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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
CONTENTSNo. 12/18 17.01.18
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 Kahraman called the OIC member states to "end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots"According to illegal Bayrak television (17.01.18-http://www.brtk.net/?englishposts=tbmm-speaker-calls-for-end-to-tc-isolation), the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) Ismail Kahraman has repeated a call to the OIC member states to "end the unjust international isolation of Turkish Cypriots".
Speaking at the 13th session of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC member states (PUIC) Conference in Tehran, Iran, Kahraman alleged that "it was the joint duty and responsibility of Islamic countries to lift the unjust embargoes imposed against the Turkish Cypriots and to contribute towards a lasting and just settlement on the island".
Supporting, that the Parliamentary Union of the OIC member states had an obligation to work harder for the rights and future of Muslim communities across the world, Kahraman further alleged the following: "It is within this framework that we must work all together to break the decades long unjust isolation of our Turkish Cypriot brothers who are represented in the OIC with an observer status as the Turkish Cypriot stated".
 A written statement by the so-called MFA condemned the Republic of Cyprus for "undertaking unilateral actions" and for yesterday's tripartite summitAccording to illegal Bayrak television (17.01.18-http://www.brtk.net/?englishposts=mfa-slams-gc-side) the so-called foreign ministry has once again criticized the "Greek Cypriot administration", as it called the Republic of Cyprus, for its fait accompli.
A written statement issued by the so-called ministry alleged that the "TRNC will in no way respect the unilateral actions of the Greek Cypriot side and will not refrain from taking counter steps".
The statement further claimed that the Turkish Cypriot side continued its calls for the establishment of good friendly relations with the Greek Cypriot side in the period following the collapse of the Cyprus negotiations process in Crans-Montana last year.
Claiming that the Greek Cypriot side is carrying out actions that raise tension in the region, the "ministry" added: "First of all it is totally unacceptable for the Greek Cypriot administration to sign cooperation agreements with Greece and Jordan in the fields of health, education, agriculture and energy, ignoring the fundamental rights of the Turkish Cypriots who are joint partners on this island".
"Such steps taken by the Greek Cypriot leader were aimed at consolidating his position ahead of the elections", the statement argues, claiming also that "these attempts by the Greek Cypriot side to establish such alliances which pose a high risk for the island and the region, have revealed that the Greek Cypriot side has no intention of establishing contacts or consulting with the Turkish Cypriot side on issues which are of vital importance for the Turkish Cypriots".
The statement said further that it rejected an agreement signed with Greece delimitating maritime areas, stating that the agreement was in no way binding for the Turkish Cypriot side.
Stressing that the Greek Cypriot side was not the sole owner of the island, the statement points out further that the maritime areas around the island could not be determined or defined solely according to the interests of the Greek Cypriot side.
Also, touching upon the joint declaration approved at a summit for the southern EU Countries on the 10th of January in Rome which called for the complete end to the system of guarantees on the island, the "ministry's" statement put forth the allegation that "this was the result of the Greek Cypriot leader's latest attempts to seek support in the international arena for his unacceptable positions.
We would like to once again stress that it is completely out of the question for the Turkish Cypriot side to abandon motherland Turkey's active and effective guarantees. The Greek Cypriot side's intransigent actions and domineering stance makes it impossible for the establishment of a new partnership on the basis of political equality with the Turkish Cypriots.
The Greek Cypriot administration was contradicting itself by issuing statements calling for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations while issuing a circular calling for the implementation of a decision to mark the anniversary of the ENOSIS plebiscite at schools", the statement further alleged.
 Akinci met with the Italian Ambassador to CyprusAccording to illegal Bayrak television (17.01.18, http://www.brtk.net/?englishposts=akinci-received-cavallari), Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met yesterday with the newly appointed Italian Ambassador to Cyprus Andrea Cavallari.
According to a press release by Akinci's office, during the meeting Akinci briefed Cavallari on the course of the Cyprus problem and on what was experienced in Crans Montana.
Akinci also conveyed the Turkish Cypriot side's concerns over the Greek Cypriot side's natural gas exploration activities in the Mediterranean and its unilateral steps in the exclusive economic zone. Finally, he expressed the importance of collaboration in the Eastern Mediterranean.
 Ozyigit: "The elections results were determined by the granting of 12,000 citizenships"Turkish Cypriot daily Detay newspaper (17.01.18) reports that Cemal Ozyigit, the chairman of the Socialist Democracy Party evaluating the "elections results", said that his party did not receive a lot of votes, despite the fact that it is interested in the future of the Turkish Cypriots and is involved in many projects regarding their prosperity.
He also said that the "elections results" were determined by the granting of 12,000 citizenships and noted that 8-9 thousands of these persons are voters, which determined the results because they voted for the National Unity Party (UBP).
"Of course, everybody living in this country is our people and we should not ostracize them. […] However, granting citizenships aiming at the people's vote is what led the left parties to today's situation", he stated.
 "TRNC" participated in the "Ferien-Messe 2018" tourism fair in ViennaTurkish Cypriot daily Demokrat Bakis newspaper (17.01.18) reports that the so-called ministry of tourism and environment of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus participated in the "Ferien-Messe 2018" tourism fair in Vienna, Austria, between January 11-14.
Fikri Ataoglu, self-styled minister of tourism and environment, said that they are undertaking works in order to ensure that more tourists will spend their holidays in the occupied area of Cyprus. He noted that they give importance to the participation in international fairs for tourism, adding that the "fair marathon of 2018" has started and "north Cyprus" should take part in every tourism platform.
 Reactions regarding "religious pressure" allegations in "Hala Sultan Divinity College"Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (17.01.18) reports that Serdar Denktas, self-styled acting minister of education of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, has assigned a controller to investigate the allegations included in a letter sent to the "ministry" by a group of teachers in the "Hala Sultan Divinity College" that both they and the students have been "subject to religious pressure" by the school's administration.
Selma Eylem, chairperson of Turkish Cypriot secondary school teachers' trade union (KTOEOS), told the paper that the controller is expected today in the school and that her organization will be following the issue with their members at the school.
The letter of complaint sent to the "ministry" said that the teachers who had been assigned to the college from Turkey behaved as if they were the real administrators of the school, that pressure was exerted on the students by these teachers and that students who live at the college's dormitory were forced to wake up early in the morning and pray. It also noted that a contest for reading the Koran with expensive prizes had been organized, that theology teachers told the students that those who would participate in the New Year celebrations would be turned into stone, that a girl student was insulted because of what she wore and that boys and girls walking together were accused of committing a shameful act.
Referring to the issue, Asim Idris, general secretary of the Social Democracy Party (TDP), said that the "ministry" of education should immediately act on this issue and expressed his concern that the community will be divided into camps and the people will have conflicts with each other. He said that these conflicts will be experienced in the streets and added that "I am worried about the future of our children".
Erdogan Sorakin, general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), said that "serious weaknesses" exist as regards the administration of the above-mentioned school and noted that it is neither "legal not ethical" for a person assigned from outside to become administrator in a school. He also described as "unacceptable" the incidents which have allegedly happened during extra-scholastic activities.
Meanwhile, the school's parent-teachers' association denied the "religious pressure" allegations and described the teachers who sent the letter of complaint to the "ministry" as "a marginal group". The chairman of the association, Hikmet Kaynarca argued that "our parents and students have knowingly chosen Hala Sultan Divinity College, which we believe adopts religious values, defends national and spiritual values, is successful in the field of education and aims at raising generations, which are devoted to the country and the nation".
 The "exports" of halloumi/hellim to Turkey were increased in 2017Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (17.01.18) reports that exports of halloumi/hellim from the occupied area of Cyprus to Turkey in 2016 were approximately equivalent to 13 million dollars, while during the first ten months of 2017 there was increase to 16 million dollars. The main reason for this increase was the suspension of halloumi/hellim production in Turkey due to "halloumi/hellim registration". However, the general exports of halloumi/hellim to other third countries decreased. According to data by the "trade department", halloumi/hellim exports in 2016 were equivalent to 29 million dollars, while in the first ten months of 2017 the sum decreased to 26 million dollars.
The following table shows the "halloumi/hellim exports" in 2016:
USA 16,170.00 3.850
Bahrain 212,782.00 44.390
UAE 3,072,517.09 643.649
Iraq 109.200.00 28.00
Japan 5,400.00 600
Qatar 1,306,230.97 278.740
Kuwait 5,636,586.61 1,310.270
Saudi Arabia 4,678.951.46 957.142
Turkey 12,803,565.28 3,301.821
Oman 62,483.40 10.374
Jordan 986,176.00 229.030
Total: 28,890,062.79 6,807,866
The following table shows the "halloumi/hellim" exports in January-October 2017:
USA 181,233.00 32.040
Australia 113,250.00 25.500
Bahrain 199,212.00 39.492
UAE 1,393,500.00 281.155
Japan 24,619.99 3.080
Qatar 855,016.40 213.667
Kuwait 4,831,756.65 1,213.246
Saudi Arabia 2,093,299.00 448.272
Turkey 15,973,570.95 4,199.353
Oman 43,890.00 7.980
Jordan 533,381.00 126.607
Total: 26,242,729.03 6,590.392
The paper also reports that the directors of the dairy products company Gulgun, Yunus and Mustafa Betmezoglu, told to the paper that foreign currency is one of the most important factors which influence exports.
 Erdogan: "Possible Afrin operation to be conducted with Syrian opposition groups"Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (17.01.17-http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/possible-afrin-operation-to-be-conducted-with-syrian-opposition-groups-erdogan-125795) reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that a possible military operation by Turkey in the Afrin region of northern Syria will be conducted together with Syrian opposition groups. .
"This fight is for them. We are helping our brothers there so that they can protect their own territories," Erdogan told reporters in Parliament.
"Those who stabbed us in the back and appear to be our allies ... cannot prevent it," Erdogan added, referring to the US administration.
He noted that he did "not even think" about calling U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss the situation in Syria.
"For as long as he does not turn to me, I won't turn to him … America will come from 11,000 or 12,000 kilometers away to set up an army here? What will it name this army? A 'border protection' force? Whose border is being protected?" Erdogan said.
He further noted that the Syrian regime also sees the formation of such a force as a "threat," while also blasting NATO for "not responding" to harassment by the YPG on Turkey's border.
"You are duty-bound to take a certain stance against anything that harasses one of your partners," Erdogan said, addressing members of his AKP at Parliament.
 Erdogan discussed Syria developments with NATO Chief over the phoneAnkara Anatolia news agency (17.01.18-http://aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkeys-erdogan-nato-chief-discuss-syria-over-phone/1032843) reports that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the chief of NATO on Tuesday in a telephone conversation that Turkey will never accept a force in Syria led by the SDF, a group dominated by the terrorist PYD/YPG.
The phone conversation followed a recent U.S. decision to form a border protection army in Syria with the terrorist PYD/PKK.
Erdogan told Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's Secretary General, that in the face of recent developments in Syria, Turkey will take all necessary measures to protect its national security.
Erdogan said that "the creation of a force" expected to be led by the SDF command and controlled by the PYD/YPG terrorist organization is entirely unacceptable to Turkey.
Stressing that Turkey -- a 65-year member of the alliance -- is an important country for NATO, Stoltenberg said that NATO was not consulted on the matter of creating this so-called army.
Earlier on Tuesday, Erdogan called on NATO to fulfill its responsibilities. "NATO! You are obliged to take a stand against those who harass the borders of one of your partners," Erdogan said.
 K?l?cdaroglu and Bacheli commented on the possible operation in Afrin region in SyriaTurkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (16.01.18-http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-leader-kilicdaroglu-slams-judicial-board-over-rights-violations-125847) reported that the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, speaking at his party's parliamentary group meeting on January 16, criticized the government's Middle East policies but also called on the U.S. to stop arming the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.
"Every weapon you send to the Middle East will increase the pain. It will cause bloodshed and tears. For this reason, we should warn both the United States and Russia" said Kilicdaroglu
He called on Turkey, the US, Russia and Iran to play their role to prevent the spread of terrorism in the Middle East.
"Calling on the government to demonstrate common sense is our duty. We want peace in the Middle East. Heroic words have no place in diplomacy. Diplomatic channels should be enforced until the end," Kilicdaroglu said, recalling that more than 70 Turkish soldiers had been killed in an operation in Syria's al-Bab.
"We have been battling for [Syrian leader Bashar] al-Assad in Syria and 70 of our soldiers were martyred. If you cannot foresee what lies ahead of you, you cannot manage foreign politics," he said.
Meanwhile, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (17.01.18-http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/operation-in-syrias-afrin-is-turkeys-lawful-right-mhp-head-bahceli-125844) reports that the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said on January 16 that a possible military operation by Turkey in the Afrin region of northern Syria is the country's "lawful right".
Speaking in a weekly address to his party's parliamentary Deputies, Bahceli blasted the move by the US.-led international coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to establish a 30,000-strong border security force with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is largely controlled and manned by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).
"The US is safeguarding terror and terrorists in Syria. They are clearly violating international law," Bahceli said, warning that Turkey should act swiftly to "destroy the source of terrorism."
"If we do not, a plan to occupy Turkey is on the secret agenda of those shameless people who have gathered in the enemy camp," he added.
"Cutting the ties of the terror corridor with the Mediterranean Sea by entering Afrin at dawn, showing the iron fist of the Turkish nation, and legitimately intervening [against] terrorists is our lawful right," Bahceli said.
"Afrin should be cleared. Manbij and other sources, other terror camps and terrorist areas, should be destroyed," Bacheli further added. .
 Erdogan to meet Pope Francis in Vatican and visit Latin American countriesTurkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (16.01.18 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-to-visit-pope-francis-in-the-vatican-latin-american-countries-125828) reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit the Vatican on February 5 following an invitation by Pope Francis and will thank the plaintiff for his support on Jerusalem, Sabah newspaper reported on January 16.
The meeting comes after Pope Francis voiced opposition to the United States' unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the "undivided" capital of Israel. He also supported Turkey-sponsored initiatives to nix the US bid at the U.N. General Assembly.
Erdogan and the Pope spoke a number of times on the phone in early December, as the former invited the pontiff to attend an extraordinary summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) held in Istanbul amid the Jerusalem crisis.
Sabah reported that during the meeting, Erdogan plans to underline the need to protect Jerusalem as "the holy city of three divine religions" and will ask continued support of the Holy See as the representative of the Christian world. The two leaders will also discuss developments in Iraq and Syria, as well as ongoing migration flows.
Pope Francis made an official visit to Ankara in late 2014, becoming the first international guest of the massive presidential complex in Ankara. Erdogan's trip to the Vatican will be a return visit to the Holy See.
Following the Vatican trip, President Erdogan will embark on a tour to three Latin American countries - Venezuela, Brazil and Paraguay - Sabah reported, adding that the talks will be focused on economic cooperation.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid two visits to Turkey in 2017, first as part of an official trip and the second one as the head of the Non-Aligned Movement countries attending the OIC summit in Istanbul.
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