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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 14-11-18

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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. 215/14 18.11.14

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Nami carries out contacts in Berlin
  • [02] Eroglu: "We are striving to achieve a new partnership consisting of two equal states"
  • [03] Cavusoglu: "The Greek Cypriot administration's oil exploration activities in the EM have no validity"
  • [04] The establishment of the breakaway regime in the National Television of Azerbaijan
  • [05] Three "deputies" resigned from DP- No crisis in the "government" CTP says
  • [06] Director of the European and Global Issues Secretariat at the UK's Cabinet Office: Republic of Cyprus has the rights for making research in its Exclusive Economic Zone
  • [07] Illegal DAU university signed a cooperation protocol with the Polytechnic University of Tirana
  • [08] Late Denktas' statue has been inaugurated; statements by Eroglu
  • [09] Biden to visit Turkey on Friday
  • [10] Turkey's first separatist party under the name "Free Kurdistan Party" to be established in Turkey

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Nami carries out contacts in Berlin

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (18.11.14) reports that the so-called foreign minister Ozdil Nami who is in Berlin, Germany for contacts, met with businessmen of the Turkish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

    In statements during the meeting, Nami referred to the Cyprus problem and said that it cannot be expected by the Turkish side to sit and look from afar the Greek Cypriot side's unilateral steps.

    Referring to the natural gas issue, Nami pointed out that the Turkish Cypriot side has not undertaken any provocative initiatives. "Unfortunately, the Greek Cypriot side, hiding behind the curtains of a recognized state, consistently undertakes unilateral steps. Of course it cannot be expected that the Turkish Cypriot side would sit and watch from afar the Greek Cypriot side's unilateral steps", Nami said.

    Pointing out that it is wrong to say that Turkey has taken steps in the Eastern Mediterranean for its own interest and rights, Nami added that Turkey has sent its vessels there in the framework of the "agreements" signed with the "TRNC", in order to protect the Turkish Cypriot rights and interests.

    Recalling that it is the Greek Cypriot leader, Nikos Anastasiades who left the negotiation table, Nami said that the Turkish Cypriot side wants the negotiation process to continue and yield a positive result. He then called on the Greek Cypriot leadership to return to the negotiating table and expressed hopes for a positive response to this call.

    Pointing out that not only the UN but also the EU, other international organizations and countries involved on the Cyprus problem have responsibilities towards the resumption of the talks, Nami stressed the need to fulfill their duties and contribute to the efforts exerted on the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Referring to the occupation regime's economy, Nami said that the Turkish Cypriot "people" need more investments.

    Meanwhile, within the framework of his contacts in Berlin, Nami met further with high level officials of the German government and with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office. Nami said that he conveyed to Roth what is necessary to be done in order to reach a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem and added that they expect for more decisive steps to be taken in the future.

    Nami expressed further the view that the reaction from the international community regarding the suspension of the talks by the Greek Cypriot side was not sufficient and added if the reaction from Germany and the other EU countries was a clear voice, then it could be possible for the Greek Cypriot side to return to the table.

    Referring to the so-called embargoes, Nami reiterated that even though the Turkish Cypriot side is always in favor of the solution, it continues to live under "isolation", and stressed the need for Germany and the other EU countries to show a positive stance and help the Turkish Cypriots to be integrated with the EU. "If this happens, the Greek Cypriot community will not be able to use its EU membership against the Turkish Cypriots and will sit at the negotiating table with a more realistic approach", concluded Nami.

    AK

    [02] Eroglu: "We are striving to achieve a new partnership consisting of two equal states"

    According to illegal Bayrak television (17.11.14) Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu met with a delegation from the Society of Republic's Women from the Salihli branch of Manisa, Turkey, who are illegally visiting the occupied area of Cyprus for the "celebrations" for the UDI.

    Speaking during the meeting, Eroglu expressed pleasure over the visit of the delegation and added that they know that the people of Turkey were always by the side of the Turkish Cypriot "people".

    Briefing the women on the history of the Cyprus issue, Eroglu said that with the 20th of July "Turkish Peace operation", as he called the Turkish invasion in Cyprus and the territory that went with it, they were able to establish their own "state".

    Referring to the Cyprus negotiations process, he stated that they were striving to achieve a new partnership that would consist of two equal states.

    Pointing to the Greek Cypriot side's "extensive demands", Eroglu noted that if the Turkish Cypriot side had accepted everything the Greek Cypriot side wanted, there would be no place left for the Turkish Cypriots.

    Claiming that currently there are "two peoples" in the island living side by side in peace, Eroglu alleged that peace had been achieved but an agreement was missing.

    Describing the Turkish invasion on the island as a turning point for the Turkish Cypriot "people", he went on to claim that today they are the owners of a "state" that has "infrastructure, universities, hotels and an economy".

    [03] Cavusoglu: "The Greek Cypriot administration's oil exploration activities in the EM have no validity"

    Under the title: "The steps which were taken do not contribute to the solution", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (18.11.14) reports that Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in statements during a televised program, referred to the Greek Cypriot side's oil exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, alleging that its drilling works have no validity and that it has undertaken this initiative due to its current economic situation.

    Cavusoglu said further that Turkey warned that it would send its vessels if the "Greek Cypriot administration", as he called the Republic of Cyprus, would declare its EEZ. "The steps they have taken, do not contribute to the solution", added Cavusoglu.

    Referring to the oil and natural resources in the region, Cavusoglu alleged that the "TRNC" has equal rights in these resources and added: "The oil exploration activities while the negotiation process continues, is not an indicator of goodwill. While on the one hand the two sides are looking for dialogue to achieve peace, you say that you continue the drillings. Then, you should say to the TRNC: Let's carry out research drillings together. If this is not possible, lets then establish a partnership company, do drillings and share the revenues. Instead of this, you provide as an excuse the Barbarros Hayettin Pasa vessel and you left the table".

    Cavusoglu pointed out the need for the crossing visits to start immediately and said that they proposed for the negotiators to be accepted on the level of ministers.

    AK

    [04] The establishment of the breakaway regime in the National Television of Azerbaijan

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (18.11.14) reports that Sadettin Topukcu, the "representative" of the breakaway regime in Azerbaijan, appeared in the National Television of Azerbaijan and spoke about the establishment of the breakaway regime.

    According to the paper, Topukcu spoke about the "struggles for existence" by the Turkish Cypriots and how these led to the establishment of the "TRNC". Topukcu also spoke about the touristic potentials and the illegal universities in the breakaway regime and called on Azeri people to visit the occupied area of Cyprus.

    In addition, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (18.11.14) reports that at the reception given at the so-called consulate in Istanbul for the celebration for the 31st establishment of the breakaway regime, Pakistan consul general and FYROM consul general attended the event.

    [05] Three "deputies" resigned from DP- No crisis in the "government" CTP says

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (18.11.14) reports that three "deputies" of the Democratic Party (DP) resigned from DP and issued their resignation to the "speaker" of the self-styled assembly Sibel Siber yesterday. These are Ahmet Kasif, Ergun Serdaroglu and Hamit Bakirci.

    Mentes Gunduz, who also had stated a few days ago that he intended to resign, said that he will remain within the party in order to act as internal opposition.

    The paper writes that the reason behind the resignation is the "cabinet reshuffle" that took place some time ago where Kasif and Serdaroglu were stripped from their "ministries". Kasif was "minister of public works and transportation", while Sertaroglu was "minister of energy".

    The chairman of DP Serdar Denktas stated that the decision taken by the "deputies" is wrong and gave the resigned "deputies" four days to reconsider their decision and called upon them to return to the party. He said that the only problems the "deputies" had, was the "cabinet reshuffle". Denktas also stated that there is no crisis at the "coalition government" of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and DP since the two parties are represented with 29 "deputies" at the "assembly"

    In addition, Birikim Ozgur, "deputy" with CTP stated that he hopes that the work of the "government" will not be affected by these developments and added that there is no government crisis currently at the CTP-DP coalition. What is going to be difficult he said is the work of the "assembly".

    Kasif, who headed the resignation team stated that they have no intention to join another party for the time being and that they will remain "independent deputies". He also said that they will not take back the decision they took.

    On his part, the general secretary of the National Unity Party Sunat Atun, stated that if the three deputies want to joint UBP, they must apply for it and the party's organs will examine their application. Atun said that the resignation is an internal issue of DP and said that the resigned "deputies" who were members of UBP before, have not expressed any desire to return to UBP yet.

    Star Kibris (18.11.14) writes that commenting on the issue, the general secretary of CTP, Kutlay Erk stated that DP and CTP must evaluate the new developments. He stated that his party has no intention to call early "elections". "However, if is needed, we are ready for it", he stated.

    Asked to comment on the fact that Kasif resignation from his former party (UBP) before was the reason that led the "government" of Irsen Kucuk to fail and early elections to be conducted, Erk said that they are not affected by this and stated: "Check this issue with Eroglu", he stated.

    [06] Director of the European and Global Issues Secretariat at the UK's Cabinet Office: Republic of Cyprus has the rights for making research in its Exclusive Economic Zone

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (18.11.14) reports that Angus Lapsley, Director of the European and Global Issues Secretariat at the UK's Cabinet Office stated that a permanent solution is needed for the people of Cyprus. Lapsley is currently in Ankara holding officials Contacts.

    Lapsley stated that the British government believes that a permanent solution in Cyprus will not only bring peace and prosperity to the island of Cyprus but will be beneficial for solving the problems in the region as well. He went on and added that the issue of the sharing of energy resources is complicated, but added that the Republic of Cyprus has the right of making research in its Exclusive Economic Zone. "At the same time we believe that the hydrocarbon resources that will be found in the region must be shared by the two communities. We also think that the UN can assist for the reduction of tension and for the constructive of positive steps between the two sides of Cyprus", he stated.

    [07] Illegal DAU university signed a cooperation protocol with the Polytechnic University of Tirana

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (18.11.14) reports that the illegal Eastern Mediterranean University (DAU) signed a cooperation protocol with the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania.

    According to a press release issued by illegal DAU, the protocol envisages for the development of ties between the two "universities" and the exchange of students and academic staff.

    AK

    [08] Late Denktas' statue has been inaugurated; statements by Eroglu

    According to illegal Bayrak television (17.11.14) the monument of the late former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Raif Denktas was inaugurated as part of the 15th of November "celebrations" for the UDI.

    The monument has been placed at the Rauf Denktas Boulevard near the illegal Tymbou (Ercan Airport).

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    Alt?nok Oz, Mayor of Istanbul's District Kartal who created the statue, said he was so proud of seeing the revealing ceremony. He also announced that a similar monument will be created in Kartal in Turkey and added that the late Rauf Raif Denktas was a great leader.

    The "minister of public works and communications", Hasan Tacoy, the so-called Turkish ambassador in the occupied area of Cyprus Halil Ibrahim Akca, the "deputy prime minister and the minister of economy, tourism, culture and sports Serdar Denktas" and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu attended the inauguration ceremony.

    Speaking during the ceremony, Eroglu said that the "TRNC" was an "independent and free state" and added that he never forgot the excitement of the late leader on the day of the proclamation of the "TRNC"

    "Late Denktas showed the difficulty of establishing a state. We found the state but you are going to perpetuate it", Eroglu added.

    [09] Biden to visit Turkey on Friday

    Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (17.11.14) reported that the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Turkey this Friday as part of a tour including Morocco and Ukraine.

    During his two-day visit to Istanbul, Biden will meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and a number of nongovernmental representatives. Biden will also deliver the closing speech at the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul.

    According to diplomatic sources, the U.S.-led coalition's fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the latest developmenst in Iraq will be on top of Biden's agenda during his bilateral meetings with the Turkish leaders.

    In October, Biden apologized to Erdogan for saying that he had conceded that his country mistakenly assisted foreign fighters, including ISIS while seeking to overthrow the Syrian regime. After Biden's call to Erdogan, the White house said that Biden "apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of [ISIS] or other violent extremists in Syria." However, earlier this month, Biden said that he never apologized to Turkey's president for claiming last month that the country's mistakes helped foreign fighters enter Syria, contradicting what the White House said about the incident.

    As such, diplomatic circles consider Biden's visit an important sign to demonstrate that he and Erdogan have overcome the apology issue and are working closely on common issues. Last weekend Davutoglu discussed the crisis in Syria and Iraq with U.S. President Barack Obama during the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, and it has been announced that the divergence between Turkey and the U.S. on how to tackle the war in Syria is getting narrower. Details on U.S aid to the Free Syrian Army will also be discussed during Biden's visit.

    [10] Turkey's first separatist party under the name "Free Kurdistan Party" to be established in Turkey

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (17.11.14) reported that a new party calling itself the Partiye Azadiye Kurdistan (PAK-Free Kurdistan Party) has submitted a petition for its establishment to the Department of Domestic Affairs. It states that the Kurds should have their own separate state.

    Completing the setting up process the PAK submitted itspetition on Monday morning and is expected to declare itself a new party.

    Chairman Mustafa Ozcelik, who has said that he would be an independent within the party and others such as Vahid Aba and Mehmet Salih Ozkokce are also listed as founding party members.

    Aba who is amongst the founding members, provided an analysis of the party and its doctrine: "The Kurds must form their own government. We have placed this as the party's agenda. This is what makes the party different. We have made the idea of becoming a state at the forefront of our party. We must be entitled to the rights that other free people are entitled to.

    From the perspective of struggle, civil disobedience is a priority. The party's main doctrine is "Kurdistan Right Now". Aba said that even though the main base is in Ankara, Diyarabakir will be the main district for the party. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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