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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 16-09-14

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  • [01] Press conference by Akinci
  • [02] Turkish daily cites information on the negotiation progress
  • [03] Columnist Mutluyakali believes that he is a minority who believes that a Cyprus settlement is not safe with guarantors
  • [04] Nadir returns to business in the occupation regime; He has undertaken the "management" of the occupied Lefkonoiko airport
  • [05] A pilgrimage to the Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca tomorrow
  • [06] Kerry thanked Turkey for support on Syria truce; Cavusoglu: US Ambassador is 'not a governor of Turkey'
  • [07] Poll: Turks want post-coup attempt political thaw to continue


    [01] Press conference by Akinci

    Under the title: "AKinci with the journalists prior to New York", Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (14.09.16) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will give a television interview to Illegal Bayrak at 20.30 this evening and he will reply to questions regarding the process that will be followed on the Cyprus problem.

    According to the paper, Akinci will be interview by a journalist of Bayrak and of the three main newspapers Yeni Duzen, Kibris and Havadis. The interview will be broadcasted by some private channels as well.


    [02] Turkish daily cites information on the negotiation progress

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (14.09.16) reports about the common statement that is expected to be issued today after the meeting of the two Cypriot leaders and will be read by the UN Special Advisor Espen Eide and writes that in addition to the process that was achieved at the negotiations, the statement will also include information on the procedure that is expected to be followed from now on as well the progress made during the negotiations.

    The paper, which covers the issue under the title: "The last day of a critical procedure", also reports that in the common statement it is expected to be noted that the procedure will continue in New York during a three-part meeting with the UN Secretary General.

    Havadis' journalist Esra Aygin, also cites diplomatic sources according to which the progress made, as well as the consensus and the agreements achieved since May 2015, had not been achieved during the last 50 years that negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus problem are taking place.

    According to the same information, the negotiations as regards governing and power sharing, property, the EU and economy have been completed in a great degree. The general framework of an agreement was reached on these four chapters writes the paper, adding that the agreements that will be reached on the chapters of territory, security and guarantees will determine the future of the procedure. The aim is the conducting of a multi-party summit in October with the participation of the guarantor countries, following the New York Summit. The paper finally notes that after October 1st the leaders of the two communities are expected to hold daily meetings.


    [03] Columnist Mutluyakali believes that he is a minority who believes that a Cyprus settlement is not safe with guarantors

    Cenk Mutluyakali, general director and chief editor of the Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (14.09.16), explains in his following commentary why there is a majority in the "north" (translator's note: the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus) devoted to Turkey's guarantees and at the same time a biggest majority in the "south" (translator's note: the government controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus), is trembling from "fear":

    "If someone considers blaming 'Turkey's guarantee' from Akinci to Talat from CTP (Republican Turkish Party) to TDP (Social Democracy Party), the reason is the majority first.

    The domestic voices are probably different; I am not able to know.

    I don't see the grassroots of the nationalistic parties like UBP (National Unity Party) and DP (Democratic Party) any way as a genuine peace politics!

    There are very different reasons regarding the persistent of the majority in the 'north' on the 'guarantees'…

    The old ones have a war trauma…

    The youngest ones, who came to the island after 1974, see their security in Turkey's existence…

    These are understandable worries, I don't find strange.

    As for the other majority, it legitimates the '(current) system' through Turkey's guarantees.

    Don't share this system!


    Some don't have a sense of belonging to 'Cyprus', they don't have the social or cultural memory, they don't believe in the common country Cyprus, and they live here as a province of Turkey …

    Finally, those who want Turkey's guarantees in the north side of the island are an important majority.

    Besides as the author of these lines, I am a fair minority who does not feel that the settlement's future is safe if there are 'guarantors'!

    Because the role of 'guarantors' always turned into 'active and effective control' over Cyprus!

    The country of 'coups' is Turkey!



    [04] Nadir returns to business in the occupation regime; He has undertaken the "management" of the occupied Lefkonoiko airport

    Turkish daily Milliyet newspaper (14.09.16) under the title: "Asil Nadir returns to business with an airport", reports that close circles to Nadir commented on the latest statement made by the so-called minister of transportation and communication Kemal Durust that the "Lefkonoiko airport will be returned to Nadir" and writes that the "management" of the occupied Lefkonoiko airport, which is currently used for military flights, was given to the Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir.

    Nadir who was under arrest for five years in the UK, has returned to the occupation regime recently and demanded to undertake the "administration" of the occupied Lefkonoiko airport. Nadir has reportedly stated according to the paper that he will do all necessary to carry out investment in his "country".

    Meanwhile, commenting on the issue, Durust said that they want to turn the "airport" into a center of imports and exports. "It is a great advantage for the Turkish Cypriots that our famous businessman has undertaken the management of the airport", said Durust and added that their goal is that by 2018 the occupied Lefkonoiko airport to be ready to work fully. "Asil Nadir is among those who believe in their country. It is a person known worldwide. We as government believe that we will return to Asil Nadir's previous days. He has stated that he would do all necessary for the development of the TRNC", Durust also alleged.

    Meanwhile, invoking confidential information, the paper writes that Nadir aims to continue with investment not only in the "TRNC" but also in Turkey, since he pays a great importance to his ties with Turkey.


    [05] A pilgrimage to the Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca tomorrow

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (14.09.16) reports that a pilgrimage is being organized to the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque in Larnaca tomorrow as the last day of the Kurban Bayram (Feast of the Sacrifice).

    Meanwhile, the paper reports that the four-day period of holidays for Kurban Bayram is stretched to a nine-day public holiday in Turkey and in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus.


    [06] Kerry thanked Turkey for support on Syria truce; Cavusoglu: US Ambassador is 'not a governor of Turkey'

    According to Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (online, 14.09.16), Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told his counterpart U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that Turkey supports the ceasefire in Syria and pointed to the violations made by the Assad regime.

    According to Foreign Ministry sources, Kerry called Cavusoglu to thank him for Turkey's support to the truce in Syria.

    The two Ministers discussed a number of issues, and Cavusoglu conveyed Turkey's concern about the U.S. Ambassador John Bass's recent statements criticizing the dismissal of Mayors linked to terror groups.

    Cavusoglu's criticism followed a statement by the U.S. Embassy saying: "We hope that any appointment of trustees will be temporary and that local citizens will soon be permitted to choose new local officials in accordance with Turkish law."

    Many Turkish politicians including opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli slammed Bass's statements for interfering with Turkey's internal affairs.

    On the same issue, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily New newspaper (online, 14.09.16) reports that Cavusoglu has slammed the recent statement by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, saying that the U.S. Ambassador in Turkey "is not a governor".

    "Some statements, especially coming from our allies, make us sad at a time when we are fighting against terrorism," Cavusoglu said on Sept. 13 in his hometown Antalya. "No elected official can be untouchable if they are aiding terrorists," he added.

    "First of all, the method of such interference cannot be accepted", Cavusoglu said in response.

    "We voice our concerns about issues in many countries, for example the rising racism in the U.S. The police have killed countless people in the U.S., but I don't call my Ambassador in Washington and tell him to make a statement. We voice our concerns directly to our American counterparts, this is just politeness", he added.

    The Foreign Minister also complained that "the Americans feel entitled to say anything".

    "None of you are the bosses of Turkey … If you want to have a strong relationship with Turkey, you will consider Turkey as an equal partner", Cavusoglu said. "It is not a second-class country."

    "Your Ambassadors are not governors in Turkey. They should do their jobs properly within the framework of the Vienna Conventions", he added.

    Cavusoglu also reiterated Ankara's official arrest request for U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of leading the July 15 failed coup attempt.

    [07] Poll: Turks want post-coup attempt political thaw to continue

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News newspaper (online, 14.09.16) reports that an overwhelming majority of Turkish citizens support the continuation of the relative thaw in the country's politics in the aftermath of the failed July 15 coup attempt, according to the results of a new poll.

    The survey by polling company Pollmark, conducted with 3,000 people across the country between Aug. 12 and Aug. 18, showed that 90.1% of Turks are happy with the warm relations between opposition parties, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and want a reconciliation process between the parties to continue. The supporters of reconciliation were 97% among AKP supporters and 84% among supporters of opposition parties.

    According to the same poll, 88.2% of Turks agreed that "the July 15 coup attempt was made by a group within the Turkish military linked to Fethullah Gulen," the U.S.-based Islamic preacher whose followers are accused of masterminding the coup attempt.

    Commenting on the poll results, AKP lawmaker Ertan Aydin, who also owns Pollmark, said that the Turkish citizens had heralded "the start of a new political era by stopping the coup attempt".

    "It is now essential to build a political code and social contract free of paranoia, in which all sides keep their cards open, no one bluffs anyone else, and everyone can express their thoughts and values in public without fear," Ayd?n said.

    He added that this could be guaranteed by the preparation of a new Constitution with broad participation and agreement.

    Ayd?n said that the fundamental message given by the citizens who took to the streets after July 15 was that "we no longer want secrets; everything should be done transparently".

    According to the poll, 49.7% of Turks participated in the anti-coup rallies after July 15, with 69% of those who participated being supporters of the ruling AKP and 30% supporting opposition parties.

    Of those who took to the streets on the night of the coup attempt, 32.2% said they went out before Erdogan made a call on CNN Turk via FaceTime, while his call was a decisive factor for 56.3%. Some 74.5% said that they would be on the streets in protest in the event of another coup attempt.

    The poll also showed that one-third of Turks are still concerned about a possible coup attempt in the future. When asked if they thought another coup attempt could happen in the near future, 30.2% of respondents said "yes". The respondents who were most concerned about another coup attempt were women and young people, according to the poll.

    When asked about the "most dangerous armed or unarmed terror group Turkey is facing today", 58.8% answered the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO), followed by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    The suspensions and dismissals of civil servants over alleged links to the Gulen network are overwhelmingly supported by respondents, with 91.9% saying it was the right thing to do.

    Only 28.7% of the respondents said they have a "negative" opinion about Turkey's future, while 60.3% said they expect things to get better. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

    (DPs /AM)

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