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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 14-03-19

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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 No. 53/14 19.03.14

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Nami is flying to Germany
  • [02] Sibel asked for a representation at the IPU
  • [03] Turkish Cypriot "MPs" held meetings in Geneva
  • [04] Cicek: Our wish is a solution based on the "essential founding will and the political equality of the two peoples" in Cyprus
  • [05] Eroglu met with Pieter Van-Nuffel
  • [06] Akca explains the reasons why the regime's products cannot enter into the Turkish market
  • [07] Afrika reacts to Turkish settler "minister's" allegation that Pentadaktylos mountain range does not belong to the Greeks Cypriots
  • [08] Turkey stands with EU and NATO on Crimea
  • [09] Deep Purple rock band will reportedly give a concert at the illegal Near Eat University

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Nami is flying to Germany

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi Daily News (online, 18.03.14) reported that according to information given on the self-styled foreign ministry's twitter account of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, self-styled foreign minister Ozdil Nami is flying to Germany on Monday 24 March for a series of official contacts.

    [02] Sibel asked for a representation at the IPU

    Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi (19.03.14) reports that self-styled assembly speaker of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, Sibel Siber, who continues her contacts in Geneva within the framework of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU), met yesterday with the Assembly Speakers of Netherland and Gabon as well as British officials.

    During the meeting with a British committee, Siber said that the Cyprus problem is known very well especially by Britain. Referring to the resumption of the Cyprus talks, Siber claimed that they continue with all their strength so this time the process ends with success.

    Noting that they desire not only the voice of the Greek Cypriots to be heard at the international platforms but also the voice of the Turkish Cypriots, Siber said: "At this process, we believe that a place at the international platforms should be given to the representatives of our people".

    Robert Walter, who was in the British committee, said that Cyprus is a special place for Britain, adding that at the meeting with the General Secretary of IPU, an effort should be exerted in order to give a representation to the Turkish Cypriots like at PACE.

    Later, Siber met with the Dutch Assembly Speaker Anouchka Van Miltenburg, where she briefed her again on the Cyprus talks, adding that she was pleased to meet another woman Assembly Speaker. Siber also asked for her support in order to have the right of representation at the IPU.

    During the meeting with Guy Nzouba-Ndama, President of Gabon's National Assembly, Siber said that the solution on the ongoing Cyprus talks should be bicommunal, bizonal based on the political equality in order to be viable. She also said that they need the support of the international public opinion in order for the voice of the Turkish Cypriots to be heard in the international arena, both in social and political fields.

    Nzouba-Ndama, on his part, said that the current situation in Cyprus cannot be continued and gave his support for a viable solution. He added that it is important for the Turkish Cypriots to express themselves at the IPU.

    [03] Turkish Cypriot "MPs" held meetings in Geneva

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (19.03.14) reports that Zeki Celer, "MP" with the Social Democracy Party (TDP), who is in Geneva as part of a delegation of the "assembly" to attend the meetings of the 130th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU), participated in the Young Parliamentarians' Forum. According to the paper, Celer held various meetings with members of the Forum. The paper also publishes a picture of Celer with an MP from Ecuador.

    In addition, the paper writes that Erkut Sahalli, "MP" with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), who is also in Geneva, held meetings with various MPs who are members of Socialist international.

    [04] Cicek: Our wish is a solution based on the "essential founding will and the political equality of the two peoples" in Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (19.03.14) reports that the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Cemil Cicek has said that Turkey's wish is for the negotiating process in Cyprus to give a result and a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to be reached, by holding referenda the soonest, "on the basis of the essential founding will of the two peoples, who are co-owners of the island, and of their political equality".

    Addressing the 130th Inter-Parliamentary Union's general assembly in Geneva, Cicek expressed their satisfaction with the resumption of the Cyprus talks on 11 February 2014 under the auspices of the UN and noted that the international community should help the sides within this context.

    Cicek referred also to the events in Crimea and said that Turkey attaches "great importance to not injuring the safety and the well-being" of the Crimean Turkish Tatars, as he described them.

    (I/Ts.)

    [05] Eroglu met with Pieter Van-Nuffel

    Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan (19.03.14) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu met yesterday at the so-called presidential palace with Pieter Van Nuffel, personal representative of the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barosso, to the UN Good Offices Mission in Cyprus.

    Eroglu's "spokesman", Osman Ertug and his "undersecretary" Hasan Gungor were present at the meeting.

    No statements were made before or after the meeting.

    (AK)

    [06] Akca explains the reasons why the regime's products cannot enter into the Turkish market

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (19.03.14) reports that "Foreign Trade Seminars", which are co-organized by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Industry and the illegal Eastern Mediterranean University ("DAU"), started yesterday at the former's premises.

    Addressing the seminar, the Turkish self-styled ambassador to Nicosia, Halil Ibrahim Akca said that the workshop will be useful for clarifying the reasons why products which are produced in the occupied area of Cyprus cannot be imported into Turkey and exports of the breakaway regime are "weak". According to Akca, high costs, the high input costs and the fact that some certifications and standards are not followed in the occupied area of Cyprus are the reasons why the Turkish Cypriot products cannot enter into Turkey. Akca said that these problems should be solved within the "TRNC", as he called the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    Referring to the complaints that the Turkish Cypriot products cannot enter into Turkey through the port of Mersin, Akca noted that the "gate of Mersin" is actually not as "hard" a gate as it is said and that the rules implemented at other ports are also implemented in Mersin. He noted that industry in the occupied area of Cyprus has not come to the point where it should have been.

    In his address, the chairman of the Chamber of Industry, Ali Cirali said that the current accounts deficit of the regime is high because of the "weak exports" and added that the exports-imports coverage ratio is 6%. He argued that it is not difficult to achieve the target of 20% by increasing the exports to 300-350 million dollars.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] Afrika reacts to Turkish settler "minister's" allegation that Pentadaktylos mountains range does not belong to the Greeks Cypriots

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (19.03.14) reacts to statements made by Hamit Bakirci, self-styled minister of environment and natural resources of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, who had alleged that Pentadaktylos mountain range does not belong to the Greek Cypriots and therefore they should not interfere with what happens there.

    Under the title "Both Pentadaktylos and Troodos belong to us", Afrika recalls that Bakirci is a Turkish settler from Trabzon and writes, inter alia, the following:

    "?How it became his [mountain]? The Turkish army came. It shed blood. It conquered. And it became his!

    Mr Hamit set foot on this island in 1997, but it seems that he does not understand yet that this country is the common country of all of us Cypriots. There is no such thing as this mountain is yours and this is mine. Or this plain is yours and this is mine. There are also no seas and streams that belong only to the one [of us]. They belong to all of us. All Cypriots?

    Since Mr Hamit considers Pentadaktylos to be Turkish, he certainly considers Troodos Mountains to be Greek. That is, in his view Pentadaktylos is ours and Troodos belongs to the Greeks. Is it so? Go out and ask any Turkish Cypriot you like Mr minister. Whose is Troodos? Does it belong to the Greeks or the Turks? And let us see whether you will find even a single person who will not say that 'they neither belong to the Greeks nor the Turks, they belong to all Cypriots'.

    Why are you angry because the Greek Cypriot side went to Europe and complained about the fact that we destroy Pentadaktylos by excavating? ?Do you think that if the Greek Cypriots started now to destroy Troodos like we are doing to Pentadaktylos, would we not react to this? ? Do you think that this side is one country and the other side is another country? Even if you dream of this place as two separate states, are you not aware of the fact that this country is one single country?

    You come from Trabzon and this is surely the reason why you do not understand us. Look, there is a new solution process now here. We are trying to establish a united, common country. We are not sharing the mountains and the plains at the table. We are discussing how all these is common property to all of us. We are not sharing the bridges. We are trying to clean the dirty waters which flow under the bridges".

    (I/Ts.)

    [08] Turkey stands with EU and NATO on Crimea

    According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (19.03.14), Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said his government supports the European Union and NATO's policies regarding Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula, after it declared its independence from Ukraine following a referendum.

    "We act together with the EU and NATO on Crimea," Davutoglu said in a televised program on Tuesday. "We also keep the door to diplomacy open with Russia, and this is to do with our geographical location."

    On Crimean Tatars, who boycotted Sunday's referendum, Davutoglu said Turkey would strive to ensure their security and rights and added: "We would like Crimean Tatars to see us as the guarantor for their presence there. And we would act in accordance with this view."

    [09] Deep Purple rock band will reportedly give a concert at the illegal Near Eat University

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (19.03.14) reports that Deep Purple rock band will give a concert at the illegal Near East University in the occupied area of Cyprus on May 24.

    According to the paper, more than 100.000 persons are expected to visit the breakaway regime in order to attend the concert. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

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