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[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESSNo. 14/13 19-21.01.13
[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS
 Eroglu interferes to prevent an agreement in the field of football; Ertug politicizes the issue; They reject single representationTurkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (21.01.13) reports that "some interesting developments and political interferences started again" in the discussions of the Cyprus Football Association (CFA or KOP) and the so-called Turkish Cypriot Football Federation, which will pave the way for the Turkish Cypriot football players, who allegedly experience great problems in playing abroad.
The paper writes that while the spokesman of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Osman Ertug had made no statement before and after the meeting between the CFA and the Turkish Cypriot so-called federation in the government-controlled area of Cyprus, he felt the need of making a statement after the second meeting held at the headquarters of the Turkish Cypriot "federation". Noting that this was considered as interesting by the public, the paper points out that the fact that Ertug stated clearly that he is against these discussions was commented as "beginning of the political interferences once more".
Right after the statements by Ertug, reports Gunes, Eroglu urgently invited the chairman of the so-called football federation, Hasan Sertoglu to his office, something which was assessed as "interference by Eroglu in the football".
According to Gunes, in statements during a visit to occupied Famagusta, Eroglu has argued that he was not against the establishment of a dialogue between CFA and the Turkish Cypriot so-called federation. "The important thing is for our friends to know what they want when they meet", he noted adding that Sertoglu is a person who knows what he wants and "acts knowing what the views of his people and federation are".
Noting that he trusts Sertoglu, Eroglu said that there is nothing that worries him right now in these negotiations, because the negotiations still continue. Responding to a question, he alleged: "Negotiations could be held at any time. I also meet with the Greek Cypriot side. Therefore, meeting is another thing and coming to the point of signing an agreement is something else. These meetings are important from the point of understanding the intention and the views of the opposite side. However, you cannot sit at the negotiations considering that all the wishes of the Greek Cypriot side will be accepted. You have your own views and thoughts. You will express these at the negotiating table".
Eroglu alleged that "the Greek Cypriot federation", as he called the CFA, is not the only way for the opening of the Turkish Cypriot football to Europe and argued that in case there is an agreement in the future "perhaps the two federations would be able to act separately". He noted that because there is no agreement, there are some "realities in the point of exhibiting the TRNC ports" in the international field. "The reality of the TRNC should be accepted. The fact that our people are deprived of playing football is a shame for humanity", he alleged and argued: "I hope that the organizations that are related with football will see this reality. If they accept that the Turkish Cypriot people sit with good will at the negotiations which last for years, we could come to a point of being able to play football in Europe without being recognized and without having an agreement with the south [Translator's note: as he described the Republic of Cyprus]. The important thing is for the world to see the realities which exist in Cyprus?"
Eroglu claimed that the Turkish Cypriot side accepted all the solution proposals on the Cyprus problem and that the Greek Cypriot side rejected these proposals. "If the world sees these realities, the TRNC youth will be able to play in Europe without meeting with KOP", he alleged.
Meanwhile, according to illegal Bayrak television (19.01.13, online), Eroglu's representative Osman Ertug "has warned" against the ongoing negotiations between the CFA and the Turkish Cypriot so-called federation, arguing that they should be careful while continuing the discussions. Speaking at a TV program Ertug said: "It seems that the negotiations between the two federations are continuing towards an agreement, but the issue should be evaluated in a broader perspective. This is an issue beyond football".
Referring to the statements by the president of the CFA Kostakis Koutsokoumnis, who had reportedly said that this is only football and they are not dealing with politics, Ertug argued that "even these statements are politics".
"Every country has sports policies. This policy is not contrary to its foreign policy" Ertug said and warned that it will be wrong if this agreement "brings the Turkish Cypriots under the responsibility of CFA or any other structuring, because this is contrary to the Turkish Cypriot side's national Cyprus policy and the national sports policy.
Furthermore, according to Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (19.01.13), the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot so-called football federation, Hasan Sertoglu has stated that agreement is reached on some points with the CFA, while solutions are being searched on some other points. In statements during a press conference on Friday, Sertoglu said that both federations will prepare a letter for their meeting in Zurich where the two letters will be merged. Afterwards the text will be submitted to their members, which should approve the agreement.
Sertoglu said that each federation will preserve its autonomy, but the international representation will be one, because FIFA recognizes only the CFA. He noted that their target is find a common point in the Cyprus football and argued that they will not enter under the umbrella of the CFA.
Finally, Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan newspaper (20.01.13) reports that in statements on the issue, Serdar Denktas, chairman of the Democratic Party (DP), has criticized the administrators of the Turkish Cypriot so-called football federation and argued that if the "federation" says that "the politicians should not interfere" and acts without Eroglu to know it, great dangers exist. He said that everybody wants the Turkish Cypriots to be able to play matches with teams members of FIFA, but this cannot happen with permission by the Greek Cypriots. He claimed that the equality of the Turkish Cypriots should not be spoilt and that the Turkish Cypriot "federation" should give the permission to the clubs to play international matches.
 Bozer meets with the Speaker of Sudan's National AssemblyTurkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (21.01.13) reports that the "speaker" of the so-called assembly of the breakaway regime, Hasan Bozer, who is visiting Sudan for the 8th Meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Union of the Members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, is continuing his contacts together with his delegation, which consists of Ahmet Caluda and Abbas Sinay, "MPs" with the National Unity Party and Republican Turkish Party respectively.
Bozer met with the Speaker of Sudan's Republican National Assembly, Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Tahi. During the meeting Bozer reiterated the Turkish view that the Islamic world should be in unity and the sister Moslem countries should act within the framework of cooperation. Moreover, Bozer invited Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Tahi to visit the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus.
In his statements, the Sudanese Speaker of the Assembly expressed his satisfaction with seeing Bozer in Sudan and added that the bilateral relations between the Moslem countries should be at the highest level. He said that the Cyprus problem continues for years and alleged that only the Greek Cypriot side enjoys support and help, arguing that this was a biased and impartial aid. He claimed that there are two sides in Cyprus and referred to an "obligatory neighborliness", like the one that exists in south and north Sudan. He argued that they strongly wish a solution in Cyprus, but this solution should be fair and [the sides] should have rights under "equal conditions".
 Atalay: The quarrel for UBP congress will harm the Cyprus problem and the investmentsTurkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (21.01.13) reports that Besir Atalay, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Cypriot Affairs, has referred to the problems created in the congress of the National Unity Party (UBP) and said that a country is lead to bankruptcy in case the congress of its ruling party lasts for so long. He noted: "After the first signs of the race for the UBP presidency were taken, we were concerned that this would be turned into chaos. We have shared this at the highest level with the TRNC administration".
In an interview with journalists of Havadis on the occasion of the opening of the newspaper's offices in Ankara on Friday, Atalay alleged that "Turkey's positive interest keeps the TRNC alive" in this environment of crisis and added that the instability in the occupied area of Cyprus should not continue.
Atalay noted that they had at the highest level expressed their "sensitivity" on this issue to the Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu, to the "prime minister" Irsen Kucuk and the "speaker" of the so-called assembly, Hasan Bozer. Arguing that the first three-year economic program has been successfully implemented and that the new program for the period 2013-15 includes "new investments in all fields and prosperity", Atalay said that if the crisis continues, this will cause damage and not benefit. He argued that this would harm both the Cyprus problem and the investments.
Referring to the Cyprus problem, Atalay noted that as of March they predict that the issue will gain acceleration and together with Turkey's EU accession course, Cyprus will be coming much more onto the agenda. Noting that they have a technical team which works only for the "TRNC", Atalay said that they have carried out a "good analysis" for the government-controlled area of Cyprus. He noted that they are closely following the dimensions of the economic crisis in the government-controlled area of the island and the measures taken to get out of this crisis. He noted that he discussed the Cyprus problem last week with the Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu and evaluated the situation that will exist after March.
Atalay reiterated that the water from Turkey to the occupied area of Cyprus will be transferred in March 2014 and added that electricity will also be carried to the island.
 AKP government in Turkey is reportedly exerting pressure to the "supreme court" on the issue of the UBP caseUnder the front-page title: "Is there any pressure from the AKP to the judiciary", Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (19.01.13) reports on the issue of the UBP congress case, and writes that in spite of the fact that the "decision" of the "supreme court" was expected to be announced last week, yet, the "court" did not announced it.
The paper continues and writes that the AKP power in Ankara which considers as a "surviving issue" the remaining of the so-called prime minister, Irsen Kucuk to the "prime ministry" and the "leadership" of UBP, has started to exert pressure to the "judges" at the "supreme court".
The paper writes that despite the fact that there is not a serious difference between the two candidates for the UBP chairmanship, it is concerned why Erdogan's government insist so much for Kucuk. It adds that AKP government is reportedly exerting pressure to the "judges" of the "supreme court" in order to mediate to their decisions. The paper expresses hopes that the "judges" will not give in to AKP pressures.
 Communal Existence Movement in the occupied area of Cyprus organized a protest against the illegal "granting" of "citizenship"Under the title: "Uprising for the citizenship", Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis (19.01.13) reports that the "Communal Existence Movement" in the occupied area of Cyprus, has organized yesterday (Friday), a protest in front of the "ministry of interior and local administration" against the fact that since 2009, the occupation regime has "granted" the occupation regime's citizenship to a total of 5100 persons.
The protesters expressed also their reaction against the policies followed by the AKP government to change the demographic structure of the country and the privatizations in the island and stressed that they will not permit this.
The protesters were shouting slogans during as "No to the distribution of the Imposed Citizenships" and "We reject the Impositions and the betrayal of UBP".
The paper underlines that the so-called police has taken high security measures during the protest and has prevented the protesters to enter to the building of the "ministry".
In statements during the protest, Arslan Bicakli, chairman of Turk-Sen trade union has condemned the distribution of the occupation regime's "citizenship" as if they "distribute golifa", as he said and stressed that they will intensified their actions next week.
Also, a joint statement issued by the parties, NGO's and organizations which participated to the protest, said that the UBP government has illegally granted the "citizenship" to 936 persons in 2009, to 635 persons in 2010, to 1421 persons in 2011, to 1955 in 2012, and to 150 persons during the first 15 days of 2013.
The "movement" also stressed that they were established since they are concerned about the "country's future" and underlined that they will continue their struggle till the end.
 Curcafer demands from Turkey 2 million euro as compensation for Mimoza hotelUnder the front-page title: "2 million euro for Mimoza case", Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (20.01.13) reports that Cafer Curcafer, businessman and former chairman of the "Turkish Cypriot Building Contractors' Union" who was living in "south Cyprus", as the Republic of Cyprus is called by the paper, for sometime in the past, has notify Turkey through the Turkish embassy in Athens about the written citation which is related to the lawsuit he filed at Famagusta Court in Larnaka against Turkey about the Mimoza Hotel.
As the paper writes, Curcafer accused Turkey of "selling him a stolen property" [Translator's note: as he described the Mimoza Hotel] and now demands from Turkey the amount of 2 million euro as compensation.
The paper underlines that the trial is expected to be launched during the forthcoming February in Larnaka.
 Visit under conditions to the Republic of Cyprus by the speaker of the National Assembly of Crimean Tatars and Deputy in Ukraine, Mustafa Abdulcemil KirimogluUnder the title: "The most right message", Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (21.01.13) reports that speaker of the National Assembly of Crimean Tatars and Deputy in Ukraine Mustafa Abdulcemil Kirimoglu, replying to the invitation by the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Kiev, Evagoras Vryonides, to pay a visit to Cyprus, has stated that he would accept the invitation in case he would be permitted to cross over to the "TRNC" through the crossing points.
According to a news report by AB Haber, Mustafa Abdulcemil Kirimoglu has met in Kiev on January 11 with the Ambassador Evagoras Vryonides. According to a statement issued by the National Assembly of Crimean Tatars, the meeting took place upon a demand by the Ambassador of "south Cyprus", as the Republic of Cyprus is called, in Kiev.
Also, according to Crimea News Agency, Vryonides has asked Kirimoglu during the meeting, for the reason he did not paid even one visit to the "Greek Cypriot administration", as the Republic of Cyprus is described, which has established diplomatic ties with Ukraine and is also an EU member states and in contrary, he has paid a lot of visits to the "TRNC".
Kirimoglu has said, according to the paper, that he has not have any prejudices against Greece or against the Greek Cypriot side and added that he visited a lot of times the "TRNC" since he received invitations by the "president" and the "speaker" of the "assembly" to participate to several events and conferences.
Kirimoglu indicated also another more reason for his illegal visits to the occupied area of Cyprus and said that he has cognates there.
Asked to evaluate the issue conveyed to him by Vryonides that in an independent Republic like Cyprus there are Turkish troops, Kirimoglu replied as follows: "According to the agreements signed in Cyprus, the UN Peace Keeping Forces and other countries including Greece and the UK has also troops in the country".
Kirimoglu expressed also sorrow over the fact that the 65% of the Turkish Cypriots who live in the island has said "yes" to the Annan plan while the Greek Cypriots rejected it.
Also, upon an invitation he received from Vryonides to visit Cyprus, Kirimoglu said that he would accept the invitation with pleasure with the condition that if he would visit "south Cyprus", he would be then given a permission to visit the "TRNC".
 Self-styled minister of agriculture to Turkey for contactsTurkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (21.01.13) reports that the self-styled Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources Ali Cetin Amcaoglu, went to Turkey in order to participate in the "Forestry and Economic Development meeting", organized by the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Works.
The paper writes that Amcaoglu will also hold contacts with the Turkish Minister Forestry and Water Works Veysel Eroglu.
Reporting on the same issue, illegal Bayrak (20.01.13) broadcast that Amcaoglu said that the living quality of the Turkish Cypriots will be improved after the water transfer project from Turkey comes into effect. Amcaoglu, who was speaking to TRT television also said the water that will be transferred from Turkey will be used in the field of agriculture and this will have serious contributions to the production.
 Ortam: Self-styled ministry of tourism introducing touristic website while occupied Cyprus is sinking to sewage watersTurkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (21.01.13) reports that the self-styled ministry of tourism started operating a website under the address: www.welcometonorthcyprus.co.uk aiming to promote tourism in occupied Cyprus.
This is an initiative by the "ministry's" London office aiming to make tourism in the occupied area of Cyprus well known.
The site is currently in English but soon will provide information in five languages. It has started operating as from January 11.
In addition, Ortam (21.01.13) reports about the problems with sewage waters faced in occupied Cyprus and writes that the breakaway regime is introducing tourism of "northern Cyprus" which is inside sewage waters and filthiness. The paper writes about the never-ending garbage problems in occupied Lefkosia and about the sewage waters which start from occupied Mia Milia and reach Famagusta. "And here it is, tourism minister Ustel is introducing tourism of the TRNC which is sinking to drain waters to internet", Ortam notes.
 Ismail Tansu: Turkey's target in Cyprus was division and annexationUnder the title "Tansu: The target in Cyprus was division and annexation", Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (21.01.13) reports that the retired Turkish colonel Ismail Tansu, who had prepared Turkey's "Project of Taking Back Cyprus" in the 1950's, has met at his house in Ankara with journalist Mete Tumerkan and talked about the establishment of the so-called Turkish Resistance Organization (TMT), which, according to Tansu, was established upon instructions by the then Turkish Prime Minister Menderes.
Ismail Tansu, who was born in 1917, argued that if there was not for TMT, Turkey would not have been able to invade the island and "Cyprus would have been destroyed". He added: "There would be no TRNC today. TMT's historical resistance was very important in the national struggle. The result of this struggle was not a federal state, but a freed piece of homeland united to motherland Turkey. However, Turkey, as a necessity of its policy, did not do this. It gave permission for the establishment of a separate independent state as a reward of the struggle given by the Turkish Cypriot people".
According to Tansu, when the Greeks and the Greek Cypriots allegedly attempted to take over Cyprus, Fatin Rustu Zorlu, the then Turkish Foreign Minister, said that "if Britain withdraws from Cyprus, the island should be returned to its old owners", as he alleged referring to the Ottoman rule in Cyprus. Tansu said that when Britain did not give a positive answer to this demand, the Menderes government determined a definite policy, which was the division of Cyprus.
Tansu noted that when the Republic of Cyprus was established, in the first months of 1960, he went to the then Turkish Prime Minister Menderes and asked him whether they should abolish the TMT and stop their actions. According to Tansu, Menderes replied the following: "No, it will definitely not be abolished, it will not be postponed and its actions will not stop. I thank you very much for all you have done until today. You have obtained a very useful result. I want you to work intensively from now on as well, because this organization will be very necessary to us in the future. We do not abandon our policy for division".
Tansu said that he was preparing the second part of his book under the title "Actually no one was asleep".
 Sixty-six million Euros in goods sale during the eight year operation of the "Green line regulation"Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (21.01.13) reports about the "Green line regulation" and writes that since 2004 that the law was put into force, goods worth 66.937.511.11 euros were sold from occupied Cyprus to the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus.
According to data by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, goods worth 8.945.365.77 euros were sold in 2012 from the occupied to the free areas, while in 2011 the amount was 29.407.435,08 euros, mainly due to sales of electric equipment.
 Ankara the first visit of the new US secretary of stateTurkish daily Milliyet (21.01.13) reports that the first visit abroad of the new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will take place to Ankara in February.
The paper, which suggests that this is an indication of the importance US government gives to the solution of the Kurdish problem and that Washington wants to give a strong support message for the Kurdish initiative, writes that during his visit Kerry will hold contacts with the chairman of the Peace and Democracy Movement Selahattin Demirtas. Kerry also asked to see the leaders of the Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement Party.
Milliyet also writes that the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Washington soon.
 German troops arrive in Turkey for NATO missile deploymentAnkara Anatolia news agency (20.01.13) reports that German troops, that will operate NATO's Patriot air-defense systems deployed in Turkey, arrived in the Turkish southern province of Adana on Sunday.
Nearly 240 German troops arrived at the Incirlik Air Base in Adana and they will proceed to Kahramanmaras province where German Patriot batteries are deployed.
The United States, Germany and the Netherlands, under Turkish request from NATO, each deploy two Patriot batteries in Turkey's southeastern region with the aim of boosting Turkey's air defense capabilities from any airborne attack from civil war-torn Syria.
In addition AA also reports that a ship carrying the patriots sent by the Netherlands arrived in Iskenderun gulf on Sunday.
 Paris killings an intra-PKK conflict according to French intelligenceTurkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (21.01.13) reports that the Turkish media reported on Sunday that the French intelligence informed the Turkish government officials about an investigation into the killings of the three Kurdish women -- including a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Paris earlier this month -- saying that the assassination of the women was the result of an intra-PKK conflict.
According to the reports, French intelligence has been aware of a conflict inside the organization for a while before the murders, which supports the belief that the murders came as a result of an intra-PKK problem.
French police took two men, who are Turkish citizens with Kurdish origins, into custody as part of the investigation, French police and judicial sources said on Friday. Suspects are still being held in custody and French police have increased the detention time of suspects to 96 hours. According to French laws, suspects who remain detained for 48 hours are either released or stand trial later.
 Hrant Dink lawyer: MIT knows about Dink murder but does not release factsTurkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper reports that the chief lawyer for the Dink family Fethiye Cetin stated to the paper that a number of state institutions had information about the plans to murder Hrant Dink, the late chief editor of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, and among them is the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), which has been withholding valuable information from the courts, has said to Monday Talk.
In an interview to the paper, on the sixth anniversary of Dink's murder, Cetin suggested that MIT probably has quite a lot of information about Dink's assassination but did not provide it. According to recent news reports, a number of letters sent anonymously to MIT reveal the illegal activities of structures -- such as the Tactical Mobilization Group (STK) -- within the Turkish military. The letters say that the STK was behind a number of assassinations that rocked the country in the past, including an armed attack on the Council of State in 2006, the killings of three Christian missionaries at the Zirve publishing house in Malatya in 2007 and the murder of Dink.
 "Turkey's defense export reaches 1.3 billion"Under the above title, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (20.01.13) reports that Turkish defense companies increased their exports to a strong $1.3 billion dollars last year, a 43 percent increase over 2011, according to new figures.
Most of the exported products were spare parts for airplanes and helicopters, turbojets and armored war vehicles.
The United States topped the list of buyers by purchasing a massive $490 million worth of defense exports from Turkey over the year. The United Arab Emirates followed the U.S. at $101 million, while Saudi Arabia came third with $99 million in purchases.
Other countries on the export list included Russia, Britain, Italy, Germany, France and Iraq, which saw the greatest rise in Turkey's buyers abroad.
Turkey broke an all-time exports record last year with $151.86 billion, according to the unofficial figures gathered by the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM).
The country's current account deficit dropped to $41 billion in the first 10 months of 2012 from $65 billion in the same period a year earlier.
 Turkey's population will increase by 4.5 million in next 5 years IMF estimatesAnkara Anatolia news agency (20.01.13) reports that Turkey's population will increase by nearly 4.5 million people in the next five years to reach 79.3 million to catch Germany, according to a projection by the International Monetary Fund.
Population will grow the fastest in India within the next five years with 82 million and it will reach 1,305 million. China will still be the most crowded country with a population rise of 32.8 million to 1,386 million.
Indonesia will follow with an increase by 15.2 million people to reach 262.4 million.
Russia, Japan and Germany will face a decline as their populations with reductions of 2.5 million, 1.7 million and 814 thousand, respectively. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION