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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 13-11-21

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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. 220/13 21.11.13

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Davutoglu and Hague are seeing a window of opportunity in Cyprus
  • [02] "Diplomatic sources": the agreement on the visits of Mavroyiannis and Ertug to Ankara and Athens is still valid
  • [03] UBP: The Turkish Cypriots do not accept entering under the sovereignty of the Greek Cypriots
  • [04] Ihsanoglu: trade volume between the breakaway regime and the Islamic countries has doubled in nine years
  • [05] Turkish Minister to participate in a conference organized by OIC and the self-styled foreign ministry in occupied Cyprus
  • [06] Serdar Denktas evaluated the latest developments in Cyprus
  • [07] A "Parliamentary Promotion Council" was established in the breakaway regime
  • [08] Luxembourg FM: Stopping Turkey's EU process a big mistake
  • [09] Erdogan is starting his visit to Russia today
  • [10] Yildiz: Turkey must prioritize its own renewable natural resources
  • [11] Turkish Deputy Speaker: Mixed-gender education a mistake, to be corrected

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Davutoglu and Hague are seeing a window of opportunity in Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (21.11.13) reports that the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that the negotiations in Cyprus should start the soonest and "golden 2013", as he described the current year, should not be wasted. Davutoglu met yesterday with his British counterpart, William Hague, who was visiting Turkey.

    In statements after their meeting, Davutoglu said that Britain is Turkey's "extremely important partner in Cyprus" and added that they discussed the Cyprus problem. He claimed:

    "We think that a window of opportunity is open in Cyprus. Let the negotiations start the soonest and let golden 2013 not be wasted. However, the meeting between the leaders has been continuously postponed by the Greek Cypriot side. In spite of all efforts for overcoming the crisis in the last period, negotiations could not be secured? Turkey is ready for any kind of step, for paving the way of the process? We asked from Mr Hague their help on the issue of speeding up the process. It is in no one's interest to continuously postpone peace".

    In his reference to Cyprus, Hague said that Britain's stance is well-known on this matter and added that a great international effort is being exerted on the issue. Wishing for these efforts to succeed, Hague said a window of opportunity exists for the settlement of the problem within the forthcoming months.

    (I.Ts.)

    [02] "Diplomatic sources": the agreement on the visits of Mavroyiannis and Ertug to Ankara and Athens is still valid

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (21.11.13) reports that "diplomatic sources" have said that the agreement reached on the issue of visits of the representatives of the Cypriot community leaders to Turkey and Greece is still valid, but it has been agreed that the visits would be more useful after the realization of a meeting between the Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu and President Anastasiades.

    A "high ranking official" at the self-styled foreign ministry of the breakaway regime said that the representatives of the UN are holding contacts with the two sides on the island trying to prepare the ground for the meeting between the two leaders.

    After the date of the meeting of the leaders is determined, the "sources said", the date of the visits will be also determined in coordination with Turkey, Greece and the two communities. Even if the uncertainty on the date still continues, the visits will definitely be held, the sources said noting that no side had made a step backwards from the agreement reached in New York (between Turkey and Greece).

    (I/Ts.)

    [03] UBP: The Turkish Cypriots do not accept entering under the sovereignty of the Greek Cypriots

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (21.11.13) reports that Sunat Atun, general secretary of the National Unity Party (UBP) has said that his party supports the resumption of negotiations in Cyprus that will reach a result within a certain time table in the first months of 2014 and that the agreement which will be reached to be submitted to referendum in the first quarter of 2014.

    In a written statement issued yesterday, Atun argued that they will never accept entering under the sovereignty of the Greek Cypriots and added that they fully support the policy followed by the Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu on this issue.

    He argued: "In case this effort also does not give a result, we must decide together as people what we will do. The parties represented in the assembly, we must exert effort for a new road. We must prepare from now in full cooperation and solidarity with motherland Turkey for taking steps which will take the Turkish Cypriot people out of the situation they had been led into".

    He alleged that what he called as denial of President Anastasiades to sit at the negotiating table, in spite of Eroglu's "good will and reconciliatory stance", shows that whoever comes to power in the Greek Cypriot community "the chauvinistic stance which considers Cyprus as a Greek island will not change".

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Ihsanoglu: trade volume between the breakaway regime and the Islamic countries has doubled within nine years

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (21.11.13) reports that Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, general secretary of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), is illegally visiting the occupied area of Cyprus today in order to be granted an "honorary doctorate" distinction tomorrow at the illegal European University of Lefka.

    Ihsanoglu will meet tomorrow at 11.00 o' clock with the Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu, at 12.00 o' clock with the self-styled prime minister Ozkan Yorgancioglu and at 12.30 with the so-called foreign minister, Ozdil Nami. According to the paper, Nami will host a dinner in Ihsanoglu's honor tomorrow night. Ihsanoglu will leave occupied Cyprus on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (21.11.13) reports that in statements at the 29th edition of the OIC's Economic and Commercial Cooperation Permanent Committee (ISEDAK) meeting, Ihsanoglu said that the trade volume of the "TRNC" with the Islamic countries doubled within the past nine years.

    Arguing that the OIC attaches great importance to Cyprus [as he described the occupied part of the island], Ihsanoglu claimed: "The economic embargo which is attempted to be implemented on Cyprus has been punctured to an extent. Cyprus is one of our most important causes. This is not only Turkey's cause. We have turned this into a cause of the entire Islamic world. Of course, there is a wish for much more things to be done, but politics and diplomacy works are doing what is possible and increasing the limits of what is possible".

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Turkish Minister to participate in a conference organized by OIC and the self-styled foreign ministry in occupied Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (21.11.13) reports that the self-styled foreign affairs ministry of the breakaway regime is organizing a conference on Water and Food Safety in the occupied area of Cyprus in cooperation with the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, general secretary of OIC and Veysel Eroglu, Turkish Minister of Forests and Water Affairs, will participate in the conference, which will take place in occupied Keryneia and last for three days. Self-styled foreign minister, Ozdil Nami will open the conference, during which Ihsanoglu and Veysel Eroglu will also make an address.

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (21.11.13) reports that Veysel Eroglu will come to the occupied area of Cyprus tonight and depart tomorrow. During his illegal visit, he will meet with the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, the self-styled prime minster Ozkan Yorgancioglu, the "speaker" of the so-called assembly Sibel Siber and the self-styled minister of environment, and natural resources, Hamit Bakirci.

    (I/Ts.)

    [06] Serdar Denktas evaluated the latest developments in Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (21.11.13) reports that the self-styled deputy prime minister and minister of culture and tourism Serdar Denktas, evaluated the latest developments in Cyprus.

    Denktas criticized the statements made by the self-styled prime minister Ozkan Yorgancioglu, that 363 persons working in the "public sector" must be ceased from their jobs and said that the "ministers' council" has not decided yet over this issue. He also said that having these persons losing their jobs a few days before the beginning of the New Year, is against his conscience.

    Referring to the electricity price hikes, Denktas stated that it is true that this will affect negatively the "people"; however he said that by next June prices will be decreased again.

    Denktas once more expressed his disagreement over the provisional agreement signed in Zurich between the Turkish Cypriot "football federation" and Cyprus Football Association (CFA or KOP), with the aim of uniting Cyprus football. He stated that he warned the Turkish Cypriot "football federation" chairman not to sign the agreement and said that the agreement is dangerous. He added that the Turkish Cypriot "football federation" became member of CFA and that the "Turkish Cypriot football" will be absorbed by the Greek Cypriot football.

    [07] A "Parliamentary Promotion Council" was established in the breakaway regime

    Illegal Bayrak television (20.11.13) broadcast that the "Parliamentary promotion Council" of the breakaway regime held its first meeting at the beginning of its new period yesterday.

    Self-styled parliamentary speaker Sibel Siber chaired the council meeting which was attended by the Republican Turkish Party United Forces "MP" Professor Doctor Mehmet Caglar, Democrat Party National Forces "MP" Mentes Gunduz and the National Unity Party "MP" Nazim Cavusoglu.

    Making a short statement to the press before the meeting began; Siber informed the press regarding the workings that will take place. She also pointed to the importance of the council working effectively "in order to promote the country which is suffering under international isolations", as she claimed.

    [08] Luxembourg FM: Stopping Turkey's EU process a big mistake

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (21.11.13) reports that Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said: "I am really, deeply convinced that it would be an enormous mistake to stop Turkey's EU process."

    Speaking to AA correspondent on the side-lines of the first presidential level visit from Luxemburg to Turkey, Asselborn said that since the opening of an embassy in Ankara, bilateral relations had gone accelerated.

    Asselborn stated that he has observed a lot of confidence in Ankara that Luxembourg would try to push the negotiations in Brussels. He added the process would be in the interest of both sides.

    Asked of his opinion about Turkey's opening of 22nd chapter on regional policy, Asselborn said, "Chapter 22 is very important but there are more important chapters. I am convinced that even during the Greek presidency we could have positive debate about opening other chapters like Chapter 23 on Judiciary and fundamental rights and Chapter 24 on Justice, freedom and security."

    He added, "We must not stop the process for another 3 years. Therefore Luxembourg is on the side of those who want to lead this negotiation process in a positive direction."

    [09] Erdogan is starting his visit to Russia today

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (21.11.13) reports that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is paying an official visit to Russia on 21-22 of November to attend the fourth meeting of the High Level Cooperation Council (UDIK).

    The meeting will be held with the attendance of cabinet ministers from the two countries and will be moderated by Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, said prime ministry's press office in a written statement.

    The leaders will discuss regional and international issues, primarily the on-going crisis in Syria and bilateral relations between Russia and Turkey.

    UDIK was founded so as to coordinate important cooperative projects between Turkey and Russia on political, economic and cultural affairs in 2010.

    [10] Yildiz: Turkey must prioritize its own renewable natural resources

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (21.11.13) reports that Turkey plans to build a pipeline with greater or equal capacity than the Kirkuk?Ceyhan Oil Pipeline, which transfers about 70 million tons of oil to the international market, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday.

    Yildiz stressed Turkey's partnerships with Iraq and Azerbaijan and the expansion of its energy capacities during his statement on the NTV channel's live broadcast while in Paris to attend the International Energy Agency Ministerial meeting.

    Regarding shale gas, Yildiz said that if the gas produced in the US and Canada were to be put on sale on the world market, the cost of shale gas would decreases significantly.

    [11] Turkish Deputy Speaker: Mixed-gender education a mistake, to be corrected

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (21.11.13) reports that Turkish Deputy Parliament Speaker Sadik Yakut said on Wednesday that Turkey made a mistake in allowing coeducation and promised that efforts to correct that mistake would come soon.

    Delivering a speech at the Turkish Parliament's 14th International Forum on Children, Yakut said: "Turkey made a historic mistake in allowing the education of male and female students at the same schools in moves toward Westernization." He added that there are Western schools in Turkey where coeducation is not allowed.

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off an international controversy in early November when he spoke out -- and threatened government action -- against male and female students living in students' dormitories together.


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