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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 16-07-15

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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. 132/16 15.07.2016

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] British High Commissioner: "The sides that are involved directly on the issue of guarantees are ready to find new constructive methods on the issue
  • [02] Ertugruloglu met with the Federation of the Turkish Cypriot Associations in the UK
  • [03] Turkish Cypriot columnist: "Citizenship is Akinci's most important success"
  • [04] Levent reveals a testimony about the missing persons in Cyprus
  • [05] Talat said that the activities for creating an Islamic community in the occupied area of Cyprus are increased
  • [06] Turkish air acrobatic teams to put on a display for the "celebrations" of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus
  • [07] A cargo vessel departed from the occupied port of Famagusta carrying 3 million cigarette packets seized in Istanbul
  • [08] Pegasus airlines will launch direct flights between Turkey's Ordu airport and the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [09] Nine thousand unemployed persons in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [10] Y?ld?r?m and Celik condemned Nice terror attack
  • [11] Kilicdaroglu ordered to pay compensation to Erdogan over "insulting him"

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] British High Commissioner: "The sides that are involved directly on the issue of guarantees are ready to find new constructive methods on the issue

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (15.07.16) reports that the British High Commissioner to Lefkosia, Matthew Kidd gave a common interview to Havadis and Cyprus Weekly newspapers and made "impressive statements" as regards the guarantees.

    Havadis which reports on the issue under the title: "New method on the guarantees", writes that Kidd stated that by the end of July the two leaders in Cyprus must agree on how to move forward one step the negotiation, that is how they will discuss the issue of territory and the issue of guarantees.

    "If they are able to do that then it will become likely to reach a solution in 2016", he stated.

    He went on adding that it is important to look into the future and see things that we use to take for granted but no longer exist. "You have to build on your strategy at the negotiations taking advantage of the positive conditions that exist today", he stated and added: "The sides that are involved directly on the issue of guarantees are ready to find new constructive methods on the issue. They are ready to find elements that could be safeguarded in a package that will provide security to both sides in Cyprus, not only to one side", he stated.

    (CS)

    [02] Ertugruloglu met with the Federation of the Turkish Cypriot Associations in the UK

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibrisli newspaper (15.07.16) reports that the self-styled minister of foreign affairs Tahsin Ertugruloglu, who is carrying out contacts in London, met with officials from the Federation of Turkish Cypriot Associations in the UK. They briefed Ertugruloglu on the problems that the Turkish Cypriots, who live in in Britain, face in "North Cyprus" and in Britain.

    Considering that the relations between the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots, who live in Britain, will be an important contribution to the Cyprus talks, Ertugruloglu asked from the Federation to be pioneer on this issue with the necessary works.

    Meanwhile, it is reported that Ertugruloglu was positive on the proposal of the Federation of Turkish Cypriot Associations to rent a building located in Soho area of London and belongs to the Cyprus Turkish Association for 99 years. The Federation proposes that from the money they will get from the rental to buy two different buildings, one in South London and one in North London.

    The paper repeats that Ertugruloglu will have also meetings at the UK Parliament and with the Turkish Ambassador to London Abdurrahman Bilgic.

    (DPs)

    [03] Turkish Cypriot columnist: "Citizenship is Akinci's most important success"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (15.07.16) publishes an article by the paper's editor ?in- chief Basarn Duzgun who writes that an important convergence was reached as regards the structure of the new state that will be established and notes that this is Akinci's biggest success at the negotiations:

    "Do you know what this success is? Using simple words means that all the current citizens of the TRNC will be citizens of the new state that will be established. I am saying this as a person who knows very well about all the fights, the bargaining and the backstage crisis that took place during the Annan Plan regarding what would happen with the Turkish origin persons. The number of the Turkish origin persons that would be transferred to the new state was 50 thousands. And this number created a lot of discussion. The agreement reached now, and I am talking about an agreement because Anastasiades has accepted it as well, is a very good solution. But I have trouble understating why some circles reacted despite this", Dusgun writes.

    The columnist goes on and writes that Mete Hatay, who is a researcher and writer at Polis magazine, gives a very good reply on these issues at his Facebook account. According to Hatay's post, after a decision taken by the "assembly", Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership decided between 1975-79 to transfer population from Turkey as workers in order to increase the number of the population from 116,000 to 200,000. In a four year period, 35,000 Turkish, mostly villagers who did not own any territory, were transferred to the island and 12,000 of them returned to Turkey because they were not able to adopt the new lifestyle. To those who remained at the island, Greek Cypriot territory and houses were given and were granted the "TRNC citizenship". They received title deeds after 1994. [?]

    Hatay also writes that for the time being there are around 350,000 persons in the breakaway regime and 150,000 are Turkish Cypriots and 200,000 Turkish and foreigners. He also notes that the latter number includes 75,000 students, 40,000 foreign workers, 25,000 soldiers, 5,000 family members of military staff, tourists and other persons who were granted the "TRNC citizenship".

    (CS)

    [04] Levent reveals a testimony about the missing persons in Cyprus

    In its column in Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (15.07.16) under the title: "Captives who were thrown from Buffavento castle", columnist Sener Levent continues writing about the missing persons issue in Cyprus.

    Invoking a conversation of a Turkish soldier which took place during the Turkish invasion in Cyprus in 1974, with his spouse, the columnist writes that the above mentioned Turkish man, whose name remained unknown, has said to his spouse that they had arrested eleven Greek Cypriot soldiers at the Buffavento castle and later on they had thrown them in the gap. According to testimony, among the Greek Cypriot soldiers there was also a young boy.

    Levent adds that the Turkish man has been "granted" the "Turkish Cypriot citizenship".

    (?)

    [05] Talat said that the activities for creating an Islamic community in the occupied area of Cyprus are increased

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (15.07.16) reports that the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said that they observe a gradually increase of the activities for creating an Islamic community in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    In a meeting with the representatives of the Turkish Cypriot Teachers' Trade Union (KTOS) and the Turkish Cypriot Secondary School Teachers' Union (KTOEOS), Talat said that they, as CTP, objected many years ago to the prohibition of headwear in the "universities" in the occupied area of Cyprus, adding that however, it can not be accepted to be religious pressure nowadays at the formal trainning. Talat noted that this situation is also contrary to the "national education law" and it is clear that the education will be on the secular line, adding that in this context the opening of the theology college in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus is also an anomaly.

    The general secretary of KTOS Sener Elcil, for his part, reminding Turkey's government officials' statements during their visits in the occupied area of Cyprus who said "everything we have, you will also have", said that these statements are being implemented fast and the education is becoming Islamic. Elcil further said that they want the support of CTP, which is a secular party, to stop these incidents and asked Talat to take this issue before the "assembly".

    (DPs)

    [06] Turkish air acrobatic teams to put on a display for the "celebrations" of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.07.16) reports that the "42th anniversary from the Turkish invasion to Cyprus" will be "celebrated" again on July 20 with various events and ceremonies across all "districts" in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    According to the paper, the airplanes known as "Turkish Stars" of the Turkish Air Force will present their traditional acrobatic shows as usually. The same airplanes are also expected to participate in the "official" military parade in the occupied part of Nicosia.

    Also, the Solo Turk acrobatic team will put on separate displays for spectators in occupied Keryneia.

    Moreover, the frigate TCG Gaziantep and the submarines TCG Kilic Hucumbotu and Burak Reis of the Turkish Naval Forces will anchor at occupied Keryneia's port in order for people to visit them.

    (?)

    (AK)

    [07] A cargo vessel departed from the occupied port of Famagusta carrying 3 million cigarette packets seized in Istanbul

    Under the front-page title: "Smuggling of over 3 million cigarette packets", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.07.16) reports that a cargo vessel which sailed from the occupied Famagusta port on June 26, under the name "Alize" having the flag of Moldavia, was seized in Istanbul while passing through the Bosporus Strait on July 13.

    After an operation, the police seized the vessel which was carrying over 3 million and 330 thousand packets of cigarettes worth more than 28,5 million T.L. The police arrested also the captain of the vessel and 6 other persons.

    The cargo vessel sailed from the occupied port of Famagusta, passed through the Bosporus Strait and continued for Ukraine, but then returned to Istanbul with no other cargo loads. The vessel was seized by security and custom house officials.

    In statements to the paper, the director of the "free port department" of the occupied port of Famagusta, Hasan Curcioglu has said inter alia, that the cigarettes had been loaded on the cargo vessel with the awareness of the so-called police and the "coast guard". Curcioglu added that the cargo vessel anchored at the occupied Famagusta port on June 16 and it was empty and departed from the occupied area of Cyprus on June 26 with over 100 tons of cigarettes.

    (?)

    (AK)

    [08] Pegasus airlines will launch direct flights between Turkey's Ordu airport and the occupied area of Cyprus

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (15.07.16), the Mayor of Ordu town in Turkey, Enver Yilmaz, announced that the Pegasus airlines will launch direct flights between the Ordun-Giresun airport and the occupied area of Cyprus, from August 3, three times per week.

    (DPs)

    [09] Nine thousand unemployed persons in the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (15.07.16) reports that the unemployment in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus continues to be a great problem . There are 9 thousands registered unemployed persons, although it is believed that the real number of the unemployed persons is more.

    According to data by the so-called state planning organization (DPO), the rate of the unemployment in 2014 was 8.3%, while in 2015 dropped to 7.4%. According to household labour force survey 2015 in the occupied area of Cyprus done, the number of unemployed persons is 9,043, while the emlpoyed persons are 112,811.

    In 2014, it was announced that the number of the unemployed persons were 9,320 and the employed persons were 103,104.

    (DPs)

    [10] Y?ld?r?m and Celik condemned Nice terror attack

    Turkish daily Sabah (15.07.16) reports that Prime Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m and EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik condemned the terror attack carried out in Nice, France which killed at least 85 and injured over 100.

    In his official Twitter account, Y?ld?r?m said that he strongly condemned the "cowardly" terror attack.

    "I strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack that bloodied Nice on the national holiday. Turkey is always with the states of the world in the international fight against terrorism and also shares the pain of the French people. Terrorism is a crime against humanity and no one knows how soon it will hit. I wish God's mercy to those who lost their lives in this heinous attack and a speedy recovery to the injured," Y?ld?r?m said.

    Also, the EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik also condemned the attack on his twitter account.

    "Condemn the horrible terrorist attack in Nice, France in the strongest possible terms. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Terror is always brutal wherever or in whatever form or with whatever motives it attacks on humanity. We should all unite against it", Celik said.

    [11] Kilicdaroglu ordered to pay compensation to Erdogan over "insulting him"

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (14.07.16) reported that the leader of Turkey's main opposition party CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu on July 14 was ordered to pay to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a compensation for calling him a "sham dictator."

    An Ankara civil court ruled Kilicdaroglu to pay 50,000 Turkish liras ($17,200) on charges of insulting the President.

    Kilicdaroglu made the remarks at the party's 35th Ordinary Convention on January 16 and in a parliamentary group meeting on January 19. His lawyer denied the allegation.

    Erdogan's lawyer argued that Kilicdaroglu's comment constituted "extraordinarily weighty insults" with the intention of attacking his client's image.

    According to the Turkish Penal Code's Article 299, it is also a criminal offense to insult the President. The offense carries a jail sentence of between one and four years.

    The CHP is the biggest opposition party in Turkey, with 133 seats in the 550-member Turkish Parliament. Kilicdaroglu has led the party since May 2010. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

    http://www.pio.gov.cy

    (AK/ AM)


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