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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 15-09-21

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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. 179/15 19-21.09.2015

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Burcu: The Guarantee issue will be discussed last
  • [02] Milliyet reports that Turkey's official policy in Cyprus is the solution
  • [03] Eroglu criticizes Talat for saying that if the Turkish Cypriots vote "no" in a possible referendum their so-called isolation will become deeper
  • [04] Turkes met with the so-called ambassador of the occupation regime in Ankara
  • [05] Self-styled foreign ministry is in close cooperation with the UNCHR for facilitating the Syrian refugees
  • [06] The breakaway regime's exports decreased by 8.46% in the first seven months of 2015
  • [07] Cirali: "An increase has been observed in the exports of hellim/halloumi"
  • [08] Shots fired against a hotel in occupied Keryneia; The Islamic State is said to be behind the attack
  • [09] The illegal GAU university signed the Magna Charta Universitatum
  • [10] The Venice Pilar in occupied Lefkosia is restored
  • [11] Erdogan asks nation to elect 550 'national' deputies at anti-terrorism rally
  • [12] Turkes to run with AKP for the election.
  • [13] Gezici survey: Public holds Erdogan, AK Party responsible for recent chaos
  • [14] More on journalism attack by the ruling AKP in Turkey

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Burcu: The Guarantee issue will be discussed last

    Turkish daily Milliyet (online, 21.09.15), under the title "Turkey is alone at the guarantor issue", reports that Cyprus Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides, in a statement after the meeting of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades with the British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, said: "Great Britain does not wish to continue its role as a guarantor power and the decision on this issue is on the Cypriots".

    Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci's spokesman Baris Burcu, in a statement to the paper, said that opening now for discussion the "Guarantees chapter", which is one of the chapters to be discussed last, will damage the healthy progress of the negotiations. He added: "We, in Cyprus, will determine first how we will reach the solution. We will discuss the 'Guarantee' issue by coming together Turkey, Greece, Britain, Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot community. This is our position".

    (DPs)

    [02] Milliyet reports that Turkey's official policy in Cyprus is the solution

    According to Turkish daily Milliyet (online, 19.09.15), the Turkish Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar, during his illegal visits in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, said that they support the solution in the Cyprus talks.

    General Akar, who met with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the self-styled assembly speaker of the breakaway regime Sibel Siber and the self-styled prime minister Omer Kalyoncu, approached the on-going Cyprus talks positively. The paper reported that Akar reportedly said that Turkey's official policy in Cyprus is the solution, that they want to reach a good solution and that they attain importance to the security of the Turkish Cypriots.

    According to the paper, it is reported that the messages that the Turkish Cypriots are satisfied from Turkey's support and that the guarantee issue is very important for the Turkish Cypriots were given to Akar. Akinci, during the briefing of the self-styled assembly on the Cyprus problem, informed the self-styled deputies for Akar's support on the negotiations.

    (DPs)

    [03] Eroglu criticizes Talat for saying that if the Turkish Cypriots vote "no" in a possible referendum their so-called isolation will become deeper

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (21.09.15) reports that former Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu has criticized the leader of the Republican Turkish Party ? United Forces (CTP-BG), Mehmet Ali Talat for saying that the so-called embargo and isolation of the Turkish Cypriots will become deeper if they vote "no" to a solution of the Cyprus problem in a possible referendum.

    Under the title "The conclusion that the people are forced to say yes is wrong", the paper writes that in a written statement, Eroglu argued that the Turkish Cypriot "people" should exert efforts for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, but first it is absolutely necessary to protect their security and safety having a healthy dialogue and cooperation with Turkey.

    Eroglu criticized Talat for the statements he had recently made in occupied Morfou in which he referred to what will happen in case the Turkish Cypriots vote "no" in a possible referendum.

    Eroglu described as "a wrong attitude" to say that the "embargo" and the "isolation" will become deeper if the Turkish Cypriots vote "no" in the referendum and to conclude that the "people" are forced to say "yes", while there is no clear information on what kind of agreement will be reached.

    Eroglu claimed that Talat's approach leads to the conclusion that the Turkish Cypriots should say "yes" even if a "bad agreement" is put before them. He argued that it is not possible to describe this mentality as a "correct and realistic" one.

    Eroglu accused Talat of trying to cause fear to the Turkish Cypriots and alleged that he has not established that the Greek Cypriot side "has come to a more positive point" during the negotiations between President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Turkes met with the so-called ambassador of the occupation regime in Ankara

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (19.09.15) reported that Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Responsible for Cyprus Affairs Tugrul Turkes who is carrying an illegal visit to the occupied area of Cyprus today for a series of contacts, met the other day with the so-called ambassador of the "TRNC" to Ankara Fazil Can Korkut, ahead of his visit to the occupied area of Cyprus.

    Speaking during the meeting with Korkut, Turkes reminded of the fact that it is the first time in the Turkish Republic that a Deputy with a Turkish Cypriot origin is appointed as Minister in Charge of Cyprus Affairs.

    Underlining the intense cooperation between Turkey and the occupation regime in several fields such economy, education and others, Turkes reminded that his visit in the occupied areas of Cyprus is a tradition, since all Turkish government officials who are elected or appointed, carry out their first visit abroad to the "TRNC".

    "We want the TRNC to be independent and the people living there to live in peace and prosperity. This visit is really important in showing that", Turkes said.

    (?)

    (AK)

    [05] Self-styled foreign ministry is in close cooperation with the UNCHR for facilitating the Syrian refugees

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis (21.09.15) reports that the self-styled foreign ministry announced that the "ministry" makes the maximum effort in order to provide the necessary conveniences within their limited potentials to the refugees who apply to the "TRNC" (translator's note: the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus) for immigrating to Europe.

    In the announcement, it is reported that the "ministry" is in close cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the "government" of the breakaway regime has in the agenda the "laws" which project the amendments regarding the refugees. The "government" will be able to follow a more active policy when the "laws" come into force.

    It is also reported that the self-styled foreign ministry follows very closely what is going on in Syria and in the neighbouring countries as well the problem of the refugees which has emerged due to this situation.

    (DPs)

    [06] The breakaway regime's exports decreased by 8.46% in the first seven months of 2015

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (21.09.15) reports that the exports of the breakaway regime decreased by 8.46% in the period January-July 2015 comparing to the same period of last year. Exports reaching 91.2 million US dollars were made in the aforementioned period of 2014, while this number fell to 83.4 million dollars in 2015.

    According to statistics obtained from the so-called trade department, the imports of the regime also were decreased by 12.28% for the period January - May 2015 comparing to the same period of 2014. Imports fell from 673 million dollars in 2014's aforementioned period to 590.3 million dollars in the same period of 2015.

    Meanwhile, according to Turkey's Statistical Institute (TUIK), the breakaway regime's imports from Turkey decreased by 3.11% in the period January-July 2015 comparing to the same period of 2014. Furthermore, a decrease of 14.24% is observed in the breakaway regime's exports to Turkey for the same period of 2015 (in comparison to the first seven months of 2014).

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] Cirali: "An increase has been observed in the exports of hellim/halloumi"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (19.09.15) reported that the process of the geographical protection of the hellim/halloumi and its registration in Turkish and Greek, as well as the lawsuits filed by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Trade against some Turkish companies which produced hellim/halloumi in Turkey, reflected positively and resulted to the increase of the exports of hellim/halloumi cheese in Cyprus.

    In statements to the paper, the chairman of the "Turkish Cypriot chamber of industry" Ali Cirali, stated that an increase has been observed in the exports of hellim, since as he pointed out, some companies in Turkey, as a result of the lawsuits against them, gave up from the production of hellim/halloumi and started to sell the product from Cyprus.

    Cirali stated that while the number of companies in Turkey which produced the product were 70, after filing lawsuits, they have being reduced dramatically.

    Explaining that the "chamber of industry" demands compensation from the Turkish companies which produced hellim/halloumi in Turkey, Cirali said that that the "court" will determine the amount of the compensation.

    The paper writes that the exports of hellim/halloumi product have been increased mostly after the increasing demand by several Arab countries.

    (?)

    (AK)

    [08] Shots fired against a hotel in occupied Keryneia; The Islamic State is said to be behind the attack

    Under the title "Hail of bullets with Kalashnikov", Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (21.09.15) reports that unknown persons carried out an attack yesterday in the early morning hours against the Savoy hotel in occupied Keryneia. The attackers fired more than 51 bullets against the hotel. According to the paper, no one was injured and it is believed that the aim was to "warn and threaten" the owners of the hotel. The press was not allowed by the breakaway regime's "police" to approach the hotel.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (21.09.15) reports that the Islamic State terrorist organization has been threatening some hotels which have a casino in the occupied area of Cyprus with the aim of getting money from them.

    According to information obtained by the paper, it is said that the attack against the Savoy hotel in occupied Keryneia may be related with this. The information regarding the Islamic State's threats had come onto the agenda one month ago and the regime's "security forces" have allegedly been discussing the issue intensively, but said nothing because they were not sure and they did not want to cause panic.

    (I/Ts.)

    [09] The illegal GAU university signed the Magna Charta Universitatum

    Turkish Cypriot daily Haberal Kibrisli newspaper (21.09.15) reports that the illegal American University of Keryneia (GAU) has signed the principles of the Magna Charta Universitatum, which is known globally in the academic world as the "constitution of universities".

    According to the paper, the "rector" of the illegal GAU and "chairman" of the "administrative board" Serhat Akpinar, represented the illegal GAU and the occupation regime's higher education sector in general in an event organized in the Bologna University in Italy by the Magna Charta Observation Council for 2015.

    According to the paper, the Magna Charta Universitatum is a document that was signed by 388 rectors and heads of universities from all over Europe and beyond on 18 September 1988, the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna.

    It contains principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy as a guideline for good governance and self-understanding of universities in the future.

    (?)

    [10] The Venice Pilar in occupied Lefkosia is restored

    Illegal Bayrak television (21.09.15) broadcast that the "department of antiquities" of the breakaway regime has begun the restoration of the Venice Pillar found in the occupied part of Lefkosia. The restorations will be completed in a short time.

    [11] Erdogan asks nation to elect 550 'national' deputies at anti-terrorism rally

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (21.09.15) reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked the nation to elect 550 "national" and "domestic" lawmakers to the Turkish Parliament in the elections scheduled for Nov. 1 during a rally held in Istanbul to condemn terrorism.

    "I want you to send -- no matter what their party is -- 550 domestic and national deputies who will work for this country with wholeheartedly to Parliament in the Nov. 1 elections. I think you understand what I am trying to say, don't you? The only thing Turkey needs today is that. There is no solution other than nation's will. Everything will be easy if you send national and domestic deputies to Parliament. I trust my nation on this issue," Erdogan said addressing thousands of people who gathered for a government-sponsored rally held to condemn recent acts of violence by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

    It was not clear what Erdogan meant by referring to "national and domestic" deputies, but his statements were interpreted to target the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), which is accused of having close links with the PKK. The HDP entered Parliament in the June 7 parliamentary elections after passing the 10% election threshold, thwarting Erdogan's ambitions for a switch to presidential system.

    Ahead of the June elections, Erdogan held a series of rallies when he asked his supporters to vote for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), without giving its name, and to elect 400 deputies from the AK Party.

    Erdogan strongly supports a shift to a presidential system and wants the AK Party to have a parliamentary majority sufficient to amend the Constitution, which would clear the way to replace the current parliamentary system with a presidential one.

    During the rally, Interim Prime Minister and AK Party Chairman Ahmet Davutoglu also asked those who attended the gathering to vote for his party in the elections to grant it the parliamentary majority it lost in the June elections.

    "You will work hard until Nov. 1 and you will give the AK Party, which is the symbol of unity in Parliament, the single-party government again," Davutoglu said.

    [12] Turkes to run with AKP for the election

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (18.09.15) reported that Tugrul Turkes, who is currently Deputy Prime Minister, Responsible for Cyprus Affair and has resigned from the membership of his Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the party's parliamentary group membership early Friday, took a place in the AK Party list.

    On Sept. 5, the MHP's central disciplinary committee said that it had expelled Turkes after he accepted an offer to join the country's caretaker Cabinet in defiance of his party's instructions to do otherwise.

    [13] Gezici survey: Public holds Erdogan, AK Party responsible for recent chaos

    Turkish daily Today's Zaman newspaper (21.09.15) reports that a recent survey by the Gezici Research and Polling Company has found that most respondents hold President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) responsible for the chaotic atmosphere that grips Turkey.

    Information gathered between Sept. 13 and 15 revealed that religion and social issues will likely play a key factor in voters' candidate preferences and party affiliations in the Nov. 1 elections. To gain more insight from voters, pollsters asked AK Party supporters a few questions regarding controversial or "hot button" issues.

    First, the polls revealed that most AK Party supporters would immediately withdraw their support for the party if Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), were to be released from prison.

    Secondly, voters reported feeling uneasy regarding the recent attacks on the Hurriyet daily, implemented by AK Party sympathizers under the direction of AK Party deputy Abdurrahim Boynukal?n.

    Many voters worry that the recent increase in "terror attacks" is a direct result of serious concessions recently made to the PKK.

    On the other hand, most of those who voted for the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) believe the settlement process should resume with a practical approach taken from both sides.

    Furthermore, 30% of AK Party supporters do not agree with Erdogan's attempts to connect the recent "terrorist activity" with the impending election. In fact, the majority of people polled rejected that such a link even exists.

    The majority of individuals polled seek a coalition government as a result of the upcoming snap election; an option that the AK Party had ruled out after the June 7 general election.

    In a recent survey, the company found the AK Party is losing public support, with its percentage of votes falling from 40.8% in the June 7 general election to 39.2% in August.

    [14] More on journalism attack by the ruling AKP in Turkey

    Ankara Anatolia news agency reports that the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) in Turkey has said the interim Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government is trying to silence its opponents with increasing pressure on the media.

    "Recently, people who have no kind of connection with terrorism are being tried to be silenced by showing them as if they are linked to terrorism. The government, which is obviously unsuccessful in its fight with terrorism, is trying to silence opponents by making use of the current atmosphere. In this regard, managers of Zaman, Taraf, Cumhuriyet, STV, Ipek and Dogan media groups are being openly threatened," the GYV said in a statement released on Sunday. "All other freedoms of a society which has lost its freedom of expression are under threat as well. We are sorry to note that every article and TV program which criticizes the government has been risky and being objective and being an opponent require more courage than ever," it added.

    In addition, Today's Zaman (21.09.15) reports that Gultekin Avc?, a former prosecutor who has since turned to journalism, was arrested by an Istanbul court on charges of attempting to overthrow the government in seven columns he had written. Fikret Duran, the lawyer representing Avc?, tweeted on Sunday that Avc? has been in custody since Friday and that the prosecutor had referred him to court for arrest without taking his testimony over the alleged offenses of "plotting to bring down the government" and "being a member of a terrorist organization."

    The paper also reports that ?he Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation into journalist Ahmet Altan for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Altan was a guest on a TV program on Sept. 2, a day after police carried out a raid on the Ipek Media Group in a government-orchestrated operation. Altan criticized the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and President Erdogan on the program, which pro-government media outlets reported as threats against Erdogan. Altan also condemned the raid on Ipek and the government for conducting it. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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

    (CS/ LF)


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