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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-06-11

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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. 110/12 9-11.6.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Statements by Eroglu to Pakistani Ittihad newspaper- He will meet with British parliamentarians in London
  • [02] Eroglu wants a solution that will protect the rights of Turkey
  • [03] Kucuk discusses with Erdogan their strategy for the period after 1 July and departs for Strasbourg
  • [04] Ozersay resigned from his post; How Turkish Cypriot politicians commented on this resignation
  • [05] Nami participated in the meeting of Socialist International in Spain and asked the lifting of the "isolation" of the Turkish Cypriots
  • [06] Self-styled minister held contacts in the Italian Senate
  • [07] WFO's chairman: "We have two legal farmers' union from Cyprus"
  • [08] More statements by Turkish officials about Cyprus EU term presidency
  • [09] Drilling works at the occupied Syngrasi village aim for gathering information to conduct researches at the sea
  • [10] Turkey and the occupation regime to carry out a search and rescue exercise offshore occupied Famagusta
  • [11] Self-styled minister of public works and communication held contacts with two important international cruise-ship companies
  • [12] Thirty to forty thousand persons left the breakaway regime during the last six months
  • [13] The number of travelers who entered or departed from the occupied area of Cyprus has been increased 188% in the last ten years
  • [14] Turkish Construction Firms signed foreign contracts worthing $6.33 billion in January-May

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Statements by Eroglu to Pakistani Ittihad newspaper- He will meet with British parliamentarians in London

    Turkish Cypriot Gunes daily newspaper (11.06.12), reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has alleged that he had lost his hope for the reunification of Cyprus because of the so-called lack of will exhibited by the Greek Cypriot side at the negotiating table. In statements to Pakistani Ittihad newspaper, Eroglu argued that together with Europe and the world, the Moslem countries as well implement so-called embargoes on the Turkish Cypriots. "No direct flight has been realized towards us from any other Moslem country except Turkey", he said and claimed that this situation must change.

    "I could say that I am losing my hope for unification", argued Eroglu alleging that this derives from the so-called lack of will of the Greek Cypriot side on the issue of the reunification of the island. Eroglu alleged that if the Greek Cypriots wanted an agreement, they would have accepted the Annan Plan, which was allegedly a "very beneficial and good plan" for them.

    Asked about his expectations from the international community, the Moslem countries and especially Pakistan in case no solution is reached in Cyprus, Eroglu responded that they had no right to complain about Pakistan, because when they had applied for opening a "representation office", their request was immediately accepted.

    He added, inter alia, the following: "Our representative there can go around having the TRNC flag on his official car. They gave permission for this. If some political obstacles were not created, Pakistan would recognize us. Therefore, we can have no complaint from Pakistan. We see Pakistan as our sister country like Turkey?In every meeting of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation some beautiful decisions are taken about us. We are expecting the realization of these decisions. We say that Europe implements embargo on us, but some of our Moslem brothers are also complying with this?"

    Noting that there are some things which should be done for economic cooperation between Pakistan and the breakaway regime, Eroglu said that they could visit Pakistan with official delegations, with industrialists and merchants and that in the same way they could invite Pakistani investors to the occupied area of Cyprus. He argued that the Pakistani media have "a serious duty" on the issue of cooperation and promotion of the breakaway regime.

    In addition, Illegal Bayrak television (11.06.12) broadcast that Eroglu who is heading to London tomorrow, will meet over lunch with members of the "Friends of Northern Cyprus Group" at the British parliament.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Eroglu wants a solution that will protect the rights of Turkey

    Illegal Bayrak television (09.06.12) broadcast that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu, said that he wants a solution which will protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriots and the rights of Turkey.

    Eroglu, who made these statements at the opening ceremony of the "36th International Fair" organized in the breakaway regime, alleged that it is not possible for the Greek Cypriot administration, as he called the Republic of Cyprus, to reach an agreement with the Turkish side "as long as the Turkish Cypriots are under embargoes and the Cyprus negotiations process is open ended".

    Eroglu said that the Greek Cypriot side had refused an offer of a multilateral conference to take place on the Cyprus problem and asserted the following: "They are pushing for a Cypriot owned solution and are taking steps in accordance with a yes or a no from the Greek Cypriot side; it is not possible to continue like this". He went on and alleged that s Cypriot owned solution has been agreed between the former Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat and President Demetris Christofias. Eroglu claimed that in order for a Cypriot owned solution to be possible, both sides must come to a mutual agreement on how the negotiations process will continue.

    Noting that currently there were two views as to how a solution should be obtained to the Cyprus problem, Eroglu said: "I favour finding a solution that will protect the gained rights of the Cyprus Turkish Cypriots; a solution that will satisfy the people and allow them to live on their lands in security and harmony. A solution that will protect the rights of not only the Cyprus Turks but motherland Turkey as well' said Eroglu.

    [03] Kucuk discusses with Erdogan their strategy for the period after 1 July and departs for Strasbourg

    Turkish Cypriot Volkan daily newspaper (11.06.12) reports that self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus Irsen Kucuk, met yesterday in Antalya with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Cypriot Affairs Besir Atalay. Under the title "Critical summit between Erdogan and Kucuk", the paper writes that the meeting lasted 1.5 hours.

    According to Volkan, the latest situation in the Cyprus problem, the strategy which the Turkish side will follow after 1 July, 2012 [when Cyprus will overtake the EU term presidency] and the resignation of Turkish Cypriot leader's special representative Kudret Ozersay, were among the issues discussed during the meeting. They also discussed the developments in the economy of the breakaway regime, the increase of the aid made by Turkey, the use of this aid in the "right direction", the implementation of the "Economic Cooperation Protocol" between Turkey and the regime, the problems which created during this process, and issues concerning privatization and especially the illegal Tymbou airport.

    Meanwhile, under the title "Erdogan asked it and Kucuk went to Ankara", Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (11.06.12) reports that Kucuk is expected to go to Istanbul tonight and tomorrow he will depart for Strasbourg where he will be holding various contacts for three days.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Ozersay resigned from his post; How Turkish Cypriot politicians commented on this resignation

    Turkish Cypriot Haberdar daily newspaper (09.06.12) reports that Kudret Ozersay, Turkish Cypriot leader's special representative, submitted his resignation from this post on Friday. Ozersay announced this resignation with a message through his Twitter account. Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu accepted this resignation.

    In his message, Ozersay said that the situation in which the "political actors" of Turkish Cypriot "people" and their "institutions" are now makes it necessary for everybody to behave responsibly and try to do something. He added that therefore he had launched the "We're Getting it Together" movement, but this caused disagreement between himself and Eroglu.

    Commenting on Ozersay's resignation, Ozkan Yorgancioglu, chairman of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) said that Ozersay did the right thing and added: "Someone, who says that 'these negotiations will not end and will not continue, should resign".

    Mehmet Cakici, chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP), noted that with Ozersay's resignation the situation at the so-called president's office has become clear. "It means that we do not have a 'We're Getting it Together' movement, but a 'We are being dissolved' movement", he argued.

    Bengu Sonya, general secretary of the Democratic Party (DP), argued that Kudret Ozersay was a "very successful negotiator" and he saw that the process is being held in vain, that "this job will not happen" and that it is meaningless to continue.

    Turgay Avci, chairman of the Freedom and Reform Party (ORP), said that a person who was a special representative could not be leading a new movement and continue to carry out the duty of being a special representative.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Nami participated in the meeting of Socialist International in Spain and asked the lifting of the "isolation" of the Turkish Cypriots

    Turkish Cypriot Vatan daily newspaper (10.06.12) reported that Ozdil Nami, so-called MP and foreign relations secretary of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), has participated in the meeting of Socialist International held recently in Spain.

    According to a statement issued by the CTP, Nami called on the participants in the meeting to lift the so-called isolations implemented on the breakaway regime and said that the problems in Cyprus could be solved with a federal solution. Nami asked from the European Union and the international community to keep the promises they had given to the Turkish Cypriots.

    Nami said that the progress achieved until today in the Cyprus negotiations should be respected and serious negotiations should continue for achieving a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal solution based on political equality.

    During his stay in Madrid, Nami met also with the Turkish Ambassador to the Spanish capital, Ayse Sinirlioglu with whom they exchanged views on the Cyprus problem and the recent developments on the island.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] Self-styled minister held contacts in the Italian Senate

    Turkish Cypriot Haberdar daily newspaper (09.06.12) reported that Ali Cetin Amcaoglu, self-styled minister of agriculture and natural resources of the breakaway regime, has held official contacts in the Italian Republican Senate within the framework of his visit to Italy, where he participated in the General Assembly of the World Farmers' Organization (WFO).

    The paper writes that Amcaoglu paid his first visit in Rome to Turkey's Ambassador to the Vatican Prof. Dr. Kenan Gursoy and afterwards he visited the Italian Senate where he met with Senators Paolo Amato and Marco Perduca, who are "citizens" of the breakaway regime.

    Afterwards Amcaoglu met with the chairman of the Agricultural Committee of the Italian Republican Senate, Paolo Buora and discussed cooperation between Italy and the breakaway regime in the field of agriculture. They also exchanged views on how their relations could be developed.

    Amcaoglu stated that these initiatives during his stay in Italy were made in the direction of promoting and marketing the most important agricultural products of the breakaway regime and that they want to see their Italian friends among them, the soonest, in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] WFO's chairman: "We have two legal farmers' union from Cyprus"

    Turkish Cypriot Vatan daily newspaper (10.06.12) reported that the demand of Greek Cypriot farmers regarding the expel of the "Turkish Cypriot Farmers' Union" from the World Farmers' Organization (WFO) was not accepted during WFO's 2nd General Assembly held recently in Rome.

    In statements to Anatolia news agency, Ali Kabakci, chairman of the Turkish Cypriot union, said that during the meeting they discussed the problems and the activities of the farmers, but they faced some political problems when the representative of the Greek Cypriot farmers noted that the representatives of the "TRNC" could not participate in the meeting. He argued that the Greek Cypriots used the representatives of some other countries and made them speak in their favour, but in the end, their views were not accepted in the General Assembly where almost 120 countries were represented. Kabakci said that the Turkish Cypriot farmers are very strong in this assembly and therefore the Greek Cypriots will never be able to prevent their participation.

    Meanwhile, Vatan reports that in statements also to Turkish Anatolia news agency, Robert Carlson, chairman of WFO said that they have two legal farmers' unions which participate in their organization from Cyprus. "This is a farmers' organization. I have nothing to say regarding the problem between the Turks and the Greeks in Cyprus. This is outside of our issues. We only want to represent the farmers. We are a farmers' organization. We are not the United Nations".

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] More statements by Turkish officials about Cyprus EU term presidency

    Turkish Haberler.com website (08.06.12) reported that Turkish Minister responsible for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Egemen Bagis has said that Turkey will not participate in any meeting administrated by the Republic of Cyprus.

    In statements at a ceremony on the occasion of the end of an "Education Festival" at Esenler municipality, Bagis referred to the important meetings held recently in Istanbul, such as the World Economic Forum, in order to show Turkey's importance in the world and added: "Behold, this is what it means to be a powerful state. During the EU process, a country we do not recognize, the South Cyprus' Greek Sector will, according to the calendar, overtake the EU term presidency as of 1 July, because their turn came. And we said that we will not participate in a meeting administered by the South Cyprus' Greek Sector".

    Referring to the "positive agenda" between Turkey and the EU, Bagis argued that this was something "invented for the first time" in the 60-year long history of the EU and claimed that "the world.

    In addition, Turkish Haberler.com website (09.06.12) reported that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has alleged that the Cypriot EU term presidency is not contributing to the solution in Cyprus. In statements in Trabzon Davutoglu said that the process in Cyprus could not continue being in the freezer and argued that "in spite of all the efforts" allegedly exerted by "TRNC", as he described the breakaway regime in the occupied part of the island, the proposal of holding an international conference submitted by Dervis Eroglu in his letter to Ban Ki-moon was rejected.

    He claimed that the "early" announcement by President Christofias that he will not run for candidate in the forthcoming presidential elections was interpreted as "negotiating has become meaningless". He alleged the following: "In spite of this, the Turkish Cypriot side reiterated its demand for negotiations. It expressed our annoyance. We are the ones who are harmed the most within the framework of the relations between Turkey and the EU. No one turned to the Greek Cypriot side to demand to seriously sit at the negotiating table. In case they overtake the term presidency, the lack of will in the international community on this issue, is not contributing to the solution in Cyprus".

    [09] Drilling works at the occupied Syngrasi village aim for gathering information to conduct researches at the sea

    Under the title "We will concentrate in the sea", Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (11.06.12) reports that Ahmet Captug, the director of the drilling works conducted at the Turk-Yurdu 1 Oil well in occupied Syngrasi village, stated that the real aim of the works at the area, is to continue their works in the sea.

    Captug said that with the current works which are conducted at the area, the underground map of the breakaway regime is coming on the scene; after the information on the seismic works obtained, and the results of the Turk-Yurdu 1 Oil well gathered, their researches will be concentrated to sea, he stated.

    [10] Turkey and the occupation regime to carry out a search and rescue exercise offshore occupied Famagusta

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (06.06.12) reports that the "Martyr Lieutenant Caner Gonyeli ? 2012 Search and Rescue Exercise", which is organized jointly by Turkey and the breakaway regime, is launching today. The exercise will take place between 11-14 of June.

    According to the paper, is taking place offshore the occupied Famagusta in the Mediterranean, with the participation of civil and military elements.

    [11] Self-styled minister of public works and communication held contacts with two important international cruise-ship companies

    Illegal Bayrak television (08.06.12) broadcast that the self-styled minister of public works and communication Ersan Saner, who attended the "3rd Mediterranean Commerce and Port Cities Congress" as guest of the Turkish Minister of Economy Zafer Caglayan, stated that he held contacts on the subject of cruise-ships and belief tourism in the breakaway regime, while in Turkey.

    He stated that he met with representatives of two important international cruise-ship companies, and that they agreed that the breakaway regime is an important destination for tourism "however isolations have once again been put forward as an obstacle", as he alleged.

    [12] Thirty to forty thousand persons left the breakaway regime during the last six months

    Under the title "They are leaving the country", Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (11.06.12) publishes statements by the general director of the "TRNC Telsim" telecommunication company, Ahmet Ulubay who said that according to information obtained by the company, 30-40 thousand persons left the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus during the last 5-6 months.

    Ulubay said that the biggest problem of the breakaway regime is the population and stated that this is not valid only for their sector but for every other sector. "The population in this country is not enough for achieving production. According to information we have obtained, in the last 5-6 months around 30-40 thousand persons left the country, This is a serious hit for the economy", he stated.

    [13] The number of travellers who entered or departed from the occupied area of Cyprus has been increased 188% in the last ten years

    Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan newspaper (10.06.12) reports that the number of travellers who entered or departed from the occupied area of Cyprus has been increased by 188% in the last ten year.

    According to information by the self-styled minister of public works and transportation, Ersan Saner, who attended the "3rd Mediterranean Commerce and Port Cities Congress" in Mersin, Turkey, the persons entered or departed from the occupied area of Cyprus were 758 in 2001 and this number increased to 2 million 444 in 2011; therefore the number of persons increased 188%.

    [14] Turkish Construction Firms signed foreign contracts Worthing $6.33 billion in January-May

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (09.06.12) reports that Turkish construction companies signed contracts for 88 projects abroad Worthing $6.33 billion in the first five months of this year, Turkish economy minister said.

    In a written statement, Zafer Caglayan said that Turkish companies claimed "the lion's share" in Turkmenistan with an overall volume of over $2.6 billion, making the Central Asian country the second biggest market for Turkish construction companies after Russia.

    Caglayan said Turkish companies have carried out 6,535 construction projects in 94 countries with an overall value of $213.23 billion. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio

    /EI


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