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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. 162/12 23.8.12
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 BKP: British military bases are a big threat and should leave CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (23.08.12) reports that Izzet Izcan, general secretary of the United Cyprus Party (BKP) has said that the British military bases in Cyprus are a big threat for the island and should leave. In a written statement yesterday, Izcan referred to the information on the activities of the British Sovereign Base in Dhekelia regarding the issue of Syria, and noted that "Cyprus faces the danger of a possible attack" because of these "military and espionage activities".
 The Turkish Cypriot press gives extensive coverage to Asil Nadir's case; the noisy fall of a common swindlerUnder the title "Get well soon", Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (23.08.12) reports that Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir was found guilty yesterday on seven more counts by a British court in London. The court will decide today on the punishment of Nadir, who was found guilty on 10 out of the 13 counts he was facing. The paper writes that the possibility of Nadir's going to prison caused sorrow in the occupied area of Cyprus.
Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (23.08.12) reports that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in London asked for 14 year imprisonment for Nadir. The paper publishes also statements by a lawyer, who had defended Nadir in the past. He said he was expecting 5-6 year imprisonment for Nadir and argued that Nadir might be set free without going to prison if the punishment is four years.
Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (23.08.12) refers to the issue under the banner headline "Asil Nadir's most difficult day" and reports that the court found Nadir guilty of a theft of 29 million, 100 thousand pounds sterling.
The majority of the Turkish Cypriot newspapers today refer to the issue on their front pages.
 The occupation regime to make openings to Islamic countries through MUSIADUnder the title: "North Cyprus will make openings to the Islamic countries with MUSIAD", Turkish daily Milliyet (23.08.12-online version) reports on statements by MUSIAD's representative (Independent Industrial and Businessmen's Association), in the occupied area of Cyprus, Okyay Sadikoglu who is a well know businessman and politician with close relations to Seyh Nazim Kibrisi.
Replying to questions of the paper on the opening of the "representation office" of MUSIAD to the "TRNC", Sadikoglu said: "We want to make openings to the world with MUSIAD's wind".
Pointing out the fact that the Turkish Cypriots cannot trade with EU countries because of the "isolations", Sadikoglu said: "We want to use MUSIAD's power to the Islamic countries. We aim to sell citrus fruits, halloumi and organic farms products to Islamic countries through MUSIAD. In one sense, we are pursuing an operation to export to Islamic countries".
Saying that MUSIAD's success is to be transferred to "North Cyprus" as he described the breakaway regime, Sadikoglu said that with the investments that MUSIAD will make to several sectors of the "TRNC", such as the education, tourism and industry, many employment opportunities will be provided to the Turkish Cypriots.
Sadikoglu stated also that Turkish Cypriot businessmen will have the opportunity to participate to the "14th MUSIAD's International Fair", where they will have the chance to discuss cooperation and investment opportunities, as he said.
 Tourists increased by 14% in the first seven months of 2012Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (23.08.12) reports that the self-styled ministry of tourism, environment and culture has announced that the number of tourists visiting the occupied area of Cyprus during the first seven months of 2012 increased by 14% in comparison with the same period of 2011.
In a written statement issued yesterday, the "ministry" said that according to this development the income from tourism is estimated to increase by 7.5%. The number of persons staying overnight in the occupied area was one million 180 thousands and 325 in 2011 and increased to one million 396 thousand 129 in the first seven months of 2012.
Until the end of July, 20 thousand tourists came to the occupied area of Cyprus with 165 chartered flights. The occupancy rate of the hotels was 60% in June, 59% in July and 77 % during the recent Ramadan Feast in August. The occupancy rate during Ramadan Feast in the big five-star hotels reached 88% and in the small hotels 66%. Moreover, 13 big five-star hotels and 28 small hotels were 100% full during the feast.
The "ministry" said also that during the first seven months of 2012, 265 thousand 531 tourists from Turkey and 92 thousand 496 tourists from other countries visited the occupied area of Cyprus.
The self-styled minister of tourism, environment and culture, Unal Ustel stated that the income of the regime from tourism was 610 million dollars in 2011 and that until July of this year they estimate to have an income of 660 million dollars from tourism. He added that for the entire 2012 they expect an increase of 7.5% in this income. He argued that the participation of the regime in fairs and promotion activities in Turkey and abroad fructified and contributed to the promotion of the occupied area of Cyprus.
Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (23.08.12) reports that Ustel said that as of October new destinations will be added to the existing 14 destinations from where they have chartered flights to the occupied area of Cyprus. He noted that their target is to have tourists all year long.
 Reactions to Akca's statements on the economy of the regimeTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (23.08.12) reports that the general secretaries of the Democratic Party (DP) and the Social Democracy Party (TDP), Bengu Sonya and Cemal Ozyigit respectively have said that the positive statements regarding the economy of the breakaway regime made recently by Turkey's self-styled ambassador to the occupied part of Lefkosia, Halil Ibrahim Akca "do not coincide with the realities in the country".
In separate statements which they issued yesterday, they argued that the economy does not improve, the economic situation of the "people" deteriorates and people get poorer.
Sonya said that the "positive picture drawn from time to time" by Akca for the economy of the regime coincides with the "rose-colored picture" presented by the so-called ruling party in the occupied area of Cyprus, but contradicts to "what our people experience in reality".
On his part, Ozyigit said that Akca's conclusions and assessments regarding the economy of the regime do not reflect the reality and that these might be positive from his point of view or for his targets, but the economic situation and the quality of life of the "people" is not positive at all.
"Akca sees himself as the person responsible for the finances of this country and acts accordingly. It is not possible for us to approve this", noted Ozyigit adding that his party supports that the relations between Turkey and the breakaway regime should be relations between two "states" and not relations between "a motherland and a daughterland".
Meanwhile, Kibris reports also that Asim Akansoy, general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) argued that there was an "authority gap in the country". In a statement issued yesterday by CTP's press office, it is said that Akansoy expressed the following view: "There is an authority gap in the country. Turkey's ambassador issues a statement on the economic issues. However, these should be announced by the Economy Minister. While the president of the republic should make a statement on the Cyprus issue, we look at Downer's statements in order to find out the realities'.
Akansoy argued that the problems in the occupied area caused hopelessness, politics are developed around the congress of the National Unity Party (UBP), the economic crisis reached a critical stage and chaos exists.
 Clashes with PKK in Turkey continue; four Turkish soldiers killed; two persons arrested for Gaziantep's bombing attackTurkish daily Today's Zaman (22.08.12) reported that at least four Turkish soldiers killed and six others injured in fresh clashes with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in south-eastern Turkish province of Hakkari on the Iraqi border.
The clashes came after a land mine attack by PKK on an armored vehicle travelling in Semdinli district of Hakkari. Four Turkish soldiers died and two others injured in the clashes. The clashes in the region continue.
The clashes followed a deadly blast on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the three-day religious holiday that follows the holy month of Ramadan, in southern Turkish province of Gaziantep on the Syrian border and a series of land mine attacks by PKK members.
Meanwhile, according to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (23.08.12), two suspects were taken into custody in Mersin today in connection with the August 20 bombing attack in Gaziantep.
As a result of the Gaziantep Police Department's inquiry following the car-bombing in Gaziantep, in which nine were killed and 69 injured, the Mersin Police Department's anti-terrorism branch took two persons into custody in the city centre. The two suspects were sent to Gaziantep for questioning.
Meanwhile it was reported that five suspects, including the driver of the towtruck that had delivered the bomb car to Gaziantep, were being questioned at Gaziantep Police Headquarters. http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio