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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 13-09-11

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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.172/13 11/9/2013

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Ertug: determining a definite date for a meeting between the community leaders depends on the developments
  • [02] CTP: Downer should undertake a more active role
  • [03] Talat: it is impossible for the regime to stand on its feet without Turkey
  • [04] Kasif: Our target is a "national carrier"
  • [05] The construction of the biggest mosque in occupied Cyprus starts
  • [06] A "land mafia" has reportedly been created in occupied Cyprus
  • [07] The breakaway regime participated in the hiking fair "Tournatur 2013"
  • [08] They had a pseudo-government, now they have a "shadow government"
  • [09] Erdogan chaired a high level security meeting
  • [10] Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds gathered to denounce protester's death
  • [11] CHP 'supports Egyptians' July 3 choice'

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Ertug: determining a definite date for a meeting between the community leaders depends on the developments

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (11.09.13) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu's special advisor, Osman Ertug has said that determining a definite date for a meeting between the community leaders within the framework of the Cyprus talks depends on the developments.

    In statements last night after a dinner hosted for him and the Greek Cypriot negotiator, Andreas Mavroyiannis by UN Secretary-General's special adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer at the buffer zone in Nicosia, Ertug said that the climate during the dinner was good and added: "We are at an important stage and we want to evaluate it in the best manner. We will talk to the press as little as possible. We are discussing how the leaders will be engaged in the negotiating process. We are preparing the ground for this".

    Responding to a question as regards the date on which the negotiations will start, he said: "We know that the leaders had met for dinner and their meeting again is in the question. We are making preparations for this. Determining a definite date will depend on the developments. A meeting between the leaders in October is both our proposal and anticipation".

    In statements after the meeting, Downer expressed the hope that the leaders will meet in October and launch the negotiating process. He described as "very positive" the climate at the dinner held last night.

    Today, Downer is expected to meet with President Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu. On Thursday, he will depart for Ankara where he will meet with Foreign Minister Davutoglu on Friday.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] CTP: Downer should undertake a more active role

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (11.09.13) reports that Asim Akansoy, general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party ? United Forces (CTP-BG), has said that the UN Secretary-General's special adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer, should undertake a more active role in the Cyprus problem and "use until the end" UN's good offices mission. In a written statement issued yesterday, Akansoy described as "important" Downer's visit for holding various contacts in a period during which "cries for war are heard very loudly in the area" and the anticipation for lasting peace in Cyprus has increased.

    Akansoy claimed that the Turkish Cypriot "people's" "biggest anticipation" is in the direction of achieving "constructive progress" during the negotiations, which are expected to begin after the UN General Assembly that will be held in the end of September.

    Noting that "time is working against both "peoples" in Cyprus, Akansoy alleged it should not be ignored that the hydrocarbon resources, which are allegedly explored by the Greek Cypriots in the south of Cyprus without taking into consideration the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, cause potential risks in parallel to their advantages and their "triggering influence" on the negotiating process.

    Akansoy argued that the negotiations expected to begin in October should move forward and "courageous steps" should be taken by remaining committed to the joint statements of 23 May and 1 July and by showing respect to the existing convergences.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Talat: it is impossible for the regime to stand on its feet without Turkey

    Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (11.09.13) reports that the former Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat has said that it is impossible for the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus to stand on its own feet without Turkey. In statements to Cyprus Time news website, Talat was asked to comment on the allegation that the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay had called the leader of the Republican Turkish Party ? United Forces (CTP-BG), Ozkan Yorgancioglu in order to express to him his view on the "government" model, which would be established in the occupied area of Cyprus. [Translator's note: Atalay has reportedly called Yorgancioglu the night during which the CTP-BG would have taken the decision to establish a "coalition government" with the Democratic Party ? National Forces (DP-UG) and told him that Prime Minister Erdogan believed that Turkey would not be able to cooperate in harmony with the DP-UG]. Talat replied the following: "It is an initiative made without knowing how to contact the CTP. It could create a problem in the future between the governments of Turkey and the TRNC. It will not be a big problem, but it will be a problem. Turkey interfering in this manner in the formations of governments is not pleasant".

    Talat said that the economic developments in the occupied area of Cyprus are very bad and added that the economic situation of the households is not good even though the statistic data are presented to be good. Talat argued that the biggest problem of the CTP-BG - DP-UG "coalition government" will be economy.

    Referring to the relations between Turkey and the breakaway regime, Talat said that they should closely work with Turkey and pointed out that it is absolutely necessary for the regime to have good relations with Turkey, because without Ankara's direct contribution it cannot cover even the payment of the salaries including the current expenses. He said that even during the years 2004-2006, the period when the regime was at the best situation economically, Turkey was building the infrastructure in the occupied area of Cyprus. He noted that without Turkey it is impossible for them to stand on their own feet today when their economy is in this situation.

    Talat said he observes that the conditions for a solution to the Cyprus problem are not appropriate now when "indifference" exists. Referring to the role of the CTP-BG - DP-UG "coalition government" in the Cyprus problem, Talat pointed out on the one hand to the CTP, which has allegedly been devoted to the mission of finding a solution on the island and on the other hand to the DP-UG "which has more strict rules".

    Noting that "Talat attacked the CTP", the paper writes that Talat argued that they were not able to educate well the members and the supporters of the CTP, adding that this was proved by the reactions against him when he expressed his views regarding the establishment of the "coalition government".

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Kasif: Our target is a "national carrier"

    Under the title "Our aim is a national carrier", Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (11.09.13) reports that self-styled minister of public works and communication Ahmet Kasif said: "It is important a country's flag flies in the sky".

    Speaking on illegal BRT news program yesterday morning, Kasif said: "To have a national carries is important from the point of view to stabilize the ticket price and to fly the flag in the skies. This is our target. Studies are being currently carried out towards this."

    Responding to a question regarding the former "Cyprus Turkish airlines", Kasif said that founding a "national carrier" is a condition, adding that this could be accomplished with forming a company with a foreign partnership. He also announced that feasibility study has already been carried out to see whether it's possible to set up a new airline company.

    Moreover, Kasif said that the contract signed for the privatization and development of illegal airport of Tymbou needs to be re-examined and reviewed legally. He added that if there was any violation of the conditions set forth by the contract then all legal action will be taken to correct the situation.

    [05] The construction of the biggest mosque in occupied Cyprus starts

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (11.09.13) reports that the construction of Hala Sultan Mosque in the occupied area of Mia Milia has started. The mosque will be the biggest in the occupied area of Cyprus and it is being built on an area of 200 and a quarter donums [Translator's note: a land measure of about 100 square meters], which was leased to "Cyprus Foundation of Science Ethics Social Mutual Aid" for a period of 30 years with an annual cost of 100 Turkish liras. The mosque will have the capacity of hosting 3000 persons.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] A "land mafia" has reportedly been created in occupied Cyprus

    Under the title "A 'land mafia' in the villages", Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (11.09.13) reports that the water which will be carried from Turkey to the occupied area of Cyprus is expected to come in March 2014, but it has not been clarified what will happen regarding the agricultural land. Persons, who cannot gain any income from the land they possess, especially in Masaoria plain, are reportedly selling this land to local and foreign businessmen.

    The chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Farmers' Union, Alican Kabakci told the paper that some persons are going around the villages and buy land. He said that there are suspicious that a "mafia of unearned profit" has been created in connection with the water, which will be carried from Turkey. He noted that the farmers, who cannot have any income from their land, sell this land away. He added: "There is absolutely no information regarding the water which will come from Turkey, but businessmen, including foreigners, are rapidly taking away the fields of the villagers". He said that the land "becomes a monopoly" in the hands of certain businessmen.

    The former self-styled minister of agriculture, Ali Cetin Amcaoglu said that they had prepared a "draft-law" on this issue, but they could not complete their work. He argued that with this "draft-law" they would have solved, even for a little bit, this problem and protected the land.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] The breakaway regime participated in the hiking fair "Tournatur 2013"

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (11.09.13), the self-styled deputy prime ministry, and ministry of economy, tourism, culture and sports participated in the tourism fair Tournatur 2013, which was held in Dusseldorf, Germany, between 6-8 of September.

    Within the fair, the "north Cyprus tourism office" distributed brochures and explained to the German visitors about the hiking and walking trails of the occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus.

    [08] They had a pseudo-government, now they have a "shadow government"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam (11.09.13) reports that the main opposition party National Unity Party (UBP) announced that they formed for the first time in the Turkish Cypriot history a "shadow government". According to the paper, the members of the "shadow government" will follow the duties of the self-styled ministers of the pseudo-government.

    Following are the names of the "shadow government":

    Shadow prime minister: Huseyin Ozgurgun

    Shadow minister of foreign affairs: Tahsin Ertugruloglu

    Shadow minister of interior and rural affairs: Nazim Cavusoglu

    Shadow minister of finance: Ersin Tatar

    Shadow minister of health: Faiz Sucuoglu

    Shadow minister of economy, tourism, culture and sports: Sunat Atun

    Shadow minister of agriculture: Nazim Cavusoglu

    Shadow minister of public works and transports: Hamza Ersan Saner

    Shadow minister of education: Kemal Durust

    Shadow minister of environment and natural resources: Izlem Gurcag

    Shadow minister of works and social security: Erdal Ozcenk

    [09] Erdogan chaired a high level security meeting

    Turkish daily Milliyet (11.09.13) reports that a security meeting was chaired by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan at Prime Ministry's official residence in Ankara on Tuesday afternoon.

    Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay, Chief of General Staff General Necdet Ozel, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Interior Minister Muammer Guler, National Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz , Prime Ministry Undersecretary Efkan Ala and MIT (National Intelligence) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan attended the meeting.

    According to the paper, security issues were discussed at the meeting, as well as the latest developments on Syria. The meeting was closed to the press.

    The paper reports that General Ozel explained them the latest measures taken in case of military intervention to Syria. Military preparations regarding naval or air strike as alternative in case of a military intervention or not were also discussed in the meeting. Meanwhile, Fidan briefed them with the latest intelligence information from Syria.

    [10] Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds gathered to denounce protester's death

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 10.09.13) reported that the police staged a fresh crackdown on demonstrators in the early evening hours of Sept. 10, after groups had gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square to denounce the death of a protester in Antakya during an intervention.

    After the crowd swelled in numbers in Taksim Square, police pushed them down through the pedestrian Istiklal Avenue in order to prevent the demonstration from taking place.

    Once again tear gas and water cannons were resorted to, with police chasing protesters down Istiklal Avenue and the many narrow side streets in the area.

    Police also used tear gas to disperse a crowd that had arrived by ferry at the Karakoy docks, downhill from Istiklal Avenue, in order prevent them from reaching the Taksim area.

    The police intervention continued for more than four hours around Istiklal Avenue's side streets.

    The Istanbul bar association has stated that 41 people have been detained in Istanbul alone. Another protest was staged in the district of Kad1koy, on Istanbul's Asian side.

    Ahmet Atakan, 22, died in the early hours of Sept. 10 in Antakya, where he had joined a demonstration to protest police handling of the demonstrations in Ankara's Middle East Technical University (ODTU).

    Witnesses and activists claimed that Atakan was hit in the head by a gas canister fired by the police. However, the Turkish police released a statement saying footage from a police camera indicated that Atakan had fallen from a building, and that no intervention by the police was visible.

    A doctor present during the protester's preliminary autopsy said there was no evidence to prove that the latter had fallen from a building.

    Shortly earlier, police had sealed off Gezi Park next to the square following calls on social media for a demonstration.

    The Taksim Solidarity Platform, which initiated the first protests against the destruction of trees in Gezi Park months ago, scheduled a public rally in Taksim Square at around 7 p.m. "We will gather at Taksim with carnations to commemorate Ahmet Atakan and denounce police violence," the group said via its social media account.

    Meanwhile, the under-21 football match between Turkey and Sweden at the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium in the Kas1mpaa district was temporarily interrupted due to tear gas drifting over from the nearby Taksim area.

    Police also intervene in Ankara and 0zmir

    Almost 3,000 people gathered in Ankara, where demonstrations have been ongoing since last week due to a road dispute on the campus of ODTU, as well as protests calling for an end to police violence.

    Police resorted to tear gas and water cannons after protesters refused to disperse from K1z1lay Square. Many bystanders were affected by the intense tear gas used by the police.

    The crowd had arrived at the square after departing from nine different gathering points in order to prevent police from stopping their march. All members of the riot police teams had been called to duty prior to the demonstrations, daily Hurriyet reported.

    In Izmir, police intervened to halt protesters aiming to march to Basmane Square.

    Fresh protests are also ongoing in the southern city of Antakya's Armutlu neighbourhood, where Atakan died, following his funeral. Police responded to protesters by firing tear gas and water cannons, and some demonstrators erected barricades with car tires and set them on fire.

    [11] CHP 'supports Egyptians' July 3 choice'

    According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (10.09.13), the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) supports the choice made by the Egyptian people on July 3, according to the party's deputy leader, Faruk Logoglu. July 3 was the date when the Egyptian army toppled President Mohamed Morsi following massive demonstrations against his turbulent one-year rule.

    Logoglu and CHP Istanbul deputy Osman Koruturk are in Egypt for a three day visit, despite strong criticism from the government, which accused them of "talking to coup plotters."

    "As the CHP, we support the choice made by the Egyptian people on July 3. Nobody can interfere with the people's choice," Logoglu told reporters on Sept. 10, following their visits to meet with the head of the Egyptian Republican People's Party, Hazem Omar.

    An open-dialogue process that will not exclude any party should be initiated to solve the political crisis in the country, according to Logoglu. Touching upon the parliamentary elections in Turkey, he also said they would change Turkey's "map of relations with other countries," while reiterating their discomfort with the government's Syria policy.

    Logoglu had previously said they had not approached Morsi's office for a meeting, but they were planning to meet with representatives from his Muslim Brotherhood movement. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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

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