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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. 127/16 08.07.2016
[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS
[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS
 Turkish and Turkish Cypriots visited Hala Sultan Tekke in the framework of Seker BayramTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (08.07.16) reports that more than a thousand Turkish Cypriots and settlers visited the Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaka yesterday for praying in the framework of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
Speaking to Greek Cypriot journalists, the Head of the Religious Affairs Department, Talip Atalay stated that "religious freedoms must be applied to everyone". Atalay was asked to comment on the limitations that the breakaway regime has recently applied to exercise of religious ceremonies in the churches located in the occupied area of Cyprus.
Atalay also thanked the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus, especially the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kassoulides, the Archbishop of Cyprus and the UN for facilitating their visit to Hala Sultan Tekke.
 The head of the "EU coordination centre" evaluates the impact of Brexit on CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (08.07.06) publishes an interview with Kudret Akay, the newly appointed head of the "EU Coordination Centre" in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus.
Asked to evaluating the impact of Brexit on Cyprus, Akay argued that the new issue of the United Kingdom in case that there is not a Cyprus settlement, is that it will turn into a whatever country which is not an EU member. In these circumstances, UK will organize its international relations again one by one with all the countries in the economic and defence issue. Within this framework it will also have an agreement also with South Cyprus, as he refers to the Republic of Cyprus.
Akay stressed that British citizens will not be able to cross to the government controlled area of Cyprus when they enter Cyprus via the illegal airports and ports in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, since they won't be considered anymore EU citizens.
Noting that the Green Line Regulation will not be valid anymore for the UK, Akay claimed that "direct trade" may emerge as a possibility. He further argued that the decisions of the European Court of Justice will not be able to be implemented in the UK, adding that the UK may develop a policy on Cyprus independently from the EU.
Akay further argued that another possibility is that the UK may be member of the European Economic Area (EEA) or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). In this case it is quite likely the UK to be binding to the Green Line Regulation. Then the British citizens will be able to cross from the occupied area of Cyprus to the government controlled area of Cyprus even though they enter Cyprus through illegal airports and ports.
 Columnist wonders with the mentality everything belongs to the "TRNC" how they can proceed to a "give and take" processUnder the title "Solution or occupation?", columnist Cenk Mutluyakali, writing in Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (08.07.16), wonders whether it is a coincidence that those who are the most ferocious opponents to the solution are those who "estimate" the wonderful properties of the Greek Cypriots at least half of their real value.
Mutluyakali writes: "When we look the issue 'to give', we forget that we will live together. On top of that, we don't give?
The focus of the work is not Morfou?
Are we carrying a solution process on the 'international level' or on a conquer level, let them tell us!
The prime minister says that 'Morfou is a TRNC's district and cannot be returned'. Everything is 'TRNC's district, village or neighbourhood'. In that case the mentality is nothing is returned.
- 'TRNC will stay forever, the name will be solution'.
What will be your role now at the 'give and take' solution process?
You will say, give back to me the partnership of a recognized state by the world and forget its property!
If you were you, what would you have done?
I am not angry with Ozgurgun.
Because, this mentality has been indeed generally internalized in the south Cyprus.
The Turkish Cypriots who visit their 'houses' in every opportunity when they cross to the south, they say 'these are ours' (...)
Somehow they have erased from their memories the owners of places in the north. They have convinced themselves that 'those are also theirs'. What a vain memorising!
Very few Greek Cypriots want to return back to the north and live there again. Tens of studies show this... however, they want their rights, they will want them. Who wouldn't? (...)"
 The Communal Democracy Party participated for the first time officially in the Socialist InternationalTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (08.07.16) reports that a delegation of the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) consisting of its leader Cemal Ozyigit and the member of the central committee of the party, Baris Erkmen, participated for the first time officially in the ordinary meeting of the Socialist International which took place on July 1-2 in Geneva.
The two men held contacts with party leaders and party members on the sidelines of the meeting.
According to the paper, the political will of the two leaders in Cyprus for reaching a bi-communal, bi-zonal solution based on the political equality of the two communities in Cyprus were noted in the final document of the paper. In addition, criticism towards ELAM for its attacks against Turkish Cypriots was included in the final document.
 There is a recession on tourist arrivals in the occupied area of CyprusTurkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (08.07.16), on its front page, reports that while there is a record of tourists in the "South", there is a recession on tourists in the "North". The paper reports that the first reason of the recession of tourists in the occupied area of Cyprus is "political" due to the connection with Turkey.
According to data prepared by the so-called ministry of tourism of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus, during the period January-May 2015, 4,593 Russians visited the occupied area, while the same period in 2016, the number of Russian decreased to 2,997. While, in 2015, 4,208 persons from Austria visited the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, the number decreased to 1,746 in 2016. There were 3,233 tourists from Belgium in the period of January-May 2015, while during the same period in 2016 there were only 722. While the German visitors in 2015 were 31,073, in 2016 there were only 18 thousands.
The paper reports that while there is decrease on the visitors from the European countries, there is an increase on visitors from the Middle East countries. While in 2015, 7,645 Iranians visited the occupied area of Cyprus, in 2016 there were 9,326. Also, the number of Jordanians was 1,492 in 2015 and 2,136 in 2016.
 Turkish Foreign Ministry calls French genocide denial bill a risk to freedom of expressionTurkish Hurriyet Daily News (08.07.16) reports that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has cautioned that a French bill criminalizing the denial of "genocide," unanimously passed by the Lower House of the French Parliament on July 1, had the potential to unlawfully limit freedom of expression, while a former diplomat has claimed the bill was related to the "personal interests" of French politicians.
"We have closely followed the preparation and adoption processes of the draft amendments to the Law on the Freedom of Press that the French National Assembly adopted concerning criminalization of the denial of war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide under certain conditions," said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tanju Bilgic in a written statement released late on July 6.
"In the event that the draft is enacted in its present form, it has the potential to pose the risk of unlawfully limiting the freedom of expression, especially impinging on the jurisprudences of the ECHR [the European Court of Human Rights] and the Constitutional Council of France," said Bilgic in the statement, which came in the form of an official answer by the spokesperson to a journalist's question.
"We will also closely follow the upcoming process at the French Senate in the near future regarding the draft, which has not yet been enacted," said the statement. "We expect that the French Senate will remove the elements that may have the potential to pose the risk of limiting the freedom of expression from the draft," concluded the statement. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION