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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 15-07-20

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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. 134/15 18-20.07.2015

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Akinci for the 1974 Turkish invasion: It was a war even though we call it peace operation and the biggest victims were the Greek Cypriots
  • [02] Kalyoncu's message for the anniversary of the Turkish invasion in Cyprus
  • [03] Ozyigit commented on the formation of the "coalition government" between the CTP-UBP
  • [04] The Speaker the Turkish Assembly and the Turkish Deputy PM illegally visit the breakaway regime for the Turkish invasion celebrations
  • [05] Akinci comments on the hellim/halloumi agreement
  • [06] Turkish air acrobatics team put on display for the celebrations of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus
  • [07] Titina Loizidou's house in occupied Keryneia to become a tavern
  • [08] Turkish PM orders local party headquarters to be ready for possible snap election

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Akinci for the 1974 Turkish invasion: It was a war even though we call it peace operation and the biggest victims were the Greek Cypriots

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (20.07.15) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has said that the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus was a war even though the Turks call it "peace operation" and "one of its biggest victims were the Greek Cypriots".

    In his address yesterday that launched the "celebrations" for the 41st anniversary from the 1974 invasion of Cyprus, Akinci argued that the 20th of July 1974, "in spite of everything, symbolizes the beginning of a new era for the Turkish Cypriot people". He further claimed that their security problem as community was overcome to a great extent thanks to this invasion.

    Referring to their aim in the Cyprus negotiations, Akinci said that this is to reach a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal solution with political equality and security. He added: "We are exerting sincere efforts in the direction of achieving this goal. I hope our efforts to give results within a reasonable period of time and to result in an agreement which will be able to take the approval of both communities this time in simultaneous referenda. All our effort is to achieve an environment of lasting peace in our island without giving concessions from our freedom, equality and security and thanks to this to pave the way for being unified with the modern world. [?]".

    Expressing the belief that a solution in Cyprus will be an example for the entire region, Akinci noted: "However, the solution is undoubtedly something that we need the most and something that the other half of the island needs the most. Having as starting point this common need, reaching a solution in the basis of the common benefit with a common vision will be a positive result for all sides concerned".

    He pointed out that the old generations shared the pain of all that happened and added that they want the new generations to share the "blessings" of the island and to live a better life by being rescued from the uncertainty for the future.

    In the beginning of his speech, Akinci referred to the difficult period after the end of the Second World War and said:

    "With the end of the years of the colonial rule, peace unfortunately did not come to our island. The 1960 Republic of Cyprus could not survive as a 'partnership' republic as the provisions were. This period, during which many innocent people were mercilessly killed, was written in our history as a short but searing period. The military fascistic coup held by the Greek junta on 15 July 1974 has turned everything into a more complicated situation. The wish to demolish the Republic of Cyprus with the insane demand of enosis [Translator's note: Enosis means 'unification' in the Greek language and this word had been used for demanding the unification of Cyprus with Greece], which belonged to a period of two centuries ago, could not be accepted of course by the Turkish Cypriots. This military coup could be prevented only with a military operation. And this is what happened on 20 July 1974. [?]

    Even though we call it 'peace operation', this was undoubtedly a war. And the conditions of war were undoubtedly difficult and hard. Some of us lost their lives; some of us lost their relatives. [?] Families were scattered. Furthermore, thousands of us we had to deal with the trauma of being a refugee. I want to say the following with realism: After the big pains experienced by the Turkish Cypriots in the 1950's and the 1960's, the Greek Cypriot community was one of the biggest victims of the 1974 tragedy caused by the Greek junta. [?]"

    (I/Ts.)

    [02] Kalyoncu's message for the anniversary of the Turkish invasion in Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (19.07.15) reported that the so-called prime minister Omer Kalyoncu, issuing a message on the occasion of the anniversary of the Turkish invasion in Cyprus, pointed out to the fact that no viable and fair solution was possible to be found in Cyprus yet and added that their aim is for the establishment of a bizonal, bicommunal Federal Republic of Cyprus with the continuation of Turkey's guarantees.

    "We will be partners in this federation to be and we give a friendly hand to the Greek Cypriot people for the continuation of the peace talks which are still going on", Kalyoncu said.

    Pointing out that the two leaders in Cyprus have great responsibilities and must work for peace, the friendship and the welfare of this country in order not to come across again with one more war and enslavement, Kalyoncu expressed the "government's readiness" to cooperate and provide any kind of support to the efforts aiming to find a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    (AK)

    [03] Ozyigit commented on the formation of the "coalition government" between the CTP-UBP

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Bakis newspaper (19.07.15) reported that Cemal Ozyigit, chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP), commenting on the formation of a "coalition government" between the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) and the National Unity Party (UBP), said that they have passed into a new era in the "country" and added that still, what is important, is not the "governments" but the change of the rooted and crooked system and of the mentality in general.

    Ozyigit pointed out that it is not the new "governments" or the change in their names that will bring solutions to the problems of the "community" or will bring a real change in "country", but these can be achieved with real determination and political will.

    Referring to the Cyprus problem, Ozyigit stressed to the importance on the stance that the two parties will follow. Explaining that there are "ministers" of the UBP which are opposed to a bizonal, bi- communal federal solution in Cyprus based on a single sovereignty and single international identity, Ozyigit stressed that it is very important not to make even one step backward from the UN parameters and all the elements agreed in the Joint Declaration Agreement of February 11.

    Ozyigit called the two parties which formed the "coalition government" to take this message, otherwise as he said the "people's response" will be very harsh.

    (AK)

    [04] The Speaker the Turkish ?ssembly and the Turkish Deputy PM illegally visit the breakaway regime for the Turkish invasion celebrations

    Turkish Cypriot Kibris Postasi newspaper (20.07.15) reports that Turkish Grand National Assembly Speaker Ismet Yilmaz and Turkish Deputy PM Bulent Arinc are illegally visiting the breakaway regime for the celebrations of the 41st anniversary of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus. Yilmaz and Arinc arrived by private jet.

    Ankara Anatolia news agency (20.07.15) reports that during a visit he paid to the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Yilmaz said that the Turkish and Greek communities in Cyprus should have a permanent agreement on the divided island. "The Turkish Cypriots deserve a permanent solution on the island. Turkey will provide every kind of support for peace", he stated.

    On his part Akinci stated: "We hope to prepare the ground for an agreement, which both sides will say 'yes' to and will protect the rights and laws of both sides."

    [05] Akinci comments on the hellim/halloumi agreement

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (19.07.15) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said that he is pleased with the provisional agreement on the hellim which is also accepted by the European Commission and added: "In the near future, we hope that after the solution, all these will not be longer a problem. This is always an arrangement of the interim period".

    According to a press release issued by Akinci's office, Akinci, in statements to the press after the meeting with the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, said that the meeting was constructive. Noting that Britain is both an EU member and one of the guarantor countries, Akinci added that Britain has a long history regarding Cyprus. He also said that this visit was important at the level of foreign ministry. Akinci noted that their meeting lasted an hour and he informed the Foreign Secretary on the stage reached regarding the Cyprus problem. Akinci further said that they also listened to the British views, adding that within this framework, it was a good meeting.

    Replying to reporters' questions regarding the halloumi/hellim issue, Akinci said: "As you know, the two sides cannot be members together to the EU at the same moment with the solution. Unfortunately, we could not join the EU although we said yes to the solution and to the EU membership ten years ago. We stayed out of this, with the no vote of the Greek Cypriot side. Although the Greek Cypriot side voted no, it has become a member of the EU on behalf of the whole Cyprus. For this reason, only the Greek Cypriot side is authorized on the issue, unfortunately it has official relations with the EU. However, the authority of the Greek Cypriot side has no validity in the North Cyprus (translator's note: the occupied area in the Republic of Cyprus). Thereby, an interim formula has been produced. Also on the issue of halloumi/hellim, the product controls are carried out by the Agriculture Ministries of the member countries, which is normal in other countries. But in our country, under the conditions of non-solution, it is clear that the Agriculture Ministry of South Cyprus (translator's note: the Agriculture Ministry of the Republic of Cyprus) has no authorization or influence in the North. Therefore, the inspections will have to be carried out by the international audit company Bureau Veritas."

    Stressing that this company will be in direct contact with the producers in "North Cyprus", Akinci said that the aforementioned company will send reports also to the EU. Akinci explained that Bureau Veritas will be the authority regarding the inspection of the products in "North Cyprus" and will also work in contact with the EU Commission. Akinci added: "This is the issue that concerns us".

    Akinci went on: "I want to underline one point. We hope after the solution in the near future, all these will no longer be a problem. This is always an arrangement of the interim period. However, we are obliged to protect our producers here. We have to protect a product that belongs to us. We succeeded this. In the end, it was something, which had been discussed for years. I am satisfied for producing this solution. This registration will not be only with the name 'halloumi', it will also be 'hellim' and it will be produced also in the 'North' and not only in the 'South'. Receiving the approval of the inspection company under the supervision of the EU, the 'hellim' will then be exported to international markets. This point is the most important. After this registration, hellim will be a product belonging only to Cyprus. Because, hellim is produced also in other countries under the same name. (?)". Akinci concluded by saying that their halloumi/hellim is of good quality but if after inspections there are deficiencies they should take the necessary steps to protect the quality and pass the controls.

    (DPs)

    [06] Turkish air acrobatics teams put on display for the celebrations of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot Kibris Postasi newspaper (20.07.15) reports that the Turkish air acrobatics team which are part of the Turkish Armed Forces, put on a display yesterday evening in occupied Keryneia as part of the celebrations of the 41st anniversary of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus.

    The Turkish Stars and Solo Turk acrobatics teams put on separate displays for spectators in occupied Keryneia. The Solo Turk F-16 'fighting falcon' flew for 25 minutes after which the Turkish Stars put on a display for half an hour.

    [07] Titina Loizidou's house in occupied Keryneia to become a tavern

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (19.07.15) reported that the house of Titina Loizidou in occupied Keryneia is to become a tavern.

    According to the paper, the house which was rented to the Mavi Doruk Tourist, Trade, Industry and Investment Company LTD, will be transformed into a tavern-famous restaurant called Kolcuoglu Restaurant, one of the most famous restaurants in Turkey.

    The current inhabitant of Loizidou's house Kemal Hifzioglu who is the owner of the above company and of the house after 1974, has stated that until today he has spent totally 3 million dollars for its restoration, adding that he is planning to spent another 1,5 million. Speaking to the paper, Hifzioglu said that Loizidou's relatives visited occupied Keryneia last week and inspected the works at the house. Hifzioglu said that Loizidou's family thanked him for the investments he made at the house. He then clarified that all the money he spent were of his own resources.

    (AK)

    [08] Turkish PM orders local party headquarters to be ready for possible snap election

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (20.07.15) reports that the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called every provincial AKP chairperson to give his wishes for the Eid al-Fitr holiday and to tell them to be prepared for early elections:

    "We are carrying out coalition talks and will continue negotiations until the last moment. But you should be alert that we may run for elections. You should not give any break in your work ... You should always be together with local people," the Prime Minister reportedly told them.

    Davutoglu completed the first round of talks with leaders of the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) last week.

    He is expected to hold new round of coalition talks this week. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION

    http://www.moi.gov.cy/pio

    (CS/ AM)


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