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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. 187/12 26.9.12
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 Eroglu's contacts in New YorkTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris (26.09.12) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu who is in New York within the framework of the 67th UN General Assembly, after his meeting with the Prime Minister of Kuwait, he also had a separate meeting with the Prime Minister of Somalia Abdiweli Mohammed Ali.
Eroglu's meeting with the Prime Minister of Somalia took place at the "Representation office of the TRNC" in New York and lasted 45 minutes, writes the paper.
According to the paper, in statements to illegal BRT and TAK after the meetings, Eroglu said that it was the first time he was meeting with the Prime Minister of Kuwait and Somalia and added that he informed them on the Cyprus problem and the negotiation process in Cyprus. Eroglu further said to the two leaders that the "TRNC" is a "state" which continues its struggle for the solution of the Cyprus problem. He then asked for their support in the removal of the "unjust embargoes" imposed on the Turkish Cypriots.
Reminding of the fact the "TRNC" is an observer member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Eroglu said that during his meeting with the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, he asked for his support towards the issue of the implementation of the OIC's decisions related to the "TRNC". Eroglu said further that he discussed with the Kuwaiti Prime Minister the steps that should be taken to develop commercial relations with Kuwait, particularly in the field of tourism.
Also, referring to his meeting with the Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali, Eroglu said that he informed the Somali Prime Minister on the Cyprus problem and the negotiation process.
He went and alleged that the Turkish Cypriot side was always ready to reach an agreement on the island on the basis of UN parameters.
Eroglu stated further that he asked for both leaders support towards the issue of opening "representation offices" of the "TRNC", or trade attache offices to Somalia or to other Islamic countries, like they have in Kuwait.
Meanwhile, according to Kibris, Eroglu also met yesterday with the President of the Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. According to the paper, a Greek Cypriot diplomat was caught trying to overhear the meeting.
 Davutoglu met Ban and alleged that the Turkish side is not responsible for the negotiations' deadlockIllegal Bayrak television 925.09.12) reports that the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has met with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York within the scope of the 67th term meetings of the United Nations in New York.
According to Bayrak, during the meeting Davutoglu informed the UN Secretary General as about the progress on the Cyprus' talks and alleged that the Turkish side is not responsible for the negotiations' deadlock.
Davutoglu alleged that the Turkish Cypriot side has always been in favor of a solution in Cyprus and claimed that new proposals put forward by the Turkish Cypriot side during the negotiations process have not been evaluated in detail.
It's been reported that the UN Secretary General, expressed the view that it was highly unlikely any action would take place in the negotiations process before the upcoming elections in the Republic of Cyprus in 2013.
In addition, as Ankara Anatolia reports, Davutoglu also met with the Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby, the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Romania's Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean and other officials.
 Turkey' Deputy Prime Minister Atalay due to the occupation regimeUnder the title: "Atalay is coming to DAU", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (26.09.12) reports that Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay is to pay an illegal visit to the occupied area of Cyprus tomorrow, in order to attend the inauguration ceremony of the illegal Eastern Mediterranean University for the beginning of the new academic year (2012-2012).
As it was announced, Atalay will also present the first lesson of the year to the illegal University.
 So-called minister Atun carried out contacts in Turkey; he met with Turkey's Minister of EconomyTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris (29.09.12) reports that the so-called minister of economy and energy, Sunat Atun participated to the "3rd Economy Summit" which took place in Istanbul and also held a bilateral meeting with Turkey's Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan.
According to information acquired by the so-called ministry, Atun was expected to give a speech last night during the closing day of the summit.
Among the participants were also Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister, Ali Babacan, the Chief Director of HSBC, CEO Brian Robertson, the Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Muhamned Baasiri and other.
The issues discussed during the summit were related to finance, the banking sector, investments and stock exchange.
 Self-styled minister of public works said that they expect 350-million euro investments to take place in illegal Tympou airportIllegal Bayrak television 925.09.12) reports that the self-styled minister of public works and communication Hamza Ersan Saner held a press conference "on accomplishments and work carried out by his ministry over the past two years".
The self-styled prime minister Kucuk and "minister" of finance Ersin Tatar were also present at the meeting.
Ersan Saner gave a detailed report on the work carried out during his 28 months in "office".
"A number of projects were brought to life between 2010-2012. Services provided by all departments operating under the ministry of public works and communication improved during this period" he said.
He also said that an international contest for the monument project for the late Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas "was one of the most important works carried out by the department of planning and construction".
In addition, Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan (26.09.12) reports that Saner stated that tomorrow is the last day for the submission of tenders for the illegal Tympou airport. Saner stated that they expect 350-million Euro investments to take place at the illegal airport.
 BKP expressed its reaction against the British sovereign bases in CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (26.09.12) reports that the United Cyprus Party (BKP) expressed its reaction against British bases in Cyprus
According to the paper, BKP's foreign affairs secretary Salih Rustu stated that Cyprus is in danger of having a war breaking up due to the existence of the British sovereign base in the island, as a result of the various developments taking place in Middle East, especially Syria. Therefore he said, the struggle must continue so that the island will be cleared of the British bases.
 Maronites met with Eroglu asking to return to their villageTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (26.09.12) writes that the Maronites of occupied Asomatos and of occupied Ayia Marina villages "are getting ready to return to their villages".
The paper writes that in the previous days, a group of Maronites from Ayia Marina visited the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu and conveyed to him their wish to return to the two villages that they abandoned in 1974. The paper writes that nowadays only one Maronite lives in Asomatos while in Ayia Marina lives no one.
 CTP to change its executive committeeIllegal Bayrak television (25.09.12) broadcast that the main opposition Republican Turkish Party's Assembly (CTP) has decided to form a new central executive committee.
The CTP Party Assembly took the decision to change members of its executive committee for the exception of the party leader Ozkan Yorganc?oglu and Party Secretary General As?m Akansoy.
Commenting on the decision, the CTP leader Ozkan Yorganc?oglu said that the move was a merely a change of duty within the party.
The Party Assembly will convene on Thursday, the 27th of September to determine a new central executive committee.
 Allegations that UBP's "MP" Aslanbaba is involved in an illegal case of granting the occupation regime's citizenship to Turkish settlersTurkish Cypriot daily Havadis (26.09.12) reports that the so-called police arrested yesterday at illegal Ercan airport a person named Hasan Vahip, owner of a Consultancy office "Ilk durak" in occupied Famagusta.
As the paper writes, the above mentioned office was granting with a payable fee to Turkish settlers who were living to the occupied areas of Cyprus, the "TRNC citizenship".
As the paper writes, this case came into light by two brothers named Karakas who went to the above office and in spite of the fact that they pay in order to take the "TRNC citizenship", the office did not gave them the "citizenship". The two brothers complaint to the so-called police and stated further they were sent to the above mentioned office by Ejder Aslanbaba, "MP" with the National Unity Party (UBP) at occupied Trikomo area, who was also present when they paid the money.
 The breakaway regime will participate in the San Marino Bocce Championship under the name Turkey Cyprus and using its "flag"Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (26.09.12) reports that the "TRNC Bocce national team" of the breakaway regime will participate in the Bocce championship which will take place in San Marino between 27-30 of September.
Speaking to the paper, the chairman of the "Sport for everyone federation", Hasan Senin, which is organizing the "bocce league" in the occupied area of Cyprus, stated that the "TRNC Bocce national team" will represent Cyprus in San Marino and will use the "TRNC flag" during the games under the dame "Turkey Cyprus".
According to Afrika, the following countries will participate in the championship: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, San Marino, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovakia, Austria, Russia, Check Republic, Holland and France.
 Turkish General Staff Statement Comments on "Sledgehammer" VerdictThe Ankara Office of the Chief of the General Staff (www.tsk.tr) issued a statement on 25 September 2012 in which comments on the "Sledgehammer" Verdict. The statement is as follows:
"1. The 10th Criminal Court of Istanbul has convicted 324 active service and retired TSK [Turkish Armed Forces] personnel in the case known in public as the "Sledgehammer Trial."
2. The investigations and prosecutions of TSK members have been closely monitored but patience, fortitude, equanimity, and common sense have been exercised to avoid any misunderstandings and out of consideration for the welfare of the Turkish Republic, the virtues of being a state of law, and our responsibilities to our great nation.
3. We feel deeply and share the distress felt by our comrades-in-arms, with whom we have served for many years, and their families.
4. As a requirement of its respect for the supremacy of the law, the TSK remains confident, as it has done in the past and will do in the future, that this trial will end with a final verdict that is consistent with justice within the framework of the principle of a fair trial."
 Majority of Turks favour Gul for president over ErdoganUnder the above title Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (26.09.12) reports that more than half of Turkish citizens want to see incumbent president to run again and majority of people favor Abdullah Gul over the prime minister, according to a MetroPOLL survey conducted in September.
The MetroPOLL survey also included questions about the presidential elections in 2014, the first elections in which the people will directly elect a president, as opposed to the previous system where the president was voted in by Parliament.
Thus far, nearly all presidential elections in Turkey have caused political crises. The candidacy of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential race is a likely possibility. Abdullah Gul, the president, can also run for the post a second time, made clear by a ruling of the Constitutional Court in August. Gul having a second chance to run for the presidency is bound to have a strong influence on Turkish politics.
Sixty percent of the respondents said they wanted Gul to run again, while 33% said they were against his candidacy. In response to the question "Who should be the president in 2014?" 21% said Gul while 18% responded Erdogan. The researchers noted that the discrepancy between the percent age of those who support Gul's candidacy (60%) and those who will actually vote for him (21%) indicates that some segments in society see Gul as a candidate who might balance out Erdogan, and will vote tactically for another candidate. This is further confirmed by responses from respondents who traditionally vote for the Republican People's Party (CHP) to the question of who they would choose if they had to choose between Erdogan and Gul. Only 5% said they would prefer Erdogan while 48% responded Gul.
At any rate, the survey has made it clear that the presidential race will mainly take place between Gul and Erdogan. However, the researchers added, "This possibility [of having both Gul and Erdogan as candidates] is diminished by the fact that both candidates are based on the AK Party parliamentary group and the party's voter base."
However, the question "Who would you choose if you had to choose between Abdullah Gul and [Recep] Tayyip Erdogan?" was still included in the survey. 51 percent responded Gul to this question, with those choosing Erdogan at 23%.
Fifty-eight percent of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) voters said Gul to the same question, with 7% saying they would vote for Erdogan. Fifty-two percent of AK Party voters also preferred Gul over Erdogan, while 39% said they would like to see Erdogan as president. The researchers noted that this was a difficult choice to understand, given the charismatic power Erdogan wields over the party and the voters. The researchers concluded that respect for Gul among the party's voter base and satisfaction with his performance in the presidential office, are the factors behind the majority supporting Gul's presidency. Another concern might be, the researchers argued, the situation of the AK Party, which will lose Erdogan's leadership if he is elected president. They also speculated that the general perception that the presidency represents "the state," while the prime ministry represents "the people," might also have played a role in the tendency of more AK Party voters to favor Gul's presidency over Erdogan.
The survey found strong resentment against the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) due to the lack of transparency this institution has displaced. Fifty-nine percent of the respondents said they were not convinced that the bombing of 34 civilians in the Southeast, the downing of a Turkish jet in Syria and an arsenal depot explosion in Afyon that killed 25 soldiers were investigated thoroughly by the TSK. Only 25% said they were satisfied with the military's follow-up on these three tragedies.
Ahead of the 2011 general elections, all political parties and candidates promised voters that a new and more democratic constitution would be drafted and then adopted. Work on drafting the text of the new constitution has been slow, but the MetroPOLL survey found that 56% of voters are still hopeful about the adoption of a new constitution for Turkey, which should be understood, according to the researchers, as a demand from the people. Only 26% said they did not believe the current Parliament would be able to pass a new constitution. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION