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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 10-12-09

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  • [01] Erdogan congratulates Kucuk
  • [02] Bagis reiterates that the sides in Cyprus could be closed in a room until a solution is reached
  • [03] New airline to be established on 14 December
  • [04] Denktas says an "interim formula" will be put forward at the meeting in Geneva
  • [05] Ertugruloglu to establish a new party in six months
  • [06] Illegal YDU to sign protocol on tourism with European tour operators

  • [07] Polish PM: "Cyprus problem not a black and white issue"
  • [08] "Turkey, Israel seek a way out of diplomatic crisis"
  • [09] "Iran seeks more trade via Turkish ports"
  • [10] "Turkey gears up to become OCCAR member"
  • [11] Turkey's inflation expected to drop
  • [11] Highlights


    Today's press focuses on the message by Prime Minister Erdogan to Irsen Kucuk for his re-election to the presidency of the UBP, statements by Egemen Bagis in Denmark on the Cyprus problem, further information on the establishment of a new company to replace bankrupted illegal Turkish Cypriot airlines and the continuing discussions on the establishment of a "coalition government". Moreover, the press highlights accusations by trade unions against the UBP "government" for its policy which forces the Turkish Cypriots to emigrate and the visit by self-styled minister of education Cavusoglu to Bursa and his meeting with the mayor. The papers also refer to the "law" on casinos which they consider brings onto the agenda the risk of including the occupied part of Cyprus again in the money laundering blacklist.

    [01] Erdogan congratulates Kucuk

    Under the banner headline "Our support will continue", Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes (09.12.10) reports that the Turkish Premier Erdogan sent a congratulatory message to Irsen Kucuk, self-styled prime minister, for his re-election to the "leadership" of UBP.

    According to a statement by the department of public relations and press of the "prime ministry", Turkish Premier Erdogan is his message to Erdogan reiterated that motherland Turkey will continue to support the occupation regime, and Turkey's determination to be in close cooperation with the occupation regime's government.


    [02] Bagis reiterates that the sides in Cyprus could be closed in a room until a solution is reached

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan (09.12.10) reports that Egemen Bagis, State Minister and Turkey's Chief Negotiator with the EU, reiterated that even the alternative to lock the sides in Cyprus in a room until they reach solution could be considered in the Cyprus problem.

    Bagis delivered a speech in Denmark on the relations between Turkey and the EU at a conference organized by the Danish Institute for International Studies.

    Bagis said Turkey is disappointed with its EU accession process, because no other country waited for so long to join the Union. Noting that both sides win from the relations between Turkey and the EU, Bagis said Turkey has five expectations from the EU: fair accession negotiations, solution of the visa problem, more cooperation on the issue of combating terrorism, a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem, and Turkey's participation in the EU summits.

    Bagis argued that the Republic of Cyprus is responsible for the fact that the Energy Chapter is not opened in Turkey's accession talks.

    The paper writes that the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Copenhagen responded to Bagis, who afterwards reiterated his country's views on the Cyprus problem and summarized the current process. He said the Annan Plan resulted in failure for various reasons and reiterated that even the alternative of locking all sides in Cyprus in a room until they reach a solution to the Cyprus problem could be considered. (I/Ts.)

    [03] New airline to be established on 14 December

    Turkish Cypriot illegal Bayrak television (09.12.10, online) reports that the so-called prime minister of the breakaway regime, Irsen Kucuk, said that they plan to announce the establishment of the "TRNC's new national carrier" next Tuesday, 14 December. He recalled that the majority of the new airline's shares will be owned by the private sector, and added: "Our goal is just to create a national airline."

    Kucuk also said that they had increased the percentage of shares allocated for the private sector in response to a high demand coming from the sector. Moreover, he said that the minimum shares an investor can buy was reduced from 250,000 to 100,000 US dollars and that a committee at the so-called ministry of public works and communications will manage the issue.

    Moreover, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (09.12.10) reports that the self-styled council of ministers decided yesterday that the Turkish Airlines (THY) will be given 10% of the shares of the new airline company. In statements after the meeting, Huseyin Ozgurgun, self-styled foreign minister and spokesman of the "body", said the new company is planned to start flying at the end of March. He noted that the new company's personnel would be recruited from the employees of the bankrupted "Turkish Cypriot Airlines". He said 40-45 persons will be needed for each airplane.

    Furthermore, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis (09.12.10) reports that in statements on the same issue, self-styled minister of public works and transport, Ersan Saner said the fleet of the new company will consist of three Boeing 737-800 airplanes. He noted that the company will be established with a capital of 15 million US dollars and that the businessmen, who currently possess 60 % of the shares, will take over the company entirely within five years.

    [04] Denktas says an "interim formula" will be put forward at the meeting in Geneva

    Turkish Cypriot daily Demokrat Bakis (09.12.10) reports that Serdar Denktas, chairman of the Democratic Party (DP) expressed the belief that a text will be put forward at the Geneva meeting of President Christofias and Dervis Eroglu with the UN Secretary-General.

    In statements to a private television channel, Denktas said the most negative result from this meeting will be the signing of an "interim formula". He argued that this will further prolong the period of uncertainty. He said the climate of uncertainty should cease to exist and described this situation as "the biggest problem for the people".


    [05] Ertugruloglu to establish a new party in six months

    Under the front page title: "New party by Ertugruloglu", Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (09.12.10) reports that Tahsin Ertugruloglu, independent "MP" , announced yesterday in his statements to AS TV that he will establish a new party, adding that preparations for the establishment of the new party will be concluded in six months.

    In his statements Ertugruloglu said that the aim of the party is to change the collapsed the current system of the "country" which has collapsed and to support the implementation of a "presidential system". He said the aim of the new party will be "a liberal and fair" social system.

    Moreover, the paper writes that Ertugruloglu enjoys support from the grassroots of several political parties and that he has a strong team behind him.


    [06] Illegal YDU to sign protocol on tourism with European tour operators

    Turkish Cypriot daily Bakis newspaper (09.12. 10) reports that the so-called founder-rector of the illegal Near East University (YDU), Dr Suat Gunsel continues his contacts abroad with the aim to encourage international tour operators to send tourists to "North Cyprus" . In this framework, Dr Suat Gunsel, accompanied by a delegation composed of Ahmet Savasan, "general director of tourism establishments" and Adem Akol, "vice chairman" of the "board of directors" of the illegal YDU, will go to Italy on December 10. As the paper writes, Gunsel and his delegation will have contacts with Europe tour operators, and will sign a protocol in the field of tourism.


    Statements by the Polish Premier Donald Tusk on Turkey's EU bid and the Cyprus problem, Erdogan's congratulatory message to self-styled prime minister, Irsen Kucuk for his election at the leadership of UBP, the deadlock in the talks between Turkey and Israel on the issue of Mavi Marmara attack, the Syrian Foreign Minister's visit to Turkey, and other internal issues are some of the main stories highlighted by today's Turkish press.

    [06] Polish PM: "Cyprus problem not a black and white issue"

    Turkish News Agency Ankara Anatolia (A.A, 08.12.10) reports that the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk arrived to Ankara yesterday for an official visit. Tusk had a meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and the Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin.

    The Polish Premier had a tete-a-tete meeting with Turkey's PM Erdogan, which was followed by a meeting between delegations of the two countries. Political, military, economic and cultural ties between Turkey and Poland were discussed during meeting, as well as bilateral relations and infrastructure projects.

    Moreover, Turkish daily Zaman (09.12.10, online) reports that during a joint press conference, replying to a question regarding the approach to the Cyprus problem when Poland undertakes the EU presidency, the Polish Prime Minister said that for Poland, Turkey's EU membership is "unquestionable". Tusk said that one of the conditions for the [Turkey's accession] negotiations is the solution of the Cyprus problem, which is a very sensitive issue. He also said that it is not a black and white problem and if the parties involved realized that no one is 100 percent right on the matter, a solution could be found.

    [07] "Turkey, Israel seek a way out of diplomatic crisis"

    Under the above title Fulya Ozerkan reports in Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (08.12.10, online) that Turkish and Israeli officials seeking a way to resolve months of diplomatic tension have so far failed to reach an agreement, but sources said the door remains open if the right formula can be found for an apology.

    Officials from the two countries ended two days of talks in Geneva on Monday without agreeing on how Israel might apologize for its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla ? a key Turkish condition for reconciliation ? but members of diplomatic circles did not rule out further talks to resolve their differences.

    Recent debate has focused on whether Israel might issue a humanitarian apology or a state apology, a discussion on which Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan weighed in late Tuesday. "There is no such distinction as 'the people' or 'the state.' They [the Israelis] must apologize to the Republic of Turkey," Erdogan said.

    Any Turkish-Israeli agreement could face a challenge by right-wing Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is known to oppose what he sees as bowing to Turkish demands. Diplomatic sources recently quoted Netanyahu as saying that he places "great importance" on improving ties with Turkey. If Netanyahu and the Israeli Cabinet approve a compromise with Ankara, Lieberman cannot veto it, the Daily News has learned.

    [08] "Iran seeks more trade via Turkish ports"

    Under the above title, Turkish daily Today's Zaman (09.12.10, online) reports that Tehran's envoy to Turkey said on Tuesday that Iran, pressured by international sanctions imposed over its disputed nuclear programme, seeks more trade through Turkish ports in order to reduce dependency on the Gulf.

    Ambassador Bahman Hosseinpour spoke while visiting Turkey's Black Sea coast as part of a fact-finding mission on the facilities available at Turkish ports. "We want to transfer a large portion of our trade from the Gulf ... to Turkey," Anatolian news agency quoted Hosseinpour as saying. "Hence we want to make use of your ports."

    The envoy, who visited Mersin on Turkey's Mediterranean coast and the Black Sea ports of Trabzon and Samsun, said the plans were backed by officials in both countries.

    [09] "Turkey gears up to become OCCAR member"

    Under the above title Turkish daily Today's Zaman (03.12.10, online) reports that Turkey has taken a significant step to become a member to the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), with Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul sending a letter to his counterparts in the organization, asking for support in Turkey's bid.

    Turkey, along with Finland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden, is participating in programmes managed by OCCAR without being a member of the organization. Other European nations may join OCCAR, subject to their actual involvement in a substantive collaborative equipment programme. Belgium and Spain joined the organization in 2003 and 2005, respectively.

    [10] Turkey's inflation expected to drop

    Turkish News Agency Ankara Anatolia (AA, 08.12.10) reports that according to a bi-monthly survey conducted by the Turkish Central Bank, year-end inflation is expected to drop to 7.30% compared to a similar survey for November.

    The bank also revised its economic growth expectation for year-end up from 7% to 7.2% anticipating a 4.9% for end of 2011. The survey put year-end current deficit level at 41.31 billion Turkish liras from 39.98 billion Turkish liras in the second survey for November.

    [11] Highlights

    Following are summaries of reports and commentaries of selected items from the Turkish press of 8 December 2010:

    Commonwealth of Ottoman States

    In an article in Hurriyet Daily, Yusuf Kanli views the Turkish foreign minister's plans for a "Commonwealth of Ottoman States," arguing that developing this "Commonwealth" might prove an asset for the designers of the Greater Middle East Project, should Davutoglu and his boss be domesticated enough to accept that the ultimate aim of the COS, like the GMEP, should be to serve to the security needs of the state of Israel."

    Police brutality on students

    An editorial entitled "An educational 'Bush doctrine'" in Hurriyet Daily, faults police brutality exercised on demonstrating students in Istanbul over the weekend. The "Bush doctrine" can be characterized as a "pre-emptive strike" or even "pre-emptive war," and the attack on the students can be viewed as an "educational version of the notorious 'Bush doctrine," it is concluded.

    Kurdish issue and 'self-defence forces'

    Writing in Milliyet, Taha Akyol criticizes Ocalan's plans to set up a "self-defence forces", arguing that these forces "will serve as the PKK militia and police force." Akyol stresses that this is a completely "separatist" and "totalitarian project." TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION


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