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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 07-08-09

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

TURKISH PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA No.153/07 09.08.07

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] Milliyet: Greek Cypriot ships in our ports. The embargo was broken
  • [02] Mr Avci wants no EU involvement in the issue of the occupied city of Varosha
  • [03] The occupation regime celebrated the anniversary of the resistance in Kokkina village The Turkish Cypriot parties issued messages to mark the occasion
  • [04] The occupation regime police arrested three persons for marijuana possession
  • [05] A so-called parliamentary delegation headed by its speaker Fatma Ekenoglu continues its contacts in Germany
  • [06] The speaker of the new Turkish Assembly to be elected today
  • [07] Turkey and Malta to form a Business Council

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] Milliyet: Greek Cypriot ships in our ports. The embargo was broken

    Under the title: Greek Cypriot ships in our ports in its front page and The embargo was broken in an extensive reportage in page 11, Milliyet newspaper (09.08.07) reports that in continuation of the crisis between the EU and Turkey on the issue of Turkeys refused to open its ports to the Greek Cypriot vessels, it became definite that Greek Cypriot ships have started transporting goods to the Turkish ports. As the paper notes, the incident which escaped notice by the ports authorities, was revealed after information given by a citizen under the name Oktay Selek to the district attorney of Kocaeli.

    The Committee of Customs Inspection has appointed an inspector to investigate the information after the district attorney of Kocaeli, Ali Coban, has sent a letter informing the Committee about Greek Cypriot ships approaching Turkish ports.

    According to the letter, the name of one of the ships involved is STROFADES III and it belongs to Siamo Co. Shipping Ltd in the free territories of the Republic of Cyprus.

    Moreover, it was made known that the ship under the name MONA S, which was also entering and exiting Turkish ports transferring cargo, is registered on Samin HA company which is established in Syria, but it operates on behalf of Siamo Co. Shipping Ltd in South Cyprus.

    Also, the ship WARNOW WHALE which belongs to the Southern Cypriot Mevla Shipping Co. Ltd is one of the ships the name of which is included on the list of the ships entering and exiting the Turkish ports most.

    After the ships´ entry and exit and ship registration documents were investigated by the Customs Undersecretariat because of insistent information, it was ascertained that these ships used the ports of Gebze, Derince, Mersin and Gemlik many times under the flag of other countries.

    Subtitle: Under secretariat warned

    The Customs Department Undersecretary, Bulent Ertem, stated that the issue concerns the Merchant Shipping Under secretariat and he talked about it to the General Directorate of Shipping and Aviation of the Foreign Ministry. Mr Ertem stated that even if they carry the flag of another country, ships registered, and their registration port, in the Greek Cypriot Sector then they should not be allowed to enter Turkish ports. Ertem went on and said that regarding this implementation, which is tantamount to breaking of the embargo imposed on the Greek Cypriot side, they have informed the head authorities of the ports.

    Subtitle: Greek Cypriot ships entering ports:

    STROFADES III has entered and exited Derince port on 16 June 2007, having as a place of arrival Mersin.

    MONA S has entered under the flag of Syria the port of Diliskelesi on 20 June 2007, on June 25th the port of Diliskelesi from the port of Tartous, and on 25 September 2006 the port of Eregli.

    WARNOW WHALE has entered under the flag of Antigua and Barbuda (ATG) the port of Gebze on 19 July 2007, on 3 July 2007 the port of Ambarli, on 27 July 2007 the port of Gemlik and on August 1st, 2007 docked at the Gebze port.

    [02] Mr Avci wants no EU involvement in the issue of the occupied city of Varosha

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (09.08.07) reports that the self-styled foreign minister in the Turkish occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus, Turgay Avci has declared that They will never allow Varosha issue to be taken up by the EU.

    Turgay Avci said: The Varosha issue is an issue to be taken up within the framework of a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem and it cannot be related to the acceptance of the direct trade regulations, which is a step towards removing of the unfair embargoes imposed on the Turkish Cypriots. He went on and said: We will definitely not allow an issue like Varosha which is part of a comprehensive solution to be transferred to the EU ground.

    Avci, referring to a speech made by the Foreign Minister Erato Markoullis, accused the Foreign Minister of being the bugler of President Papadopoulos in the forthcoming presidential elections and of turning the Foreign Ministry into election headquarters. He said that Markoulliss speech reflects the continuation of the National Council decision that the settling of the Cyprus problem should be on the basis of a unitary state. He said that Markoulliss statement that Varosha should be returned to its legitimate owners should be considered within the framework of her nationalistic and fascist statements. He concluded by claiming that the hostile statements made by Markoullis will serve nothing but creating tension between the two peoples.

    (MHY)

    [03] The occupation regime celebrated the anniversary of the resistance in Kokkina village The Turkish Cypriot parties issued messages to mark the occasion

    Illegal Bayrak television (08.08.07) broadcast the following:

    Today is the 43rd anniversary of the Erenkoy (Kokkina village) Resistance.

    A remembrance ceremony in memory of those who fell during the struggle against Greek Cypriot attacks was held in the village located on the north-west of the island. President Mehmet Ali Talat, government and military officials attended the memorial service alongside a large group of people from various parts of the Republic. Speaking at the ceremony, President Mehmet Ali Talat said that the Erenkoy Resistance was not only a story of epic heroism and courage, but was the proof that the Cyprus Problem did not begin in 1974.

    The ceremony at the Erenkoy Martyrs cemetery began at 10.00 oclock this morning with a wreath-laying ceremony.

    This was followed by a minute´s silence in memory of the martyrs who fell during the villages defence against the Greek Cypriot onslaught. Flags were raised to the national anthem and the special book was signed.

    Speaking at the ceremony, President Mehmet Ali Talat said that the Erenkoy resistance was not only a story of epic heroism and courage, but was the proof that the Cyprus Problem did not begin in 1974.

    He said that the great Erenkoy Resistance had allowed Turkish Cypriots to look forward into the future with hope, adding that the Turkish Cypriot People must work for a better future.

    `We must strive to achieve a better democracy and economy he added.

    The President also highlighted the importance of strengthening the North Cyprus economy in order to have a stronger bargaining position against the Greek Cypriot Side at the negotiating table.

    The commemorative ceremony came to an end with a tour of the Erenkoy Museum as well as the opening of a social activity centre at the Erenkoy Division.

    Political parties and non governmental organizations have issued messages to mark the significance of the Erenkoy Resistance in the wider struggle of the Turkish Cypriot Peoples Existence Struggle.

    In his message on the day, deputy-Prime Minister Foreign Minister Turgay Avci said the Turkish Cypriot People were determined to protect its legitimate rights and interests forever at all costs.

    Mr. Avci said that the Erenkoy Resistance was an epic struggle engraved in the history pages of the Turkish Cypriot Peoples struggle for existence.

    He said that the heroic resistance put up by a group of university students against a much larger and better armed force had become a symbol of the Turkish Cypriot peoples struggle for existence across the island.

    The Foreign Minister said the Turkish Cypriot people had proven with the Erenkoy resistance that it was ready to pay any price in order to achieve freedom and an honourable life.

    In its message issued to mark the day, the main opposition National Unity Party said the Turkish Cypriot people had demonstrated through the Erenkoy Resistance that it will not accept the islands unification with Greece and that is was ready to fight for this cause.

    The Democrat Party in its message said that the Turkish Cypriot people will never abandon its statehood or sovereignty, nor will it allow the watering down of Turkeys affective guarantees over the island.

    The message stated that the epic resistance put up at Erenkoy was the proof that the Turkish Cypriot people will never accept to live under captivity.

    Also issuing a message on the occasion, the Freedom and Reform Party stated that the Erenkoy Resistance was the first and most important blow dealt against the Greek Cypriot goal of achieving ENOSIS, or the unification with Greece.

    The ORP stated that the Resistance was the proof that the Turkish Cypriot People will never make any concessions on its freedom and independence and that its close relations with Turkey will always continue.

    A number of non-governmental organizations and societies also issued messages marking the significance of the day.

    [04] The occupation regime police arrested three persons for marijuana possession

    Illegal Bayrak television (08.08.07) broadcast the following:

    Police have seized half a kilo of marijuana during an operation in the capital.

    Police detained 3 men, 2 Greek Cypriots and a Turkish Cypriot who has been living in the South for the last 10 years, in connection with the case.

    Half a kilo of marijuana was found in a car which was parked at the Barbaros Square in Lefkosia.

    Narcotics police detained 3 men, 2 Greek Cypriots and a Turkish Cypriot with half a kilo of marijuana during an operation in the capital yesterday.

    The three men, Georgias Tryfonos, Dimos Papaiannoi and Soner Avci (names as spelled in BRT´s website) were brought before the Lefkosia District Court today which ordered three days of detention for them.

    Police say the marijuana was obtained from Limassol in the South and brought to the North from the Metehan check-point.

    The 3 men intended to sell the marijuana in the North.

    Two Greek Cypriot detainees denied the charges brought against them while the Turkish Cypriot detainee said there was nothing he could say about the incident.

    Police is continuing its investigation into the incident.

    [05] A so-called parliamentary delegation headed by its speaker Fatma Ekenoglu continues its contacts in Germany

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (09.08.07) reports that a so-called parliamentary delegation headed by its so-called speaker Fatma Ekenoglu continues its contacts in Germany. The paper writes that Waldkirchen municipality had invited the delegation to visit Germany. The delegation paid a visit to the Freyunggrafenau district Officer Alexander Muthmann and explained to him the so-called isolations imposed on the occupied territories of Cyprus by more than 40,000 Turkish troops.

    On the same issue Illegal Bayrak television (08.08.07) reports the following:

    The TRNC Parliamentary delegation headed by the Speaker of the Parliament Fatma Ekenoglu is continuing its contacts in the German town of Waldkirchen.

    As part of todays program, the TRNC delegation is attending the Cyprus Night organized as part of the ongoing festivities of the Waldkirchen Municipalities Sports and Cultural Activities Festival. Yesterday, the delegation held a series of meetings with local politicians from the Bavarian State.

    Moreover, Milliyet newspaper (09.08.07) reports that five cyclists from the TRNC flew to Waldkirchen to take part in a cycling competition.

    [06] The speaker of the new Turkish Assembly to be elected today

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (08.08.07) reports the following from Ankara:

    Turkish parliament will elect its new speaker on Thursday.

    MPs began declaring their candidacies for parliament speaker after the oath-taking ceremony on August 4th. The deadline for application is midnight August 8th.

    So far only Kamer Genc, independent deputy from eastern city of Tunceli, applied for the job.

    The parliament will convene at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday for the first round of the election.

    Prior to the election, the Consultative Board meeting will be held and it will be proposed to hold all rounds for the election the same day. If the proposal is accepted, rounds will be held till the new speaker is elected.

    Under the parliamentary by-laws, the new speaker will be elected with secret ballot.

    A candidate has to win a two-thirds majority in order to get elected parliament speaker in the first two rounds. In the third round absolute majority (276) will be sought.

    If absolute majority is not attained in the third round, two candidates who get the highest number of votes in the third round will compete in the fourth round. And the candidate who receives the highest number of votes in the fourth round will be elected as new speaker.

    Two elections will take place for parliament speaker in a legislative period (5 years). The first one will remain in the office for two years while the second one's tenure will last for 3 years.

    Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, was the first speaker of the parliament. All parliament speakers and their tenures are as follow:

    Mustafa Kemal ATATURK April 24th, 1920 - October 29th, 1923

    Ali Fethi OKYAR November 1st, 1923 - November 22nd, 1924

    Kazım OZALP November 26th, 1924 - March 1st, 1935

    Abdulhalik M. RENDA March 1st, 1935 - August 5th, 1946

    Kazim KARABEKIR August 5th, 1946 - January 26th, 1948

    Ali Fuat CEBESOY January 30th, 1948 - November 1st, 1948

    M.Sukru SARACOGLU November 1st, 1948 - May 22nd, 1950

    Refik KORALTAN May 22nd, 1950 - May 27th, 1960

    Dr.Fuat SIRMEN November 1st, 1961 - October 10th, 1965

    Ferruh BOZBEYLI October 22nd, 1965 - November 1st, 1970

    Sabit Osman AVCI November 26th, 1970 - October 14th, 1973

    Kemal GUVEN December 18th, 1973 - June 5th, 1977

    Dr.Cahit KARAKAS November 17th, 1977 - September 12th, 1980

    Necmettin KARADUMAN December 4th, 1983 - November 29th, 1987

    Yildirim AKBULUT December 24th, 1987 - November 9th, 1989

    Ismet Kaya ERDEM November 21st, 1989 - October 20th, 1991

    Husamettin CINDORUK November 16th, 1991 - October 1st, 1995

    Ismet SEZGIN October 17th, 1995 - December 24th, 1995

    Mustafa KALEMLI January 18th, 1996 - September 30th, 1997

    Hikmet CETIN October 16th, 1997 - May 18th, 1999

    Yildirim AKBULUT May 20th, 1999 - September 30th, 2000

    Omer IZGI October 18th, 2000 - November 14th, 2002

    Bulent ARINC November 19th, 2002 - August 4th, 2007

    [07] Turkey and Malta to form a Business Council

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (08.08.07) reports the following from Istanbul:

    Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) will set up Turkey-Malta Business Council and hold introductory campaigns for Turkey before the soccer match to be played between the teams of two countries, stated DEIK on Wednesday.

    When Turkey-Malta Business Council is formed, Turkey will have business councils with all EU members countries, except Greek Cypriot administration.

    During introductory campaigns --planned to be held between September 6th and 9th-- founding agreement of Turkey-Malta Business Council will also be signed.

    The soccer match between Turkish and Maltese teams will be played on September 8th.

    DEIK stated that Turks can invest in developing tourism sector in Malta. Other possible cooperation areas can be banking & finance, production industry and maritime.

    EG/


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