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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 13-08-16

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TURKISH CYPRIOT AND TURKISH MEDIA REVIEW No.154/13 15-16/08/2013

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Eroglu assigns CTP-BG with the duty of establishing a "coalition government"
  • [02] Kucuk resigns "orally" from UBP's leadership; Ozgurgun the only candidate for the post; Extraordinary congress on 31 August
  • [03] Serdar is in favour of unifying DP and the UBP into a single centre right party
  • [04] Eroglu: the Turkish Cypriots will not abandon bi-zonality, self-administration and Turkey's guarantees
  • [05] Eroglu meets with Turkey's Confederations' Society within efforts of strengthening their international lobbying activities
  • [06] Talat: with the opening of the barricades the anomalous status quo in Cyprus started to seem as normal
  • [07] Two activities against occupation are organized by Turkish Cypriots
  • [08] New commanders of the Turkish occupation forces in occupied Cyprus
  • [09] Tom Jones to visit occupied Cyprus in September
  • [10] Erdogan criticizes West over Egypt massacre
  • [11] Turkey recalls ambassador in Cairo for consultations, Egypt reciprocates
  • [12] Turkey not categorically against formation of autonomous Kurdish entity inside Syria
  • [13] Turkey contacts Hezbollah for talks on kidnapped pilots
  • [14] Promotion exposes journalist, academic as M0T personnel
  • [15] Surveys show that urban Turks' faith in Turkey's main institutions has dropped

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Eroglu assigns CTP-BG with the duty of establishing a "coalition government"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.08.13) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu met yesterday with the leader of the Republican Turkish Party ? United Forces (CTP-BG), Ozkan Yorgancioglu and assigned him with the duty of establishing a "coalition government".

    As soon as he was assigned with this duty, Yorgancioglu headed delegation which visited the National Unity Party (UBP) and the Social Democracy Party (TDP). Today the CTP-BG delegation is expected to meet with officials from the Democratic Party ? National Forces (DP-UG).

    Yorgancioglu said they could meet with the UBP on Monday again and added that no give and take was held with this party. He said that their meeting was "positive". Referring to their meeting with the TDP, he described it as "friendly" and added that they could hold another meeting with this party.

    Yorgancioglu should form a "coalition government" until 29 August. Otherwise he should return this duty to Eroglu.

    Meanwhile, in statements to Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (16.08.13), Asim Akansoy, CTP-BG's general secretary, described as "preparatory" their meetings with UBP and TDP, adding that during the meetings, they put CTP-BG's program onto the table and exchanged views. "They saw our basic approaches. The sides will evaluate the situation after this", he noted. Reiterating that they keep equal distance from all parties, Akansoy said that this process will not take long and expressed the hope to have a result in the beginning of next week the latest.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Kucuk resigns "orally" from UBP's leadership; Ozgurgun the only candidate for the post; Extraordinary congress on 31 August

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.08.13) reports that National Unity Party's (UBP) council and "parliamentary" group met on Wednesday and decided that Huseyin Ozgurgun will be the only candidate for the post of the chairman of the party during an extraordinary congress which should be held within 45 days.

    The current chairman of the party, Irsen Kucuk said that he had submitted orally his resignation and that he had not yet resigned in writing.

    Ozgurgun had been elected to the leadership of UBP in 2006 after Eroglu's leaving the post. During the same year Ozgrugun resigned and handed over this duty to Tahsin Ertugruloglu.

    According to the paper, except for Ozgurgun, Nazim Cavusoglu and Sunat Atun were also candidates for the post of the chairman of the UBP at Wednesday's meeting. Two rounds of voting were held with the participation of the 14 "MPs" of the UBP. During the first round Ozgurgun received 6 votes, Cavusoglu 5 and Atun 3. Ozgurgun won the second round with 9 votes to 6, after receiving the support of Atun.

    In statements after the voting, Ozgurgun said that he would be the only candidate among the "MPs", but anyone who is not "MP" could ran for candidate for the post of the UBP's chairman. He said he did not know when Irsen Kucuk will resign, but added that they agreed that Kucuk should do this the soonest.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (16.08.13) reports that Kucuk and Ozgurgun agreed that UBP's extraordinary congress will be held on Saturday 31 August.

    According to Gunes, in statements to illegal Bayrak television, Ozgrugun said that the UBP was open to any proposal for a "coalition government" and added that during the "elections" the "people" pointed out to three possibilities for a "coalition". Ozgrugun noted that his party will not say "no" to any proposal except for a "four-party coalition", as proposed by the Democratic Party (DP), because in this case no opposition would exist in the "parliament".

    Ozgurgun said that the congress of the party will be held within the framework of "UBP gathering its strength again".

    When asked whether the UBP's door was open for those who had abandoned the party and joined the DP, Ozgrugun said that UBP's door was open for everybody, but "if conditions are put for coming to the UBP, this will not be accepted by the party".

    Moreover, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.08.13) reports that some UBP officials said that Kucuk might not resign until the congress. They recalled that any party member could announce his/her candidature until 48 hours before the congress and added that Kucuk might use this provision in their regulations and not resign if a second candidate comes up.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Serdar is in favour of unifying DP and the UBP into a single centre right party

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 15.08.13), the leader of the Democrat Party-National Forces (DP-UG) Serdar Denkta has made interesting statements regarding the formation of a "broad coalition" made up of the 4 political parties in "parliament" and the creation of a single party in the centre right. Denkta said that he was in favour of unifying the DP and the UBP (National Unity Party) into a single centre right party.

    He said that the National Forces umbrella had created such a demand.

    Speaking on a program on "BRT" on Wednesday night, the DP-UG leader said that they had come together with the other parties in "parliament" to see whether or not a "broad coalition" made up of all the parties could be possible.

    "With the creation of the National Forces, a process that is pushing the Democrat and the National Unity Parties to merge into a single centre right party has begun. I've said this before that it will not be possible to stand in front of this wind of change" he said, adding that the process will show whether this will be possible.

    Denkta also said that the majority of the people expected the "new government" to be formed to question and investigate "government and state practices" over the past few years. He added that their ultimate goal was to establish a stable "government" for the next 5 years.

    Asked what could prevent a CTP-DP coalition from forming, the DP leader said that this could happen if the CTP undervalued the DP as a coalition partner.

    On the Cyprus problem, Denkta said that his party did not have the slightest belief or hope that a bi-zonal, bi-communal solution could be reached in Cyprus, reportedly mainly because of the Greek Cypriot side's uncompromising attitude towards the issue of power sharing with Turkish Cypriots.

    [04] Eroglu: the Turkish Cypriots will not abandon bi-zonality, self-administration and Turkey's guarantees

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.08.13) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu has reiterated that the Turkish Cypriots are not considering of abandoning their "self-administration", bi-zonality and Turkey's active and effective guarantees. In statements during the celebrations on the occasion of the 39th anniversary from the occupation of Famagusta, Eroglu alleged that "we believe that by asking these, no harm is done to the Greek Cypriot people".

    Noting that the ground on which the negotiations are held and the distance covered in the discussions are known, Eroglu called on the Greek Cypriot side to continue the negotiations from the point they were left and argued that reaching an agreement would not be difficult, if the Turkish Cypriots' having equal rights with the Greek Cypriots on the island was accepted.

    "Come and let us sit at the table in the beginning of October and sign an agreement within 2014", he said.

    Meanwhile, Kibris (16.08.13) reports also that in statements during the celebrations on the occasion of the occupation of Chatoz village, Eroglu argued that reaching an agreement would be easy if all concessions demanded by the Greek Cypriots are given. He alleged that if the Greek Cypriots came to "the path of reason and peace", an agreement would be possible. "However, it could not be said that we are hopeful, when we see their demands and the steps they take that became more intensive during the past few days", he claimed.

    Eroglu argued that UN Secretary-General's special adviser, Alexander Downer has submitted a 77-page document with the issues on which the sides had agreed in the negotiations, and alleged that President Anastasiades has not given a positive answer to this document.

    Meanwhile, addressing another ceremony at occupied Maratha, Aloa and Sandalaris villages, Eroglu reiterated the allegation that there are "two different peoples and two states" in Cyprus, which have different languages, religions and "geographies on which they are sovereign".

    Referring to the information that Greek Prime Minister Samaras had discussed the issue of the occupied closed city of Varosha with the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, Eroglu alleged that "instead of Samaras asking for Varosha to be given to them in advance, let him come and meet with us at the negotiating table and listen to us". He alleged that what Greece should do is to "encourage the Greek Cypriot side to come to reason". He reiterated that the proposal of the Turkish side for a five-party meeting with the participation of the Turkish Cypriot side, the Greek Cypriot side and the three guarantor powers of the Republic of Cyprus is still valid.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Eroglu meets with Turkey's Confederations' Society within efforts of strengthening their international lobbying activities

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.08.13) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu has met with a delegation from Turkey's Confederations' Society headed by the chairperson of the society, Nezaket Emine Atasoy.

    In statements during the meeting, Eroglu expressed his satisfaction with the fact that this organization voluntarily carries out lobbying activities in the world in favour of the "TRNC", breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. Alleging that the "TRNC" is facing problems on the issue of being opened to the world, Eroglu claimed that because of the so-called embargoes, foreign investors are prevented from coming to the occupied area of Cyprus.

    In her statements, Atasoy said that their society is "Turkey's most powerful lobby" as it includes 15 confederations, more than ten million members and four thousand organizations. She said that at every activity they organize they bring the problems of the "Turkish Cypriot people" onto the agenda. She added that they call on the UN and the world to lift the so-called embargoes allegedly implemented on the Turkish Cypriots.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] Talat: with the opening of the barricades the anomalous status quo in Cyprus started to seem as normal

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.08.13) reports that the former Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat has said that the Turkish government and the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus should get into action on the Cyprus problem, which "becomes chronic as long as it continues".

    In statements to Kibris TV, Talat said yesterday that the visits between the occupied and the government controlled area, were eased in 2003 with the opening of the barricades and added: "The cold war climate became milder and the status quo, which is anomalous, started to seem normal. And this created a serious danger".

    Referring to the appointment of a negotiator by President Anastasiades, Talat alleged that this includes the danger of "leaving the problem hanging in the air". Noting that the Greek Cypriot negotiator has been appointed by the National Council, Talat claimed that this could create "sterile debates" and a "chaotic situation".

    Replying to a question, Talat said that the community leaders will meet in October and added that the Turkish side should prepare well. He argued that it is absolutely necessary for the Turkish side to exert pressures so that this meeting in October to be held at the level of community leaders.

    Referring to the issue of the occupied closed city of Varosha, Talat alleged that the issue in the manner it had been brought onto the agenda by the Greek Cypriot side was "delaying tactics" and argued that solving this matter is difficult. He noted that in principle, he is not against the discussion of the issue of Varosha, but added that "solving the issue of Varosha is more difficult than solving the Cyprus problem". Talat went on and wondered the following: "Given that the Greek Cypriot side rejects the opening of Tymvou airport in return for Varosha and wants in advance a gain which it will acquire in the solution, with what conditions it will accept the sharing of the state when this day comes?"

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] Two activities against occupation are organized by Turkish Cypriots

    Under the title "One target two separate activities", Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (15.08.13) reports that two activities were held on 14 August in the occupied part of Nicosia on the occasion of the second stage of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.

    The one was the "Anti-militarist Peace Operation" organized for the fourth time by the New Cyprus Party (YKP). By using the slogan "Ayse go home", the participants in the activity made a call to the Turkish army to withdraw from Cyprus [Translator's note: "Ayse" is the code name used in 1974 by the then Turkish Foreign Minister Gunes, who signaled the beginning of the second stage of the Turkish invasion by saying that "Ayse could go for vacation"]. Turkey's Freedom and Solidarity Party (ODP) and the Reconstruction Party (YKP) sent messages of support to the activity, asking for all armies to withdraw from Cyprus.

    The other activity was organized by the United Cyprus Party (BKP) under the title "Resist Cyprus". Messages of support by Greek Cypriot AKEL party, the Turkish Communist Party (TKP), Turkey's Peace Association and Turkey's People's Houses were sent to the activity. The messages saluted the resistance of the Turkish Cypriots against Turkey which occupies the northern part of Cyprus for 39 years "in the direction if the interests of imperialism" and against the attacks of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] New commanders of the Turkish occupation forces in occupied Cyprus

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 14.08.13), new commanders have taken their oaths at the Turkish occupation forces in the occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus.

    The commander of the 28th Mechanized Infantry Division Major General 0lhan Talu and the commander of the 14th Armoured Brigade Brigadier General Avn1 Angun completed their duties in the occupied Cyprus.

    The commander of the 28th Mechanized Infantry Division Major General 0lhan Talu handed over his command of the Turkish occupation forces in Cyprus to his successor Major General Tayyar S?ng? with a ceremony on Wednesday morning.

    The commander of the 14th Armoured Brigade Brigadier General Avni Angun handed over his command with a ceremony at the headquarters of the Brigade to his successor Brigadier General ?zkan

    Meanwhile both outgoing commanders met with the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu yesterday. Speaking during the meeting, Eroglu said he was pleased to hear that both had received promotions before leaving the occupied Cyprus and wished them success at their new duties in Ankara.

    [09] Tom Jones to visit occupied Cyprus in September

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.08.13) reports that the well-known singer Tom Jones is preparing to visit the occupied area of Cyprus again in September. According to the paper, Tom Jones will sing in occupied Keryneia and will arrive to the island through illegal Tymvou airport.

    (I/Ts.)

    [10] Erdogan criticizes West over Egypt massacre

    Under the title "Egypt is democracy test for West, Turkish PM says", Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 15.08.13) reported that Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan slammed the West for failing to stop the bloodshed in Egypt, while reiterating Ankara's earlier call for the U.N. Security Council to convene quickly as the death toll from Aug. 14's crackdown rose over 500.

    "If the West wants to pass the democracy test, it has to understand this. But if it is on the point of losing the democracy test or if it has decided on a process such as questioning democracy, then that is another matter. As a matter of fact, if Western countries do not act sincerely on this issue ? I believe that democracy will start to be questioned throughout the world," Erdoan told reporters on August 15 ahead of his departure for a working visit to Turkmenistan.

    Erdoan said he had talked to world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, as well as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, about the situation in Egypt.

    Erdoan also called for an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting. "The Security Council of the United Nations should convene quickly to discuss the situation in Egypt," Erdoan said. "This is a very serious massacre ... against the Egyptian people who were only protesting peacefully," he said, criticizing "the silence" of the global community in the face of the bloodshed.

    Meanwhile, Erdoan maintained that there was a constant attempt to entrap the Islamic world, including his own country. "These traps exist for us, too & Therefore, let us not forget that nobody wants a strong Turkey. Therefore, we have to be strong. First, we have to love each other. We have to be in solidarity. Therefore, we will keep our nose to the grindstone, work and God willing build a strong Turkey in this way," Erdoan said.

    [11] Turkey recalls ambassador in Cairo for consultations, Egypt reciprocates

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (15.08.13) reported that Turkey's ambassador in Egypt has been recalled to Ankara for consultations following the bloody crackdown in the country on supporters of the toppled President Mohamed Morsi, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan said Aug. 15.

    Mirroring Ankara's step, Cairo reciprocated by recalling its own ambassador in Turkey for consultations, Egypt's State Agency reported a few hours later.

    "Nabil Fahmy, the Foreign Minister, decided to recall Egypt's ambassador in Ankara, Abdel Rahman Salah, for consultations," the state news agency reported a few hours later, giving no further details.

    Erdoan, who was returning from Turkmenistan, told reporters on the plane that Ambassador H?seyin Avni Botsal1 would come to Ankara to discuss the latest developments in Egypt.

    Moreover, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Botsal1 was expected to return from Cairo on Aug. 16.

    [12] Turkey not categorically against formation of autonomous Kurdish entity inside Syria

    Turkey daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 16.08.13) reports that Turkey is not categorically against the formation of an autonomous Kurdish entity inside Syria as long as this decision is made at a Parliament representing the nation's will, Turkish officials have said. For the moment, Turkey is against any kind of fait accompli regarding such a formation in an environment of chaos inside the neighbouring country, the officials said after talks with Salih Muslim, the co-leader of the main Kurdish group in northern Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

    During the same meeting, Turkish officials responded positively to the PYD side's requests for humanitarian aid to reach Rojava (the Kurdish name for the Syrian Kurdish enclaves in the northern part of the country), but no tangible result has been reported.

    Muslim held a meeting with officials from the Foreign Ministry and the National Intelligence Service (M0T) Aug. 14, marking the second such meeting openly hosted in Turkey after the first one in late July. Particularly taking into consideration the once harsh rhetoric against the PYD by Ankara, a considerable number of analysts interpreted these meetings and the lack of secrecy of the past few meetings, as a policy change rather than fine-tuning.

    No autonomy sought

    During talks with Turkish officials, Muslim reiterated that they are not seeking autonomy or independence, as he maintained that "their requests concerning the future will be pursued inside Syria and the decision concerning Syria's future will be made together by all Syrians," Turkish diplomatic sources told the semi-official Anadolu Agency late Aug. 14.

    Yet, according to news reports posted from Qamishli in northern Syria only a few hours earlier on Aug. 14, the PYD's other co-leader, Asia Abdulla, said they were in the second stage of declaring self-autonomy. Elections will be held once all parties involved are approved, Abdulla said.

    "Her statements are not binding for me. Our counterpart is Muslim and likewise at the previous meeting, Muslim told us that what they have been demanding right now is not a demand for autonomy. They have been forming a local and non-permanent committee in order to provide for the needs of their people. This is something acceptable as long as they do not attempt to turn this non-permanent structure into a different body as a fait accompli," a senior Turkish diplomat told the H?rriyet Daily News Aug. 15 when reminded of the contradiction between Muslim's reported remarks and Abdulla's reported prospects.

    "Autonomy is a decision that shall be made by the free will of the people of Syria and when it is eventually made in a free Syria, then Turkey will have no problem with it," the same diplomat, speaking under customary condition of anonymity, said, echoing remarks recently delivered by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolu.

    Meanwhile, although the Turkish side pledged to continue humanitarian aid to Syrians without any sectarian or ethnic discrimination, there had been no concrete decision made to reopen the border gates so that aid collected by civilians could be transferred to Rojava, officials said.

    [13] Turkey contacts Hezbollah for talks on kidnapped pilots

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman (online, 15.08.16) reported that Turkey has contacted Hezbollah as part of efforts to secure the release of two Turkish Airlines (THY) pilots kidnapped in Beirut last week, an official said on Thursday. A group called Zuwwar Imam Ali al-Reda has claimed responsibility for the abduction, demanding that Turkey increase pressure on the Syrian opposition to release nine Lebanese Shiites who were kidnapped by Syrian opposition fighters in the war-torn country in May, last year.

    The talks with Hezbollah came as Turkey intensifies its efforts to secure the pilots' release. A delegation headed by a senior National Intelligence Organization (M0T) official is in Beirut for talks with Lebanese intelligence authorities. The delegation, headed by M0T Deputy Undersecretary Abdurrahman Bilgi?, met with Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel to discuss their efforts for the return of the Turkish pilots.

    Lebanese news reports said the Turkish ambassador to Lebanon, 0nan ?zy1ld1z, met with the head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc, MP Mohammad Raad, at Raad's office on Wednesday. The Turkish official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that talks were being held with Hezbollah but rejected any characterization of the talks as "seeking help from Hezbollah."

    [14] Promotion exposes journalist, academic as M0T personnel

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman (online, 15.08.13) with the above title reported that Turkish daily Star daily foreign news desk editor and columnist Nuh Y1lmaz and an academic at Artuklu University, Murat Dilmen, have been promoted to top posts within the National Intelligence Organization (M0T), surprising many of their colleagues, who had not known they had been working for M0T.

    Journalist Y1lmaz was appointed head of the communications unit of M0T, while academic D0lmen was assigned as the new M0T Counter-Terrorism Coordination Centre head.

    Y1lmaz's promotion has created great confusion among his colleagues as they were not aware that Y1lmaz had been working for M0T.

    Y1lmaz is not the first journalist to be a M0T agent. In an earlier incident, Hayri Birler, who was deputy representative of H?rriyet daily's Ankara office, was fired from the daily when his links with M0T were exposed. Birler continued to work as a M0T official after this incident. He became M0T's Diyarbak1r regional director at that time. B0rler also worked for Milliyet daily before the H?rriyet daily.

    [15] Surveys show that urban Turks' faith in Turkey's main institutions has dropped

    Under the title "Gallup: Urban Turks' trust in gov't, military dropping sharply", Turkish daily Today's Zaman (online, 15.08.13) reported that Gallup surveys conducted amid the recent protests in Turkey show that Turks living in large cities are increasingly losing faith in the country's main institutions, including the military.

    According to Gallup surveys conducted between May 19 and June 23, only 43% of Turks living in cities with at least 100,000 inhabitants expressed confidence in the national government, compared with 68% of residents of smaller cities and rural areas. In 2012, 50% of large-city dwellers expressed confidence in the government, while this percentage was 57 among rural residents.

    Most of the surveys took place after the raids on protesters' camps in 0stanbul's Gezi Park on May 30 and 31. The police action triggered protests in other major cities across the country. Gallup's data, however, show that urban Turks' discontent with their country's institutions was growing before the recent unrest.

    In 2011, before Recep Tayyip Erdoan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) won a third term, urban and rural Turks were equally likely to express confidence in several of the country's public institutions. By 2012, these two groups' views of the national government and the judicial system started to slowly drift apart, with more urban Turks withdrawing support. This rift became larger in 2013 and included a loss of support for the military among urbanites.

    According to the survey, 49% of Turks living in large cities expressed confidence in the judicial system, compared with 66% of residents of smaller cities and rural areas. In 2012, 48% of urban Turks expressed confidence in the judiciary compared with 53% of residents of smaller cities.

    The Gallup data also show that Turks living in small cities and rural areas are now clearly more likely to say they trust the military than large-city dwellers 81% versus 59% respectively. In previous years, the two groups exhibited similar levels of confidence in the military. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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