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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 11-11-23

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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. 223/11 23.11.11

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Eroglu claimed that the last date of the negotiations is June 2012
  • [02] Ozersay said that they explained to EU officials the Turkish Cypriot side's positions
  • [03] "'Half-country to lead miserable union,' Gul tells EU"
  • [04] Akansoy and Elcil on the Cyprus problem; Elcil: "Eroglu is the obstacle to the solution"
  • [05] Atalay and Yildiz to illegally visit the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [06] KTOEOS will go on strike to protest against the opening of a religious department at vocational technical high school in occupied Mia Milia village
  • [07] Columnist in Yeni Duzen writes that no correct result will come out of the 4 December population census
  • [08] Columnist in Yeni Duzen cites information allegedly saying that Turkey has opened its ports for the Republic of Cyprus
  • [09] Jerzy Buzek to visit Turkey; Comments on PKK issue and the Cyprus problem
  • [10] Erdogan warns Assad he will follow Gadhafi's fate
  • [11] TPAO and Shell signed oil and natural gas search contract

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    Statements by Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on his meetings with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule, statements by Eroglu's special adviser Kudret Ozersay to Kibris TV, Gul's contacts in Britain, the participation of Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Turkish Deputy Minister Besir Atalay in an energy conference in occupied Keryneia, statements by Akansoy and Elcil on the Cyprus negotiations, the strikes and other domestic issues are covered today in the Turkish Cypriot press.

    Gul's statements from the UK on the Cyprus problem and Turkey's EU bid, Erdogan's warning statement that Assad will have the same fate with Gadhafi, an interview by the President of the European Parliament Jersey Buzek in Today's Zaman, more about the 1937 Dersim massacre and other internal issues area some of the main stories covered by today's Turkish dailies. About Cyprus, all Turkish dailies reports on Eroglu's contacts in Brussels.

    [01] Eroglu claimed that the last date of the negotiations is June 2012

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis (23.11.11) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, who is holding contacts in Brussels, asked the EU to encourage the Greek Cypriot side to move toward a Cyprus settlement.

    Eroglu, who is accompanied by his special adviser Kudret Ozersay, his 2nd secretary Guner Onar, EU Coordination Centre head Erhan Ercin and the representative of the breakaway regime in Brussels Ahmet Erdengiz, met separately on Tuesday with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule. He briefed them on the views of the Turkish Cypriot side regarding the New York summit.

    Replying to questions from foreign and Turkish journalist after completing his contacts with European Commission officials, Eroglu said that in case there is no agreement with the Greek Cypriot side at the 5th summit in New York in January, then they will try to solve the problem through a multiparty conference with the participation of the guarantor countries. He added that in case that a Cyprus settlement is not reached even at the five-party conference, then the UN Secretary-General should state in a report whether or not the Cyprus problem will be solved and to outline his view on the UN's mission in the country. Eroglu also explained that he thinks that after the summit in January the UN Secretary-General will set a deadline to the peace talks, adding that the last date is June. Claiming that there is no road map after June 2012, Eroglu argued that he does not want negotiations to go on without end.

    Eroglu said that during his meetings with Barrosso and Fule, he explained to them the importance of the tripartite meeting that was held in New York with the UNSG. He said that he discussed with them the issue of an agreement being made EU primary law so that any derogation is made permanent. He explained that under this framework, the Turkish Cypriot side submitted to its interlocutor proposals.

    Eroglu claimed that Cyprus' search for natural gas in combination with Cyprus' assumption of the EU presidency in July 2012 and the fact that the Greek Cypriot sector (as Eroglu refers to the Republic of Cyprus) is an EU member conspire to reduce the will of the Greek Cypriot side for a settlement. He called on both the UN and the EU officials to encourage the Greek Cypriot side to reach an agreement.

    Eroglu argued that the cooperation between Greek Cypriot side and Israel will bring the region's problems in the island, adding: "The Middle East has many problems bigger than the ones we have. If these problems come to the island, we cannot reach any solution".

    Within the framework of his contacts in Brussels, Eroglu also met with the leader of Socialist and Democrat Group Martin Schults.

    The paper also reports that Eroglu gave an interview yesterday to some European journalists at Conrad hotel. After completing his contacts in Brussels, he will return tonight to the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus.

    [02] Ozersay said that they explained to EU officials the Turkish Cypriot side's positions Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (23.11.11) reports that Kudret Ozersay, the special advisor of Dervis Eroglu who escorted the Turkish Cypriot leader at his visit to Brussels, stated that the Turkish Cypriot side explained in details its thoughts and positions during its contacts in Brussels.

    Speaking to Kibris TV television, Ozersay said that the EU officials are aware "of the positive stance of the Turkish Cypriot side" during the Cyprus talks, as he stated. He added that the contacts held were very useful. He stated that they informed both the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU Commissioner for enlargement Stefan Fule about the New York Cyprus Summit.

    He also said that while in Brussels, they had a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Mr Alexander Downer, whom they informed about their contacts.

    [03] "'Half-country to lead miserable union,' Gul tells EU"

    Under the above title, Turkish daily Today's Zaman (22.11.11) reported that Turkish President Abdullah Gul, speaking to journalists from Turkey in London, where he is on a state visit, said that Turkey will protest against Cyprus serving as president of the rotating EU in July 2012.

    Gul noted that talks between the EU and Turkey have been stalled for a long time, saying that almost all of the negotiation chapters have been frozen and that there is little possibility to open any of them at this time. "We have said that this hurts the EU's reputation greatly. This might greatly discredit the EU starting in the first half of 2012. Can you imagine? The Greek Cypriot administration joined the EU, violating all the principles of the union, in a half-done manner, in an incomplete way. This was their first example of violating the principles of this family. And now, this half-country, this incomplete nation, will serve as EU president. You have such a union, but the presidency will be that of half a country. It will be half a country leading a miserable union," Gul told Turkish journalists, using the word "miserable" in English, and adding that he has said the same words to EU officials.

    Gul said Turkey would not participate in any meetings to be chaired by Cyprus but has no problems with continuing to work with the commission.

    Gul also spoke about the details of his visit, saying that officials asked him questions about Syria in all of his meetings. Gul said Turkey had no hidden agendas concerning Syria, stating: "We want security, economic stability and welfare. If there is enough wealth, everybody will take his share of that. This is all we want."

    Gul said the issue of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) also came up during his talks in the UK, noting: "I always say this openly, nothing can justify terrorism. Radical political ideas can be defended as long as there is no violence behind them, but the fight against those who use violence will continue until the end. Sometimes it's regional and sometimes international. We attach great importance to cooperation on this issue."

    [04] Akansoy and Elcil on the Cyprus problem; Elcil: "Eroglu is the obstacle to the solution"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi (23.11.11) reports on statements by Asim Akansoy general secretary of the Republic Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) during a program at private channel Ada TV yesterday. Akansoy, evaluating the latest statement of Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, who described the "January summit to be the end", said that his party does not share the same view. He added that the end for the Cyprus problem will come only after the solution.

    Speaking at the same program, Sener Elcil, general secretary of the Turkish Cypriot Primary School Teachers' Trade Union (KTOS), accused the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, for being the obstacle for the solution and the progress of the negotiation talks.

    (AK)

    [05] Atalay and Yildiz to illegally visit the occupied area of Cyprus

    Under the title "Atalay and Yildiz are coming", Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi (23.11.11) reports that Besir Atalay, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey and Taner Yildiz, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, are expected to visit illegally the occupied area of Cyprus on November 26, in order to participate in the summit called OSB Energy Summit. The Summit, which will be held in occupied Keryneia, is organized by the Higher Council of Organized Industrial Zones of Turkey (OSBUK).

    As the paper writes, among the participants will be also the chairman of Ankara Chamber of Industry and chairman of OSBUK, Nurrettin Ozdebir and others.

    (AK)

    [06] KTOEOS will go on strike to protest against the opening of a religious department at vocational technical high school in occupied Mia Milia village

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (23.11.11) reports, that Turkish Cypriot Secondary School Teachers' Trade Union (KTOEOS) announced that they will go on strike today at the "technical high school" in occupied Mia Millia village, to protest against the opening of a religious department.

    [07] Columnist in Yeni Duzen writes that no correct result will come out of the 4 December population census

    Turkish daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (23.11.11) publishes an article by the paper's columnist, Sami Ozuslu, who writes that no correct result will come out of the 4 December population census and notes that this is not his personal opinion but a conclusion coming out of the statements of Ali Kohan, counsellor of the "state planning organization" (DPO), who openly admitted that he is not sure whether the illegal (Turkish) workers in the occupied areas will be registered or not during the census.

    According to Ozuslu, there are two points that must be taken into consideration regarding Kohan's statements. The first one is that the registration will take place in the "based in address" method, and the second is "the declaration's method".

    Regarding the first point, Ozuslu writes that the employees which will work for the census will have in their hands house addresses and will visit the persons living there for registration. However, in his statements Kohan said that in the short period that the census will be conducted, the employees will not manage to fulfil their work.

    Regarding the second point, the employees will have to base their registration to the answers they will receive from the persons' interview for the census. The employees will have to write down any answer given to their questions without been able to tell whatever these are true or lie.

    "Under these conditions is it even possible to expect that the real knowledge will come out of the population census? You should give the answers", the columnist write.

    [08] Columnist in Yeni Duzen cites information allegedly saying that Turkey has opened its ports for the Republic of Cyprus

    Under the front page title "Turkey has opened its ports for the south", Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (23.11.11 ) publishes a report by Cenk Mutluyakkali, who cites information published yesterday by Ankara Anatolia news agency, allegedly, saying that a vessel named "Seven Seas Voyager" which has set sail off from Limassol port and carrying 533 American passengers and 450 personnel (crew), has cast anchored to the port of Alanya (Turkey) [Translator's note: district of Antalya Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey, from the city of Antalya].

    According to the paper, the German and American tourists who were got off the vessels, arrived in the region of Alanya for touristic tours and for making shopping.

    The paper underlines that the vessels set sailed from the port of "South Cyprus", as it calls the Republic of Cyprus and anchored directly to Turkey.

    (AK)

    [09] Jerzy Buzek to visit Turkey; Comments on PKK issue and the Cyprus problem

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman (23.11.11) reports that the European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek in an interview with Today's Zaman ahead of his visit to Turkey on Thursday, has called on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to dissolve itself, saying the group should end its decades-old violent campaign just like Spain's separatist ETA did in October. "I hope that the end of all of the complicated situations will be like in Spain. The PKK should end all attacks as ETA did".

    (?) Buzek, who will address a session of the Parliament in Ankara on Thursday, hopes to find ways to revive Turkey's stalled EU membership process, focusing particularly on the Cyprus stalemate, during his talks with Turkish officials. (?)

    Highlighting his country's [Poland] support for Turkish membership and his personal links with Turkey, Buzek described his visit, as a "friend" coming to Turkey.

    Buzek praised also Turkey's economic achievements, saying that crisis-hit EU countries "envy" the Turkish economy's impressive growth rates and that the Turkish economy was an "example" for Europe.

    In the interview, Buzek also discussed Turkey's-European Union relations, which came to a standstill because of a "blockade" in membership negotiations. The former prime minister of Poland said Turkey and the EU needed each other not only in economic and trade areas, but also for stability in Southeast Europe and the Middle East. "Our relations are not the best nowadays," he said. "But this is why it is also important for me to be in Turkey." "We can say that we need each other. The EU certainly needs Turkey not only for economy and trade but also for stability and security in the eastern and southern parts of Europe and in the Middle East. So our relations are very important. And I believe Turkey needs Europe for the same reasons. It is important for both sides to have closer cooperation," said Buzek.

    Ahead of his visit, Buzek also praised Turkey's active foreign policy in its region.

    (?)

    Replying to the question "The Cyprus problem is poisoning the Turkey-EU relationship. How can this problem be solved given that the EU leverage in Turkey is almost gone?", Buzek said the following:

    "I hope this is not quite true. I think that if we can visit each other and be open with one another, I think we can improve our relations. From our perspective, [it is desirable] to start deeper negotiations and to have better relations especially because Turkey has a great economy today, and you have a growth rate that we envy in the EU. From this point of view, you are a sort of example for us. On the other side, you know there is an additional protocol to the Association Agreement. And there are some very important points in this protocol connected to Cyprus. And we have signed the protocol -- both sides, Turkey and the EU. So now we wait for the fulfilment of all the points of the protocol, it's very important. So the blockade [in accession negotiations] is because of the protocol".

    (?)

    [10] Erdogan warns Assad he will follow Gadhafi's fate

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (22.11.11, online) reported that Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said, for the first time, that Syria's President must step down over the country's brutal crackdown on dissent, racketing up the pressure on the increasingly isolated Basharal Assad. In his harshest words yet, Erdogan reminded Assad of the bloody end of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as well as past dictators, including Adolf Hitler.

    "For the welfare of your own people and the region, just leave that seat," Erdoan said in a televised speech. "If you want to see someone who has fought until death against his own people, just look at Nazi Germany, just look at Hitler, at Mussolini, at Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania," he said. "If you cannot draw any lessons from these, then look at the Libyan leader who was killed just 32 days ago," said Erdogan

    Erdogan's warning came the day after Syrian soldiers opened fire on at least two buses carrying Turkish citizens, witnesses and officials said, apparent retaliation for Turkey's criticism of Assad, whose military crackdown on an 8-month-old uprising against his rule has killed nearly 4,000 people.

    [11] TPAO and Shell signed oil and natural gas search contract

    According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (23.11.11), Turkish state-run petroleum company (TPAO) has signed a contract with Royal Dutch Shell for oil and natural gas exploration offshore in the Mediterranean as well as onshore, in Turkey's southeast region. The agreement also includes research off the Mediterranean province of Antalya.

    The deal was signed by the General Director of TPAO Mehmet Uysal and the Executive Director for Upstream International and Executive Board Member of Shell Malcolm Brinded in the witness of Turkey's Minister of Energy and Natural Sources Taner Yildiz.

    Speaking during the signing ceremony, Yildiz said that he wants to stress that this cooperation is a product of a technical work and is far removed from international political speculation. Yildiz also added that he hopes this cooperation will benefit both Turkey and Shell. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio

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