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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. 203/12 19.10.12
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 Avci expresses gratitude to Erdogan for upgrading regime's status at ECOTurkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (19.10.12) reports that Turgay Avci, chairman of the Freedom and Reform Party (ORP), has described as "very important development" the fact that the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus had been accepted in the Organization of Economic Cooperation (ECO) with the observer status under the name "Cyprus Turkish State".
In a statement issued yesterday, Avci expressed his gratitude to the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for securing this development.
Avci expressed his sorrow for seeing during the past few days that some political parties and "marginal groups", as he called them, are "annoyed" from "TRNC's" close relations with "motherland" Turkey and from the support granted by the "motherland" to the Turkish Cypriots during their difficult days.
Avci condemned the "unjust and unfair" criticism of some party representatives and "marginal groups" against the Turkish EU Minister, Egemen Bagis, who has recently visited the occupied area of Cyprus and "expressed his endless support to the Turkish Cypriots". Avci argued that these circles, who are disturbed from Turkey's aid to the Turkish Cypriots, are a minority and their views are not supported by the "people".
 Cerkez argues that approval of EU's "Direct Trade Regulation" will close the economic difference between the two communitiesTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (19.10.12) reports that a delegation from the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce headed by its chairman, Gunay Cerkez, visited yesterday the French and Austrian Ambassadors to Lefkosia, Jean Luc Florent and Dr. Karl Muller respectively.
According to a statement issued by the Chamber, during their meetings, Cerkez argued that in case European Union's (EU) "Direct Trade Regulation" with the Turkish Cypriots was approved, it would help in "closing the differences between the two economies" and "reduce the cost of a possible solution that will be reached on the island". He claimed that the approval of this regulation is prevented for political reasons and argued that the EU should find alternative ways to close the economic difference between the occupied north and the government-controlled south area of the island, before the solution of the Cyprus problem.
Cerkez reiterated the Turkish allegation that the EU did not keep its promises to the Turkish Cypriots and noted that according to the results of the EuroBarometre, the trust of the Turkish Cypriots in the EU was decreased.
Cerkez wished success to both Ambassadors and briefed them in detail on the Chamber. He also wished for the trade [of the Turkish Cypriots] with the two countries, to be increased.
 The process for the privatization of illegal Tymvou airport has been launchedTurkish Cypriot daily Gunes (19.101.12) reports that after the approval by the so-called ministerial council of the tender for illegal Tymvou airport, the company which won the tender and gained the operating rights of the illegal Tymvou airport for 25 years, according to tender specifications, should establish in a period of 15 days, a new Company which should be based in the "TRNC" and should have at least the 10% of the shares. Afterwards, the above-mentioned company, should sign within the next 5 working days the tender specification agreement. As soon as the agreement is signed, the company which won the tender should give 5 million dollars as a guarantee and also should pay to the "state" the amount of 115 million Euro in advance. During the first four years, the company would not share its giro with the state, writes the paper.
Also, according to the paper, after the letting of contracts is signed, a handover commission will be established. The transferring of illegal Tymvou airport to the company called Tasyapi Terminal Company Ltd, should be completed in a period of one month.
According to the contract, the company which won the tender should extend and modernize the illegal Tymvou airport with an investment which costs 350 million Euro.
 Ertugrul Hasipoglu on the occupation regime's health sectorTurkish Cypriot daily Gunes (19.10.12) reports on statements by the so-called minister of health, Ertugrul Hasipoglu who in a press conference yesterday announced that they owe totally 13 trillion 145 billion 882 million TL to Turkey's health organizations.
Stating that the amount of 11.5 million TL has been allocated to the budget as a fund for treatments in the "country" and abroad, Hasipoglu said that this fund could not even cover their debts to Turkey. He added that they also have another debt to the "Near East Hospital".
Pointing out that only 6% of the "budget" goes to the health sector, Hasipoglu said that it is not possible with this allocation to offer successful services in the health sector. He also stressed that their goal for this year is to reach the international standards in the health assistance.
 Trash dumps again in occupied Lefkosia; Panic for epidemic diseasesUnder the title "Panic for diseases", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (19.10.12) reports that trash dumps have been created again in the occupied part of Lefkosia, because of the continuous strike of the employees in the "municipality", who for months could not be paid their salaries in time and their social insurance payments are not deposited. The strike is continuing in spite of the prohibitive decision taken by the self-styled council of ministers recently. Inhabitants of occupied Lefkosia express fears for epidemic diseases, while the employees ask for understanding saying that they are struggling for their rights.
In statements to Kibris, Savas Bozat, chairman of the trade union of the employees in the "municipality" (BES), said that the employees are living in very difficult conditions and they have lost their faith to the "state". He added: "We will continue our action. We have not received the decision of the council of ministers in writing".
He also said that their actions will be harder than the existing one and "shocking".
Meanwhile, BES stated that it would not allow to the so-called district office of occupied Lefkosia to hire a private company for collecting the garbage because this would be tantamount to "breaking the strike".
 Belgian Minister: EU to initiate visa exemption if Turkey signs readmission dealAnkara Anatolia (AA) news agency (18.10.12) reports that Belgium's vice premier and foreign minister Didier Reynders stated to AA that the European Union would initiate visa exemption procedure for Turks if Turkey signed a readmission agreement, which is considered critical for the Union to fight illegal migration.
Reynders said he was set to discuss the issue with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, expressing hope that progress would be made soon on the readmission agreement.
Last June, the EU authorized the European Commission to conduct visa exemption talks with Turkey, as Turkey and the Union later initialled the readmission agreement in Brussels.
 Turkish columnist writes that Turkey must find another scapegoat to blame after the end of Cyprus EU term PresidencyTurkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (19.10.12) publishes an article by Burak Bekdil, under the title "Did Sarkozy write the progress report?." Bekdil comments in his column on Ankara's reaction towards EU report for Turkey and notes that Turkey must find another scapegoat to blame for its deadlock with Brussels after the end of Cyprus EU term Presidency:
"[?] In Ankara, the EU is increasingly "passe" as evinced by a quiet competition among Mr Erdogan's men on how best to humiliate the Europeans. EU Minister Egemen Bagis was a frontrunner in two categories: disgracing disgraceful Europeans and local humour. [?]
Too bad, there is no longer a Nikolas Sarkozy around for the Turks to put all the blame on for failing to qualify for membership. Instead, the new scapegoat is 'that so-called mini state which in a so-called way happens to be the so-called term president of the [so-called?] EU.'
But time is running out, and Turkish diplomats must use their creative skills to find a new culprit, as the Irish are soon taking over from the Cypriots. Ah, with the notorious drunkards how could we have made any progress? Alternative explanations could include global warming (because it slowed down EU diplomats' comprehension of Turkish reforms), North Korean nuclear weapons (because they threatened EU's expansion) and the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party (just because they are anti-Turkish). [?]"
This column had (half) joked a year and a half ago, predicting the repercussions on EU accession of an easily-predictable election victory for the AKP in the June 2011 general elections:
'?the EU diplomats dealing with Turkey may have to find new jobs after elections in June. There is every reason to predict that the size of the European Commission representation in Ankara may gradually decline from its present 140 to half a dozen by the end of 2012. Parallel to that, the Secretariat-General for EU in Ankara may gradually metamorphose into the Secretariat-General for Middle Eastern Coal and Steel Affairs ('Turkey's EU-premise is Middle East Coal and Steel Community,' this column, March 2, 2011).'"
 Famous Turkish Composer in court for "insulting Islam"Under the above title, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (19.10.12) writes that amid protests of support, world-renowned Turkish piano virtuoso and composer Faz?l Say, yesterday attended the first hearing of his trial where he issued his defence as a written statement, claiming he was unable to stand long enough to give a verbal defence due to health reasons before the court was adjourned until Feb. 18.
Say faces charges of allegedly "publicly insulting people's religious beliefs" by sharing an Omar Khayyam quote through his Twitter account.
In his defence, Say said his Twitter account was not open to the public and only those requesting to follow him could see his Twitter posts. "Therefore I could not be accused of publicly insulting people's religious beliefs because I was expressing myself in my personal space. Those offended by my Twitter posts can do nothing but unfollow me," Say said.
Before adjourning, the court ruled the plaintiffs needed to prove they were personally following Say on Twitter the day he tweeted the controversial remarks. The court also freed the renowned composer from the obligation of attending upcoming hearings due to his heavy concert schedule.
The plaintiffs called for Say's sentence to be increased from nine months to 15 months based on Articles 216 and 218 in the Turkish Criminal Code.
The hearing began amid protests of support from fans, politicians and Say's artistic friends, including famed Turkish sculptor Mehmet Aksoy, whose "Statue of Humanity" was erected in the eastern province of Kars to promote peace and reconciliation between the Turks and Armenians and infamously demolished after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his distaste for it.
According to Dogan news agency, the court allowed only a limited number of accredited journalists into the building on the grounds there was a lack of space in the courtroom, resulting in a large crowd forming outside the courtroom. Omer Kavili, who chairs the Attorney Rights' Center of the Istanbul Bar Association, said the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor was responsible for assigning the case to such a small courtroom. "The purpose is clear. They want to slip the case off the public radar on the grounds there is not enough space to host people who want to see the trial. This is openly an irregularity of services on the part of Justice Ministry."
Say raised a storm on social media when he tweeted a couplet from Khayyam. "You say its rivers will flow in wine. Is the Garden of Eden a drinking house? You say you will give two hours to each Muslim. Is the Garden of Eden a whorehouse?" Say tweeted.
He also tweeted, "I don't know whether you have noticed or not but wherever there is a stupid person or a thief, they are believers in God. Is this a paradox?"
In its most recent 2012 progress report, the European Union, which Turkey aims to join, said it had "serious concerns" about Ankara's approach to freedom of expression, noting that Turkey's "reforms fall short of a significant improvement regarding freedom of expression." TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION