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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 11-04-06

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  • [01] Eroglu met with settlers from Alexandretta and Cukurova; He reiterated that they are working for an agreement that will not degrade their gained rights
  • [02] Statements by Ozgurgun from London
  • [03] NGO delegation visits Denktas
  • [04] Threatening letter against KTOS
  • [05] Kucuk visited the EU Coordination Center in occupied Lefkosia
  • [06] An initiative opposing the construction of skyscrapers in occupied Kyrenia has been established
  • [07] The residents of the occupied Neo Chorio Kythreas show their displeasure to the state of the Greek Cypriot cemetery in the village
  • [08] "LAU" to organise an international history congress

  • [09] Turkish and Indonesian Presidents hold joint press conference and issue a joint declaration over Libya
  • [10] Davutoglu's visit to Bahrain
  • [11] Arinc met with the UN Secretary General


    Main stories in today's Turkish Cypriot press are the meeting of Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu with settlers from Alexandretta and Cukurova, statements by so-called foreign minister Ozgurgun from London, a meeting between HAK and Rauf Denktas, a threatening letter to KTOS, and the visit of the so-called prime minister Kucuk to the EU Coordination Centre in occupied Lefkosia. In addition, the scenarios over the upcoming shuffle of the so-called government, the visit of AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou to occupied Famagusta, the establishment of an initiative opposing the construction of skyscrapers in occupied Kyrenia, the displeasure of the "residents" of occupied Neo Chorio Kythreas for the state of the Greek Cypriot cemetery in the village, reports that "LAU" will organise an international history congress, and other internal issues were also covered by the press.

    [01] Eroglu met with settlers from Alexandretta and Cukurova; He reiterated that they are working for an agreement that will not degrade their gained rights

    Illegal Bayrak television (05.04.11) reported that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has once again repeated the Turkish Cypriot "people's" desire for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    During a meeting with a delegation from the "Association of Brotherhood, Solidarity and Culture representing people from Hatay [Alexandretta]", Eroglu said, the negotiations team was working towards reaching an agreement that would safe that guard the earned "rights" of the Turkish Cypriots.

    Speaking during the visit, he stressed that the support, the acknowledgement and the unity of the public were all factors which strengthened his hand at the negotiating table.

    Noting that demands of the two parties in Cyprus were clear, he said that the Greek Cypriot side had excessive expectations from the negotiations process.

    Regarding the negotiations process, Eroglu stated that it is proceeding slowly because of the upcoming general elections in "south Cyprus" on May 22 and added that extensive efforts nevertheless were continuing.

    He also claimed that the willingness of the Turkish Cypriot side is not enough to resolve the Cyprus problem.

    Referring to the stalemate on the property issue, Eroglu expressed the belief that this problem will be resolved.

    Moreover, according to Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes (06.04.11), Eroglu met also yesterday with a delegation from the new administration board of the "Solidarity Association of Cukurova".

    Speaking during the visit, Eroglu referred to the prolonged ongoing negotiation process and claimed that it was always the Greek Cypriot side which abandoned the negotiations. He said that the Turkish Cypriot side will continue exerting efforts for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem although not much progress has been achieved in a number of important chapters.

    Eroglu stated further that the Turkish Cypriot side proceeds to the negotiations table having always in mind the future of the Turkish Cypriots and said that they are determined to continue living in their "country".


    [02] Statements by Ozgurgun from London

    Illegal Bayrak television (05.04.11-online) reported on statements by "foreign minister" Huseyin Ozgurgun who has said that the Turkish Cypriot "people" were waging an important struggle together with motherland Turkey.

    Speaking on London's Turkish Radio, Ozgurgun alleged that the Greek Cypriot side is constantly creating obstacles for both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots. He said that the Turkish Cypriot side truly desires a solution to the Cyprus problem, contrary to the Greek Cypriot side. Self-styled foreign minister emphasized also the need for the Greek Cypriot side to be encouraged towards a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side rejected all proposals put on the table, Ozgurgun claimed that the "Greek Cypriot administration's" intransigent stance raised serious questions as to how a solution could be reached on the island.

    Noting that almost no progress has been reached in the negotiations process that has been continuing for years, he said that apart from the little progress reached on the governance and power sharing, economy and EU chapters, no progress had been achieved on the property, territory and security chapters.

    Claiming that all "TRNC citizens are citizens of this country", Ozgurgun said that the issue is constantly brought forward at the negotiating table but that the Turkish side did not allow the issue to become a subject of debate.

    Referring to "TRNC citizens" living in Britain, Ozgurgun said that these "citizens" are eligible to vote in the "TRNC" on the condition that they lived in the "country" for three years.

    Moreover, Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (06.04.11) publishes an exclusive interview with Ozgurgun who reiterated his positions concerning the ongoing negotiation process and, inter alia, said that someone would be very optimistic to believe that an agreement will be reached as a result of the conclusion of the ongoing negotiations talks.


    [03] NGO delegation visits Denktas

    Turkish Cypriot illegal Bayrak television (05.04.11, online) reports that representatives of the Peoples' Council for Justice met with the former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas yesterday. The delegation, from the Peoples' Council for Justice, which is comprised by representatives of 41 non-governmental organizations, briefed Denktas on the Council's future plans for lobbying activities.

    Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the President of the Ataturkist Life Association Ahmet Iscan reminded that the Cyprus negotiations process was going through an importance phase. He said that the Turkish Cypriot people desired the talks to reach a conclusion and expressed the hope that their concerns about the future will be addressed. Explaining that they will hold a series of contacts abroad, Iscan informed Denktas of their plans to launch lobbying activities in Berlin and Brussels aimed at voicing the Turkish Cypriot's "just cause."

    For his part, Denktas said that the lobbying is a serious business, one that requires the support of the "government". He said that it was important not to abandon the principle of political equality and Turkey's effective guarantees in the event of a solution.

    [04] Threatening letter against KTOS

    Under the title "A threat to KTOS for death punishment", Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (06.04.11) in its front page reports that the administrators of the Turkish Cypriot Primary School Teachers' Trade Union (KTOS), who received a letter from London threatening them about their lives, made a complaint yesterday to the "police". They said that in the letter was written: "In the whole world the unchangeable punishment of those who betray their nation and their country is death. You deserve it for a long time now".

    The administrators of KTOS, speaking to reporters in front of the "police station" in the occupied part of Lefkosia, said that they have serious suspicions that the death threat comes from the UBP's Solidarity Association in London.

    Sener Elcil, General Secretary of KTOS, said that the Turkish army came to the island in 1974 in order to restore the constitutional order, adding, that for this reason" the Turkish army is responsible for the public order in the north part of the island".

    Referring to those who sent the threatening letter from London, Elcil said it is easy to make threats from far away, however, he added instead of making threats from there, they should come to the island and face the realities. He also said that they should not forget that the British are those who divided the island and set the communities against each other.

    Moreover, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis (06.04.11) reports that Elcil, in statements to the paper, said that the total number of Turks married to Turkish Cypriots, has increased from 15.000 to 45.000. He added that he is not against the people who come from Turkey, but to those who manipulate them politically. This problem will continue, if there's to be no solution to the Cyprus problem, Elcil also said.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan (06.04.11), in its front page under the title "If you don't file, we will file", reports that UBP's Solidarity Association in London, in a written announcement yesterday, said that 44 new documents proving the "treason" of Sener Elcil have been filed to the "police" and to the "attorney general" and called the "attorney general" to file a suit against him. They also said that if the "attorney general" won't file suit against Elcil, then the "patriotic associations" will do.

    [05] Kucuk visited the EU Coordination Centre in occupied Lefkosia

    Irsen Kucuk, so-called prime minister of the breakaway regime, paid yesterday a visit to the EU Coordination Centre in occupied Lefkosia where he was briefed on activities of the Centre. Kucuk noted that efforts were being made to strengthen the Centre and said: "We aim to bring our relations and cooperation with the EU to the highest level possible."

    Kucuk also said that the issue of support to harmonization efforts came up in meetings with Ambassadors of EU countries, that efforts to harmonize "TRNC laws" with EU laws were continuing and that a large number of "laws" were already prepared in line with that goal. "Up until now 25 to 26 draft laws have been prepared, some of these draft laws are on the agenda of the parliament and some are on the agenda of the council of ministers" he said.

    [06] An initiative opposing the construction of skyscrapers in occupied Kyrenia has been established

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (06.04.11) reports that the initiative "There is no other Kyrenia" has been established in the occupied area of Cyprus. According to the paper, the initiative consist of all those who are opposing the construction of skyscrapers in occupied Kyrenia. Specifically, the initiative was established by Orhan Tolun, Sabri Abit, Ahmet Ozkaram, Ahmet Guro Ersun, Mustafa Cemal and Mehmet Harmanci with the support of 28 NGOs.

    Making a statement on the issue, Tolun said that the creation of a skyscraper in Kyrenia, which is being described as the "pearl of northern Cyprus and the locomotive of tourism", means the violation of the city. He added that "such an attack to Kyrenia, one of the world's most beautiful locations, is the biggest harm that can be inflicted to the Turkish Cypriots and the following generations". Stating that the prestigious monuments of the city are the Castle of Kyrenia, the castle of St. Hillarion and the Bellapais monastery, Tolun noted that approaches aiming the damage of these beautiful culture heritages are unacceptable. He, inter alia, added that with the construction of a skyscraper in Kyrenia, the natural, historical and cultural texture of the city will be ruined and the life quality of the city's people will be affected negatively.

    In his statement, Tolun said that those who have given the permission for committing such a crime will have to give an account for this and he demanded the correction of this mistake as soon as possible.

    [07] The residents of the occupied Neo Chorio Kythreas show their displeasure to the state of the Greek Cypriot cemetery in the village

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (06.04.11) reports on reactions of the residents of the occupied Neo Chorio Kythreas regarding the "heartbreaking situation" of the Greek Cypriot cemetery of the village. According to the residents of the village, the cemetery's walls have fallen and all of the graves' marbles have been broken; in addition to this damage, trucks pour their debris and dirt into the cemetery.

    Referring to the Greek Cypriot visitors of the cemetery who grieve over the view of this situation, the residents said that this is a "human disgrace" and called on the "officials" to proceed to the restoration of the cemetery as soon as possible. They added that the graves should be protected and that respect towards dead people should be shown irrespective of their religion. "Such a damage does not suit neither to our religion nor to our humane feelings," they stressed.

    [08] "LAU" to organise an international history congress

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (06.04.11) reports that the illegal European University of Lefka (LAU) is to organise its first international history congress entitled "The Turkish history during the Ottoman and the Republic periods". According to information given by "LAU", 38 academicians from the occupied area, Turkey, France, Italy and Israel will address the conference to be held between April 6 and 9.


    Foreign Minister Davutoglu's contacts in Bahrain, statements by Prime Minister Erdogan during the close session of his party parliamentary group meeting regarding Turkey's economy, the elections and other internal issues, the appointment by Turkey of a special envoy in Libya, an attack against the Consulate of Turkey in Libya, Gul's calling from Indonesia to businessmen from Turkey and Indonesia to invest in each other's country, reports that Turkey is to built, beside Akkuyu and Sinop, a nuclear power plant in Igneada area, [Tr. note: a small town within the district of Demirkoy in Turkey's Kirklareli Province, located between the borders of Thrace and Bulgaria] and other internal issues are some of the main stories dominated in today's Turkish dailies.

    [09] Turkish and Indonesian Presidents hold joint press conference and issue a joint declaration over Libya

    Tukrkish news agency Ankara Anatolia (05.04.11) reports from Jakarta that Turkish President Abdullah Gul, speaking at a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said that "there is no longer a place for totalitarian regimes in the Mediterranean region. Democracy will be established in the whole region".

    Gul also expressed his pleasure for the Indonesia visit and said: "Turkey and Indonesia are two most developed countries of the Islamic world. Their common characteristics include having a large population and being ruled in democracy. There are opportunities for the two countries to cooperate more. We discussed with President Yudhoyono ways to boost cooperation in defence industry, tourism, agriculture and education."

    President Yudhoyono, in his part, said that President Gul was the first Turkish President visiting Indonesia after 16 years and that this visit was historic. "Our economic and commercial relations with Turkey are developing. The two countries move towards developing strategic partnership," Yudhoyono said. He also added that they discussed the recent developments in the Middle East, Northern Africa and Libya, and said that if a ceasefire was reached in Libya and an international effort was made to preserve peace, then Indonesia might participate in such an international effort.

    Moreover, the two Presidents issued the following joint declaration: "There is an urgent need for an immediate and effective ceasefire in Libya to end the suffering of the innocent civilians and the supervision of the ceasefire by a UN team to be deployed in the country." The declaration also says that the two Presidents urged the United Nations to work in close cooperation with regional organizations to secure "a viable, peaceful and a democratic political environment that would reflect the will of the Libyan people."

    Later on, Gul and Yudhoyono attended the Turkish-Indonesian Business Forum in Jakarta. Speaking at the meeting, Gul urged businessmen for mutual investments, and stronger cooperation between Turkey and Indonesia. Pointing to his country's "master plan" for the next 15 years, Yudhoyono said that Turkish businessmen should get a significant share from the investments to be conducted in Indonesia during that period.

    [10] Davutoglu's visit to Bahrain

    Turkish news agency Ankara Anatolia (05.04.11) reports from Manama that Turkey's Foreign Minister, who paid yesterday a formal visit to Bahrain, met the country's Prime Minister. Ahmet Davutoglu and Bahrain's Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa discussed the latest developments in Bahrain and the region during their meeting.

    As part of his visit, Davutoglu also met Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmad bin Muhammad Al Khalifa and Kuwait's Deputy Premier & Foreign Minister Muhammad Al-Sabah al-Salim al-Sabah over a luncheon and held a press conference with Bahrain's Foreign Minister.

    Davutoglu said that problems in Bahrain should be solved by the Bahraini people and said that Turkey supports reforms in Bahrain. The Turkish Foreign Minister is expected to proceed today to Damascus, Syria after completing his talks in Bahrain.

    [11] Arinc met with the UN Secretary General

    Turkish news agency Ankara Anatolia (05.04.11) reports from the UN Headquarters that the Turkish State Minister and Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc met on Monday with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN building. Speaking to reporters on his meeting with Ban after a signing ceremony for a cooperation protocol between state-run Turkish TV network TRT and the UN TV, Arinc cited the UN chief as expressing his appreciation for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "powerful leadership and the importance of Turkey." Arinc said that Ban will participate in the fourth UN Conference of the Least Developed Countries, scheduled for May 9-13 in Istanbul. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION


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