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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-05-21

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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. 96/12 19-21.5.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Eroglu says they will take serious steps for lifting the "isolations" during Cyprus's EU term presidency
  • [02] Yorgancioglu accuses Eroglu of leading the Cyprus talks into an impasse
  • [03] Kucuk says the "elections" in the occupied area of Cyprus will be held in 2014
  • [04] Denktas asks for early "elections"
  • [05] Reports in Turkish media claim that Israel seeks to deploy 20,000 commandos in the Republic of Cyprus
  • [06] Turkey's Yildiz announced that Turkey would buy a second seismic vessel to explore oil and natural gas in the Mediterranean
  • [07] Union of Islamic World's NGO's is holding contacts in the breakaway regime
  • [08] Uncollected garbage in occupied Lefkosia municipality is being removed
  • [09] The occupation regime distributed land in occupied Mia Milia village
  • [10] The first Russian newspaper was published in occupied Cyprus
  • [11] Famous singer Enrico Macias gave a concert in occupied Cyprus; He was decorated with the title of the 'honorary tourism envoy' of the occupation regime
  • [12] A new museum was inaugurated in occupied Keryneia
  • [13] Gul discussed the Cyprus problem with Ban
  • [14] Gul said that Turkey's decision to host NATO defense system shows Turkey's Commitment to the Organization
  • [15] Parties agree on 2 new constitutional articles on human dignity, rights in Turkey
  • [16] Information about Turkey's export figures for past decade

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Eroglu says they will take serious steps for lifting the "isolations" during Cyprus's EU term presidency

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (21.05.12) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has said that with Turkey's active support they will take serious steps for overcoming some obstacles they face on the issue of their "isolations". Addressing young people during a reception he hosted on the occasion of Turkish "19 May Youth and Sports Feast", Eroglu alleged that the Greek Cypriots are expecting the breakaway regime and Turkey to begin to skirmish with each other and break up.

    Eroglu went on and said that they will take serious steps with Turkey's support for overcoming some obstacles on the issue of their so-called isolations and added that they always have the support of their motherland". Eroglu noted also that as of 1 July 2012 and during the Republic of Cyprus's EU term presidency they will carry our "important activities" in order to explain the "just cause" of the Turkish Cypriots to the world.

    Eroglu argued that no one should be afraid of a strong "TRNC", as he described the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. He alleged that they are committed to Ataturk's "peace at home peace in the world" principle and claimed that they are determined to plan the steps which they will take in a manner that will improve the situation in Cyprus and will be in harmony with the international law.

    Accusing President Christofias of avoiding an agreement in Cyprus, Eroglu alleged that President Christofias wants to expand the Greek Cypriot sovereignty to the entire island, adding that the Greek Cypriots expect the breakaway regime to break up with Turkey, so the ground will be created for the realization of their dreams.

    Eroglu reiterated his view that an agreement which will not be taking into consideration the existing realities will not be lasting and wished for the Turkish Cypriot young people not to live events similar to the those experienced in the pre-1974 period.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Yorgancioglu accuses Eroglu of leading the Cyprus talks into an impasse

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (21.05.12) reports that Ozkan Yorgancioglu, chairman of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) has accused the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu of leading the Cyprus negotiations into an impasse and of not fulfilling his obligations towards the "assembly" of the breakaway regime. According to the paper, Yorgancioglu argued that the Turkish Cypriots "have been put into the position of being responsible for the non-solution" because of Eroglu's stance in the negotiations.

    Yorgancioglu said that Eroglu does not fulfil his obligations towards the "assembly" of the regime and prevents it from interrogating his "lack of vision". Yorgancioglu expressed the view that Eroglu should open a discussion at the "assembly" as regards the latest situation in the Cyprus problem. He argued that an important part of the problems, which the "country" is facing, derives from reasons such as the non-solution of the Cyprus problem and the fact that they are not a democratic "state".

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Kucuk says the "elections" in the occupied area of Cyprus will be held in 2014

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (21.05.12) reports that Irsen Kucuk, self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime, said yesterday that the National Unity Party (UBP) has never abandoned a duty assigned to the party by the "people" and added that the "elections" in the occupied area of Cyprus will be held in 2014, as they are normally planned. In an interview with illegal TAK news agency, Kucuk referred also to the discussions as regards the adoption of the "presidential system" in the occupied area of Cyprus. He expressed the view that there was no trouble until today by the "parliamentarian system" and that there was no need for such a change.

    Referring to the results of public opinion polls which were published recently, Kucuk said that UBP has also carried out public opinion polls which show that its percentage is around 42% and those of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) is around 22-23%. Kucuk recalled that in a survey held by CTP, the latter's percentage was announced to be around 33%.

    Kucuk said that the "constitution" of the breakaway regime needs to be revised because a long time passed since 1983 when it was prepared. He noted that efforts for amendments in Turkey's constitution are also exerted and added that within this framework the "TRNC constitution" could also be re-examined.

    Responding to a question, Kucuk said that his "government" is working in consultation with the Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu and they are continuously holding discussions on the problems of the "country" and the Cyprus problem.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Denktas asks for early "elections"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (21.05.12) reports that Serdar Denktas, leader of the Democratic Party (DP) has argued that holding early "elections" in the occupied area of Cyprus is inevitable. Addressing a workshop organized by the youth of DP in the occupied part of Lefkosia, Denktas said that "there is a problem in the administration of the country". "Until recently, I have been saying that we are not well administrated. Now, I am saying that we are not administrated", he noted.

    Denktas went on and called on the self-styled prime minister Kucuk to resign.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Reports in Turkish media claim that Israel seeks to deploy 20,000 commandos in the Republic of Cyprus

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (20.05.12) reports the following regarding information that Israel seeks to deploy 20,000 commandos in the Republic of Cyprus:

    "Israel wants its energy projects in Greek Cyprus to be run by Israelis and is seeking to deploy as many as 20,000 commandos for their protection, Anatolia news agency reported.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Greek Cypriot counterpart, Demetris Christofias, met on February 16 to discuss the two countries' joint ventures. Details of the talks between the two leaders were kept secret Anatolia cited a source, close to the Greek Cypriot government, who reportedly said Christophias specifically asked Netanyahu to convince Israeli businessmen to halt their investments in Turkish Cyprus during the meeting. Netanyahu reportedly offered, during the same meeting, to undertake all the expenses required to construct a gas plant needed to extract the natural gas found in the Mediterranean Sea, the report said.

    In exchange, Netanyahu asked that all the 10,000 personnel that would work at the plant be brought in from Israel with their families, which would increase the number to nearly 30,000. The high number of Israelis in Greek Cyprus would present a security issue. Netanyahu suggested to send as many as 20,000 Israeli commandos to safeguard both the Israelis and the natural gas plant, the agency said. Israel's offer sought to place the personnel and commandos in Limassol in Greek Cyprus Anatolia's source reportedly said, 'The Israelis were coming here to settle for good.'"

    Meanwhile, the majority of the Turkish Cypriot newspapers today (21.05.12) refer to the issue on their front page.

    Afrika newspaper covers the issue under the title: "For whom the bell tolls?" The paper describes the information as "the second bomb" after the information that Israeli airplanes had allegedly violated "TRNC's" so-called airspace. According to the paper, it is not known whether this information is true or not.

    Volkan newspaper publishes the information under the front-page banner title: "20 thousand Israeli commandos to the south" and writes that "nothing but this was lacking". According to the paper, "Israel exhibited its Zionistic dreams for Cyprus".

    Vatan newspaper wonders: "What is Israel seeking for?" and reminds of the information as regards the "violation" of the breakaway regime's "airspace".

    Haberdar newspaper covers the issue under the title: "The Mediterranean is warming up" and refers also to the statement made by Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz regarding the new Turkish exploration vessel "Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa", which will be sent to the area around Cyprus.

    Referring to the issue, Gunes wonders: "Are they itching?"

    "Nothing but this was lacking" is the title used Bakis newspaper, while Halkin Sesi and Kibrisli cover the issue under the title that "20 thousand commandos from Israel to the south".

    The Turkish press covers the issue under the following titles:

    Aksam: "Limassol will become a small Israel"

    Milliyet: "Netanyahu is establishing a 'small Israel' in South Cyprus", "Interesting cooperation in the Mediterranean"

    Sabah: "Demand for a 'small Israel' in the Greek Cypriot side"

    Cumhuriyet: "20.000 commandos from Israel to the Greek Cypriot side"

    Hurriyet: "20.000 Israeli commandos will be settle down in Limassol"

    (AK)

    [06] Turkey's Yildiz announced that Turkey would buy a second seismic vessel to explore oil and natural gas in the Mediterranean

    According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (20.05.12), Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Taner Yidliz said on Sunday that Turkey would start buying crude oil and selling oil products to Iraq.

    Taner Yildiz said that Turkey ended buying crude oil and selling oil product with Iraq in 2007, due to several reasons. "We will re-launch the practice with tankers," Yildiz told reporters in Irbil, Iraq.

    Yildiz said Turkey was purchasing natural gas from five countries and crude oil from 12 countries, and was eager to raise the number of countries from which it was buying natural gas and oil. "It was out of question to close Kirkuk-Yumurtalik crude oil pipeline", Yildiz said.

    Yildiz said, "We support utilizing from this pipeline with full capacity. It is working with only 50 % capacity right now."

    The minister said the pipeline had 70 million tons of capacity, and the higher this capacity was utilized, the more Iraq got normalized.

    Moreover, according to Turkish daily Hurriyet (20.05.12), replying to a question, Yildiz said Turkey that the efforts exerted by Turkey to buy a second new seismic vessel are at their final stage, adding that this vessel will be send to the "TRNC" to explore oil in the East Mediterranean. Yildiz added: "I clearly want to say that the seismic vessels called Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa will carry out searches in the offshore waters of the TRNC. It will search in all parcels that license was taken from the TRNC".

    On the same issue, Turkish daily Sabah (20.05.12) reports that Taner Yildiz stated that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) will buy a new three dimension seismic vessel that will cost approximately 100 million dollars.

    Yildiz said further that the new vessel will arrived in two months and added that the first work that the new vessel will carry out, will be to conduct large scaled and three dimension seismic researches in the areas where the Piri Reis has gone. He further added that the new vessel will resume Piri Reis works.

    [07] Union of Islamic World's NGO's is holding contacts in the breakaway regime

    Illegal Bayrak television (19.05.12) reports that a delegation from the Union of Islamic World's NGO's is holding contacts in the breakaway regime.

    The delegation consisted of young members, aims to contribute to the promotion of the breakaway regime in Islamic Countries, according to Bayrak.

    The delegation visited the Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu. Speaking during the visit the Director of the Islamic World's NGO's Union Cihad Terzioglu gave information about the work being carried out by the Union and stated the following: "The aim of our TRNC visit is to realize projects together with the TRNC special representation office".

    He also stated that the Union will be stepping up its efforts to promote the breakaway regime in the Islamic Countries.

    Eroglu pointed to the importance of cooperation between "such a big establishment" and the breakaway regime. He said that they want to further strengthen relations between "motherland Turkey" and the breakaway regime. He also thanked the young members of the union for their initiatives aiming at promoting the occupation regime.

    [08] Uncollected garbage in occupied Lefkosia municipality is being removed

    Illegal Bayrak television (18.05.12) reports that the mountains of rubbish piled on the streets of occupied Lefkosia due to the ongoing strike of the "Lefkosia municipality", has started to be collected.

    A decision to assign private companies to assist in the collection of the rubbish came following a crisis meeting held at the self-styled prime ministry. Speaking at the end of the meeting, self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk said that restructuring the "municipality" is a must. He also announced a series of measures taken by the "government" concerning the "Lefkosia municipality" crisis.

    He said that "Lefkosia municipality" investments and services will be postponed, in order to pay the 2-month salaries of "municipal workers".

    Kucuk also stated that buying services from the private sector was necessary under the current conditions, since the capacity of "Lefkosia municipality" was not enough for the urgent removal of mountains of rubbish that remain uncollected for several weeks. 20-30 trucks belonging to 5 private firms started collecting garbage in 5 different sectors of the city.

    [09] The occupation regime distributed land in occupied Mia Milia village

    Illegal Bayrak television (19.05.12) broadcast that the occupation regime continues to distribute land and reported that 85 youths in occupied Mia Milia village received their "rural-land certificates" at a ceremony attended by the self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk and several members of his "cabinet".

    Speaking at the ceremony, Kucuk promised that everyone living in occupied Mia Milia village "would own their plot of land".

    Stating that the occupation regime had donated over 2 thousand plots of land to this day, Kucuk said that "contrary to the previous government, the UBP government was consistent in distributing land to youths with the aim of encouraging them to settle in rural areas".

    Also touching upon the economy, Kucuk said that the occupation regime was a "country" which continued to develop despite minor difficulties.

    [10] The first Russian newspaper was published in occupied Cyprus

    Under the above title, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis (21.05.12) reports the first Russian newspaper called "Merhaba" was published in occupied Cyprus.

    According to the paper, "Merhaba" newspaper is a monthly newspaper and it will be free. The first edition of the paper was already distributed to the Russian speaking people who are living in occupied Cyprus.

    The paper is published by the "Association of Solidarity of the Russian speaking in North Cyprus" and the editor in-chief of the paper is the journalist Emin Akkor.

    (AK)

    [11] Famous singer Enrico Macias gave a concert in occupied Cyprus; He was decorated with the title of the 'honorary tourism envoy' of the occupation regime

    Under the title: "Enrico Macias has become 'a honorary tourism envoy' of the TRNC", Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes (21.05.12) reports that the famous French singer Enrico Macias gave a concert in occupied Cyprus at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel, within the framework of the celebrations which took place in the occupied area of Cyprus to mark the 19th of May, "Ataturk Remembrance, Youth and Sports Day".

    As the paper writes, the so-called minister of tourism and culture, Unal Ustel thanked Enrico Macias who despite of all the pressure, he gave the concert to the "TRNC" and added that Enrico Macias will perform the duty of the "honorary tourism envoy" in the "TRNC".

    (AK)

    [12] A new museum was inaugurated in occupied Keryneia

    Illegal Bayrak television (19.05.12) broadcast that a new museum was inaugurated in occupied Keryneia.

    According to Bayrak "the building located at the historical Keryneia Yatch Harbor, once used as the Folk Arts Museum, was converted into the Carob Warehouse and 18th Century Cyprus House museum".

    The museum was inaugurated by the self-styled minister of tourism, environment and culture Unal Ustel.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Ustel said that it was their aim "to raise the current number of museums and historical sites which stands at 29".

    He said that two new museums in occupied Lefkosia and occupied Famagusta will be opened soon.

    [13] Gul discussed the Cyprus problem with Ban

    Turkish daily Sabah (21.05.12) reports that according to information acquired by the UN's spokesman, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the Turkish President Abdullah Gul during the NATO summit which is organized in Chicago.

    As it was announced, Gul and Ban discussed issues related to Syria, the Cyprus problem, Afghanistan and Somalia.

    On the Cyprus problem, the UN Secretary- General expressed his worries to the Turkish President Gul over the fact that no progress has been achieved at the Cyprus negotiations during the latest months.

    (AK)

    [14] Gul said that Turkey's decision to host NATO defence system shows Turkey's Commitment to the Organization

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (19.05.12) reports that the Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that Turkey's decision to host a missile defence radar in eastern Anatolia demonstrates its commitment to NATO.

    Gul made these statements en route to Chicago for the alliance summit while outlining Ankara's plans for the conference.

    "Turkey will make an active contribution to the decisions to be taken at the Chicago Summit," Gul told reporters. "We will declare a missile defence capability which aims to eliminate the risks and threats of the proliferation of ballistic missiles," he stated.

    [15] Parties agree on 2 new constitutional articles on human dignity, rights in Turkey

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (19.05.12) reports that Turkish Parliament's Constitution Commission announced that an agreement had been reached on two articles of the new charter, one on human dignity and the other on the integrity of fundamental rights and freedoms.

    According to information provided by Atilla Kart, a lawmaker and member of the commission from the ranks of the Republican People's Party (CHP), the four parliamentary parties agreed on two articles of the new constitution.

    "Human honor and dignity are inviolable," said the new article on human dignity. "Human honor and dignity are the foundation of human rights and the constitutional order.

    The state respects human honor and dignity and a human's right to improve his/her physical and moral being; protects these values and removes all obstructions before them."

    On the integrity of basic rights and freedoms, they said: "Everyone has inviolable, inalienable, indispensible basic rights and freedoms adherent to their selfhood. Basic rights and freedoms are integral and complement each other."

    However, the parties failed to find consensus on writing the article on "equality" and left it to the commission's meetings next week due to the Peace and Development Party's (BDP) insistence on inserting "all sexual identities" into the article.

    [16] Information about Turkey's export figures for past D=decade

    Ankara Anatolia News Agency (19.05.12) reports that Turkey earned 134 billion USD from its exports in 2001, and made exports to 25 countries worth billions of USD.

    Economy Ministry executives told AA correspondent on Saturday, that Iraq was the country to which Turkey raised its exports the most in the last decade.

    Turkey's exports to Iraq rose to 8.3 billion USD from 1 billion USD between 2001 and 2011.

    Russia came the second with a rise in exports from 924 million to 5.069 billion USD in a decade, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the third country to where Turkey raised its exports the most.

    Turkey's exports to UAE rose to 3.3 billion USD from 380 million USD in a decade.

    Below are Turkey's exports to various countries in 2001 and 2011 and the change in a decade:

    Countries

    2001 exports (Mln USD) 2011 exports (Mln USD) Change (Mln USD)

    Iraq * 8.312 8.312

    Russia 924 5.993 5.069

    UAE 380 3.707 3.327

    Iran 361 3.590 3.229

    Spain 950 3.918 2.968

    Romania 392 2.879 2.487

    Belgium * 2.451 2.451

    Netherlands 892 3.244 2.352

    Egypt 421 2.759 2.338

    China 199 2.467 2.268

    Saudi Arabia 501 2.764 2.263

    Azerbaijan 225 2.064 1.839

    Israel 805 2.391 1.586

    Poland 241 1.758 1.517

    Ukraine 89 1.730 1.441

    Turkmenistan 105 1.493 1.388

    Syria 281 1.610 1.329

    Bulgaria 299 1.623 1.324

    Switzerland 243 1.484 1.241

    Greece 476 1.553 1.077

    Algeria 422 1.471 1.049

    Sweden 214 1.183 969

    Georgia 144 1.092 948

    TRNC (the breakaway regime in occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus)

    201 1.023 822

    Austria 341 1.052 711

    (*) Below million USD TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio

    /EI


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