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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 13-06-20

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  • [01] US Ambassador to Ankara paid a surprise visit to AKP headquarters and discussed with Erdogan's main advisor Gezi Park protests
  • [02] Bagis: "If necessary, Turkey will tell EU to 'Get lost, kid!'"
  • [03] A call by Swoboda to Merkel not to block EU talks with Turkey; Ankara may recall Ambassador
  • [04] Third week of demonstrations continue in Turkey
  • [05] Gulen: Let's not destroy several bridges with a single bridge
  • [06] Davutoglu: Turkey to take action if border threat identified
  • [07] Seventeen decisions by Siber's "government" in a week; "EU Support Office" is given the status of "diplomatic mission"
  • [08] Problems are created in almost all Turkish Cypriot parties in the process of determining their "candidates" for the early "elections"
  • [09] Ertugruloglu: "Eroglu is working for the DP"
  • [10] The college of theology in occupied Mia Milia will be ready for the new school year; Only the mosque costs 23 million US dollars
  • [11] The regime invites tenders for repainting the flag on occupied Pentadaktylos Mountains
  • [12] Iraqi Kurds announce new oil pipeline to Turkish border
  • [13] PKK accuses Turkish government of sabotage peace process


    [01] US Ambassador to Ankara paid a surprise visit to AKP headquarters and discussed with Erdogan's main advisor Gezi Park protests

    Under the title "Gezi visit from the US Ambassador", Turkish Milliyet newspaper (20.06.13) reports that the US Ambassador to Ankara Francis J. Ricciardone paid a surprise visit yesterday to the headquarters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

    According to the paper, Ricciardone met with Yalcin Akdogan, the main adviser of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During the meeting which lasted for about an hour, Ricciardone and Akdogan talked about the recent political developments regarding the Gezi Park protests.

    Making a statement after completing the meeting, Ricciardone said that the US Government considers Turkey and its democracy important and that the countries share common interests. "We trust Turkey's power as a democracy. Our relations are still strong and healthy" he said, adding that freedom of expression and assembly are important and that both the US and Turkish government are on the same page in protecting these principles.

    He also stated that Washington attaches special significance to Turkey and will continue to stand by its ally and added that they two countries have shared interests ranging from cooperation in business to tourism.

    [02] Bagis: "If necessary, Turkey will tell EU to 'Get lost, kid!'"

    Under the above title, Turkish Milliyet newspaper (20.06.13) reports that Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis, criticized some European countries, which according to him, oppose moving forward with Turkey's bid to join the EU. "If we have to, we could tell to these countries 'Get lost, kid!'", Bagis stated who also said that it is not Turkey that needs EU, but it is the EU that needs Turkey.

    "In the last three years, Turkey has not stepped back from its intention to join the EU" he said and added the following: "Even if they open a chapter or not, Turkey will continue growing, keep thriving, becoming transparent, and developing. However not opening a chapter will also cost Europe," in regards to chapters which are expected to be opened at the EU negotiations.

    Bagis made these statements during a meeting he held with the Governor of Kayseri Orhan Duzgun and he was commenting on the possible veto by Germany and the Netherlands over the opening of the "Regional Policies Chapter" by Turkey.

    In addition, writing in Hurriyet Daily News (20.06.13) on the issue, Serkan Demirtas writes that Turkey-EU relations could hit a new nadir if the opening of the 'regional policies' chapter is suspended. Citing statements by a senior Turkish diplomat Demirtas writes that if Germany and the Netherlands reject the opening of the chapter, Turkey's relations with the EU will return to their 1997 level.

    "Turkey suspended political dialogue with the EU in December 1997 after its candidacy for full membership was rejected at the Luxembourg Summit of the union. Turkey-EU ties hit a nadir from 1998 to 1999, where the two had almost no exchange of views on numerous political issues, including Cyprus and other foreign policy issues", writes the paper.

    "Our agenda with the EU should be limited to economic issues, and implementation of the Customs Union. They should forget about foreign policy consultations with Turkey," the diplomat stated. "But we still hope common sense will prevail and the [regional policies] chapter will not be blocked."

    [03] A call by Swoboda to Merkel not to block EU talks with Turkey; Ankara may recall Ambassador

    Turkish daily Zaman (20.06.13), in its front page, reports that Hannes Swoboda, the leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, known for his latest harsh criticism again the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) made a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and asked her not to block the opening of Turkey-EU talks on a negotiating chapter, which was scheduled for June 26.

    The paper also reports that during the last 48 hours, in addition to Germany, Bulgaria and Netherlands have been added to the countries that are opposed to the opening of the Chapter 22. Germany is reportedly trying to block the opening of the talks on Chapter 22 in response to the police crackdown on protests across Turkey. However, both Turkish and European sides see now as "very low" the possibility of opening the Chapter.

    According to the paper, in case the today's decision of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) is negative, then Ankara is expected to give a harsh response and to recall Ambassador Selim Yenel, head of the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the EU, in Ankara for consultation.

    Swoboda noted blocking talks on the new chapter would be a mistake if Merkel insists on it. "This is not a well-considered, well-advised attitude to block opening a chapter after a three-year pause in talks," said Swoboda, stressing that it would need some courage to open the chapter before the upcoming elections in Germany in September and he did not see that courage in Merkel. However, he added that he wanted to be proven wrong, hoping Merkel could change her mind on talks on Chapter 22, which regulates "regional policy and coordination of structural instruments."

    Criticizing the German position, Swoboda said accelerating the accession process was about the Turkish people, not the government. "One should not punish the Turkish people for the failure of the government. Also we should put the government to test on human rights, judicial reform, and the deepening of democratization by opening new chapters," he said.

    [04] Third week of demonstrations continue in Turkey

    Turkish press continues to report today (20.06.13) on the protests in Turkey.

    Hurriyet reports in its first page that the first decision was taken regarding the police actions on the Gezi Park protests and notes that an investigation was launched against four members of Istanbul municipal police and one operator who according to a report of Hurriyet dated 31 of May, set fire to the tents of the protestors in Gezi Park.

    The paper also writes that the so-called "standing man" protest which started on June 17, when performance artist Erdem G?nd?z stood in front of the Atat?rk Culture Center in Taksim Square without speaking or moving for more than five hours, continues and notes that many men and women inspired by G?nd?z's protest have held similar protests in several cities including Istanbul, Ankara and 0zmir since then. In 0zmir one demonstrator named Erdal ?oban held a "standing" protest for 24 hours, wearing the costume of an efe, local bandits from Ottoman times, and had dyeing his body silver.

    As the tension of the protests started to calm down in big cities, the Central Anatolian province of Eskiehir staged a police intervention with gas bombs and water cannons against nearly 5,000 protesters' all-night action late on June 18.

    Three protesters, a journalist and a police officer were injured in the police intervention, Doan news agency reported. Slogans like "everywhere Taksim, everywhere resistance" and "government resign" were chanted by the crowd in front of a mall called Espark in the city's Eskibaglar neighbourhood.

    The police's heavy crackdown managed to disperse the group; however a group of 500 people stayed in the mall and blocked the way in front of it.

    Milliyet writes that some people held a counter-protest in Taksim Square against the anti-government demonstrators' "standing man" protest.

    Under the title "An assembly in every park", Cumhuriyet writes that after Gezi Park was sealed off from protesters, many people started to gather at other parks in Istanbul to hold discussions.

    In addition, Sabah writes that the cost of the demonstration in Turkley so far is 135 million Turkish Lira.

    Finally, Hurriyet Daily News wrote that hacker group Redhack has claimed responsibility for all tweets that were posted about the Taksim Gezi Park protests after the government announced that an investigation into the matter had been launched.

    [05] Gulen: Let's not destroy several bridges with a single bridge

    Turkish daily Zaman (20.06.13), in its front page with the above title, reports that Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah G?len, in a speech broadcast in on Wednesday, made important evaluations regarding the name of the 3rd bridge to be built over the Bosporus and the Alevi-Sunni brotherhood. He said that those who proposed the name Selim did not make any calculations on the negative impact that will carry and he made a call on both sides: "Let us not destroy several bridges with a single bridge". Furthermore, he said the issue should be regarded as a "detail" and should not overshadow the "many other bridges between the Sunnis and Alevis" of Turkey.

    Stressing that they should reinforce the institution of living together, Gulen gave the following advice: "There are bridges that we try to establish in our days. The bridges that are being built with the idea that we should spend time together in the same parks built for mosques and cemevis [Alevi place of worship] and that we should not create new reasons for enmity by reviving past problems. We should not destroy these bridges, which can lead to cohesion, with a bridge's name. Yes, we should not destroy several bridges with a single one. So, we should not sacrifice the essence to a detail, I mean a bridge, in an environment where we are coming together in Ramadan and Muharrem [sacred for Alevis], breaking fast, seeing sema [Sufi whirling ceremony] and semah [Alevi religious dance],"

    G?len also said that everyone should respect others' sensitivities, adding that the best way to understand each other's feelings is to come together and get to know one another better.

    [06] Davutoglu: Turkey to take action if border threat identified

    According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 19.06.13), Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolu has said that Turkey will take action if it sees any new threat of an attack on its porous Syrian border like the twin blasts in Reyhanl1 that killed 52 people last month. "If there was any violation of the border as a real threat to national security again, of course we would act and respond," Davutolu told Al Jazeera in an interview aired today (Wednesday).

    He added that the Turkish authorities in their probe into the Reyhanl1 attacks had established certain linkages with the regime and now were gathering the evidence.

    Commenting on the U.S. government's statement that they held evidence that showed Syria had used chemical weapons, Davutolu said that it was not "something surprising" for Ankara. "As Turkey, as a neighbouring country we had our own investigation, we had several cases, incidents where we suspected that chemical weapons were being used and there was special research regarding injured people and we also found strong evidences regarding the use of chemical weapons," Davutolu said.

    Davutolu also said during the interview that he was hopeful the new Iranian administration under the leadership of Hassan Rowhani, elected this week-end, would be more cooperative on Syria. "We hope that the new Iranian administration will understand the situation in Syria better than before, they will listen to the Syrian people more," he said, adding that they expected Iran to "understand Syria" and contribute for a solution.

    Davutolu also touched upon the ongoing Gezi Park protests that have entered their fourth week. He repeated his criticism of foreign media coverage and especially of CNN's reporting of the protests. "I was shocked when I saw CNN International or some other international reporters, they used gas masks during the day when there was no tear gas being used, they broadcast as if there was a war. While, on the same days, thousands of people were being killed in Quasar, Syria, there was no coverage at all," Davutolu said.

    [07] Seventeen decisions by Siber's "government" in a week; "EU Support Office" is given the status of "diplomatic mission"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (20.06.13) reports that the self-styled finance minister and "spokesman" of the so-called council of ministers, Zerren Mungan has said that the National Unity Party (UBP) former "government" had taken 552 decisions in one week before transferring "power' to the newly established "government". In statements after the three-hour meeting of the "cabinet" yesterday, Mungan noted that the UBP "government" had taken 340 decisions during its meeting on 22 May, 63 decisions on 27 May and 144 decisions on 29 May. "We leave the people to comment this", he added.

    According to Mungan, 17 decisions were taken by the current "council of ministers" during its second meeting held yesterday. Some of the most important decisions are: to give the "status of diplomatic mission" to the EU Support Office", to determine criteria on the issue of who will be appointed to the post of the "cultural attach?" of the breakaway regime, the annulment of the allocation of a plot of land [Translator's note: this plot is known as 'Zeyko land'] to two companies on the grounds that this is contrary to the "law" and to express a negative view on the issue of the construction of oil storage installations after the "ministry" of tourism and environment carried out a risk analysis.

    On the issue of the "EU Support office", Mungan said that a "Diplomatic Mission Regulation" was adopted describing the conditions under which the status of "diplomatic mission" could be given in the "country".

    Meanwhile, self-styled prime minister, Sibel Siber stated that they would determine criteria on the issue of who can become their "cultural attach?". She referred to the issue of Turkish actor Necati Sasmaz and said that being a very successful actor is not enough. The important thing, she added, is the "institutions of the state and the state institution".


    [08] Problems are created in almost all Turkish Cypriot parties in the process of determining their "candidates" for the early "elections"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (20.06.13) reports that problems have been created in almost all Turkish Cypriot political parties in the process of determining their candidates in the early so-called "elections" which will be held on 28 July.

    The paper writes that Aslan Bicakli, chairman of Turk-Sen trade union and former candidate in the "parliamentary elections" with the Democratic Party (DP), and Nazim Beratli, former "MP" with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), have announced that they will run in these "elections" as candidates of the Social Democracy Party (TDP). After this information was known, news in the political backstage yesterday said that two prominent members of the TDP, Baris Mamali and Dr. Suphi Hudaoglu resigned from the party. According to the same information, efforts have been exerted until late night hours to persuade both of them change their mind. The paper recalls that another important member of the party, Mehmet Barissever had resigned recently accusing Mehmet Cakici of acting contrary to the rules of the TDP.

    Moreover, the chairperson of National Unity Party's (UBP) women's organization in occupied Lefkosia, Sureyya Gurses has resigned from her party and joined the Democratic Party ? National Forces (DP-UG) yesterday, stating that she would be honored to work in a party which followed the tracks of late Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktas.

    The DP-UG, however, is not without problems, as it is said that the "government's" taking "vote of confidence" at the "assembly" is at risk in case Ejder Aslanbaba is not nominated as candidate in occupied Trikomo area of the above-mentioned party [Translator's note: see Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review of 18 and 19 June, 2013].

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (20.06.13) publishes statements by Serdar Denktas, chairman of the DP-UG, who says that there is no change on the issue and that Aslanbaba will not be candidate with their party. He accused the media that supports Irsen Kucuk, chairman of the National Unity Party (UBP), of presenting the issue as a problem in DP-UG and added that there is no problem in his party. Referring to the other seven former "MPs" of the UBP who joined the DP, Denktas said that they will all be nominated for candidates.


    [09] Ertugruloglu: "Eroglu is working for the DP"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (20.06.13) reports that Tahsin Ertugruloglu, "MP" with the National Unity Party (UBP) in occupied Lefkosia, has said that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu is behind the eight "MPs" of the UBP who have resigned from the party and joined the Democratic Party (DP).

    In statements yesterday to Radio Havadis, Ertugruloglu argued that Eroglu is going around the local organizations of the UBP and invites members of the UBP to his office calling them not to vote the party. According to Ertugruloglu, Eroglu says to the UBP members that the UBP should fail in the "elections" so that "we take back our party". Ertugruloglu wondered whether Eroglu's daughter, Resmiye Canaltay, who is chairperson of UBP women's organization in occupied Famagusta, works for the UBP in the "election campaign" or for the DP-UG.


    [10] The college of theology in occupied Mia Milia will be ready for the new school year; Only the mosque costs 23 million US dollars

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (20.06.13) reports that the first stage of the Hala Sultan College of Theology, which is being constructed in occupied Mia Milia area upon an initiative by the Cyprus Foundation of Science Morals and Social Mutual Aid (KISAV), is about to be completed.

    Hikmet Kaynarca, chairman of KISAV's board of trustees told Kibris that the school will have the capacity of providing education to 1250 students, but during the first stage, it will host 625 students. Noting that the first stage will be ready for the next academic year, Kaynarca said that they will start accepting students. He added that 90% of the building has been completed and pointed out that they plan to accept around 430 students for the next year in the college and lyceum departments.

    Kaynarca said that the campus of the college will have the capacity to host 700 students and the groundbreaking ceremony will be held soon. Sports installations and a mosque will be included in the complex of the buildings. According to Kaynarca, only the mosque will cost 23 million US dollars. He noted that the cost of this mosque will be covered by Turkey's Religious Affairs Department. The school will cost eight million Turkish liras (TL) and the campus 17 million TL.


    [11] The regime invites tenders for repainting the flag on occupied Pentadaktylos Mountains

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (20.06.13) reports that tenders for repainting the flag of the breakaway regime on occupied Pentadantylos Mountains will be invited within a couple of days. In statements to Kibris, Tanju Muezzinoglu, chairman of the association for illuminating the above-mentioned flag, said that the materials which will be used for painting the flag will be friendly to the environment and added that after the painting is completed they aim at planting 10 thousand trees in the area. He said that the project will cost around 450 thousand Turkish liras (TL).

    Meanwhile, in statements to Kibris, Caglayan Cesurer, chairman of the trade union of the employees at the so-called electricity authority (El-Sen), said that 2.700 kilowatts per hour are needed for the illumination of the flag in one month. He noted that the cost for this varies between 1300 and 1600 TL and added that the bill is paid by the "prime minister's office".


    [12] Iraqi Kurds announce new oil pipeline to Turkish border

    Turkish daily H?rriyet Daily News (online, 20.06.13) reported that Iraqi Kurdistan appears ready to start a new oil pipeline to Turkey soon. The planned pipeline would not cross the border, a Turkish source said.

    Iraqi Kurdistan will start a new oil pipeline to Turkey within months, its Energy Minister, Ashti Hawrami, told a conference in London yesterday, increasing the autonomous region's control over its resources in a dispute with Baghdad, as reported by Reuters.

    A Turkish source, however, told the H?rriyet Daily News yesterday that the planned pipeline would not cross the border. Some companies were about to finalize an agreement to carry the KRG oil near the south-eastern Turkish border, the Turkish source said, adding that any company could ask authorization to build a pipeline from inside a country to the borderline.

    Such a move, which was announced by Hawrami, will provoke Baghdad, energy sources said. Hawrami noted that the KRG would complete the pipeline by the end of September with an initial capacity of 300,000 barrels per day (bpd). With the further construction of new pumping stations, the pipeline would be able to export more than 1 million bpd by the end of 2015 and 2 million bpd by 2019, Hawrami said, Reuters reported.

    Baghdad has recently announced it aims to ramp up oil production by nearly 45% by the end of 2014 - without any input from its autonomous Kurdistan region - which suggests a lasting compromise in their long-running oil feud may be a way off.

    The KRG has stopped exporting through the central government-controlled pipeline, which has stranded its oil output. It has been able to truck only small amounts to Turkey on road tankers.

    "Nowhere in the world does 1 million barrels per day remain stranded, so I'm confident that the KRG's exports via pipeline will be a reality very soon," Hawrami said. The KRG's oil production capacity is now at 300,000 bpd and is rising rapidly to 400,000 bpd by the end of this year, most of it destined for export, he added.

    No agreement between KRG and Baghdad

    Sales of the Kurdish oil via the central government through Iraq's federal pipeline system also could resume but that will depend on a permanent resolution of the political and constitutional issues between Arbil and Baghdad, Hawrami said.

    No agreement has been reached so far between Iraq and the KRG on payments to oil companies working in the region, despite a meeting earlier in June between leaders on both sides. Hawrami stressed the benefits of having a direct pipeline.

    "The new export infrastructure will be a cost-effective and secure solution that will enable more of Iraq's oil and gas to reach the international market, which will allow all the citizens of Iraq to benefit from increased revenue," he said.

    [13] PKK accuses Turkish government of sabotage peace process

    According to news portal World Bulleting (online, 19.06.13), a top Kurdish militant commander warned on Wednesday a fragile peace process had been reportedly jeopardised by increased military activity and a lack of concrete steps by the government, including the continued detention of Kurdish politicians.

    "The state is doing what it can to sabotage this process. It is preparing for war. This is creating serious problems for us," Murat Karayilan, the PKK commander based in northern Iraq, told the Firat news agency, which is close to the rebels.

    He pointed to increased military surveillance and the construction of new army posts in the mainly Kurdish southeast as undermining the rebels' withdrawal, which is expected to take months.

    Karayilan said the peace process had now reached a "critical stage" at which the government must take its own steps as the PKK withdrew. He added his comments could be taken as a "warning". TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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