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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-11-15

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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. 222/12 15.11.12

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] More violations of Cyprus' territorial waters and airspace by Turkey
  • [02] The Chief of the Turkish General Staff says that the Turkish occupation army will continue its duties in Cyprus
  • [03] Eroglu: "TRNC has not been established in order to play a joke on history"
  • [04] Officials from Turkey and Kosovo illegally visiting the occupied area of Cyprus for the illegal declaration of the UDI
  • [05] Turkish confederations launch a lobby attack for recognition of the breakaway regime
  • [06] Turkish Cypriots ask Turkish "ambassador" to stop talking like the "governor" of the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [07] Kucuk: "I am still prime minister and UBP's chairman"
  • [08] BES organized another demonstration against the self-styled government
  • [09] Turkish foreign minister: The number of Syrians who fled to Turkey is 107,769
  • [10] "Turkey, Russia share same views on Syria"
  • [11] Erdogan to visit Egypt
  • [12] Kurdish hunger strikers continue their protest for 65 days

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] More violations of Cyprus' territorial waters and airspace by Turkey

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.11.12) reports that the celebrations for the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus started yesterday with an address by the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu through illegal Bayrak radio and television.

    According to the paper, the airplanes known as "Turkish Stars" of the Turkish Air Force will present today their traditional acrobatic shows as usually. The show is expected to start in the skies of occupied Keryneia at 3:30pm. The same airplanes are also expected to participate in the "official" military parade which every year takes place at Dr. Fazil Kucuk Boulevard in the occupied part of Nicosia.

    The paper writes that Besir Atalay, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, arrived last night to the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus to participate in the celebrations. Atalay is expected to depart tonight at 8:30pm o' clock.

    Moreover, the frigate TCG Gokceada and the submarine TCG Canakkale of the Turkish Naval Forces will anchor at occupied Keryneia's port in order for people to visit them.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] The Chief of the Turkish General Staff says that the Turkish occupation army will continue its duties in Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.11.12) reports that General Necdet Ozel, Chief of the Turkish General Staff, has argued that the Turkish occupation army will continue carrying out in the best way its duty of being the strongest guarantee for the security of the Turkish Cypriot "people". In a message to the Turkish Cypriot leader on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the declaration of the breakaway regime, General Ozel expressed his "full belief" in the "direction of the Cyprus problem reaching a just and lasting solution under the UN umbrella and within the framework of the established UN parameters". He thanked Eroglu for his invitation to participate in the celebrations in the occupied area of Cyprus, and added that he will be represented by the Second Chief of the General Staff, General Hulusi Akar.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Eroglu: "TRNC has not been established in order to play a joke on history"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (15.11.12) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu has argued that the "TRNC", breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, has not been established in order to cease to exist and to play a joke on history, but to live, be exalted and become the symbol of the Turkish Cypriot "people's" freedom and sovereignty right for ever.

    In an address yesterday through illegal Bayrak radio and television within the framework of the celebrations for the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus, Eroglu alleged that the separatist declaration of the "TRNC" was the "most correct and useful decision in the Turkish Cypriot history".

    Eroglu alleged that if the mentality of the Greek Cypriots changes after the presidential elections in February 2013, the Cyprus negotiations could reach a result, "otherwise everybody will continue their own way". "The TRNC will live and be exalted. Let no one have any doubt about this", he added.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Officials from Turkey and Kosovo illegally visiting the occupied area of Cyprus for the illegal declaration of the UDI

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes (15.11.12) reports about politicians from Turkey and other countries which are illegally visiting the breakaway regime for the occasion of the anniversary of the breakaway regime declaration.

    Gunes writes that the self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk held various meetings with the visitors. He met with the Turkish Grand National Assembly representative Malik Ejder Ozdemir and also held contacts with Turkish Armed Forces representative General Hulusi Akar, Vice President of the Republican Peoples Party Nihat Matkap, representatives of the Malatya Disabled War Veterans Society, the Izmir War Veterans Society, and a delegation of veterans and relatives of "martyrs" who fought during the Turkish invasion against the Republic of Cyprus.

    The visitors also held meetings with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu and the self-styled speaker of the "assembly" Hasan Bozer.

    In addition, Gunes also reports that the self-styled minister of foreign affairs Huseyin Ozgurgun met with foreign parliamentarians who are also illegally visiting the breakaway regime. According to the paper, Ozgurgun met with the deputy speaker of the Kosovo parliament Enis Kervan.

    [05] Turkish confederations launch a lobby attack for recognition of the breakaway regime

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (15.11.12) reports that officials of Turkey's Confederations' Society have stated that their aim is to launch a "lobby attack" abroad for the "TRNC", the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus.

    A delegation of the Society visited yesterday businessman Yahya Kurt in the occupied area of Cyprus. The chairman of the Society, Nezaket Emine Atasoy said that they would do whatever they could for the promotion of the regime abroad and the lifting of the so-called isolations. He noted that they would bring the "TRNC" onto the agenda in every country they visit and that they are planning to sign twinning cities agreements with various municipalities. He noted that in previous contacts they had held, they discussed the issue of Germany's city of Hann becoming a twin city with a "municipality" from the occupied area of Cyprus. He said that they were about to take a result on this issue. "This is a kind of recognition for the TRNC", argued Atasoy.

    Meanwhile, the delegation visited also former Turkish Cypriot leader Talat, who said that the negative climate which was created against the Turkish Cypriots after he had lost the "elections", could stop with the lobby activities of this organization.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] Turkish Cypriots ask Turkish "ambassador" to stop talking like the "governor" of the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (15.11.12) reports that Turkish Cypriot primary and secondary school teachers' trade unions, KTOS and KTOEOS, as well as the United Cyprus Party (BKP) have reacted against the statements made the day before yesterday by the Turkish so-called ambassador in the occupied area of Cyprus Halil Ibrahim Akca [Translator's note: see Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review of 14/11/12, Item 1].

    The general secretary of KTOS, Sener Elcil said yesterday that Akca spoke like a "governor" and described the statements made by Turkish officials on Cyprus as "clear indication of the occupation regime". Elcil addressed to the ruling in Turkey Justice and Development Party (AKP) and noted that the Turkish Cypriots want neither its money nor its [Halil Ibrahim] Akca. "The Turkish ambassador, who has forgotten that he established a secessionist regime in the north part of our island, continues to make statements like a governor", he noted.

    The general secretary of the BKP, Abdullah Korkmazhan said that Akca and the AKP continue not to respect the will of the Turkish Cypriots and interfere in their affairs.

    The chairman of KTOEOS, Tahir Gokcebel called on Akca to stop speaking like a "British occupation governor". Gokcebel noted that Akca insulted the Turkish Cypriot community and added that Akca should be quiet and stop "playing the role of the savior" [of the Turkish Cypriots] from now on.

    Moreover, Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (15.11.12) reports that Mehmet Cakici, chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP), has said that Akca puts himself in the place of the "government" and described this behavior as "shameful". "Mr Akca should stop speaking like a governor", he noted.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] Kucuk: "I am still prime minister and UBP's chairman"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.11.12) reports that self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk commented on a "court" decision announced yesterday to be deprived of his power as National Unity Party (UBP) president, stating that he is still the chairman of UBP.

    "I am still this country's prime minister and the chairman of UBP. This decision does not harm at all these capacities of mine", he stated.

    Yesterday a "court" in the occupied part of Nicosia, announced its decision regarding the race held for the post of the chairman of UBP during the recent 19th election congress of the party. After candidate Ahmet Kasif's application for an "interim order", the "court" decided that an "interim order" should be issued and that Irsen Kucuk, current chairman of UBP and self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime, should be deprived of all his presidential powers in the party.

    [08] BES organized another demonstration against the self-styled government

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.11.12) writes that the reaction against the self-government continues and reports about a demonstration organized yesterday by the occupied Lefkosia Municipality Workers Trade Union (BES) and various other non- governmental organizations which support the union will.

    According to the paper, 18 trade unions, five civil society organizations and five political parties supported the action, while a lot of ordinary persons joint the demonstration as well. Some organizations from Turkey also supported the protest.

    The demonstration started at 18.00 in front of the building of the Lefkosia "municipality" and continued with a march. Speaking during the protest BES chairman stated that the workers are finding for their salaries and for their rights and stressed that they will continue their straggle until their demands are met.

    [09] Turkish foreign minister: The number of Syrians who fled to Turkey is 107,769

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (14.11.12) reported that the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated that the number of Syrians, who arrived in Turkey after fleeing from the violence in their country, was 107,769 as of October 30.

    We have spent 381.8 million Turkish Lira (TL) for Syrians' needs and services so far, added Davutoglu. He explained that 107,769 Syrians had fled to Turkey since the clashes began in Syria in April-May 2011.

    He expressed Turkey's policy over developments in Syria and said that there were no instructions taken from third parties in order to shape Turkey's decisions. He underlined that it was all based on Turkey's national interest, regional vision and the adopted global values.

    Davutoglu has said that the re-possess of peace and stability in Syria carry a great importance for Turkey.

    Turkish FM noted that the Syrian crisis did not only affect the country itself but also the whole region. Davutoglu added that Syrian crisis threatened the international and regional peace, security and stability as Syrian regime's interference in Syrian's inflow of refugees to the neighboring countries increased. He added that the Syrian crisis is the problem of not only Turkey but also the international community.

    In this sense, firstly, we have tried to synchronize the efforts for solution with the Arab League, said Davutoglu, and added: "Then, we supported UN, and lastly the Friends of Syria Group for their efforts within the scope of bringing solutions to the crisis, as needed, we led them. The 'buffer zone' or 'humanitarian corridor' in Syria has to be formed with the international community's common willpower and decision, not with solo decision."

    [10] "Turkey, Russia share same views on Syria"

    Under the above title, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (15.11.12) reports that the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Vladimir Ivanovskiy maintained that his country has the same view as Turkey regarding Syria since both countries are against "an external military intervention into Syria."

    "In most cases, the positions of our countries are close. We even sometimes share the same views. In essence, it's valid for the Syrian issue as well," Ivanovskiy said.

    The Ambassadors' remarks came in a recent interview with G?ndem Rusya Journal.

    "Both Turkey and Russia side with ending bloodshed in Syria and both are against any foreign military intervention," the Russian Ambassador said.

    In response to a question regarding the influence recent developments in Syria have had over bilateral ties between Turkey and Russia, Ivanovskiy said that the relationship between the two countries depends on mutual understanding and confidence.

    Turkey and Russia had similar perspectives in the evaluation of many aspects of international developments, the Ambassador said, adding that Turkey's and Russia's common initiatives in foreign policy depend on a foundation built on the ethics of tolerance and dialogue.

    Both countries could contribute to maintaining security and stability on a more large scale, he also said.

    Underlining the convergence between Turkey and Russia, the Ambassador cited his previous post at the Istanbul Consulate of Russia years ago.

    "I would not believe it if someone had said that visas would be lifted between our two countries and that trade volume would expand 10 times," Ivanovskiy said.

    The Ambassador stressed his belief that relations between Turkey and Russia would further boost.

    [11] Erdogan to visit Egypt

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (15.11.12) reports that relations between Turkey and Egypt will gain further momentum this weekend as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan stages a two-day trip to Egypt to boost trade and economic ties, as well as discuss the ongoing Syrian crisis.

    The meetings between Erdoan and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi are likely to produce over a dozen agreements and a joint vision for expanded cooperation in the region, especially Africa. Some 200 business leaders will accompany Erdoan and have a chance to meet their counterparts and government agencies.

    "Bilaterally, Egypt is turning to Turkey as a source of investment and trade," Egyptian Ambassador to Turkey Abderahman Salaheldin said Nov. 13, recalling the success of RoRo ships between Turkey and Egypt, a transportation alternative formed to bypass Syria. "We are looking at how to develop this to include third-party countries in the Mediterranean and Black Sea," he said.

    "It offers new routes reaching from Central Africa to the Caucasus. RoRo lines and truck numbers nearly doubled in recent months," the envoy said, adding that the two countries were planning to establish a Turkey-Egypt Joint Truck Company.

    "Our trade volume was around 3.2 billion dollars last year, but in just the first half of this year, it reached 3 billion.

    We expect a doubling of our trade volume by the end of this year," he said. "This relationship is not only important to us, but also to Turkey as well. Every day we are finding out how close our values and interests are. These are not only in the bilateral sense, but also have a regional dimension," Salaheldin said.

    The replacement of Hosni Mubarak's reign with Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood-backed Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has refreshed bilateral relations between, what Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolu called, the "regional axis." The two countries are working closely on a number of issues, with the Syrian crisis at the top of the list. The relationship is important for both countries, but Egypt can particularly gain from Turkish experience in establishing its economy as a growing and competitive one. "Egypt has a lot to benefit from Turkish experience in adopting European standards. The huge economic development, growth and competitiveness of the Turkish economy became possible through the adoption of these standards. We can follow the same process," the Ambassador said. Democratic norms, in addition to economic reforms, are also on Egypt's agenda, Salaheldin said. "We have made progress in this field but we still have a long way to go."

    "[Turkey's Justice and Development Party's] AKP has experience in adopting a social agenda that is a good model for all countries in the region. Its handling of health, education and social issues have been very successful", he concluded.

    [12] Kurdish hunger strikers continue their protest for 65 days

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (15.11.12) reports that the hunger strike entered its 64th day on Wednesday, with hundreds of prisoners refusing food in dozens of prisons across Turkey, demanding an end to the isolation of Abdullah Ocalan, as well as the right to use Kurdish in courtrooms and the right to education in their mother tongue.

    Turkish Deputy Prime Minister B?lent Ar1n? has once more called on prisoners in Turkey, who have been on hunger strike for more than two months, to give up. Ar1n? renewed his call for an end to the hunger strike on Wednesday, saying everybody now knows the issues they raised. "I am insistently calling the hunger strikers to give up," he said, adding that they should no more upset those who love and care for them. "You are valuable to us& We have respect for the right to life of 75 million citizens [in this country]," Ar1n? alleged.

    Earlier this month, Ar1n? said in a public statement that Turkey was expecting the hunger strikers to end their protest. He also held a meeting on Sunday with pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirta and Mardin independent Deputy Ahmet T?rk in an attempt to end the collective hunger strike.

    The inmates, most of whom are facing charges or have been convicted of membership in the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) or its mother organization, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), are consuming sugared water and vitamins that will prolong their lives and the protest by weeks, but Turkey's main medical association has earlier warned that fatalities are possible from around 60 days onwards the hunger strike. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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