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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-01-05

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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. 4/12 5.1.12 C O N T E N T S

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Statements by Eroglu
  • [02] Eroglu answered Christofias' interview published yesterday in Hurriyet
  • [03] Davutoglu alleges that with the necessary political will, the Cyprus problem is possible to be solved even in six weeks, not six months
  • [04] Bagis' comments on President Christofias statements
  • [05] Kucuk's response to Christofias: "Eroglu is your interlocutor, not Erdogan"
  • [06] Izzet Izcan asks for an early federal solution; He accuses Eroglu for being in favour of confederation
  • [07] "Onder: TRNC is a so-called state; it is Turkey's rectum"
  • [08] TBMM approved bill for transporting portable water from Turkey to the occupied area of Cyprus; Statements by Veysel Eroglu
  • [09] Kucuk announces visit to Ankara based on health reasons; Turkey's Forestry Minister to visit the breakaway regime
  • [10] Akansoy evaluated CTP's contacts in Ankara TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS Statements by Eroglu after yesterday's meeting with President Christofias, Davutoglu's statements on the Cyprus problem, Bagis's comments on President Christofias recent statements, Kucuk's respond to Christofias that his interlocutor is Eroglu and not Erdogan, statements by Izzet Izcan and Ahmet Kaptan who criticized Eroglu, reports that Irsen Kucuk went to Ankara for health reasons, reports that TBMM has approved a bill for transporting potable water to the occupied area of Cyprus, CTP's contacts in Ankara, statements by an MP with BDP in Istanbul that the "TRNC" is a so-called state, and other internal issues are some of the main stories covered by today's Turkish dailies. Turkish Foreign Minister's comments on the region prior to his visit in Iran, the visit of three force commanders to Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, the testimony of former Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug, compensations to be paid for the 35 victims of Uludere, a draft law raising compulsory education in Turkey to 12 years and other domestic stories are the main topics in today's Turkish press.

  • [01] Statements by Eroglu According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (04.01.12), Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu speaking to reporters after another round of Cyprus settlement talks with President Christofias on Wednesday, argued that the Turkish Cypriots were more sincere than the Greek Cypriots in trying to reach an agreement in the island. He also said that he wanted to reach an agreement in Cyprus more than Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and UN Secretary General's special advisor for Cyprus Alexander Downer. "This is because the Turkish Cypriots need an agreement more than the Greek Cypriots", Eroglu added. "During today's meeting, we discussed the issues of 'Governance and power sharing' as well as 'Property'," Eroglu said. "We will try to apply certain flexibility in the hope of reaching an agreement in Cyprus. The upcoming trilateral summit in New York will be the venue where we will witness whether or not an agreement will be possible," Eroglu said. On the same issue, Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes (05.01.12) reports that Eroglu also replied to reporters' questions. Asked to comment on Resat Akar's news report titled, "Eroglu wants to change the name of the state", Eroglu said that his statement was misunderstood and was not clearly interpreted. He added that some tried to exploit the issue. However, Eroglu said that he sent the official record of the discussion to Cakici, leader of the Social Democracy Party (TDP), and to Yorgancioglu, general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP). He explained that the journalists some time use a 'hook' in their titles, which is not included in the report. Eroglu also said that he referred to "Cyprus Turkish State", as the name used in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and in the Annan plan. He went on to say: "In those days, all the political parties except from the National Unity Party (UBP) adopted the name, they even passed a legal amendment in the assembly. Therefore, the sentence that 'Eroglu does not want an agreement, he will change the name of the state' is wrong, because I did not mention that the name of the state will change." Asked whether or not he wants to meet with the Greek Prime Minister, since Christofias wants to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Eroglu said: "(...) In the past, Turkey's Foreign Minister made the following proposal when Papandreou was Prime Minister: 'As long as he wants to meet with Turkish Prime Minister, then let's bring them together and lets announce that the Greek Prime Minister will also meet with the TRNC President.' You know that this was not accepted." Asked to evaluate Christofias' statement "we should not act in such a way as to create a small Turkey or Greece in Cyprus", Eroglu said that "The TRNC exists and if there were an agreement, a founding state would also exist where the Turkish Cypriots would be living, therefore they would not try to create Turkey or Greece". Eroglu reiterated that they're trying to reach an agreement where the Turkish Cypriots will live in serenity and safety under Turkey's guarantees, in free territory, with freedom and honour, adding that they will also try to join the EU with this agreement.
  • [02] Eroglu answered Christofias' interview published yesterday in Hurriyet Under the title "Your life was also saved by the Turks", Turkish daily Hurriyet (05.01.12) publishes an interview with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu conducted by paper's correspondent in the occupied part of Cyprus, Omer Bilge. According to the paper, Eroglu answered President Christofias accusations of Turkey and the breakaway regime, in his interview published yesterday in Hurriyet. The paper reports that Christofias accusations on the natural gas crisis and the Cyprus problem irritated Eroglu. Eroglu said: "When EOKA [Translator's note: EOKA B'] staged a coup in 1974, the hunt for communists began and four thousand Greek Cypriots were killed. I told it to Christofias: 'Your life was also saved by a Turkish soldier'. He could not reply." Claiming contrary to Christofias, that the Cyprus talks continue positively, Eroglu said that although they promised to UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon that they would not talk bad to each other, Greek Cypriot leader continues to accuse Turkey and the breakaway regime. Eroglu said: "We submit proposals in order to reach a solution. We also send the proposals to Turkey's Foreign Ministry. So they will be aware of them. Until today, they have never objected to our proposals. Turkey does not interfere. The motherland of Greek Cypriots is Greece, we have never accused Greece. Christofias says 'we are separate from Greece', this is not the case." Commenting on the natural gas, Eroglu said: "When the drilling rig came east of the Mediterranean prior to the New York summit, I asked that drilling be postponed. Christofias sent back my written proposal a week later. Turkey, besides the framework of the agreement it made with the TRNC, acts on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots. In a short while, Turkey will start drilling work in the TRNC." Referring to the Cyprus talks, Eroglu said: "For us, Cyprus talks are going well. Christofias is trying to change the situation, which has emerged after 1974 peace operation [Translator's note: Turkish invasion to Cyprus in 1974]. He says 'I have 165 thousand refugees'. I asked '37 years have passed since 1974, and no one has died among these refugees?' He replied 'I count them too'. He wants the land for 100 thousands Greek Cypriots, which means Morphou, Karpasia and Mesaoria's plain, in the middle of the TRNC. He has not asked yet for Keryneia, but, if he asks it, I will not be surprised." Eroglu went on: "We discuss with the Greek Cypriots the 6th chapter. There is deadlock on the property issue. We submitted a proposal of 60 pages only on the property issue. The UN embraced it. On the EU issue, so that an agreement isn't undermined through legal challenges in court over its status as EU primary law, we have some problems over enshrining it into the EU constitution. The economy issue has practically finished, the domestic security issue is almost completed. The guarantorship issue will be discussed at the international conference. There is a deadlock on the issue of governance and power sharing. They're trying to backtrack on the issue of the presidency." Commenting on the January summit, Eroglu said: "Christofias very clearly opposes arbitration and a timetable. However, the UN Secretary-General declared that the negotiations will have an end. We will try so that we may reach a solution by June, when the Greek Cypriots will take over the EU's rotating presidency." Eroglu also said: "President Gul explained, in a nice way, the reality of the Republic of Cyprus, that it was established as a partnership between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, however, it turned out today to be only a Greek Cypriot state. It is true that the Greek Cypriots will take over the EU rotating presidency as a 'half-state'." Eroglu added: "Turkey declared that it will suspend its relations with the EU if the Greek Cypriots take over the EU rotating presidency. In any case, we will also suspend them because there won't be anything to discuss with the Greek Cypriots." Eroglu claimed that Talat and Christofias were quarrelling, adding: "I say that 'we are friends' and have personal relations with Christofias and his family. With Mehmet Ali Talat, they used to address each other as 'comrades'. The UN also says that they used to quarrel in the talks by shouting. I am cool. He came with his wife once to our house; we also went to their house once. We had a joint dinner with the UN. We are rivals at the negotiation table. Sometimes I irritate Christofias. But I have never shouted in talks." Commenting on the recent statement that the name of the breakaway regime would change in case of failure of the Cyprus talks, Eroglu said: "Some media put forward that in case there is no solution, we will continue with plan B, which is to change the name of the TRNC into Cyprus Turkish State. While the negotiations are being carried out, it is not possible to refer to a plan B. Our state exists, our motherland recognizes it. If there is no solution, we will continue the same way, as how the TRNC is today. However, constitutional amendments may be necessary. There are delays at the assembly level. The amendment, regarding the police falling under civilian control is necessary."
  • [03] Davutoglu alleges that with the necessary political will, the Cyprus problem is possible to be solved even in six weeks, not six months Under the title "Political will is necessary", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (05.01.12) reports on statements by Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu who has said, inter alia, that there is not any chapter on the Cyprus problem which has not been discussed or negotiated, adding that with political will and goodwill the Cyprus problem is possible to be solved even in six weeks, not six months. Evaluating the Cyprus problem and the ongoing negotiation talks to Ankara Anatolia news agency Davutoglu said that among other issues, the Cyprus problem is one of the most important issues in his monthly agenda. He also said that Turkey will continue supporting the ongoing negotiation talks aiming to find a solution to the Cyprus problem and expressed hopes that a result will come up after the Greentree summit in New York, a result that will be in the framework of the UN's parameters. Davutoglu said also the following: "If a result is possible to come up on the basis of the UN parameters, then an international conference could take place, maybe at the end of this month or the next month, where Turkey, Greece and even the UK, as a guarantor power, could participate, and it is possible for a final result to come up with this meeting, exactly as it happen during 2004. We are continually exerting efforts for this. Our message is always directed towards the implementation of a comprehensive solution in Cyprus, the soonest possible. If this does not happen and the Greek Cypriot administration continues its delaying tactics, of course, we will not sit and negotiate with the Greek Cypriot administration during its EU term presidency. It is also out of question to participate to the EU' meetings in their capacity as EU term presidency. [Translator's note: means the capacity of the Republic of Cyprus which will take over the EU term presidency] ...". Asked to comment the possibility for tensions escalating due to the Cyprus EU Presidency, Ahmet Davutoglu alleging first that the Republic of Cyprus is "an administration which has internationally seized the title of the Cyprus state," warned that Turkey will not approve the "continuation of this game" under the EU Presidency. Davutoglu went on expressing also his hopes that the forthcoming six-month period will be evaluated in a constructive way. He continued saying: "After the January summit, it is possible for an international conference to take place, maybe in February or March, in April or May is possible for referendums to take place, and as a result of this, the new state to be established in July 2012. In this case, the President of the new state, which will undertake the EU term presidency, will be from the one side and the Foreign Minister from the other side. In this way, the EU will show that it is a peace project. But if the EU hands over the EU term Presidency unilaterally to the Greek Cypriots, something that will reinforce them, then the EU will lose its dignity. We should speak openly about this", Davutoglu said. (AK)
  • [04] Bagis' comments on President Christofias statements Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (05.01.12) reports that Egemen Bagis, Turkey's EU Minister answered to President Christofias statement that he is ready to meet with Turkey's Prime Minister and discus the Cyprus problem. According to the paper, Bagis said that President Christofias could meet with Turkish officials if Dervis Eroglu, the Turkish Cypriot leader was present, thus giving the message such a request could be realised only with a four-party meeting, where Turkey and Greece are present. Bagis, reportedly said: "Let President Dervis Eroglu take by hand Christofias and come, our Prime Minister will meet them," pointing out that the Turkish side does not accept as its collocutor only the Greek Cypriot side. Furthermore, according to the paper, Bagis on a more comic note he said: "If Christofias comes alone, he will eat a fish in Bosporus. He will say cry 'what can be done, this is Cyprus' situation' and return."
  • [05] Kucuk's response to Christofias: "Eroglu is your interlocutor, not Erdogan" Under the title "Do not go beyond the limit", Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan (05.01.12) reports on statements by the so-called prime minister Irsen Kucuk who has pointed out in his statements, yesterday, after the meeting of the "council of ministers", that it is the two leader who carry out the negotiation talks in Cyprus and that Christofias' interlocutor is Eroglu and not Erdogan. Commenting on the latest statement made by President Demetris Christofias that is "We should not act in a way of establishing a small Turkey or a small Greece in Cyprus" and "if is necessary, I could meet face to face with Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan", Kucuk reminded to the President, that his interlocutor is Eroglu and not Erdogan and warned him not to go beyond the limits. Kucuk went on saying that Christofias' statement that he wants to meet with Erdogan is untimely and definitely a way of policy making. Kucuk reiterated also that within the framework of the "agreement" signed between the occupation regime's "government" and the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), they will start exploratory drilling on land in 2012. Referring to the ongoing negotiation talks, Kucuk accused President Demetris Christofias of showing from the beginning of the negotiation talks an insincere stance during the talks and then he called on the President to show sincerity. Kucuk added that if Christofias and Eroglu show a sincere stance at the negotiation table, then the solution of the Cyprus problem is possible. "This is a permanent solution. Our expectation is this", Kucuk added. (AK)
  • [06] Izzet Izcan asks for an early federal solution; He accuses Eroglu for being in favour of confederation Under the title "Izcan asks for an early solution", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (05.01.12) reports on statements by Izzet Izcan, general secretary of the United Cyprus Party (BKP), who said that there is not any other alternative for the Turkish Cypriots than the early federal solution of the Cyprus problem. In a written statement, Izzet Izcan accused Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu that with the separatism proposals he submits at the negotiation table, aiming to a confederation on the basis of two different states, he leads the negotiation talks to a deadlock. He also accused Eroglu for rejecting the basis of the federal solution which has already being agreed, and stated that with Eroglu, the solution of the Cyprus problem is not possible. Meanwhile, according to Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (05.01.12), Ahmet Kaptan, chairman of the so-called civil servants' trade union (KTAMS), in a written statement yesterday, said that Eroglu, as their "representative" is exerting efforts not for the reunification of the island and the solution, but for the division of the island. Referring to Eroglu's recent remarks that in case of non-solution in Cyprus, they might continue with a new state and a new constitution, Kaptan said that these statements sabotage the negotiation process and it is nothing else but an effort to place a bomb on the negotiation table. (AK)
  • [07] "Onder: TRNC is a so-called state; it is Turkey's rectum" Under the above title, Turkish daily Star Kibris (05.01.12) reports on statements by Sirri Siraya Onder, BDP's Istanbul MP, during the discussion of the "Intergovernmental Framework Agreement between Turkey and the TRNC for covering TRNC's water needs" in the Turkish Parliament. Onder accused Turkey that it sustains a relationship with Turkish Cypriots which is against human rights, not containing elements of truth, characterized by opportunism, lack of consistency and rudeness forcing Turkish Cypriots into indebtedness. Referring to Turkey's military invasion he said, inter alia: "Nowadays approximately 29-30 years after [the "Cyprus operation," as they call the Turkish military invasion in Cyprus], intervening, in order to prevent a fascist coup, has turned into a policy of us growing roots there, of us settling there." He also said that the second mistake brought upon Turkey was done by Kenan Evren, who declared "TRNC" as a "state" and said that if he is not tried for what he did during the 1980 coup, he should at least be tried for this. Onder continued saying: "Apart from us, in the international community there is not a single human who calls it [the "TRNC"] a state. Friends and enemies included. We wake up and we continue for the past 30 years to say hypocritically to this people the lie, that it is a state. There is not any other lie in the recent history of the Republic [of Turkey] that has been told so often. He went on asking why the Turkish state continues to lie to its people and said that they try to turn it into the 82th province of Turkey. He said that they turned this place [the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus] into Turkey's rectum, which in order to clean it they have to bring a lot of water
  • [08] TBMM approved bill for transporting portable water from Turkey to the occupied area of Cyprus; Statements by Veysel Eroglu Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (05.01.12) reports that the Turkish National Assembly (TBMM) has passed yesterday, a bill ratifying the "Intergovernmental Framework Agreement for covering TRNC's water needs," following the relevant "agreement" signed between the Turkish government and the occupation regime. According to the paper, the bill foresees transporting potable water from Turkey to the occupied area of Cyprus. Speaking during the debate of the bill, the Minister of Environment and Forest of Turkey, Veysel Eroglu stated, inter alia, that the water to be transferred to the occupied area of Cyprus, will give life to the occupation regime. He also added that it is out of question for this water to be transfer or to be sold to another country. Also speaking, several MP's of the opposition parties at the Turkish National Assembly, stressed the strategic importance of Cyprus for Turkey and the importance of transferring water to the occupation regime. He underlined the need for the works to be speeded up and completed the soonest possible. (AK)
  • [09] Kucuk announces visit to Ankara based on health reasons; Turkey's Forestry Minister to visit the breakaway regime Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (05.01.12) reports that the so-called prime minister of the breakaway regime Irsen Kucuk, travelled yesterday to Ankara. Kucuk talking to reporters at illegal Tymbou airport prior to his departure said that he is going to Ankara for medical examinations. Answering to a journalist's question, he stated that the purpose of the visit is to check his health and has not planned any meetings with officials, however they will act according to developments. He said that that due to a stent placed in one of his arteries two years ago, doctors advised him to do medical check-ups every six months. Kucuk said he did his last check in Istanbul last April, however due to his busy schedule in December he could not take the planned examination, thus postponing it for this month. He added that after his doctors' advice he will undergo an angiogram at Ibn-i Sina Hospital. Kucuk will be escorted by his wife Gulin Kucuk and his executive assistant Guven Arikli. Moreover, Kucuk highlighting his contacts with various Turkish officials said that he had a telephone conversation with Veysel Eroglu, Turkey's \o "Ministry of Forestry and Water Resources (page does not exist)"Minister of Forestry and Water Resources and discussed the water pipe project from Turkey. He said that Veysel Eroglu will visit the breakaway regime in February and repeated that they will inform the public for the project based on a presentation that was prepared by the Turkish Ministry.
  • [10] Akansoy evaluated CTP's contacts in Ankara Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (05.01.12) reports that the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) delegation started its contacts yesterday in Ankara by meeting with Feridun Hadi Sinirlioglu, Undersecretary of the Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry. Later on, during a visit to the headquarters of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) they met with Omer Celik, deputy chairman of AKP and head of foreign affairs. The delegation also met with Volkan Bozkir, chairman of the TBMM's Foreign Affairs Committee. During their visit to Turkey's Grand National Assembly (TBMM) they also paid a visit to Faruk Logoglu, deputy chairman of CHP and met with Osman Koruturk, a MP with the Republican People's Party (CHP). Upon their return, a member of the delegation and general secretary of CTP, Asim Akansoy, speaking to the newspaper evaluated their contacts. He said that the latest allegations regarding the change of the name of the "TRNC" were discussed during their visit, however, no such thought exists in Ankara. He said that Ankara's agenda consists of a settlement for the Cyprus problem through negotiations. He also said that there is no policy towards recognition of the "TRNC" in Ankara's agenda adding that during their contacts it was clearly voiced that that CTP's target for a settlement is shared. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio /EI
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