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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 14-01-28

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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. 18/14 28.01.14

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Eroglu: The Turkish Cypriot side does not recognize the agreement signed between the Republic of Cyprus and Britain
  • [02] Self-styled mfa claimed that the agreement between Britain and the Republic of Cyprus on the British Bases violates the 1960 agreements
  • [03] Hollande: We are ready to contribute towards a Cyprus settlement
  • [04] "Bill" that repealed the law punishing homosexual acts passes in the breakaway regime
  • [05] Self-styled deputies will attend meetings in France and Britain
  • [06] The names of the three Turkish Ministers who will illegally visit the occupied area of Cyprus on Friday made known
  • [07] Public opinion polls shows that Talat could win over Eroglu in a possible "presidential" election
  • [08] The construction sector in the breakaway regime makes an opening to Russia
  • [09] An international Diplomats Union delegation is having contacts in the occupied area of Cyprus on "universities" accreditation
  • [10] "The 3rd Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research" will take place in the breakaway regime
  • [11] Sertoglu held separate meetings with the German and French Ambassadors to Lefkosia

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Eroglu: The Turkish Cypriot side does not recognize the agreement signed between the Republic of Cyprus and Britain

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 27.01.14), Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu said that the Turkish Cypriot side does not recognize the agreement signed between the Republic of Cyprus and Britain and expressed his view that Britain, as one of the guarantor powers in Cyprus, should stop its biased behaviour and maintain its working by taking both sides' views into consideration.

    During a meeting with the self-styled mayor of occupied Pergamos Ilker Edip and an accompanying delegation, Eroglu claimed that normally all sides must be called to the table before any agreement can be signed.

    Eroglu explained that he had held a meeting with the British High Commission the other day and informed him that they could not accept any agreement which the Republic of Turkey has no prior knowledge of.

    [02] Self-styled mfa claimed that the agreement between Britain and the Republic of Cyprus on the British Bases violates the 1960 agreements

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (28.01.14) reports that the breakaway regime's self-styled ministry of foreign affairs in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus claimed that while the Turkish Cypriot side is in the middle of ongoing efforts and initiatives aimed a resuming Cyprus reunification talks, the agreement between Britain and officials of the "Greek Cypriot administration" (Translator's note: referring to the government of the Republic of Cyprus) on the British Bases area is a far removed from the principle of justice and that alteration of the status in the British area in favour of the Greek Cypriots cannot be approved.

    In a written statement issued by the self-styled ministry of foreign affairs, it is alleged that the Turkish Cypriot side would not remain as a bystander to this development, which contravenes international agreements related to Cyprus, adding that initiatives and appropriate consultations have begun to overturn this fait accompli.

    According to the written statement, it is indisputably clear that the British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus belong to an indivisible package of provisions concerning the Sovereign Base Areas set out in the Treaty of Establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960. For this reason, the written statement claims that any change regarding the British Sovereign Base Areas without the briefing and approval of all involved sides in the 1960 Treaty as Turkey, Greece, Britain, the Turkish Cypriot and the Greek Cypriot sides is a violation against the 1960 agreements and the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties of 1969.

    [03] Hollande: We are ready to contribute towards a Cyprus settlement

    According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (27.01.14), French President Francois Hollande said on a "historic" trip to Turkey that France is ready to contribute towards a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    In a speech during an honour dinner to him offered by Turkey's President Abdullah Gul, Hollande, referring to the Cyprus problem, said also that they want to find a decisive and final solution on this issue. He added that they can contribute on the Cyprus problem, because they can talk with both sides.

    Meanwhile, Turkish daily Today's Zaman (online, 27.01.14) reported that President Hollande, on the first presidential visit to Turkey in 22 years, said on Monday that his country, which still blocks accession talks on four chapters, backed the continuation of Turkey's European Union membership process with the opening of talks on new chapters.

    "Accession negotiations should continue on the basis of transparency and respect. Negotiations do not entail membership; the issue of membership will be decided upon at a referendum. But this should not stop us from proceeding with talks chapter by chapter," Hollande said at a joint news conference with his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, at the presidential palace.

    Gul said EU membership was a "strategic goal" for Turkey but underlined that Ankara does not want to see any more obstacles being raised in Europe on its path towards accession. "We hope everyone will honour their promises," he said.

    Hollande avoided spelling any possible date for Turkish accession, saying it was not even brought up during his talks with Gul, and left a question on whether Paris plans to lift its blockade on four of the 35 chapters unanswered. But he insisted that the accession process must proceed, noting that the continuation of the process will also help Turkey deal with issues of allocation of powers and the independence of the judiciary.

    [04] "Bill" that repealed the law punishing homosexual acts passes in the breakaway regime

    Under the title "A step for human rights", Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (28.01.14) reports that a "bill" was voted yesterday in the breakaway regime that repealed the law punishing homosexual acts with up to five years in jail.

    The bill passed with 28 "votes" in favour and will be sent to self-styled president Dervis Eroglu who is expected to sign the "law within 15 days.

    The paper writes that the "deputies" of the National Unity Party (UBP) did not participate in the "voting" and that Zorly Tore, "deputy" with the Democratic Party (DP) voted against it.

    In addition, Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (28.01.14) reports that the Volunteers Organization Platform stated that is against the repealing of the "law" arguing that the "amendment" is against morality.

    [05] Self-styled deputies will attend meetings in France and Britain

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 27.01.14), self-styled deputy with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Mehmet Caglar and self-styled deputy with National Unity Party (UBP) Tahsin Ertugruloglu will attend meetings in France and in Britain.

    The two "deputies" will first visit Strasburg, France between 27th and the 31st of January where they will attend the first part of the 2014 session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

    Then they will proceed to London where they will attend the Political Affairs and Democracy Committee meeting which will be held between 3rd and 4th of February.

    [06] The names of the three Turkish Ministers who will illegally visit the occupied area of Cyprus on Friday made known

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (28.01.14) reports that Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroglu will illegally visit the breakaway regime on Friday.

    According to the paper, the three Turkish Ministers who will be escorted by a big technical delegation will deal with issues related to water, energy and economy.

    In addition, Halkin Sesi (28.01.14) writes that Atalay will also participate in a ceremony for the signing of a "health protocol" between the illegal Near East University and the Turkish Social Security Association.

    [07] Public opinion polls shows that Talat could win over Eroglu in a possible "presidential" election

    Turkish Cypriot daily Realist-Kulis newspaper (28.01.14) publishes an opinion poll conducted by the Cyprus Social and Economic Surveys Centre (KADEM) on behalf of the paper, regarding who would be elected as "president" if "presidential elections" were conducted next year in the breakaway regime. According to the result Mehmet Ali Talat would receive 42.9%, Dervis Eroglu 40% and Mustafa Akinci 17%.

    According to the survey, Talat receives more votes in occupied Lefkosia and Eroglu in occupied Morfou.

    The poll was conducted with a sample of 654 persons.

    [08] The construction sector in the breakaway regime makes an opening to Russia

    Turkish Cypriot daily Realist-Kulis newspaper (28.01.14) reports that construction sector in the breakaway regime is making an opening to the Russian market.

    According to the paper, North Shore construction office, which had operated for ten years, closed down its office in the occupied area of Cyprus and opened one in Russia seeking for Russian customers. Hurel and Meryem Cizel, North Shore construction office owners stated to the paper that Cyprus is not appealing to the British anymore; who experienced various negativities in the construction filed, but is appealing to Russians. The Cizels also said that international fairs are very helpful towards selling houses and added that the method they use for their potential customers is to invite them for a week in Cyprus, take them around and introduce them to various construction projects.

    [09] An international Diplomats Union delegation is having contacts in the occupied area of Cyprus on "universities" accreditation

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (28.01.14) reports that an international Diplomats Union Delegation is having contacts in the breakaway regime in order to evaluate the efforts on the issue of accreditation of the "TRNC universities".

    The paper writes that, among the persons who are members of the delegation is the retired Ambassador Gunther Meinel from Germany.

    [10] "The 3rd Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research" will take place in the breakaway regime

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (28.01.14) reports that the 3rd Cyprus International Conference on Educational research will take place between 30 January-01 February 2014 at the illegal Near East University (YDU).

    According to the paper, 260 academics from 18 countries will participate in the conference.

    [11] Sertoglu held separate meetings with the German and French Ambassadors to Lefkosia

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper 928.01.14) reports that Hasan Sertoglu, the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot so-called football association (TCFA), held separate meetings with the German Ambassador to Lefkosia, Gabriela Guellil and the French Ambassador Jean-Luc Florent. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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