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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-07-17

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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. 136/12 17.7.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Statements by President Christofias to Turkish Cypriot journalists
  • [02] Turkey's Arinc reiterated that Turkey will not recognize the Republic of Cyprus' EU term Presidency; He stated that Turkey's EU negotiation process continues anyway
  • [03] Kucuk will ask a fire-fighting helicopter from Ankara
  • [04] Three thousand trees were burned during the fire in Kythrea; The regime refused a fire-fighting helicopter by the Republic of Cyprus
  • [05] Turkish Cypriot parties and organizations will protest the incidents experienced last year during Erdogan's illegal visit
  • [06] So-called minister Kasif announced its candidacy for UBP's chairmanship
  • [07] Turkey and Qatar will contribute to Gaza reconstruction
  • [08] Caglayan to travel to Japan and Singapore
  • [09] "Iraq has closed its airspace for Turkey"

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Statements by President Christofias to Turkish Cypriot journalists

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (17.07.12) reports that in statements to some Turkish Cypriot journalists, President Christofias said yesterday that the defeat of former Turkish Cypriot leader Talat in the so-called elections derived from the change of policy of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), which he accused of being responsible for the result of the "elections".

    Under the banner front-page title "Responsible is the CTP", the paper writes that President Christofias told the Turkish Cypriot journalists that during the presidency of late Ozker Ozgur, the CTP implemented leftist policies and when it was necessary, the party came face to face with Turkey. When Mehmet Talat was elected to the presidency of the CTP, the party implemented different policies and today it is implementing different policies, President Christofias reportedly said adding that sometimes he wonders whether these people are his comrades.

    The paper writes that President Christofias said that the basis of the solution is known and that this is the UN Security Council Resolution 1251 providing for a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality, a single citizenship, a single sovereignty and a single international identity. The President of the Republic noted that the Greek Cypriot side wanted the continuation of the negotiations, but the Turkish Cypriot leader said that no negotiations could be held until the end of the Republic of Cyprus' EU term presidency. Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side does not want to be officially declared that the negotiations ended, he added that "for this reason we accepted the discussion of confidence building measures at the technical committees".

    The President of the Republic condemned the illegal transfer of population from Turkey to the occupied area of Cyprus and noted that during the negotiations Eroglu had assigned his special advisor Ozersay with the duty of proving that this transfer of population was not illegal. The President condemned also Turkey's stance towards the Republic of Cyprus and the statements regarding Cyprus being "a half state" or that the Cypriots are "not even a tribe".

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (17.07.12) refers to the same issue and reports that President Christofias said that exchange of properties will not begin after the European Court of Human Rights' decision on Greek Cypriot refugee Mike Tymvios case. According to Yeni Duzen, he also noted that the elements which unify the Greeks and the Turks of Cyprus are more than the ones which divide them and added that these elements should come forward, noting that if we could not unify Cyprus, this will be a success for the chauvinism.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Turkey's Arinc reiterated that Turkey will not recognize the Republic of Cyprus' EU term Presidency; He stated that Turkey's EU negotiation process continues anyway

    According to Turkish website Haber 10 (17.07.12), Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister and spokesman of the Government, Bulent Arinc, in statements yesterday after the meeting of the Council of Ministers in Turkey, referred to the overtaking by the "Greek Cypriot administration's" as he called the Republic of Cyprus' EU term Presidency on July 1st and said that Turkey does not recognize the "Greek Cypriot administration's EU Presidency", anyway. Saying that during this period, the EU negotiation process should not be interrupted, Arinc pointed out that the negotiations with the EU continue. "It is for this reason that the Commission and the Commissioner responsible for the Enlargement are exerting a series of efforts under the name of the 'positive agenda' with Turkey. And the EU has accepted the 'positive agenda' as well. (...)", Arinc said.

    (AK)

    [03] Kucuk will ask a fire-fighting helicopter from Ankara

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (17.07.12) reports that Irsen Kucuk, self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime, is visiting Ankara today where he will receive an honorary doctorate by the Ankara University. During his visit, Kucuk is expected to meet with the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay and discuss with him the need of the Turkish Cypriots for a fire-fighting helicopter.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Three thousand trees were burned during the fire in Kythrea; The regime refused a fire-fighting helicopter by the Republic of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (17.07.12) reports that three thousand trees were burned during the fire, which broke out last weekend in the area of occupied Kythrea village. The director of the so-called forestry department, Cemil Karzaoglu stated yesterday that the fire could have been caused by a cigarette end or a metallic or a glass object.

    Moreover, Kibris writes that the so-called deputy minister of agriculture and natural resources, "minister" of finance, Ersin Tatar denied the information that the fire broke out due to an explosion in the quarries which are in the area.

    Furthermore, in statements yesterday, both Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu and the self-styled prime minister Kucuk said that the time has come for the regime to purchase a fire-fighting helicopter.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (17.07.12) reports that in statements to the paper's editor-in-chief, President Christofias said yesterday that as soon as the Government of the Republic of Cyprus found out about the fire in Kythrea, the Minister of Justice suggested through the United Nations that we could send a fire-fighting airplane, but the proposal was rejected by the regime.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Turkish Cypriot parties and organizations will protest the incidents experienced last year during Erdogan's illegal visit

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (17.07.12) reports that some political parties, trade unions and civilian organizations will protest the incidents experienced last year on 19 July, during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's illegal visit to the occupied area of Cyprus to participate in the celebrations on the occasion of the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island.

    In a statement issued yesterday by Ahmet Kaptan, chairman of KTAMS trade union, it is recalled that some trade unionists were beaten up by the "police" during Erdogan's visit to the island last year, when they attempted to protect their democratic rights and protest against expressions which had insulted the Turkish Cypriots and the fact that the UBP "government" remained silent in front of these insults.

    The protest this year will be held on 19 July in the afternoon in front of the building of the illegal Turkish Cypriot airlines. The activity is supported by the Social Democracy Party (TDP), the United Cyprus Party (BKP) and the New Cyprus Party (YKP) as well as by the following trade unions and organizations: KTAMS, KTOEOS, KTOS, El-Sen, Tel-Sen, BES, Koop-Sen, Tip-Is, Guc-Sen, DAU-SEN, DAU-BIR-SEN, Basin-Sen, Cag-Sen, Barikat newspaper, Revolutionary Communist Union, Students' Initiative, Cypriot Youth Platform and Baraka Cultural Center.

    Meanwhile, the paper refers also to a statement issued by the "police" noting that some roads in occupied Lefkosia and Famagusta will be closed due to the rehearsals for the celebrations of the 38th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] So-called minister Kasif announced its candidacy for UBP's chairmanship

    Under the front-page title: "I will be candidate at the congress", Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (17.07.12) reports on statements by the so-called minister of health, Ahmet Kasif who announced yesterday that he will be candidate at UBP's (National Unity Party) congress for the general chairmanship of the party.

    Kasif made the above statement yesterday when was asked by a journalist whether he will be candidate of UBP or not.

    Stating that his party will continue with its old perception and strong power its way, no matter which will be the result after the congress, Kasif pointed out that UBP is a strong and a coherent party.

    (AK)

    [07] Turkey and Qatar will contribute to Gaza reconstruction

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman (16.07.12) reported that the Minister of Public Affairs of Hamas' Gaza-based Palestinian government Youssef al-Mansi, said on Sunday that Turkey and Qatar would contribute to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, which was destroyed during an Israeli offensive two years ago.

    Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, al-Mansi stated that Turkey had made important contributions to several projects aiming to reconstruct Gaza. "Turkey's contributions are clearly seen in Gaza," said al-Mansi.

    Al-Mansi also said that a delegation from Gaza would be sent to Ankara following a meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of Hamas's Gaza-based government, which is expected to be held after Ramadan.

    Emphasizing that Turkey has promised to support Gaza in the fields of infrastructure, health and education, al-Mansi stated that Qatar has made a similar pledge. "Qatar will provide $224 million in aid to Gaza after Ramadan," he stated.

    Al-Mansi remarked that the Qatari funds would be used to reconstruct Selahaddin Street, which connects villages and cities in Gaza, and the houses in Gaza destroyed by Israel, adding that the money would also be used to widen the coastal road.

    Al-Mansi further stated that Kuwait has promised to construct a residential area in Han Yunus city.

    Due to the conflict with Israel between 2007 and 2008 and an intensive three-week operation known as Operation Cast Lead conducted by Israel in December 2008, many government buildings and houses were destroyed and thousands of Palestinians were left homeless.

    [08] Caglayan to travel to Japan and Singapore

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (16.07.12) reported from Ankara that Turkey's Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan will travel to Japan and Singapore on an official visit between July 17 and 23.

    In a statement released on Monday, the Turkish Economy Ministry stated that Caglayan would visit both countries with a trade and investment delegation.

    Caglayan will hold talks with chief executive officers of Mitsubishi, Itohu, Mitsui, Japan Steel Works and other big companies in both countries.

    During his visit, Caglayan will brief the chief executive officers about the new investment incentive system in Turkey and invite them to make investments in his country.

    A memorandum of understanding of Turkey-Japan Economic Cooperation will be signed within the scope of the visit.

    While in Japan, Caglayan will meet with the Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano.

    In Singapore, Caglayan will hold talks with various dignitaries, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang.

    [09] "Iraq has closed its airspace for Turkey"

    Under the above-title, Turkish daily Zaman newspaper (17.07.12, online) reports that the Civil Aviation Centre in Iraq has announced that it had closed the Iraqui airspace for all flights. Noting that the above-mentioned centre "is bound to Iraq's central government", the paper writes that after this "sudden decision", three Turkish airplanes and their passengers are unable to leave Erbil International Airport. The two of these airplanes belong to the Turkish Airlines and the one to Pegasus Airlines. It was announced that the decision was taken due to technical reasons and that the flights will start normally when the problem is solved. According to the paper, problems occurred only in the flights to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, while the rest of the flights continue normally.

    Zaman writes that it is possible that the government in Baghdad took this decision after Turkey's oil agreement with the "Kurdish administration" in northern Iraq. The paper recalls a statement made the day before yesterday by the Iraqui Government Spokesman, Ali Debbag, who had said that the agreement with the Kurdish administration was illegal and that Iraq would take the necessary measures against this agreement.

    (I/Ts.) TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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