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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-03-16

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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. 53/12 16.3.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Eroglu: We agreed with Turkey that the negotiations will have no result after 1 July
  • [02] Eroglu's office says the Turkish Cypriot side gave no list of Turkish settlers at the negotiating table
  • [03] Kucuk contacts in Antalya
  • [04] Emiroglulari: "1st of July is not the end date"
  • [05] Soyer on the Cyprus problem
  • [06] Cicek is asking Montenegro to establish relations with the occupation regime; The puppeteer takes care of his puppet
  • [07] Plunders despoiled the ancient remains of Soli and stole antiquities of great value
  • [08] The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce prepared a report on the competitiveness of the breakaway regime
  • [09] Albanian President: Relations with Turkey are perfect
  • [10] The Turkish President said Turkey and Ecuador determined to cooperate in many areas
  • [11] "Turkey is a champion"

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Eroglu: We agreed with Turkey that the negotiations will have no result after 1 July

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (16.03.12) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has said that they share the same view with Turkey that the negotiations on the Cyrus problem will have no result after 1 July.

    In statements yesterday after his meeting with President Christofias within the framework of the Cyprus talks, Eroglu alleged that the Turkish side has been carrying out the negotiations having in mind an agreement from the very beginning. He claimed that it would be meaningless to continue the negotiations taking into consideration that the debates for the presidential elections in the Republic of Cyprus started early and that Cyprus will overtake the EU term presidency on 1 July. "We have the same view with the government of the Republic of Turkey on this issue as well", he added.

    Eroglu said that yesterday they discussed the property issue with President Christofias and exchanged views on the views which the UN submitted to the sides regarding the property issue. "We tried to achieve convergence concentrating on the property", he said adding that the representatives of the two leaders will meet today to discuss the details and try to produce a common document.

    Responding to a question, Eroglu described his recent meetings in Ankara as "satisfactory" adding that as Turkish side they will try to push the process for an agreement by 1 July and declare to the public whether reaching an agreement is possible.

    Eroglu alleged that "it would be daydreaming" to expect President Christofias to show flexibility at the negotiating table, because he will most probably run for candidate in the forthcoming presidential elections.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Eroglu's office says the Turkish Cypriot side gave no list of Turkish settlers at the negotiating table

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.03.12) reports that the self-styled presidency of the breakaway regime has announced that the Turkish Cypriot side gave no list with names of Turkish settlers to the Greek Cypriot side and the United Nations during the negotiations process. In a written statement issued yesterday, Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu's office argued that the news published on this matter aimed at "instigating the people".

    The announcement said that the Turkish Cypriot side carries out the negotiations without making any discrimination among its "citizens" and having the approach that all "TRNC citizens", as the "citizens" of the breakaway regime are described, should become citizens of a united Cyprus.

    The announcement described as "groundless" the news that the Turkish Cypriot side gave a list with the names of 55 thousand Turkish settlers during the second tripartite summit at Greentree and argued that this news was a part of a campaign to "instigate the people", just like it happened some time ago when the information that the passports of the Republic of Cyprus would be prohibited for the Turkish Cypriots.

    "The Turkish Cypriot side, just like it gave no list with names during the negotiating process, it has also not accepted and will not accept, at any stage, an approach, which lists the persons according to their ethnic origin", argued the announcement, adding that the Turkish side continues to support the principle that the day when the solution is found, all citizens of both sides should become citizens of a united Cyprus.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Kucuk's contacts in Antalya

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.03.12) reports that the self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk has alleged that the "TRNC", breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, is under "unjust embargoes and isolations", tries to develop with the support of Turkey and achieved positive developments during the last years. In statements yesterday in Antalya, Kucuk said that they have not reached the point they want and called on the European Union (EU) to "behave more realistically" for lifting the so-called embargoes.

    Kucuk was met at the airport by Antalya's district Governor Ahmet Altiparmak and other officials. Within the framework of his contacts, Kucuk visited, the Mayor of Antalya Mustafa Akaydin and the Rector of Akdeniz University Prof. Dr Israfil Kurtcephe.

    Afterwards Kucuk participated in a ceremony for the signing of a protocol by which the occupied "municipality" of Pergamos became a "twin city" with Kepez Municipality in Turkey.

    Later, Kucuk attended a dinner hosted in his honour by the Yoruk Industrialists and Businessmen Association. During the dinner, Kucuk delivered a speech on the opportunities for investments in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    In his statements during his visit to Governor Altiparmak, Kucuk said that Antalya had a very important place during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and added that their ties will be strengthened with the water which will be carried from Turkey to the occupied area of the island. He noted that the works for building a dam for this water have started in the occupied area and the foundations of the dam will be laid soon.

    In his statements, Altiparmak argued that the lands of the "TRNC", as he described the occupied area of Cyprus, were not "gained" easily and added that Kucuk gave a great struggle.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Emiroglulari: "1st of July is not the end date"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibrisli (16.03.12) reports on statements by Mustafa Emiroglullari, "deputy" with the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) in occupied Famagusta who in statements yesterday to the so-called assembly, expressed criticism to the so-called government towards its stance on the Cyprus problem.

    Delivering a speech, Emiroglulari condemned strongly the "UBP government" for its policy on the property issue, supporting that the policy it follows on the property issue since it took the power, hinders the solution process.

    Pointing out that it is not right to set as a deadline the 1st of July for the solution of the Cyprus problem, Emiroglulari said that "the 1st of July is not the end date".

    Emiroglullari supported also that on the one hand, Eroglu is stating at the negotiation talks that he is against the cross-voting, while on the other hand he supports different views in close-doors.

    Emiroglulari concluded by calling the two sides to withdrawn from policies that affect negatively the negotiations. He also said that no one is able to run off from the talks after the 1st of July.

    (AK)

    [05] Soyer on the Cyprus problem

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibrisli (16.03.12) reports on statements by Ferdi Sabit Soyer, "deputy" with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) who in statements during yesterday's session of the so-called assembly, referred inter alia, to the Cyprus problem saying that in this critical stage of the Cyprus problem, those who support the opinion that "everyone should go on with its own way" are those who have the mentality "Let the property I unjustly acquired remain in my possession".

    (AK)

    [06] Cicek is asking Montenegro to establish relations with the occupation regime; The puppeteer takes care of his puppet

    Turkish daily Zaman (15.03.12) reports that that the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Cicek stated that it will be important for the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to visit Montenegro. Cicek made these statements during a meeting he had with the Prime Minister of Montenegro Igor Luksic who is visiting Turkey.

    Cicek, was speaking with Luksic about Turkey's and Montenegro's relations with the European Union. He reiterated the Turkish allegation that the Greek Cypriot side which said "no" to the Annan plan has mortgaged the EU policies and added that some EU states exhibited a stance against Turkey by hiding behind this (the Cyprus problem).

    He went on and alleged that the persons who live in the occupied area of Cyprus live in isolation and stated that the European Union, which otherwise advocates human rights, has set these persons in isolation.

    Cicek went on and told the Montenegrin Prime Minister that he should know that despite the fact he is a great EU supporter himself, Luksic should know that becoming member of the EU does not mean that you are entering paradise.

    He went on and added that the "TRNC president" as he called the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, has already visited many countries so far and added that it will be very important if he could visit Montenegro as well.

    He also added that Turkey would be happy if Montenegro develops relations with the occupation regime in the economy, cultural, tourism and sports fields.

    [07] Plunders despoiled the ancient remains of Soli and stole antiquities of great value

    Under the title: "Do not despoil Soli", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibrisli (16.03.12) reports that according to information acquired by the paper, during the recent days, some unknown persons continue despoiling valuable antiquities that were excavated recently from the ancient city of Soli which is located about 2 kilometers west of occupied Lefka, and as the paper underlines, this is a result of the insufficient security measures in the area.

    According to the paper, the plunderers stole golden and silver jewellery which were found in a tomb of a Hellenistic period, as well as other remnants.

    The paper reports that the so-called police, in cooperation with the "department of antiquities and museums", have already launched investigations in the case, underlining that three persons were taken into custody.

    Invoking reliable resources, the paper continues and claims that even Christian clerics might be involved in the plunder, since some historical artifact, like for example the sculpture of Aphrodite which is at the moment at the "Museum" in "South Cyprus" has passed to the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus by means of the clerics.

    (AK)

    [08] The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce prepared a report on the competitiveness of the breakaway regime

    Illegal Bayrak television (15.03.12) broadcast that a report on the competitiveness of the breakaway regime which was prepared by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce has been introduced to the press in an event that took place in occupied Lefkosia.

    According to the report, although the competitiveness of the economy of the occupation regime has increased in the world, this has not benefited it as it does not compete with other countries.

    Speaking during the event, one of the authors of the report, Mustafa Besim touched upon the importance of the report and said it would be a roadmap for the strengthening of the breakaway regime's economy.

    Besim also said that the occupation regime does not have a flexible mechanism to keep pace with the developments in the world.

    [09] Albanian President: Relations with Turkey are perfect

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman (16.03.12) reports that Albania's President Bamir Topi has praised Turkey's role in the Balkans and said the bilateral relations, already strong, should be further consolidated. "I think that Turkey is in a position to play a very constructive role in the Balkans. And in fact, Turkey has been playing such a role," Topi said in an interview with Today's Zaman in Istanbul.

    Topi, decorated with an honorary doctorate by the private Aydin University on Thursday, described the bilateral relations between Turkey and Albania as "perfect."

    "Our political relations are extremely good; as leaders, we reciprocate visits," he said, recalling that he as President has paid two official visits to Turkey. Noting that there is remarkable cooperation also in the field of economy, the Albanian leader stressed that his country welcomed the Turkish investors as "friends,"

    Referring to the contribution by citizens of Balkan origin in Turkey to the improvement of bilateral ties, Topi also praised schools sponsored by the Turkish entrepreneurs in Albania.

    In addition, Ankara Anatolia news agency (15.03.12), reports that a delegation of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), headed by General Fahri Kir, met the Albanian Defence Minister Arben Imami in Tirana on Thursday.

    During the meeting, Imami defined Turkish-Albanian relations as perfect, and highlighted the importance of TSK's assistance and support to efforts to modernize Albania's armed forces.

    Imami said Albania aimed to boost its cooperation with TSK. The delegation also met the Albanian Chief of General Staff Gen. Xhemal Gjunkshi and visited the Albanian commando forces headquarters.

    Earlier on Thursday, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha received the TSK delegation.

    [10] The Turkish President said Turkey and Ecuador determined to cooperate in many areas

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (15.03.12) reports that the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul stated that Turkey and Ecuador were determined to cooperate in many areas from economy to defence industry and energy, from science and technology to environment and transportation.

    Gul said that Turkey and Ecuador have a strong will to further improve their relations. "You are accompanied by five Ministers, which is a great advantage to develop concrete projects in all these areas," Gul said during a dinner he hosted in honour of President Rafael Correa Delgado in Ankara.

    Gul said Turkey and Ecuador should exert efforts to conclude talks on a free trade agreement, and noted that Turkish executives would continue to encourage Turkish businessmen to invest more in Ecuador.

    Delgado, on his part, said his country admired President Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for their success and Turkey's economic power. Ecuador's President also said that the two countries had signed many agreements, which were all for the best interests of the people of the two countries.

    [11] "Turkey is a champion"

    Under the above title, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily news (16.03.12) publishes the following article by Yusuf Kanli:

    "Finally a field has been found in which Turkey has absolute global leadership.

    No, hold on: This is not an article criticizing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). This is an article depicting the Turkey's bitter scorecard with the International Court of Human Rights over the past 52 years. That is to say, from left to right, hardcore Islamist fundamentalist to diehard secularist, all of the parties that have shared at one point or another in history from 1959 till today the responsibility of governing Turkey have played a part in this shame.

    For the overall number of cases against a country, Turkey comes first with a total of 2,747 cases. Some 29,929 complaints filed against Turkey with the ICHR, that is, 59% of overall applications, were dropped by the international court. The 2,747 cases that have been finalized constitute just 15% of the 15,940 complaints against Turkey the court has agreed to hear.

    Thanks to the Cyprus problem Turkey has mostly received sentences for violations of property rights: a total of 611 cases. Turkey is also apparently an outstanding champion as regards violations of the right of freedom and security: a total of 554 cases.

    Turkey received sentences in 207 cases brought against the country complaining of violations of freedom of thought. This figure appears lower compared to other categories, doesn't it? That's absolutely right, but everyone must have confidence in this country. Once all of the internal judicial mechanisms are exhausted, soon there will be thousands of new cases brought against Turkey for gross freedom of thought complaints.

    Even putting aside the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer cases and other such thrillers of the AKP's 'advanced justice,' as well as the more than 100 journalists behind bars, there are some trivial cases such as that of a student who was dismissed from a Manisa university because he insisted on being a Kemalist, another student expelled from his university because he criticized Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, and of a student who faces up to 42 years in prison because he had three eggs in his pocket (presumably to throw at a politician in protest). All of these underline the fact that in years to come Turkey will maintain its championship status in the field of freedom of thought violations.

    Is it possible for the past and present Justice Ministers of this country to accept that the ICHR has found Turkey at fault in 729 cases of failing to adhere to the principle of fair trial, or that it has condemned Turkey in 493 cases of excessive trial lengths? And is it possible to reconcile with advanced democracy and the notion of justice the fact that Turkey was sentenced in 138 cases of failing to conduct efficient investigation?

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

    /EI


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