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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 12-10-26

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  • [01] Extensively debated match ended without any trouble due to the security measures by the Cyprus police and AEL's hospitality
  • [02] Columnist: an "interim agreement" on the Cyprus problem is at the door"
  • [03] Hurriyet reports on the number of settlers in the breakaway regime
  • [04] CHP to be represented at the general congress of the Socialist Party of France
  • [05] The breakaway regime is participating in the World Travel Market
  • [06] Turkey to grant 10 thousand saplings to the occupation regime
  • [07] BDP leader asks to meet Ocalan in jail
  • [08] Data shows birth rate higher in poorer provinces of Turkey
  • [09] Reports highlight huge gap between genders in Turkey


    [01] Extensively debated match ended without any trouble due to the security measures by the Cyprus police and AEL's hospitality

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (26.10.12) reports that Turkish Fenerbahce football team beat 1-0 AEL Limassol FC last night in Lefkosia, within the framework of UEFA Europa League. According to the paper Fenerbahce did not play well, but won the game due to its experience.

    Kibris reports that contrary to what had been assumed, no incidents occurred before or after the game. Kibris goes on and says that the security measures taken by the police of the Republic of Cyprus and the prudent and hospitable behavior of AEL's family were effective in the prevention of incidents.

    "The Turkish Cypriot supporters went to the game with flags of Turkey as if they were replying to the debates on the issue of the flag held in the media of Turkey all week long", notes Kibris adding that some supporters even opened a flag of the "TRNC", breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. The paper publishes a picture of the Turkish Cypriot supporters with the above-mentioned flag. Moreover, it notes that the supporters of AEL carried only flags of their club and interfered when a person attempted to open a Greek flag, not allowing him to do so.

    After the game, Fenerbahce's coach, Aykut Kocaman said they were happy that they took the three points in a difficult game and thanked AEL for their hospitality both inside and outside the field.

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (26.10.12) refers to the game on its front page under the banner title "Friendship won" and writes that in spite of the nationalistic statements before the game, absolutely no incident happened. The paper notes that Fenerbahce supporters opened a banner writing in English that "Football is peace and friendship" and having on its two sides the pictures of their team's Greek former player Lefter and AEL's Turkish Cypriot former player Sevim Ebeoglu.

    In its sports pages, the paper "plays" with the name of the football player, who scored Fenerbahce's goal and writes that "Fenerbahce is 'sovereign' in GSP" [Translator's note: The player's name is Egemen, which in Turkish means 'sovereign']. Other Turkish Cypriot newspapers today did the same with the name of this football player.

    Yeni Duzen's editor-in-chief, Cenk Mutluyakali refers to the game in his daily column under the title "Unchangeable rule: If you do not score, they score against you! And AEL Limassol supporters gave a lesson". Noting that he was sitting at the grandstands of the AEL supporters, Mutluyakali writes that the security measures were not "annoying" and that the supporters were submitted to control, but in an extremely respectful manner. He notes that the AEL supporters were carrying flags of their club only.

    The columnist writes that AEL deserved a better result according to their performance and that the level, mentality and system of the football in the government-controlled area of Cyprus are much higher than in the occupied area of the island.

    According to Mutluyakali, Turkish Cypriot politicians such as CTP's chairman Ozkan Yorgancioglu, TDP's chairman Mehmet Cakici and DP's general secretary Bengu Sonya were among those who watched the game from special grandstands.

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (26.10.12) refers to the game under the front-page title "Sports beat politics" and writes that the political tension experienced before the game was not reflected in the field. The paper publishes a picture with Turkish Cypriot supporters carrying the flag of the breakaway regime at the grandstands.

    Writing in his column under the title "It was an unforgettable day", Mustafa Ozsoy notes that the president of AEL had told them during his press conference in Limassol a few days ago, that there would be no tension and that they would go to the field to play football. "And really this is what happened", he adds.

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (26.10.12) refers to the game under the front-page title "Like a friendly match" and notes that absolutely no incident happened in the field.

    The Turkish press report on the same issue as follows:

    Sabah under the title "Fener was sovereign (Tr. note: egemen means sovereign in Turkish, which is the name of the player who scored the goal) at the island", writes that Fenerbahce was the winner of the game despite the fact that AEL played a better game.

    Hurriyet report on the issue under the title :the most beautiful face of the sport" and writes that the worries that incidents will be provoked at the match proved to be fault and notes that common sense and love for football came into prominence.

    Milliyet report on the match and writes that the Turkish Cypriot supporters of Fenerbahche opened a "TRNC flag" during the game when AEL supporters opened a Greek flag. Milliyet publishes a photo of the incident.

    In the contrary, Milliyet's columnist Erdogan Senay reports on the issue and writes that a good end came after a difficult match.

    Zaman writes that "Fener was the sovereign in Cyprus" and notes that the game took place without any incidents taking place.


    [02] Columnist: an "interim agreement" on the Cyprus problem is at the door"

    Writing in his column in Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (26.10.12), Ata Atun, one of Turkish Cypriot leader's advisors in the Cyprus negotiations, reports that the United Nations is exerting an intensive effort for making up for the time lost in the negotiations, which have reportedly been frozen until the presidential elections to be held in the Republic of Cyprus in February 2013. Atun argues that the UN are preparing to put onto the table a document titled "Interim Agreement", which will include the agreements between former Turkish Cypriot leader Talat and President Christofias and the "convergences achieved with" the Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu.

    "This document includes only the issues on which agreement is not reached, because the agreed issues are underlined and taken out of the list", he notes, adding that "in reality there is absolutely no issue on which consensus is reached or is agreed".


    [03] Hurriyet reports on the number of settlers in the breakaway regime

    Turkish daily Hurriyet newspaper (26.10.12) reports that the settlers who went to the occupied area of Cyprus after the Turkish invasion in 1974, have now children and grandchildren and notes that the number of the latters reached 20 thousands.

    The paper notes that these are the grandchildren of the settlers who arrived at the breakaway regime at the 1980s, seeking jobs and they are originated mostly from Hatay (Alexandretta), Mersin and Adana. Those settlers, who are now around 40 thousands stayed in the breakaway regime and started families.

    In statements to Hurriyet, the chairman of the Hatay Origins Association, Bertan Zaroglu, said that the settlers live mostly in occupied Lefkosia, in the area inside the walls. He also expressed many complains about the "unjust way" that the breakaway regime treats these settlers, alleging that they are not considered to have equal "TRNC rights" with the Turkish Cypriots.

    [04] CHP to be represented at the general congress of the Socialist Party of France

    Under the title: "Turkish is going to France", Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (26.10.12) reports that the Republican Turkish Party (CHP) will be represented at the general congress of the Socialist Party of France which is to take place in the town of Toulouse.

    As the paper writes, the general congress will start today and last for three days.

    CHP will be represented by Kutlay Erk and Armagan Candan, members of the Committee of Foreign Relations of the party.

    Representatives of political parties from several countries which are members of the Socialist International will also be attending the congress, writes the paper.


    [05] The breakaway regime is participating in the World Travel Market

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (26.10.12) reports that the breakaway regime is participating in the World Travel Market, which is taking place in London between 5-8 of November.

    The paper writes that in the framework of the tourism fair, the self-styled minister of tourism and culture Unal Ustel will travel to London heading a delegation.

    The fair is the third bigger in the world and the biggest tourism fair of the UK.

    [06] Turkey to grant 10 thousand saplings to the occupation regime

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (26.10.12) the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water has announced that Turkey will support the forestry sector of the "TRNC" by granting to the occupation regime 10.000 saplings (5.000 walnut trees and 5.000 almond trees).

    As the statement of the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water said, the support provided by Turkey to the occupation regime is in the framework of the implementation of the protocol signed between the so-called minister of agriculture and natural resources Zorlu Tore and the Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water, Veysel Eroglu in Ankara on August 2012, which envisages "Cooperation and Support on the Forestry Sector".


    [07] BDP leader asks to meet Ocalan in jail

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (26.10.12) reports that co-chair of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Selahattin Demirtas has appealed to the government to pave the way for a meeting between himself, fellow BDP co-chair Gulten K?sanak, and the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan. Demirtas said that such a meeting could put an end to the ongoing hunger strike being held by hundreds of prisoners, which entered its 44th day yesterday.

    Demirtas, speaking to reporters in front of Bingol Prison, said that he and K?sanak had earlier applied for a meeting with Ocalan. "Send us, instead of his [Ocalan's] family and lawyers. Let us go to Imral? as co-chairs. If we are able to go to every prison in Turkey, then we should also be able to go to Imral?. This would be a step, it would be a leading stance on the issue of mutually resolving this issue," he said.

    The three main demands of the strikers are an end to the isolation of Ocalan, who is currently serving a life sentence on Imral? Island in the Marmara Sea, an end to restrictions on the use of Kurdish in public zones, and allowing defendants the right to conduct their defense in Kurdish during trials.

    Ocalan's lawyers have not been allowed on Imral? Island for the last 15 months.

    They last met with Ocalan on July 27, 2011, although his brother Mehmet Ocalan has met with him twice over the past year.

    [08] Data shows birth rate higher in poorer provinces of Turkey

    According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (26.10.12) Turkish women are having more babies in the southeast of the country, with 27.1% of all births occurring there in 2011, while the western Marmara region only accounts for 11.5% of births, according to statistics revealed by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK).

    There was a total of 1.23 million births in Turkey in 2011, a slight drop from the 1.25 million in 2010, according to the data. Of the babies born last year, 5% were male, while 49% were female. The crude birth, or the rate of babies per 1,000 people, also dropped from 17.2% in 2010 to 16.7% in 2011.

    Similarly, the number of children per woman during the fertile age ranges of 15-49 fell to 2.02% in 2011, from 2.05% in 2010. In other words, women in Turkey are having an average of two children. Women in south-eastern Anatolia, however, are having the most babies, at an average of 3.42 children each, compared to the 1.55 children per woman in the western Marmara region. Marmara is the region with the lowest number of babies per woman. In 2011, the average age of women having babies in the country as a whole was calculated to be 27.3 years of age. In Istanbul the average age for a woman to give birth was 27.9, while this figure was 26.4 in Central Anatolia. In 2011, the most fertile age range was found to be the 25-29 age bracket, according to the TUIK data. While the 25-29 age range was the most popular age for births in Istanbul, the Marmara region, the Aegean, Western Anatolia, and the western and eastern Black Sea, the 20-24 bracket was most prevalent in the Mediterranean and Central Anatolia. In the Northeast, Central Anatolia and Southeastern Anatolia, women were still commonly having babies at 30-34 years of age, signaling that relatively older women are still conceiving regularly in these regions.

    When analyzed over a ten-year period, according to the TUIK data, the Turkish provinces that registered the highest increase in birth rates were the following: Tekirdag (41%), Kocaeli (20%), Antalya (19%), Gaziantep (18%), Istanbul (12%), and Bursa (10%).

    Conversely, the provinces that registered the sharpest drop in their birth rates from 2001-2010 were the following: K?r?kkale (-44%), K?rsehir (-40%), Ardahan (-39%), Tokat (-39%), Corum (-38%), Yozgat (-36%), Ordu (-34%), Giresun (-33%), Gumushane (33%), Samsun (-32%), Amasya (-32%), Sinop (-32%), Bayburt (-32%), Rize (-29%), Artvin (-28%) and Erzurum (-27%).

    Most births in Turkey in 2011 occurred during the following months, in order of popularity: August, January, July, September and October.

    [09] Reports highlight huge gap between genders in Turkey

    According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (26.10.12) two recent reports, one local and the other global, have highlighted the inequality between men and women in Turkey, especially regarding employment and education issues.

    According to the World Economic Forum's "Global Gender Gap Index 2012," Turkey ranked 124th out of 135 countries in terms of its success to achieve sex equality. Another report prepared by TurkStat and presented to the Parliamentary Commission on Equality of Opportunity between Genders, revealed similar dismal results as it points to an imbalance of female employment in the education sector.

    According to a local report by TurkStat titled "Women by Statistics" ? said to be the first such detailed and comprehensive study in Turkey on issues like violence against women, women's education and employment ? in the education sector the rate of women's employment declines in higher education institutions. While the employment rate of women at preschool education facilities is almost 99%, the rate of female employment in elementary schools is 52.9%. The fraction of female teachers at intermediate schools is 42.5%, and the number of female academics is only 40.9%.

    According to state-run Anatolia news agency, the report says female participation in higher education is increasing. While female employment among academics was only 36.7% in the 2001-2002 academic years, in 2011-2012 the figures reached 40.9%, according to the report. According to report data released by Anatolia, 4.9% of rectors at state universities in 2011 were female, while the data is slightly better in private universities with 6.8%.

    The Global Gender Gap Index, which benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions, income groups and over time, is designed to measure gender-based gaps in access to resources and opportunities in individual countries rather than the actual levels of the available resources and opportunities in those countries.

    The index's 2012 list was topped by Iceland, to be followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden and Ireland. Turkey maintains gender equality in terms of index criteria, only better than Oman, Egypt, Iran, Mali, Morocco, Cote d'Ivoire, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Chad, Pakistan and Yemen.

    In detailed rankings based on the four sub index categories, Turkey may be seen as slightly better than its overall ranking. For example, Turkey is the 108th most successful country in maintaining gender equality in educational attainment. This category is topped by a tie between Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Brazil, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Latvia, Lesotho, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Slovakia, United Arab Emirates and United States.

    In the political empowerment category Turkey ranks 98, better than most of its neighbors in the west and east. Iceland tops this list. In the economic participation and opportunity category, however, Turkey's rank declines from its average rank by five rungs to 129. The top country in this subcategory is Mongolia.

    Turkey is the least successful in maintaining gender equality within the upper-middle income group after Iran, according to the "rankings by income group" category.

    In the health and survival category Turkey has a higher ranking at 62. The top countries in this category are Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay and Venezuela. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION


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