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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 13-10-11

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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. 193/13 11.10.13

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Nami: the new territory map won't be very different from the one in Annan plan
  • [02] Tore said that Morphou cannot be given as a concession
  • [03] Cicek asked from the Parliament Speaker of Mongolia to address invitation to "officials" of the breakaway regime
  • [04] Platform in occupied Cyprus asks for the opening of Apliki barricade
  • [05] Members of the permanent delegation which will be appointed at the European Parliament by the "assembly" approved
  • [06] The breakaway regime is participating in Frankfurt Book Fair
  • [07] Council of Europe reports on grave ill-treatment of Turkish juvenile prisoners

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Nami: the new territory map won't be very different from the one in Annan plan

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (11.10.13) reports that self-styled minister of foreign affairs Ozdil Nami, speaking at the Diplomacy Reporters Association (DMD) in Ankara yesterday, said that the positions of either side regarding the territory issue have been set out and that the map, which will emerge, is not expected to be much different from the one in the Annan plan. He went on: "We, as Turkish side, conveyed to the other side that we won't be able to be in a comfortable position as far as the territory compromise." He said that ten years have passed since the submission of the Annan plan and apart from the fenced off town of Varosha, additional investments have been made in territories which are subject to the territorial arrangement. "Life is continuing", Nami said and added: "because of this, it is more difficult to make so many concessions. However, the territory arrangement will be approximately in a similar way to that map." He went on that these issues are not issues that will be discussed for months, adding that the most complicated issue that remains open is the property issue.

    Reiterating that the Cyprus talks will be continued from the point they left off and important convergences during the period 2008-2010 on issues such as power-sharing and administration, EU and economy, were achieved, Nami added that the positive atmosphere should be utilized. Nami claimed that the property issue, which is one of the issues that was left behind, is not as difficult issue as it used to be in the past.

    He also said that the side, which is stalling for time, will pay the price. "We think that the period until January is a reasonable period in order to reveal a plan for a new comprehensive solution.

    Noting that the Turkish Cypriot side will never allow the European Union to attend the reunification talks as another party, Nami claimed that the Greek Cypriot side had finally recognized that they cannot use their EU membership as a card to play against Turkey.

    Nami also said the upcoming talks will not start from scratch in November, and went on to say that there should be a definite deadline to the negotiations, which he said cannot go on forever. He added that the Turkish Cypriot side plans to hold a referendum in March on the agreed-on solution.

    On the issue of the reciprocal visits by the two representatives, Osman Ertug and Andreas Mavroyiannis, to Athens and Ankara,Nami said that the visits aimed to bring "symbolic spring weather" to the stalled negotiations.

    Ozdil Nami suggested that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu could one day visit the Republic of Cyprus. "I cannot speak on behalf of Mr Davutoglu. But I would say, 'Why not?" Nami said, adding that if his Greek counterpart crosses in the "north" or if Davutoglu crosses in the "south", or maybe they can meet in the buffer zone. Nami concluded that the date of Davutoglu's illegal visit to the occupied areas has not been yet fixed.

    Replying to a question whether the Cyprus Church will take or not a positive step for the Cyprus talks, Nami said that he doesn't have any hopes for assistance from the Church, and added: "you know that its approaches come from the history, and this is not possible to be changed in the coming months. We don't have a mission as to bring the Church in the correct path."

    [02] Tore said that Morphou cannot be given as a concession

    Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan (11.10.13) reports that so-called deputy with the Democratic Party ? National Forces (DP-UG), Zorlu Tore said that he will start visiting the people to inform them the dangers that will emerge if they are seeking a solution plan based on the Annan plan. He wondered what would happen to the "TRNC" when a federal government is established in Cyprus.

    He noted that while the federations in the world are collapsing, they are looking for a federation plan. He argued that the occupied town of Morphou cannot be given as a concession.

    [03] Cicek asked from the Parliament Speaker of Mongolia to address invitation to "officials" of the breakaway regime

    Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan newspaper (11.10.13) reports that Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek asked his Mongolian counterpart Zandaakhuu Enkhbold to invite "officials" of the breakaway regime and members of the 'assembly" to Mongolia.

    Cicek made this demand during a meeting he held with Enkbold in Ankara.

    [04] Platform in occupied Cyprus asks for the opening of Apliki barricade

    Illegal Bayrak television (10.10.13) reports that the "Lefke (Lefka) Platform" asked for the opening of the Apliki barricade during a meeting that the platform's delegation held with the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

    Eroglu said during the meeting that the issue will be taken up once the negotiations process resumes in Cyprus. He also said that all of these problems will cease to exist once a solution is found to the Cyprus problem.

    [05] Members of the permanent delegation which will be appointed at the European Parliament by the "assembly" approved

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (11.10.13) reports that the members of the permanent delegation which will be appointed at the European Parliament, by the "assembly" of the breakaway regime were approved. The members are "MP" with the Republican Turkish Party Armagan Candan, "MP" with the Democratic Party Tacoy and "MP" with the National Unity Party Hamza Ersan Saner.

    [06] The breakaway regime is participating in Frankfurt Book Fair

    Turkish Cypriot news side Kibris Postasi (11.10.13) broadcast that is participating in Frankfurt Book Fair, which is the biggest book fair in the world and is taking place between 9-13 of October in Frankfurt.

    The breakaway regime, which will be represented by Umit Inatc? ve Ejdan Sadrazam will have its own pavilion in the fair under the name "Northern Cyprus".

    [07] Council of Europe reports on grave ill-treatment of Turkish juvenile prisoners

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (11.10.13) reports that a monitoring body from the Council of Europe (CoE) said in a report announced on Thursday that it had gathered a considerable number of credible allegations of ill-treatment against juvenile inmates in prisons the inspectors visited in Turkey last year.

    The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) released a report along with Ankara's response to its recommendations after its visit from June 21-28 last year to examine the treatment and detention conditions of children in Turkish prisons.

    The CPT said the visit was triggered by allegations of ill-treatment against juvenile prisoners by prison staff and also inter-prisoner violence at Pozant? Prison in Adana.

    In March of last year, Pozant? Prison gained attention after allegations that minors were being sexually abused by adult inmates surfaced in the media.

    Following the allegations, 200 minors were transferred to a juvenile detention center in Sincan, Ankara, and the Ministry of Justice reassigned four officials from the juvenile detention center to other posts as a precautionary measure after the allegations caused heated debate.

    The CPT delegation visited Sincan Prison, as well as Maltepe Juvenile Prison in Istanbul and the juvenile units of adult prisons in Diyarbak?r and Gaziantep.

    In the course of its visit, the CPT delegation interviewed many juveniles who had previously been held at Pozant? Prison. At the time of the delegation's visit, 48 of the 192 juveniles who had been transferred to Sincan from Pozant? were still being held at Sincan. The CPT stressed that the great majority of these juveniles had made consistent allegations that they had been victims of frequent and severe violence by fellow inmates and, more specifically, by those juveniles acting as "ward leaders."

    In response, the Turkish authorities provided information about criminal proceedings and administrative investigations initiated against prison staff as well as juveniles.

    The CPT urged the authorities to ensure that prison staff at the Sincan and Maltepe prisons receive the clear message that any kind of threat or intimidation against a prisoner who has complained of ill-treatment, or any attempt to prevent complaints or requests from reaching the relevant supervisory bodies, will not be tolerated and will be subject to sanctions.

    The CPT report commended Turkey for a "fundamental legislative overhaul," and said the entire juvenile justice system in Turkey has undergone major changes in recent years. In addition to various judicial reforms, the CPT said the Turkish authorities have embarked on a comprehensive re-organization of the prison system in order to improve the situation of juvenile prisoners in terms of conditions of detention and its general approach towards them.

    A statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday said the report displays the "progress achieved and the improvements recorded" on the laws related to the juvenile justice system and their implementation. It added that Turkey attaches importance to the independent monitoring mechanisms of the CoE and strives to follow its recommendations in line with its obligations to the conventions to which Turkey is a party. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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