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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 18-01-03

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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

CONTENTS

No. 02/18 03.01.18

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Erhurman says that the CTP has prepared a development plan for occupied Karpasia and will not establish "coalition" with the UBP
  • [02] "Decree banning 26 organizations comes into force"
  • [03] The results of the "elections" will emerge late
  • [04] Twenty six "governments" were "established" in the last 42 years in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [05] The Directorate of Religious Affairs in Turkey announced that female children could get married by the age of nine
  • [06] Report: 409 women killed, 387 children sexually abused in Turkey
  • [07] Statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry over the ongoing protests in Iran
  • [08] HDP deputy co-chair Tugluk sentenced to 1.5 years in jail over "violation of law on meetings"
  • [09] Turkish General Staff to recruit over 40,000 personnel as compensation for post-coup attempt dismissals
  • [10] Nearly 1,500 ISIL suspects detained in Istanbul in 2017

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Erhurman says that the CTP has prepared a development plan for occupied Karpasia and will not establish "coalition" with the UBP

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (03.01.18) reports that Tufan Erhurman, chairman of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), has said that his party prepared a development plan for occupied Karpasia area focused on agriculture, alternative tourism and education. Erhurman met yesterday with journalists, columnists and administrators of newspapers and TV stations and briefed them on the CTP's so-called democratization package and "economic and social development program".

    Erhurman noted that occupied Karpasia was determined as a priority area in their development plan and that their target is to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people. He said that they intend to prepare a construction plan within two years by benefiting from the services of the private sector and "universities". Referring to the statement made by Huseyin Ozgurgun, chairman of the National Unity Party (UBP) that the UBP will tear out and throw away the so-called "decree for Karpasia", Erhurman argued that UBP's stance will destroy the area.

    Replying to a question, Erhurman noted that the CTP will not establish a "coalition government" with the UBP and added that except for this statement they said nothing else on this issue. He argued that his party has prepared plans and programs for the "administration of the country" for the next 5, 10 and 15 years and will establish a "coalition" with those who are on the same line with them after discussing the issues. He said that as soon as he becomes "prime minister", the "council of ministers" will appoint special investigators for some cases and therefore establishing a "coalition" with the UBP is not possible.

    Erhurman said also that the CTP will abolish the "provision" which gives the "council of ministers the right to compulsorily grant citizenship" to some persons and determine detailed criteria for "granting citizenship" to those who "contribute to the country" in various sectors. He also claimed that they will apply strict control on the issue of "granting work permit" to foreign workers.

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] "Decree banning 26 organizations comes into force"

    Illegal Bayrak (03.01.18 http://www.brtk.net/?englishposts=decree-banning-26-organisations-comes-into-force) broadcast that "a decree regarding illegal terrorist organisations prepared by the council of ministers has come into force following its publication in the official gazette".

    The "decree which has declared 26 organizations illegal, bans all their activities, flags, banners and the possession of photographs of its members".

    According to the "decree the banned organizations" include the PKK terrorist organisation, DHKP/C (the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party), Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, EFEN (the National Sound of Hellenic Spirit Youth), CHRISI-AVGI (Golden Dawn), ELAM (the National Peoples' Front), KEA (the Hellenic Resistance Movement), the Black Brigade, KCK (the Kurdistan Communities Union), the PYD (the Kurdistan Democratic Union Party, YPG (the Peoples' Protection Units, ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and FETO (the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation).

    [03] The results of the "elections" will emerge late

    Illegal Bayrak (03.01.18 http://www.brtk.net/?englishposts=hec-head-sefik-issues-reminder) broadcast that the "head of the high electoral council and chief justice" Narin Sefik has said that the unofficial results of this Sunday's early "general elections" will most likely not emerge before the early hours of Monday morning.

    In a meeting with journalists yesterday, Sefik reminded that media outlets will not be able to announce any results before 7pm "election day".

    Stating that all results regarding to the "election" will be announced by Tuesday, the 9th of January, she said that the unofficial results which will reveal which parties passed the 5% "election" threshold and how many "deputies" from those parties made it into "parliament" will most likely not emerge before the early hours of Monday morning.

    Sefik pointed out that "different from past elections, votes will not be counted in each district but will be counted and announced only by the high electoral council in Lefkosia".

    Reminding that the campaign propaganda period will end at 6pm on Saturday, she said that "legal action will be launched against any party or candidate who violates the ban and continues to campaign after the 6pm deadline".

    [04] Twenty six "governments" were "established" in the last 42 years in the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (03.01.18) reports that twenty six "governments" have been "established" in the occupied area of Cyprus during the last 42 years. The paper notes that no one of these "governments" was able to complete its "term of duty". The National Unity Party (UBP) was on "duty" for 34 years, which is the longest period than any other party. The UBP did not participate in "coalitions" with other parties only in eight years since 1975. Former Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu holds the record of" establishing" a "government", as he became "prime minister" eight times.

    The Democratic Party (DP) was in the "government" for 12 years and nine months through "establishing coalitions" with the UBP and the Republic Turkish Party (CTP). The CTP was in the "government" for 12 years and three months through "coalitions" with the UBP, DP and the Freedom and Reform Party (ORP) [Translator's note: The ORP had been established by Turgay Avci, who was also an UBP member. The party has been dissolved and Avci rejoined the UBP].

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] The Directorate of Religious Affairs in Turkey announced that female children could get married by the age of nine

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (03.01.18) reports that the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) in Turkey, issued a written statement saying that female children would be able to get married by the age of 9 years old while the boys by the age of 12.

    According to a statement, it is very important the fact that female children at the age of nine start to have period and thus they could get pregnant.

    The paper points that the above statement by the Religious Affairs Directorate caused shock in Turkey, where a campaign was launched for the closure of the "Diyanet".

    (AK)

    [06] Report: 409 women killed, 387 children sexually abused in Turkey

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (03.01.18 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/409-women-killed-387-children-sexually-abused-in-turkey-2017-report-125099) reports that a total of 409 women were killed and 387 children sexually abused in Turkey in 2017, according to data compiled by the "We Will Stop Femicide" women's rights activist platform.

    Some 337 women were subjected to sexual violence, said the organization's report, which used figures from 2017.

    Some 45 women were killed by their family members and 41 children were sexually abused in December alone.

    In 2016, 328 women were killed, and in 2015, 303 women were killed, according to the platform's previous reports.

    A total of 10 children were killed by their fathers in 2016, according to the report.

    In 2017, 88 women were killed because they had decided to choose how to live their lives, and 30 were killed because they wanted a divorce.

    Some 134 suspicious female deaths and 110 undetected female murders also took place in the same year.

    The age range of the women killed decreased in 2017. A total of 65 women in the 15-25 age group were killed in 2017.

    The place with the most murders of women in 2017 was Istanbul with 57, followed by the western province of Izmir with 32, the Mediterranean province of Antalya with 25, the Marmara province of Bursa with 18, the southern province of Adana with 17, the southeastern province of Gaziantep with 15 and the central Anatolian province of Konya with 12.

    The 2017 report also mentioned atrocities involving child abuse and violence against women that occurred during the year.

    In the eastern province of Van, a newborn baby weighing four kilograms was killed after being sexually abused. In the Marmara province of Yalova, a five-year-old girl kidnapped from a playground was found dead five days after she went missing. Her corpse showed signs of rape.

    In the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, a 37-year-old father raped his nine-year-old daughter over a one-month period, the report said. The rapist father said his daughter had a "constipation" problem, according to the report.

    In another incident, a girl suffered harassment from a taxi driver as she went to a bakery to buy bread.

    "You can't go to buy bread with those shorts. The bread is forbidden to you. Everything that passes through your throat is forbidden to you. Tell your father that he must tell you how to dress," the taxi driver said.

    In December 2017, a 20-year-old university student living in Ankara was harassed on her way home because she was wearing shorts.

    In the western province of Usak, a 16-year-old woman sexually abused by her fiancee became pregnant. She had to give birth in a public bathroom because she was frightened of her own family.

    [07] Statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry over the ongoing protests in Iran

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry (02.01.18 http://www.mfa.gov.tr/no-1-iranda-devam-eden-protesto-gosterileri-hken.en.mfa ) published the following statement in its website:

    "We are concerned of the news that the demonstrations which started in Iran on 28 December 2017 are spreading and that there is loss of lives and public buildings are damaged.

    Turkey attaches great importance to the preservation of peace and stability of friendly and brotherly Iran. Therefore, taking into consideration the remarks of H.E. President Rouhani that people have the right to peaceful protest but should not violate the laws and damage public buildings, we believe that it is necessary to refrain from violence and not to give way to provocation.

    We wish peace gets restored in the country as soon as possible and common sense prevails for preventing escalation while inflammatory discourse and external interventions are avoided."

    [08] HDP deputy co-chair Tugluk sentenced to 1.5 years in jail over violation of law on meetings

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (03.01.18 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hdp-deputy-co-chair-tugluk-sentenced-to-1-5-years-in-jail-over-violation-of-law-on-meetings-125111) reports that a court in the western province of Kocaeli has sentenced Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy co-chair Aysel Tugluk to one-and-a-half years in jail in a case in which she stands trial for "organizing and managing" illegally conducted protests in front of the Kocaeli Prison, where she is currently imprisoned on terror-related charges.

    The Kandira Criminal Court of First Instance on Jan. 2 found Tugluk guilty over "violation of law on meetings and demonstrations" during the hearing.

    Tugluk and her lawyer Nurin Tan were present at the hearing during which the deputy co-chair denied the charges and demanded her acquittal.

    There are currently eight HDP Deputies jailed on terror charges, including the party's co-leader Selahattin Demirtas.

    HDP's former co-chair Figen Yuksekdag, who was stripped of her seat in Parliament, is also imprisoned.

    HDP, Aysel Tugluk, jailed, lawmaker, Peoples' Democratic Party, Figen Yuksekdag

    [09] Turkish General Staff to recruit over 40,000 personnel as compensation for post-coup attempt dismissals

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (03.01.18 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-general-staff-to-recruit-over-40-000-personnel-as-compensation-for-post-coup-attempt-dismissals-125103) reports that the Turkish Armed Forces will recruit over 40,000 personnel in order to compensate for losses sustained following the 2016 coup attempt, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Jan. 2.

    The army, under the auspices of the Defense Ministry, is set to recruit a total of 42,938 personnel, including 3,755 officers, 5,375 sergeants, 13,213 specialized sergeants and a total of 20,595 officers and privates working on contract.

    Since the deadly coup attempt, 8,568 personnel identified as having "organic ties" with the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETO) have been dismissed from the military. These servicemen include 150 generals, 4,630 officers, 2,167 sergeants, 1,210 specialized sergeants and privates on contract, the agency reported.

    Additionally, 16,409 military school students were dismissed and the schools shut down, Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Dec. 10, 2016.

    To compensate for the losses, the Defense Ministry has employed 15,850 persons of which 1,763 were taken on as officers, 4,135 as sergeants, 3,698 as specialized sergeants and 6,161 as privates on contract.

    The Ministry will continue recruiting, the agency reported.

    The FETO, which is led by the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, is widely believed to have been behind the July 15, 2016 coup attempt that left 250 people dead and nearly 2,200 wounded.

    Since the coup attempt, more than 50,000 people, including civil servants and security personnel, have been jailed pending trial and some 150,000 suspended or dismissed from their jobs.

    The Turkish government says the dismissals and arrests are necessary to tackle the security threats Turkey has been facing since the attempted takeover.

    [10] Nearly 1,500 ISIL suspects detained in Istanbul in 2017

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (03.01.18 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nearly-1-500-isil-suspects-detained-in-istanbul-in-2017-125124) reports that a total of 1,447 people, including foreigners, were detained in Istanbul for their suspected links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in 2017, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Jan. 2.

    The Istanbul Police Department's Counter-Terrorism Unit teams conducted 58 operations against ISIL in 2017, the agency said.

    Police detained 1,141 foreigners during operations, while the intelligence service prevented many armed and bomb attacks.

    A Turkish court ruled that 44 suspects must remain detained in the case of the New Year's Eve attack at Reina nightclub in Istanbul's Ortakoy district in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2017.

    On Aug. 13, 2017, the Istanbul anti-terror branch detained 12 foreigners, who were plotting a terror attack.

    The anti-terror branch office also prevented many terror attacks by rounding up several suspected ISIL members in various operations.

    During an operation on March 16, 2017, anti-terror police raided a cell house in Istanbul's Kagithane district and detained two unidentified Uzbek nationals, who were preparing to carry out an attack similar to the one at Reina.

    On Oct. 28, 2017, four ISIL suspects, including two females, were detained as they attempted to bomb a parking area in a shopping mall in Istanbul's Bayrampasa district.

    The detentions came a day before millions of Turks across the country celebrated the 94th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey.

    The police seized 66 bombs, four suicide vests and two guns and many bullets.

    A detention warrant was issued against ISIL member Talip Akkurt, who traveled to Syria from the Turkish border province of Gaziantep in 2016. On Jan. 27, 2017, six people associated with Akkurt were detained.

    A total of 69 people, including 29 children, were detained during operations in 10 locations in Istanbul's district of Basaksehir on the European side and in the district of Pendik on the Asian side.

    Four other suspected ISIL members were apprehended in Istanbul on April 14, 2017, before the constitutional referendum on April 16, 2017 in Turkey.

    Police detained a total of 49 people, including 41 foreigners, on April 15, who were plotting to carry out a terror attack before the referendum.

    On Sept. 10, 2017, Turkish police detained 25 ISIL suspects, including three top ranking members and 22 foreign nationals, as part of ongoing nationwide counter-terrorism operations.

    The teams had launched operations to capture the three top ranking members of ISIL responsible for planning and directing attacks.

    On Dec. 8, 2017, a total of five suspects, including four foreign nationals, were detained over alleged links to the terrorist organization during counter-terror operations in the districts of Basaksehir and Sultangazi in Istanbul.

    Turkish security forces have been involved in a long-running campaign to thwart ISIL attacks. More than 300 people have lost their lives in ISIL-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the terror organization has targeted civilians in suicide bombings and rocket-and-gun attacks.

    ISIL, Istanbul, police, detained, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant

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