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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 13-09-06

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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.169/13 6/9/2013

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Nami: we are not at the point of discussing the territory which is a sensitive issue that directly concerns people's lives
  • [02] Eroglu continues trying to give the impression that he wants a solution in Cyprus
  • [03] Denktas: "We will have a national airline at all events; Turkish teams should come to Cyprus through Tymvou"
  • [04] Turkish Cypriot businessmen will hold contacts in the Netherlands, Belgium and France
  • [05] MUSIAD calls on Turkish Cypriot businessmen to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • [06] Association of Turkish Confederations asked from Nigeria to recognize the breakaway regime
  • [07] Illegal GAU will host an international symposium on architecture in 2014
  • [08] Kasif participated in the 2nd International Maritime and Communication Council in Turkey
  • [09] More than 2.300 persons were granted the "TRNC citizenship" in the period 2009-2013
  • [10] Erdogan's contacts on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting; controversial reports whatever he met or not with Obama
  • [11] Turkish FM meets his German, French and South Korean counterparts
  • [12] PKK's military leader announces suspension of withdrawal
  • [13] Turkish-Israeli normalization talks could be completed at any time
  • [14] Prosecutor seeks life for alleged murderers of Gezi protester
  • [15] Lira hits record low

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Nami: we are not at the point of discussing the territory which is a sensitive issue that directly concerns people's lives

    Illegal Bayrak television (05.09.13, online) broadcast that Ozdil Nami, newly appointed self-styled foreign minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, has commented on the information that the Greek Cypriot side wanted to resume the negotiations for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem from the chapter of territory and said that first the direct talks should start. Noting that both sides needed a federal solution, Nami argued that both sides should return to the negotiating table having this in mind. "The Greek Cypriot side was avoiding this for a long time. The fact that they started referring to negotiations is pleasing", he alleged.

    Arguing that putting preconditions before the commencement of the talks at the level of the leaders, was not in harmony with the spirit of the negotiations.

    Nami claimed that everybody should know that the negotiations are not at the point they had started and expressed the hope that they will continue from the point they were left.

    He argued that the territory is a sensitive issue which directly concerns the lives of the people and added that "it would not be a realistic stance to allege that we have come to the point of discussing the territory". Nami alleged that we are not at the point of discussing the map in the chapter of the territory and claimed that "there are procedures which we should overcome in order to be able to come to that point". He added: "The chapter we call 'the territory' consists of many subchapters. The map is its very last stage. We understand the sensitivities of the Greek Cypriot side on this issue, but we are not obliged to share all their assessments".

    Replying to a question on the island's hydrocarbon resources, Nami said that the point to which this issue has reached proves the necessity for finding a solution in Cyprus and wished for the island's natural resources to speed up the peace process. Noting that he was not surprised by the steps taken by the Greek Cypriot side on this issue, he said he wanted to warn that putting forward issues to which the other side could highly react would not affect positively the negotiating process which is expected to start in October. He recalled that the natural resources belong to the whole of Cyprus and called on the Greek Cypriot side to respect this.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Eroglu continues trying to give the impression that he wants a solution in Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (06.09.13) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu has alleged that the Turkish Cypriot side was ready to achieve progress in the Cyprus talks though a give and take process, but it would never agree to enforcement of ideas saying "first you should give this, then we want that and if these happen, we will sit at the table".

    In statements yesterday during the celebrations on the occasion of the occupation of Limnitis area, Eroglu allegedly made a call on the Greek Cypriot side saying: "Let them come and let us agree on a timetable and, by putting an end now to the Cyprus issue, let us become an example for our region in which conflicts never stop". Eroglu claimed that if delaying tactics are not used and the intention is to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, the solution would gain acceleration.

    He added: "We are ready for this as well. Let us sit at the table as guarantor powers, Turkey, Greece and Britain and as Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sides and let us head towards a solution. We are ready for securing progress in the negotiations through give and take, but we will never agree to enforcements made beforehand saying 'first you should give this, then we want that and if these happen, we will sit at the table'".

    Eroglu reiterated the allegation that he is ready to resume the negotiations with President Anastasiades from the point they were left with former President Christofias, reach a result soon and sign an agreement in 2014. "Not accepting to start from the point we were left, and giving messages saying that 'first the Turks should give territory' is tantamount to not wanting a solution, and running away from the table", he alleged.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Denktas: "We will have a national airline at all events; Turkish teams should come to Cyprus through Tymvou"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (06.09.13) reports that Serdar Denktas, self-styled deputy prime minister and "minister" of economy, tourism, culture and sports of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, has said that they are determined to revise the "protocol" for so-called economic and financial cooperation signed between Turkey and the breakaway regime, adding that during his visit to the occupied area of Cyprus the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay had said that they were open to revision [of the protocol], and "therefore they do not insist that it should remain as it is".

    In statements to Turkish Cypriot Genc TV the night before yesterday, Denktas reiterated also the view that the tender for illegal Tymvou airport should be rejected and added: "We have held a preparatory contact for now and I asked for a meeting. The only thing I want is for the sole airport of the state to remain to the state".

    Denktas said that a new Turkish Cypriot airline will be established and noted: "The Turkish Cypriot airline (KTHY) will be established again. Its name might not be KTHY. Our target is a company named 'Cyprus Turkish Airlines International'. But could it be another name? Yes, it could, but at all events we will have a national airline".

    Asked about the policy they will follow on the issue of the so-called embargoes in the field of sports allegedly implemented on the Turkish Cypriots, Denktas responded that they do not have infrastructure and motivation, adding that they will try to attract "sports tourism" to the occupied area of the island and activities such as training matches and training seminars.

    Noting that the way of the Turkish Cypriots in individual sports is open, Denktas said: "We have to demand the following from Turkey: Will you participate in sports activities in the south [Translator's note: this is how he describes the government-controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus]? Come from Tymvou airport. Let us enforce this door. When the Greek Cypriots do not give permission, let us show to the world how the Greek Cypriots cause pain to our youth. We can multiply these examples".

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Turkish Cypriot businessmen will hold contacts in the Netherlands, Belgium and France

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (06.09.13) reports that a delegation from the Turkish Cypriot Businessmen Council (KTIAK) will depart for a tour in Europe that includes the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The 25-member delegation will depart on 9 September and meet with the Netherland's Young Businessmen federation (HOGIAF). It will also visit the Turkish ambassador to The Hague, Ugur Dundar, whom it will brief on the breakaway regime's economic, trade and political situation. The delegation will also visit the Dutch Parliament and meet with the MP with the Dutch Labor Party, Emine Bozkurt. It will also tour factories which produce milk.

    The delegation will visit Belgium on 11 September and meet with the Belgian Federation of Active Entrepreneurs (BETIAD). It will visit the European Parliament and firms that produce and export goods.

    KTIAK delegation will depart for France on 13 September in order to have a meeting with France's Association of Active Turkish Businessmen (FATIAD).

    The chairman of KTIAK, Ilker Zugurt told Kibris that it is the first time that a civilian organization will hold a visit to Europe at that level and expressed the belief that the benefits of this visit will be seen in the future.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] MUSIAD calls on Turkish Cypriot businessmen to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (06.09.13) reports that the Turkish Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) has called Turkish Cypriot businessmen to participate in a business trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to a statement issued by MUSIAD's representative in Cyprus, Okyay Sadikoglu, during the trip that will take place on 23 and 24 of September, the businessmen could hold bilateral meetings and have important business opportunities. Many businessmen from Turkey are expected to participate in the trip.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] Association of Turkish Confederations asked from Nigeria to recognize the breakaway regime

    Turkish Cypriot daily Bakis newspaper (06.09.13) reports that Nezaket Emine Atasoy, chairwoman of the Association of Turkish Confederations (TKT) and of the Turkish Industry Businesswomen and Businessmen Confederation, met in Izmir with the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nigeria Alma Oumarau.

    In a joint press conference following the meeting, Atasoy stated that Nigeria must recognize the breakaway regime alleging that two states and two peoples exist in Cyprus. She also asked from the Nigerian people to support the "independence struggle" of the "TRNC".

    On his part Oumarau stated that Cyprus problem is an important problem and said that on his return to Nigeria he will inform the government on his meeting with Atasoy, adding that they will visit the breakaway regime in order to establish a dialogue.

    [07] Illegal GAU will host an international symposium on architecture in 2014

    Under the title "Important names will come to the TRNC", Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (06.09.13) reports that the illegal American University of Keryneia ("GAU") is getting ready to host the biggest academic activity in the Middle East and the Mediterranean in the field of architecture. "GAU's" faculty of architecture, design and fine arts will host the Second Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East (CAUMME) International Symposium that will have the title "Architecture and Urban Research, Education and Practice in the Era of Post-Professionalism".

    The symposium will be jointly organized by "GAU", Istanbul's Yildiz Technical University and Qatar University between 23 and 25 October, 2014.

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] Kasif participated in the 2nd International Maritime and Communication Council in Turkey

    Turkish Cypriot daily Bakis newspaper (06.09.13) reports that the so-called minister of public works and transportation, Ahmet Kasif is visiting Turkey as a quest of the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Binali Yildirim and he is participating in the 2nd International Maritime and Communication Council which is taking place in Turkey between 5 and 7 of September.

    The paper writes that 25 ministers are participating in the conference and adds that Kasif delivered a speech during the meeting. Kasif expressed the belief that a strong basis will be put for the development of communications in the breakaway regime, with the support that the countries which participated in the meeting will offer to "TRNC".

    [09] More than 2.300 persons were granted the "TRNC citizenship" in the period 2009-2013

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (06.09.13) reports that the former self-styled minister of interior Gulsun Yucel made statements about the "citizenship" issue in in the paper.

    Yucel said that in the period 2004-2009, 97 persons were granted the "TRNC citizenship" while in the period 2009-2013, 2.377 persons were granted the "citizenship".

    [10] Erdogan's contacts on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting; controversial reports whatever he met or not with Obama

    The Turkish press reports today (06.09.13) on the contacts the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting which is taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Turkish daily Sabah reports on the issue and writes that Erdogan held a 45 meeting with the French President Francois Hollande prior to the meeting's launching. The main issue of the meeting was Syria, writes the paper and adds that the two men agreed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's recent chemical weapons attack in Damascus suburb "should not go unpunished" and that a military intervention in Syria is necessary.

    According to Sabah, Erdogan presented Hollande with evidence about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. On his part, Hollande said France attaches great importance to bilateral relations with Turkey and that he wanted to pay a visit to Turkey as soon as possible.

    Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, Economy Minister Mehmet Simsek, Prime Ministry Undersecretary Efkan Ala and the Prime Minister's advisor, Ibrahim Kalin, were also present at the meeting.

    Erdogan also held talks with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the summit.

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News reported that Erdogan discussed the Syrian crisis with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a G-20 Summit.

    The short meeting came after a working dinner on the latest developments in Syria between the leaders attending the summit. The talks were in haste and both leaders agreed to hold another t?te-?-t?te meeting on Sept. 6, according to the paper.

    Reporting on the same issue, Turkish daily Cumhuriyet writes that Obama did not make an appointment for a meeting with Erdogan. The paper writes that neither the Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to see Erdogan.

    [11] Turkish FM meets his German, French and South Korean counterparts

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (05.09.13) reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday met with his German, French and South Korean counterparts during the G-20 Summit in Strelna.

    According to diplomatic sources, Davutoglu met with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius during G-20 Summit which has been held in Strelna town of Russia's St. Petersburg as a follow-up meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Francois Hollande.

    Bilateral ties and regional issues were discussed between two foreign ministers within the framework of latest and upcoming developments in Syria.

    At the meeting, Fabius said, the use of chemical weapon as a crime against humanity must not be left as unanswered. Davutoglu also met with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle and besides bilateral ties, the ministers discussed the report which was prepared by a committee of German Parliament regarding National Socialist Underground (NSU) murders.

    Davutoglu and Westerwelle also talked about the latest developments in Syria and democratic transition in Egypt.

    Later on, Davutoglu met with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se to evaluate all aspects of Turkey-South Korea relations. Davutoglu is expected to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov today.

    [12] PKK's military leader announces suspension of withdrawal

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (06.09.13) reports that leader of the military wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Cemil Bayik stated on Thursday that the organization has halted the withdrawal of its members from Turkish soil to northern Iraq and it will retaliate if the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) attacks.

    Bayik recently called on the Turkish government to take the steps negotiated during the settlement process, saying Sept. 1 was the deadline. Speaking to a pro-Kurdish news agency on Thursday, Bayik claimed the Turkish government had not taken the agreed-upon steps and the terrorist organization has been "betrayed."

    "The Turkish government has not yet acted. This shows that they are not after a solution. We will defend ourselves. We're stopping the withdrawal. If they attack, we'll defend ourselves. If they intensify their attacks, we'll send back the groups which were withdrawn to South Kurdistan [northern Iraq]," Bayik said.

    Speaking to Rohani TV last week, Bayik said the cease-fire between Turkey and the PKK would be broken if the government failed to take action before Sept. 1. "Kurdish people will defend themselves against any danger," Bayik stated, noting that PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned on an island since his capture in 1999, is calling for democratization efforts for the second phase of the settlement process.

    Earlier last month, one of the chiefs of the PKK had said that if the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) continues to behave the same way it has been in the past few months, the ongoing settlement process might be irrevocably damaged.

    [13] Turkish-Israeli normalization talks could be completed at any time

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (06.09.13) reports that Turkish-Israeli talks to end a diplomatic crisis between the two countries, are on track and can be concluded at any time, a Turkish official has said.

    "This should not surprise anyone," the official, who spoke this week on condition of anonymity, said of a possible breakthrough in the normalization process. "I do not see any political obstacle standing in the way of normalization," the official said.

    Turkish and Israeli officials began talks in April on compensation for families of victims of an Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid ship the Mavi Marmara in May 2010, one of the Turkish conditions for restoring relations with Israel. The talks followed a US-brokered telephone conversation between the Turkish and Israeli Prime Ministers in March, during which Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted an Israeli apology for mistakes during the Mavi Marmara raid.

    Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Israel and expelled the Israeli ambassador in Ankara after the Mavi Marmara raid, demanding a formal apology, compensation for families of the victims and the lifting of the Israeli blockade of Gaza to restore ties.

    [14] Prosecutor seeks life for alleged murderers of Gezi protester

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman (06.09.13) reports that An Eskiehir prosecutor has completed an indictment against five suspects, including a policeman, who allegedly brutally beat and caused the death of 19-year-old university student Ali 0smail Korkmaz after his participation in Gezi Park protests, seeking life imprisonment on charges of premeditated murder, Turkish media reported on Thursday.

    The indictment regarding the killing of Korkmaz was finalized 94 days after his death. Eskiehir Chief Prosecutor Orhan CetinGul is expected to present the indictment to the court in the days to come.

    Korkmaz suffered a brain hemorrhage after reportedly being beaten with batons and baseball bats by men in civilian clothing as he fled from police during a demonstration in Eskiehir held in support of the Istanbul Gezi Park protests.

    He fought for his life for 38 days in the hospital before finally succumbing to his injuries on July 10. The attack on Korkmaz stoked the tension that had erupted in late May over a government plan to demolish Istanbul's Gezi Park in Taksim Square and replace it with a replica of an Ottoman-era barracks.

    Four suspects, including a policeman, were arrested on Aug. 7 in connection with Korkmaz's death. Mevlut Saldogan, serving in the counterterrorism unit of the Eskiehir Police Department, 0smail Koyuncu, the owner of a local bakery in Eskiehir and two of Koyuncu's relatives were those arrested. The missing part of the footage turned out to have been erased on June 6 by Koyuncu, who owns the Harman bakery, and his employees.

    A fifth suspect, 20-year-old bakery worker Efraim F., was arrested on Aug 15. The suspects claim they were "helping the police" and that the person they assaulted was not Korkmaz.

    Another policeman, Y.A., who is believed to appear in the camera footage, was previously released by the Eskiehir Public Prosecutor's Office after giving his statement.

    [15] Lira hits record low

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (06.09.13) reports that the lira weakened to record lows on Thursday, falling beyond 2.08 to the dollar for the first time. The lira was at 2.084 against the dollar by Thursday morning after recovering to as high as 2.05 late on Wednesday.

    The lira's downward movement comes as the result of a number of market dynamics such as an anticipated tapering of a US Federal Reserve stimulus package, with central bank inaction and a looming US strike in Syria also being the leading factors.

    The US dollar continued its rally hours after a Fed official's statements on cutting bond buys this month. Turkey, along with Indonesia, led emerging markets whose currencies lost the most today. The Turkish Central Bank has burnt $6 billion so far this year defending the lira. The bank last week ruled out a big interest rate rise to support the lira. This strategy, however, failed to reassure investors. The bank is applying only sporadic policy tightening to defend the currency.

    The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday and markets turned their attention to ECB chief Mario Draghi's news conference for any signs that a eurozone recovery will affect the bank's policy stance. Investors' eyes will then be on the US August jobless data to come on Friday. Any positive figure should strengthen the Fed's hand in withdrawing its multi-billion monthly cash injection. On Thursday, US President Barack Obama's advisors were pressing Congress, this time in closed-door meetings, for its authorization of a military strike on Syria. Obama said in Russia that Japan also agreed that Syria had used poison gas on its own people.

    Turkey has long enjoyed cheap loans in US dollars but a Fed decision to cut stimulus will hurt this trend. Observers argue that further money outflow from the country will also deteriorate growth prospects for this year. The Turkish economy expanded by 2.2 percent last year over 2011; 3 percent is what the government anticipates for this year.

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