the area of visa policy and related areas, with a view to improving the mobility of our citizens" Malmstrom said.
Turkey has a dim view on signing the readmission agreement till EU members authorize European Commission for visa liberalization negotiations.
 Turkish energy minister holds contacts in FinlandAnkara Anatolia news agency (AA ? 27.01.11) reported from Helsinki that the Turkish energy and natural resources minister Taner Yildiz said that Turkey needs to institutionalize nuclear energy. Yildiz attended a round-table meeting hosted by the Confederation of Finnish Industrialists as part of his official visit to Helsinki. Following the meeting, Yildiz visited the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK). He told the A.A that Finnish companies expressed their readiness to cooperate with Turkey in renewable energy.
Earlier, Yildiz met with Finnish Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Vayrynen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finence Jyrki Katainen and Minister of Economic Affairs Mauri Pekkarinen.
 Turkey and China sign frame agreement for the construction of "silk railway route"Ankara Anatolia news agency (27.01.11) reported that a frame agreement has been signed between Turkey's State Railways (TCDD) and Chinese Ministry of Railways for the construction of "Silk Railway Route". The agreement was signed by TCDD Director General Suleyman Karaman and Chinese Ministry of Railway Director-General for Development and Planning Yong Jiang on January 25.
Moreover, during talks between Turkish and Chinese delegations, it was agreed to establish a Turkey-China Railway Project Joint Working Group. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Turkey's Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim and Chinese Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun on July 7, 2010 with the aim of improving cooperation between the two countries in railway.
Yildirim and Liu also signed a railway cooperation agreement on October 8, 2010 during a visit by the Chinese prime minister to Ankara. The Silk Railway Project includes joint construction of 6,000 km high-speed train lines and 4,000 km conventional railway from Turkey's northwestern province Edirne to the eastern province of Kars.
 "Mayor of Turkey's Eskisehir quits party amid rumours he'll join CHP"Under the above title, Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (27.01.11) reported that Yilmaz Buyukersen, the mayor of the Central Anatolian city of Eskisehir, resigned Thursday from the Democratic Left Party (DSP) amid rumours that he is planning to join the main opposition.
The resignation of the popular political figure came a day after DSP Secretary-General Hasan Ercelebi called on Buyukersen to quit the party amid speculation that he planned to join the Republican People's Party (CHP). "We would be happy to see him in our party," CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu told reporters Thursday. Following Ercelebi's calls Wednesday for the mayor to resign, CHP deputy leader Gursel Tekin officially invited Buyukersen on Thursday to join the CHP, saying the party's door was open to the mayor.
Buyukersen, who has often been mentioned as a potential leader for the DSP or for the CHP, is the second mayor to leave the DSP in the last two days. Seyit Torun, the mayor of the Black Sea province of Ordu, resigned from the party Wednesday, telling reporters that his decision was a personal one and that he planned to join the CHP on Sunday.
Elected in 1999 as Eskisehir mayor, Buyukersen is the former rector of the city's Anadolu University and a very popular figure both locally and among social democrat voters across Turkey due to his accomplishments in the city. Over the last decade, Eskisehir has transformed itself from a shrinking city into a popular destination for students and weekend getaways.
Buyukersen turned down an offer in 2004 from late Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit to take over as the chief of the DSP.
 Shocking callIn an article in Hurriyet Daily New and Economic Review, columnist Yusuf Kanli writes that ten members of the parliamentary constitutional commission, all from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), issued an unprecedented statement calling on people to exercise their right to civil resistance against what they described as the efforts of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to establish a regime in Turkey similar to that of Nazi Germany.
Kanli points out that this is the first time a group of deputies from the CHP, which has been boasting of being the founding party of the Turkish Republic, calls on people "to 'revolt' against a government on grounds that it is growing into a fascist, oppressive, Nazi-like administration."
Though he too voices similar concerns and complains about the "anti-democratic practices, the advance of almond-moustached nepotistic governance and the growing autocratic threat, and recognizes the right of the people to resist oppression, Kanli considers that inciting people to engage in a resistance movement against the government is not the right and wise way to overcome problems in a democracy.
He interprets this move by the CHP deputies as a manifestation of the frustration in the main opposition party or 'an acknowledgement months ahead of the June 12 parliamentary polls that even though the party has new leadership, administrative cadres, CHP does not believe that it can oust the AKP at the ballot box and wants to get rid of it through civil resistance.
However, Kanli acknowledges that anyone concerned about Turkish democracy, must be alarmed by the moves of the AKP to take the lower and higher judiciary under its full control or guidance. "With patriots, nationalists and virtually everyone who cares for the secular democratic Turkey either condemned to silence or banished behind bars with some evidences mass-produced by what appears to be the Centre for Excellence in Forgery, and with the government trying to establish a Constitutional Court designed to serve with the capacity of the 'popular courts' of the Nazi Germany, or with the addition of new departments to the Council of State or the Supreme Court of Appeals, the 'power balance' at those high courts to be altered in favour of the ruling party, there are more than enough reasons in Turkey to feel very much concerned about the future of the already problematic democracy of this country", Kanli concludes.
 Geneva failureIn the last section of an article on domestic policies, with the above sub-title, Hurriyet Daily News columnist Yusuf Kanli writes: "The trilateral Cyprus summit held in Geneva on Wednesday was expected to help overcome the current deadlock and gear up the Cyprus direct talks process toward a resolution by March-April this year. Unfortunately, it was a fiasco.
The Greek Cypriot side came to the meeting empty-handed, with no intention to compromise. The Turkish Cypriot side presented a well-planned roadmap for an intensified two-months of talks with four trilateral summits under the chairmanship of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon."
"With May polls on the Greek Cypriot side and June polls in Turkey approaching, this exercise might be considered already dead though the secretary-general insisted on not throwing in the towel for now," the writer concludes.
 HighlightsFollowing are summaries of reports and commentaries of selected items from the Turkish press of 27 January 2011:
a) Pro-Islamic slant in Turkish foreign policy
Analyzing Turkish foreign policy, Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review columnist Cuneyt Ulsever argues that the adoption by Turkey of an idealist foreign policy and departure from realist foreign policy is wrong and dangerous. Ulsever says that domestic and foreign policies followed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are based on an Islamic mindset. He concludes by saying: "In a multi-cantered new world, a real/pragmatist foreign policy is left behind, but actually what is being left behind is the road map of a Western mindset! An Islamic road map with sauce from the West is the new guide for Turkish foreign policy!"
b) Alleged coup plots
Yeni Akit columnist Abdurrahman Dilipak comments on the content of the recently disclosed military documents seized in a police search at the naval command in Golcuk. He claims that the details of Operation Sledgehammer revealed in these documents (including accounts of how the architects of the plan kept close tabs on members of the Turkish Armed Forces, opposed to a military takeover and how they envisioned a "preposterous" economic programme to be implemented by a "national consensus government"), establish beyond the shadow of any doubt that Operation Sledgehammer was not a military drill, as Former First Army Commander Cetin Dogan maintains, but a full-fledged "coup plan" that had already been put into practice when it became the subject of a criminal investigation.
c) Author on Dink murder threatened
Under the headline "Four bullets for that Book," Bugun runs a front-page report which asserts that Bugun columnist Adem Yavuz Arslan has received a "death message" for his recent book There is an Armenian in the form of a parcel containing a white beanie with four AK-47 rounds in it. According to the report, Arslan's book attempts to shed light on the assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007. The gunman in the assassination, Ogun Samast, was wearing a white beanie when he killed Dink, the report says. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio