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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. 128/15 10.07.2015
[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS
[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS
 Bozkir welcomes highly positive steps in the Cyprus reunification talksAccording to Ankara Anatolia news agency (08.07.15), Turkey's EU Minister Volkan Bozkir on Wednesday welcomed the "highly positive" steps in negotiations over the divided island of Cyprus.
Speaking to reporters at the European Commission in Brussels, Bozkir said: "Both the European Commission and the European Parliament see the steps taken to reach a solution over the Cyprus issue as highly positive".
Commenting also on Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci's visit to Brussels, Bozkir said that his visits to Brussels and Strasbourg were completed with good impressions.
 CTP and UBP have reportedly agreed on establishing a "coalition government"; Ankara's wish is reportedly being fulfilledTurkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (10.07.15) reports that the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and the National Unity Party (UBP) have reached an agreement on the issue of establishing a "coalition government". The committees of the two parties convened [simultaneously and separately] yesterday and discussed the issue of cooperating in a "coalition government". It is reported that in both meetings agreement was reached for cooperating.
After the CTP's meeting, the chairman of the party, Mehmet Ali Talat told the press that they will continue their discussions for cooperating with the UBP. Talat said that they will start working on the "program of the government" with the UBP as of today and that the distribution of the "ministries" might be 5-5. Responding to a question, Talat noted that some important issues exist for the CTP and they will discuss these issues with the UBP. He said that the issue of privatizations is not on their agenda.
The UBP will announce the decision taken last night at a press conference today.
According to the paper, the distribution of the "ministries" had been discussed during the meeting held between the two parties last week and it was agreed that CTP and UBP will take five "ministries" each. This is the first time that the left-wing's big party, the CTP, and the right-wing's big party, the UBP, will establish a "coalition government" together, writes Havadis.
Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (10.07.15) covers the issue under the title "The ministries have been shared brotherly: 5 to 5" and refers to a "CTP-UBP coalition with Ankara's instruction".
Meanwhile, columnist Gokhan Altiner of Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (10.07.15) refers to the issue under the title "Could Talat sadden the AKP?" The columnist points out that the CTP-UBP "coalition government" is not definite, because "the internals of the CTP are still being shaken up". He says: "The CTP-BG will be having a painful birth within these couple of days. Let us see whether Mr Talat, who wishes [to cooperate with] the Democratic Party (DP), will sadden Ankara and continue his way with Denktas or he will establish a broad based coalition government with the UBP being in harmony with the AKP".
 TDP participated in the meeting of the SI Council in New YorkTurkish Cypriot daily Ortam (10.07.15) reports that a delegation from the Social Democratic Party (TDP) headed by its leader Cemal Ozyigit participated at the meeting of the Socialist International (SI), which was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York between 6-7 July after an official invitation by Luis Ayala, SI Secretary General.
The agenda included matters central to the concerns of the movement and of the international community, including Security, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change and the forthcoming COP21 summit that is taking place later this year.
According to the paper, the issue of TDP's membership to the SI will be included in the agenda of Council meeting. It is also reported that although all the members, who attended the meeting, saw positively the membership of TDP, the decision of being officialised was prevented.
Ozyigit said that during the meeting, they had the opportunity to meet with representatives of different countries. He added that although there was a consensus on the membership of their party to the SI, it was not ratified.
 Foreigners trying to spread Islam were spotted in the breakaway regimeTurkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (10.07.15) reports that two French citizens who arrived in the breakaway regime from England were wondering in the inside the walls area of the occupied part of Lefkosia trying to spread Islam.
According to the paper, the two Frenchmen arrived in the breakaway regime as tourists but their aim really is to safeguard that those who love Islam and the Muslims who live in the "TRNC" to begin attending mosque services. They appear to tell people that in order to go to heaver they should go to the mosque, to perform prayers five times per day and to follow the fasting.
They are fluent in English and Arabic, writes Kibris.
 Preparations for celebrating the anniversary of the Turkish invasionTurkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (10.07.15) reports about the preparations for the 41st anniversary of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus and writes that the Dawn Shift Organization Committee stated that its celebrations will be launched on July 19th in the evening and will continue until July 20 in the morning in order to give honour to those who gave their life for the Turkish Cypriots.
In a statements about the celebrations, the organization alleged that Turkey arrived in 1974 to safeguard the lives and properties of the Turkish Cypriots and added that the Turkish invasion was conducted utilizing the guarantors rights of Turkey in Cyprus.
 Turkish Prime Minister asked to form new governmentAccording to Ankara Anatolia news agency (10.07.15), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government, the presidential press office said on Thursday.
"As of now we have started efforts to fulfil this duty and firstly we will hold talks with the chairmen of political parties," Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul. He added that the first round of the negotiations over "government partnership" will run to July 15.
"The second round of meetings will be held in accordance with the atmosphere following Eid al-Fitr," Davutoglu noted, referring to post-Ramadan celebrations.
Davutoglu now has 45 days to form a government around the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which gained the largest share of parliamentary seats in the June 7 general election.
Meanwhile, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 10.07.15), under the title "CHP urges Turkish PM not to blackmail opposition into early polls", reports that Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition party Republican People's Party (CHP), has urged the Justice and Development Party (AKP) not to blackmail opposition parties to go to early polls in the case of failing to form a coalition government.
Kilicdaroglu's urging came only hours after Davutoglu called all political parties to act with common sense in government talks or otherwise go to polls.
"He [Davutoglu] can't impose his conditions for the formation of the coalition government just because he had most votes in the polls. 'Let's form the government or we'll go to elections' cannot be acceptable. One cannot do politics through blackmail. If he does so, we'll go to polls and this won't be the end of the world," Kilicdaroglu told the daily Hurriyet July 9.
On the same issue, HDN (online, 10.07.15), under the title "MHP says 'ready to do its part' for forming of new government", reports that despite placing strict red lines for his party regarding that formation of a coalition government, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli has left the door open ahead of upcoming talks, saying his party "will not hesitate" to do its best not to let any political instability harm Turkey.
In a written statement on July 9, Bahceli said that forming a coalition between parties whose political structure suits with each other is a priority and a necessity.
Bahceli cited the following four preconditions that must be met for the MHP to join government and "prevent instability":
? The outlawed PKK organization should immediately lay down arms and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) should put a distance between itself and the outlawed organization in order to eliminate doubts and concerns regarding the party's legitimacy.
? Democratic gains acquired during the AK Party's administration must continue.
? Ethnic and religious drifts and polarization should be ended; brotherhood ties should be restored.
? Struggle against bribery and corruption should proceed.
 Thai Embassy closed in Turkey after protest against deported UighursAccording to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (online, 10.07.15), Thailand on Friday closed its Embassy and Consulate in Turkey after a protest against its deportation of Uighur Muslims to China, as the US warned the minority could face "harsh treatment" on their return.
The temporary closure of Thailand's Embassy in Ankara and Consulate in Istanbul comes after anti-Chinese demonstrators stormed the latter, damaging furnishings and pulling down the sign outside.
It was the latest protest in Turkey over the treatment of the Turkic-speaking, largely Muslim minority in China's north-western Xinjiang region where Uighurs say they face cultural and religious repression.
Scores are believed to have fled the restive area in recent years, sometimes travelling through Southeast Asia in hope of resettling in Turkey.
In Bangkok, Thai government spokesman Werachon Sukhondhapatipak told reporters July 10 that "the government has ordered the Thai Embassy and Consulate to close temporarily today".
"We will assess the situation on a daily basis," he said, adding all was currently under control with no Thai nationals affected, while citizens had been warned to remain on alert.
Responding to criticism over the China deportations, Werachon said that high-level Thai officials would travel to the country next week to follow-up on the returned group. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION