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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 16-04-26

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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. 77/16 26.04.2016

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Akinci says that granting "citizenship" to 25,000 persons is not on their agenda
  • [02] Clear messages on the "citizenships' issue" by the new self-styled government
  • [03] Opposition parties' "deputies" evaluated the "government program"
  • [04] The new appointments in the "immovable property commission"
  • [05] "Kamu-Sen" asked the negotiation of the "structural transformation programme"
  • [06] Ozyigit met with the US Ambassador to Cyprus
  • [07] Difference of opinion between the Turkish Cypriot and the Greek Cypriot side on the unification of the telephone lines across the divide
  • [08] Turkish Minister stresses interdependence of EU and Turkey
  • [09] Free court, free press important for EU investments in Turkey
  • [10] Germany plans to build fixed location in Turkish air base for 65 mln euro
  • [11] Former Turkish Chief of General Staff wrote a book about Cyprus

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Akinci says that granting "citizenship" to 25,000 persons is not on their agenda

    Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (26.04.16) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has said that granting "citizenship" to 25,000 persons is out of the question. In statements yesterday in the occupied area of Cyprus after his 3,5-hour meeting with President Anastasiades within the framework of the Cyprus negotiations, Akinci replied to a question regarding the information published in the Turkish Cypriot press that the regime will grant "citizenship" to 25,000 persons and noted:

    "A situation such as 'let us give citizenship to 25,000 persons is out of the question. Such a thing does not exist on our agenda. It is also out of the question to have any approach which could blow up the negotiations in any way".

    Noting that they act in the negotiations according to the data provided by the "interior ministry" regarding the "citizenship", Akinci added that they did not back step from any position and they do not intend to do so, because "we want a solution".

    Recalling a statement he made during his "election campaign" regarding the Turkish settlers saying that "we are not going to load on ships anyone and send him away", Akinci said: "However, the citizenship issue is something different than loading on a ship. There is space for all of us on these lands. It is possible to find a way out for this problem without victimizing anyone [?] We are staying away from any behavior which could negatively influence the negotiating process. We wish for the south as well to stay away from such behaviors like we do".

    Akinci noted that yesterday's meeting was productive from the point of view of turning into "a full agreement" the agreements and the convergences reached until today on the first four chapters. He added that it is not possible to achieve progress in every meeting, but there is an "accumulation" born by the discussions for being able to achieve real progress. "I believe that there is an accumulation which will facilitate the achievement of progress", he said.

    Referring to information published in the Greek Cypriot press that the Turkish Cypriot side has stepped back from the agreements reached in the past, Akinci argued that such a thing is out of the question, because their target is to advance and reach a solution.

    Akinci said that his next meeting with President Anastasiades will take place on 6 May. Recalling that parliamentary elections will be held in the government - controlled area of the Republic on 22 May, Akinci pointed out that in spite of this, the negotiators will be holding 10-15 meetings in May.

    Arguing that if the wish is to take a solution plan to referendum in 2016, the negotiating process should be intensified, Akinci said: "It should be much speedier, more productive [negotiating process] in the new period, if we say that 2016 should be the year of the solution".

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Clear messages on the "citizenships' issue" by the new self-styled government

    Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (26.04.16) reports that the new "coalition government" between the National Unity Party (UBP) and the Democratic Party gave clear messages regarding the "citizenships' issue" during the presentation yesterday of the "government's program".

    The self-styled prime minister Huseyin Ozgurgun referring to the issue, stated that this is a great shame and they do not take into consideration the voices of the Greek Cypriots on the "citizenships". "We will do whatever we consider to be right, we will change the points which are not clear on the law", he stated.

    On his part, self-styled deputy prime minister Serdar Denktas, stated that one of the main goal of the new "government" will be to improve relations with Turkey. "We shall be doing our best to achieve the goals we have set but there is one thing we can promise. We shall be running the country much better than how the CTP has been doing for the past three years. The main goal is bringing relations with Turkey to the level that is required", he stated. Refering to the "citizenships issue" he stated that they would not undermine human rights just so that the Greek Cypriots won't be offended or be upset in the negotiating table.

    (CS)

    [03] Opposition parties' "deputies" evaluated the "government program"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (26.04.16) reports on statements by several "deputies", who evaluated yesterday during the discussion at the "assembly" the "government program" of the newly established coalition "government" between the National Unity Party (UBP) and the Democratic Party-National Forces (DP-UG).

    Evaluating the "program", Zeki Celer, "deputy" with the Social Democracy Party (TDP) stated, inter alia, that the "government program" is very similar to that of the previous "government" and wondered whether it will be possible for the "coalition government" to implement it, taking into account that when the UBP was alone in power, it couldn't fulfil its commitments.

    Describing the "program" as a "document of gratitude", Celer asked whether their goal is for this "country" to become self-administrated or to be given to Turkey.

    Reiterating that the single purpose of the "government program" is the privatization of several "organizations" in the "TRNC", Celer added that his party will open a lawsuit at the "constitutional court" against the privatization of the water.

    Also speaking, Mehmet Cakici, "deputy" with the Social Democracy Party (TDP) stated that the "government program" is full of contradictions and lacks of vision.

    Regarding the reference in the program on the solution of the Cyprus problem, Cakici asked what the program envisages about the solution, a two-state solution, "founding states" or "constituent states". He also expressed the view that if the "government's policies" towards the solution of the Cyprus problem come across with Akinci's positions, this will blow up the negotiation process.

    Accusing the "government" of avoiding using in the "program" the word "federal", Cakici argued that they are afraid to do so and added that the main reason for doing this, is because both UBP and DP believe in confederation.

    Also, Birikim Ozgur, so-called deputy with the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) in occupied Lefkosia and former "minister of finance", argued that the "government program" is an indicator of the "government's" mentality for integration with Turkey.

    Supporting that the "program" does not take into account the sensitivities of the Turkish Cypriots, Ozgur added that the program lacks of vision and it does not include much about the structural transformation in the "country".

    Evaluating also the "program", Dogus Derya, "deputy" with CTP, criticized the "program" and wondered whether the alternative of this would be "their annexation to Turkey".

    Supporting that the "program" is full of references about "motherland Turkey" while no reference is made about "federation", Derya called also the UBP to openly say that its real aim is about the "citizenship law".

    (AK)

    [04] The new appointments in the "immovable property commission"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (26.04.16) reports that Ayfer Said Erkmen has been appointed as "president" of the "immovable property commission", Romans Afif Mapolar as "vice-president" and Sumer Erkmen, Gungor Gunkan, Hans Christian Kruger, Daniel Tarschys and Saskia Yorucu as members.

    The appointments will be valid for five years.

    (DPs)

    [05] "Kamu-Sen" asked the negotiation of the "structural transformation programme"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (26.04.16) reports that Mehmet Ozkardas, chairman of the "civil servants' trade union" (Kamu-Sen) said that after the "structural transformation programme", including the years 2016-2018 as envisaged at the signature between Turkey and the "TRNC", is been discussed and digested well by the political parties represented in the "assembly", the NGO's and the people, should be negotiated.

    In a written statement, Ozkardas mentioned the disadvantages regarding the "KIB-TEK" (the so-called electricity authority), the "telecommunications" and the "ports". He explained that according to the draft of the "structural transformation programme", "KIB-TEK" will be resolved to three companies by separating the production, the transmisstion and the distribution, and its operating right of the electricity distribution system will be transferred.

    Ozkardas also argued that at the moment that the Cyprus talks are continuing, they should not discuss about the occupied port of Famagusta, since the opening of the fenced off city of Varosha could be excanged with the opening of the "Famagusta port" to the international trade.

    (DPs)

    [06] Ozyigit met with the US Ambassador to Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (26.04.16) reports that Cemal Ozyigit, the chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP) held a meeting with the US Ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Ann Doherty.

    According to a statement by TDP, the progress of the Cyprus negotiations was the main issue during the meeting.

    (CS)

    [07] Difference of opinion between the Turkish Cypriot and the Greek Cypriot side on the unification of the telephone lines across the divide

    Under the title: "The Turkish side insists on the issue of the direct roaming", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (26.04.16) reports that due to the difference of opinion existing between the Turkish Cypriot and the Greek Cypriot side on the unification of the telephone lines across Cyprus, no progress was achieved so far on this issue.

    According to the paper, the Greek Cypriot side proposes the telephone circulation (roaming connection) to be made via a foreign company while on the other hand, the Turkish Cypriot side insists on the direct roaming.

    Invoking reliable sources, the paper writes that the Greek Cypriot side proposed to a specialized foreign company to sign separate agreements with the two sides concerning the roaming connection. However, the Turkish Cypriot side which does not approve this proposal insists on the issue of the direct roaming.

    A source from the Greek Cypriot side stated to the paper that there is an "issue of sovereignty" if the Turkish Cypriot proposal is accepted and stressed the need not to turn this disagreement into a political issue, otherwise, as he said it would not be a Confidence Building Measure (CBM).

    (AK)

    [08] Turkish Minister stresses interdependence of EU and Turkey

    According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (25.04.16), Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, addressing a high-level economics meeting in Istanbul, said: "Turkey needs a strong European Union. A strong EU is vital for global peace and welfare. In order to solve regional problems, the EU is essential. The European Union needs strong and stable Turkey. If Turkey is stable, the European Union will get stronger and increase its welfare. Turkey and the EU cannot be separated."

    He added: "Turkey is a very important member of the European family".

    Simsek said that visa liberalization for Turkish nationals, which has been promised as part of the refugee deal, would increase commerce in the EU and Turkey.

    Speaking at the same event, Rifat Hisarciklioglu, head of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), said that his priority is visa liberalization for Turkish citizens visiting the EU. "Visas are the one of the chief hurdles to EU-Turkey business cooperation. Due to visas, we cannot take advantage of many mutual business opportunities. Visa liberalization would facilitate more communication and cooperation between the EU and Turkey," he said.

    Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn also spoke about the economic ties between the EU and Turkey at Monday's meeting. Hahn said that more than 20,000 companies owned by Europeans operate in Turkey, while Turkish companies active in the EU provide employment to around 600,000 people in the 28-state bloc.

    [09] Free court, free press important for EU investments in Turkey

    Columnist Murat Yetkin, writing in Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 26.04.16), under the above title, publishes the following interview with the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici:

    "'The immigration deal is very important for the European Union and relations with Turkey; actually it has the highest importance now', said Moscovici during an interview on April 25 in Istanbul. 'We want to revitalize relations with Turkey in every field, including [the] economy. But for that structural reform, including fiscal policies, judicial reforms [and] freedom of press are highly important as well', Moscovici continued. 'Investments need stability, predictability and security, that is why we talk about reforms and that includes free courts and free press, as I mentioned to Turkish ministers I talked to this morning.'

    'German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council [Donald Tusk] and [the] deputy head of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, were in Turkey over the weekend,' Moscovici underlined, 'And our presence today also shows the importance we give to relations with Turkey. It is not only for [the] immigration crisis, not only for business, but for the values we share as well. We want this country to stay what it was since the foundation of [the] republic, as a secular democracy, no matter which party is in power, respecting its popularly elected leaders President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu,' Moscovici said.

    About the much debated visa-free EU travel rights for Turkish citizens as a part of the Syrian immigration deal with the EU, Moscovici said that the Commission was decisive to suggest the case to the EU Council of Ministers if Turkey fulfilled the benchmarks by May 4. 'It's up to the Council to decide what kind of a decision they are going to make,' he said, amid reported discontent from a number of EU members, including Moscovici's home country of France.

    Turkey's desire not to be left out of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has been another subject in the Turkey-EU dialogue meetings in Istanbul. Moscovici said that they promised the Turkish side to bring up the subject to the Commission once again, since Turkey is a member of the EU Customs Union. 'Everybody must cool down,' he said. 'The negotiations with the U.S. [have] not ended yet and after that there are several years to be concluded.'

    Moscovici also said that if the Greeks and Turks in Cyprus agreed on a reunification plan, which he said he was hopeful for, then surpassing the obstacles in five more chapters for membership negotiations, including chapters on Customs Unions, judicial reform and rights and freedoms in Turkey, would be possible."

    [10] Germany plans to build fixed location in Turkish air base for 65 mln euro

    According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 25.04.16), Germany is planning on building a fixed location inside Turkey's Incirlik Airbase, where it is already deploying Tornado jets and an aerial refuelling jet along with hundreds of soldiers, for around 65 million euro, Germany's Der Spiegel reported on April 25.

    Germany is making plans on turning its temporary mission deployment at the Incirlik Base to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) into a permanent mission, according to the German magazine.

    Reportedly, a total of around 65 million euros will be spent on the construction of its permanent stations inside the base in Turkey's southern province of Adana.

    The German Air Force currently deploys six Tornado reconnaissance aircrafts, an A310 MRT aerial refuelling jet and 200 military personnel at the Incirlik base.

    Germany is also conducting negotiations with Ankara for longer deployment of the German military staff, the report said.

    [11] Former Turkish Chief of General Staff wrote a book about Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Diyalog newspaper (26.04.16) reports that retired Turkish General Ilker Basbug visited the breakaway regime on the occasion of a book he wrote about Cyprus under the title: "Cyprus: The forgotten island".

    According to the paper, Basbug, who served as the Chief of General Staff at the Turkish Army, gave a lecture at the illegal Near East University about his book where replying to a question stated that he wrote a book about Cyprus in order to show how important the island is for the future of Turkey. He went on and argued that due to mistakes followed on Turkey's foreign policy, Cyprus have been forgotten and added that the day will come Turkey to pay for this.

    (CS) TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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    (DPs/AM)


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