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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-11-09

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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. 218/12 9.11.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] More on the crisis in occupied Lefkosia municipality
  • [02] Talat on the situation in the breakaway regime: "No government, no leadership"
  • [03] The occupation regime's flag at last night' match; No incidents were occurred
  • [04] GATAA's meeting to take place in the occupied area of Cyprus; statements by Eroglu
  • [05] Next week the verdict about the UBP's injunction case
  • [06] Nuland clarified that the US did not receive an official request from NATO on the deployment of Patriot system to Turkey
  • [07] Israel will reportedly restart exports of army materials to Turkey

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] More on the crisis in occupied Lefkosia municipality

    The Turkish press reports today about the crisis in the occupied Lefkosia municipality and writes that is becoming deeper and deeper every day noting that the Trade Union of the Lefkosia municipality (BES) announced that it will continue its strike until its demands are met by the self-styled government.

    Under the title "Patience is over", Yeni Duzen (09.11.12) writes that BES yesterday organized another demonstration and adds that the Communal Existence Movement consists of a variety of union, societies and political parties of the opposition which supports BES demands, marched together with BES from the building of the "Lefkosia municipality" to the building of the "prime ministry". According to the paper the protestors threw eggs and bottles against the "prime ministry" building and tried to enter it, a development that created tension between them and the self-styled police.

    In statements during the protest, BES chairman Savas Bozat noted that they will not go back to work until the self-styled government issue its resignation.

    In addition, KTOEOS (Turkish Cypriot Secondary Education Trade Union) announced that is organizing a torch marching in support of BES this evening.

    Commenting on the issue, Kibris (09.11.12) writes that the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Tourism and Travel Agencies Union, Orhan Tolun, stated that as a result of the situation in occupied Lefkosia various tourist tours were cancelled and noted that the crisis affects negatively tourism in occupied Cyprus.

    Moreover, Illegal Bayrak (08.11.12) broadcast that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu made a call to all sides concerned, regarding the crisis in the "municipality" to put an end to their stubbornness, as he said and work towards solving the problem.

    [02] Talat on the situation in the breakaway regime: "No government, no leadership"

    Under the title "There is no government, no leadership", Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (09.11.12) reports that the former Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat, stated that the situation in the occupied area of Cyprus is even worse than the situation in areas hit by the Sandy hurricane in the USA.

    Talat, who was speaking on a television program, evaluated various issues concerned the breakaway regime and accused the self-styled government and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu for their actions. He said that Eroglu gave many promises during its "election campaign" but he kept none and the first thing he did after becoming "president" was to sign a protocol with Turkey. He also accused Eroglu for succeeding in his dream regarding the Cyprus problem, which was to end the Cyprus negotiations. He also said that Eroglu is afraid of the international law as much as he is afraid of death.

    Finally, Talat blame the self-styled government for the situation in "Lefkosia municipality" and accused it for not taking the right decisions for the issue.

    [03] The occupation regime's flag at last night' match; No incidents were occurred

    All Turkish Cypriot and Turkish dailies report on the football match between the Turkish Fenerbahce team and AEL Limassol which took place last night in Istanbul, Turkey and write that Fenerbahce won a clear victory under the score 2-0.

    According to Kibris, Turkish Cypriot supporters of Fenerbahce who went to the stadium to watch the match, unfurled the "flag" of the "TRNC" before the launching of the match and as soon as the match started, they raised the "flag".

    The paper still underlines that that no incidents were occurred before or after the match.

    (AK)

    [04] GATAA's meeting to take place in the occupied area of Cyprus; statements by Eroglu

    According to illegal Bayrak television (08.11.12) the Global Alliance of Travel Agent Associations (GATAA) is to hold its first Board of Directors meeting in the "TRNC". The meeting will take place in occupied Keryneia between the 15th and 18th of November.

    The Secretary General of the Global Alliance of Travel Agent Associations Ahmet Necati Ozkan who is also the honorary President of the "Turkish Cypriot Travel Agents Union", was received by the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu this morning.

    During the visit, Ozkan informed Eroglu about the association and said that the first board of directors meeting of the association will be held in occupied Keryneia between 15th and 18th of November.

    He also invited Eroglu to the opening of the meeting. For his part, Eroglu said that the "TRNC" should benefit from Ahmet Necati Ozkan's experiences.

    He also stressed the need for dialogue between the "Turkish Cypriot Travel Agents Union" and the so-called ministry of tourism, environment and culture.

    [05] Next week the verdict about the UBP's injunction case

    According to illegal Bayrak television (08.11.12) the occupied "Lefkosia District Court" has completed the hearing into the injunction case filed by the National Unity Party (UBP) "Deputy" Ahmet Kasif, following the disputed outcome of the UBP ordinary congress. The "court" will be announcing its verdict next week on Wednesday, the 14th of November.

    Occupied Famagusta "deputy" Ahmet Kasif had filed the injunction case demanding that the "authorities" of "prime minister" Irsen Kucuk to be suspended, until the "court" decides on the disputed outcome of last month's UBP General Congress.

    [06] Nuland clarified that the US did not receive an official request from NATO on the deployment of Patriot system to Turkey

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (08.11.12) reported from Washington that the US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said that they did not received an official request from NATO on deploying Patriot system in Turkey's Syria border.

    On a question about deploying Patriot system in Turkey, Nuland said: "Since the Article 4 consultation that we had in NATO with Turkey at Turkey's request following the beginning of these cross-border incidents, we have been working within NATO and with Turkey to look at what other defensive support Turkey might require".

    She said they did not receive an official request from NATO but reminded that they have reinforced Turkey with Patriots in the past. Nuland added that they would await a formal request and then NATO would deliberate. She stated: "But we are obviously looking at the full range of things to ensure that Turkey remains safe and secure."

    Nuland, on a question if that have to be through NATO, answered "No" and added that traditionally as a long-time NATO ally, Turkey seeks NATO support when it feels its security might be in peril.

    Another question asking "With the possible deployment of these Patriot missiles, do you think that we are getting closer to sort of enforcing a no-fly zone or a safe haven", Nuland said that she would not get into hypothetical situations and added that Patriot is a defensive system and responsible for knocking down incoming missiles. She added: "It is not a missile. It is an interceptor for missiles, so its purpose would be to defend the territory of Turkey. So I think you have got apples and oranges going here".

    Nuland said that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu did not talk on that specific issue recently, but they are expected to talk soon not necessarily on this issue but on the full package of Syria issues.

    [07] Israel will reportedly restart exports of army materials to Turkey

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (09.11.12) reports informed sources have said that Israeli Elta Systems Ltd., maker of Turkey's Electronic Measures Systems for Boeing's 737 Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Systems spy aircraft, has decided to restart the manufacture of the critical devices for the planes.

    Sources told the Hurriyet Daily News that the decision paves the way for the release of Boeing's long-delayed four 737 AEW&C planes, which were built for a total of $1.6 billion. More importantly, the Israeli decision may mean an end to the country's two-year defense exports ban for Turkey.

    The sources said that with the decision to continue production recently the manufacture of a third plane approached completion. Elta had finished the production of the EMS systems for the first two aircraft years ago.

    In 2002, Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, the procurement agency, ordered from Boeing four 737-700 AEW&C aircraft, a ground radar and control systems, plus ground control segments for mission crew training, mission support and maintenance support.

    Under the agreement the four aircraft were supposed to be released in 2006. But the integration of the planes took much longer. Elta is building the EMS systems for four aircraft. Its Turkish systems are expected to cost more than $100 million.

    The Elta decision followed Boeing's efforts to urge the Israeli company to restart this Turkish manufacturing. Elta is the single producer of the EMS systems for Boeing's 737 aircraft.

    The 737 Boeing AEW&C aircraft are to be used as part of Turkey's NATO capabilities. Several defense experts have claimed that the programs are too costly.

    An airborne early warning and control system is an airborne radar system designed to detect aircraft, ships and vehicles at long ranges and control and command the battle space in an air engagement by directing fighter and attack aircraft strikes. Used at a high altitude, the radars on the aircraft allow the operators to distinguish between friendly and hostile aircraft hundreds of miles away.

    The system is used offensively to direct fighters to their target locations, and defensively in order to counter attacks by enemy forces, both air and ground. Unless Elta endorsed its sales, there was a chance the sale to Turkey could not have been completed. But with Elta's approval, the planes will be finished next year. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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

    /EI


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