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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 11-12-13

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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. 237/11 13.12.11 C O N T E N T S

  • [01] Eroglu says that tension existed yesterday during his meeting with President Christofias
  • [02] Soyer: When Eroglu and UBP asked money from Turkey they said the population is 700 thousands
  • [03] CHP MP alleges that there is not such a thing as Cyprus problem
  • [04] A BDP deputy said Turkey invaded in Cyprus in 1974
  • [05] Gul met the Romanian President in Ankara
  • [06] Erdogan, General Ozel to make final decision on F-35 fighter jets
  • [07] "From AK Party to AKP"
  • [08] Turkish Economy grows by 8.2%, current accounts deficit reaches $65 billion

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    Statements by Eroglu after returning from his meeting with President Christofias within the framework of the Cyprus talks, reference by Ferdi Sabit Soyer to the population census held on 4 December in the occupied area of Cyprus, an allegation by an MP with CHP that no Cyprus problem exists, the admission of a BDP MP addressing the TGNA that Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974, and other internal issues are the main topics covered by the Turkish Cypriot press today.

    Gul's meeting with his Romanian counterpart Traian Basescu, a statement by BDP MP Ertugrul Kurkcu describing Turkey as an occupying force in Cyprus, statements by the Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan noting that Turkey's growth rate surpassed the Chinese one and other internal issues are some of the main stories covered by today's Turkish dailies. Turkish dailies report also on yesterday's meeting between the two leaders in Cyprus within the framework of the Cyprus talks and on statements by the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu after the meeting.

    [01] Eroglu says that tension existed yesterday during his meeting with President Christofias

    Under the title "Unsuccessful meeting", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (13.12.11) reports that Alexander Downer, special envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Cyprus, has said that the leaders concentrated yesterday on the property issue during their meeting within the framework of the negotiations towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem. He said no progress was achieved during the meeting, which he described as "unsuccessful".

    In statements after returning to his office, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu said that some tension existed during the meeting and accused the Greek Cypriot side of choosing only the points it likes from the old UN plans for Cyprus and of denying or rejecting the rest. "Debates like this continued today [yesterday] as well", he noted. Eroglu claimed that the Greek Cypriots do not accept the bi-zonality to be permanent. He went on and said: "They submit proposals in the direction of eliminating bi-zonality after a transitional period. Meanwhile, federation will be permanent... You know that bi-zonality is one of the main parameters of the UN and the insistence of the Turkish Cypriot people on this bi-zonality continues?"

    Eroglu said that they exchanged views on the property issue yesterday and discussed the issue of the population census.

    Eroglu reiterated the allegation that seven UN experts observed the census held in the occupied area of Cyprus, which was allegedly carried out according to the rules. "A population census was conducted. It came to light that the population is around 300 thousands. In any case, it is a reality that it could not be more than 300 thousands", he claimed.

    Eroglu argued that this number came out after everybody living in the occupied area of Cyprus was counted. He added: "We said that from this point of view there is no need for them being oversensitive on this issue. If we had another intention, we could have shown a much higher population number, but both we and those who govern must know the real population. The population census was held with this mentality".

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (13.12.11) covers the developments under the title "Deadlock".

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes (13.12.11) refers to the same issue and argues that President Christofias is against bi-zonality.

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibrisli (13.12.11) argues that "This was about to happen", and refers to a "crisis at the meeting between Eroglu and Christofias".

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Soyer: When Eroglu and UBP asked money from Turkey they said the population is 700 thousands

    Under the title "When they asked money from Turkey they said it was 700 thousands", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (13.12.11) reports that Ferdi Sabit Soyer, "MP" with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), has referred to the population census held on 4 December in the occupied area of Cyprus and argued that the results saddened the so-called presidency and the self-styled government. Addressing the "assembly" yesterday during the discussions of the "budget" of the so-called presidency, Soyer said that Dervis Eroglu and the National Unity Party (UBP) "government" were saddened with these results, because when they asked money from Turkey they referred to a population of 700 thousand persons.

    Soyer referred also to the recent report of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus and described it as "very important". He said the report should be well examined, translated into Turkish and distributed to all sides concerned before the tripartite summit to be held in New York in January.

    Addressing the same meeting of the "assembly", Ozkan Yorgancioglu, chairman of the CTP, said that the negotiations for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem continue for many years and the Turkish Cypriots are facing a problem with their identity because of the long lasting solution process. Yorgancioglu argued that the Turkish Cypriots need the solution for being unified with the world and sell their products. He said that the solution should be a "concept" which will first of all safeguard the interests of the Turkish Cypriots and take into consideration the interests of Turkey.

    Yorgancioglu underlined that Dervis Eroglu is "not at a point of continuing the negotiations" from where former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat left them. He said that Eroglu carries out the negotiations according to his own understanding and is not in harmony with the people's expectation.

    Referring to the preliminary results of the population census, Yorgancioglu said that they create the impression that the announcement of the number 294 thousands will cause problems.

    Moreover, speaking at the same meeting, Mehmet Cakici, chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP), said that the Greek Cypriots will undertake the EU term presidency after six months and added that if a solution is reached the Turkish Cypriots will also overtake this presidency after 14 years.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] CHP MP alleges that there is not such a thing as Cyprus problem Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (13.12.11) reports that Kamer Genc, MP with the Turkish Republican People's Party (CTP) has alleged that there is not such a thing as Cyprus problem.

    Genc, who was speaking in the UK during a conference of the CHP London Solidarity Association, criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and referred to Cyprus stating the following: "There will be no reunification in Cyprus. There is no such thing as Cyprus problem. No one can demolish the TRNC now and put it under the yoke of the Greek Cypriots".

    He went on and added that for his party there is no Cyprus problem since there are two communities with different languages, different religions and different cultures on the island. He said that when Tayyip Erdogan and Abdullah Gul came to power they elected as "president" the pro-Greek Cypriot Mehmet Ali Talat and wanted to eliminate the former Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas.

    Genc criticized strongly the AKP government in Turkey and said that the AKP MPs follow blindly the orders of Erdogan.

    [04] A BDP deputy said Turkey invaded in Cyprus in 1974

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (13.12.11) reports on statements by Ertugrul Kurkcu, MP with Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in Mersin, who addressing the Turkish Grant National Assembly (TGNA) yesterday described the 1974 Turkish military operation in Cyprus as "invasion". Kurkcu continued his speech saying: "We do not know now how we will withdraw our troops from Cyprus. The people in Cyprus do not want them. Leave them".

    Replying to the above statements, Akif Hamzacebi, MP with the Republican People's Party (CHP), said: "It is not an invasion. The government of that period went there in order to protect the rights of the Turks who lived in the TRNC and with the aim to prevent the ongoing oppression, the injustices the deaths and the murders".

    The paper writes that Hamzacebi's statements were applauded by AKP's MPs.

    (AK)

    [05] Gul met the Romanian President in Ankara

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (12.12.11) reported from Ankara that Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Romanian President Traian Basescu held a press conference after their meeting in the Turkish capital.

    Recalling that Turkey and Romania signed a strategic partnership document aiming at boosting bilateral relations, Basescu said the document also foresaw cooperation in foreign policy, security and combating terrorism. He pointed out that trade volume between the two countries reached 5 billion U.S. dollars in the first nine months of 2011 and stated that during his meeting with Gul, they discussed regional matters including developments in the Middle East. Moreover, he expressed Romania's full and resolute support to Turkey's EU membership.

    Gul for his part expressed gratitude for Romania's support: "Basescu told me what they discussed in Brussels as he came from that city, we have learned about valuable views." He said that Turkey's debt burden was 40 percent, the Maastricht criteria were 60 percent, while Turkey's budget deficit was 2.5 percent, the Maastricht criteria were 3 percent. "When we take these figures into consideration, our economy is better today, and we hope EU's economy will be better from now on because we are so dependent on each other," Gul added.

    [06] Erdogan, General Ozel to make final decision on F-35 fighter jets

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman (12.12.11, online) reported that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel are set to convene at next week's Defence Industry Implementation Committee (SSIK) to discuss the purchase of F-35 airplanes from the US worth $16 billion. In addition to Erdogan and Ozel, Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz will attend the meeting.

    [07] "From AK Party to AKP"

    Under the above title, Bulent Kenes, in his editorial in Turkish daily Today's Zaman (12.12.11, online), criticizes the Justice and Development Party for its decision to support the bill that reduced the penalties for match-fixing in football. Kenes writes, inter alia: "[...] As a citizen who attaches great importance to the country's democratization, increased transparency and the accountability of the system, and who works for this to happen, I don't have any different feeling than the rest of the masses. I have supported the ruling party's correct policies despite not being a member of it, and I have been warning it about its wrong policies. I had cast my vote for the party ever since the 2002 elections because I believe it has advocated correct policies more than any other party. But I hereby declare that I will never cast my vote for it due to its insistence on passing the match-fixing law.

    I have concerns that this party -- which I supported with the belief that it is trying to be a clean and just party, as its name implies -- is increasingly becoming one of the ordinary parties of the corrupt Turkish political scene. Until this feeling of mine changes, i.e., until I am convinced by its performance that I was wrong, I will stop using the acronym "AK" (white/pure/clean) to refer to the said party. Congratulations to the AKP that Mr. Erdogan and his deputies collectively created!"

    [08] Turkish Economy grows by 8.2%, current accounts deficit reaches $65 billion

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (12.12.11) reported from Ankara that Turkey's statistics authority announced yesterday that Turkey's economy grew by 8.2 percent in the third quarter of this year.

    The highest growth rate was in indirect financial brokerage services with 15.9 percent and the sector volume on fixed prices reached 3.9 billion TL. Construction sector grew by 10.6 percent, communications sector was up by 9.7 percent whereas wholesale and retail sector grew by 9.6 percent.

    Additionally, according to the Turkish Central Bank, Turkey's current accounts deficit went up 31.5 billion USD (94%) between January and October when compared to the same term last year. In the first 10 months of 2010, Turkey's current accounts deficit was recorded as 33.5 billion USD. The current accounts deficit increase was caused by the increasing deficit in Turkey's foreign trade. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio

    EG/


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