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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 17-09-19

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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. 180/17 19.09.17

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Akinci: "The UN should do its part in determining the future status of the Turkish Cypriot people"
  • [02] Ertugruloglu evaluated the latest developments on the Cyprus problem with Cavusoglu in NY
  • [03] The occupied area of Cyprus will reportedly become a paradise for crime
  • [04] Durduran: The Turkish side takes steps which make the solution difficult
  • [05] A Turkish citizens was granted the "TRNC citizenship" through political intervention
  • [06] New European Federalists visited the Communal Democracy Party
  • [07] The fourteen Syrian migrants who were "arrested" offshore the occupied Akanthou village want to cross over to the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus
  • [08] Limak Tourism Group to construct a new hotel in the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [09] US nixes proposal to let Turkish President's security guards buy guns

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Akinci: "The UN should do its part in determining the future status of the Turkish Cypriot people"

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 19.09.17), Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who left this morning for New York, within the framework of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly will be meeting with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday and will also hold a series of contacts during his stay in the US city.

    In a press conference at occupied airport of Tymbou (Ercan) before his departure, Akinci said that his visit to New York was a repetitive process carried out every September, adding that there were factors that made this year's visit important.

    Stressing that his meeting with the UN Secretary General, which will be the first following the developments in Crans-Montana, was important, he added that he had expectations from Guterres' upcoming report on Cyprus.

    He further said that they were expecting the UN Secretary General to prepare an objective report and not according to the Greek Cypriot side's accusations.

    Regarding his expectations for the future, Akinci reminded that the presidential elections in South Cyprus (editor's note: as he refers to the 2018 presidential elections of the Republic of Cyprus) will take place at the beginning of next year.

    "What is important for us is not who will be occupying that seat but which views and positions that person will be representing. This process is an opportunity for the Greek Cypriots to reflect", Akinci said, expressing the hope that the Greek Cypriot side will make a healthier evaluation.

    Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side from time to time stated that it was ready to return to the table and to negotiate within the framework set up by Guterres, he however added that it was also making contradictory statements stating that it was not possible to do this because of the upcoming elections.

    Stating that they did not expect any new developments over the next few months, Akinci said the Greek Cypriot side had entered an election atmosphere much earlier.

    "The Greek Cypriot side is trying to produce a false perception. We had presented views and took steps in line with the framework in Crans-Montana. We, as the side which did its best for a solution, will hold a sincere meeting with the UN Chief and convey our demands for further clarification of his framework", Akinci noted.

    Reminding that the open-ended negotiations process which continued for 50 years, remained inconclusive, he argued that they did not see it possible to reach a successful conclusion through such a process. "We cannot reach a new destination by walking the same path" Akinci said, adding that any new process needed to be result-oriented and not open-ended.

    Stating that it was not possible to change the geography of the island, he said both peoples on the island should find ways to co-exist in peace.

    Claiming that the five-party conference was held as a result of the efforts of the Turkish Cypriot side and with the support of Turkey, he argued that this was the first time in 50 years that all the parties came together and maps regarding territory were put on the table.

    Alleging that all meetings in Geneva, Mont Pelerin and Crans-Montana were held as a result of initiatives undertaken by the Turkish Cypriot side, Akinci further claimed: "The Turkish Cypriot people still continue to live in uncertainty and are subjected to embargoes. The Greek Cypriot community, which usurped our rights, is a member of the European Union. This is unfair and should not be tolerated. No one should forget the report of the former UN Secretary General and what happened in 2004. The UN should do its part in determining the future status of the Turkish Cypriot people."

    Touching upon the issue of hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean, he reiterated that the hydrocarbons were the common wealth of the two peoples and said: "This should be a means for cooperation. It would be troubling to use this issue to raise tensions further. The UN should also take this into account".

    Claiming that the Turkish Cypriots were not responsible for the non-solution of the Cyprus problem, he argued that it was not possible to reach a solution through the efforts and initiatives of one side alone.

    Stressing that the UN Chief could make a new evaluation of the situation following the elections in the "South", Akinci reminded that life was continuing in the "TRNC".

    Underlining the importance of carrying out work for the people in the shortest possible period of time, he said "our decisions and the welfare of the people are important. We should take steps towards progress every passing day. We have to think of the people on all issues whether it is the issue of education, health, traffic or adjusting time-zones".

    Stating that there was no need to have great expectations from his New York contacts, Akinci stressed that there was no tripartite meeting scheduled and added that he will continue to inform the public on the latest developments.

    [02] Ertugruloglu evaluated the latest developments on the Cyprus problem with Cavusoglu in NY

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 19.09.17), self-styled foreign minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu, who is in New York within the framework of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, attended the foundation-laying ceremony of the Turkish House as guest of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu yesterday.

    The Turkish House, which is being rebuilt, is located opposite the UN Headquarters in New York.

    According to a press release by the "TRNC foreign ministry", during the ceremony Ertugruloglu briefly met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He also had the opportunity to meet with the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Coordination of Cyprus Affairs Recep Akdag.

    Meanwhile, Ertugruloglu, in a breakfast meeting yesterday with Cavusoglu, evaluated the latest developments on the Cyprus issue.

    According to the "foreign ministry's" social media account, Ertugruloglu and Cavusoglu exchanged views on the new period in Cyprus following the end of the 50-year negotiations process as well as on domestic issues in the "TRNC".

    The self-styled general director of the "TRNC foreign ministry" Kemal Koprulu, the "TRNC representative" in New York Mehmet Dana, the 2nd "secretary of the foreign ministry" Cagr? Kalfaoglu and the "2nd secretary" of the "TRNC representation office" in New York Yasa Yesilada, accompanied Ertugruloglu during the meeting.

    [03] The occupied area of Cyprus will reportedly become a paradise for crime

    Under the title "The TRNC will become paradise for crime", Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (19.09.17) reports that during the opening ceremony of the "judicial year", held yesterday in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, emphasis was put on corruption, lack of supervision, the increase of crime, the incompetence of the graduates with a bachelor's degree in legal studies and secularism.

    Narin Ferdi Sefik, "president" of the so-called high court, said in her address that 144 convicts were "extradited" to Turkey during the period 2007-2017 and that some of them should have served their sentence in the occupied area of Cyprus, but no such provision exists in the "agreement on law issues" between Turkey and the breakaway regime.

    Sefik noted also that the fate of these convicts is not known after they are "extradited" to Turkey, that this is an evident interference in "judiciary" and that it should be ensured that they serve their sentence after they are "extradited" to Turkey. "Otherwise the TRNC will become a paradise for crime", she added.

    In his speech, Askan Ilgen, "the regime's "attorney general", said that 28,122 "penal proceedings" and "lawsuits" regarding traffic offences were launched in one year and that sex-related crimes increased. He also expressed the view that the penalty for causing a deadly traffic accident should be increased.

    (I/Ts.)

    [04] Durduran: The Turkish side takes steps which make the solution difficult

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (19.09.17) reports that Alpay Durduran, member of New Cyprus Party's (YKP) secretariat, has argued that instead of establishing the working groups which the UN wants, the leaders deprive the "people" of "real information" by making "incoherent statements" and taking steps which make the solution difficult.

    In a written statement issued yesterday, Durduran criticized Turkey and the "government" of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. Durduran noted that on the one hand they say that "the bi-zonal federation has become impossible, let us discuss something new" and on the other they take steps which will make a possible agreement more difficult, such as allotting plots of land to young persons, making infrastructure projects, distributing the regime's "citizenship" to more persons, connecting the electricity [network] to Turkey and making religious education compulsory.

    "Taking steps, which will make the solution more difficult, must be forbidden", he said.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] A Turkish citizens was granted the "TRNC citizenship" through political intervention

    Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (19.09.17) reports that Sennur Gulbudak who is not "TRNC resident" and only visited the breakaway regime twice, was granted the "TRNC citizenship" after the intervention of a politician.

    The above mentioned person was granted the "citizenship" upon a decision of the "council of ministers" dated 08.08.17.

    The paper notes that this development created a lot of reaction in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    (CS)

    [06] New European Federalists visited the Communal Democracy Party

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (19.09.17) reports that a delegation of the New European Federalists visited the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) and held contacts with the party's youth branch.

    During the meeting the German delegation was informed about Cyprus history, the latest developments regarding the Cyprus negotiations and other internal issues.

    Cemal Ozyigit, the chairman of TDP, also participated in the meeting and informed the German delegation about the latest phase of the Cyprus talks and the position of the party on the Cyprus problem.

    (CS)

    [07] The fourteen Syrian migrants who were "arrested" offshore the occupied Akanthou village want to cross over to the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Diyalog newspaper (19.09.17) reports that the fourteen Syrian migrants who were "arrested" the other day offshore the occupied Akanthou village, were proceeded yesterday to the occupied Famagusta district court, which "decided" to be taken into custody for three days.

    As the paper writes, the 14 migrants supported that they came to Cyprus with the aim to cross over to the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus to find their families.

    The 14 migrants were "arrested" the night before yesterday in an "operation" which was held by the "coast guard forces" offshore the occupied Akanthou village.

    (AK)

    [08] Limak Tourism Group to construct a new hotel in the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (19.09.17) reports that the Kaan Kavaoglu, coordinator of the Limak Tourism Group [Translator's note: One of the biggest tourism groups operating in several fields in Turkey and the occupation regime, such as in construction, tourism, cement, infrastructure energy investments, energy contracting, aviation and food] announced that they are planning to make a 120 million- dollar investment in the "TRNC".

    Kavaoglu stated that the company will construct a new hotel in the "TRNC". He, however, did not reveal where the new hotel will be built.

    Kavaoglu added that the capacity of the new hotel would be 600 rooms and alleged that it will be ready to open by the beginning of 2018.

    (AK)

    [09] US nixes proposal to let Turkish President's security guards buy guns

    According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 19.09.17), the Trump administration has withdrawn a proposal to let President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security guards buy $1.2 million in U.S.-made weapons, a congressional official said on Sept. 18, following a brawl during the President's visit to Washington this spring.

    Earlier this year, the administration told Congress it planned to allow New Hampshire gunmaker Sig Sauer to sell the weapons, which include hundreds of semi-automatic handguns and ammunition. The notification triggered a period in which Congress could review the deal before final approval is granted. The weapons would have gone to an intermediary in Turkey for use by Erdogan's presidential security forces.

    But U.S. lawmakers began expressing strong opposition to the sale after a brawl on May 16 outside the home of the Turkish Ambassador to Washington as Erdogan was visiting. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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    (DPs /MK)

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