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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 16-07-29

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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. 143/16 29.07.2016

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Ozgurgun: "There is nothing to discuss on territory, security and guarantees issues without the participation of the guarantor countries"
  • [02] Reaction on the decision for the breakaway regime to be included in Turkey's internal flights
  • [03] Erdogan approved the "legislative article" on the restoration of the cultural heritage belonging to the "Vakif Foundations" in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [04] An agreement has been reached between Ankara and the breakaway regime regarding agricultural and water issues
  • [05] Turkish Cypriot military students released
  • [06] Intel, military chiefs may be tied to Turkish President
  • [07] Turkey's council opts to keep military chief unchanged
  • [08] Turkey tells Germany to extradite Gulen-linked judges
  • [09] Data by the "State Planning Organization" shows that the breakaway regime is becoming poorer
  • [10] Figures by the "department of information technologies and communication"

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Ozgurgun: "There is nothing to discuss on territory, security and guarantees issues without the participation of the guarantor countries"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Diyalog newspaper (29.07.16) reports that so-called prime minister Huseyin Ozgurgun evaluated to Ankara Anatolia's correspondent in the occupied area of Cyprus the latest developments on the Cyprus negotiation process and the works carried out by the occupation regime after the military coup attempt in Turkey concerning the FETO organization.

    Referring to the ongoing Cyprus negotiation process, Ozgurgun stated that the two leaders are sitting on the negotiation table with the aim to reach a solution the soonest possible and added that both side's willingness and determination is necessary in order for this to happen.

    Alleging that we will be closer to a solution if the "guarantees, the bi-zonality, the equality of the two people and the two equal founding states" will become accepted, Ozgurgun claimed that it seems until so far that "south Cyprus" does not have this mindset.

    Recalling that if no solution is found by the end of the year the Turkish Cypriot community will continue its own path, Ozgurgun sent the message to the two leaders that there is nothing to discuss about the territory, guarantees and security issues without the participation of the guarantor countries.

    Arguing that the Turkish Cypriot "people" will not accept any solution that will not include Turkey's active and effective guarantees, Ozgurgun called the Greek Cypriot side to accept this reality.

    On the FETO organization, Ozgurgun recalled that the "TRNC" has included the organization in its terrorist list and all their activities were banned. "Our police and our security forces are inspecting even the most basic reports that were filed. If the organizations is linked with the TRNC, this would be found out, but until so far, we have no evidence for such a thing", Ozgurgun said.

    (?)

    (AK)

    [02] Reaction on the decision for the breakaway regime to be included in Turkey's internal flights

    Under the title "We have become internal flights", Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (29.07.16) refers to the statements that "prime minister" Huseyin Ozgurgun made during his recent visit to Ankara, that the breakaway regime will be included in the internal flights of Turkey, in the framework of the measures taken during the transition period after the failed July 15 coup in Turkey.

    Noting that the northern part of Cyprus is under Turkish occupation for 42 years now, Afrika writes that this just constitutes another step towards the unification of Cyprus with Turkey.

    Commenting on the issue, self-styled minister of tourism Fikri Ataoglu, stated in Yeni Duzen (29.07.16) that a proposal was made on the issue; however he said nothing was clarified on the subject yet.

    On its part the paper wonders what would happen in case this change is adopted: "There will be no passport controls on flights between Turkey and the "TRNC" as like in the internal flights? Apart of Turkish, could other flight land at Ercan (illegal Tympou airport)?", writes the paper.

    (CS)

    [03] Erdogan approved the "legislative article" on the restoration of the cultural heritage belonging to the "Vakif Foundations" in the occupied area of Cyprus

    Under the title: "The restoration of the cultural heritage of our country's foundations in Turkey's agenda", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (29.07.16) reports that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved the agreements with several countries in the fields of economy, technology and education which are included in the 9th legislative article.

    According to this, the article numbered 6727 refers to the approval of the "agreement" between the Republic of Turkey and the "TRNC" to carry out restoration works on the cultural heritage of the "Vakif Foundations" in the "TRNC" .

    Also, the article numbered 6729 refers to the approval of the "supplementary agreement" of the "inter-governmental agreement between the Republic of Turkey and the TRNC for the mutual recognition of their founding universities".

    (AK)

    [04] An agreement has been reached between Ankara and the breakaway regime regarding agricultural and water issues

    Illegal Bayrak television (29.07.16) reports that the "minister of agriculture and natural resources" Naz?m Cavusoglu speaking to BRT announced that an agreement has been reached in Ankara regarding agricultural and water issues.

    Drawing attention to the importance of sustainability, Cavusoglu referred to the drought conditions in the breakaway regime and said that they had come to an agreement with the Turkish government so that drought will not be an obstacle to production and it will be sustainable.

    He said that a working group is formed between the two "countries" to work on this issue.

    He said that they also discussed the details of the second phase of the 256 kilometre pipeline that will allow the water that has arrived from Turkey to reach all corners of the occupied area of Cyprus.

    Touching upon the occupied Morfou irrigation project, Cavusoglu said that the government has approved the project that had been prepared but added that they did not come to an agreement on the work that is taking place on the Mesarya Irrigation Project.

    He said they expressed their concerns regarding the project and agreed that a separate committee would be formed between the two "countries" in order to carry out sound workings.

    [05] Turkish Cypriot military students released

    Illegal Bayrak television (29.07.16) reports that the self-styled prime minister Huseyin Ozgurgun claimed that his initiatives during his visit to Ankara towards the arrested 3 military students at the Kuleli Military High School have paid off.

    According to Bayrak, due to Ozgurgun's initiatives, the 3 students, who have "TRNC nationality" were among those arrested after the 15th of July coup in Turkey.

    Ozgurgun extended his gratitude to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces General Hulisi Akar for their involvement in the issue.

    [06] Intel, military chiefs may be tied to Turkish President

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (29.07.16) reports that the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) and the Chief of General Staff of Turkey could be tied to the presidency, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly said, Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk cited parliamentary sources.

    Erdogan reportedly made the remarks during Parliamentary Speaker Ismail Kahraman and the members for the Bureau of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey's visit to the Presidential Palace.

    MIT and the Turkish General Staff are currently under the Prime Ministry's control.

    Such a change could help prevent further military coup attempts, Erdogan reportedly told the visiting group. The meeting came when the Supreme Military Council (YAS) met to reshape the military, following a coup attempt on July 15.

    Meanwhile, President Erdogan has appointed rectors to nine universities, including Middle East Technical University (ODTU), Ankara University and Gazi University.

    [07] Turkey's council opts to keep military chief unchanged

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (29.07.16) reports that Turkey's Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar will remain in office, according to the Supreme Military Council's (YAS) decisions announced late Thursday.

    In remarks made at a press briefing following a five-hour meeting of the Supreme Military Council in the capital Ankara, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Land Forces Commander Gen. Salih Zeki Colak, Air Forces Commander Gen. Abidin Unal, Naval Forces Commander Gen. Recep Bulent Bostanoglu, and Fleet Commander Admiral Veysel Kosele were also going to keep their respective posts.

    Meanwhile, Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler was appointed the new Gendarmerie Commander while Guler's previous post was given to former First Army Commander Gen. Umit Dundar.

    Gen. Musa Avsever is now the new First Army Commander while Gen. Ismail Metin Temel is the Second Army Commander.

    Third Army Commander Gen. Ismail Serdar Savas, and Aegean Army Commander Gen. Abdullah Recep are also keeping their posts, Kalin said.

    Gen. Hasan Kucukakyuz was appointed the Commander of Combatant Air Force and Air Missile Defense Command.

    General Tahir Bekiroglu was appointed the Commander of Land Forces Training and Doctrine Command.

    Kalin added the council's decisions had been approved by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the meeting's venue was -- in the wake of the July 15 failed coup -- changed for the first time from General Staff headquarters to the Prime Minister's residence at the Cankaya Palace.

    [08] Turkey tells Germany to extradite Gulen-linked judges

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (29.07.16) reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has criticized Germany for not extraditing suspects linked to the U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen's network to Turkey.

    In remarks made during an interview on Turkish television channel CNN Turk Thursday, Cavusoglu said: "So there is something we want from Germany too. Many prosecutors and judges of the parallel state structure [Gulen network] escaped to Germany and Germany has to extradite them."

    He added that ties between Turkey and U.S. would be affected if the U.S. did not hand over Gulen to Turkey.

    Gulen, who heads the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) according to the Turkish government, has been residing in Pennsylvania since 1999.

    "Our relations will be affected if the U.S. will not give us Gulen. It is inevitable. We don't want to think about the bad scenarios," he said.

    [09] Data by the "State Planning Organization" shows that the breakaway regime is becoming poorer

    Under the title "We are becoming poorer", Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (29.07.16) publishes data by the "State Planning Organization" (DPO).

    According to the data the Gross Domest?c Product (GDP) of the breakaway reg?me for 2015 has been reduced up to 9,2% compared to 2014 and is 13,721 US dollars. In "south Cyprus", writes the paper, referring to the Republic of Cyprus, this amount is 26,000 US dollars, while the average in European countries is 34,000.

    (CS)

    [10] Figures by the "department of information technologies and communication"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (29.07.16) reports that the "department of information technologies and communication" has announced figures concerning the communication sector in the "TRNC" for the first quarter of 2016.

    According to the figures, the number of the registered subscribers of cell phones in the "TRNC" during the above mentioned period has reached to 811, 815 while the number of active subscribers is 648, 698.

    Also, the number of users of smart phones and tablets in the occupied area of Cyprus has reached 288,000 showing a 151% increase comparing with the same period of 2013.

    The paper adds further that a remarkable increase was observed also in the occupied area of Cyprus on the number of base stations. Currently, there are totally 603 base stations in the "TRNC", 184 in occupied Keryneia, 182 in the occupied part of Lefkosia, 115 in occupied Famagusta, 70 in occupied Trikomo and 52 in occupied Morfou.

    Moreover, as the paper writes, the net sales revenues in the sector of the electronic communication has reached to 67, 69 million TL, showing an increase of 2,5% if compared with the same period of the previous year.

    (AK) TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

    http://www.pio.gov.cy

    (CS /AM)


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