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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 17-06-13

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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.111/17 13.06.17

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Turkish Cypriot advisor claims that Eide's document not an UN document
  • [02] A debate in the "assembly" for the "extension contract" of the occupied airport of Tymmou
  • [03] "Caner Gonyeli Search and Rescue Exercise" started yesterday
  • [04] The order for the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara came from the occupied area of Cyprus, Sabah claims
  • [05] Turkish Cypriot daily argues that questions arise regarding the no-result investigation about FETO in the breakaway regime
  • [06] TUSIAD: Turkey needs to stick to EU process, reform agenda
  • [07] Water from Turkey will be used for irrigated farming in the occupation regime by the end of 2018
  • [08] Criticism by the "Turkish Cypriot contractors' union" over the "tenders opening in Turkey"
  • [09] KRG should review decision to hold independence referendum, Deputy PM says
  • [10] Turkey's economy is now expected to expand 3.5 % in 2017, up from an estimate of 3 % in January
  • [11] The illegal DAU was represented at ELFA' general assembly

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Turkish Cypriot advisor claims that Eide's document not an UN document

    Illegal Bayrak (12.06.17) broadcast that the "advisor on diplomacy and EU affairs" of the Tuirkish Cypriot leader Erhan Ercin made evaluations regarding preparations that are taking place for the upcoming Geneva conference.

    According to a statement released by the "presidential press office", Ercin alleged that the Greek Cypriot side also needed to focus on contributing to the Cyprus negotiation process that will continue on the 28th of June in Geneva and will continue where they had left off previously.

    Referring to the document that the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide is working to prepare, Ercin said that the aim of that document is to configure the working proceedings that will take place at the conference at the end of this month.

    "These documents are not UN documents that reveal a parties position at the negotiations. It's a document that will determine the guidelines of the working systematic that will begin on the 28th of June. The place where the core issues of the subjects will be taken up is the Geneva conference and as previously announced this document will only be a guideline for how the conference will be conducted" Ercin alleged.

    [02] A debate in the "assembly" for the "extension contract" of the occupied airport of Tymmou

    Under the title "A debate on Ercan (occupied airport of Tymbou)", Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (13.06.17) reports that the issue regarding the "extension contract" for the occupied airport of Tymbou for four more years was discussed yesterday at the "assembly" of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus. The opposition asked from the "government" an announcement. There was a stir in the "assembly" regarding the issue; even "members of the government" came against with each other.

    The paper writes that two "ministers" came in a face-to-face clash regarding the "extension contract" of the occupied airport of Tymbou. The self-styled minister of public works and transports Kemal Durust argued that "there is not any wrongful act and the government backs the decision". On the other hand, the self-styled minister of foreign affairs Tahsin Ertugruloglu reacted to the position that the "government" supports the decision by criticizing harshly the "contract" and the company T&T. Ertugruloglu accused the company of being insincere. He added that it has never been prevented for doing any works and it has not made any investments yet. He further argued: "I am not sure whether this company has paid the money that had to pay to the state. Ercan (occupied airport of Tymbou ) does not go through a health inspection". He concluded by saying that it was wrong to give to this company the "contract" and that there are many more successful companies in Turkey.

    (DPs)

    [03] "Caner Gonyeli Search and Rescue Exercise" started yesterday

    Illegal Bayrak (12.06.17) broadcast that the "Martyr Lieutenant Caner Gonyeli 2017 Search and Rescue Exercise" started yesterday and will continue until the 15th of June.

    The exercise will be conducted in the occupied Saint Hilarion area, in the Eastern Mediterranean off the coast of occupied Famagusta, "on land and territorial waters of the TRNC as well as Turkey's search and rescue area", Bayrak broadcast.

    [04] The order for the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara came from the occupied area of Cyprus, Sabah claims

    Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (online, 12.06.17) claimed that according to Ankara Office of the Chief Public Prosecutor, who investigates the murder of the Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov, the off-duty officer named Mevlut Mert Altintas took the "green light" for the assassination from the 5 FETO "big brothers" when they met in a hotel in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. The paper also argues that a list including the five names of the "5 FETO big brothers" has been prepared and one of them is a university academician who lives in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    According to the paper, before going to the hotel to take the order for the assassination, Altintas had a phone conversation with them through "Facetime".

    (DPs)

    [05] Turkish Cypriot daily argues that questions arise regarding the no-result investigation about FETO in the breakaway regime

    Under the title: "Why the FETO investigations are not progressing?", Turkish Cypriot daily Ozgur Volkan newspaper (13.06.17) argues that questions arise regarding the fact that the investigations about FETO activities in the breakaway regime following the 15 July coup in Turkey had no results.

    The paper argues that despite the many-page testimonies taken by "police and other officials", no arrests took place. In addition, the Turkish government sent to the so-called government a list of 114 persons who consist of "bureaucrats, important businessmen and some institution officials" of the breakaway regime who appeared to have connections with FETO. However no action was taken on this issue either. In addition, a "police official" had a 15 million Turkish lira account in a bank, the paper writes.

    Because of this, the Turkish government is sending a second letter to the "government" asking why the investigations on the issue have not started yet, the paper claims.

    (CS)

    [06] TUSIAD: Turkey needs to stick to EU process, reform agenda

    Turkey should stick to its European Union process in economic, security and democratization terms, Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) President Erol Bilecik stated at a meeting jointly held by the association and the World Bank's Turkey office, while also reiterating the organization's call for the launch of a comprehensive structural reform package.

    "Turkey has started to see a key improvement in its economic indicators after a tough year. A rebound in economic growth in the EU has pushed up demand for Turkey's exports. Finally we have started to witness the positive contribution of exports, which is mainly fuelled by a rising demand from the EU," said Bilecik.

    He noted that the EU, which is Turkey's largest market, is of great significance for the country in terms of democratic values, economic ties and security dimensions.

    "We need to maintain our dialogue and cooperation with our international allies in line with our national interests, even if we do not always agree on everything. Some recent tensions may have even put some strain on our economic relations. The maintenance of our EU perspective and the strengthening of our economic ties through a planned revision in our Customs Union deal will be of one of the most crucial issues for Turkey," Bilecik said in the meeting of the launch of the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects Report June 2017 report.

    He said Turkey needs to launch a comprehensive reform package, which mainly covers three main areas.

    These three areas cover reforms for the maintenance of democratization, freedoms and the rule of law, giving a boost to Turkey's EU process, the customs union modernization and the focus on digital transformation and high technologies, he reiterated.

    "We cannot regress in our democratic acquisitions, namely in freedoms and the rule of law. This possibility would hit our economic gains. Any economic gain cannot be sustainable without democratic progress," he said.

    [07] Water from Turkey will be used for irrigated farming in the occupation regime by the end of 2018

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (13.06.17) reports that the "chairman" of the "Turkish Cypriot citrus fruits producers union" Ali Alioglu, in statements to the paper, stated, inter alia, that during a meeting they held recently in Turkey with Turkey's Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs, Veysel Eroglu, the latter promised that the water from Turkey will be ready to be send to the "TRNC" and be used for irrigated farming by 2018.

    Alioglu explained that they held recently a meeting with Eroglu, in the presence of the so-called minister of agriculture and natural resources, Nazim Cavusoglu. He further added that Turkey has already allocated a fund which is around 100 million TL for irrigated farming and explained that within this year they will go on tenders and launch a project. He also said that the aim of the project will be for the water to reach the occupied Morfou area with a 3,5 meter diameter tunnel which is to be constructed.

    (AK)

    [08] Criticism by the "Turkish Cypriot contractors' union" over the "tenders opening in Turkey"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (13.06.17) reports that the "Turkish Cypriot building contractor's union" (KTIMB) expressed strong reactions over the tenders for several projects opening in Ankara, supporting that with this implementation they are totally ignored and isolated.

    In statements on the issue, the "chairman" of the "Turkish Cypriot building contractor's union" Cafer Curcafer, provided as an example the opening of the tender for the construction of the road between occupied Lapythos- Karavas villages and also of the road between the occupied part of Lekfosia-Keryneia, adding that the firms which attend the tenders opening in Turkey, use local companies as sub-contractors. "The majority of these companies, after completing the work do not pay the local companies", Curcafer said, adding that these firms own to Turkish Cypriot contractors until today the amount of 10 million TL.

    Curcafer warned the so-called government that they would not remain silent against this development, adding that if no measures are taken by the "government" to prevent this situation, they will have no other choice than going to a strike.

    (AK)

    [09] KRG should review decision to hold independence referendum, Deputy PM says

    Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (13.06.17) reports that Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq should review the decision on holding an independence referendum.

    Speaking to reporters following a cabinet meeting in the capital, Kurtulmus said that Turkey is in favor of preserving Iraq's territorial integrity.

    "We know that holding such referendums will only boost instability" Kurtulmus said, as he urged the KRG to review their decision.

    The KRG is planning to hold an independence referendum on Sept. 25, moving ahead with a plan for full statehood that is likely to be opposed by Baghdad.

    [10] Turkey's economy is now expected to expand 3.5 % in 2017, up from an estimate of 3 % in January

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (13.06.17) reports that Turkey's gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate increased by 5% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to figures in the same period last year, data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) showed on June 12.

    The growth forecast for the country was 4%. A rebound in domestic demand and exports played a key role in pushing up the economic growth, according to TUIK.

    Government officials have praised the higher-than-expected economic growth, noting that a further growth would be seen through the realization of reforms.

    Calendar adjusted gross domestic product increased by 4.7 % while seasonally and calendar adjusted gross domestic product was increased by 1.4 % compared with the previous quarter, according to TUIK data.

    Exports of goods and services increased by 10.6 %, while imports of goods and services increased by 0.8 % in the first quarter of 2017.

    The lira has lost over 20 % against the dollar over the last year, although it has rallied slightly in recent months. Imports however increased only 0.8 %.

    Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said some 2.8 percentage points of the 5 % growth came from domestic demand and 2.2 percentage points from net exports, noting that the economy would see a further growth through reforms.

    Finance Minister Naci Agbal said 2.2 % increase in investments in the first quarter would continue to further back the growth thanks to the maintenance of political and economic stabilities and ongoing economic measures.

    Gross domestic product with production method increased by 14.3 %, reaching 641 billion 584 million liras at current prices, according to TUIK.

    The total value added increased by 3.2 % in the agricultural sector, 5.3 % in the industry sector, 3.7 % in the construction sector and 5.2 % in the services sector (wholesale and retail trade, transport, storage, accommodation and food service activities) compared to the same quarter of 2016 in the chained linked volume index, TUIK stated.

    [11] The illegal DAU was represented at ELFA' general assembly

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (13.06.17) reports that the "faculty of law" of the illegal Eastern Mediterranean University ("DAU") was represented at the general assembly of the "European Law Faculties Association" (ELFA) which took place in the Czech Republic.

    The illegal university was represented by "associated dean" Dr. Ulas Gunduzler, writes the paper.

    (AK)

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