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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Press and Other Media, 06-01-19

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

TURKISH PRESS AND OTHER MEDIA No.13/06 19.01.06

[A] NEWS ITEMS

  • [01] The Teknecik power station collapsed completely; The Republic of Cyprus provides the Turkish Cypriots with electricity.
  • [02] Another Turkish Cypriot plot of land was sold with forged documents.
  • [03] Ankara´s subservient regime in occupied Cyprus insists that the British Foreign Secretary will meet Talat in the Presidential Palace as scheduled.
  • [04] Mr Mehmet Ali Talat met with the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan´s Cyprus special representative Michael Moller.
  • [05] German travel agents arrive in the occupied areas for contacts.
  • [06] Eroglu to run for UBP leadership again?.
  • [07] The Turkish Director of the UNDP is candidate for the post of Kofi Annan.
  • [08] Rauf Denktas is participating in a campaign against the Armenian Genocide.
  • [09] Ankara Anatolia reports on the bird flu virus.
  • [10] The leader of the Democratic Society Party argues that Ocalan´s condition causes social tension.
  • [11] General Ozkok in Paris to discuss military, defense cooperation.
  • [12] Mr Gul welcomes the ECHR decision on the compensation to villagers of southeast Anatolia.
  • [13] Turkish Military operation against PKK in Tunceli region reported.
  • [14] AKP Deputy argues that Semdinli incidents were organized.

  • [A] NEWS ITEMS

    [01] The Teknecik power station collapsed completely; The Republic of Cyprus provides the Turkish Cypriots with electricity

    Under the title Electrical crisis, Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (19.01.06) reports that Teknecik power station collapsed completely yesterday after it had been operating continuously for ten years. After the damage of a turbine in the first unit which has the capacity of 60 megawatt, the second unit of the station collapsed yesterday due to an explosion of a pipeline.

    According to the paper, the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus need about 150 megawatt during the day and 200 megawatt during the night. The gas turbines at the villages of Gastria and Dikomo were put into operation after the collapse of Teknecik, but their capacity does not exceed 110 megawatt. Therefore the power cut has been turned into a nightmare for the entire occupied area of Cyprus, which is in darkness and lives the coldest days ever.

    The self-styled council of ministers of the TRNC (occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus) held an extraordinary meeting yesterday on the issue and both Prime Minster Soyer and Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktas got into contact with the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus in order to get electricity. According to KIBRIS, Mr Soyer had a telephone conversation with the President of the Parliament and General Secretary of AKEL, Demetris Christofias and Mr Denktas crossed over to the free areas of the Republic together with the minister of agriculture and forests, Huseyin Oztoprak and met with a delegation from the Democratic Party (DIKO).

    Furthermore, a delegation of the Turkish Cypriot Electricity Authority (KIB-TEK) headed by its director, Fuat Mertay had a meeting with officials of the Cyprus Electricity Authority.

    Mr Mertay said that they have agreed to buy everyday electricity of 70-75 megawatt from the Republic of Cyprus for a week.

    Meanwhile, the other Turkish Cypriot papers cover the issue under the following front-page titles:

    HALKIN SESI: We have been lighted with Greek Cypriot electricity. The paper writes that Mr Mertay stressed that the Turkish Cypriots will pay for the electricity they will get from the Republic of Cyprus.

    AFRIKA: The last breath of the power station. The paper writes that those who had promised bright days to the community have buried it in the complete darkness!

    YENI DUZEN: Black luck.

    GUNES: Teknecik is out of operation.

    KIBRISLI: The crisis was overcome! The paper notes that electricity is being bought from the Greek Cypriot side, in order to overcome the crisis.

    ORTAM: What kind of a state is this? The paper writes: They are saying that they have increased the national per capita income from 4.500 dollars to 10 thousand dollars. They are in power for two years and the country has remained completely without any electricity. They still continue to blame those who were on duty before them.

    VATAN: The situation is serious! The paper writes that craftsmen were forced to close down their shops yesterday due to the long lasting cutoff of electricity, which in some areas lasted for the entire day. According to VATAN, a lot of people called newspapers and television stations to complain and said that those who had promised to lead them into the EU led the Turkish Cypriots 40-50 years back into the darkness.

    VOLKAN: They forced TRNC to need the Greek Cypriots.

    Turkish television channels today (19.01.06) referred also to the issue under the following titles:

    CNN-Turk (internet version): The Greek Cypriots will provide the electricity of the TRNC. CNN-Turk notes that President Papadopoulos sent a technical team to help the Turkish Cypriots without creating any problems.

    NTV: The TRNC remained in darkness.

    I/Ts.

    [02] Another Turkish Cypriot plot of land was sold with forged documents

    Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (19.01.06), under the title Profiteering on profiteering, wrote that following reports of plots belonging to Celal Gilan, Sevdiye Dede and Yasemin Mehmet being sold using forged documents in the area of Tylliria, another plot bearing the designation No 691 belonging to Turkish Cypriot Erkiye Harp located in Koratzia in the vicinity of Yeronissos was also sold using forged documents.

    According to the paper, Ms Erkiye Harps property had a title-deed issued in the name of now deceased Greek Cypriot Andreas Georgiou.

    Meanwhile, a hearing on the alleged plundering of Turkish Cypriot properties in Tylliria using forged documents will start on 20 January in Pafos. The inheritors of the Turkish Cypriot property said to the paper, We want our property back and not compensation. The Greek Cypriot Court should return our property to us. Otherwise, we will not give up pursuing our property and we will also go to the European Court of Human Rights.

    (DPs)

    [03] Ankara´s subservient regime in occupied Cyprus insists that the British Foreign Secretary will meet Talat in the Presidential Palace as scheduled

    Illegal Bayrak television (18.01.06) broadcast the following:

    The British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will meet with President Mehmet Ali Talat at the Presidential Palace as scheduled.

    The Presidential Chief of Staff As1m Akansoy has said that the meeting will take place at the presidential palace on Wednesday the 25th of this month.

    Responding to reports that the Greek Cypriot side has been trying to alter the venue of the meeting or prevent it altogether; Mr Akansoy ruled out the slightest possibility for the meeting to be held in a place other than the presidential palace.

    [04] Mr Mehmet Ali Talat met with the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan´s Cyprus special representative Michael Moller

    Illelgal Bayrak television (18.01.06) broadcast the following:

    President Mehmet Ali Talat has received the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annans Special Representative for Cyprus Michael Moller.

    No statement was issued after the meeting held at the Presidential Palace.

    [05] German travel agents arrive in the occupied areas for contacts

    Illegal Bayrak television (18.01.06) broadcast the following:

    A delegation made up of representatives of 27 German travel agencies and journalists arrive in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus) today upon an invitation from the Cyprus Turkish Airlines.

    The delegation which will be on a promotional tour of the historical and tourist resorts in North Cyprus will also hold contacts with local travel agencies and hotels in a bid to establish future cooperation.

    [06] Eroglu to run for UBP leadership again?

    Turkish Cypriot YENIDUZEN newspaper (18.01.06) reported that the Secretary General and Acting President of the main opposition National Unit Party Hüseyin Özgürgün has announced his intention not to stand for the party s presidency which has been vacant since the resignation of Dervi Erolu.

    Mr Özgürgün was widely expected to contest the party s leadership.

    Addressing a press conference in occupied Lefkosia this morning, Mr Özgürgün pointed to what he called a general support for the idea of the former leader Dervi Erolu taking office for another term .

    He said that taking account of this fact, he decided not to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming extraordinary Party Congress on February 11th.

    Responding to questions, Mr Özgürgün said he knows that the UBP Lefkosia deputy Tahsin Erturulolu will stick to his position and contest the party leadership.

    Mr Erturulolu is the only candidate to have officially registered for the upcoming election, until now.

    [07] The Turkish Director of the UNDP is candidate for the post of Kofi Annan

    Turkish daily RADIKAL newspaper (19.01.06, internet version) reports under the title: Dervish as well is candidate for Annan´s post, and writes that with one year left in Kofi Annan´s term as Secretary-General, the debate, who will take the seat is getting heated. The Los Angeles Times, reports that among the names that have been floated included Kemal Dervish, the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

    The paper, quoting Los Angeles Times, report that the ideal candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General should be diplomatic and self-confident. But, should not advertise himself, in the protocol full of the UN world.

    The paper goes on and reports that after Butros Butros Ghali from the Middle East and Kofi Annan from Africa, now the turn is for an Asian candidate. Thai Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai and Sri Lankan former UN nonproliferation Desk chief Jayantha Dhanapala have been publicly nominated. The name of other possible candidates who were being floated are: Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and Jordan´s ambassador to the UN Prince Zeid Raad Hussein. (LA Times).

    [08] Rauf Denktas is participating in a campaign against the Armenian Genocide

    Turkish daily HURRIYET newspaper (19.01.06) reports that events and meetings will take place under the name Talat Pasha Operation, in Germanys capital Berlin, in the framework of the Great Project 2006-Lie for the Armenian Genocide with Armenian Documents, which will be organised against the claims regarding the Armenian genocide. In the consultative committee of the project are participating 50 persons and among of them are politicians, rectors, academicians, retired commanders, and members of civil society organisations. The paper writes that among these persons is Rauf Denktas, the deputy of the Justice and Development Party Nevzat Yalcintas, the deputy of the Republican Peoples Party Ensar Ogut and others. The members of the consultative committee held yesterday a meeting in Pera Palas Hotel in Istanbul.

    C/S

    [09] Ankara Anatolia reports on the bird flu virus

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (18.01.06) reported the following from Mus:

    A child from Mus has been sent to Diyarbakir for suspected bird flu.

    A family from Kiyibasi village called the crisis center saying they could not bring the child's high temperature down. An ambulance was sent to the village and the 14-year old N. A. was checked at Mus State Hospital. The child was subsequently sent to Diyarbakir for suspected bird flu. H. A. from the same family was also hospitalized, but at Mus State Hospital.

    The family said they suspected that they contracted bird flu from a chicken they consumed a while ago, and that 2-year old B. A. died at home two weeks ago.

    Later the same day Ankara Anatolia reported the following from Ankara:

    "We have culled 988 thousand fowl so far," Turkish National Coordination Center for Bird Flu announced on Wednesday.

    According to the center, bird flu was detected in 13 cities while there were suspected bird flu cases in 59 localities in 25 provinces. The provinces where bird flu was seen are as follows: Igdir, Erzurum, Agri, Sanliurfa, Erzincan, Bitlis, Yozgat, Ankara, Bursa, Istanbul, Van, Aydin and Kars.

    Meanwhile, the provinces of Mus, Kars, Yozgat, Bayburt, Sanliurfa, Ardahan, Erzurum, Isparta, Izmir, Elazig, Diyarbakir, Karaman, Sivas, Konya, Siirt, Samsun, Eskisehir, Mugla, Karabuk, Batman, Van, Malatya, Gaziantep, Hatay and Tekirdag are under risk.

    Finally Ankara Anatolia news agency also on (18.01.06) reported the following from Erzurum:

    Prof. Dr. Akin Aktas, head doctor of the Ataturk University Medical Faculty Aziziye Research Hospital in eastern city of Erzurum, has indicated that a child suspected to have the bird flu disease died on the way to his hospital from Bulanik town of eastern city of Mus today.

    S.A. (11) was initially diagnosed as a pneumonia patient and sent to Erzurum's Karacoban State Hospital but lost her life on the way to the Aziziye Research Hospital.

    Aktas remarked that blood samples taken from S.A. were sent to Ankara to determine if she actually died of bird flu.

    Meanwhile, Aktas noted that another patient F.T., who tested positive for bird flu, and is being treated at Aziziye Research Hospital is in a stable condition and can eat and drink. ''F.T. is under close observation at the hospital.''

    [10] The leader of the Democratic Society Party argues that Ocalan´s condition causes social tension

    Istanbul NTV television (18.01.06) broadcast that Mr Ahmet Turk, the co-chairman of the Democratic Society Party [DTP], claimed that the prison conditions of terrorist Abdullah Ocalan are causing social tension.

    The DTP administrators and 56 DTP mayors held a news conference on the condition of Abdullah Ocalan, who, they say, has been sentenced to solitary confinement.

    DTP co-chairman Ahmet Turk said that the prison conditions of Ocalan are deepening the public concern. Ahmet Turk called for the lifting of the solitarity confinement and asked the [Kurdish] demonstrators not to succumb to provocation.

    In the meantime, a DEHAP [Democratic People's Party] group in Izmir organized a demonstration at the Konak Square claiming that Ocalan has been sentenced to solitary confinement. The group marched to the DTP district headquarters and chanted slogans in favor of Ocalan. Another group with opposing views reacted to the marchers. The tension between the two groups was defused with police intervention. And some businesses in the region hung out Turkish flags to protest the marchers.

    [11] General Ozkok in Paris to discuss military, defense cooperation

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (18.01.06) reported the following from Paris:

    Turkish Chief of General Staff Hilmi Ozkok arrived in French capital of Paris upon the invitation of his French counterpart Henri Bentegeat.

    Ozkok is expected to debate military and defense industry cooperation between Turkey and France during his two-day formal visit to France.

    Gen. Ozkok will depart from Paris on Friday (January 20th).

    [12] Mr Gul welcomes the ECHR decision on the compensation to villagers of southeast Anatolia

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (18.01.06) reported from Ankara that the Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul left for Brazil on Wednesday.

    Speaking to reporters prior to his departure, Mr Gul referred to the aims of his visit and he noted: "Turkish Foreign Ministry declared 2006 as 'Latin America Year'. We aim to develop relations on all areas with Latin American countries this year."

    On a decision of the European Court of Human Rights regarding a recourse by a villager from Southeast Anatolia who was forced to leave his house, Mr Gul said:

    "The decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejecting compensation demands of villagers who were relocated in Southeastern Anatolia (in the past, because of anti-terror measures) proves that the Turkish legal system is functioning well.

    Turkey is abiding by the verdicts of the ECHR, and granted the right of individual application to its citizens a long time ago. The recent decision of the ECHR is very important (as far as Turkey is concerned).

    Turkey has to protect its citizens' rights. If we harmed our citizens while fighting terrorism or in any other issue, we certainly have to compensate those losses."

    The ECHR, yesterday, rejected to examine an application which was picked up as a 'pilot case' regarding the return of villagers to their homeland in Southeastern Anatolia.

    The ECHR decided that the law on the compensation of losses of victims of terrorism and adopted by Turkish government in July 2004, is adequate, and it rejected the application of a Turkish citizen about the issue. The ECHR's decision affects almost 1,500 cases piled up before the Strasbourg court.

    [13] Turkish Military operation against PKK in Tunceli region reported

    Istanbul NTV television (18.01.06) broadcast the following:

    An operation has been launched in Tunceli region against PKK terrorists who have taken shelter in caves to pass the winter. The operation, conducted by units under the Tunceli Gendarmerie Regional Command, is most intense in the Dokuz Kaylar area in the Nazimiye district, Ahpanos valley in the Ovacik district, and Kutudere and Alibogaz areas around the town of Tunceli.

    In the operation, which started early morning, special airborne units were deployed on mountains.

    Noting that similar operations are frequently held in various regions of the east and southeast, military sources said that the Tunceli operation was conducted within the same framework. The same sources are saying that some of the PKK terrorists in the east and southeast have this time around not withdrawn to their usual winter bases in northern Iraq and have instead taken shelter in caves to pass the winter. It is said that the aim of the operations is to prevent these groups from entrenching themselves in their positions.

    [14] AKP Deputy argues that Semdinli incidents were organized.

    Istanbul NTV television (18.01.06) broadcast the following from Ankara:

    The Parliamentary Investigation Committee which was set up to look into the Semdinli incidents has heard Cavit Torun, AKP [Justice and Development Party] Diyarbakir deputy. Torun told the committee: "The incidents were not local, but organized from a center...The two noncommissioned officers [NCO's] involved in the incidents are from the Bolu Mountain Commando Brigade."

    NTV has learned that Cavit Torun told the committee that NCO's Ali Kaya and Ozcan Ildeniz are from the Bolu Mountain Commando Brigade, and that Ali Kaya was involved in similar incidents in the area in the past.

    Torun charged that Kaya also threatened the owner of the Diyarbakir daily Soz. Following Torun's statement, the committee decided to hear the owner of the daily next week.

    /SK


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