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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-07-23

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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. 140/12 21-23.7.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Ozgurgun: OIC will organize a meeting next year in the occupied area of Cyprus; Plans to increase the regime's representation offices abroad
  • [02] Atalay to CTP: If you want to become "government" implement the economic package and forget the solution of the Cyprus problem
  • [03] Atun stated that in two months the drilling works at occupied Syngrasi village will be concluded
  • [04] Bagis alleged that EU invented "positive agenda" so relations with Turkey would not get interrupted during Cyprus EU Presidency
  • [05] Kucuk claims that the land of the Hala Sultan Religious Studies College in occupied Mila Milia belonged to his family
  • [06] Kasif at the hospital with coronary problems
  • [07] Illegal GAU became member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association
  • [08] Turkish Foreign Minister exchanges views on Syria with his Italian counterpart over phone
  • [09] Turkey sends missile batteries to Syria border

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Ozgurgun: OIC will organize a meeting next year in the occupied area of Cyprus; Plans to increase the regime's representation offices abroad

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (23.07.12) reports that Huseyin Ozgurgun, self-styled minister of foreign affairs of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus, has announced that within the first months of the next year, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states will organize a meeting with large participation in the occupied area of Cyprus on the issue of water and agriculture. In statements to illegal Bayrak, Ozgurgun referred to the importance of the 1974 Turkish invasion, the Cyprus problem, the work of his "ministry" and the internal developments in the National Unity Party (UBP).

    Ozgurgun said that during the past few years the number of the "representation offices" of the regime abroad, exceeded twenty and added that they are trying to create the infrastructure of the "offices" with their limited financial resources. Noting that the "ministry of finance" should increase the budget for the "representation offices", Ozgurgun said that they are considering of opening "representation offices" in Norway, Denmark, Africa and Saudi Arabia.

    Ozgurgun alleged that the Greek Cypriot side cannot see that a solution on the island will bring economic development and prosperity to both sides, and argued that the general picture now is that problems deriving from the non-solution exist on the island, but the "TRNC", breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, "exists as a reality" and 1974 was its starting point.

    Responding to a question regarding the EU term presidency of the Republic of Cyprus, Ozgurgun argued that the UN Secretary ? General had been referring to an "end game" in Cyprus, saying that "the solution will be far away if no solution is found by 1 July". Ozgurgun argued that efforts are exerted for the creation of the image that a new page will be opened with the presidential elections in the Republic of Cyprus. "However", he added, "the Turkish Cypriot people are used to such statements".

    Ozgurgun alleged that the UN Security Council is in favour of the continuation of the existing status quo in Cyprus and added: "Negotiations have been going on for 44 years. They were brought onto the agenda of the UN in the 1950's. What will you resume?"

    He alleged that two out of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Russia and China, openly support the Greek Cypriots and that Ban Ki-moon is staff of the Security Council. "That is, what he says can somehow not happen without their approval", he claimed arguing that it seems that this approval will not come. "Given that it has been shown that they have no complain from the continuation of the situation which exists today, it would be wrong to expect from the UN a decision which will spoil the situation which exists today", he alleged, claiming that the EU, as well, is in favour of the existing situation in Cyprus.

    Ozgurgun described as a "turning point" a recent decision by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to approve the exchange of property of a Greek Cypriot refugee with a Turkish Cypriot property in the government-controlled area of the island, according to an earlier decision taken by the "Property Compensation Commission" set up by Turkey in the occupied area of Cyprus. He argued that everybody in the government-controlled area of the island will know that the "Commission" has been turned into an internationally accepted commission and that the property issue is not an obstacle in front of the solution of the Cyprus problem, as the Greek Cypriot side has been arguing for years. He alleged: "What is unsolved is the political problem. We want a just agreement. Political will is necessary for this. ? The property issue is not in the essence of the Cyprus problem. The Cyprus problem is completely a problem of political relations".

    Ozgurgun argued that there could be no new acceleration in the Cyprus problem before March-April 2013 and alleged that the Greek Cypriot side should cooperate with them in order for facilitating the life between the "two peoples".

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Atalay to CTP: If you want to become "government" implement the economic package and forget the solution of the Cyprus problem

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (23.07.12) reports that during his recent illegal visit to the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, Besir Atalay, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, met with Ozkan Yorgancioglu and Asim Akansoy, chairman and general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP). According to the paper, Atalay told the CTP officials that if they want to become "government" in the occupied area of Cyprus, they should first implement the economic package [imposed by Turkey] and then to forget the solution [of the Cyprus problem].

    The paper writes that Atalay called the two CTP officials to the "embassy" of Turkey in the occupied part of Lefkosia, but in the end the meeting was held at Merit Hotel upon a request by Yorgancioglu and Akansoy.

    According to Afrika, Yorgancioglu and Akansoy have not informed CTP's "central administrative committee" and the "party council" regarding the conditions put forward by Atalay. Unrest has reportedly been created in the CTP after the secret details of the meeting came to light.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Atun stated that in two months the drilling works at occupied Syngrasi village will be concluded

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (22.07.12) reported that the so-called minister of economy and energy, Sunat Atun in statements to Cihan news agency, referred to the drilling works at occupied Syngrasi village and said that these are expected to be concluded in two months.

    Saying that the land drilling works have reached to the 2.300 meters so far, he added that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) is expected to announce the results of the conclusion of the drilling works in two months, after reaching to 3.000 meters.

    According to the results, TPAO, if it considers it necessary, either it will launch the second round of drillings in the area of Morfou, or it will transfer its works to the sea, writes the paper.

    Atun stated further that they need two more months in order for the drilling works to be clarified and added: "At the end of this process, the underground geological characteristic will be obtained. If there is a natural gas, then it will be reached, if not, then it is necessary to be decided in which point the drillings works will continue".

    Pointing out the importance of obtaining the territorial seismic map of the entire "TRNC", Atun said that this is their primary goal and added they will be able to obtain the territorial seismic map of the "TRNC" with the gravity method in every 500 meters in the land. He further said that the necessary procedures for the implementation of the works are at the final stage.

    As regards the drillings works to be launched in occupied Morfou, Atun said that they will decide for the second round of the drilling works as soon as the seismic maps will be determined.

    Referring to the efforts exerted by "south Cyprus", as he called the Republic of Cyprus which exerted efforts through the UN to suspend the "TRNC's works", Atun said that "south Cyprus efforts" did not had any concrete result until now, either they will have, as he said.

    Moreover, under the title: "Second drilling in Cyprus", Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (22.07.12) reports that the Turkish Anonymous Petroleum Company (TPAO) is preparing for a second round of drilling in occupied Cyprus.

    According to the paper, the second drilling is to be launched by the company after the seismic researches in occupied Morfou, where the company received a license.

    The paper underlines that despite of the escalating tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and the fact that "Cyprus south" overtook the EU term Presidency, TPAO's oil research works could not be halted.

    (AK)

    [04] Bagis alleged that EU invented "positive agenda" so relations with Turkey would not get interrupted during Cyprus EU Presidency

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (21.07.12) reports that the Turkish Minister of EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Egemen Bagis on Saturday said that the current EU term presidency (the EU Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus) was one of an entity that Turkey did not recognize and had no diplomatic relations with.

    Speaking to the Anadolu Agency (AA), Egemen Bagis alleged that the EU Commission invested the "positive agenda" between Turkey and the EU so relations would not get interrupted.

    "As part of the positive agenda process, we have established working groups related to eight chapters in Turkey's negotiations", Bagis said.

    We have achieved results regarding the visa issue that could not be reached in the past 15 years, he stated.

    EU member countries unanimously authorized the European Commission to begin talks with Turkey for visa-free travels by Turkish citizens, Bagis stated.

    "At this point, the citizens of the Republic of Turkey are the only ones, among the citizens of other candidate countries, who have to apply for visas to visit the Schengen region," Bagis stressed.

    "Visa regulations are one of the bricks on the wall between Turkey and the EU. We need to bring down that brick and do away with the wall," Bagis also said.

    [05] Kucuk claims that the land of the Hala Sultan Religious Studies College in occupied Mila Milia belonged to his family

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (22.07.12) reports about the inauguration ceremony of the Hala Sultan Religious Studies College in occupied Mila Milia which took place on Saturday and writes that the land in which the school will be build belongs to the family of the self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk.

    This was stated by Kucuk during the inauguration ceremony who, according to the paper said that his family gives the land to the Turkish Cypriot youth "with blessings".

    The paper also writes that the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay, who paid an illegal visit to the occupied part of Cyprus for the celebrations for the Turkish invasion, was also presented at the ceremony.

    [06] Kasif at the hospital with coronary problems

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (23.07.12) reports in its front page that the so-called minister of health, and also candidate at the congress of UBP for the chairmanship of the party, against the so-called prime minister, Irsen Kucuk, has been hospitalized last night at the occupied "Famagusta State Hospital" since he felt coronary pains.

    As the paper writes, the results of the first examinations said that Kasif's health situation is not critical.

    According to the paper, the so-called prime minister Irsen Kucuk visited last night Kasif in order to be informed about his health condition.

    In statements to the paper, Kucuk stated that Kasif's health condition has nothing to do with his announcement that he will be candidate for the UBP's chairmanship.

    Also speaking to the paper, Erdal Ozcenk, doctor at the occupied Famagusta hospital denied allegations that Kasif suffered a heart attack but as he said he only experienced a problem with his coronary. He said that more examinations will be made today and added that if Kasif' health situation is good, he will undergoes to angiography.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (23.07.12) reports to Kasif's health situation and writes that Kasif is expected to be transferred today to Istanbul for more examinations. The paper adds that Kasif has undergone to a stent surgery five years ago.

    A lot of so-called ministers and many supporters of Kasif gathered last night at occupied Famagusta hospital in order to express their support to him, writes the paper.

    (AK)

    [07] Illegal GAU became member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (23.07.12) reports that the illegal Kerynia American University (GAU) became the sole representative of Turkey and of the breakaway regime in the AH&LA (American Hotel and Lodging Association).

    The agreement between AH&LA ?GAU was signed by the founding rector of the illegal University Serhat Akpinar. According to the paper, AH&LA, which was founded by the Michigan State University, has 45 country-members and places an effective role in tourism worldwide.

    [08] Turkish Foreign Minister exchanges views on Syria with his Italian counterpart over phone

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (22.08.12) reports that the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a phone conversation with his Italian counterpart Giulio Terzi on Saturday.

    Diplomatic sources said that the two ministers exchanged views on the recent developments in Syria.

    [09] Turkey sends missile batteries to Syria border

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (23.07.12) reports that Turkey sent batteries of ground-to-air missiles to the border with Syria on Sunday, media reports said, boosting its firepower as rebels in Syria seized several border posts.

    As fighting raged in Damascus and Aleppo, rebels were said to have taken control of three crossing points on the border with Turkey, which is sheltering thousands of Syrians who have fled the conflict at home.

    A train convoy carrying several batteries of missiles arrived in Mardin in south-eastern Turkey and will be transferred to several army units deployed on the border, according to the Anatolia news agency.

    Television footage showed at least five vehicles in the convoy were carrying air defence missiles, in the latest show of force by Syria's one-time ally, which is now a fervent critic of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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