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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-08-16

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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. 157/12 15-16.8.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Eroglu insists on bi-zonality, Turkish Cypriot peoples sovereignty and motherland Turkeys guarantees
  • [02] New commander of the Turkish occupation army takes over his duties
  • [03] Self-styled ministers participated in the 4th Extraordinary Summit of OIC
  • [04] Yildiz refers to TPAOs drilling for oil in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [05] Turkish Cypriots filed a lawsuit at ECHR for an alleged mass killing
  • [06] Turkish Cypriots sang and danced calling the Turkish army to go home
  • [07] Allegations by a Hungarian official that the occupation regime is a free country on protest against its participation in a Hungarian congress
  • [08] The occupation regime distributed 36 building plots
  • [09] Call for the opening of the Kaimakli barricade
  • [10] The billiard federation of the occupation regime to participate in the World Young Billiard Championship in Qatar
  • [11] The CHP deputy who was abducted by PKK was set free
  • [12] Turkish President calls on OIC to suspend Syria's membership
  • [13] Has Party and a former leader of the Democrat Party to joint ruling AKP

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Eroglu insists on bi-zonality, Turkish Cypriot peoples sovereignty and motherland Turkeys guarantees

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (16.08.12) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has alleged that those who think that they will abolish bi-zonality in Cyprus, ignore the so-called Turkish Cypriot peoples sovereignty and water down motherland Turkeys active and effective guarantees are mistaken. Addressing a ceremony yesterday, Eroglu said they were refreshing their memory so that history is not repeated and days of pain are not experienced again.

    Referring to those who think that they will be able to discourage the Turkish Cypriots by continuing to use the EU for their dreams, Eroglu argued that the Turkish Cypriots had not surrendered even when they were hungry and unarmed, and alleged: While we have a territory where we live in security under our state now, we will not regress and could not endanger ourselves and our future.

    Eroglu said it should be known that if serious steps towards the solution of the Cyprus problem are not taken after the presidential elections in the Republic of Cyprus and if a time limit is not put in the negotiations, the Turkish Cypriot side will undertake an overall new and intensive effort for getting rid of the so-called embargoes. He added: We are not helpless. We have a state. Motherland Turkey recognizes us and it is by our side. We will continue to work in unity and solidarity in order to exalt our state and increase the prosperity of our peopleWe are sincere. If they are sincere, let them come and let us work to make a sound agreement based on the realities.

    Meanwhile, Haberdar (16.08.12) reports also that addressing the ceremony of lieutenant general Ismail Serdar Savas taking over the command of the Turkish occupation army, Eroglu claimed that they are ready for an agreement, but this agreement should be based on the existing realities. He noted that they will not say yes to an unacceptable solution only for the sake of hearing bravo by the world. He said that they agreed with President Gul, Prime Minister Erdogan and Foreign Minister Davutoglu and they will take some steps together if a short time after the presidential elections in the Republic of Cyprus the so-called Greek Cypriot intransigence and delaying tactics do not end.

    Eroglu said that the existence of the Turkish occupation army in Cyprus has great importance for the security of the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey as well as for the balances and peace in the region.

    Moreover, Haberdar (15.08.12) reported that addressing ceremonies in occupied Maratha, Aloa, Sandalaris and Catoz villages, Eroglu alleged that we could reach nowhere as long as the reality that two separate states with their language and religion exist in Cyprus and the Greek Cypriots dream of returning to the pre-1974 period.

    Eroglu said that they will continue their efforts for achieving a solution for one year the most, and added that within this period they should be able to see clearly whether the agreement they want could be achieved. If it could be done, we will be pleased, if not, they should take their way and we should take our way, he noted.

    Eroglu alleged that the second phase of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus was inevitable, and that with this phase the geography on which the TRNC is established was created. He said he was negotiating on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots determined to make the TRNC state live.

    Eroglu alleged that July and August 1974 are the months during which the Turkish Cypriots returned to life. Referring to the Cyprus talks, he argued that the negotiations are now frozen, that the Turkish Cypriots want the intensification of the negotiations after the presidential elections in the Republic of Cyprus and alleged that if there is no agreement, the Turkish Cypriots should not pay the price for this.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] New commander of the Turkish occupation army takes over his duties Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (16.08.12) reports that lieutenant general Ismail Serdar Savas took over yesterday the duty of the commander of the Turkish occupation army in Cyprus succeeding lieutenant general Adem Huduti.

    Addressing the ceremony, Savas said that their most sacred duty would be to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the TRNC at any cost.

    I want to declare in your presence that we are determined and confident on this issue, he noted referring to the Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu, the self-styled prime minister Kucuk, the self-styled speaker of the assembly Bozer, the former Turkish Cypriot leader Talat and the chairman of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Yorgancioglu who were attending the ceremony.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Self-styled ministers participated in the 4th Extraordinary Summit of OIC

    Illegal Turkish Cypriot Bayrak television (15.08.12, online) broadcast that the TRNC, breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, was represented by a delegation headed by self-styled minister of finance Ersin Tatar in the 4th Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca where the developments in Syria were discussed. Noting that the summit was held after an invitation sent by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah to representatives of 56 countries, Bayrak reported that Ersin Tatar said that with the invitation and the representation in the summit, the TRNC has taken its rightful place within the Islamic countries.

    He said that the Turkish Cypriot delegation was received in the same manner with the other member states of the OIC and added: Taking our place in the Islamic world thanks to the closeness of OICs General Secretary Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu to the TRNC is an important development.

    Within the framework of his contacts in Mecca, Tatar met with Ihsanoglu and the President of the Islamic Development Bank Dr. Muhammed Ali. Self-styled minister of economy and energy, Sunat Atun, the head of the OIC office at the self-styled ministry of foreign affairs, Kemal Koprulu and the self-styled ambassador of the breakaway regime to Ankara, Mustafa Lakadamyali participated in the Turkish Cypriot delegation.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Yildiz refers to TPAOs drilling for oil in the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.08.12) reports that Turkish Minister of Energy and natural Resources Taner Yildiz has stated that the drilling works of Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) in the occupied area of Cyprus continue and that they will reach a depth of 4.000 meters.

    In statements during a visit of a well in Adiyaman in Turkey, Yildiz said that they do not want to give a surprise news before the completion of the drilling in occupied Cyprus and noted that they reached a depth of 3.600 meters until now and that they will go up to 4.000 meters.

    Noting that they will share with the public the results of their works in Cyprus, Yildiz concluded by saying the following: Oil could come out or could not come out from there. We have signed an agreement for a new well. TPAO is adding another working area to its licensed fields in Cyprus. We will continue to work there. Our works in the sea also continue. God willing, I believe that, sooner or later, we will take a result there.

    The paper recalls that TPAO is carrying out drilling works at occupied Syngrasi village and last month it was granted a license by the breakaway regime to start drilling in occupied Morfou area.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Turkish Cypriots filed a lawsuit at ECHR for an alleged mass killing

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (15.08.12) reported that the so-called association for cherishing the martyrs Maratha, Aloa and Sandalaris villages has filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in order for the alleged murderers of their relatives to be arrested and go to trial. The paper argues that the association had exhausted the local remedies last year by giving the names of these persons to the Republic of Cyprus Attorney Generals Office and by making an official complaint without taking a result.

    In statements to Haberdar, the chairman of the association, Ahmet Asir said that they handed over their files to the ECHR three months ago and that they are waiting for their examination. He argued that they wanted justice and the punishment of those who killed 126 of their people.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] Turkish Cypriots sang and danced calling the Turkish army to go home

    Under the title Songs and dances for Ayse return home, Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (16.08.12) reports that the youth organizations of the New Cyprus Party (YKP), the United Cyprus Party (BKP), the Cypriot Youth Platform (KGP), the Feminist Atelier (FEMA) and independent young activists organized an anti-militarist peace operation concert at Sarayonu Square in the occupied part of Lefkosia on 14 August, the day on which the second stage of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus started. Bands from Turkey and the occupied area of Cyprus participated in the activity, to which massages were sent from Turkeys Freedom and Democracy Party (ODP) and the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection.

    According to the paper, hundreds of persons watched the activity during which slogans such as The vacation ended, Ayse go home, Return home Ayse, End the occupations. [Translators note: Ayse was the code name used for the Turkish occupation army in 1974 by the then Turkish Foreign Minister Turan Gunes, who, in order to give the signal for the beginning of the second phase of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, said that Ayse can go for vacation now].

    Referring to the same issue, Cenk Mutluyakali reports in his column in Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (16.08.12) that two peace activities were held this year and that he chose to go to the concert of Turkish Bandista band. He says that while the people were shouting and singing, undercover intelligence officers were taking their pictures from the balcony of the courts.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] Allegations by a Hungarian official that the occupation regime is a free country on protest against its participation in a Hungarian congress

    Under the title TRNC is a free country, Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (16.08.12) reports that a Hungarian professor gave the above answer to official protests made by both the Embassies of the Republic of Cyprus and Greece to Hungary as regards the participation of the breakaway regime in a congress in Hungary.

    The Embassies of the two countries reacted strongly against the participation of the occupation regime in the Turkish-Turan Congress organized by the Hungarian Turan Foundation in the Hungarian city of Bugac, between 9-12 of August. The TRNC flag was present at the official opening ceremony of the congress which started with a speech by the Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament Sandor Lezsak.

    In statements, Turcologist Anthropologist Andars Biro, responsible of the Hungarian Turan Foundation stated that officials from both Cyprus and Greece Embassies contacted him on the issue, protesting especially for the TRNC flag which was presented at various phases of the congress and he replied to them that the TRNC is a free country.

    Speaking to Ankara Anatolia news agency, Biro further stated that the occupation regime is an official member of the World Turan Foundation and that the chairman and the general secretary of the Mediterranean Strategic Researches Centre, Mehmet Aldemir and Gokhan Guler, who represented the breakaway regime in the congress are members of the World Turan Foundation.

    [08] The occupation regime distributed 36 building plots

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.08.12) reports that the occupation regime distributed 36 building plots in the occupied villages of Aloa, Santalaris and Maratha.

    The distribution took place at a ceremony on Tuesday and the title deeds were given by the self-styled minister of interior Nazim Cavusoglu.

    [09] Call for the opening of the Kaimakli barricade

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (16.08.12) reports that the forgotten area of the Mia Milia industrial zone waits for solution in order for the various problems the area faces to be met.

    According to the paper, during a visit of the chairman of the Republican Turkish party (CTP) Ozkan Yorgancioglu along with a delegation of his party at the Mia Milia industrial zone, the issue of the opening of the Kaimakli barricade was put on the table, by the workers of the area, as a way for the various problems the area faces to be met.

    [10] The billiard federation of the occupation regime to participate in the World Young Billiard Championship in Qatar

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.08.12) reports that the TRNC Billiard federation will participate in the World Young Billiard Championship, which will take place in Doha, Qatar, between 3-11 of September.

    According to the paper, a delegation of the federation headed by its chairman Askin Burcu, visited the self-styled minister of education, culture and youth Kemal Durust and informed him about the federations plans. Burcu also alleged that the TRNC Billiard federation has also participated in the European Billiard Championship which was organized last month in Europe.

    [11] The CHP deputy who was abducted by PKK was set free

    Turkish daily Todays Zaman newspaper (16.08.12) reports that Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Huseyin Aygun, who was abducted by PKK last week was set free. He was kidnapped on Sunday by PKK gunmen who set up a roadblock in Tunceli and released later on

    Aygyn, who was held captive for two days by PKK, is expected to testify to prosecutors who have launched an investigation into the incident.

    The deputy's family had said the politician was with military police after PKK operatives led him through a mountainous area and then left him to walk by himself to a village within sight of the point where he was released.

    Once he reached the post, Tunceli prosecutors called Aygun and asked him to share details about his ordeal. However, he refused to provide any more details about the kidnapping and said he would inform security forces later. Aygun explained that he was simply too tired to provide all the details immediately after his release.

    Aygun said at a news conference in Tunceli late on Tuesday that his captors told him they had kidnapped him for political propaganda. He added that he didn't receive any threats and that the captors were respectful of him. He also said his captors requested he continue his political activities without any party affiliation, but that he replied this was not be possible under the shadow of guns.

    Aygun asserted that the incident was not intended to threaten him, but to send a message to the Turkish people. He added that those who captured him were a young group and that it appeared to him that most of them wanted to return home.

    [12] The Turkish President calls on OIC to suspend Syria's membership

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (15.08.12) reports that the Turkish President Abdullah Gul stated that Syria's membership to the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should be suspended.

    Speaking at the 4th extraordinary summit meeting of the OIC in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Gul pointed out the latest developments in Syria and said that the regime that used heavy weapons towards its citizens caused their death.

    Gul pointed that all OIC members should do everything they can in the shortest time possible for swift conclusion of the period after al-Assad.

    He also added that they should not fall into the trap of "Shiite-Sunni sect wars" and they should be careful as sect wars would harm the humanistic and material sources of the Islamic world and drag it into the darkness of middle ages.

    He also touched on the developments in Palestine, Mali and Myanmar and offered the 13th summit of OIC to be held in Turkey.

    In addition, Gul and Egyptian President Mohammed Moursi met in Mecca, on Wednesday. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also attended the meeting of the two Presidents.

    It was the first face to face meeting of Gul with Moursi after he was elected President in the first democratic elections held in Egypt following the Arab Spring. Gul said that Turkey, with all its facilities, would support Egypt, adding that the relations between Turkey and Egypt, two important countries of the Islamic world, were vital and necessitated close cooperation.

    Moursi invited Gul to Egypt in December, and Gul accepted the invitation.

    [13] HAS Party and a former leader of the Democrat Party to joint ruling AKP

    Turkish daily Todays Zaman newspaper (16.08.12) reports that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has welcomed Voice of the People Party (HAS Party) leader Numan Kurtulmu to the ranks of the AK Party through a merger of the two parties. In addition, a former leader of the Democrat Party (DP), Suleyman Soylu, is also expected to join the party, a top government official said.

    Speaking after a Central Decision and Administration Board (MKYK) meeting of the AKP, the partys spokesperson and Deputy Chairman Huseyin Celik said Kurtulmu was discussed at the meeting and it was agreed that his participation in the party would be welcomed.

    Celik also noted it is very likely Soylu, too, will join the AK Party in the coming days.

    Kurtulmu founded the HAS Party in late 2010 after resigning from the Felicity Party (SP) due to a long-standing intraparty rift. Erdogan's AK Party appeals to the same constituent base as the HAS Party as it emerged from the predecessor of the SP, the Virtue Party (FP).


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