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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 14-08-19

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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. 153/14 19. 08.14

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Eroglu: The Greek Cypriot side has nothing to lose from the lack of an agreement in Cyprus
  • [02] Bakirici: Water transfer from Turkey to be completed by the end of November
  • [03] Atalay: The path of religious freedom has been opened in Cyprus
  • [04] Almost half of the total labour power in the occupied part of Cyprus comes from abroad
  • [05] Safak Oneri the newly appointed "head" of the "supreme court"
  • [06] Illegal GAU university to promote Cyprus' architecture in Italy
  • [07] Kadem's survey in the occupied area of Cyprus revealed that more than half of the population has internet access
  • [08] Turkey seeks satisfactory explanation over Germany spying scandal
  • [09] Muharrem Ince to run for CHP leadership against Kilicdaroglu
  • [10] Commentary argues Erdogan plans to return to Ataturk-like single party state rule
  • [11] Tension created in South-eastern Turkey over the demolition of a statue of PKK founder

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Eroglu: The Greek Cypriot side has nothing to lose from the lack of an agreement in Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (19.08.14) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has said that in case the "Greek Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, as he called the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, participates in the negotiations for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, the self-styled foreign minister of the breakaway regime, Ozdil Nami will also attend the negotiating table.

    Replying yesterday to criticism against him by former Turkish Cypriot leader Talat on this issue, Eroglu noted that Talat, during his own period, worked with three different "foreign ministers" and no one of them participated in the negotiations at the table or accompanied Talat during his visits abroad.

    Eroglu said that the world accepts them as leaders and the leaders are the ones who carry out the negotiations. "Besides, the real duty of the foreign minister is to distribute, to promote to the foreign world our views at the negotiating table", he argued and described as "very important" the duty which the "foreign minister" reportedly has and is to explain to the world their stance as regards the settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    Eroglu reiterated the allegation that if the solution depended on the Turkish Cypriot side, the problem would have been solved and that the Greek Cypriots submit proposals which are impossible to be materialized and which are tantamount to return to the pre-1974 period. Eroglu claimed that the Greek Cypriot side has nothing to lose from the lack of an agreement in Cyprus and that the Turkish Cypriots are actually those who suffer losses from this situation.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Bakirici: Water transfer from Turkey to be completed by the end of November

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (18.08.14) reports that the self-styled Turkish Cypriot minister of environment and natural resources Hamit Bakirci stated that if weather conditions allow it, then the "North Cyprus water supply project", as he called the water transfer from Turkey to the occupied area of Cyprus will be completed by the end of November.

    He said that the placing of the pipes are continuing and that the first area to get access to the water will be the occupied part of Lefkosia, with water reaching to the furthest point of occupied Karpasia in 2015.

    He also said that dam pumping stations in Turkey and in the breakaway regime have been completed, and that 80% of the refinement plant built on the dam in occupied Panagra village is completed.

    Bakirci stated that the proceedings to the transition through the sea relies on the weather conditions and that 5.200 metres of the route has been placed at the base of the sea the occupied area of Cyprus, while approximately 8.5 kilometres has been placed at Turkey.

    "Currently the tests of the pipes are taking place. Following the completion of the pipes the installation of cut strapped pipes are going to begin. After the start of this, in relation to the sea conditions it will be finalised in 75 working days."

    The weight blocks required for the installation of the cut strapped pipes to begin have been descended into the sea and buoys have been tied to them, stated Bakirci, saying; "Only the installation of the pipes which are each 500 metres remain."

    [03] Atalay: The path of religious freedom has been opened in Cyprus

    Illegal Bayrak television (18.08.14) broadcast that the "chairman" of the "Religious affairs department" in the occupied area of Cyprus, Talip Atalay gave a conference entitled "Islamic Motives in Cyprus" in Tarsus, Turkey. Speaking during the conference, Atalay stated that the Turkish Cypriots always claimed their spiritual values. He also stated that in the last five years the path for religious freedom in Cyprus has been opened and that contact between the religious leaders were actualized. He also said that as a result of this dialogue for the first time they performed prayers at the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque in Larnaka.

    [04] Almost half of the total labour power in the occupied part of Cyprus comes from abroad

    Under the title "The employees come from abroad", Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (19.08.14) reports that 84 thousand persons are employed in both the "public" and the private sector in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. Eighteen thousand persons work in the "public sector". Fifteen thousand of these employees are "civil servants" and three thousands are "workers".

    The number of the employees in the private sector is 66 thousand. Thirty five thousand of the registered employees are "citizens" of the "TRNC", breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, while 31 thousand are foreigners having work "permit". According to the paper, the number of the unregistered workers is unknown. Estimations, notes Havadis, say that they are around five thousand.

    The fact that especially the employees in the private sector do not belong to a trade union caused decrease of the standard of living, long working hours and economic problems. Representatives of trade unions told Havadis that all self-styled governments do nothing for raising the standard of living of the employees in the private sector. The trade unionists accused the "governments" of caring only about the votes they will get and of refraining from taking measures in spite of the fact that they know what should be done.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Safak Oneri the newly appointed "head" of the "supreme court"

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (19.08.14) the newly appointed "head" of the so-called supreme court of the breakaway regime Safak Oneri, has been sworn in a ceremony organized yesterday at the so-called presidential palace.

    As the paper writes, Oneri will undertake his duties as of tomorrow.

    Speaking before the ceremony, Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu stated that the "TRNC is a democratic country which needs an independent judiciary" and expressed hopes that the term of the newly appointed "head" of the "supreme court" will be beneficial. Oneri has been appointed by the "high judiciary council" with unanimity of votes.

    (AK)

    [06] Illegal GAU university to promote Cyprus' architecture in Italy

    Under the above title, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (19.08.14) reports that the illegal American University of Keryneia (GAU) will organize the 3rd Architecture Summer School in the town of Supino in Italy. The summer school will be held between August 17-24.

    As the paper writes, "GAU" is organizing the summer school in cooperation with the Chamber of Architectures of Italy and England's Oxford Brookes University. The main title of the 3d Architecture summer school is "Cultivating possibilities: Reclaiming and Speculating".

    The summer school will be launched with the participation of international academic staff and students, Luisa Morgantini, an Italian MP at the European Parliament, the Mayor of Supino town, the chairman of the Chamber of Architectures of Italy and others.

    The paper adds that the students of the "faculty of architecture" of the illegal GAU, within the framework of their participation to the summer school, will promote the cultural heritage and the architecture of Cyprus.

    (AK)

    [07] Kadem's survey in the occupied area of Cyprus revealed that more than half of the population has internet access

    Under the title: "More than half of the population on internet", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper reports on the results of a survey conducted by Kadem Research Company in the occupied area of Cyprus with the cooperation of Kibris newspaper, as regards the internet access in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    The survey has been conducted between July 8-28 and the method which was used was the quantitative method. The sample of the survey was 501 people above the age of 18 years old.

    According to the results of the survey, 66% of the population in the occupied area of Cyprus has internet access. According to this, the occupation regime, in comparison with other countries ranks 55th out of 211 other countries.

    The internet access in the free area of the Republic of Cyprus is 69% writes the paper, adding that in Turkey is only 45%.

    Also, the survey revealed that 37% of those who have internet access in the "country" is via mobile, while 35% have wireless access and 28% have access with ADSL.

    Moreover, according to the survey, 69% of the internet users have access with their smart phones/mobile phones, 65% with their laptops, 30% with their tablets, and 25% with their pc.

    Also, the majority of the internet users in the occupied area of Cyprus are users of Facebook, instagram and twitter. A total of 86% of internet users use the Facebook.

    (AK)

    [08] Turkey seeks satisfactory explanation over Germany spying scandal

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (19.08.14) reports that Turkey reacted against Germany over the allegations that Germany has been spying on Turkey, summoning the German envoy and asking officials to provide satisfactory explanations for allegations circulating in German media and to immediately stop its eavesdropping activities if the allegations are true.

    In a strongly worded statement released on Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that the allegations released in German media suggesting Germany's Federal Intelligence Service BND has been spying on Turkey are "worrisome." Even if the allegations are partly correct, Germany should explain this "grave" situation.

    "This is a grave situation that needs to be explained by Germany if there is the slightest truth to these allegations," the statement said. "Such practices in relations among friends and allies, which should be built on mutual trust and respect, are in no way acceptable."

    German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that BND was and is still spying on Turkey, citing a confidential 2009 BND document.

    Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu answered reports over the allegations in Turkey's North-eastern city of Artvin. He said Turkey is closely following the allegations and has summoned the German ambassador for an "explanation." "There are some key principles that one needs to be careful about in international relations, especially between ally countries. If these allegations are true, these are unacceptable and cannot be excused in any way. We are faced with a situation which needs to be explained urgently. It is our incontestable right to have an answer as soon as possible. If these allegations are not true, some steps also should be taken," he said and added that he and President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan exchanged views over the issue.

    Davutoglu said he will also talk with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the phone in the evening.

    The Foreign Ministry statement followed the summoning of German Ambassador to Turkey Eberhard Pohl to the Foreign Ministry regarding the alleged eavesdropping. Pohl met with Turkey's acting Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Erdogan Iscan.

    A Foreign Ministry official told Today's Zaman that the issue is highly "sensitive" and Turkey doesn't act upon "media reports. However, calling the German Ambassador to the Foreign Ministry on the same day explains the gravity of the situation," the official said.

    A German Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed that the Ambassador had been invited to discuss the issue by the Turkish government, but disputed that he had been "summoned." German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Monday's meeting had a "friendly atmosphere,".

    [09] Muharrem Ince to run for CHP leadership against Kilicdaroglu

    Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (19.08.14) reports that Republican People's Party (CHP) parliamentarian and party Deputy Chairman Muharrem Ince announced that he will run for leadership of the party at an extraordinary party convention scheduled to be held on Sept 5-6.

    Ince declared that he will be running as a candidate to become the new party leader against Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Ince organized a press conference in the Turkish Parliament where he said that he has resigned from his position in the CHP as party deputy chairman and declared his candidacy for the CHP chairmanship as expected. After mentioning the common issues in Turkey and in Turkish democracy, Ince said: "Turkey needs the CHP to resolve these issues; however the current administration of the CHP falls short on offering resolutions.

    In the press conference, Ince emphasized intra-party democracy issues, and criticized the CHP's consecutive election defeats.

    Speaking to journalists at Istanbul airport, Kilicdaroglu's first reaction to Ince's candidacy was: "Good, very good indeed." Meanwhile, Mustafa Sarigul, former district mayor of Sisli, is seen as one of the influential actors in the chairmanship race within the party. Sarigul showed his support for the current leader Kilicdaroglu. He said that he will back Kilicdaroglu in the extraordinary party congress, which will be held on Sept. 5 in Ankara. "Kilicdaroglu is the consolidative power of the CHP," Sarigul said. Circles close to the CHP said that Sarigul aims to strengthen his place within the party for the upcoming terms and to vindicate his 2005 resignation from the CHP.

    [10] Commentary argues Erdogan plans to return to Ataturk-like single party state rule

    Turkish daily Taraf newspaper (18.08.14) published an article by Mehmet Baransu under the title: "All Erdogan needs now is to find his Inonu":

    "He talks about "New Turkey" at every opportunity. The "new" President of the Republic elect Tayyip Erdogan explained what this "new" Turkey was going to be like in his farewell speech to the party members. He gives clues as to what the administration will be like.

    "I do not know standard procedures, whatever. We are going to create the standard procedures for new Turkey. These standard procedures include a goal for 2023 and 2053.

    "I will not say, 'I am going to Cankaya and the party can go to hell.

    "Do not think that the party will be ownerless when I go to Cankaya. I am going to watch your work, your discipline, your performance. I will have my eye on you.

    "Our union will continue. This is no separation or breakup. My body may not be there but my spirit will be."

    What Erdogan is saying is quite clear. He talks like the leader of a newly founded country. He says that established procedure means nothing to him and that he still going to run the party. [?]

    Look at the huge photographs posted on the roads and streets. A picture of Erdogan every two paces. "Robust will" written in huge letters. Slogans. Most recently they have produced bumper stickers reading "RT Erdogan" and his signature. Almost all these things are scenes from the single party era and "old" Turkey. His curiosity about one-man rule. His wish to be a second Ataturk.

    We saw a similar sickness in the PKK [Kurdistan People's Congress, KGK] and its leaders, which fought the established system for years and saw it as the enemy. The approaches and rhetoric that took old Turkey as its example are still fresh in people's memories. [?]

    Today when I look at the roads and streets and when I see what Erdogan and his party have done over the past three years I cannot help but ask, "What has happened?" The Turkey that I am also a part of voted for the AKP [Justice and Development Party] to end the tutelage regime. And when that party was fighting the tutelage regime it found itself in the arms of people who stood for the tutelage regime. Simply looking at the undemocratic laws passed in Parliament is enough to see into whose arms the party has fallen.

    What we have is a leader who rides roughshod over democracy and the law and who advocates a "party state." Just like under "Kemalist despotism" he seeks to exonerate his crimes with Revolutionary Courts. Right now he is desperate to find a second Inonu. What then, you ask? History tells us what happens next. A brief glance at the history of the switch from Ataturk to Inonu is all you need. [?]

    [11] Tension created in South-eastern Turkey over the demolition of a statue of PKK founder

    Turkish daily Hurriyet newspaper (19.08.14) reports that tension was created in South-eastern Turkey over the demolition of the statue of Mahsum Korkmaz, one of the founders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which was erected in the South eastern province of Diyarbakir on Aug. 16.According to the paper, the statue was destroyed after a court in Diyarbakir ruled for its demolition and this led to the creation of tension in the area between the Turkish police and protestors. During the conflicts a person died and two others were wounded, according to the paper. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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


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