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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 15-10-22

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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. 200/15 22.10.2015

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Self-styled foreign minister Colak carried out contacts in Paris
  • [02] The occupation regime prepares for its transferring to the euro currency after the solution; Experts from the ECB due to the "TRNC"
  • [03] Pakistani Minister met with self-styled assembly speaker
  • [04] Akinci will attend the Davos Forum in January
  • [05] Eroglu: "The Greek Cypriots are dreaming"
  • [06] Baykal wished the water transferred project to affect positively the peace process in the island
  • [07] Vatan criticizes the stance of the Turkish officials during the opening ceremonies for the water from Turkey
  • [08] CTP walks out of a routine round table meeting held under the auspices of the Slovakian Embassy
  • [09] "Mayor" of occupied Komi Kepir will attend a conference in Istanbul
  • [10] The Turkish Cypriot academician Niyazi Kizilyurek will reportedly participate in Akinci's "advisory team"
  • [11] Turkey's MGK convened; The Cyprus negotiation talks and the fight against terrorism were included into the agenda
  • [12] "LAU" will host an international conference on Democracy and Terrorism
  • [13] Erdogan held a telephone conversation with Putin over Assad's visit to Moscow
  • [14] The Hungarian FM expressed support to Turkey's EU bid

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Self-styled foreign minister Colak carried out contacts in Paris

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (22.10.15) reports that self-styled foreign minister Emine Colak, who carried out contacts in Paris the previous days, met with the Vice President of the French National Assembly, Cyprus-France Parliamentary Group, and the Republican Deputy Guy Geoffroy as well as the Republican Party Deputy Alain Joyandet.

    According to a press release by the "information office", the meeting between Colak and Geoffroy, which took place in the French National Assembly lasted about an hour.

    In the meeting, Colak briefed Geoffroy on the latest stage reached in the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement and answered Geoffroy's questions regarding the process.

    Noting the importance of the support for the ongoing negotiations under the UN auspices, Colak stressed how important is for both communities to reach a comprehensive solution.

    Noting that one of the most important and difficult chapters of the negotiation process has started to be negotiated, Colak referred to the importance of completing this chapter with success.

    Colak underlined the importance of conveying to the French authorities the views of the Turkish Cypriots by themselves, adding that they passed a period that they needed the support of France which is an EU member besides all international players. Colak thanked Geoffroy for this opportunity.

    In the framework of her contacts, Colak had a working meal with the former French President and the Leader of the centre-right Republican Party Nicolas Sarkozy's political adviser and former Cooperation Minister, Republican Party Deputy Alain Joyandet in Paris.

    The Cyprus problem was discussed during the meeting, where Colak argued that the Turkish Cypriots do not want to live once more the disappointment that they experienced after the referendum in 2004, stressing the importance of the political will of both sides.

    For this reason Colak said that it is expected from France to place a constructive contribution to the process and therefore to stand at an equal distance from both sides. She also said that the Cyprus settlement by taking into account the instability in the Middle East will constitute a positive example in the region and will also benefit all the international players including France.

    Replying to Joyadent's question, Colak claimed that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots support the solution and this was proven in 2004, adding that this support continues today. She also said that she hopes that the intensive period of negotiations to result in success the soonest possible and to reach a solution.

    Finally, Colak, who concluded her meetings in the Assembly with the Chairman of the France-Cyprus Friendship Group, Socialist Deputy Didier Marie, met also yesterday with representatives of various media organizations.

    (DPs)

    [02] The occupation regime prepares for its transferring to the euro currency after the solution; Experts from the ECB due to the "TRNC"

    According to illegal Bayrak television (22.10.15), a delegation from the European Central Bank is due to arrive in "north Cyprus" next month to carry out work on the transferring to the euro in the event of a settlement.

    The "head" of the "European Union harmonization committee" at the so-called assembly and "deputy" with the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) Armagan Candan, made statements to illegal BRT on the ongoing efforts to transfer to the euro currency, if and when a solution to the Cyprus problem is reached.

    Explaining that a team of experts from the European Central Bank will be arriving in the "TRNC" next month to hold a series of meetings with officials from the "Turkish Cypriot Central Bank", the bi-communal technical committee on economy as well as the EU Ad-Hoc Committee, Candan said that the experts will look into how long it will take to switch to the euro.

    "The team of experts will determine how long it will take the Turkish Cypriot constituent state to switch to the euro and for how long it will continue to use the Turkish Lira. This can be perceived as an important signal that a solution is close", Candan added.

    Candan also pointed out that both the EU and other international financial institutions which could make important contributions towards solving the Cyprus problem needed to see a success story in the Eastern Mediterranean. "This story could be written in Cyprus" he added.

    [03] Pakistani Minister met with self-styled assembly speaker

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (22.10.15) reports that Imtiyaz Shahid, Minister of Human Rights and Parliamentary Relations of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhova government, who is illegally visiting the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus upon an invitation by the illegal British University of Nicosia ("BUN"), met yesterday with the self-styled assembly speaker of the breakaway regime Siber Sibel.

    During the meeting, Shahid expressed his satisfaction for being in the "TRNC" and added that he has examined the "TRNC" education system and he is extremely pleased that the Pakistani students receive their education here. He further said that he met with students and made some recommendations to them, adding that he believes that this kind of visits will develop the cooperation between Pakistan and the "TRNC" (translator's note: the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus).

    (DPs)

    [04] Akinci will attend the Davos Forum in January

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi (22.10.15), columnist Rasih Resat in his daily column "Corner" publishes a letter by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci's spokesman Baris Burcu, who replied to him on a commentary he wrote regarding the dinner that Akinci gave to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his illegal visit to the occupied area of Cyprus last Saturday.

    Burcu in his letter also said that Akinci will attend the Davos Forum on January, adding that they already informed the Forum organizers on September 9 for Akinci's participation.

    (DPs)

    [05] Eroglu: "The Greek Cypriots are dreaming"

    Under the title: "The Greek Cypriots are dreaming", Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (22.10.15) reports that Turkish Minister for Forestry and Water Affairs Veysel Eroglu, commenting on the claims that there is a secret document prepared by the "TRNC" and the UN regarding the water transfer project and how this would affect the properties prices of the Greek Cypriots in the "TRNC", making it more difficult for them to demand their properties at the negotiation table, said that the "Greek Cypriots are dreaming".

    Eroglu responding to reporters' questions regarding the report said this was a fabrication.

    Eroglu added the following: "The Greek Cypriots are dreaming. There, there is the TRNC thus they should look themselves. Turkey has taken 'peace water' to the island and has reiterated this on many levels alongside the TRNC Cypriot president Akinci. Thus, they must not try to draw the issue to another direction by using the water as an excuse. All these about the water is an excuse".

    (AK)

    [06] Baykal wished the water transferred project to affect positively the peace process in the island

    Turkish daily Sabah (22.10.15) reports that Deniz Baykal, candidate Deputy with the Republican People's Party (CHP) in Antalya, evaluating the water transfer project from Turkey to the "TRNC", described it as an enormous event and said: "I wish that this would affect positively the peace process in the island".

    Bayak also added the following: "We have established a water connection with Cyprus. Turkey has already started the transferring of the water there. This issue is of strategic importance and it is a great event. I hope that this would affect the peace process in the island positively. If we continue showing a correct stance about Cyprus and do not make mistakes, it will be an important factor not only for the existence and the future of the TRNC, but also for peace in the island and Turkey's geographical integration with the island", said Baykal.

    [07] Vatan criticizes the stance of the Turkish officials during the opening ceremonies for the water from Turkey

    Under the title "Let them not spoil us the pleasure of the water!", Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (22.10.15) reports that its owner, journalist Ertem Kasimoglu has expressed the paper's sorrow for what happened during the opening ceremonies held last Saturday for the project of bringing water from Turkey to the occupied area of Cyprus.

    In statements to Kanal T television, Kasimoglu noted that Vatan with its articles has strongly supported the water project, but during the ceremonies the Turkish Cypriot "people" were "pushed back".

    He said: "[?] As Vatan newspaper, which attached great importance to this issue, we were saddened by what was experienced at these ceremonies, an organization by which this water issue will only gain points to a political formation in Turkey. And the Turkish Cypriots did not deserve this. The Turkish Cypriot community did not deserve the creation of an image saying that 'Get out of here. Who do you think you are? Do not rejoice for this water. It is our right to rejoice for this water'. That is, let neither the politicians in Turkey nor the politicians in the TRNC spoil our pleasure for the water by turning it into party propaganda [?] From our point of view while the officials from Turkey were carrying out this organization, they should actually exhibit the sensitivity to bring to the Turkish Cypriot people prosperity with this kind of behavior together with this huge project. They should have ensured that the Turkish Cypriot community would be happy, not angry. The stance exhibited by the Turkish officials as regards this ceremony ensured totally the opposite. Excuse me, but the ceremony field had become a pre-election rally of the AKP. However, this water project is as important event as the 1974 peace operation, joining much more with each other motherland Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot people. When carrying out these ceremonies, the officials from Ankara should be more sensitive and not offend the Turkish Cypriot people".

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] CTP walks out of a routine round table meeting held under the auspices of the Slovakian Embassy

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi (22.10.15) reports that sources close to the paper said that tensions rose yesterday in the routine round table meetings of the two sides' political parties held under the auspices of the Slovakian Embassy in the buffer zone.

    According to the paper, issues relating to a bi-zonal bi-communal federation arose when the Greek Cypriot parties EDEK and the Greens wanted the reference of 'an acceptance of a bi-communal agreement with the EU aquis' to be put into the joint text. The CTP representative at the meeting rejected this by saying that the two leaders had not agreed on such a matter and responded by criticizing that the two Greek Cypriot parties were opposed to a bi-zonal federation.

    After this, EDEK members became angered and asked the CTP member to "be careful when he spoke about EDEK", forcing the CTP's member Muhittin Ozsaglam to walk out of the meeting.

    Present at the meeting were the CTP, TDP, KSP and BKP from the north and AKEL, EDEK, EPALXI, EDI and DIKO from the south. The UBP and DP parties were not present.

    Ozsaglam later on his Twitter feed noted that a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation based on UN parameters is a solution to be supported for the island. He said that they owed it to the two leaders to be supportive of an equal solution and when defending those values one needed to be respectful of diplomatic rules and to one another.

    [09] "Mayor" of occupied Komi Kepir will attend a conference in Istanbul

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (22.10.15) reports that the "mayor" of the occupied village of Komi Kepir, Ahmet Sennaroglu will participate in the "international dialogue conference of German-Turk sister towns" that will be held between October 22-25 in Istanbul under the auspices of the former mayor of Munich Anakent municipality Christian Ude and Istanbul Maltepe municipality Mayor Ali Kilic.

    The paper also reports that Sennaroglu will also sign a twinning protocol with Maltepe municipality in Istanbul. In the conference, officials from municipalities from Tehran, China, Austria, Palestine, Azerbaijan, Angola and France will also participate.

    (DPs)

    [10] The Turkish Cypriot academician Niyazi Kizilyurek will reportedly participate in Akinci's "advisory team"

    Under the title: "The 'only' advisor of the divided island", Turkish daily Milliyet newspaper (22.10.15) reports that the Turkish Cypriot academician Niyazi Kizilyurek, who is one of the "advisors" of the "leader" of the "Greek Cypriot administration", as the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades is called by the paper, will participate in a delegation established by the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci with the aim to support his efforts for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    The paper's correspondent in the occupied area of Cyprus Sefa Karahasan writes that according to information acquired by the paper, Akinci has formed an "advisory team" composed by his "spokesman" Baris Burcu, the journalist Hasan Kahvecioglu and the Turkish Cypriot academician, Niyazi Kizilyurek.

    The paper points out that Kizilyurek, who lives in "south Cyprus" has close ties with the former Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat.

    In statements to the paper, Kahvecioglu who is included in the team, said: "We, as supporters of the solution held a meeting".

    The paper adds further that as it was made known, Kizilyurek held yesterday a meeting with Akinci.

    Kizilyurek, who has started working at the University of Cyprus in 1995, has been "declared" as a "persona non grata" [Translator's note: by the breakaway regime] and has experienced a lot of difficulties.

    Kizilyurek won the Abdi Ipekci Award in 1997 with the documentary he prepared together with Panikos Chrysanthou called "Duvarimiz" [Our Walls].

    (AK)

    [11] Turkey's MGK convened; The Cyprus negotiation talks and the fight against terrorism were included into the agenda

    Turkish daily Hurriyet (21.10.15) reported that Turkey's National Security Council (MGK) convened on Wednesday under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss critical items on the agenda, including establishing security for the November 1 elections and formulating a comprehensive strategy to combat terror attacks by terrorist organizations such as the PKK and ISIS. The MGK meeting was attended by all Cabinet Ministers and the main topic of the agenda was the deadly Ankara bombing which left over a 100 people dead.

    According to the paper, the recent developments on the Cyprus negotiation process were also discussed during the meeting and the MGK confirmed once again its support to their "brothers in the TRNC".

    In a statement issued after the meeting, MGK said that Turkey's fight against terrorism will proceed with determination, while it highlighted the importance of preserving public order in the country.

    The council also underlined "Turkey's determination in fighting against terror organizations and its extensions," the statement added.

    According to the statement, the refugee crisis was also discussed and the council called on the international community to take concrete steps regarding the issue.

    (?)

    [12] "LAU" will host an international conference on Democracy and Terrorism

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan (22.10.15) reports that the illegal European University of Lefka ("LAU") with the International University Council (IUC) will host an international conference on democracy and terrorism on October 22 with the participation of academic staff from 15 different countries.

    (DPs)

    [13] Erdogan held a telephone conversation with Putin over Assad's visit to Moscow

    Turkish daily Sabah (21.10.15) reported that President Erdogan has spoken with Putin on Wednesday in a phone call and was informed over Assad's visit to Moscow.

    According to presidential sources, during his conversation with Putin, Erdogan has expressed his concern over an expected refugee wave following Russia's air strikes in Syria.

    According to reports, Erdogan underlined the importance Turkey attaches to fighting all terrorist groups including ISIS, pointing to links between the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and PKK, who have fought a decades-old insurgency against Turkey.

    [14] The Hungarian FM expressed support to Turkey's EU bid

    According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (21.10.15) the Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, in statements to Anadolu Agency on Tuesday during his one-day visit to Ankara said that Hungary supports the "quick implementation" of the EU-Turkey action plan, envisaging closer cooperation between Brussels and Ankara in halting migrants and fighting smugglers, as well as visa free travel in Europe for Turkish nationals in return.

    "We are arguing in favor of a quick agreement for the EU-Turkey action plan," Szijjarto said.

    (?)

    Referring to Turkey's EU bid, he said: "Our position is that the EU should enlarge because if the EU is too introverted with its own problems then we will be even weaker in the future. So, our position is that enlargement is necessary and we should have a much tighter cooperation with Turkey".

    Szijjarto also added that the visa liberalization process with Turkey should be accelerated since it will lead to many advantages. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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

    (AK/ AM)


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