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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 11-11-17

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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. 219/11 17.11.11

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] The two leaders continued the Cyprus talks yesterday after the New York summit
  • [02] Eroglu to visit Brussels on Monday
  • [03] Ankara's Plan B for Cyprus is reportedly exerting efforts for the recognition of the breakaway regime
  • [04] An agreement with Shell will reportedly be signed on 26 November in occupied Keryneia
  • [05] Binali Yildirim alleges that any activities offshore Cyprus must be approved by Turkey
  • [06] Guests from Gagauzia and Bahrain illegally visited the occupied area of Cyprus to participate in the celebrations for the "UDI"
  • [07] The "UDI" was celebrated by the "representation offices" of the regime abroad
  • [08] Famagusta initiative asks for the opening of the fenced off city of Varoshia
  • [09] Efforts for establishing a unit for the Turks living abroad started
  • [10] Cyprus EVKAF administration participated in EFC/DAFNE Autumn Assembly
  • [11] Solo Turk Performance Team will present a show at the sky of the occupied Karavostasi village
  • [12] Turkey, Arab League seek urgent measures to protect Syrians; Davutoglu warns of possible isolation of Assad's regime
  • [13] French FM to carry out contacts in Turkey; Cyprus problem among the matters of discussion
  • [14] Turkish and Russian officials to discuss the procedure over a possible gas supply to Turkey

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    Statements by Eroglu after his meeting yesterday with President Christofias within the framework of the Cyprus talks, the visit of Eroglu to Brussels to meet with Jose Manuel Barosso, information on a Turkish Plan B in case no solution is reached in Cyprus by July 2012, statements by Taner Yildiz on the issue of signing an agreement with Shell regarding explorations for oil and natural gas in the Mediterranean, the celebrations abroad on the occasion of the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) of the breakaway regime, and other internal matters are the main topics covered by the Turkish Cypriot press today. The papers refer also to new violations of the airspace of the Republic of Cyprus by the Turkish Solo Turk warplanes, and a statement by the so-called Initiative for Famagusta, which asked for the opening of the occupied closed city of Varosha before the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Reports that Ankara cooperates with the Syrian opposition and the Arab League for the ending of the Syrian leader Assad's ruling in the country is the main topic in the Turkish press today. In addition the papers also write about the forthcoming visit of the French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe to Ankara, and of the crisis occurred when deputies of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) turned themselves in as Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) members, to protest recent police operations against the KCK.

    [01] The two leaders continued the Cyprus talks yesterday after the New York summit

    According to illegal Bayrak Television (16.11.11), the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu and President Demetris Christofias met for the first time yesterday following the Greentree summit.

    Speaking to reporters upon his return to the occupied area of Cyprus, Eroglu announced that the two sides will start to negotiate on the core chapters of the Cyprus talks as from the 28th of November.

    Eroglu and President Christofias held their first meeting yesterday after the Greentree-New York Summit, which was held on the 30th and 31st of October.

    Eroglu told reporters at the end of the meeting that the timetable and the program of the negotiations were taken up yesterday.

    Starting from the 28th of November, the leaders will meet on the 1st,5th,12th and the 19th of December and they will continue with the negotiations in the new year with meetings scheduled on the 3rd and 9th of January.

    The method of shuttle diplomacy will apply on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with the participation of the UN officials.

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the UN Special Representative Lisa Buttenheim said that the two leaders will be resuming discussions on the chapter of Governance and Power sharing at their next meeting.

    [02] Eroglu to visit Brussels on Monday

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (17.11.11) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will visit Brussels on Monday 21 November in order to meet with the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barosso and other high ranking officials. According to a statement issued yesterday by his office, Eroglu will be accompanied by his special advisor, Kudret Ozersay, his "second secretary" Gunes Onar and the responsible of the so-called EU Coordination Centre Erhan Ercin. He will return to the occupied area of Cyprus on 23 November.

    [03] Ankara's Plan B for Cyprus is reportedly exerting efforts for the recognition of the breakaway regime

    Turkish daily online Stargazete newspaper (16.11.11) reports that Ankara has prepared a Plan B in case the Cyprus problem is not solved before the first of July, the day that the Republic of Cyprus is taking over the term presidency of the European Union.

    The paper writes that according to a Plan B, which is reflected in the Turkish Foreign Ministry's budget, in case there is no solution, Turkey will take an initiative at the UN Security Council for lifting the "unjust" isolation of the Turkish Cypriots. If no result comes out from the January meeting between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides with the UN Secretary-General, Turkey will exert diplomatic pressure on the UN, the EU and other countries.

    In order to revive the economy of the breakaway regime, Turkey will take action in the EU and exert efforts towards the lifting of the "unjust embargo" in the EU countries. The decision for the "direct trade regulation" with the Turkish Cypriots issued by the EU Commission after the 2004 referendum will be the base for this demand. Ankara will also convey the message that 'The Turkish Cypriot people made everything possible for the solution. Now it is your turn'. Ankara will also start diplomatic campaign for the launching of direct flights to the breakaway regime.

    The B Plan is interpreted as "pushing the button" for the recognition of the breakaway regime by the international community, writes the paper. However, diplomatic sources noted that the Plan B will be realized in case the negative scenario takes place and expressed the opinion that Turkey wants to keep its current position that a solution should be reached through with negotiations during which Turkey will be based on the principle that it is a step ahead regarding the solution.

    [04] An agreement with Shell will reportedly be signed on 26 November in occupied Keryneia

    Under the title "Huge blow against the Greek Cypriots in the Mediterranean', Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan (17.11.11) reports that the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz has stated that next week Turkey will sign an agreement with Shell company regarding exploration for oil and natural gas.

    Responding to questions yesterday after a press conference he jointly held with Thomas Mirow, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Yildiz said: "Next week we will sign an agreement regarding exploration for oil and natural gas on our lands and in our sea area. We are sitting at the table with Shell on this issue".

    Yildiz noted that the contribution of energy investments to Turkey reached one billion Euros this year and added that they plan to continue on the same amount in the next years. He said the part that Greece paid from its debt reached 185 million dollars and added that the rest will be paid by the end of January. 'We will discuss later the other 50-60 million problematic part", he noted.

    The paper writes that TPAO and Shell have agreed on principle to hold drilling for oil in Antalya's open sea (See: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review No. 218/11, 16/11/2011, Item 9).

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (17.11.11) cites information from reliable sources in Ankara and reports that the Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, the deputy director of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) Yurdal Oztas and Shell officials will illegally visit the occupied area of Cyprus on 26 November in order to meet with "officials" of the breakaway regime in occupied Keryneia. According to the paper, an agreement between Yildiz, TPAO, Shell and "officials" from the breakaway regime will be signed at Acapulco Hotel in occupied Keryneia on 26 November. Yildiz and his delegation are expected to depart from the occupied area of Cyprus on the same day.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Binali Yildirim alleges that any activities offshore Cyprus must be approved by Turkey

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (16.11.11) reported from London on statements by Binali Yildirim, Turkish Transportation, Maritime and Communication Minister who said on Wednesday that Turkey must be informed on all activities conducted offshore Cyprus.

    Binali Yildirim attended a meeting of executive board of the World Maritime University and had a meeting with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos in British capital of London.

    Speaking to AA correspondent in London, Yildirim said that rights and benefits in seas were common heritage of humanity, and any activities offshore Cyprus must be approved by Turkey.

    Yildirim is expected to depart from Britain for Turkey after completing his talks.

    [06] Guests from Gagauzia and Bahrain illegally visited the occupied area of Cyprus to participate in the celebrations for the "UDI"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (17.11.11) reports that the so-called speaker of the "assembly" Hasan Bozer held separate meetings yesterday with Viktor Petrioglu, chairman of Gagauzia's Public Institutions and Khaled Jasim El Malood, MP from Bahrain, who illegally visited the occupied area of Cyprus to participate in the celebrations for the 28th anniversary from the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) of the breakaway regime. Bozer briefed his guests on the Cyprus problem and referred to the so-called embargoes allegedly imposed on the Turkish Cypriots, pointing out that they expect support from their Moslem brother countries.

    Petrioglu conveyed to Bozer a written invitation by the "President" of Gaguazia Nihail Formozal.

    Meanwhile, Petrioglu met also with Suat Gunsel, founding "rector" of the illegal Near East University, whom he thanked for the possibility "YDU" gives to 48 students from Gagauzia to study in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] The "UDI" was celebrated by the "representation offices" of the regime abroad

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (17.11.11) reports that the 28th anniversary from the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) of the breakaway regime was celebrated with receptions by its "representation offices" in Washington, Rome and Stockholm. Receptions were also organized at the Turkevi (Turkish Dome) in New York, the Business Centre in Baku and the regime's "councillor's office" in Istanbul.

    Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Economy, Ali Babacan attended the reception in Stockholm. The Turkish ambassador to Washington Namik Tan and the co-chairman of the Group of Friends with Turkey in the US Congress, Virginia Fox (Republican Party MP, North Carolina) and many guests participated in the reception in Washington.

    Italian Senator, Paolo Pietro Amato, who is holder of the so-called citizenship of the regime, and the former Italian ambassador to Ankara Carlo Marsili were among the participants in the reception in Rome.

    The Turkish ambassador to Baku and Azeri MPs attended the reception in Azerbaijan.

    Meanwhile, according to Turkish daily Today's Zaman (16.11.11), the "embassy" of the occupation regime in Ankara celebrated the 28th anniversary of the "UDI" with a reception at the Swiss Hotel on Tuesday evening.

    The reception was attended by Turkish politicians, including EU Minister Egemen Bagis and Speaker of Parliament Cemil Cicek as well as senior officials from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), a large of number of academics and press members.

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] Famagusta initiative asks for the opening of the fenced off city of Varoshia

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (17.11.11) reports that the organization "Famagusta Initiative" has participated in a conference in Germany organized by the German-Cypriot Forum (DZF) and Friendrich Ebert Foundation. Okan Dagli, one of the speakers of the "Famagusta Initiative," expressed their views on how the fenced off city of Varoshia in occupied Cyprus could affect a solution.

    Dagli, speaking in the conference entitled ""Cyprus: the new hot spot in the Mediterranean," supported that the seeds for a common life and a federal structure can be planted in occupied Famagusta. He said that the ghost city of Varoshia is not just "a part of the comprehensive solution" but the first of the correct steps towards a solution. Addressing German Parliamentarians, he said that they believe that Germany with its strong position within the EU and the positive experience from its unification, could play a positive role in the process and support similar actions in Cyprus.

    [09] Efforts for establishing a unit for the Turks living abroad started

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (17.11.11) reports that the self-styled prime minister Isren Kucuk said yesterday that they have started to work for establishing under the so-called prime minister's office a "Unit" for the "Turks living abroad". Kucuk made this statement during a meeting with a delegation of the "International Balkans Associations' Federation" which visited the occupied area of Cyprus to participate in the celebrations on the occasion of the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) of the breakaway regime. He said they exert efforts to strengthen their relations with the Turks living abroad.

    (I/Ts.)

    [10] Cyprus EVKAF administration participated in EFC/DAFNE Autumn Assembly

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (17.11.11) reports that the General Director of the EVKAF Foundation Kemal Kaymakamzade represented his foundation in the autumn assembly of the European Foundation Centre (EFC). 150 directors from foundations, which are members of EFC, participated in the meeting which for the first time brought together members of the EFC and DAFNE (Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe). Along with a whole day meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee, elections for the chairman and the members of EFC's administration board also took place. Moreover, meetings for exchange of ideas regarding administration methods, for finding solutions on common problems and raising productivity were also held.

    [11] Solo Turk Performance Team will present a show at the sky of the occupied Karavostasi village

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan (17.11.11) reports that the Solo Turk Performance Team which consists of F-16 aircrafts will present a show at the sky of the occupied Karavostasi village today.

    Solo Turk team also presented a show in the sky of occupied Keryneia the former day, for the anniversary of the establishment of the breakaway regime on 15 November.

    [12] Turkey, Arab League seek urgent measures to protect Syrians; Davutoglu warns of possible isolation of Assad's regime

    According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (16.11.11), Turkey and members of the Arab League called Wednesday for "urgent measures" to protect Syrian civilians from violent repression by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

    According to a statements issued after a Turkish-Arab cooperation forum in Rabat, they also declared they were "against all foreign intervention in Syria". "The forum declares that it is necessary to stop the bloodshed and to spare Syrian citizens from new acts of violence and killing, and demands that urgent measures are taken to ensure the protection of civilians".

    The statements said also that Ministers also stressed the importance of Syria's stability and unity and the need to find a resolution to the crisis without any foreign intervention.

    The Turkish-Arab talks came ahead of an Arab League meeting on the Syrian crisis in Rabat amid growing signs the Assad regime is losing its grip on power with disaffected soldiers attacking a military base near Damascus.

    The meeting is intended to discuss further measures against Syria which was suspended by the 22-member bloc last weekend after it failed to implement an Arab peace plan.

    Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in statements on Wednesday at a meeting with Arab League foreign ministers said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime will be isolated by the Arab world if it does not halt the deadly crackdown on its own people. "The cost for the Syrian administration of not fulfilling the promises it made to the Arab League, is its isolation in the Arab world as well", Davutoglu said.

    "The Syrian administration should read the messages given by the Arab League, immediately put an end to the violence against its own people and open the way for an inevitable transformation process. It is not possible for any administration to win the fight against its own people. Time is ticking against the Syrian regime. All the credit and hands extended to Syria thus far have been wasted", Davutoglu added.

    (?) "A future cannot be built on the blood of the innocent, otherwise history will remember those leaders as the ones who feed on blood," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

    Turkey has already announced a halt to joint oil exploration with Syria and has threatened to cut electricity exports there.

    [13] French FM to carry out contacts in Turkey; Cyprus problem among the matters of discussion

    According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (16.11.11), the French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe will be visiting Turkey on Thursday as the official guest of his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

    Juppe is also scheduled to meet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul before proceeding to Ankara to meet Davutoglu.

    The French FM will be received by Turkish President Abdullah Gul and gather with members of a foreign relations committee with the Turkish parliament.

    Juppe is expected to discuss Turkey's European Union membership process, the Cyprus problem, counterterrorism as well as Middle East peace process, Syria unrest and Iran.

    [14] Turkish and Russian officials to discuss the procedure over a possible gas supply to Turkey

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (16.11.11) reported that Alexander Medvedev, the director general of the Russian firm, Gazprom Export and deputy chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee, in statements on Wednesday told to Gas&Power magazine that company executives and Turkish authorities would decide later in November what kind of a procedure would be followed in exporting natural gas to Turkey as of January 1, 2012.

    The meeting is expected to take place in Istanbul next week.

    Medvedev said Russian Federation was the first and only country backing liberalization of natural gas market in Turkey and expressed hope that Turkey would create a market that would enable sale of natural gas in the most reasonable price in coming days.

    The head of the company said a market in which natural gas prices were not subsidized would contribute more to Turkish economy.

    Medvedev said the company was ready to enter Turkish electricity market as not only a supplier but also an investor.

    Alexander Medvedev said he did not see Nabucco, a proposed pipeline that will carry natural gas from the Caspian region and the Caucasus to Europe, as a rival project, adding that Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS) would be a good partner to South Stream Project if Turkey showed interest in the project.

    South Stream is a proposed pipeline project routed from Russia to Bulgaria and further to Italy and Austria through Turkish waters in the Black Sea. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio

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