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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. 250/10 31.12.10 C O N T E N T S
[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESS
[B] TURKISH PRESS
[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESSThe meeting held yesterday between Kudret Ozersay and George Iacovou, the first meeting between the two community leaders in 2011 within the framework of the Cyprus talks, statements by Ozersay on the church service stopped on Christmas Day by the breakaway regime, Ejder Aslanbaba joining the UBP, and other internal issues are the main topics covered by the Turkish Cypriot press today.
 Community leaders to meet on 12 JanuaryTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris (30.12.10) reports that the first meeting in 2011 between President Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, within the framework of the Cyprus talks, will be held on 12 January.
Kibris recalls that the last two meetings between the two leaders in December had been postponed because of the heart surgery of Dervis Eroglu.
According to illegal Bayrak (30.12.10, online), during their meeting yesterday Iacovou and Ozersay discussed the chapter of Governance and Power Sharing. They decided to discuss the issue of economy on January 5.
Bayrak reports that on 5 January Dervis Eroglu will meet with Lisa Buttenheim, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Cyprus. On 10 January, Eroglu will exchange views with Alexander Downer Ban Ki-moon's Special Advisor.
 Ozersay on the description of the Christmas service in Karpass: "Foreigners should acquire permit for church services"Kudret Ozersay, Turkish Cypriot leader's Special Representative, responded to questions of illegal Bayrak television (30.12.10, online) regarding the church service in occupied Karpass peninsula which was stopped on Christmas by the breakaway regime.
Ozersay alleged that the "TRNC", as he described the breakaway regime, respects individuals' freedom of worship. He pointed out that within this framework the regime gave permission many times in the past for such services, even in military zones. He said they are not pleased when problems regarding the freedom of worship are created, but "the TRNC, like in all the other civilized countries of the world, has laws and regulations which should be followed".
He alleged: "In many places of the world, foreigners in particular, should acquire permit according to the law to hold services in certain places and they should inform the institutions concerned in advance. As long as the laws are followed, there will not be any problem in exercising the freedom of worship."
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (31.12.10) reports that Ozersay noted that the matter was not raised by the Greek Cypriot side yesterday during his meeting with George Iacovou, but the Turkish Cypriot side is closely following the issue. He said the fact that the issue emerged after the attacks last week against the Turks in the Greek Cypriot side is "thought -provoking".
 Ban Ki-moon sends a message to ErogluTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris (31.12.10) reports that the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in a message to the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu on December 28, wished him quick recovery after his heart surgery in Ankara.
Referring to the efforts to reach comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem within the framework of the UN parameters, Ban Ki-moon expressed his readiness to continue assisting the two leaders.
 Cost of living allowance suspended for six months; Trade Unions' Platform evaluates the situationTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris (31.12.10) reports that the self-styled council of ministers has decided to stop for six months the payment of the cost of living allowance to the employees within the framework of the measures to overcome financial problems in the occupied areas of Cyprus. The relevant "decree" was published in the "official gazette" yesterday and entered into force.
Adnan Eraslan, chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Secondary School Teachers' Trade Union (KTOEOS), stated yesterday that the trade unions were planning to hold some activities anyway, to protest against the economic measures taken by the "government". "Now we will increase the degree of these activities," he said.
The Trade Unions' Platform is holding a meeting today to discuss the issue and prepare an action plan, writes Kibris.
 Aslanbaba joins the UBPTurkish Cypriot daily Gunes (31.12.10) reports that independent self-styled MP, Ejder Aslanbaba, who had resigned from the Democratic Party (DP) eight months ago, joined the National Unity Party (UBP) yesterday. Self-styled prime minister and leader of UBP, Irsen Kucuk announced Aslanbaba's decision yesterday during a press conference at the "assembly".
After this development, UBP "seats" in the "assembly" increased to 27. The Republican Turkish Party (CTP) has 15 "seats", the Social Democracy Party (TDP) 3, the Freedom and Reform Party (ORP) 2, the Democratic Party (DP) 2 and one "MP" is independent.
[B] TURKISH PRESSThe main stories in today's Turkish press is President Gul's visit to the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and his speech there that the only official language of the Republic of Turkey is Turkish, the appointment of Francis Ricciardone to the position of US ambassador to Turkey, statements by Irsen Kucuk that the cost of living allowance in the occupied areas will be suspended for six months, and other internal issues.
 "Red alert in sports" by the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the GSGMUsing the above title, Turkish daily Aksam (31.12.10) reports that the Turkish Foreign Ministry together with the Turkey's General Directorate of Youth and Sport (GSGM) warned all federations and sport teams in Turkey that in order to avoid incidents similar to those during the basketball game in the Republic of Cyprus on December 21, and in order to take measures, they are obliged to apply to the General Directorate of Cultural Affairs of the Foreign Ministry at least 15 days in advance, in order to be able to travel to the "Greek Cypriot side". It is added that the Foreign Ministry will not give permission if the necessary security measures are not taken. Also Turkey will demand from the "Greek authorities" security guarantees.
 Drug lord arrested in occupied Cyprus is released on bailAnkara Anatolia news agency (30.12.10) reported from occupied Kyrenia that alleged drug lord Hakan Ayik, an Australian citizen of Turkish origin, was released on bail by a "court" of the occupation regime on Thursday.
Ayik, 32, was caught in the occupied areas of Cyprus last week by the so-called anti-drug police while hiding at a hotel. He is subject to an international arrest warrant on drug trafficking charges. The "court" set a bail of 100,000 TL (64,100 U.S. dollars) which was paid by two Turkish Cypriots. He will also stand trial in a "military court" later in the day on charges of violation of military forbidden zone and illegal border crossing.
The so-called police had said lots of muscle building pills, eight mobile phones and drug detection laboratory equipments were found in his hotel room. Ayik's extradition to Australia will be clear following the official request of Interpol, Turkish Cypriot "officials" said.
 US President appoints Ricciardone as US ambassador to AnkaraCiting diplomatic sources, Ankara Anatolia news agency (AA ? 30.12.10) reported on Thursday that the appointment of Francis Joseph Ricciardone as new US ambassador to Ankara was an indication of the importance US President Barack Obama attaches to Turkey.
President Obama, using his special authority, appointed Ricciardone during the recess in the legislative year at the US Senate. Ricciardone, who had been previously nominated for the ambassador's office in Ankara, could not assume his duty earlier as the Senate had not been approving his appointment for a long time. In the previous legislative term, the ambassador's appointment was blocked by Republican Senator Sam Brownback.
According to the US Constitution, appointments to key positions such as ambassadors need a Senate approval. However, the US President has the authority to make appointments to these posts temporarily during congressional recess. Ricciardone's appointment is expected to be approved during the new legislative term at the Senate and within a year's time.
AA reported the following:
"Ricciardone, a diplomat who knows Turkey closely, carried out various duties in Turkey previously and has a good command of the Turkish language. Ricciardone has served since 2009 as Deputy Ambassador and Charge d'Affaires at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He also served as ambassador to Egypt until 2008 and ambassador to the Philippines and concurrently to Palau. Ambassador Ricciardone began his career in Ankara and Adana, Turkey. He served twice again in Turkey: as political adviser to the US and Turkish commanders of Operation Provide Comfort at Incirlik Air Force Base, and as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires. He led the transition to an organization of the US Embassy in Baghdad in 2004, and the Department of State's Task Force in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. He also served as former Secretary Albright's Special Representative for the Transition of Iraq from 1999-2001. The ambassador, who graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973, knows Italian, French and Arabic in addition to Turkish."
 New appointments of Turkish diplomatsTurkish daily Today's Zaman (31.12.10) reported that the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has personally notified more than a dozen diplomats about their new posts as part of routine reshuffling, which will take effect shortly. Most of the diplomats who will be given the title of ambassador for the first time in their career are considerably young.
According to the related decree, which will enter into force after being published in the Official Gazette, Musa Kulaklikaya, who has been serving as the head of the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) since December 2007, will become the country's ambassador to Mauritania.
In addition, Davutoglu's special adviser Cihad Erginay will be posted to Prague, Czech Republic; Muhsin Kilicarslan, deputy general-director for European Union affairs, to Caracas, Venezuela; Akif Oktay, deputy director-general for the ministry's policy-planning department, to Hanoi, Vietnam; Abdurrahman Bilgic, deputy director-general for the ministry's personnel department, to Tokyo, Japan; Serap Ozcoskun, deputy director-general for multilateral economic affairs, to Riga, Latvia; Aydin Sefa Akay from headquarters to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Kemal Demirciler from headquarters to Harare, Zimbabwe; and Aydin Nurhan, chief consul-general in Melbourne, Canada, will be posted to Conakry, Guinea.
Moreover, Ambassador Tacan Ildem will be posted from headquarters to Vienna in order to become Turkey's permanent representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in order to replace Ambassador Naci Saribas, who will be posted to Seoul, Korea. Turkey's current ambassador to Romania, Ayse Sinirlioglu, will be posted to Madrid, Spain, while she will be replaced by Ambassador Omur Solendil from headquarters. Also from headquarters, Ambassador Nezihi Ozkaya will be posted to Minsk, Belarus.
 Turkish President Gul visits DiyarbakirAnkara Anatolia news agency (30.12.10) reported from Diyarbakir on statements of the Turkish President Abdullah Gul during a visit to the area.
During his visit, Gul first met with Mustafa Toprak, the governor of the province. Expressing his satisfaction for the visit, Gul praised Diyarbakir as one of the most important provinces of Turkey, the centre of civilization, trade and culture throughout history.
Gul also met with Osman Baydemir, the mayor of Diyarbakir who presented him with a Turkish-Kurdish Dictionary. Receiving the gift President Gul said the language issue is high on the Turkish agenda adding: "Turkish is and will be the official language of the Republic of Turkey. Also, Turkish is the language of the state and public institutions. It is our common language. On the other hand, it is a fact that there are citizens speaking different languages among Turkish people. There are people speaking Kurdish, Arabic and the other language. They all belong to us(?) "It is our duty to protect the cultural heritage. We are proud of our different elements in our nation. We consider those different elements as our assets".
The Diyarbakir Mayor said during the meeting with President Gul that the Kurdish problem is the biggest problem of Turkey and added that there are proper conditions for its solution. "Demands of Kurdish politicians on mother tongue and democratic autonomy cannot be endured. This is very worrisome," Baydemir said while referring to the recent discussions on mother tongue and democratic autonomy. Baydemir said, "We should not forget that we can only restore peace by listening and understanding each other and by being free from prejudices."
 Turkey to reach African market via Egypt ro-ro shipsAnkara Anatolia news agency (30.12.10) reported on statements of the chairman of the Chamber of Trade and Industry of the southern province of Mersin (MTSO), Serafettin Asut, who said that ro-ro ships would begin trips between Mersin and Egyptian city of Alexandria as of March 2011 based on an agreement the MTSO has signed with the Chamber of Trade and Industry of Alexandria.
In a written statement, Asut said that he was re-elected as a member of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) that works under the roof of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) to promote Turkey's international trade.
Our recent performance indicates that the DEIK and MTSO have contributed immensely to the commerce of the province, the region and Turkey. Ferryboat trips began between Mersin and Beirut after DEIK's initiatives with Lebanon," Asut said.
Ro-ro ships will begin trips between Mersin and Alexandria in March, 2011. Accordingly, Turkey will be able to reach the African market via Mersin, Asut also said.
 Turkey's foreign trade deficit expanded by 106.8% in the first 11 months of 2010According to Turkish daily Today's Zaman (31.12.10) the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) announced 11-month export and import figures.
The data showed that Turkey's foreign trade deficit expanded by 106.8% in the first 11 months of this year over the same period in 2009. The country's total export volume for the January-November period of 2009 was recorded at $102.1 billion with a 10.9% increase over a year ago; however, its imports for the same period are at the level of $164.9 billion with a 31 percent year-on-year increase. The resulting foreign trade deficit is $62.8 billion, showing rapid growth from the $33.8 billion recorded last year.
For November specifically, exports show a 6% growth of $9.4 billion, whereas imports experienced a much higher rate of growth at 35.7%, or $17.1 billion. During this one-month period, Germany took the lead among the countries to which Turkey. Turkey exported slightly more than $1 billion in goods in November. After Germany, the list of top countries that import from Turkey was the UK, Iraq, Italy and France, listed in descending order. In terms of imports from other countries, on the other hand, Russia ranked first in November with $1.9 billion in exports to Turkey. Following Russia in descending order were Germany, China and the US. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio