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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-09-04

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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. 171/12 4.9.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Statement by Helene Flautre to Hurriyet
  • [02] CTP is reportedly satisfied with the results of the 24th Congress of Socialist International
  • [03] Tatar says 40 thousand foreigners work in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [04] Turkish Cypriot NGO's carry out a protest action to support Asil Nadir
  • [05] New allegations in Ergenekon case regarding Cyprus
  • [06] Galatasaray Football Club has been granted 150 thousand square meters of land in occupied Karpasia Peninsula
  • [07] More worries by the British who illegally bought houses from "Kulaksiz 5" estates in occupied Cyprus
  • [08] Another PKK attack killed 10 Turkish officials in the south-eastern provinces of Sirnak
  • [09] CIA chief met with MIT's head
  • [10] Turkey to buy two planes in second F-35 shipment

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Statement by Helene Flautre to Hurriyet

    Under the title: "Flautre's words are in favour of Ankara as well", Turkish daily Hurriyet (04.09.12) publishes a report by journalist Zeynel Lule, who reports on statements by Helene Flaurte, co-chairwoman of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee and chairwoman of the European Parliament's Green Party.

    Lule writes that Flautre has confirmed to the paper some aspects of the report published by Hurriyet which were related to Nikos Anastasiades' interview to Hurriyet.

    According to Hurriyet, the EU Representative made the following evaluation to the paper:

    "Direct Trade should be launched: The EU should launch direct trade with the TRNC immediately. The sides in the island should be active for developing the confidence between them. This implementation will possibly make the "north" to be more independent from Turkey and also it will ease more the solution.

    The two TRNC officials to be observers at the EP: The EP should immediately give to the two TRNC deputies the 'observer status' at the EP, and should recognize their authority to participate to EP's meetings. The EP should gather up with intellectuals from both sides.

    She found Christofias strange: Flautre has pointed out the need for the 'citizenship' to be given to the Turks who are living in the TRNC for at least 10 years.

    The EU representative has stated that during her meeting with the "Greek Cypriot leader" Demetris Christofias, she 'found it strange' that Christofias is taking a stand not as the 'President of the EU' but as the leader of Cyprus, and she also used the following expression: 'I asked him about the economic crisis in the EU, and he said to me, we will see. I am interested more about the Cyprus problem, he said'".

    (AK)

    [02] CTP is reportedly satisfied with the results of the 24th Congress of Socialist International

    Under the title "CTP returned satisfied", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (04.09.12) reports that a paragraph regarding Cyprus was included in the final decision of the 24th Congress of Socialist International which has been held in Cape Town. The delegation of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), which has reportedly achieved the inclusion of the paragraph for Cyprus, returned to the occupied area of the island yesterday expressing its satisfaction.

    According to a written statement issued by the press office of the party, the common view that productive approaches should be exhibited in the negotiating process and pressure should be exerted on the community leaders was included in the decision. The chairman of the CTP, Ozkan Yorgancioglu, its foreign relations secretary, Ozdil Nami and the secretary for the public relations and human resources, Erkut Sahali briefed the participants in the Congress on the Cyprus problem and the political developments in Cyprus.

    In statements at the illegal Tymvou airport after their return from Cape Town, Yorgancioglu said that they had emphasized on the possibility of the commencement of a new negotiating process after the presidential elections in the Republic of Cyprus. "We have stressed with emphasis that the Turkish Cypriot people have no strength to endure a new failure", he said adding that they asked from the parties which they had met to encourage the leaders for a solution.

    The paper says that this is the first time which the CTP participated in a congress since it became a member of the Socialist International in 2009.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Tatar says 40 thousand foreigners work in the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (04.09.12) reports that Ersin Tatar, self-styled minister of finance of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus, has said that the economy of the regime is continuously being strengthened, because of Turkey's support and the measures taken by his so-called government.

    "The economy is not bad, there are no hungry people", noted Tatar yesterday in statements to illegal Bayrak television.

    He also said that around 40 thousand foreign workers are currently employed in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    Referring to the claims that a salary increase of 250 Turkish liras will be given to the "civil servants", Tatar noted that this was not possible and added that the increase will be determined according to the possibilities of the "budget". He noted that the tender for illegal Tymvou airport has been postponed for the end of September.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (04.09.12) reports that the air traffic controllers at the illegal airport in Tymvou will go on a 12-hour strike on 15 September after the negotiations of their trade union with the "government" had come to deadlock. The trade union wants their rights and working conditions to reach the world standards. Trade union officials accused the "government" of deliberately leading the negotiations to deadlock by not giving promotions and salary increases.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Turkish Cypriot NGO's carry out a protest action to support Asil Nadir

    According to Illegal Bayrak television (03.09.12) various organizations in the "TRNC" have held a protest action in support of the Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by London's Old Bailey.

    11 organizations in the TRNC held a protest action yesterday morning to demand for a fair trial for Asil Nadir.

    Representatives from the organizations who support the action presented a letter to the British High Commissioner and the UN Peace Force in Cyprus demanding a fair trial for Asil Nadir.

    Some Trade Unions and NGO's also gave support to the protest action.

    On the same issue, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (04.09.12) reports that a demonstration was held in occupied Nicosia by numerous Turkish Cypriot non-governmental organizations in support of Asil Nadir, a Turkish Cypriot tycoon who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison in Britain on charges of stealing millions from his collapsed businesses.

    The demonstrators included the so-called parliamentary speaker Hasan Bozer, the so-called finance minister Ersin Tatar as well as other politicians, mayors and citizens.

    The chairman of "stockbreeders union" Mustafa Naimogullar? and the chairman of the "Turkish Cypriot farmers union", Ali Can Kabakc? both said in speeches at the rally, that they were against the "unfair trail process" of Nadir and the sanctions launched on the Turkish Cypriots.

    "This sentence in fact targets Turkish Cypriots," said Naimogullar?.

    "Whatever happened to Nadir was a small game, the real big game is played on Turkish Cypriots, but it will yield no results," said Kabakc?.

    Kabakc? and Naimogullar? sent the same letter to the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, claiming that the Greek Cypriot lobby was behind the collapse of Polly Peck, the giant company run by Nadir.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (04.09.12) reports on the protest organized yesterday and writes that approximately 150 participants marched yesterday in front of the British embassy in order to express their support to the Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir.

    Also, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis (04.09.12) reports that the number of the protesters was 200 people. On the other hand, Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (04.09.12) covers the issue in its front page, under the title: "The interest for the supporting protest for Asil Nadir was not the expected one".

    The paper writes that the protesters were holding placards writing several slogans in favour of Nadir such as: "Asil Nadir, the Turkish Cypriots are with you", "Great Britain don't be bias!, Be just, be fair and free Nadir", "We want justice from the UK", "Turkish Cypriots are saying enough to inhuman embargoes", and other.

    (AK )

    [05] New allegations in Ergenekon case regarding Cyprus

    Under the title "Shocking allegation in 'Ergenekon' regarding Cyprus", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibrisli newspaper (04.09.12) reports that a witness with the initials M.A in the hearing of Ergenekon case at 13th Istanbul Criminal Court, has alleged that during the occupation of Kuwait, Iraqi commanders had transferred money from Kuwait's Central Bank to a military warehouse in the occupied area of Cyprus. The witness said that, as he has heard, the transfer was supervised by retired general Aytac Yalman and retired lieutenant general Veli Kucuk.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] Galatasaray Football Club has been granted 150 thousand square meters of land in occupied Karpasia Peninsula

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (04.09.12) reports that the self-styled government of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus has granted to Turkish Galatasaray Football Club 150 donums [Translator's note: a land measure of 1000 square meters] of land by the sea in the occupied Karpasia Peninsula.

    The paper writes that the bureaucratic procedure regarding the project of Galatasaray in the occupied area of Cyprus is about to be completed. On this land the club is planning to build a Resort Hotel, swimming pools, camping sites, a football field having the FIFA dimensions and training fields.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] More worries by the British who illegally bought houses from "Kulaksiz 5" estates in occupied Cyprus

    Under the title: "The anxiety is very big", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (04.09.12) reports that the British who have illegally bought houses from "Kulaksiz 5" housing complex in occupied Vasilia village, are really disappointed and have a lot of worries for the fact that their houses were put up for sale the previous week.

    Bob French, their spokesperson, in statements on the issue, expressed their disappointment for this development and wondered how their houses are going to be sold since there are no title deeds.

    (AK )

    [08] Another PKK attack killed 10 Turkish officials in the south-eastern provinces of Sirnak

    According to Turkish daily Today's Zaman (04.09.12), ten Turkish security officials, including soldiers and policemen, were killed in clashes with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Sunday when the terrorist group attacked police and military outposts in the south-eastern province of S?rnak, which borders northern Iraq.

    Seven other members of the security services were wounded in the fighting. Clashes between Turkish security forces and the terrorist PKK were still ongoing, Turkish authorities announced on Monday. Authorities also said that four of the injured are reportedly in critical condition.

    The simultaneous attacks came late on Sunday in S?rnak's Beytussebap district from four different spots targeting several security locations with rocket launchers and long-range weapons. A clash ensued after security forces responded to the attacks. At least 20 PKK terrorists were killed in the clash.

    (?)

    The bodies of the soldiers and policemen killed in Beytussebap were initially taken to the province of Diyarbak?r via helicopters for an autopsy and then sent to their hometowns. Sources said the fallen soldiers and policemen will be laid to rest after funeral services on Tuesday.

    President Abdullah Gul issued a written statement denouncing the attacks. He said all of Turkey was deeply shocked by the attacks. "Whoever made us experience such sorrow will definitely be called to account," read his message.

    Also, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Monday to keep fighting against the terrorist organization with determination in a letter he sent to Chief of General Staff Necdet Ozel to express his condolences and said Turkey won't allow the terrorist organization he described as "pawn of international dark circles" to reach to their goals.

    [09] CIA chief met with MIT's head

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (04.09.12) reports that David Petraeus, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, staged an unscheduled tete-a-tete meeting with his Turkish counterpart on September 2 in Istanbul, during which they discussed the Syrian crisis and the Arab republic's possible transition process.

    Petraeus was expected to leave Turkey yesterday, one day after arriving. Ankara was tight-lipped concerning Petraeus' visit to Istanbul, with both Foreign Ministry officials and Prime Ministry officials giving identical answers: "We do not have such information [about the trip]."

    The visit to National Intelligence Organization (MIT) head Hakan Fidan, was the second unannounced visit by the CIA chief to Turkey in the last six months. In March, Petraeus paid an unannounced two-day visit to Ankara to discuss the deepening instability in Syria, the joint fight against terrorism and closer cooperation on pressing regional issues "in the coming months."

    The issue of a transitional process in Syria was raised in the "operational planning" meeting between Turkish and the U.S. delegations late last month in Istanbul. The aim of the meeting was to coordinate ongoing efforts to extend humanitarian aid to Syrians and to produce a common road map to shape a possible post-Baathist era. The meetings also raised the issue of the need for a smooth transition in Syria to avoid chaos in the country in the event that President Bashar al-Assad's government collapses.

    [10] Turkey to buy two planes in second F-35 shipment

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (04.09.12) reports that a senior procurement official said over the weekend that Turkey will likely order a second pair of the jointly-made, next-generation, stealth fighter F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II aircraft, as it did earlier this year following the production of the first two.

    Led by the U.S.-based company, Lockheed Martin, the F-35 consortium also includes companies from Turkey, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Norway and Denmark contributing to the plane's production. This year Japan and Israel joined the list of countries seeking to acquire the F-35.

    To be able to start the delivery of the JSF fighters in the year 2015, Turkey had to specify a figure it would buy as a first batch, in its first Defense Industry Executive Committee on January 5, 2012. Despite an expected figure of six, Turkey initially ordered only two aircraft. "We are expected to decide on the figure as two, as was the case before the January 5 meeting. But the committee needs to confirm this figure at its next meeting," said the senior procurement official.

    Committee members include Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Defense Minister I-Ismet Y?lmaz, Chief of General Staff. General Necdet Ozel and Turkish Procurement Chief Murad Bayar.

    In 2006, the United States warned that excessive concurrency in F-35 production and testing might result in expensive refits for several hundred aircraft planned to be produced before the completion of tests, bringing the unit price to over $150 million.

    "We are planning to use funds from our Defense Industry Support Fund for the first four aircraft. Two are set for delivery in 2015, and another two for 2016," the procurement official said. "Later, we will be expecting the creation of a special fund to finance the rest of the program."

    Turkey is expected to buy around 100 F-35s, although the figure may rise up to 120. The Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI, and several other Turkish companies have grabbed contracts to produce more-than-$5 billion worth of the aircraft's parts.

    Despite its huge price tag, the F-35 is considered to be a cheaper option than its contemporary solutions.

    After 2020, Turkey is also planning to design, develop and produce another fighter plane to close the JSF' s deficiencies either by itself, or through its other, most likely with South Korea. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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