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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 14-03-14

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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. 50/14 14.03.14

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Nami met with Congressmen: The atmosphere in Cyprus is appropriate for a solution
  • [02] Eroglu: The bi-zonality registered in 1974 invasion of Cyprus and the two "peoples" are important
  • [03] Report says that the solution will bring prosperity in Cyprus
  • [04] Birikim Ozgur speaks on energy issues
  • [05] "Ankara Turkish Cypriot Association": The joint statement of the two sides in Cyprus includes dangers
  • [06] UBP-DP nominated Hasan Sertoglu as candidate for occupied Lefkosia municipality
  • [07] Siber met with German students
  • [08] BoraJet airlines announces more flights to the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [09] CHP calls on the Turkish assembly to hold emergency meeting to debate charges against resigned Ministers
  • [10] Turkish commentary criticizes AKP members for showing luck of conscience as regards Berkin Elvan's death
  • [11] Staff of Turkey's first nuclear plant educated in Russia

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Nami met with Congressmen: The atmosphere in Cyprus is appropriate for a solution

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (14.03.14) reports that Ozdil Nami, self-styled foreign minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, has argued that "the atmosphere in Cyprus is appropriate for a solution" and added that the solution will positively contribute not only to Cyprus, but to the relations between Turkey and the EU, as well as between the EU and NATO and therefore to regional cooperation.

    Within the framework of his contacts, Nami held separate meetings at the US Congress with the chairman of the Democratic Party Group at the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer, the member of the Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee for Europe and Eurasia, Bill Keating, the member of the Turkish-American Friendship Group, Ed Whitfield and the members of the Turkish-American Friendship Group and Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, Gerry Connolly and Mark Meadows.

    During his meetings, Nami drew attention to the hydrocarbon reserves in Eastern Mediterranean and noted that with the solution, natural gas' effective use will significantly contribute in the regional cooperation. Nami asked from the US Congressmen to have a positive approach to the solution process, support the leaders and the international players to give positive messages during the process.

    Nami asked also for an increase of the "international openings" towards the Turkish Cypriots and the continuation and an increase of contacts with Turkish Cypriot "officials".

    Moreover, Nami had interviews with the Voice of America (VOA), The Global Jewish News Source, Buzzfeed, The Times of Israel and Forbes and explained the Turkish views on the Cyprus problem.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Eroglu: The bi-zonality registered in 1974 invasion of Cyprus and the two "peoples" are important

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (14.03.14) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu has alleged that there is a geography created by the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and bi-zonality has been officially registered. In statements yesterday during a meeting with the Pensioners' Association Coordination Committee, Eroglu claimed that this bi-zonality and the two "peoples' are important for them. Alleging that they are sitting at the table having good will for finding an agreement, Eroglu noted that they are not looking for any agreement, but an agreement which will "secure the permanency of the Turkish Cypriots on these lands".

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Report says that the solution will bring prosperity in Cyprus

    Under the title "The solution will bring prosperity", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (14.03.14) reports that the Turkish Cypriot economist Mustafa Besim has said that a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem will double the GDP within 20 years and increase the per capita income by 11.000 euros. The statements were made yesterday at Chateau Status restaurant in the buffer zone in Nicosia during a presentation of a report under the title "Cyprus Dividend Revisited".

    The briefing was held by Besim, the Greek Cypriot economist Alex Apostolides and Cyprus analyst Fiona Mullen, who cooperated in a project prepared by PRIO Peace Research Institute and financed by northern European countries. The report had been submitted last week to the negotiators of the two Cypriot communities and businessmen in Brussels.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Birikim Ozgur speaks on energy issues

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (14.03.14) reports that on statements by the so-called deputy with the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG), Birikim Ozgur to a program broadcast by ADA TV in the occupied area of Cyprus, referred, inter alia, to energy issues. He said that with the electricity to be transferred with cables to the occupied area of Cyprus from Turkey, their expenditures will be reduce and thus with the extra revenues, they could establish a gas power station. He added that "in this way, the AKSA Company will not be necessary". (Translator's note: AKSA is a Turkish private company which established an electric power station in the occupied area of Cyprus).

    Pointing out that the "TRNC" will win a new vision with the energy cooperation with Turkey; Ozgur described as a "disaster" the marketing of the oil and natural resources of Cyprus before the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Ozgur referred also to the structure of the so-called electricity authority ("KIB-TEK") and said that by no means, KIB-TEK is self-administrated. Stating that the privatization of KIB-TEK will not be the right solution, he added that a public private partnership would be found, so that KIB-TEK to be rescued.

    (AK)

    [05] "Ankara Turkish Cypriot Association": The joint statement of the two sides in Cyprus includes dangers

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (14.03.14) reports that the "Ankara Turkish Cypriot Association" issued a statement claiming that the joint statement of the two sides in Cyprus includes dangers as regards the Turkish positions, the "TRNC", the Turkish Cypriot "people" and Turkey.

    According to the statement, the declaration which "serves the Greek Cypriot positions" will open the way for "TRNC" to become a province and the Turkish Cypriot "people" will become a minority.

    [06] UBP-DP nominated Hasan Sertoglu as candidate for occupied Lefkosia municipality

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (14.03.14) reports that the National Unity Party (UBP) and the Democratic Party (DP) which decided to form a political alliance for the "municipal elections" to be held in June, announced that they nominated Hasan Sertoglu as a candidate for the occupied Lefkosia "municipality".

    (TR. Note: Hasan Sertoglu is the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot "football federation", who signed the Provisional Agreement between the Turkish Cypriot "football federation" and the Cyprus Football Association).

    [07] Siber met with German students

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (14.03.14) reports that the self-styled speaker of the "assembly" Sibel Siber met with German students from the Berlin Konrad Adenauer School who are visiting the breakaway regime upon an invitation of the 19 May Educational Colleague. The two schools have a cooperation agreement.

    [08] BoraJet airlines announces more flights to the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Diyalog newspaper (14.03.14) reports that the chairman of the "executive board" of BoraJet airlines, Fatih Akol, in exclusive statements to the paper has announced that BoraJet will increase its flights to the occupied area of Cyprus.

    According to Akol, BoraJet, besides the flights it carries out from Adana and Hatay, will launch direct flights from Bursa, Kayseri, Trabzon and Antalya. Akol said at the beginning, the flights will be carried out three times a week.

    Akol stressed further the important they pay to the tourism of the "TRNC", as he described the occupation regime and said that they believe that adding more cheap flights to the "TRNC", will contribute to the economy of "north Cyprus".

    AK

    [09] CHP calls on the Turkish assembly to hold emergency meeting to debate charges against resigned Ministers

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (13.03.14) reported that Turkey's main opposition party has called for an emergency meeting on March 18 of the Turkish Parliament after gathering more than the required number of signatures to debate the corruption allegations against four ministers which started with operations held on 17th December 2013.

    The Turkish Parliament is currently in recess until the local elections on March 30, but the parliamentary speaker is obliged to call the general assembly together in seven days after the Republican People's Party (CHP) collected over 132 signatures, 22 more than the required minimum. Meanwhile, other Turkish opposition parties including the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) had stated that they would give support to CHP's emergency meeting call over the summaries.

    In addition, Turkish daily Today's Zaman (14.03.14) reports that the CHP is also preparing to take a controversial law closing Turkey's dershanes, or private preparatory schools, to the Constitutional Court, the party said a day after President Abdullah Gul signed the bill into law on Wednesday.

    [10] Turkish commentary criticizes AKP members for showing luck of conscience as regards Berkin Elvan's death

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (14.03.14) publishes an article by Orhan Kemal Cengiz under the title: "They even call Berkin Elvan's death a conspiracy". Cengiz accuses the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey for showing denial, distortion and lack of conscience on the issue:

    "Our Prime Minister is an emotional person and he does not hide his tears in public. We have seen him crying many times, even for people who lost their lives in different countries. [?] However, we have not seen him crying for youngsters and children killed by security forces in Turkey, like Berkin Elvan who is the latest victim of the police violence during the Gezi protests.

    Prime Minister Erdogan has not uttered one single word after his death. No condolences have been offered to his family, no words of passion or sorrow. Instead, when the funeral ceremony took place in Istanbul, he was speaking in Mardin and listing numbers, one after the other. He was explaining how much investment his government has made, how many tunnels and bridges they have built. I listened to his speech and watch the funeral ceremony at the same time. Not a single word did he utter in remembrance of Berkin Elvan, the eighth victim of the Gezi protests. Neither has Erdogan said a single word about the first seven victims.

    Instead, he described how Gezi protesters had beaten a head-scarved woman and how they had drunk alcohol in a mosque -- both of which, it afterwards emerged, were not true. He has played an extremely dangerous game. Instead of soothing angry feelings, instead of becoming a unifying figure, as befits a Prime Minister, he has preferred to pit certain sections of society against others. By this, Erdogan has managed to unite conservative elements in society behind him at the expense of creating a hugely divided society.

    [?]

    Yesterday, I saw terrible examples of denial of the pain of the family. I saw tweets from parliamentary Deputies from the ruling party, looking for a conspiracy, even on the day of the death of the young victim. [?]. I cannot find the words to describe this level of denial, distortion and lack of conscience. I think this is an untreatable condition and makes us miserably hopeless. I only wish for a quick recovery from this absence of conscience, the effects of which are being felt all over the country."

    [11] Staff of Turkey's first nuclear plant educated in Russia

    Turkish daily Sabah newspaper 914.03.14) reports that the personnel to be employed for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NGS) which is the biggest investment project in Turkey will be trained in a program designed in collaboration with Russia.

    Nearly 600 Turkish students will be trained by 2023. Forty-eight students have already been selected and registered in 2011 to attend the Moscow Institute of Physics and Engineering, with 64 students in 2012 and 78 students in 2013. In total, 190 Turkish students have thus far joined the program. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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


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