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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-09-14

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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. 179/12 14.9.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Gulden Plumer Kucuk: remains of missing persons have been found in military zones
  • [02] Political conflicts continue in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [03] Illegal Bayrak's director has been relieved of duties; So-called minister Atun submitted his resign
  • [04] BKP: The basic struggle is not early "elections", but freeing the Turkish Cypriots and reaching a federal solution by getting rid of Ankara's yoke
  • [05] Erdogan reportedly supports Kucuk in the UBP congress
  • [06] CTP leader Yorgancioglu accused AKP of taking step to build a conservative society in occupied Cyprus
  • [07] Bagis to pay an illegal visit to the breakaway regime
  • [08] Occupied Lefka "municipality" became sister city with the Turkish municipality of Silifke
  • [09] Survey shows AKP first in preference of Turkish citizens
  • [10] UN's FAO is planning to establish a regional office in Istanbul
  • [11] UK supporting Turkey's EU accession from beginning, says British diplomat
  • [12] Protection for gay rights vetoed by AKP

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Gulden Plumer Kucuk: remains of missing persons have been found in military zones

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (14.09.12) reports that Gulden Plumer Kucuk, Turkish Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons, stated yesterday that excavations for finding missing persons have been carried out in 16 points in military zones in the occupied area of Cyprus and that remains of missing persons were found in many places.

    Responding to questions of illegal TAK news agency, Kucuk said that their priority was to complete the excavations in non-military zones and after that to start in military zones, but as a result of what she described as "good relations" with the military authorities, they carried out excavations in 16 points in military zones, in spite of the fact that excavations in non-military zones continued.

    "According to the list we have in our hands, there are more than 200 places that should be excavated', she noted and added that this number changes because they receive information every day from eye witnesses. "Have all the works in non-military zones ended and only the military zones remained", she wondered.

    Commenting on information published in the Greek Cypriot press that the biggest grave with missing persons had been found in the area of occupied Hamit Mandres village, Kucuk argued that this is "definitely wrong" and added that the biggest grave with missing persons was in occupied Aloa, Maratha and Sandalaris villages, where the remains of 126 persons had been found. She added that the second biggest grave had been found in Tohni area with 84 remains and the third biggest grave in occupied Ashia village with the remains of around 80 Greek Cypriots. She said that the remains of only 10 persons were found in Hamit Mandres.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Political conflicts continue in the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (14.09.12) reports that Mehmet Cakici, chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP) has accused self-styled prime minister, Irsen Kucuk of making a turn of 180 degrees by stating that no early "elections" will be held in the occupied area of Cyprus before 2014, and recalled that Kucuk had stated that the National Unity Party was the most prepared party for "elections".

    In a written statement issued yesterday, Cakici said Kucuk was afraid of early "elections". Commenting on Kucuk's statement that the call of the opposition parties for early "elections" was not convincing, Cakici challenged Kucuk to announce early "elections" in order "to see who is sincere and who is not sincere".

    Cakici argued that the UBP "government" made the people poorer, lead all sectors to bankruptcy and caused protest activities by all organizations. He expressed the view that the UBP does not enjoy enough support and tries to "survive" by transferring "MPs". He argued that the UBP refrains from holding early "elections" because it is afraid of the anger of the "people".

    Meanwhile, according to Kibris, Mehmet Ozkardas, chairman of so-called public servants trade union, has expressed his full support to the three opposition parties, which cooperate for early "elections", for the change of the "elections'' system and for "paving the way of the people".

    Ozkardas sent a letter to TDP chairman Mehmet Cakici criticizing the UBP self-styled government and accusing it of not keeping the promises it had given before coming to "power".

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Illegal Bayrak's director has been relieved of duties; So-called minister Atun submitted his resign

    Under the above title, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (14.09.12) reports that the so-called ministerial council approved yesterday the recommending proposal of the "administration board" of the illegal Bayrak radio and television for relieving Ozer Kanli, "director" of illegal BRT.

    As the paper writes, the so-called council of ministers convened yesterday after the demand of the so-called prime minister Irsen Kucuk and approved the relieving of Kanli.

    The paper writes that the so-called minister of council will wait the next day for the illegal Bayrak's administration board to propose a person that will replace Kanli on his duties.

    Meanwhile, the same paper reports also that the so-called minister of economy, Sunat Atun has submitted his letter of resign yesterday to the so-called prime minister Irsen Kucuk. Prior, Atun submitted the economic program to the "cabinet" and then he said that the reason his is resigning is because he will be candidate for the district of occupied Morfou during the UBP' congress.

    Commenting on Atun's resignation , Kucuk said that he rejected his resignation, and added that he will meet with Atun today and ask him to continue his duties.

    Commenting on his decision, Atun said that he did what it was necessary to do in order to avoid the reactions inside the UBP.

    (AK)

    [04] BKP: The basic struggle is not early "elections", but freeing the Turkish Cypriots and reaching a federal solution by getting rid of Ankara's yoke

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (14.09.12) reports that the United Cyprus Party (BKP) has said that degrading their struggle only into early "elections" and becoming "government" in the occupied area of Cyprus is tantamount to deceiving the community.

    In a written statement issued yesterday, BKP's organizational secretary, Abdullah Korkmazhan noted that the basic struggle was "freeing the Turkish Cypriots and reaching an early federal solution by getting rid of the militarist regime and the yoke of Ankara in the northern part of Cyprus".

    Noting that political parties have degraded the communal struggle into overturning the National Unity Party (UBP) self-styled government and taking its place, Korkmazhan argued that the collaborationist, as he called it, UBP "government" is a continuation of the collaborationist "governments" of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), Democratic Party (DP) and Social Democracy Party (TDP).

    "Every one of them has step by step implemented economic and political [decisions] enforced by Ankara", he said.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Erdogan reportedly supports Kucuk in the UBP congress

    Under the title "The congress in the media of Turkey", Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (14.09.12) reports that Huseyin Kocabiyik, columnist of Turkish Yeni Asir newspaper shared in his column two articles regarding the developments in the occupied area of Cyprus and the congress of the National Unity Party (UBP).

    Kocabiyik argues that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan supports self-styled prime minister, Irsen Kucuk. Kocabiyik strongly criticizes the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu whom he accuses of interfering too much in the congress. He argues that Eroglu "wears out for no reason" the post of the "president" by turning it into a part of the debates within the UBP.

    The Turkish journalist refers to self-styled prime minister Kucuk's "Great UBP Project" and argues that the return of Turgay Avci and Tahsin Ertugruloglu to the party should be considered definite. [Translator's note: Avci is the chairman of Freedom and Reform Party and Ertugruloglu the chairman of Trust and Democracy Party. They both established their parties after abandoning the UBP.]

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] CTP leader Yorgancioglu accused AKP of taking step to build a conservative society in occupied Cyprus

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (14.09.12) publishes statements by Ozkan Yorgancioglu, the chairman of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) who accused Turkey's ruling party (AKP) for taking steps to build a more conservative society in northern Cyprus. Yorgancioglu also accused the self-styled officials of the "government" of the occupation regime of turning a blind eye to such efforts in order to keep their seats.

    "[The Turkish government] is making efforts to introduce its conservative influence in northern Cyprus. Divinity schools have been opened in northern Cyprus, which is unprecedented, although our legislation does not allow such schools. Our government is turning a blind eye to these developments for the sake of remaining in their posts. This situation sparks fury among the Turkish Cypriots," Yorgancioglu, told the Hurriyet Daily News.

    The paper writes that first Divinity College in the breakaway regime will begin its educational program this school year, following the opening of a divinity faculty at the illegal Near East University in the 2011-2012 school year. Critics in occupied Cyprus have spoken out against the introduction of divinity schools, relating the development to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks in which he vowed to "raise a pious generation."

    "The ruling National Unity Party (UBP) is tied to Turkish government's apron strings at the moment", Yorgancioglu, said.

    "The UBP is incapable of taking a firm stand on the impositions the AKP is making. Thus, the Turkish government has had the chance to do whatever it wants without objection from the Northern Cypriot administration. But we cannot accept this situation," he said.

    The CTP leader also elaborated on the option of annexing the occupied area of Cyprus to Turkey. "There is no legal basis for annexation," Yorgancioglu said, "But they can create a de facto annexation."

    [07] Bagis to pay an illegal visit to the breakaway regime

    Under the title: "Bagis is coming!", Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (14.09.12) reports that Egemen Bagis, Turkey's Minister for EU Affairs and chief negotiator of Turkey in accession talks with the European Union, will illegally visit the breakaway regime in order to participate in a conference organized by the illegal Lefka European University.

    The paper, which does not specified the exact date of Bagis' visit, writes that the former Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fatih Rustu Zorlu, will also participate in the same conference.

    [08] Occupied Lefka "municipality" became sister city with the Turkish municipality of Silifke

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (14.09.12) reports that the occupied Lefka "municipality" became sister city with the Turkish municipality of Silifke.

    According to the paper, a protocol for the sisterhood was signed yesterday in the breakaway regime. The protocol was signed between the self-styled minister of interior Nazim Cavusoglu, the "Lefka mayor" Mehmet Zafer and the Mayor of Silifke Bayram Ali Ongel.

    [09] Survey shows AKP first in preference of Turkish citizens

    Turkish daily Star newspaper (09.09.12) publishes a survey conducted by the Consensus Research and Consulting Company's survey for the Turkish daily Haberturk Gazetesi.

    According to the survey, replying to the question "Who would you vote for if general elections were held on Sunday?", 53.7% of the citizens said "AKP" [Justice and Development Party] and 23.8% said "CHP" [Republican People's Party].

    The survey was conducted in 81 provinces of Turkey in urban and rural areas with a sample of 1.500 persons, over 18 years old, between 24 August - 6 September 2012.

    According to the survey, the most popular leader is the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan with 44.5%, followed by Mustafa Sarigul, Mayor of Istanbul's Sisli District with 29.3% and CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu with 23.4%.

    [10] UN's FAO is planning to establish a regional office in Istanbul

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (14.09.12) reports that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is planning to establish a regional office in Istanbul in order to allow Turkey to become a "donor country" in the region, its director-general, Jose Graziano da Silva, said in Istanbul.

    "We need a coordinated G20 response to the food price rises. (?) Opening an office in Turkey will also allow us to expand our economic cooperation in the region, however it is up to Turkey to decide it," Da Silva told Hurriyet Daily News on the sidelines of a meeting held in Istanbul by the FAO and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Along with Da Silva, Food and Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker and EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti attended the conference, titled "Private Sector for Food Security," in Istanbul.

    The FAO had met with Turkish Food and Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker to discuss improving the relationship between FAO and Turkey, Da Silva said. "Our plan is to establish an office in Istanbul and have more people working within the organization."

    [11] UK supporting Turkey's EU accession from beginning, says British diplomat

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (13.09.12) reports that the director of the European and Global Issues Secretariat at the UK's Cabinet Office, Angus Lapsey has said that United Kingdom has been supporting Turkey's accession to European Union (EU) from the beginning.

    Lapsey delivered a speech on Thursday at the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) in terms of future of the union and Turkey-EU relations, in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

    Lapsey stated that union countries have been facing heavy economic crisis for a while, and it would not be finished as quickly as people thought. He said that the economic slowdown in the union not only causes an economic downturn in Britain, it also causes problems in whole union countries.

    In terms of Turkey's membership to EU, Lapsey stated that his country has been supporting and will continue to support Turkey's accession.

    Stating that Turkey and Britain had several relations on commercial and political issues, the two countries also tackled issues such as Syria, fighting against terrorism and Iran, Lapsey indicated.

    [12] Protection for gay rights vetoed by AKP

    Under the above title, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (14.09.12) reports that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has vetoed a proposal jointly introduced by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) that would bring in constitutional protection for gay rights, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has proposed an alternative clause upon the AKP's refusal.

    "It is the duty of a state to eliminate practices and legal rules which stem from cultural or societal prejudices which are based on the supremacy of a gender," the proposal introduced by the CHP and the BDP on September 11 said.

    The proposal was introduced during debates on the principle of equality as part of the ongoing meetings on drafting of the "Fundamental Rights and Freedoms" chapter of the Constitution by the Parliament Constitution Reconciliation Commission.

    CHP's Izmir deputy R?za Turmen and the BDP's Diyarbakir deputy Altan Tan asked for constitutional protection of gay rights along with the inclusion of notions of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," within the article covering protection equality among people.

    "We don't find it right to have an expression concerning gays in any part of the constitution," the AKP's Istanbul deputy Mustafa Sentop was quoted as saying in response to the proposal.

    Sentop also argued that the AKP is against the inclusion of such notions both within the Constitution and within the international agreements. The MHP then proposed having an article that said "Nobody can be subject to discrimination no matter what the reason is," with the same party's Konya deputy Faruk Bal suggested that such an article would "cover everybody."

    While the articles covering "equality and children rights" were being debated, the BDP proposed a notion that guaranteed "every child's use of his or her own language."

    The BDP also asked for the inclusion of this notion as "every child has the right to use his or her own culture and to use his or her own language," within the draft. However, deputies from the three other parties represented at the commission have objected to the BDP's proposal.

    The proposal was eventually rejected outright and not included within the draft. The only matter on which deputies from all four parties represented in the commission agreed upon during the September 10 meeting, was "constitutional protection for atheists." TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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