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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 16-10-26

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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. 206/16 26.10.2016

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Akinci met with Ayrault and Eide; Statements by Eide
  • [02] Akinci meets with Ozgurgun
  • [03] Eroglu called for the end of the negotiation process
  • [04] BKP accuses the occupation regime of granting 500 "citizenships" every month in order to destroy the Cyprus talks
  • [05] Discussions on the "energy cooperation agreement" with Turkey; "KIB-TEK's" power plant can only operate for 6-7 more years
  • [06] A cooperation agreement between "DAU" and University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • [07] A "vacant plot" in occupied Famagusta was granted to Gunsel
  • [08] First statements by Nadir after returning to the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [09] Erdogan: Istanbul should be the centre of the UN
  • [10] Diyarbak?r Mayor Gultan K?sanak and co-mayor detained on terrorism charges
  • [11] Cavusoglu: Turkey will take 'own measures' in Iraq
  • [12] Turkey's annual e-trade 'up 50% last 3 years'

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Akinci met with Ayrault and Eide; Statements by Eide

    Turkish Cypriot daily Diyalog newspaper (26.10.16) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met yesterday with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault, who is conducting contacts in Cyprus.

    The meeting took place at the so-called presidential palace. No statements were made before or after the meeting.

    Meanwhile, Akinci met yesterday at the so-called presidential palace with the UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide. The Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami and the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar were also present at the meeting.

    In statements after the meeting, Eide said that he discussed with Akinci the planning and organization of the weeks ahead as well as the meetings between the two leaders abroad. "I can say that we had never reached such a critical stage before. We are trying to utilize this decisive stage in the best way", Eide said.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (26.10.16) reports that Akinci will meet on Friday at 15.00 with the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

    (AK)

    [02] Akinci meets with Ozgurgun

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (26.10.16) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met yesterday with Huseyin Ozgurgun, self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus.

    In statements after the 1,5-hour-long meeting, Ozgurgun said that he fully supported Akinci in the effort to reach an agreement on the Cyprus problem by the end of the year. He said that this was one of their regular weekly meetings and that they discussed a lot of issues due to the fact that they had interrupted these meetings for a period of time. He noted that they would continue holding these regular meetings every Tuesday.

    According to Ozgurgun, developments on the Cyprus problem necessitate more regular meetings. He said that they would need to assess the meeting to be held between the community leaders next month in Switzerland and expressed his readiness to meet with Akinci whenever he wanted and provide assistance so that problems are overcome.

    Asked about his views regarding the meeting in Switzerland, Ozgrugun argued that Akinci had not yet given detailed information to the press on this issue and that the issue would be clarified within the next few days.

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] Eroglu called for the end of the negotiation process

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (26.10.16) under the title: "The negotiations should be ended", reports that the former Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, in exclusive statements to Ada TV, stressed the need not to proceed to the discussion of the territory issue before the definition of the exact date of the five-party meeting. He further called on Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci to insist on a five-party meeting.

    Claiming that concessions were made in the negotiations, Eroglu called for the end of the process. Supporting that the "protection of the TRNC" is not considered an obstacle for the solution, Eroglu alleged that concessions were made on the issue of police. "We had agreed on equality in the number of police. However, even on this issue, concessions were made. Moreover, the emotional bond in the property issue is also considered a concession. Furthermore, negotiating in an environment where the guarantor countries are not present is another concession concerning the guarantees. In my opinion, negotiations should be ended", Eroglu stated.

    Reiterating his known allegation that the Greek Cypriots do not want a solution and thus they follow delaying tactics at the negotiating table, Eroglu asked the UN to withdraw its good offices mission from Cyprus, expressing also the view that eventually no talks will take place in Geneva.

    (AK)

    [04] BKP accuses the occupation regime of granting 500 "citizenships" every month in order to destroy the Cyprus talks

    Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (26.10.16) reports that Salih Sonustun, general secretary of the United Cyprus Party (BKP), has accused the National Unity Party ? Democratic Party (UBP-DP) self-styled government of trying to blow up the negotiating process for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Recalling the statement made by the self-styled deputy prime minister, Serdar Denktas that the granting of "citizenship" would continue Sonustun said: "Such behaviors, which aim at destroying the negotiating process and weakening President Akinci in spite of the fact that the negotiators and the international community agreed on the percentages of the population, are unacceptable during this critical stage in the solution process of the Cyprus problem".

    According to Sonustun, the occupation regime grants "citizenship" to around 500 persons monthly based on decisions by the "council of ministers" and the "ministry" of interior.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Discussions on the "energy cooperation agreement" with Turkey; "KIB-TEK's" power plant can only operate for 6-7 more years

    Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (26.10.16) reports that the "energy cooperation agreement" signed between Turkey and the breakaway regime in Istanbul on 11 October [2016] was discussed at the "assembly" of the regime.

    During the discussion, Sunat Atun, self-styled minister of energy and economy, said that the equipment at the "electricity authority's" (KIB-TEK) power plant in occupied Trapeza area in Keryneia is old and it can only operate for 6-7 more years. He noted that the life of this equipment will expire within the period 2020-2024 and added that even in the regime's needs in electricity are fully met from Turkey, "KIB-TEK" needs to continue operating.

    In his address, Serdar Denktas, self-styled deputy prime minister of the regime, argued that 'KIB-TEK" could not continue to exist in its current form and asked for the production at "KIB-TEK's" power plant to stop, the sale of the above-mentioned power plant and the construction of a power plant which operates on gas. Referring to the Cyprus problem, Denktas noted that it is said that in case no solution is reached, the Turkish Cypriots will "remain outside the hydrocarbons" and they will be the side that will lose. Noting that he does not agree with the above view, Denktas argued: "You think that these people are doomed to a solution. We, on the other hand, do not think that".

    In his speech, Tufan Erhurman, "deputy" with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), said that they oppose the monopoly in the production and sale of electricity and asked for the establishment of a committee with the participation of political parties, civilian organizations and experts that will lformulate a policy in the field of energy.

    Furthermore, Mehmet Cakici, "deputy" with the Social Democracy Party (TDP), said that Atun met with no one in the occupied area of Cyprus before departing for Turkey to sign the "agreement" and that he signed a text which "includes nothing but secrecy".

    Finally, Dogus Derya, also "deputy" with the CTP, said that transferring electricity from Turkey will mean the end of "KIB-TEK", will prevent investments in the renewable energy field and result in dependence on a company from Turkey.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] A cooperation agreement between "DAU" and University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

    Turkish Cypriot daily Detay newspaper (26.10.16) reports that a cooperation protocol was signed between the illegal Near Eastern Mediterranean University (DAU) and Nice Sophia Antipolis University of France.

    According to information given by "DAU", the cooperation protocol, which will provide opportunities to academic programmes and enable projects between the two "universities", was signed in Nice, France, by the "deputy dean of DAU" Prof. Dr Ozgur Eren and Prof. Dr Frederique Vidal, Dean of Nice Sophia Antipolis University.

    The signed agreement will safeguard the development of joint programmes on the undergraduate and postgraduate level of both universities, the implementation of joint research programmes as well as academic exchange programmes.

    According to the paper, the Nice Sophia Antipolis University was founded in 1965 and is one of the state universities of France.

    (DPs)

    [07] A "vacant plot" in occupied Famagusta was granted to Gunsel

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (26.10.16) reports that the so-called council of ministers has decided to grant Suat Gunsel, businessman and founder of the illegal Near East University ("YDU"), a "vacant plot", which is located between occupied hotels of Salamis and Mimoza, in exchange of a plot in the occupied part of Lefkosia.

    Meanwhile, the paper recalls the debate on the possession of the occupied Mimoza hotel, which at the end was given to the "Near East University Ltd", owned by Gunsel.

    (DPs)

    [08] First statements by Nadir after returning to the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (26.10.16) under the front-page title: "They would have killed me", reports on statements by the Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir, owner of Kibris Media Holding, who spoke for the first time to the media after returning to the occupied area of Cyprus from the UK.

    Nadir claimed that during the 1990s, Nelson Ledsky, who served as the US Special Cyprus Coordinator, had urged him to push aside the late Rauf Denktas with the aim to replace him. Nadir said that he turned the proposal down and added that right after this, the USA and the UK tried to assassinate him. "Late Rauf Denktas was my friend. Ledsky told me that they would give me 10,5 billion dollars and that in exchange for this, I would administer the TRNC in the direction of their plans. I told them: Look Sir, I have learned a lot of great things from my mother. [?] My mother has never taught me to sell my country. Go away and never come back here. [?] If they hadn't organized an operation against me, I would have bought the Hurriyet newspaper in Turkey and run it following a national approach. They attacked me as a dogfish attacks an injured whale [?]. Nadir also alleged.

    (AK)

    [09] Erdogan: Istanbul should be the centre of the UN

    According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News newspaper (online, 25.10.16), Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a written statement on the 71st anniversary year of its foundation, said that Istanbul should be the centre of the United Nations.

    After consistently increasing its contributions to the U.N. budget in recent years, Turkey has also been exerting strenuous efforts to turn Istanbul, which is located at the intersection of continents and civilizations, into a U.N. centre, Erdogan said, adding that Istanbul would accomplish the "U.N.'s mission and goals".

    "We believe that Istanbul, with its ancient history, cultural richness, strategic location and natural beauties, will provide critical contributions to the U.N.'s mission and goals as a centre of the organization", he added.

    Repeating the phrase he often uses, Erdogan said that "the world is bigger than five" and added: "In line with our call that 'the world is bigger than five,' which I often stress, we will continue, on every platform, our support for a comprehensive reform of the U.N. that will ensure a fairer representation as well as a more democratic, transparent, effective and accountable functioning of the U.N. Security Council".

    Noting Turkey had been "one of the staunchest advocates of the U.N. and the values it represents", Erdogan said that since the establishment of the organization, the country "has assumed critical roles" on issues of vital importance such as the maintenance of global peace and security, mediation, development, humanitarian aid, environment, the alliance of civilizations and the like".

    [10] Diyarbak?r Mayor Gultan K?sanak and co-mayor detained on terrorism charges

    According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News newspaper (online, 26.10.16), the co-mayors of the south-eastern province of Diyarbak?r were detained late Oct. 25 on charges of terrorism links.

    Gultan K?sanak, a former member of Parliament before her election as Mayor in Diyarbak?r, and F?rat Anl?, her co-mayor and member of the municipal council, were taken into custody as part of an investigation into their alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Diyarbak?r Prosecutor's Office said in a written statement.

    The two are accused of making speeches in support of the PKK, allowing PKK militants to use municipal resources, inciting violent protests, and attending illegal meetings and rallies, the prosecutor's statement said.

    K?sanak, 55, is a well-known Kurdish political figure and became Diyarbak?r's first female mayor in 2014.

    Earlier on Oct. 25, she testified upon the invitation of lawmakers at a parliamentary commission in Ankara looking into the failed coup attempt on July 15.

    It was not immediately clear whether her testimony was related to the detention order. K?sanak was detained upon her return to Diyarbak?r at the airport, while Anl? was detained at his home.

    [11] Cavusoglu: Turkey will take 'own measures' in Iraq

    According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News newspaper (online, 25.10.16), Turkey is ready to launch a ground operation in Iraq if it feels threatened by developments there, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Oct. 25, at a time when a U.S. backed offensive to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) away from the city of Mosul is on the agenda.

    "If there is a threat posed to Turkey, we are ready to use all our resources including a ground operation... to eliminate that threat", he said in an interview with the Kanal 24 TV station.

    Turkey will not tolerate the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state for greater "Kurdish autonomy," using parts of northern Iraq as bases, Cavusoglu said. The PKK wanted to make Sinjar a "second Kandil", but such actions would not be allowed and Turkey will "intervene more actively" to prevent it, he added.

    He said Iraq's central government in Baghdad is "tying itself to a terrorist organization", adding that Turkey would take all necessary steps to protect its soldiers stationed at the Bashiqa military camp, near the northern city of Mosul.

    On Syria, Cavusoglu said that Turkey will have to take its own measures against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) if its fighters do not withdraw from the town of Manbij to the east of the Euphrates River.

    Recalling that U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry issued promises to Turkey for the removal of YPG from largely Arab areas, Cavusoglu said: "We simply want them to keep their promises. The U.S. wants to cooperate with YPG in the Raqqa operation even though the group is planning ethnic cleansing there".

    [12] Turkey's annual e-trade 'up 50% last 3 years'

    According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (25.10.16), Turkey's internet trade has increased by an average of 50% a year over the last three years, Customs and Trade Minister Bulent Tufenkci said on Tuesday.

    "The volume of the payments via bank cards for internet shopping reached 45 billion Turkish liras ($14.6 billion) from January to August of this year", he told an e-Trade Sector Assembly Meeting held by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).

    However, online trading still only accounted for 2% of the retail sector, TOBB head Rifat Hisarciklioglu said. "Online retail's share is over 10% in the developed countries," he added. "We can rapidly catch up with them as the figures of internet penetration and smart phone possession in Turkey are similar to Western countries' ratios". TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

    http://www.pio.gov.cy

    (DPs/AA)


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