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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-11-28

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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. 231/12 28.11.12

  • [01] Turkish Foreign Ministry: Turkey would not wait another 50 years for the solution of the Cyprus problem
  • [02] Ban to carry out contacts in Turkey on the Syria crisis; Ankara will convey messages to Ban on the Cyprus problem
  • [03] Eroglu's claims: "There can be no discrimination amongst TRNC citizens
  • [04] Ozersay: "There is a military regime in the TRNC"
  • [05] Kucuk "appealed" against the decision to be deprived of his power as UBP's chairman
  • [06] Reaction by the BKP against Ziraat Bankasi's loan to "LTB"; Tatar refers to the conditions of the loan
  • [07] The regime will try to geographically register sheftali kebab, verigo grapes and other cultural products of Cyprus
  • [08] More about the crisis at the "municipality" of occupied Lefkosia
  • [09] Twenty six Kurdish students under arrest in occupied Cyprus over a row took place over weekend
  • [10] The occupation regime is participating as a partner at the "International CeBIT"-summit for 2012 to be launched tomorrow in Istanbul
  • [11] Turkish journalist argues that the Republic of Cyprus' economic crisis can be a blessing for Turkish Cypriots as regards Cyprus problem
  • [12] Statements by the "chairman" of the so-called association of the occupation regime's "flag" at occupied Pentadaktylos
  • [13] An UEFA official has stated that the solution on the problems experienced on Football in the occupation regime is seems to be far
  • [14] Davutoglu to New York
  • [15] Possible lifting of 10 BDP members' immunity creates controversy in Turkey
  • [16] ^anl1urfa, Gaziantep likely sites for NATO Patriot deployment

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Turkish Foreign Ministry: Turkey would not wait another 50 years for the solution of the Cyprus problem

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (27.11.12) reports that the Spokesperson for Turkish Foreign Ministry, Selcuk Unal, responding to questions on the Cyprus problem, stated that the coming year would be the 50th year of the problem in the island.

    Unal replied on Tuesday for the first time on questions in English about several issues on Turkish Foreign Ministry twitter page.

    Alleging that Turkey's aim in Cyprus was a negotiated and mutually agreed political settlement, Unal said that Turkey would not wait for another 50 years.

    "The Turkish side's commitment to be 'one step ahead' did not change since the Annan Plan negotiations in 2004. We fully supported the efforts of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. 2012 will be the 50th year of the Cyprus problem. We cannot tolerate another 50 years," he alleged and claimed that reaching the settlement aim would not only be in the interest of the two sides on the island, but of all concerned parties.

    Referring to other issues, Unal praised importance of EU's enlargement policy and said that Turkey's accession to the European Union would be beneficial for both sides.

    Unal also said that Turkey's membership to the union would also contribute to the regional and global peace and stability as well as the dissemination of universal values to a wider geography.

    Touching on the escalating tension in Iraq, Unal mentioned that Turkey was attaching high importance to security and stability, of Iraq.

    Noting that they were talking with all relevant parties to the disagreement end, "We are following the increasing tension between Irbil and Baghdad with concern. We wish both sides could act with tandem and display active coordination between themselves. We hope that all the issues between the sides would be solved with dialogue and on a legitimate basis," he added.

    [02] Ban to carry out contacts in Turkey on the Syria crisis; Ankara will convey messages to Ban on the Cyprus problem

    Under the title: "Message to Ban to 'undertake an initiative on Syria'", Turkish daily Sabah (28.11.12) reports that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to pay a visit to Turkey on December 7-8, in order to carry out contacts there, on the Syria crisis.

    As the paper writes, Ban will meet with Turkish Premier Erdogan, Turkish President Gul and the Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

    According to the paper, Erdogan will convey to Ban the message that he should undertake an initiative on the issue of Syria. Erdogan will also ask for Ban's support on the Syria refugees' issue.

    Among the messages that Ankara will convey to Ban is also the following

    "It is important for the UN' decision to be adopted. They should not remain silent towards the unilateral efforts exerted by the Greek Cypriot side in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey is ready to make every effort towards the solution".

    AK

    [03] Eroglu's claims: "There can be no discrimination amongst TRNC citizens

    Illegal Bayrak television (27.11.12) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu claimed that there can be no discrimination amongst "TRNC citizens", as he called the breakaway regime, no matter which province of Turkey they came from.

    He was speaking during a visit paid to him by the "Malatya Culture Society's new executive board".

    "It is only natural for people who immigrated to the TRNC not to forget their place of origin. The important thing is maintaining social dialogue through such societies" he alleged.

    [04] Ozersay: "There is a military regime in the TRNC"

    Under the title "There is military regime in the TRNC", Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (28.11.12) reports that Kudret Ozersay, former special representative of the Turkish Cypriot leader and leader of the "Toparlaniyoruz" Movement [Translator's note: In English it means "We are gathering strength", we pull ourselves together] has strongly criticized the system that exists in the occupied area of Cyprus and asked its change.

    In statements to Havadis, Ozersay said that the powers, which the so-called president of the republic should exercise, are under the military authorities. According to Ozersay, "article" 10 of the "constitution" turns the regime into an extraordinary one not only because of the fact that the "police" are bound to the army, but from other aspects as well.

    Referring to the Cyprus problem, Ozersay argued that in case there was a [political] will and the "new process" was correctly defined, the problem could have been solved within two months. Noting that he did not find "very meaningful" the reference to a 18 month time limit for reaching a solution in Cyprus, he alleged that the important thing is not only to put time limit in the negotiations process and added: "The actually crucial thing is to predetermine what will happen after the certain period of time. That is, to tell the sides what will happen and what will not happen in the end of this process, if a certain time limit is put".

    Ozersay alleged that the sides have exhausted all alternatives [of finding a solution] within the existing "form" and argued that what we need now is a "new process" during which the sides will have the opportunity to discuss different models "out of the box", that is, out of the parameters of the existing form.

    Moreover, Ozersay referred to the relations of the breakaway regime with Turkey and said that these are not healthy relations. He argued that these relations could be improved with various agreements, including an agreement in the field of defines. "I think that an agreement similar to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) made between NATO and the forces of its member states is needed here", he claimed, adding that with this agreement it should be clarified that both the "legal" and actual authority in the occupied northern part of Cyprus belongs to the Turkish Cypriots. Responding to a question, he argued that such an agreement will not open for discussion the Treaty of Guarantee [of the Republic of Cyprus], which Turkey invokes in order to justify the existence of its occupation troops on the island.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Kucuk "appealed" against the decision to be deprived of his power as UBP's chairman

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (28.11.12) reports that the self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk made an appeal in a "court" of the breakaway regime against the "interim order" made to be deprived of his power as National Unity Party (UBP) leader regarding the race held for the post of the chairman of UBP, during the recent 19th election congress of the party.

    According to the paper, Kucuk's appeal has two branches: It is firstly against the "interim order" to be stripped from his duties and secondly he questions the "authority" of the so called Lefkosia district court to take such a decision in the first place.

    Commenting on the issue, Afrika (28.11.12) writes that "Kucuk is playing games" and notes that despite the fact that Kucuk stated a few days ago that he has no fear even racing again for UBP's leadership, saying that he would even won in a second round, he is now playing games, aiming to cancel "courts" decisions.

    (TR. Note: 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.

    [06] Reaction by the BKP against Ziraat Bankasi's loan to "LTB"; Tatar refers to the conditions of the loan

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (28.11.12) reports that Izzet Izcan, general secretary of the United Cyprus Party (BKP), has reacted against the fact that Turkish Ziraat Bankasi bank will grant a loan to the "Turkish municipality" of the occupied part of Lefkosia (LTB), noting that "the municipalities are now given away to the capital from Turkey".

    In a written statement, Izcan said that the loan to the "LTB" was 90 million Turkish liras (TL) upon instructions by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and pointed out that in return for this, all the incomes of the "municipality" will be gathered in the bank and the payments will be made by the bank.

    Izcan noted that they oppose to the transfer of the administration of the "municipality" to Ziraat Bankasi and argued that the "LTB" has been led to bankruptcy in a systematic way. He added: "Now the municipality will be so-called rescued by being transferred to the Ziraat Bankasi in return for the loan. This is a game and the aim is for the entire administration of the municipality to and its financial income to be given away to the capital of Turkey".

    Meanwhile, Kibris reports that the self-styled minister of finance, Ersin Tatar has referred to the conditions of Ziraat bankasi in order to grant the loan to the "municipality". Tatar said that the demands of the bank are the following three: 1. Nobody will be hired in the place of the employees of "LTB" who retire, 2. The payments for the holidays will be abolished and 3. No raise will be made to the salaries of the employees for a period of three years.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] The regime will try to geographically register sheftali kebab, verigo grapes and other cultural products of Cyprus

    Under the title "Priority to hellim" [Translator's note: the halloumi cheese], Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (28.11.12) reports that Ali Cirali, chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Industry, has pointed to the importance of geographical registration of cultural products and said that they will get into action in order to register sheftali kebab, verigo variety of grapes and other cultural products of Cyprus.

    Yesterday, Cirali headed a delegation of the "Halloumi Auditing Board", which visited the self-styled minister of agriculture and natural resources of the breakaway regime, Ali Cetin Amcaoglu. He said that the board, which has been established within the efforts of the standard production and registration of halloumi cheese, will start working in 2013. He noted that for the first time they will organize a logo competition for halloumi.

    Recalling that the EU has accepted the name of "hellim" as a result of their objection to the allegedly "unilateral" effort of the Republic of Cyprus to register halloumi, Cirali said they were annoyed by the efforts of "south Cyprus", as he described the government of the Republic of Cyprus, to take the production of halloumi in the occupied area of Cyprus under its control and alleged that according to Protocol 10 [of the Republic of Cyprus' Accession Treaty into the EU], the government of the Republic of Cyprus has no authority in the occupied northern part of the island. He argued that the "Auditing Board" controls the production of halloumi in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus.

    Cirali asked from the "ministry" to exert the necessary efforts so that the proportions of goat and sheep milk in the production of halloumi to be increased.

    [08] More about the crisis at the "municipality" of occupied Lefkosia

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (28.11.12) reports on the situation at the so-called municipality of occupied Lefkosia and writes that the chairman of the "Municipality workers union", Savas Bozat has announced in a written statement yesterday, that when the "municipal council" will gather in order to exert efforts for the solution of their problem, they will walk out form the "municipality" building.

    BES has also expressed strong criticism to the so-called prime minister Irsen Kucuk who has stated the day before yesterday prior to the meeting of the "ministerial Kucuk", that no money will be given to the workers at the "municipality" since they do not work.

    Bozat has stated also that in case they will not be paid their salaries, Social Insurances and reserves fund, they are ready to appeal to the justice.

    AK

    [09] Twenty six Kurdish students under arrest in occupied Cyprus over a row took place over weekend

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (28.11.12) reports that the number of Kurdish students who were arrested by the self-styled police over a row that took place over the weekend at the illegal International University of Cyprus (UKU) between Turkish and Kurdish students, rose to 26.

    The issue occurred when three students have beaten up two other students because they did not say hello to them and took greater dimensions. The "police" arrested Kurdish students and as a result of this, 150 students raided into the "university" and caused damages to the University's cafeteria. Three students were injured during the incidents and two others were arrested and taken to "court" together with the other three, who had been arrested earlier.

    [10] The occupation regime is participating as a partner at the

    "International CeBIT"-summit for 2012 to be launched tomorrow in Istanbul

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (28.11.12) reports that the occupation regime will participate as a partner at the "CeBIT Bilisim Eurasia and CeBIT Synergy Summit" , which is the top Eurasian IT, Technology and Communication Platform, which is to be launched tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey.

    As the paper writes, the so-called minister of communication and transportation Ersan Saner will make the opening speech at the summit.

    In statements on the issue, Saner said that in spite of the fact that the "TRNC" is not a recognized country, its participation in an international event as a partner, is something which is appreciated.

    Saner further said that a total of 150 visitors will attend the summit this year and added that totally 15 companies of the communication sector of the occupation regime applied to CeBIT.

    Finally he said that the "TRNC state's participation, as he called the occupation regime to the summit, has received a 75% support.

    AK

    [11] Turkish journalist argues that the Republic of Cyprus' economic crisis can be a blessing for Turkish Cypriots as regards Cyprus problem

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (28.11.12) reports that the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce organized a conference about "Media and economic reporting" and writes that Suzan Dejla, officer for economics and Commercials at the US embassy to Lefkosia, participated in the meeting along with 'Turkiye Star' journalist Cemil Ertem and other journalists.

    Speaking during the event, Ertem stated that the situation of "northern Cyprus" at this particular moment, consists a bigger blessing than the Annan Plan period for Turkish Cypriots, because "south Cyprus", as he called the Republic of Cyprus is facing a big economic crisis due to its connection to the Greek banking sector.

    [12] Statements by the "chairman" of the so-called association of the occupation regime's "flag" at occupied Pentadaktylos

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (28.11.12) reports on statements by Tanju Muezzinoglu, "chairman" of the "Association for the Lighting of the Pentadaktylos' mountains flag", [Translator's note: the occupation regime's "flag" at occupied Pentadaktylos mountain range], who replied to the allegations supporting that the "flag" at occupied Pentadaktylos damages the environment and the nature, saying that these are totally not right.

    Muezzinoglu said the following: "The environment is important for us. For this reason we do not act before taking the 'agriculture's ministry' report".

    Stating that the "flag" causes the distress and strong reaction of the Greek Cypriots, Muezzinoglu said that some days ago the Greek Cypriot MP with DIKO and member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament Ms Antigoni Papadopoulou has submitted a parliamentary question to the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule, expressing her discomfort.

    Papadopoulou has alleged as the paper writes that the "flag" is contrary to the EU principles and harms the environment, and thus asked from the EU to examine this issue.

    Meanwhile, the European Commissioner Olli Rehn has stated that they have launched an investigation on the issue, writes the paper.

    AK

    [13] An UEFA official has stated that the solution on the problems experienced on Football in the occupation regime is seems to be far

    Under the title: "The solution on football is far", Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (28.11.12) reports on statements by William Gailland, director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). In statements during a press conference organized in Bordeaux, France, in the framework of Mars program (Media, against racism in sport-EU/CoE joint programme) has said that the solution towards the football in Cyprus, seems to be far.

    Gaillard stated that the political situation in Cyprus has changed since 1983, and added that for the reason, restrictions were launched. William Gaillard stated also that only one federation in Cyprus is member of UEFA and recalled that according to UEFA's rules, no other federation will become member.

    Stating that sports is not directed by politics, Gailland added that however, sport is bonded to politics and thus, as he said, they will find out a solution on sport issues in Cyprus, after the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    AK

    [14] Davutoglu to New York

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (27.11.12) reports that the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu went to New York on Tuesday.

    He will hold meetings regarding Palestinian session which will take place on Thursday at UN.

    UN will discuss Palestine's application for being a non-member observer state.

    [15] Possible lifting of 10 BDP members' immunity creates controversy in Turkey

    Turkish daily Hurriyet daily news (28.11.12) reports that the Prime Ministry introduced a summary of proceedings to the Parliament speaker's Office yesterday on 10 deputies of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), a day after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan reiterated his support for the annulment of their immunity when the issue comes to Parliament's agenda.

    Erdoan's determination to lift the immunities found clear support from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), while the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) reiterated its support for the principle of parliamentary immunity, without giving any clues as to whether it would support lifting the immunities of BDP deputies at the General Assembly.

    The BDP was defiant in the face of the threat, with co-chair G?lten K1anak, one of the 10 deputies subject to possible prosecution, saying they were ready to pay the price for their cause, as has been the case so far.

    "We are tired of the prime minister setting the agenda according to his own wishes. If the immunities come onto the agenda, let the immunities of those responsible for Roboski also be lifted," K1anak said yesterday at the BDP's parliamentary group meeting. Families of victims of the Uludere ("Roboski" in Kurdish) tragedy also attended the meeting. Some 34 civilian villagers who were smuggling oil from Iraq were killed in an air raid by Turkish jets on Dec. 28, 2011, in the southeastern province of ^1rnak's Uludere.

    There are many official notices in Parliament on charges of infamous crimes and none of these files is related to BDP deputies, K1anak noted, calling for immunities to be lifted for these kinds of crimes and adding that there were similar files on corruption charges regarding the prime minister as well.

    Despite having suggested that Erdoan's statements on the issue were aimed at buying time, MHP leader Devlet Bah?eli yesterday reiterated his full support for the lifting of immunities of those who don't maintain a distance from "terror organizations". "The MHP will be there until the end, to lift the immunities of those who aid terror and who are not able to keep a distance from the terror organization," Bah?eli told a meeting of his party's group.

    The 10 lawmakers in question were seen embracing members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) near ^emdinli in Hakkari province in August. At the time, Erdoan openly called on the judiciary to take action against them, hinting that his party would act to lift their immunity when the issue came to Parliament.

    [16] ^anl1urfa, Gaziantep likely sites for NATO Patriot deployment

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (28.11.12) reports that as Turkish and NATO officials begin a joint survey of possible sites for the deployment of NATO's Patriot missiles near the Syrian border, two border provinces -- Gaziantep and ^anl1urfa -- have emerged as the likely sites, according to information obtained by Today's Zaman.

    The Turkey-NATO survey team must take into consideration several factors while deciding on the site of deployment. These factors include proximity to the origin of the threat, given that Patriots are designed to intercept missiles within a 50-80 kilometer range; convenient topography, as mountainous terrain will hinder the functioning of the radar system; and sufficient distance from power lines and facilities that create electromagnetic fields, which can disrupt transmissions between the missile batteries and the command center.

    Three provinces, ^anl1urfa, Hatay and Gaziantep, appear to meet these technical criteria. But non-technical factors are also expected to shape the final decision on the deployment sites, expected within the next few days. Turkish and NATO officials are also expected to take into consideration potential provocations from the Bashar al-Assad regime in response to the deployment of the defense system and the Kurdish factor in Turkey's southern provinces, while surveying possible sites for the deployment of the missiles.

    With these considerations in play, the missile system is unlikely to be installed in Hatay, whose half of the population is of the same sect as Syria's Assad. Diyarbak1r, where a majority of residents are Kurds, is also off the list.

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


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