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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 14-04-10

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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. 66/14 10.04.14

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Ozersay: A role of the EU in the talks is not accepted
  • [02] Ozersay: If the deadlock is not overcome interference from outside could be expected
  • [03] Turkish Minister Cavusoglu to pay an illegal visit to the occupied area of Cyprus tonight
  • [04] Negotiations should speed up says Nami during meeting with Rubin
  • [05] Yorgancioglu discussed with Fule the Green Line regulation
  • [06] Slovakian Ambassador visited Serdar Denktas
  • [07] Search and Rescue Exercise to be held on April 24
  • [08] Grey Wolves allege that they are not the same with ELAM; BKP: Racism is a crime, not an ideal
  • [09] Antiquities were excavated in occupied Avlona
  • [10] Turkey's Higher Election Board rejects CHP's appeal
  • [11] Turkish court rules to unblock YouTube, again

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Ozersay: A role of the EU in the talks is not accepted

    Illegal Bayrak television (09.04.14) broadcast that Turkish Cypriot Negotiator Kudret Ozersay told the Russia Today Program that the Turkish Cypriot side is ready to receive technical assistance from the European Union on certain issues that are discussed at the Cyprus negotiations process but cannot accept a role being given to the European Union at the talks.

    Ozersay said that both sides needed to show flexibility in order to reach an agreement otherwise a just and permanent solution cannot be found.

    He said that if a solution isn't balanced it won't be permanent. He added that therefore the Turkish Cypriot side cannot accept any more than it had already. "The Turkish Cypriot side had asked for cooperation to take place on economy, trade, tourism, energy and water issues in order to motivate the Greek Cypriot side towards a solution" said Ozersay and added that once cooperation is held on some issues and the benefits become clear then the trust between the two sides will also improve.

    Ozersay also alleged the following: "This is why we want cooperation to be carried out parallel to the Cyprus negotiations process. But the Turkish Cypriot side which has been putting forward its position at the Cyprus negotiations table for years now cannot make any concessions purely for the sole purpose of encouraging the Greek Cypriot side towards a solution. "

    Upon being asked about the European Union taking on a more active role during the talks, Ozersay said that due to the Greek Cypriot side becoming a unilateral member of the EU it cannot be neutral.

    "No matter how unbiased the EU wants to be this is not really possible. Receiving technical support from the EU during the talks is fine as technical support is enough for us. But the EU being given a more active role is unacceptable" said the Turkish Cypriot Negotiator.

    [02] Ozersay: If the deadlock is not overcome interference from outside could be expected

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (10.04.14) reports that the Turkish Cypriot negotiator, Kudret Ozersay has said that the United Nations has launched an initiative in the direction of overcoming the problem which has come up in the Cyprus negotiations. In statements yesterday to Kibris, Ozersay noted that we have to overcome the deadlock and added that interference from outside could be expected in case the deadlock is not overcome.

    Ozersay also said that such disagreements could be experienced again in the future and added that the important thing is to continue the negotiations and solve the problem. Ozersay participated yesterday in a meeting organized by the Cyprus Dialogue Platform at Ledra Palace Hotel in the buffer zone. Referring to this meeting, he said that there he talked with his Greek Cypriot counterpart, Andreas Mavroyiannis and added that they had a good dialogue, but refrained from giving details.

    Ozersay said that he will continue informing the people on the content of the negotiations without violating the principle of confidentiality that exists for the negotiations. He noted that if he comes to the position of not being able to do this, he will not continue being at the post of the negotiator. "We must build balance between transparency and confidentiality", he argued and referred once again to the position of the Greek Cypriot side that "no documents exist on the table". He alleged: "If there are no documents, it means that there are also no convergence documents and then this process should be questioned".

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot Yeni Duzen newspaper (10.04.14) reports that in statements to Kanal Sim, Ozersay said that "agreement" or "convergence" has been achieved on many chapters in the negotiations and reiterated that "if some bricks are taken out the entire building will collapse". He argued that agreement exists in the judiciary and in legislation, except for some chapters. He said that in the legislation, issues such as the percentages in the parliament, the decision-taking process and the mechanism for overcoming the differences have been agreed. He noted that full agreement exists on the issue of the international agreements as regards the agreements reached in the past. He argued that many agreements exist regarding the economy and noted that converge documents exist for more than 80% of the issues. According to Ozersay, the three issues on which the least progress is achieved are the territorial adjustment, the security and guarantees, and the property.

    Ozersay said that the issue of the map has not been discussed and criticized the self-styled deputy of the Democratic Party-National Forces (DP-UG), Zorlu Tore who distributes maps. He noted that in this process everyone, including the "deputies", must behave with responsibility.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Turkish Minister Cavusoglu to pay an illegal visit to the occupied area of Cyprus tonight

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (10.04.14) reports that the Turkish Chief Negotiator and Minister of EU Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu is scheduled to visit the occupied area of Cyprus tonight.

    According to the information by the Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry's Protocol Office, Cavusoglu is expected to arrive to illegal Tymvou airport at 1.00 am. The Turkish Minister will leave the island at 12 April. Details of his visit are yet to be disclosed.

    [04] Negotiations should speed up says Nami during meeting with Rubin

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (10.04.14) reports that the self-styled foreign minister Ozdil Nami met with US Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin.

    During the meeting Nami shared the Turkish Cypriot position regarding the negotiation process. He also claimed that the pace of the negotiations was not at the desired level . "In order to reach a comprehensive solution tempo should increase" said Nami.

    [05] Yorgancioglu discussed with Fule the Green Line regulation

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 09.04.14), self-styled prime minister Ozkan Yorgancioglu said that although there may be a difference of views between the coalition partners at the "government", currently there is no crisis.

    Referring to the student clashes that have taken place at the "Near East University campus" this week, in a statement before entering the "council of ministers" meeting on Wednesday, Yorgancioglu said that students who come from abroad must be aware of the fact that they are in the "TRNC" (editor's note: the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus) to study. He added: "We hope that such issues are not repeated. We, as the government, support justice and will take unbiased precautionary measures".

    Commenting on the football match between Greek Cypriot football teams last week and the Turkish flag being torn to pieces during the match, Yorgancioglu strongly condemned this act. "It doesn't matter which country it is, anything that is a symbol of a nation should be respected", he said.

    Moreover, Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (10.04.14) reports that Yorgancioglu said that he found the opportunity during the meeting with the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule to brief him on their views regarding the Green Line Regulation. Yorgancioglu also said that among their demands towards Fule is the increase of the financial aid.

    [06] Slovakian Ambassador visited Serdar Denktas

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Bakis (10.04.14), the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Cyprus Oksana Tomova visited yesterday the leader of the Democrat Party - National Forces (DP-UG) and self-styled deputy prime minister and minister of economy, tourism, culture and sports Serdar Denktas at the party headquarters.

    [07] Search and Rescue Exercise to be held on April 24

    Illegal Bayrak television (09.04.14) broadcast that the Search and Rescue Exercise 2014 will be held on 24th April in the breakaway regime, as part of the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the "International Universities Search and Rescue Coordination Council".

    The exercise will be held with the participation of 15 universities from 11 countries, and about 75 academicians and students will illegally visit the occupied area of Cyprus to attend the exercise.

    [08] Grey Wolves allege that they are not the same with ELAM; BKP: Racism is a crime, not an ideal

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (10.04.14) reports that Olcay Kilavuz, chairman of the breakaway regime's so-called Hearths of the Ideal, known as Grey Wolves, criticized the fact that "in some debates" his organization "is equated" with ELAM organization which is active in the government-controlled area of Cyprus. He alleged that ELAM is the continuation of EOKA organization and the Grey Wolves are allegedly not the same. He argued that the "hearths of the Ideal" have been supporting the "national cause of Cyprus" from the very beginning and claimed that "the contribution of the hearths of the Ideal is big in bringing onto the agenda of the public in Turkey the racist attack held against the Turks in Cyprus". He recalled that the nationalist movement's (Grey Wolves) creator is Alpaslan Turkes, who was a Turkish Cypriot.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (10.04.14) reports that the general secretary of the United Cyprus Party (BKP), Abdullah Korkmazhan has demanded the closure of the Grey Wolves and called on the "government" to perform its duty. In a written statement issued yesterday, Korkmazhan pointed out that racism is a crime and not an ideal. He argued that the Grey Wolves and the "police" are responsible for the recent incidents at the illegal Near East University ("YDU"). "We strongly protest against the wave of arrests of progressive students and students of Kurdish origin by providing protection to the aggressive fascist elements", he said and asked for the immediate removal of the "police director" from his duties and the closure of the "racist Hearths of the Ideal".

    (I/Ts.)

    [09] Antiquities were excavated in occupied Avlona

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (10.04.14), antiquity pieces were emerged by coincidence during construction works for a water pipe for the "municipality" of occupied Morphou near the occupied village of Avlona.

    The so-called department of antiquities and museums has been carrying out the excavations for the last two weeks. The so-called head of the Morphou branch of the "department of antiquities" Emine Sivri said that according to the result of the excavations, it seems to be a holy sanctuary dating to the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. The findings are pieces of statues, idols, figures and even cressets made by terracotta. Sivri noted that she believes that the place of the excavation is very important in the archaeological history of Cyprus.

    [10] Turkey's Higher Election Board rejects CHP's appeal

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (10.04.14) reports that Turkey's top election authority has rejected the appeal of the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) to cancel the results of the contested local election in the capital city of Ankara.

    The CHP's nominee for the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, Mansur Yavas, had claimed that there were numerous accounts of fraud in the March 30 elections. He appealed to the Higher Election Board (YSK) on April 6, stating that "the will of the people of Ankara is not accurately reflected in the ballot boxes. We expect the YSK to impartially assess this situation and decide for a repeat of the election." However, the YSK rejected the appeal with a unanimous vote. The Justice and Development Party's (AKP) incumbent candidate Melih Gokcek retained his post for a fifth term after the elections, having received his official approval on April 6.

    [11] Turkish court rules to unblock YouTube, again

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (10.04.14) reports that a Turkish court in Ankara ruled to unblock the popular video-sharing website YouTube on April 9, following its temporary measure to reinstate the ban as per the prosecution's request.

    Access to YouTube was blocked March 27 by Turkey's Telecommunications Authority (TIB) without being supported by a court decision, hours after recordings of a key security meeting on Syria were leaked online. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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