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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. 205/11 27.10.11 C O N T E N T S
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[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESSStatements by Ozersay evaluating the forthcoming meeting in New York with the UN Secretary-General, Kucuk's statement that the population census planned for 27 November 2011 in the occupied area of Cyprus might be delayed, BKP's accusations against Eroglu for impeding the solution process, protests by students of illegal YDU regarding the deportation of their Kurdish colleagues from the occupied area of Cyprus and the discussion of the issue in the Turkish Grand National Assembly, the decision of the regime to extend the operation of the "Property Compensation Commission" for another two years, and other internal matters are the main topics covered by the Turkish Cypriot press today. The papers refer also to the interrogation of Turkish former Minister of Finance Unakitan and his family by the "police" of the regime for attacking a person in occupied Famagusta and to the visit of the spouse of President Christofias Ersi to the Greek Cypriot enclaved persons living in occupied Karpass peninsula.
The majority of Turkish daily newspapers reports on stories from the earthquake that hit the eastern province of Van on Sunday: continued efforts for survivors, aid convoys being looted and Erdogan's resolute remarks against shanty houses and illegal housing. Also covered were a declaration for cooperation signed by Britain and Turkey, Davutoglu's comments regarding Assad, Turkey's Central Bank's bold move to maintain Turkish lira's value against the U.S. and other internal issues.
 Ozersay evaluates the upcoming meeting in New YorkUnder the title "A wary optimism", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (27.10.11) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu's special adviser Kudret Ozersay, evaluating the upcoming meeting in New York, said that they are going to the New York meeting with high hopes of better result than the previous meeting in Geneva. He added that the New York summit will not be an ordinary tripartite meeting.
Ozersay explained that they have undergone a very intensive period of preparation ahead of the meeting, adding that specialists on issues such as Property, European Union, Governance and Power sharing and other issues will accompany them to New York.
Ozersay claimed that the Turkish Cypriot side made an important opening in Geneva by accepting to discuss the chapter of territorial adjustments and the discussion of the map and the numbers at the last stage.
Claiming that the Turkish Cypriot side put forward various and creative proposals for every chapter, Ozersay argued that the Turkish Cypriot side's proposals forced its interlocutors to conduct a give-and-take process and as a result of this progress, which cannot be underestimated, has been made.
Ozersay said that they have good reasons to be hopeful for the outcome of the New York summit, adding that one of their targets is to go to New York with a firm strategy, which is to free the Turkish Cypriots from the current uncertainty. He also argued that from this point of view, the New York meeting is more important than it is thought to be.
Noting that although the ongoing Cyprus talks are a "Cypriot-led process", the Cyprus problem possesses also the qualification of an international controversy, Ozersay claimed: "This issue does not end only with Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, but it is a reality that other territorial and international actors need to be taken into consideration, even if we like it or not."
 Eroglu will inform political parties prior to his departureTurkish Cypriot daily Gunes (27.10.11) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader will inform today the parties represented in the "assembly" of the breakaway regime regarding the latest developments in the negotiations. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 11:00.
On Friday, Eroglu will leave for New York in order to participate in the tripartite meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Christofias. The meeting will take place on the 30th and 31st of October. Eroglu, who will be escorted by his special advisor Kudret Ozersay, his spokesperson Osman Ertug and members of his negotiating team, is expected to return on the 3rd of November.
 BKP says Eroglu leads the solution process into a dead-endTurkish Cypriot daily Bakis (27.10.11) reports on statements by Abdullah Korkmazhan, organizing secretary of the United Cyprus Party (BKP), who evaluated, in a written statement, the Cyprus negotiation process.
Abdullah Korkmazhan accused the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu of leading the negotiation process to a stalemate because, as he said, he submits separatist proposals which are outside of the framework of the solution and abandoned the agreements which had been reached.
Korkmazhan described as unacceptable the fact that Eroglu has rejected the cross voting which had been agreed before and noted that Eroglu is trying to create difficulties and dynamite the negotiations prior to the New York summit.
He added that Eroglu's stance prevents progress in the negotiations.
Korkmazhan stated that their expectations from the New York summit is for the UN to undertake a more active role, to record the existing agreements, to help the sides to reach an agreement on the issues they disagree and to speed up the negotiation process with the aim to reach a comprehensive solution before June 2012.
 Protests against the "deportation" of Kurdish students continue ? The issue was discussed in the TBMMTurkish Cypriot daily Afrika (27.10.11) reports that a group of Kurdish students protested yesterday outside of the illegal Near East University (YDU), against the illegal "deportation" of Kurdish students from the occupied area of Cyprus.
In addition, Afrika also reports that the issue was discussed in the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM).
The students have started a sit down strike since Monday 25th of October, protesting against the "deportation" of 16 Kurdish students after clashes held between them and a group of "Grey Wolves" last Friday.
The students' protest was supported by various Turkish Cypriot parties and trade unions such as the Turkish Cypriot Primary School Teachers' Trade Union (KTOS), the Turkish Cypriot Secondary School Teachers' Trade Union (KTOEOS), the New Cyprus Party (YKP), the United Cyprus Party (BKP) and the Gelecek and the Barikat newspapers.
According to the paper 581 students stated that they will stop their studies in the YDU in case the decision of the students' "deportation" is not withdrawn.
 The regime extends the operation of the "property compensation commission" for two more yearsTurkish Cypriot daily Volkan (27.10.11) reports that the self-styled council of ministers approved yesterday the "draft-law" providing for the extension of the operation of the "property compensation commission" established by Turkey in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. The paper writes that in statements after the meeting of the "cabinet", Nazim Cavusoglu, self-styled minister of interior, said the "draft-law" is sent to the "assembly" and the "commission" will accept applications for another two years. Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan (27.10.11) reports that from March 17, 2006 until October 26, 2011 a total of 2176 applications were made to the "commission".
According to information acquired from the website of the "property compensation commission", 181 of the applications were settled in a friendly way and 7 of the applications were solved in the "court".
The "commission" has paid 58,614.200 pounds sterling as compensation until today.
 Former Turkish Minister arrested in the occupied areas for an incident occurred regarding a property he leased in Famagusta in 2005Turkish daily Afrika (27.10.11) reports that Kemal Unakitan, former Finance Minister of Turkey with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) ended up in a "police station" in occupied Famagusta, along with his family, after an incident occurred with a property he leased in 2005 in the occupied areas of Cyprus.
According to the paper, in 2005 Unakitan leased a field for 21 years in the area of the occupied Famagusta port and constructed a warehouse which he later rented to a person named Ibrahim Tokkan. However, because Tokkan did not pay the rent, which amounted to sixty thousand Euros, the former Turkish Minister unilaterally called off the agreement.
Yesterday, Unakitan and his family went to take possession of the warehouse by force but faced resistance by Guven Puskullu who was guarding the place. The Unakitan family was arrested after Puskullu complained to the "police" that he was slammed by the family. As a result, Unakitan, his wife, daughter and son-in-law were arrested by the "police" and they are facing prosecution for hitting the guardian.
Afrika wonders how Turkey will react on the incident and whether Erdogan will call the Turkish Cypriots "servants" again.
 Kucuk on the population census in the occupied area of CyprusAccording to Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi (27.10.11), the self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk, in statements yesterday prior to the meeting of the "council of ministers," referred to the issue of the population census which was scheduled for November 27 in the occupied area of Cyprus, and said that the date of the population census might be delayed for while due to the intensive preparation of the census.
Saying that the "state planning organization" (DPO), together with the "district and local administrations" and 200 personnel continue their preparation for the population, Kucuk said that they also exchanged views with EU officials. He noted that it is natural for the date of the population census to be delayed for a while. He added that the work is at the final stage and that the census will not be delayed a lot. He then said that the population census will be conducted in any case.
 The number of vehicles in occupied Cyprus increased to 258.000 in 2011Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (27.10.11) reports that the number of the vehicles in occupied Cyprus has increased during the last ten years, parallel to the increase of the population.Citing information it acquired, the paper writes that the number of vehicles in the occupied areas was 126.000 in 2000, while in 2011 it increased to 258.000.
Kibris writes that this creates a lot of traffic problems, especially in Lefkosia and adds that the roads are not enough for the many vehicles driven in the occupied areas of Cyprus anymore.
 Turkish Cypriot guides do not want Greek Cypriot guides to work in the occupied area of CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Vatan (27.10.11) reports that Hasan Karlitas, chairman of the "Turkish Cypriot guides union," in a written statement, said that there is an increase in the number of guided tours from the government-controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus to the occupied area and stressed the need for this issue "to be disciplined".
Karlitas alleged that the Greek Cypriot guides make propaganda when they visit the occupied area of the island with tourist groups and stressed the need to prevent them from doing their job in "north Cyprus".
Karlitas asked also from the Turkish Cypriot Tourist Guides Association (KITREB) to take the necessary decisions and action together with the "ministry of tourism, environment and culture", the "Turkish Cypriot guides union" and the "Turkish Cypriot travel agents' union" in order to find a solution to their problem.
 "Davutoglu: Assad Following Path Gaddafi Once Walked"Under the above title, Turkish daily Today's Zaman (26.10.11, online) reports on Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's statements to Turkish media over the last two days, as he proceeded from a visit to Serbia to the Middle East. "Turkey regrets seeing Syria following the same chaotic process that Libya went through, but Bashar al-Assad is brushing off friendly advice to step down, just like Muammar Gaddafi did when Turkey told him that Libyan unrest would bring about his demise," said Davutoglu.
"Our prime minister [Recep Tayyip Erdogan] was telling Gaddafi the same things he is telling Assad today; but I am afraid Syria is moving toward a similar period [as Libya]," Davutoglu told the Star daily in an interview the paper published yesterday. According to Davutoglu, Turkey has tried hard to prevent a clash similar to what happened in Libya over the last few months from being repeated in Syria, but the calls have gone unanswered. "He [Erdogan] told Assad to hold elections, and let the Syrian nation decide on the future of the country, but Assad does not listen, just like Gaddafi did not," Davutoglu was quoted as saying by Star.
The remarks from the foreign minister were the most recent from Turkey on Syria after a long break of contact with that country, as Turkish officials in the past repeatedly called on Assad to backpedal and go for democratic reforms and elections, but sharply cut down on efforts when Assad made clear he would not heed advice from other countries. "The process does not play out well for leaders who do not receive their power from their nation; once they lose political power, it is either jail or a grave that they end up in," Davutoglu commented in harsh words that noted how critical Turkey perceived the condition of leaders of the Arab Spring who resist change and the will of their people.
"We clearly see Assad is no more capable of orchestrating the process [of democratization]," Davutoglu was quoted as saying by the Bugun daily on Wednesday, as he repeated his take on the Syrian issue as a struggle already lost by Assad, who "refused to lend an ear to what Turkey had to say and walked away from his promises every time."
Offering an explanation to Turkey's approach to the Arab Spring leaders, particularly to Assad, Davutoglu suggested that it is "elections that serve the will of the people," that a leader could remain in power or had to step down, make way for change but in return still remain a person liked by his people, even after he is replaced by the outcome of the vote.
"Turkey has had no contact with Syria since the latest visits," Davutoglu was quoted as saying by Yeni Safak yesterday in response to a question on whether Turkish efforts to push Assad to comply with the demands of Syrians were still ongoing.
On Wednesday, Davutoglu came together with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman as part of his tour of the Middle East. The meeting, which lasted 45 minutes, focused on developments in the Middle East and especially in Syria, officials said. Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh was also in attendance.
 Turkey, Britain sign protocol on illegal migrationAnkara Anatolia news agency (26.10.11) reported form Ankara that the Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin and Britain's Secretary of State for the Home Dept. & Minister for Women & Equalities Theresa Mary May signed a cooperation declaration against illegal migration after holding a meeting in Ankara on Wednesday.
At a press conference, Sahin said that there has been a great cooperation between Turkey and Britain in the fight against terrorism as well as illegal migration, organized crimes and drug trafficking. The British Minister said that there was an important partnership and powerful ties between Turkey and Britain and reminded that there has been a great cooperation between the two countries in the areas of cross-border crimes, drug trafficking and illegal migration. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio