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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-08-30

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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. 167/12 30.8.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Eroglu reiterates the allegation that two sovereign states exist in Cyprus
  • [02] Statements by Ozgrurgun to Times of Oman newspaper
  • [03] "Izcan: Efforts are exerted to hide Asil Nadir's crime"
  • [04] Illegal YDU to turn the Armenian Church in occupied Lefkosia into a cultural centre
  • [05] The breakaway regime will spend 69 thousand sterling liras to participate in the World Travel Market in London
  • [06] Illegal UKU has become a member of Oracle Academy
  • [07] Illegal YDU's vice rector characterized as a political propaganda the reports on the employment of a Turkish Cypriot graduator from illegal YDU for the EU term Presidency
  • [08] The "Turkish Cypriot press council" to represent the occupation regime to the 2012 World Association of Press Councils' meeting in Tanzania
  • [09] Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey reaches 80,410
  • [10] Turkish Presidency denies reports that President Gul was poisoned
  • [11] Opinion poll in Turkey signs deep public resentment and frustration over politicians' performances

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Eroglu reiterates the allegation that two sovereign states exist in Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (30.08.12) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has reiterated the allegation that the "sun rises everyday over two peoples, two cultures, two religions and two sovereign states" in Cyprus.

    In a message he issued yesterday on the occasion of 30 August, Turkey's national day, Eroglu claimed that the Greek Cypriots "are intransigent", do not want a solution and peace on the island, consider themselves to be the sole ruler of Cyprus having the "obsession" of "enosis" (unification with Greece) and dream of returning to the pre-1974 period.

    Referring to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's words regarding sovereignty and freedom, Eroglu argued that "big and powerful" Turkey is the "only guarantor of the independence and sovereignty" of the Turkish Cypriot "people".

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Statements by Ozgrurgun to Times of Oman newspaper

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (30.08.12) reports that self-styled minister of foreign affairs of the breakaway regime, Huseyin Ozgurgun has alleged that the Turkish Cypriot side is ready for an agreement "providing for a new power sharing" with the Greek Cypriot side on the basis of the established UN parameters.

    In statements to the Times of Oman newspaper, Ozgurgun claimed, however, that no one should expect from the Turkish Cypriot side to ignore forever what he described as "delaying tactics" implemented by the Greek Cypriot side allegedly aiming to secure the continuation of the Turkish Cypriots living under "isolation". Ozgurgun made these statements to foreign journalists, who visited him on 20 July on the occasion of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The statements were published by the Times of Oman on 28 August.

    According to Ozgurgun, the Cyprus talks have entered into a deadlock because of the stance of the Greek Cypriots. He alleged that the negotiations, which started in year 1968, entered into impasse after 2004 and the accession of Cyprus into the EU, which he described as "unilateral and illegal accession of the Greek Cypriot side". He claimed that the "Greek Cypriot side which is recognized as the so-called Republic of Cyprus has no motivation to establish a new partnership with the Turkish Cypriot side".

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] "Izcan: Efforts are exerted to hide Asil Nadir's crime"

    Under the above title, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (30.08.12) reports that Izzet Izcan, general secretary of the United Cyprus Party (BKP), has said that nationalism, hatred and enmity are instigated with "groundless allegations and fabricated scenarios" after the trial of Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir in London and his conviction. In a statement issued yesterday, Izcan noted that this was unacceptable.

    Izcan said that after Nadir's conviction as a result of a two-year long trial, propaganda is made and news is published saying that this was a result of a "Greek Cypriot conspiracy". He noted that efforts are exerted to hide that Asil Nadir was found guilty and he was convicted and added that this was a wrong and in vain effort. "Being powerful does not mean you are right", he pointed out.

    Izcan said he finds "unfortunate" the position of some persons and parts of the society, which allege that they are leftist and progressive, but being influenced by the nationalist propaganda, defend Nadir and turn him into a hero. Izcan called on the Turkish Cypriot community not to participate in the conspiracy which some chauvinists and nationalists try to create and could be turned into tension between the two communities.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Illegal YDU to turn the Armenian Church in occupied Lefkosia into a cultural centre

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (30.08.12) reports on statements by Dr. Irfan S. Gunsel, director of the "board of trustees" of the illegal Near East University (YDU), who has stated that they have launched works in order to turn the Armenian Church and Monastery in occupied Lefkosia (is found at Arabahmet street and it was built in the 8th century), into a Cultural Centre.

    According to Gunsel, illegal YDU after the tender which opened by the Vakif Foundation which owns this historical church, has gained the right of the use of the church for 10 years. He also added that the illegal YDU has decided to turn the church into a cultural centre were a lot of cultural events will take place, something that the Vakif Foundation has also wanted.

    (AK)

    [05] The breakaway regime will spend 69 thousand sterling liras to participate in the World Travel Market in London

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (30.08.12) reports that the breakaway regime will participate in the World Travel Market which will take place in London, UK, between 5-8 of November.

    According to the paper, the breakaway regime will spend 69 thousand sterling liras and will have a 161 square meters pavilion at the tourism fair.

    [06] Illegal UKU has become a member of Oracle Academy

    Under the above title, Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (30.08.12) reports that the "International Cyprus University" (UKU), after becoming a member of Microsoft and IBM, has become this time a member of the Advance Computer Science Program of Oracle Academy [The 3rd biggest communication company in the world] which was established with the aim to provide training on computer science.

    In statements on the issue, the chairman of the "Department of Computer Science" of the illegal UKU, Dr. Ergug Celebi stated that the participation of "UKU" to the Oracle Academy will provide the opportunity to the university students to be educated on information technologies.

    He further stated that the students who will succeed and complete the program will be granted a certificate which will be very useful in finding a job.

    (AK )

    [07] Illegal YDU's vice rector characterized as a political propaganda the reports on the employment of a Turkish Cypriot graduator from illegal YDU for the EU term Presidency

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (30.08.12) under the title: "YDU: Political propaganda", reports on statements by the "vice-rector" of the illegal Near East University (YDU) Senor Bektas, who commented the reports published in the Greek Cypriot press about the employment of a Turkish Cypriot for the EU term Presidency, who has graduated from the "YDU".

    Commenting on the issue, Bektas characterized it as a political propaganda and said: "The diplomats of our university are accepted from EU organizations as well as from Brussels".

    Bektas added also that besides, the EU University accept applications for scholarships for undergraduate and post graduate studies.

    (AK)

    [08] The "Turkish Cypriot press council" to represent the occupation regime to the 2012 World Association of Press Councils' meeting in Tanzania

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis (30.08.12) reports that the "Turkish Cypriot press council" is to participated to the 2012 World Association of Press Councils' meeting which is to take place in Tanzania.

    According to the paper, the "Turkish Cypriot Press Council" discussed the issue of their participation to international meetings, during their meeting the night before yesterday.

    In his statements, the chairman of the "council", Dr. Sule Aker said that they have completed all the preparations for their participation to the 2012 World Association of Press Councils' meeting and assured that they will represent the "TRNC" to the international platform in the best way.

    (AK)

    [09] Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey reaches 80,410

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (29.08.12) reports that the Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD), has announced that there were 80,410 Syrians currently staying in Turkey after fleeing clashes in their country.

    In a written statement released Wednesday, AFAD said that Syrians staying in Turkey were welcomed in Altinozu, Yayladagi, Reyhanli, Apaydin and Karbeyaz towns of the southern province of Hatay, in southern provinces of Sanliurfa (Ceylanpinar), Gaziantep (Islahiye) and Kilis.

    AFAD said that 1,414 Syrians entered Turkey on August 28 and 29, adding that so far, a total of 113,312 entered Turkey and that 32,898 Syrians returned to Syria on their own will.

    Currently, 11,164 Syrians are staying in Hatay, 12,653 in Gaziantep province (Nurdagi-Islahiye), 13,058 in Kilis, 26,526 in Sanliurfa province (Ceylanpinar), 7,757 in Kahramanmaras, 3,026 in Adana, 959 in Adiyaman, 1,447 in Osmaniye and 2,938 in Malatya, AFAD said. 882 Syrians, including 119 companions, are staying in various Turkish hospitals and receiving medical treatment, AFAD said.

    In addition, Ankara Anatolia news agency (29.08.12) also reports that the Turkish foreign minister has said that Turkey would explain its policy concerning the Syrian refugees and demand concrete action from the UN during an upcoming special meeting of the organization's principal organ for international peace and security, the Security Council. Davutoglu made these statements before departing the Turkish capital for the United States on Wednesday.

    Davutoglu pointed to the intense flow of Syrians into Turkey due to continuing violence in Syria, stating that not only Turkey, but also Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon were affected by the refugee influx. The Turkish Minister said Turkey had been displaying efforts for the rapid and active participation of the UN in the solution of the matter, and within that framework, he would be attending a special session of the UN Security Council on August 30.

    [10] Turkish Presidency denies reports that President Gul was poisoned

    Turkish daily Milliyet (29.08.12) reports that the Office of the Turkish President has announced that the allegations that President Abdullah Gul has been poisoned "are without foundation".

    It was stated in a written statement issued by the Press Centre of the Office of the President that "the claims contained in today's edition of Yurt newspaper regarding the health of our President, are entirely without foundation."

    In addition, Turkish Minister of Health Recep Akdag, stating that President Abdullah Gul's health is improving, said: "Statements on the health situation of an individual should be made by the individual himself, his spokesman, or the doctors whom he authorizes. Statements apart from these are in my view improper. But because it has been mentioned in the press, I am stating that the health condition of our President is getting very much better. To the extent that I am aware, it is not true that he has had, or is going to have, surgery."

    [11] Opinion poll in Turkey signs deep public resentment and frustration over politicians' performances

    Turkish daily Aksam newspaper (30.08.12) publishes an opinion poll conducted by the Ar Social Research Centre, regarding how the recent political developments affect the political scene in Turkey.

    The research, which was conducted in 21 provinces in Turkey between August 22 and August 27, by means of in-depth interviews with 3,251 persons, shows that the ruling Justice and Development Party loses 8% while the Nationalist Movement Party increases its percentages.

    According to the results of the survey, if a new election were held this month, the AK Party would get 46.7% of the total votes. The Republican People's Party (CHP) appears as the second most popular party in a possible election with 19.5% and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is third with 16.1%. It is worth mention that while the first two parties would lose a significant percentage of their votes, the nationalist MHP seems to have made progress.

    In addition, reporting on the same issue, Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (29.08.12) reports that according to the opinion poll 60.4% of interviewees, believe there is a need for a new political party and leader.

    Meanwhile, 28.9 percent of interviewees think that there is no need for change in the current political leadership of Turkey, expressing a positive opinion of the political landscape.

    While the majority of interviewees underlined the need for a new figure in politics, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was named as the most admired and successful leader on the Turkish political scene, winning the votes of 47.3% of the respondents. The former mayor of Sisli municipality in Istanbul, Mustafa Sarigul, comes second in the category of the most admired and successful leader with 27.1%, while CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu ranks in third place with 20.8%.

    According to the survey's results, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan is regarded as the most popular minister in the cabinet as chosen by 10.3% of those interviewed. Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz is the second most popular figure with 9.7% while Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu comes third with 9.5%.

    In the meantime, in light of the recent challenges facing Turkey regarding foreign affairs, the survey reveals that the majority of people, 67.1% of interviewees, disapprove of Turkey's policies on the 18-month-old Syrian conflict, the longest in a country affected by the Arab Spring. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

    http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio

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