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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-07-30

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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. 145/12 28-30.7.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Bagis' response to Markoullis' statements: "26 days of the EU term presidency passed and we did not had any problems"; he pointed out that Markoullis' interlocutor is not Turkey but the occupation regime
  • [02] Eroglu stated that "motherland Turkey will never abandon Turkish Cypriots
  • [03] Eroglu met with Nuffel
  • [04] Bozkir: "EU is paying the penalty of its mistake"
  • [05] Turkish columnist assesses the role of the "Turkish ambassador" in occupied Cyprus; He supports that the "Turkish ambassador" acts like a governor to impose AKP's policy in occupied Cyprus
  • [06] More on UBP leadership crisis; the illegal Turkish embassy reportedly warned two journalists not to write about its interference on the issue
  • [07] The occupation regime distributed the "TRNC citizenship" to 400 persons since 2009
  • [08] Cerkez on the Green Line Regulation
  • [09] Eroglu and Kucuk met with the union of engineers and architects of the Turkic World
  • [10] The Turkish and the occupation regime's flags and were illegally raised to occupied Pentadaktylos Mountains
  • [11] The occupation regime will celebrate again this year the "Kokkina resistance"
  • [12] The bank director who disappears with seven million Turkish liras has been arrested in Turkey
  • [13] "National team" of the breakaway regime came first to the Global Taekwondo Federation Cup; next year's Cup to be held in occupied area
  • [14] Davutoglu discussed Syria developments with Ban
  • [15] Turkey and South Korea set to sign a free trade agreement

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Bagis' response to Markoullis' statements: "26 days of the EU term presidency passed and we did not had any problems"; he pointed out that Markoullis' interlocutor is not Turkey but the occupation regime

    Turkish daily Hurriyet (29.07.12) reported that Turkey's EU Minister and Chief Negotiator, Egemen Bagis in statements to the paper, replied to the recent calling made by the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, Erato Kozakou Markoulli to Bagis, the Turkish Foreign Minister and all the Turkish officials, to turn our eyes to the future, and exert efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, to put an end to the invasion and to re-unify the country and the Cyprus people.

    Replying to the above statements by Markoulli, who has also said that it will be a win-win situation for everyone, if all the above take place, and also that it will contribute a lot to the acceleration of Turkey's EU process, Bagis said: "Markoulli is not our interlocutor. If she has something to say, her interlocutor is the TRNC's Foreign Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun".

    Referring to the Republic of Cyprus' EU term Presidency, Bagis said: "26 days were passed from the Greek Cypriot sector's EU term Presidency. Thankfully, neither we nor the TRNC had any problems to face. The sun rises and falls as always in two states. And tomorrow it will be the same. And Athens's sun rises from Turkey as always. We are strengthened in our normal work. We are working for our country's happiness and peace. Six months will pass in a trice (at once). They will be the fasten six months that will pass", Bagis added.

    (AK)

    [02] Eroglu stated that "motherland Turkey will never abandon Turkish Cypriots

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (30.07.12) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu, stated that the Turkish Cypriots should not worry if the Cyprus negotiations will not end up to an agreement, because they already have a state and the support of "motherland Turkey".

    Eroglu, who made these statements at a fair in occupied Myrtou, stated that the Turkish Cypriots should protect their "state" and their "land" and added: "There is our motherland which will never leave as alone". He also alleged that they should show to the world their determination in order for the world to understand the "realities".

    He also called on Turkish Cypriots not to worry because the negotiations continue in accordance to their wishes and expectations.

    [03] Eroglu met with Nuffel

    According to illegal Bayrak television (27.07.12), the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso's newly appointed Personal Representative to the UN Good Offices Mission in Cyprus- Pieter Van Nuffel has arrived in Cyprus and met with the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

    The meeting took place at the so-called presidential palace. No statement was issued before or after the meeting.

    Van Nuffel has succeeded Cesar das Neves who has taken up another assignment.

    He will act as a liaison on EU-related matters as part of workings of the UN team in Cyprus which is being led by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's Special Adviser for Cyprus Alexander Downer.

    [04] Bozkir: "EU is paying the penalty of its mistake"

    According to illegal Bayrak television (28.07.12) the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) Volkan Bozk?r has said that the European Union is now paying the penalty of its mistake.

    "The EU was mistaken when it accepted the Greek Cypriot Administration's membership at a time the island remained divided. The EU paved the way for today's difficult situation since it failed to see the facts" he said.

    Bozk?r said the EU had to face with a catastrophe when the Greek Cypriot side assumed the Bloc's 6-month rotating presidency as if it represented the whole of Cyprus. "South Cyprus has entered into an economic deadlock and it's asking for EU's assistance. It's exercising the term presidency at a time when important developments are taking place in the region. Harms of the Greek Cypriot term presidency to the EU will clearly emerge during the next couple of months. I hope the EU takes lessons from such mistakes" he added.

    [05] Turkish columnist assesses the role of the "Turkish ambassador" in occupied Cyprus; He supports that the "Turkish ambassador" acts like a governor to impose AKP's policy in occupied Cyprus

    In a commentary entitled: "Is there a Turkish Cypriot state?", columnist Husuf Kanli writes in Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (30.07.12) the following:

    "A while ago socialist S?tk? Sureyya Onder, a deputy from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), was speaking in Parliament on the Cyprus issue. It was a lengthy speech. At one point, he suggested that 1980 coup leader Kenan Evren should be tried not only because he led the coup but also because he established in 1983 the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

    Had that speech been made by anyone else but a BDP deputy, a major controversy would have started in the country, but it has become a routine to ignore the 'extension of the separatist gang in politics.'

    Ismail Cem, one of the longest-serving Foreign Ministers of the post-1980 period, had stressed in his memories as well that Turkey never, ever had a policy of promoting the Turkish Cypriot state or acquiring its international recognition.

    Right, perhaps as late President Rauf Denktas frequently stressed, it would have been a disaster for Turkish Cypriots if the world recognized their state but Turkey did not. Yet, is there Turkish recognition of the Turkish Cypriot state? Or, is there a Turkish Cypriot state?

    Nowadays there is a battle continuing in northern Cyprus. It is not a usual battle of words between Turkish and Greek Cypriots. This battle is between the Turkish Embassy and Turkish Cypriot Presidential Office. It is not fought under the Geneva Convention rules. It has turned into a war of attrition. Be it the establishment of a theology college, religious courses at schools, who is to be granted citizenship, what facilities should be accorded to whom or who should be the next leader of the ruling National Unity Party (UBP) and the government, the Turkish ambassador is doing everything possible to promote the policy priorities of the Ankara government in northern Cyprus.

    Is it possible for a diplomat to complain to the media about the president of the country he is posted to? Or, is it conceivable at all with the notion of diplomatic ethics for an ambassador to call a college and instruct them to hand over a certain 'unused facility' to a theology course? Or, to deliver interviews and statements publicly accusing the bureaucracy or political parties and leaders of the country he is posted to?

    Obviously the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government in Ankara is rather confused. Either Ankara annexed northern Cyprus and appointed a governor but somehow we still believe there is a Turkish Cypriot state there, or there must be something wrong somewhere? How could an ambassador ? who was a former head of the Turkish assistance team to Cyprus and appointed as ambassador despite a letter from the Turkish Cypriot presidency to the Ankara government stating that he was not even wanted as the head of the assistance team, ? act like a governor general in a country recognized by his country as an 'independent state'?

    Perhaps S?tk? Sureyya Onder was right and the proclamation of the Turkish Cypriot state was a big lie by Turkish leaders to the nation and indeed northern Cyprus has long since become the 82nd province.

    Is there indeed a Turkish Cypriot state recognized by Ankara? Has northern Cyprus become a province or a colony of Turkey?".

    [06] More on UBP leadership crisis; the illegal Turkish embassy reportedly warned two journalists not to write about its interference on the issue

    Turkish Cypriot press continues to report today (30.07.12) on the National Unity Party (UBP) leadership crisis and writes that the self-styled minister of health, Ahmet Kasif who is running for the party's leadership opposite the current chairman and self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk, stated that despite the pressures exerted to him, he will not withdraw his candidacy. The election for the new UBP chairman will be held at the party congress in October.

    In addition, Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan (30.07.12) writes that pressures have started to be exerted to journalists as well on the issue and cites information that a "high official" of the illegal Turkish Embassy to occupied Lefkosia held separate meetings with two Turkish Cypriot journalists who wrote about the involvement of the "embassy" in the UBP crisis and confronted them about their writings.

    According to the paper, the "high official" called on the journalists to stop writing about the "embassy's" involvement to the elections to be held at the UBP's congress: "It is not of your business if there is intervention or not to the UBP's congress. You will not report again on this issue", the "high official" told the journalists, according to Volkan.

    The paper also writes that warnings were issued on behalf of the "embassy" to the newspapers that the journalists work, and the paper also reports that after this development the journalists are expected to lose their jobs.

    [07] The occupation regime distributed the "TRNC citizenship" to 400 persons since 2009

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (29.07.12) reports that the self-styled council of ministers of the breakaway regime distributed the "TRNC citizenship" to 68 persons since March 2012. Among them are famous actors and singers from Turkey like Necati Sasmaz (actor of the popular Valley of the Kurds TV series) and singer Izzet Yildizhan.

    The paper cites information by Abbas Sinay, "MP" with the Republican Turkish party (CTP) who holds documents that shows that the National Unity Party (UBP) distributed the "TRNC citizenship" to 400 persons since 2009.

    As regards the famous Turkish singer Izzet Yildizhan, who was granted the "TRNC citizenship" on March 23, 2012, he bought a plot by the sea of occupied Kerynia and he is planning to build there a hotel, according to the paper.

    [08] Cerkez on the Green Line Regulation

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis (29.07.12) reported on statements by the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Gunay Cerkez who evaluated to the paper the trade which took place in the recent 8 years in the framework of the implementation of the Green Line Regulation.

    Pointing out that the Green Line Regulation did not reached its goal, Cerkez stated that the revenue generation, except from the electrical energy trade has reached to 36 million 120 thousand 591 Euro in 8 years.

    Saying that the current figures as they were determined are much more less than a supermarket's turnover, Cerkez said that these figures should reach to 10-15 million at least.

    Pointing out to the fact that absolutely no Turkish Cypriot product is sold in the markets in the government controlled area of Cyprus, in spite of all the efforts of the chamber, and also that no advertisement of the Turkish Cypriot products is made, Cerkez stressed the need for over passing this situation.

    (AK)

    [09] Eroglu and Kucuk met with the union of engineers and architects of the Turkic World

    According to illegal Bayrak television (28.07.12), a delegation from the union of engineers and architects of the Turkic World visited the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu and the so-called prime minister Irsen Kucuk to invite them to the union's congress and the Mimar Sinan International Project Olympics which will take place in Trabzon between the 15th and 18th of October.

    In statements during the meeting, Eroglu said that he was delighted to receive such an invitation and said if health permitting, he would like to attend the Olympics.

    Noting that he has visited Trabzon on several occasions, Eroglu pointed to the importance of the Mimar Sinan International Project Olympics in Turkey.

    In his turn, Kucuk highlighted the strong bilateral relations with "motherland" Turkey, as he called Turkey, and said that it is a big chance for the Turkish Cypriot "people" to be able to benefit from the experiences of the "motherland".

    Noting that the "motherland" has been providing its support to the Turkish Cypriots in all fields, Kucuk said that projects of water and energy transfer will make significant contributions to the "TRNC's" economic development.

    [10] The Turkish and the occupation regime's flags and were illegally raised to occupied Pentadaktylos Mountains

    According to illegal Bayrak television (28.07.12), a flag raising ceremony was held near the Saint Hilarion Castle located on the Besparmak [occupied Pentadaktylos Mountains].

    The event was organized by the "Security Forces Commandership" during which flags of the "TRNC" and Turkey were raised to the mast.

    The Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, the "speaker" of the so-called assembly Hasan Bozer, the so-called prime minister Irsen Kucuk and the "Turkish ambassador" to occupied Lefkosia Halil Ibrahim Akca, were among those attending the ceremony.

    Delivering a speech at the ceremony, the "commander" of the "Security Forces"- Major General Mehmet Daysal said the flag symbolized the independence and sovereignty of a nation. "Flags are the biggest guarantee of existence for a nation. They will be waving in the sky within our territory as long as the world continues to exist", he said.

    [11] The occupation regime will celebrate again this year the "Kokkina resistance"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (30.07.12) reports that the occupation regime will again this year celebrate the "Kokkina resistance" on August 8.

    The paper writes that the various fighters' organizations call on the persons who want to participate in the celebrations to apply to the organizations, provided that they are "TRNC citizens".

    [12] The bank director who disappears with seven million Turkish liras has been arrested in Turkey

    According to Turkish daily Zaman (27.07.12), as it has been learned, Mahmut Karimis, director of Garanti Bankasi bank's branch in occupied Lefkosia who disappeared some days ago holding a suitcase with seven million Turkish liras (TL), which he would transfer from Istanbul to the occupied area of Cyprus, has been arrested by Istanbul's Police at the Hilton Hotel in Istanbul.

    According to the paper, at the director's twitter address yesterday there was information saying that the director was in Havana.

    (AK)

    [13] "National team" of the breakaway regime came first to the Global Taekwondo Federation Cup; next year's Cup to be held in occupied area

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (30.07.12) reports that the Taekwondo "national team" of the breakaway regime came first to the Global Taekwondo Federation Taekwondo Cup which took place in Toronto, Canada, last week.

    The team received the Cup by the chairlady of the Global Taekwondo Federation (GTF) Linda Park in a ceremony held yesterday in Toronto.

    According to the paper, Park reminded to the journalists that next year's cup will take place in the occupied area of Cyprus and call on those who want to participate to apply to the federation early. She also called on the participants to arrive to the occupied area a few days prior to the games in order to enjoy Cyprus' beauties.

    [14] Davutoglu discussed Syria developments with Ban

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (29.07.12) reported that the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discussed Syria issue with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday.

    Diplomatic sources said that Davutoglu and Ban discussed the concerning situation in Syria, especially the incidents in Aleppo, during a phone conversation.

    Davutoglu told Ban that al-Assad regime was increasing the dosage of violence, noting that the incidents in Syria constituted an important danger for the regional countries.

    Davutoglu also briefed Ban about Turkey's talks with Jordan which is another country that gives shelter to Syrian people.

    Ban, too, shared the concerns of Davutoglu regarding Syria issue.

    Meanwhile, in statements to Kanal 7 on Sunday, Davutoglu said that what happened in Aleppo city of Syria hurt consciences.

    Davutoglu said that international community should take action, adding that he would hold another meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today.

    "The situation in Syria concerns surrounding countries and causes a security risk, said Davutoglu", adding that the UN, Russia and China should revise this situation. "The incidents in Syria affected Arab countries and Turkey most, but the countries, which are not affected at all, have the right of veto within the UN", he added.

    Davutoglu said that this massacre should be stopped.

    [15] Turkey and South Korea set to sign a free trade agreement

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (30.07.12) reported that Turkey's Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan has said in a press release yesterday that Turkey and South Korea will sign on August 1st a historic free trade deal, to prevent inequities Turkish exporters face in the Asian country.

    "This will be Turkey's first free trade agreement in the Far East," Caglayan said and added: "Thanks to the agreement, Turkish exporters will have the chance to compete with EU and U.S. exporters equally in the Korean market".

    With the implementation of the agreement, the goal is to restructure the trade deficit [with South Korea], which is 1/12 to the detriment of Turkey and make it more balanced, strengthen the cooperation opportunities between the businessmen of the two countries and increase Korean investments in Turkey.

    With the trade deal the parties will cut some 90% of current trade tariffs in 10 years' time.

    A signature ceremony will be held in Ankara, which will be valid after the official approvals in both countries.

    "Some 93 % of the Turkish exports to South Korea will be tariff-free with the start of the implementation of the deal. The Korean side will achieve such an easing in seven years", Caglayan said.

    South Korea's imports volume was around $524 billion last year. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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