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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 15-09-10

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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. 172/15 10.09.2015

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Incidents occurred in the occupied area of Cyprus during the visit to Aloa-Maratha-Santallari by BKP and AKEL delegations
  • [02] Talat: "Important progress has been achieved at the talks"
  • [03] Article in Turkish Cypriot newspaper claims that the Greek Cypriot side accepted rotating presidency but is kept quiet because is afraid of the reactions
  • [04] Kibris' journalist supports that the Demopoulos case constitutes a turning point on the property issue
  • [05] Turkish political leaders call on calm amid tension
  • [06] New probe launched against HDP co-chair
  • [07] Pro-AKP columnist threatens Hurriyet columnist with death
  • [08] Dutch journalist set to be deported after being released

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Incidents occurred in the occupied area of Cyprus during the visit to Aloa-Maratha-Santallari by BKP and AKEL delegations

    All Turkish Cypriot dailies (10.09.15) report on the incidents occurred yesterday during an event organized by the United Cyprus party (BKP) and AKEL.

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (10.09.15) under the title: "Message of peace at the mass graves" reports that the delegations of the two parties, headed by their leaders, Izzet Izcan and Andros Kyprianou respectively, visited the graves of the Turkish Cypriots who lost their lives in August 1974 in the occupied villages of Maratha-Aloa-Santallari and the Greek Cypriots who died on the 20th of July 1974 and lay flowers in their respect, sending in this way, a message of peace.

    During the visit in the occupied villages, the two delegations were attacked by a group of 20-25 people "members of the families of the martyrs", who tried to prevent the visit. A tension broke out and the so-called police intervened in order to prevent the crowd.

    Speaking about the incidents, Izcan explained that during their visit to the occupied village of Aloa, they were attacked by a group of villagers. The demonstrators were shouting slogans against the peace saying "We do not want peace in Cyprus", while they also threw violently to their faces the flowers they placed to the graves, asking them to leave.

    Izcan added that becuase of the incidents, the delegations postponed their visits to the occupied villages of Maratha and Santallari.

    Izcan in his statements condemned strongly the incident and said that they will continue their struggle for peace and solution and called the attack "a nationalist and chauvinistic one".

    AKEL party in a separate statement condemned also the attack and stated that nothing and nobody can prevent the peace in Cyprus.

    [02] Talat: "Important progress has been achieved at the talks"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (10.09.15) reports that the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) has launched a series of meetings in order to brief the "people" about the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, as well as about the party's and "government's actions".

    Speaking during the first meeting organized at the Ataturk Cultural Center in the occupied part of Lefkosia, the leader of the CTP Mehmet Ali Talat, stated, inter alia, that a serious and significant progress has been achieved at the Cyprus negotiation talks and especially as concerned the chapters of governance and power sharing, the chapter of economy and the EU affairs. He added that there are serious and remarkable convergences on the above issues.

    Stating that there is information pollution at the negotiations talks, Talat said that especially the Greek Cypriot media publishes reports in the press which make the efforts for the solution more difficult.

    Talat also stressed the need for the powers which are in favor of the solution to undertake intensified efforts in order to explain to the people village by village the necessity and the benefits of a possible solution.

    Stating that the Cyprus negotiation process has been accelerated after Akinci's election in the "presidency", Talat reiterated his party full support to the Turkish Cypriot leader.

    Referring to the property issue, he wished for this not to become a "matter of conflict" on the Cyprus problem. He added that the committee to be established on the property issue, into which both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will attend, should receive the final decisions on the issue of properties, according to the criteria it will determine.

    Stating that the solution of the Cyprus problem is very important for the Turkish Cypriots, Talat underlined that the solution is the only way that will open the path for the Turkish Cypriots to the international law.

    (?)

    [03] Article in Turkish Cypriot newspaper claims that the Greek Cypriot side accepted rotating presidency but is kept quiet because is afraid of the reactions

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (09.09.15) published an article by journalist and columnist Ulas Baris under the title "In order to get something you need to give something", in which it is claimed that the Greek Cypriot side accepted rotating presidency at the negotiations but is kept quiet on the issue because is afraid of the reactions.

    Reporting that officials had indicated that there had been great progress in Governance and Power Sharing and that the chapter had practically finished, Baris wrote that in his opinion this chapter was the most crucial point of the Cyprus process. "It was the spirit of the agreement and one in which Turkish Cypriot equality was based on. A bi-communal federation model whereby Greek Cypriots ruled as 4 years and Turkish Cypriots ruled for 2 years was very egalitarian", he wrote.

    Touching on the property issue, Baris pointed to the Property Commission to be formed after the solution which would be made up of 6 Turkish Cypriots and 6 Greek Cypriots; he said in previous articles he had written regarding property, that the Turkish Cypriots equality in this Commission was a gain.

    On economy he wrote that some may think that this would be an easy chapter to solve with the hydrocarbons plots and water from Turkey but that would be a mistake.

    The rest of the article looks at the negotiations and says that the thing to accept is in order to get something you need to give something. Baris ends by saying that there are 6 chapters in the negotiations and each of those chapters have a give and take process and cross discussions. One needs to see the bigger picture and of course the priceless opportunities these represent.

    [04] Kibris' journalist supports that the Demopoulos case constitutes a turning point on the property issue

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (10.09.15) under the front-page title: "The rights of the current user of property will be protected as well", publishes a report by journalist Emine Davut Yitmen, who writes that during the discussions on the property issue which are taking place at the current stage of the Cyprus negotiation talks, the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 2010 on the Demopoulos case, is evaluated as a turning point.

    According to the ECHR' decision on the Demopoulos case, besides the rights of the owner of the property prior to 1974, the rights of the current user of property will also be protected.

    Yitmen supports that during the discussion on the property issue, together with the rights of the current user of the property, the issue whether the owner of the property will be preferential against the user of the property, is expected to be discussed at the talks.

    (AK)

    [05] Turkish political leaders call on calm amid tension

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (10.09.15) reports that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu urged for calm amid rising tension across Turkey, in a series of tweets.

    Davutoglu said that military operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) would continue "with determination," but people should not take matters into their own hands. "We will not allow brothers to fight each other," he tweeted, calling on citizens to be "calm and have confidence in the state."

    Recalling a wave of violent protests that has shaken Turkey, including one that targeted daily Hurriyet, Davutoglu condemned the damage inflicted on newspapers and political party headquarters as "unacceptable."

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also urged calm in messages posted on his official Twitter account on Sept. 8. "I request that our citizens keep calm during the fight against the terror. We should fulfil our responsibilities as citizens by not paying attention to provocations," Erdogan wrote.

    Turkey is passing through a tough test to maintain social peace, Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has said. "We have given 107 martyrs. We attended another funeral today. Turkey is passing through a difficult test to maintain its social peace. This test is for all of us. We must pass this test for our republic, for our children, and for contemporary Turkey," Kilicdaroglu said at a press conference in Ankara.

    He said the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) had been trying to divide the people of Turkey and to create enmity within society for the last 30 years, but vowed that "Whatever you do, we won't be divided."

    Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli has joined calls for "common sense" in the face of rising violence and polarization in Turkey, warning that any reaction against violence must not serve to spark an ethnic conflict. In a written statement published, Bahceli stressed that people "must not be trapped by those who launch provocations and test the waters of Turkish-Kurdish enmity." "Roads should not be paved to ethnic fighting and turmoil," Bahceli said, warning that Turkey is on the verge of "civil war" and repeating his call to declare martial law in eastern and south-eastern Anatolian provinces, where dozens of members of the security forces have been killed by outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants since July 20.

    [06] New probe launched against HDP co-chair

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (10.09.15) reports that the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in eastern Diyarbakir province has charged Democratic Party (HDP) co-Chairman Selahattin Demirtas with insulting the state of Turkey and the Turkish President in his recent remarks.

    According to the statement from the prosecutor's office, Demirtas was charged with "openly insulting the Turkish nation, the Republic of Turkey, the state institutions and its organs, openly inciting crime, insulting the President and making terrorist propaganda".

    The statement added that a motion was sent to the Turkish Ministry of Justice demanding a "permit for investigation" and "abolishment of legislative immunity" in line with 83th article of the Turkish Constitution.

    On August 11, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had sued Demirtas for causing "moral damages", slander and invectiveness.

    [07] Pro-AKP columnist threatens Hurriyet columnist with death

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (10.09.15) reports that a pro-Justice and Development Party (AKP) columnist in Turkey has issued a death threat to a columnist of daily Hurriyet, saying "we could crush you like a fly."

    "Like schizophrenia patients, you think you are still living in the days when Hurriyet was running the country. We could crush you like a fly if we want. We have been merciful until today and you are still alive," Star newspaper columnist Cem Kucuk said in his Sept. 9 article, addressing daily Hurriyet columnist Ahmet Hakan.

    In his article, Kucuk claimed that Hakan had supported the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) before the June 7 election, in which the ruling AKP lost its parliamentary majority and the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) crossed the national election threshold to enter parliament. "Ahmet Hakan was the chief propagandist of the PKK before the June 7 election. Everyone knows it. The Turkish nation has recorded all of this treason and he will surely pay for it heavily," Kucuk added.

    Hakan said he would file a criminal complaint against Kucuk.

    [08] Dutch journalist set to be deported after being released

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (10.09.15) reports that Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink and five other people were released Sept. 8, while 26 others were released pending trial on Sept. 9, after they were sent to court with a demand to be arrested on grounds of "helping an armed terrorist organization."

    Geerdink, a journalist based in south-eastern Diyarbakir province, was taken to the foreigners' department after being released, where procedures to deport her will take place.

    Geerdink is set to be sent to the eastern province of Van from Yuksekova and from there to Istanbul, where she will be deported.

    Geerdink was released late Sept. 8, after being detained on Sept. 5 by police in Yuksekova for the second time in Turkey, together with 31 more people. They were detained while camping in the Gurkavak area, which was inside a "special security region," on grounds of "helping an armed terrorist organization," the Hakkari governorate's statement about the issue stated. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

    http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio

    (CS/ AM)


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