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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 11-11-09

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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. 213/11 09.11.11

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Bulutoglulari: Bagis' contacts in Europe resulted in a "positive change" of foreign ambassadors' stance towards the Turks
  • [02] Sener Levent argues that the image policy followed by the Turkish side is not useful anymore
  • [03] The breakaway regime will participate in the ICDT conference in Istanbul
  • [04] The breakaway regime shortens the aircraft stopover time in Turkey to half an hour
  • [05] Atlas Jet airlines launch flights from UK to the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus
  • [06] A protocol on health was signed by "YDU hospital" and the "Autonomous Republic of Gagauzia"
  • [07] Illegal UKU participates in "Erasmus Mundus Mover" project on behalf of Turkey
  • [08] The Feast of Sacrifices was celebrated in Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca
  • [09] Russian athletes are reportedly training in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [10] Wrestlers from foreign countries to participate in Fazil Kucuk Games

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    Statements by Cemal Bulutoglulari praising Egemen Bagis for contributing to the positive change of the foreign ambassadors' attitude towards the so-called Turkish municipality of Lefkosia, the participation of the breakaway regime in a conference of the Organization for the Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, the promotion of the breakaway regime in WTM tourism fair in London, and other internal matters are the main topics covered by the nine out of thirteen Turkish Cypriot newspapers which were published today. The press refers also to statements by Ersin Tatar on the economy of the breakaway regime and the continuation tomorrow, of the protests by the "opposition" parties and other organizations regarding the new "draft-laws", which the "government" attempts to pass from the "assembly".

    The majority of today's Turkish dailies cover news stories regarding another earthquake in Van (5.5 on the Richter scale), a visit by Prime Minister Erdogan in the town of Rize, news reports that PKK trains 14-year-old children for armed operations, and reports that the Syrian President will try to use the PKK against Turkey. Also covered, are off the record, comments by the French President regarding the Israeli Prime Minister after a press conference with Barak Obama, the decision of the Italian Prime Minister to step down, Turkey obtaining the source code for F-16 military aircrafts with the permission of the USA, and other internal issues.

    [01] Bulutoglulari: Bagis' contacts in Europe resulted in a "positive change" of foreign ambassadors' stance towards the Turks

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (09.11.11) reports that Cemal Bulutoglulari, "mayor" of the occupied part of Lefkosia, has stated that thanks to the contacts of the Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bagis in Europe, the stance of the foreign ambassadors to Lefkosia towards the Turks has positively changed.

    "I believe that the efforts of Mr Egemen in Europe are very successful, because every ambassador who comes to us mentions the name of Mr Egemen. It means that great efforts are made somewhere. We the Turks have started gathering the fruits of these efforts", said Bulutoglulari yesterday in statements to Turkish Anatolia news agency.

    Bulutoglulari argued that the Turkish municipality of occupied Lefkosia which was established in 1958 is the only internationally recognized institution of the "TRNC", as he described breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, which is politically recognized only by Turkey.

    Referring to the Cyprus problem, Bulutoglulari alleged that the Turkish side has always been extending a hand of peace to the Greek Cypriots and when the latter take this hand, a solution will be found in Cyprus. He claimed that a problem which the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey want to solve lasts for 40-50 years and reiterated the Turkish allegation that they could not wait for another 50 years for the solution.

    Bulutoglulari said that as a result of the efforts of Egemen Bagis in Europe, "great changes have been made" in the ambassadors who visit him and added: "That is, the Turkish positions, the reality, our share of the justice have started to come to surface and the ambassadors started to refer to these. The ambassadors who came to me in the past have been saying that 'behold, there is a republic, join this republic and proceed together', but believe me that there is a change during the last period. Their point of view towards us has changed very much. I believe that the efforts exerted by Mr Egemen in Europe have been very successful, because every ambassador who comes mentions Mr Egemen's name. This means that somewhere great efforts are made. We the Turks have started gathering the fruits of these efforts".

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Sener Levent argues that the image policy followed by the Turkish side is not useful anymore

    Writing in Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (09.11.11), Sener Levent, columnist and editor in chief of the paper, in his commentary entitled: "The image of the side which is in favour of the solution is not useful anymore", points out that although the situation in Cyprus has changed, together with the situation in the Middle East which has also changed, the Turkish side has not changed at all, since it exerts efforts to prove to the world that it is the side which is in favour of the solution in Cyprus. Levent underlines that it is the first time since 1974 that the Greek Cypriot side is not afraid of Turkey since it has Israel by its side. He argues that Ankara could not evaluate correctly the new situation in the region, because it did not take into consideration that Israel acts always with the support of the USA.

    Levent notes that the Turkish side follows an image policy and tries to present the Greek Cypriot side as the side which is responsible for the non-solution in Cyprus. Levent writes also that Ankara is exerting efforts so that the UN to announce that the Greek Cypriot side is responsible for the non-solution in Cyprus.

    Supporting that Ankara is preparing to keep the Turkish Cypriots as hostages, like it did in 2004 when it put them in the freezer, Levent writes that there are even proposals for the annexation of the occupied north part of Cyprus to Turkey.

    Levent writes also that the statements made by Ankara, Eroglu and Ozersay, as regards the New York summit, do not reflect the reality.

    (AK)

    [03] The breakaway regime will participate in the ICDT conference in Istanbul

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan (09.11.11), the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT), the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA) and the IDB Group will jointly organize the "Istanbul Conference on needs assessment of the OIC Member States in the field of Competition law and policy" from 21st to 22nd November 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.

    According to the paper, among the participants will also be the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus.

    [04] The breakaway regime shortens the aircraft stopover time in Turkey to half an hour

    Today's Turkish Cypriot dailies (09.11.11) continue to publish information regarding the participation of the breakaway regime in the London World Travel Market in order to promote "North Cyprus". The so-called minister of tourism, environment and culture Unal Ustel, speaking to Ankara Anatolia news agency during his visit at the WTM fair in London, said that as part of their promotion activities, 120 black cabs and 50 busses, covered with posters of "North Cyprus", will roam the streets of London for a year, introducing "TRNC tourism". He added that there will also be tourism brochures promoting the breakaway regime inside the cabs.

    Commenting on the flights to the occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus, Ustel said that they cannot have direct flights from any other country except from Turkey. However, he added, they implemented a new system in 2011 and the aircraft stopover time at the Turkish airports, from London to the occupied areas, is only half an hour. Ustel explained that this practice is also implemented in the charter flights from 13 countries, and added that they were benefited from this practice this year.

    [05] Atlas Jet airlines launches flights from UK to the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (09.11.11), Atlas Jet Airlines will launch as of 2nd of April 2012, every day flights from the UK to the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus via Turkey.

    Osman Malyali, Director of Atlas Jet Airlines, said that their aim is to carry 2,800 passengers per week during the flights between occupied areas and UK.

    [06] A protocol on health was signed by "YDU hospital" and the "Autonomous Republic of Gagauzia"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan (09.22.11) reports that the founding rector of the illegal Near East University ("YDU), Suat Gunsel, who is currently in the "Autonomous Republic of Gagauzia", signed a protocol in the field of health.

    According to the paper, the protocol on health signed by the "YDU hospital" and the "Autonomous Republic of Gagauzia" will further strengthen the cooperation between the breakaway regime and the "Autonomous Republic of Gagauzia", which has started in the field of education. The protocol envisages that citizens of Gagauzia can benefit, under special conditions, from health services at the "YDU hospital".

    [07] Illegal UKU participates in "Erasmus Mundus Mover" project on behalf of Turkey

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (09.11.11) reports that the illegal International Cyprus University (UKU) is participating as an associated member, representing Turkey, in the "Erasmus Mundus Mover" project which was approved by the EU.

    In statements on the issue, Prof. Dr. Tulay Tulun, dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the illegal UKU, said that the project was established under the leadership of Italy-Messina University. Tulun noted that the illegal UKU is participating in the project of behalf of Turkey.

    Tulun said also that different universities of some EU countries, such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Poland will cooperate with universities of some other countries, such as China, Kambodia, Filipina, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Laos in the field of exchanging students and undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

    Tulun stated that in the framework of the project, she will participate in important working groups and added that she will be supervisor for the Murcia University's, activities and reports to the EU.

    (AK)

    [08] The Feast of Sacrifices was celebrated in Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (09.11.11), under the title "First time since 1960" reports that according to information acquired by the Cyprus news agency, the Kurban Bayram Feast (Feast of Sacrifices) has been celebrated in the most famous mosque of Cyprus, the Hala Sultan Tekke, in Larnaca.

    As the paper writes, a big number of Muslims visited the Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaka during the first day of the Feast and prayed. Also, Sakir Alemdar, who is the mufti in the government-controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus, has received congratulations. Among those who congratulated him was the Minister of Interior, Neoklis Silikiotis, foreign diplomats, Christian clergies, as well as Muslim and Christian academicians.

    The paper argues that it was the first time since 1960 that the "Greek Cypriot administration", as it calls the Republic of Cyprus, gave the opportunity for the Feast of sacrifices to be celebrated in the government-controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus.

    (AK)

    [09] Russian athletes are reportedly training in the occupied area of Cyprus

    Under the title: "Russian athletes in the TRNC", Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan (09.11.11) reports that three athletes from Russia, came to the occupied area of Cyprus together with their coaches in order to do their training.

    As the paper writes, the Russian team came to the occupied area of Cyprus on November 1 and they will stay until November 26.

    Among the athletes, is also a woman from Russia called Irina Gumeniuk who will compete for Russia at London Olympics which will be organized in summer.

    (AK)

    [10] Wrestlers from foreign countries to participate in Fazil Kucuk Games

    Under the title: "60 wrestlers from 5 countries", Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan (09.11.11) reports in its sport pages that a total of 60 wrestlers from 5 countries, that is the breakaway regime, FYROM, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Turkey will participate in the catch-as-catch-can wrestling competition. The competition will take place in the occupied area of Cyprus within the framework of the 13th International Dr. Fazil Kucuk Games, which will be held on 12 November.

    (AK) TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio

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