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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-07-24

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  • [01] Akkuyu plans revealed - Russia is interested in building Turkey's second and third nuclear power plants
  • [02] Measures should be taken says Turkey's report on the economy of the breakaway regime
  • [03] Kasif underwent to a stent surgery yesterday to Istanbul; he will return today to the occupied area
  • [04] UBP's congress still constitutes an issue of debate in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [05] Turkey recalls Aleppo consul general amid intensifying clashes ? Erdogan issued a warning to Syria
  • [06] Protest against the Hala Sultan Religious Studies College to be constructed in occupied Mila Milia
  • [07] Ethnographic museum in occupied Neapoli
  • [08] JITEM cited as terrorist organization in expanded probe into unsolved murders


    [01] Akkuyu plans revealed - Russia is interested in building Turkey's second and third nuclear power plants

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News newspaper (24.07.12) reports that the details of the Akkuyu plant to be built in the southern Turkish province of Mersin's Gulnar region have been disclosed.

    The nuclear plant is expected to be built on the water and will be the size of two football fields. The plant will be designed to withstand an earthquake measuring nine degrees on the Richter scale. There will be four reactors, built side by side, at the plant, providing 1,200 megawatts of electricity each. The plant will use water from the Mediterranean Sea for cooling purposes and will then redirect the water back to the sea completely uncontaminated. As the plant will be cooled using sea water, there will be no cooling towers built and no radiation will be released in any form outside of the boundaries of the plant.

    The plant is expected to have the look of a scientific research institute, and there will be no noise pollution or any other seepage. Once the plant is up and running, employees will not have to wear any special gear and will be able to walk around the facility in a white apron.

    Rosatom's Akkuyu Power Plant Electric Production Company's General Manager Alexander Superfin stated that the design of the nuclear plant would also incorporate a Turkish theme, which will be one of the specialties of the project. In other words, the roof of the part of the plant that encloses the four reactors will be designed in the shape of a Turkish style dome.

    According to Superfin, the project's estimated cost is around $20 billion, but Rosatom are working on new applications and methods to reduce the cost. "When we took a closer look at the project, we realized that if we receive some of our products from Turkish producers, costs could go down. In addition, we could also minimize and optimize transportation costs and other related costs. Similarly, if we use technology and construction properly we can also lower costs," stressed Superfin.

    Superfin also added that the project was proceeding on schedule and that they were planning to begin construction in 2013.

    In addition, Superfin has said that Rosatom is interested in building Turkey's second and third nuclear power plants.

    "If the Turkish government turns to Russia for help, we would be more than happy to be part of that process," Superfin told the Anatolia news agency, adding that he was aware that Turkey was already in talks with other countries like Canada, Japan, and China for the construction of the other slated plants.

    [02] Measures should be taken says Turkey's report on the economy of the breakaway regime

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (24.07.12) reports that according to a report by Turkey's technical committee on the package prepared in year 2009 regarding the restructuring of the economy of the breakaway regime for the period 2010-2012, no progress was achieved on the critical points during the above-mentioned period. Under the title "The report is negative", the paper writes that the package was not implemented in spite of the fact that three years passed since its preparation.

    The report, which was prepared in May 2012, evaluated the "electricity authority", illegal Bayrak television, the ports, the agricultural sector, the employments and the budget for 2012, noting that absolutely no step was taken for fixing the balance in the financial situation of illegal Bayrak and that the "law" on the energy efficiency has not been prepared yet.

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (24.07.12) refers to the same issue under the title "'Let belts be more tightened'", and writes that according to the report 816 persons quit their job in the above-mentioned period and 1168 persons were employed, instead of 408 provided for by the economic program.

    The report notes that the regime gradually abolished the summer employment period, adopted a single employment period. They also reduced by 25% the payments for overtime work, but the total amount paid was not changed.

    The report says that the necessary measures should be taken to secure financial resources for covering the "budget" deficit of the regime after June 2012, because 225 million Turkish liras out of the 300 millions provided by Turkey as contribution to the 2012 budget of the regime were spent by March 2012.


    [03] Kasif underwent to a stent surgery yesterday to Istanbul; he will return today to the occupied area

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (24.07.12) reports that it has been announced that the health condition the so-called minister of health, Ahmet Kasif who has gone yesterday to Istanbul for more examinations after the coronary problem he experienced the day before yesterday, is good.

    According to the paper, Kasif underwent to a stent yesterday at the Memorial Hospital in Istanbul and the doctors opened his closed-vessels.

    In statements to the paper after the surgery, Kasif send the message that he would not withdraw his candidacy for the chairmanship of the UBP. He added that he is good in his health and that he will return to the island today.

    Meanwhile, the paper underlines that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu was one of those who visited Kasif prior to his departure for Istanbul in order to wish him to have a speedy recovery.


    [04] UBP's congress still constitutes an issue of debate in the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (24.07.12) reports that Irsen Kucuk, self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime and chairman of the National Unity Party (UBP), has argued that there might be some people who will want to "detain the UBP from the road of democracy and progress", but the congress of the party will be a "feast of democracy" and "the country will gain" from its results.

    In a written statement issued yesterday, Kucuk reiterated that he would be a candidate again for the presidency of UBP. He said he believed he served well the party and the "country" as UBP chairman and "prime minister" and that is why he claims the vote of the members of his party.

    Haberdar publishes also statements by "MPs" of UBP, who asked to comment on the congress of the party, which is planned for 11 November 2012, and on the issue of whom they would support for the leadership, they generally said that it is still early to talk about this issue and that actions are what is important. Some "MPs" refrained from expressing support to any candidate; some others said they would support Kucuk and some that they will stand by Kasif. According to the paper, the candidacy of Ahmet Kasif, his health problems and the possibility of "MP" in occupied Lefkosia Zorlu Tore expressing interest for the post, make the situation more uncertain.

    Furthermore, writing in his daily column in Turkish Cypriot Yeni Duzen newspaper (24.07.12), columnist Mert Ozdag refers to Kasif's health and notes that many times in the past politicians faced problems with their health at critical moments. Under the title "Does an illness change history?" Ozdag writes that tense political environment, conflicts and political unrest usually "take aim at the heart of the leaders". He recalls that on 22 April 2000, Dervis Eroglu had announced that he withdrew from the second round of the "presidential elections" in the occupied area of Cyprus in favour of late Rauf Denktas and that in October 2002 Rauf Denktas had announced from New York, where he was holding talks on the Cyprus problem, that he would undergo a heart surgery next Monday and therefore the negotiations stopped.


    [05] Turkey recalls Aleppo consul general amid intensifying clashes ? Erdogan issued a warning to Syria

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (23.07.12) reports that Turkey's consul general in Aleppo returned to Turkey on Monday after the Foreign Ministry recalled him for consultations amidst intensifying clashes between the Syrian army and opposition fighters in Aleppo.

    The decision to recall the consul general was reportedly taken at a security meeting held at the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday. A Foreign Ministry official said Consul General Adnan Kececi crossed into Turkey on Monday morning and would hold consultations on the situation in Syria, without elaborating on whether he would return.

    The move follows a counteroffensive which Syria's government forces had launched after a bomb attack killed members of the country's ruling elite, including President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law and his defence minister, last week, an event Assad's foes called a sign that the end of his power was imminent.

    On Monday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a security meeting on Syria in Ankara. The talks were attended by Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz and Hakan Fidan, the undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

    Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Syria on March 26 in protest of the regime's failure to respond to international calls to remove its troops from urban areas and beleaguered cities. Syria has been mired in bloody conflict for over a year as security forces seek to crush a revolt against Assad's rule.

    Most of the consular staff had earlier returned to Turkey but Consul General Kececi remained on duty and the mission had remained open with the minimum number of personnel needed to handle consular duties.

    In addition, Turkish daily Hurriyet (23.07.12) reports that the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan stated that Turkey had changed its rules of engagement after Syria downed a Turkish plane without any warning and said: "Turkey will not hesitate from retaliating in the event that the Syrian regime will not a learn lesson from the developments and continue with its hostile behaviour."

    Erdogan, who participated in the 5th Traditional Ramadan meal for diplomatic missions in Ankara, attacked Syria. Noting that the Turkish plane was downed in a hostile manner without any warnings, Erdogan added: "Syria downed an unarmed Turkish plane. Our plane was targeted in violation of international regulations without any warning whatsoever in a hostile manner. The airspace of every country is violated by the planes of other countries from time to time for a short while. Warnings in this regard are issued and violations are reported. However, no warning was issued in connection with our plane. Even though it was a violation that lasted for a very short time, our plane was downed in a hostile manner. Turkey has undertaken the necessary precautions against such hostility within the framework of the international law. Turkey has changed the rules of engagement in order to prevent a similar incident from happening. Turkey will not hesitate to retaliate in the event that the Syrian regime does not learn a lesson from these developments and continue with its hostile attitude."

    [06] Protest against the Hala Sultan Religious Studies College to be constructed in occupied Mila Milia

    Under the front-page title: "Protest by five organizations against the Hala Sultan Religious Studies College", Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (24.07.12) reports about the protest which was organized yesterday by the "Students Initiative", the Baraka Cultural Centre, the Revolutionary Communist Union, and the Cultural Association Barikat and Pir Sultan Abdal, against the Hala Sultan Religious Studies College which is to be constructed in occupied Mia Milia, and for which the founding stone was laid on July 20, within the framework of the "celebrations" for the Turkish invasion in Cyprus.

    According to the paper, the protesters marched until the building of the so-called ministry of national education, youth and sports, and they were shouting several slogans such as: "Seriatci AKP, collaborators UBP" [Translator's note: Seriat: is a Muslim religious law-the protesters called AKP as followers of the Seriat]. The protesters were holding also placards writing: "Fascist Imam Tayyip Erdogan", "Don't touch my religion", "Moneyless, academic and democratic education", and other.

    The protesters issuing a joint declaration, explained that the opening of the Religious College in occupied Cyprus is a part of the imposing policy which is followed by the AKP to occupied Cyprus and said that the aim of the opening of this school is the deterioration of the Turkish Cypriot culture and the dominancy of Turkey to the "north" of Cyprus.

    The joint declaration said also that the opening of the religious school will be nothing else but the maintaining of the neo-liberal Islamic culture of AKP to the "north" of the island.

    The declaration pointed out also that the opening of the religious school will serve to the discrimination between the Turkish Cypriots- Turkish settlers.

    Meanwhile, issuing a written statement yesterday, the executive board of the New Cyprus Party (YKP) referred to the participation of the Turkish Deputy Besir Atalay to the inauguration ceremony of the Religious Faculty and the Religious School at the so-called YDU University, and underlined that the opening of those schools has been decided last year during Erdogan's visit to occupied Cyprus.


    [07] Ethnographic museum in occupied Neapoli

    Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (24.07.12) reports that the opening ceremony of an ethnographic museum in occupied Neapoli village was held yesterday. The self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk and the self-styled minister of economy Irsen Tatar were among the "officials" participated in the ceremony.

    Objects used in Cypriots everyday life are mostly displayed at the new museum.

    [08] JITEM cited as terrorist organization in expanded probe into unsolved murders

    Under the above title, Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (23.07.12) publishes that the Chief Prosecutor's Office of the Diyarbakir Regional High Court has launched an investigation into 32 unsolved murders that were carried out in Sirnak's Silopi district between 1993 and 1995, demanding life sentences for 15 JITEM members, whom it accused of being members of a terrorist organization, the first such reference to the clandestine organization.

    The move by the prosecutor's office has been interpreted as recognition of JITEM, a clandestine and illegal intelligence organization formed within the gendarmerie that allegedly perpetrated hundreds of unsolved murders in the Southeast, as a terrorist organization.

    JITEM's existence has always been denied by officials, but many believe the organization is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Southeast in the early 1990s.

    The implicated JITEM officials include military officers and village guards who are accused of killing 32 civilians in Silopi villages.

    Retired Gen. Levent Ersoz, who is currently jailed as part of a probe into Ergenekon, a shadowy crime network that has alleged links within the state and is suspected of plotting to topple the government, is among the implicated military officers.

    The prosecutor's office in Diyarbakir has expanded a probe into unsolved murders in the region based on the testimony of two secret witnesses. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION


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