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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. 71/13 13-15/4/13
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 Talat: transfer of Cypriot natural gas through Turkey is related to the solution; Davutoglu's statement on the division of Cyprus was an intimidationTurkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (14.04.13) reported that former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat has said that the transfer of Cypriot natural gas to international markets through Turkey is related to the solution of the Cyprus problem. In statements to illegal Bayrak television, Talat argued that the Greek Cypriots could be right from their point of view when they oppose to the transfer of natural gas through Turkey, because they do not want to depend on Turkey in these conditions with the Cyprus problem being unsolved.
Talat claimed that the transfer of the natural gas through Turkey is the only reasonable way from economic point of view, but this is obviously depended on the solution of the Cyprus problem.
Talat reiterated his view that if the Cyprus problem had been solved, the Republic of Cyprus would not have faced the current economic crisis. He said that the Cypriot banks had put all their eggs into one basket by investing in Greek bonds and argued that if the Cyprus problem had been solved, this money could have been invested in other fields, such as the constructions for example. He alleged that if a solution was found, the "common government" would be deterrent in the unilateral use of resources and the Turkish Cypriots in the central bank would have prevented the wrong investments.
Asked to comment on Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu's statement saying that either a solution will be found in Cyprus or there will be a division, Talat said that "this could be perceived as a kind of warning or intimidation".
Talat argued that a negotiating process which will not be held at the level of the community leaders would be meaningless and added that "as soon as the stance of the UN is revealed, we will assess where these negotiations could lead us to".
Talat said that there are efforts by the Turkish side to corner President Anastasiades and described these efforts as "correct", but added that in case these efforts serve to the non-solution, they will be of no use.
Talat alleged that the Europeans should recall to the Greek Cypriots that they have rejected the Annan Plan and exert pressure on them, because they have allegedly deceived the world.
Asked to comment on the allegations as regards the money laundering in the Republic of Cyprus, Talat claimed that the Greek Cypriot side should pay a price both on this issue and for the non-solution of the Cyprus problem.
 Denktas says he is ready to find investor for the Cyprus Airways, forgetting how they have led "Turkish Cypriot airlines" to bankruptcyTurkish Cypriot daily Kibrisli newspaper (15.04.13) reports that Serdar Denktas, chairman of the Democratic Party (DP) has argued that in case the government of the Republic of Cyprus accepted 50% partnership of the Turkish Cypriots in the Cyprus Airways, he was ready to find an investor for saving the company and make it "common property of the two peoples" living in Cyprus.
In a written statement issued yesterday, Denktas argued that finding a solution to the Cyprus problem was the most important element for the Greek Cypriots' being saved from the economic deadlock. Within this framework, he added, "relations-building measures" are inevitable in parallel to the statements made for the Cyprus problem.
Denktas said he sees that the Cyprus Airways will not have a different fate than the one of the bankrupted "Turkish Cypriot Airlines" (KTHY) and added that he sees also an opportunity for "relations-increasing measures between the two peoples".
 Rustem Tatar: "Turkish Cypriots have rights to the gold"According to Turkish daily Hurriyet (15.04.13), Omer Bilge ? paper's correspondent in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus ? reports that Rustem Tatar, who is the father of the so-called minister of finance Ersin Tatar, said to the paper that the Turkish Cypriots have also rights to the gold that the Central Bank of Cyprus is planning to sell.
Evaluating the situation in Cyprus, Rustem Tatar said: "The Turkish Cypriots may have separated from the Greek Cypriots, but they haven't still get an official divorce. Turkish Cypriots have also shares at the public resources like the natural gas and the gold reserves." He added that the 14 tons of gold reserves were bought by the Central Bank of Cyprus in 1960.
Meanwhile, the paper reports that Rustem Tatar was an economic adviser of the Turkish Cypriot committee during the London-Zurich agreements in 1960.
 Self-styled minister of energy held a meeting with Yildiz in Turkey on petrol and natural gas explorationIllegal Bayrak television (13.04.13) broadcast that the self-styled minister for economy and energy Sunat Atun, took up the issue of petrol and natural gas exploration efforts of the Republic of Cyprus with the Turkish Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz in Turkey.
During the meeting Yildiz claimed that any natural gas reserves found in Cyprus should be used by both "peoples" on the island.
"He also sent a clear message to the Greek Cypriot side saying that Turkey's determined stance and policy on this issue is very clear, if they want peace and stability in the region the Greek Cypriots must cooperate fully with the Turkish side", illegal Bayrak broadcast.
Yildiz also received information regarding the workings being carried out regarding renewable energy in the breakaway from Atun and said that Turkey fully supports the work that is being carried out.
 Finland says Cyprus UN problem; "regrets" block on Turkish bidTurkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (15.04.13) reports that Finland regrets the political blockade that has been applied to Turkey for Ankara's European Union-accession process, Finland's foreign minister has said.
Erkki Tuomioja said they thought Turkey's negotiations should proceed normally, "opening and closing chapters as the objective negotiation situation evolves." "There will be some chapters opened," he told the Hurriyet Daily News April 12 alongside the Second Istanbul Conference on Mediation.
Turkey and Finland launched the mediation initiative in 2010. It then became a United Nations initiative after a resolution was approved at the U.N. General Assembly in 2011.
Finland has always supported the opening of the other chapters that have overshadowed Turkey's accession talks, the minister said. "We regret this political blockade, but I think we see some changes and there is a possibility of getting a more normal negotiation process."
"When Finland was holding the rotating EU presidency in the second half of 2006, Tuomioja had a prominent role as the spokesman of EU foreign policy. He also has been conducting intensive work on the Cyprus issue to find a solution that will enable the uninterrupted continuation of Turkey's accession negotiations and improve the situation of both communities on the island.", writes the paper.
When Tuomioja was asked whether Turkey's EU membership would be a dream until the Cyprus problem was solved, he emphasized that it was more or less true, "because, if somebody is in the EU, they have to have normal relations with all others in the bloc. That is the basic idea of European integration."
All parties involved in the problem need to support the work of the U.N., he said. "We are trying to solve the Cyprus problem; we are trying to solve some items which will help communities working together on the island, where the EU clearly has an interest and a mandate to do so. But the actual issue of Cyprus is a U.N. issue."
Tuomioja said he was hopeful. "After the last elections in Cyprus there has actually been a wind of opportunity except for the financial debt crisis, which is now overhanging." He also noted that he found it understandable that at least for the short term Cyprus would be unable to act until they solve its economic problems. "When this is over ? certainly we are not talking about years, we are talking about months if not weeks ? we should start seriously to get these parts together again," he said.
Nothing can immediately happen regarding peace talks on the Cyprus problem, Tuomioja said, adding that Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades would take this up as soon as possible.
 Tekelioglu described the Cyprus problem as a pebble stone inside Turkish shoesUnder the title: "We are ready to make a sacrifice on Cyprus", Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (13.04.13) reported on statements by Mehmet Tekelioglu, AKP Deputy in Izmir and chairman of the EU Harmonization Committee at the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) who in statements during a press conference he organized in the Turkish Embassy in Paris referred to the Cyprus problem said that the Cyprus problem was into the agenda during the contacts he carried out with French politicians in Paris in the framework of the discussions about the opening of the 22 chapter on Turkish-EU negotiation talks.
Referring to Cyprus, Tekelioglu said: "Cyprus is a pebble stone inside Turkey's shoes and we should be discarded from this. We are aware of the fact that Cyprus is a pebble stone in our feed. We are ready to make any kind of sacrifices and we want the re-launching of the negotiation talks. But, when we say that we are ready to make sacrifices, nobody should expect from us to cut our feed in order to be discarded from this".
 AKP Vice Deputy stated that Turkey will make new openings in several fields in the occupied area of Cyprus; statements on the Cyprus problemUnder the title: "There would be new openings in several fields", Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi (14.04.13) reported on statements by Salih Kapusuz, Deputy chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, who is illegally visiting the occupied area of Cyprus in the framework of the Academy Kibris (Cyprus) seminar which took place in the illegal Near East University (YDU) on April 13.
In statements about the Cyprus problem, Kapusuz stressed the need for the Cyprus problem to be solved. Saying that the stance of Turkey and the "TRNC government" about the Cyprus problem is clear, Kapusuz expressed the belief that better days will come for the "TRNC", as he described the occupation regime.
Stating that Turkey will undertake steps for solving the electricity problem in the "TRNC", which is as he said one of the most important problems there, Kapusuz added that new openings will be made also by Turkey in several other fields, such as in education and economy.
Kapusuz stressed also the need for the encouragement of more investments in occupied Keryneia. He said that the investments made until now to the occupation regime did not reached the desired level and stressed the need for the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot businessmen to meet more frequently.
Referring to the health sector, he assured that Turkey and the "TRNC" will continue their cooperation. He then said that the Turkish Premier Erdogan will soon find the opportunity to carry out a visit to the "TRNC".
 CHP's Deputy in Ankara submitted a parliamentary question the TBMM about the construction of luxury villas in the occupied area of Cyprus by two Israeli firmsTurkish Cypriot daily Vatan (14.04.13) reported that the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy in Ankara, Bulent Kusoglu has submitted a parliamentary question to the Turkish National Assembly regarding the allegations published in the press that Israeli firms, and particularly two firms called Davit Lewis and Koll Mann, have launched the construction of luxury villas by the sea in the "TRNC", with the encouragement of the "ministry of finance", and the above mentioned firms do not permit to the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot citizens to buy them.
As the paper writes, Kusaoglu has transferred this issue to the Turkish National Assembly by submitting a parliamentary question. Kusoglu demanded from Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to investigate this issue and give answers towards this matter.
 Land in occupied Karpasia peninsula is given to a Turkish HoldingTurkish Cypriot daily Volkan newspaper (15.04.13) reports that according to new information it has obtained on 300 donums of land [Translator's note: a land measure of about 1000 square meters] granted to a Turkish Cypriot named Ahmet Ozcag or Varyant Ahmet in occupied Yialousa village, the above-mentioned Turkish Cypriot was acting on behalf of Attas Alarko Holding, which is one of the biggest companies in Turkey. The paper recalls that Varyant Ahmet had said that he bribed "civil servants" and that is why he was arrested and led to "court".
The land had been leased to Varyant Ahmet in 2009 for 49 years and afterwards the rent for four years was condoned by the self-styled minister of interior, Nazim Cavusoglu, notes Volkan adding that the land remained to Varyant Ahmet's Ozkom Ltd Company with the aim of making investments in the field of tourism.
According to Volkan, Alarko Holding belongs to Ishak Alaton and Izzet Garih, Turkish citizens of Jewish origin. The paper writes that the land given to Alarko was next to the 450 donums of land granted to businessman David Lewis, British citizen of Jewish origin, for constructing a marina.
"As it is known, many businessmen of Jewish origin have closed tens of thousands of donums by the sea in the area of Karpasia", writes the paper.
 Members of the Finance Committee of the Federal Assembly of Germany visited the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of TradeTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris (13.04.13) reported that a delegation of the members of the Finance Committee of the Federal Assembly of Germany, accompanied by the Ambassador of Germany in Cyprus, Gabriela Guellil, visited (yesterday-Friday) the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Trade (KTTO), where they met with the chairman and the administration board of the chamber.
According to a statement issued by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Trade, the officials of the chamber and the visiting delegation exchanged views about the economic structure of the occupation regime and about the financial crisis experienced in the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus.
In statements during the meeting, the chairman of the chamber, Gunay Cerkez referred to the economic crisis in the Republic of Cyprus and stressed the need for a solution to be found out.
Referring to the Cyprus problem, Cerkez said that the solution of the Cyprus problem could be used as a catalyst for the crisis and added: "We should transform the crisis into an opportunity for the solution".
Cerkez said that besides the water to be transferred from Turkey, the issue of the hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the transferring of these resources through Turkey has shown that the solution of the Cyprus problem is very important.
Cerkez went on and said that the responsibility for the financial crisis in general belongs to the EU Central Bank.
 Workshop titled "2013 Planning the Future of North Cyprus" took place in AnkaraTurkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (15.04.13) reports that a workshop titled "2013 Planning the Future of North Cyprus' is taking place in Ankara on Saturday.
The workshop was organized by the Eurasia Economic Affairs Associations.
Speaking during the workshop, the self-styled minister of national education, youth and sports Mutlu Atasayan, stated that students from 90 countries, including students from Turkey, Azerbaijan, USA, Russia, UK, Iraq and Iran study at the illegal universities of the breakaway regime and added that every students is important for the recognition and the advertisement of occupied Cyprus.
 Hasipoglu: "we should not have hopes for a Cyprus settlement"Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (14.04.13) reports that the so-called minister of health Ertugrul Hasipoglu, speaking to a seminar entitled "A struggle against cancer in Turkey and in the world", said, among other things, that they should not carry any hopes for the solution of the Cyprus problem and for this reason they should walk away from an "imaginary solution" and they should develop the breakaway regime and organize their own houses. He also added that with the support of their motherland Turkey they will carry the best points of the occupation regime.
 "KITSAB" will attend the 46th UFTAA Congress Kuala Lumpur 2013According to Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi (15.04.13), the Turkish Cypriot Association of Tourism and Travel Agents (KITSAB) will be represented at the 46th UFTAA (United Federation of Travel Agents' Association) Congress 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by the honorary chairman of KITSAB Ahmet Necati Ozkan and Ozbek Dedekorkut, member of the management board.
Ozkan, in an announcement, said that they applied a year ago so that the next congress of UFTAA to be held in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. Ozkan also said that they have informed them that in case the Congress takes place in the occupied part of Cyprus then they would have reduced air tickets, reasonable hotel rates, as well as simultaneous interpretations. Ozkan added that the place and the date of the new Congress will be decided by the administrative board of UFTAA.
 Turkish aviation companies say they would stop flying to the occupied area of Cyprus due to increased costTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.04.13) reports that Turkey's Private Sector Aviation Entrepreneurs' Association (TOSHID) has noted that they have not yet received a reply to the call they had made on the breakaway regime's so-called government in the direction of re-determining the prices at illegal Tymvou airport. The association said they could stop the flights between the illegal airport and Turkey either for one day or for one week.
Officials of Onur Airlines, Pegasus Airlines and Atlasjet Airlines, which fly between the occupied area of Cyprus and Turkey, have told Kibris that TOSHID's administrative council will convene on 22 April and most probably will decide postponement of the flights to the illegal airport. They said that they might postpone the flights for one day or for a longer period in April. They noted that they are obliged to pay additional fees that exceed five million Turkish liras annually. However, the self-styled minister of transportation and public works, Ersan Saner has argued that no increase was made to the fees.
 Protocol of co-operation in health and education signed between illegal GAU and Istanbul Bilim UniversityTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (13.04.13) reports that the illegal Keryneia American University (GAU) signed a co-operation protocol with the Istanbul Bilim University (IBU) and Florance Nightingale Hospital (which is affiliated with IBU) in the fields of education and health.
According to the protocol, a health complex under the name "GAU Florance Nightingale Smart Health" will be built in the Ayios Georgios area. The complex will include among others geriatrics and eldest care facilities, rehabilitation center, hotel and shopping market. Cooperation in health and education between GAU and IBU will be established as well.
The project will cost 160 million Euro and is planned to be completed in three years.
 IS Bank opened a new branch in occupied LefkosiaIllegal Bayrak television (13.04.13) broadcast that Is Bank has opened up its 15th branch in occupied Lefkosia.
Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, self-styled speaker of the "assembly", Hasan Bozer, "prime mister" Irsen Kucuk and the "Turkish ambassador" to occupied Lefkosia Halil Ibrahim Akca, were among the "officials" attended the opening of the bank.
Speaking during the opening ceremony Eroglu called for all "title deeds" in the breakaway regime to be accepted as collateral at the bank and adding: "The title deeds are being given by the TRNC government".
A similar statement was made by Akca who said that he hopes in the near future "IS Bank will also not discriminate between title deeds and allow them to be used as collateral while gaining loans."
 Erdogan to visit Gaza as Israel ties remain in deep freezeTurkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (15.04.13) reports that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he will stick to his plan to travel to Gaza and visit the coastal strip in late May, a day after he insisted that Turkey will not send an ambassador to Israel unless Israel lifts the blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory.
On March 22, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a formal apology and promised compensation for families of the victims and those injured during the Israeli raid on Mavi Marmara during a telephone conversation with Erdogan in what appeared to be a peace initiative brokered by US President Barack Obama, who was on a visit to Israel. The lifting of the Gaza blockade, however, is not part of the deal.
Since then, Erdogan has insisted that the lifting of the blockade is a condition for normal ties and said he would visit Gaza to monitor the status of the blockade. Speaking to a group of journalists en route to Turkey from a visit to Mongolia on Saturday, Erdogan also said Turkey will not send an ambassador to Israel until the blockade of Gaza is lifted, when responding to a question on whether the appointment of an ambassador is imminent.
In addition, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (15.04.13) reports that compensation talks between Turkey and Israel over the latter's killings of nine Turkish citizens on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara vessel should not turn into "dirty bargaining," Turkish officials have said, adding that Israel should prepare to pay a substantial amount to the victims' families.
"Israel should perfectly know that this is not a process of bargaining. Compensation talks should not be turned into horse trading or dirty bargaining. We want to solve this issue in next week's talks," a diplomatic source told the Hurriyet Daily News on condition of anonymity.
 Germany ready to assist Turkey for renewable energy, said German vice-chancellorAnkara Anatolia news agency (12.04.13) reports that the German Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Economic and Technology Philipp Roesler on Friday said that conditions were excellent for renewable energy in Turkey.
Speaking at the Turkish-German Energy Forum in Ankara on Friday, Roesler indicated that Germany was ready to assist Turkey for renewable energy and that they wanted to contribute to Turkey.
"Of course, legal arrangements (in Turkey) must be made for that purpose," Roesler stressed.
"I have come to Turkey with the representatives of more than 50 German companies. This number could have been bigger if we had more seats. This is my first time ever travelling with such a large delegation. Our visit is an indication of the importance we attach to the Turkish economy," Roesler underlined. "Turkish economy has achieved great things in the last 10 years and this was no coincidence. We want to see long term relations with Turkey and could cooperate in many fields in this direction," Roesler noted.
We would like to make contributions to the Turkish economy in the field of renewable energy, Roesler stated.
"We know that the Turkish government wants to save itself from being dependent on energy. This would make a positive contribution on the current account deficit. [..] All legal arrangements must be ready for such a cooperation. We will discuss legal arrangements at the next Turkish-German Energy Forum," Roesler expressed.
"We would like to establish long term partnership with Turkey in all fields, including energy. The Turkish side wishes to see Germany's works conducted for energy efficiency," Roesler noted.
"The next forum would take place in Germany in 2014. Germany will hold elections in September and I do hope to host you as a minister in 2014," Roesler stated.
Answering a question on Germany's stance on Turkey's concerns about a possible Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and the US, Roesler underlined that he had a chance to meet the Turkish Minister of Economy Zafer Caglayan. "I listened to Caglayan's criticisms on this issue. It is the European Commission which holds talks with the US. Every bilateral FTA affects the Customs Union," Roesler said.
"I speak while considering the interests of my country. However, I do understand Turkey's interests well. I told Mr. Caglayan that I bring up this issue in my talks within the EU. As a friend and partner, it would be beneficial for us if Turkey's condition is well," Roesler noted.
 BDP delegation visits Imrali to hear Ocalan's response to KandilTurkish daily Today's Zaman (15.04.13) reports that a group of deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) travelled to Imral? Island on Sunday to meet with imprisoned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan and hear his response to a letter sent to him by the commanders of the PKK bases in the Kandil Mountains.
The delegation included BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas and Deputies S?rr? Sureyya Onder and Pervin Buldan. Ocalan was expected to send a message about the withdrawal of PKK members from Turkey and whether it would be with their weapons.
At a press conference held after the meeting BDP delegation said the PKK head will reveal the details of the the group's planned withdrawal from Turkey in the coming days.
Buldan said the meeting lasted for an hour and a half and Onder read out a message from Ocalan. "The peace process we are currently going through is continuing at full speed. I am striving to make the ceasefire permanent and to ensure a withdrawal. I can say we are happier now at this stage to which we have come. In this context, I will reveal the details of the efforts we are making," Ocalan's statement said.
Onder said that they delivered the letter from Kandil to Ocalan and added that the PKK leader will send a response to Kandil about the withdrawal of PKK members from Turkey. The message will also be made public, he noted.
 The "1st Mediterranean Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants" to take place in the occupied area of CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (15.4.13) reports that the Faculty of Pharmaceutics of the illegal Eastern Mediterranean University (DAU) will organize at the Kaya Artemis Hotel the "1st Mediterranean Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MESMAP).
The symposium will take place between April 17-19 and around 300 participants from 36 different countries are expected to attend it, writes the paper.
In statements about the symposium, the Dean of the Faculty of illegal DAU, Professor Doctor Ilkay Erdogan Orhan described the event as very important both for the promotion of the "TRNC" as well as of the illegal university.
 The incidents of cancer have been increased due to the operation of the electrical power without filterAccording to Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (14.04.13), the so-called minister of health Ertugrul Hasipoglu, speaking to a seminar entitled "A struggle against cancer in Turkey and in the world", said that the incidents of cancer have been increased especially in the occupied village of Agios Amvrosios. He also stressed that the electrical power plant in the area still operates without a filter.
The so-called mayor of occupied Agios Amvrosios, Erdal Barut, said that the electrical power plant in the occupied area of Trapeza produces 40 thousand tons of sulphur and 250 tons of hydrocarbons. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION