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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-07-05

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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. 128/12 5.7.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Eroglu met with the Israeli Ambassador to Lefkosia
  • [02] Kucuk alleges that the Cypriot term presidency is contrary to the philosophy of the EU
  • [03] Volkan wonders whether Turkish Cypriots will attend the inaugural ceremony of the Cyprus EU term presidency at Kourion Amphitheater
  • [04] Reference to the reality of the Turkish occupation in Cyprus is seen as propaganda by Turkish media
  • [05] "Cyprus' new roadmap"
  • [06] Statements by Talat on the situation in the occupied area of Cyprus and the Cyprus problem
  • [07] Durust held contact in Ankara
  • [08] More developments at the occupied Lefkosia's municipality
  • [09] The occupation regime has given the "TRNC citizenship" to three more persons
  • [10] Turkish Cypriot became vice president of the European Small Business Alliance
  • [11] DP is organizing a rally on September 1 demonstrating against the problems of the breakaway regime
  • [12] Davutoglu accuses the Syrian president of misinterpreting the truth
  • [13] Turkey to open 24 new representations overseas in 2012

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Eroglu met with the Israeli Ambassador to Lefkosia

    Illegal Bayrak television (04.07.12) broadcast that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu held a meeting with the Israeli Ambassador to Lefkosia Michael Hariri.

    Eroglu's special representative Osman Ertug and the "residential undersecretary" Hasan Gungor were also present at the meeting. No statements were made.

    In addition Bayrak (04.07.12) also broadcast that Eroglu met with a delegation from the International Eurasia Education Trade Unions Federation which is holding contacts at the occupation regime.

    Speaking during the visit Eroglu said that he wanted to develop relations with Turkic nations which had won their independence by keeping their relations tight.

    "We are a country which experienced many pains but declared our independence. This is why we understand each other well", Eroglu alleged.

    [02] Kucuk alleges that the Cypriot term presidency is contrary to the philosophy of the EU

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (05.07.12) reports that Irsen Kucuk, self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, alleged yesterday that the Cypriot EU term presidency is a development which is contrary to the founding principles and the philosophy of the European Union. Kucuk described as "unacceptable" the assumption of the EU term presidency by Cyprus as of 1 July, before reaching a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Noting that the role of the EU term presidency is still important, Kucuk said that Cyprus announced as priorities of its term presidency the promotion of the European integration and further strengthening the principles shared by Europe. He alleged that by rejecting the Annan Plan in 2004 and by not responding to the allegedly constructive stance of the Turkish Cypriots since 2008, the Greek Cypriots showed that they do not accept these principles.

    Kucuk argued that the Turkish Cypriots were disappointed because the EU member states ignored the fact that a divided country assumed the EU term presidency.

    Kucuk wished for the EU not to repeat the so-called mistakes of the past, to implement the "promises" it had given to the Turkish Cypriots, to recall that the current situation on the island is not normal and to "motivate the Greek Cypriots" for a solution in Cyprus especially during the Cypriot EU term presidency.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Volkan wonders whether Turkish Cypriots will attend the inaugural ceremony of the Cyprus EU term presidency at Kourion Amphitheatre

    Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan newspaper (05.07.12) reports that Turkish Cypriot politicians, trade unionists and journalists have been invited to the inaugural ceremony of the Cyprus EU term presidency, which will take place tonight at Kourion Amphitheatre. The paper writes that according to information it has acquired, chairman of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Ozkan Yorgancioglu, Sonay Adem, Ali Erel, Kudret Ozersay, Ahmet Barcin, Izzet Izcan, Murat Kanatli, Alpay Durduran, Sener Elcil, Ahmet Kaptan and some Turkish Cypriot journalists have been invited to the ceremony. Volkan wonders whether "CTP and the masters of the trade unions" will participate in the ceremony.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Reference to the reality of the Turkish occupation in Cyprus is seen as propaganda by Turkish media

    Under the title "'Occupation' propaganda by the Greek Cypriot sector", Guldener Sonumut, NTVMSNBC's (04.07.12, online) correspondent to Brussels, argues that Cyprus started its EU presidency by making propaganda against Turkey. Sonumut writes that this "propaganda" is made in the advertisement brochures, the maps and the history books given by the Cypriot EU term presidency to journalists.

    Sonumut says that in contrary to the maps printed by the European Union, in the maps of Cyprus which are distributed by the Cypriot EU term presidency it is openly said that the northern part of the island is occupied by Turkey. He also describes as propaganda the 114-page brochure aiming at introducing the history of Cyprus to the journalists.

    Citing statements by EU Council officials, Sonumut notes that they described this stance of Cyprus as "attention-grabbing" and said that they "had advised Cyprus not to carry to the EU platform its bilateral problems with Turkey". Noting that Cyprus brought onto the agenda the issue of Turkey from the very first day of its EU term presidency, the officials reportedly said that Cyprus is only giving trump cards to Turkey, which is in any case boycotting it.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] "Cyprus' new roadmap"

    In a commentary entitle: "Cyprus' new roadmap", in Turkish daily Sabah (05.07.12), columnist Mahmut Ovur reports on the meeting he held last week in occupied Lefkosia with the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu during a luncheon that Eroglu gave to several Turkish diplomatic correspondents from Turkey and writes that Eroglu determined during the meeting, the launching of a new era in Cyprus.

    According to Ovur, commenting on the Republic of Cyprus' overtaking the EU presidency, Eroglu said that a new era has begun with the "Greek Cypriot administrations'" EU presidency, and explained the following: "The negotiations continue for exactly 6 years. We became stronger with the Annan Plan, still due to the wrong stance of Mehmet Ali Talat and his team; it was not possible for this chance to turn to an occasion. Of course, because of the Greek Cypriot side, the EU did not approach the solution. Now, we have in front of us the 6 months EU presidency of the Greek Cypriot side and later on the presidential elections in the Greek Cypriot side. So, the non-solution will continue for at least one year".

    Pointing out that nobody, including Turkey, does not in fact feel uncomfortable with the non-solution which is experienced in Cyprus, Ovur supports that first of all, some EU countries such as the UK, France and Germany, as well as the USA and Russia, are in favour of the continuation of the situation of the "non-solution".

    Turkey is not uneasy as well for this, writes the columnist, because of the fact that the EU did not fulfil its promises.

    "Taking action in the framework of these realities, Eroglu says that their only goal now: 'Is the lifting of isolation'", writes the columnist.

    The columnist asking the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu what the Turkish Cypriot side will do after the EU did not fulfilled its promises to the Turkish Cypriots, Eroglu explained what is their new roadmap: "We will still continue exerting pressure to the EU, but what it is really necessary to do is to turn our direction to other areas and the Islam countries. This is our goal".

    [06] Statements by Talat on the situation in the occupied area of Cyprus and the Cyprus problem

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.07.12) reports that former Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat has argued that change is needed in many fields in the occupied area of Cyprus in order for the regime to overcome the problems which it faces. In statements yesterday to Kibris TV, Talat said he is in favour of implementing the "presidential system" in the occupied area of Cyprus, which should be turned into a single "election zone".

    Talat noted that almost all sectors in occupied Cyprus are in crisis and expressed his sorrow about the problems experienced in the occupied Lefkosia's municipality.

    Talat argued that the economy of the breakaway regime should be strengthened in order for the solution of the Cyprus problem and the equality of the Turkish Cypriots to be protected. He added: "We should not stop insistently asking for the solution of the Cyprus problem. The Turkish Cypriots should work for the solution. However, while efforts for the solution are exerted, steps for strengthening the economy of the TRNC should be taken and projects should be prepared".

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan newspaper (05.07.12) reports that in statements to another television program, Talat said that an "unprecedented chaos" is experienced in the occupied area of Cyprus. Asked whether the situation would be improved if a "governor" came, Talat said that "if they were more capable, they would not contribute to the TRNC coming to this situation".

    Asked whether he had ever adopted the position calling Turkey to withdraw from Cyprus [Translator's note: The exact expression is "Ayse go home". 'Ayse' is the codename used for the Turkish occupation army in 1974 to mark the beginning of the second phase of the invasion of Cyprus], Talat said that it should not be forgotten that the "TRNC" is not recognized and that Turkey gives them very big financial aid and provides their security. He argued that saying this "would not be very seemly".

    Asked to reply to the criticism that his positions were the same with the ones of late Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas, Talat argued that this criticism was groundless, that he supported the Annan Plan while Denktas did not and that he exerted efforts at the negotiating table for a solution. He alleged that in practice, the Turkish Cypriots have the right to establish an independent and separate state and claimed that this right was established on a separate piece of land after 1974, but the international situation does not accept this. "Our policy should be in the direction of meeting with the world through the solution of the Cyprus problem in harmony to these international realities", he argued.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] Durust held contact in Ankara

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.07.12) reports that the self-styled minister of national education, youth and sport Kemal Durust who paid an one-day visit to Ankara, met with the deputy prime minister of Turkey Bulent Arinc and discussed the issue of the illegal universities of the breakaway regime.

    Arinc stated during the meeting, that Turkey is aware of the importance of the education institutions in the occupation regime and the steps that were taken and added that they support the aim of the "TRNC", as he called the breakaway regime, to become "a country that offers education services".

    On his part Durust stated that they would like the support of the TRT so that the universities to become even more advertised. He also said that this will be very important for both the future of the universities and for the "TRNC image".

    In addition, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.07.12) reports that Durust also met with the Turkish minister of youth and Sports Suat Kilic and they discussed various issues. Kilic expressed during the meeting his support for the lifting of the "embargoes".

    [08] More developments at the occupied Lefkosia's municipality

    Under the front page title: "The conflict in Lefkosia is big", Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (05.07.12) publishes extensively the developments which are taking place at occupied Lefkosia's municipality.

    According to the paper, the so-called council of ministers, issued a "government" decision during its yesterday five-hours meeting, according to which it forces the so-called mayor of occupied Lefkosia municipality, Cemal Bulutoglulari and the aldermen's (members of the municipal council) to obligatory permission of leave for 90 days.

    The decision has been announced yesterday by the so-called minister of interior and local administration, and also "spokesman" of the "council", Nazim Cavusoglu who pointed out that the "members of the municipal council" did not met for 5 months now, neither they proceed to any decision making. He added that since the workers at the "municipality" did not pay their salaries, it is thus personnel which cannot provide services.

    Explaining that the so-called government, taking always into consideration not to damage the democracy in the "country" and also taking into account the autonomy of the "municipality", took the opinion of the "attorney general" first, before taking this decision, Cavusoglu said that the so-called government, before announcing its decision, has also called one by one the members of the "municipal council" and the "mayor" in order to inform them.

    Cavusoglu further said that a commission which is to be composed by 8 persons, will be established in order to perform the duties of the members of the "municipal council". He added that this commission will be appointed by the "ministers" and added that one of the members will be from the "municipalities' union", another person will be from the muhktars of occupied Lefkosia, whereas the other 6 persons will be appointed by the "ministers", as he said. He also pointed out that the duties of the "mayor" where given to the "district governor of Lefkosia".

    According to Cavusoglu, the "government's order" will come into force in 24 hours.

    Havadis continues reporting on the issue with the reaction statements made by the so-called mayor of occupied Lefkosia, Cemal Bulutoglulari.

    Under the title: "I will write the end of the scenario", Havadis reports that Cemal Bulutoglulari said that he was shocked by the "government's decision" to force him to 90 days permission of leave and described the decision as illegal, anti-democratic, and contrary to the "constitution".

    Supporting that this decision damages the democracy of the "country", Bulutoglulari wondered from where they will get their salaries. He added that he does not have the intention at the moment to resign and said that he will send the decision to the "constitutional court".

    Saying that he would not live the UBP (National Unity Party) to the conspirators, Bulutoglulari said that UBP does not belong, neither to Cavusoglu, nor to Irsen Kucuk or Ersin Tatar, but to the supporters of UBP.

    Bulutoglulari said further that the day will come soon for those 3-5 "ministers" who are "ministers by accident", as he described them, to give explanations. He also added that he will meet once more with the "prime minister" to ask him to withdraw its decision.

    Meanwhile, commenting on the decision of the so-called government, Ozkan Yorgancioglu chairman of the Republican Turkish Party, Mehmet Cakici, chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP) Serdar Denktas, chairman of the Democratic Party and Mustafa Kalinkaya, member of the administration board of BES trade union, condemned all the above-taken decision and described it as wrong, illegal and anti-democratic.

    (AK)

    [09] The occupation regime has given the "TRNC citizenship" to three more persons

    Turkish daily Havadis newspaper (05.07.12) under the title: "Last citizenships to Israelis", reports that the so-called council of minister, during its meeting on June 12, has given the "TRNC citizenship" to three more persons.

    The names of the persons who took the occupation regime's "citizenship" were published at the "official gazette" and are the following: Ece Oktay from Kadikoy [Translator's note: district of Istanbul, Turkey on the Asian side of the Sea of Marmara], Yuva Michaely and Amikam Marhoom from Israel.

    Pointing out the fact that the occupation regime continues distributing "citizenships", the paper underlines that two out of the three persons who illegal took the occupation regime's citizenship are Israelis.

    (AK)

    [10] Turkish Cypriot became vice president of the European Small Business Alliance

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.07.12) reports that a member of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO) became vice president of the European Small Business Alliance (ESBA).

    According to the paper, during a meeting of ESBA which took place on June 29, Salih Celiker became vice president of the organisation.

    ESBA is one of the largest organizations based on voluntary membership in Europe and represents almost one million small businesses and covers 35 European countries, according to Kibris.

    [11] DP is organizing a rally on September 1 demonstrating against the problems of the breakaway regime

    Under the title "We are coming for solution, for change and for transformation" Turkish Cypriot daily Bakis newspaper (05.07.12) reports that the Democratic Party (DP) is organizing a rally on September 1 at the Ataturk square in occupied Lefkosia demonstrating against various problems of the breakaway regime.

    According to the paper, DP is distributing leaflets for the event which have the title "wake up signal: we are coming".

    [12] Davutoglu accuses the Syrian president of misinterpreting the truth

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (05.07.12) reports that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's recent statement that his country's defence forces did not know the Turkish fighter jet's identity when shooting it down was, "a lie," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said. He added that he did not believe the Syrian leader regretted the incident as he claimed.

    Al-Assad misrepresented the truth in his recent interview with daily Cumhuriyet, Davutoglu told daily Vatan yesterday.

    Davutoglu rejected al-Assad's claim that the downed Turkish plane was flying in an air corridor used in the past by the Israeli Air Force. "He admitted Israel permanently violated their airspace. If so, which Israeli plane have they shot so far? Furthermore, Syria has already declared war on Israel," the Turkish Foreign Minister said. "Although they did not carry out such an attack against Israel, their attack against us clearly shows that they don't have goodwill for us."

    Either al-Assad also lied when he said Syrian radar had not detected the Turkish jet, or Syria's air defence was not as strong as they claimed, Davutoglu said, adding that every move of the Turkish aircraft was open to international observation.

    "Another lie is that they could not find anyone to call," the minister said, referring to al-Assad's claim that Syrian authorities could not contact Turkish officials about the incident. Davutoglu said Turkey's consulate in Aleppo and the Turkish ambassador to Syria, who is currently in Turkey, were still active. Al-Assad is "cunningly" trying to restore the Syrian administration's relations with the Turkish Army, the minister said. Turkey would not allow that and would not continue military ties with an army "murdering its people," Davutoglu said.

    In addition, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (05.07.12) also reports that a funeral ceremony will take place in eastern Malatya province for the two Turkish pilots who were killed after their military plane was downed by Syria.

    Turkish National Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz said that the ceremony for pilots Gokhan Ertan and Hasan Huseyin Aksoy would take place on Friday.

    Yilmaz said that the bodies of the pilots had been found in the wreckage of the plane.

    [13] Turkey to open 24 new representations overseas in 2012

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (04.07.12) reports that speaking at a meeting of the Presidency of Turks and Relative Communities Overseas, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Naci Koru said that to offer better services for Turks who live abroad, they were effectively working to open 24 new representations around the world in 2012.

    "Primarily we want to increase number of representations where Turks densely live. We currently have 122 embassies and 71 consulate generals but to give better services we will increase these numbers," said Koru. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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