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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 16-08-04

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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. 147/16 04.08.2016

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] Reddediyoruz Platform organized a demonstration against the establishment of the "coordination office for youth and sports"
  • [02] Signature of the contract for road works for Deryneia check ?point
  • [03] Command to participate in the "Supporting Turkish democracy" rally to all "ministries' employees"
  • [04] Journalists in the occupied area of Cyprus tweeted in favour of Gulen and against Erdogan
  • [05] A "bilateral economic cooperation protocol" will be signed with the Turkish Economy Ministry
  • [06] Direct flights are launched from Ordu-Giresun airport to the occupied area of Cyprus
  • [07] Self-styled mayor in occupied Yialousa resigned
  • [08] Erdogan: Forgive me for exposing real Gulen late
  • [09] Council of Europe chief says Europe understands Turkey "too little"
  • [10] Bahceli will attend the grand democracy rally
  • [11] Arinc and three other former Turkish Ministers under investigation for connections with FETO

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] Reddediyoruz Platform organized a demonstration against the establishment of the "coordination office for youth and sports"

    Under the title "Great reaction from young people", Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (04.08.16) reports about the marching and the demonstration organized yesterday by the Reddediyoruz (We are rejecting) Platform.

    The demonstration was organized prior to the decision of the "constitutional court" for the establishing by Turkey of the "coordination office for youth and sports" at the breakaway regime. The decision of the "court" will be announced on August 5.

    The paper writes that the demonstrators gathered in front of the "assembly" and with songs and slogans shouted that they are against the establishment of such an office. Speaking during the rally, on behalf of the Reddediyoruz Platform, Zeki Celer, "deputy" with the Social Democracy Party (TDP), stated that the aim of the Platform's actions is for the voice of young people to be heard and added that they reject the establishment of the "coordination office for youth and sports" at the breakaway regime.

    Havadis further reports that after a demand of the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the "constitutional court" will announce tomorrow, August 5, its final "verdict" for the establishment of the "coordination office" as regards the "bilateral agreement" signed between Turkey and the breakaway regime" on the issue. The agreement had been approved by the "assembly".

    (CS)

    [02] Signature of the contract for road works for Deryneia check -point

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (04.08.16) reports that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced the signature of the contract for road works for the Deryneia check -point.

    Road works under this contract will cover only the section of the road in the occupied part of Deryneia and are planned to be completed in five months.

    The project is fully funded by the European Union. The cost of the works is approx. 938.000 euro.

    The tender for the Lefka check -point has been re-launched and will close on Friday 05th August 2016.

    [03] Command to participate in the "Supporting Turkish democracy" rally to all "ministries' employees"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (04.08.16) reports that all the "ministries" in the breakaway regime issued a command to their "employees" to participate in the rally for "supporting democracy" which is organized on August 5 with the participation of various NGOs and trade unions for condemning the failed coup that took place in Turkey on July 15. The rally will be held in the occupied part of Lefkosia.

    The paper notes that the two parties of the "coalition government", the National Unity Party (UBP) and the Democratic Party (DP) as well as the Social Democrat Party (SDP) stated that they fully support the rally and will participate in it.

    Yesterday the People's Party (HP) of Kudret Ozersay also expressed support towards the rally issuing a written statement in which is noted that "the Turkish Cypriot people stands next to Turkey during these difficult times and will continue to do so".

    (CS)

    [04] Journalists in the occupied area of Cyprus tweeted in favour of Gulen and against Erdogan

    Turkish Cypriot daily Volkan newspaper (04.08.16), on its front page, reports that it is a matter of time to start arresting journalists in the occupied area of Cyprus, who reportedly supported the July 15 coup attempt.

    According to the paper, journalists reportedly with links to FETO (Fethullahist terror organization) were sending tweets to FETO supported journalists in Turkey until July 14. The journalists tweeted: "AKP will go, Erdogan will go, Fetullah Gullen will come, Erdogan will answer to his actions".

    (DPs)

    [05] A "bilateral economic cooperation protocol" will be signed with the Turkish Economy Ministry

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 04.08.16), the self-styled economy and energy ministry has announced its "credit interest support program for tradesmen and the services sector".

    The self-styled minister for economy and energy Sunat Atun announced the "2016 Tradesmen and Services Industry sector Credit Support Program". He said that 500 persons will be given support from the 3 million TL sources and that the "government" will cover half of the 13.5% allocated for the sector.

    Meanwhile next week, Atun will visit Ankara to meet with the Turkish Minister for Economy Niyazi Zeybekci.

    A "bilateral economic cooperation protocol" will be signed with the Turkish Economy Ministry to further develop the trade sector between the two "countries".

    Atun further said that this protocol is important for the further development on production and exports between the two "countries".

    [06] Direct flights are launched from Ordu-Giresun airport to the occupied area of Cyprus

    Turkish Cypriot daily Demokrat Bakis newspaper (04.08.16) reports that direct flights between the Ordun-Giresun airport, in Turkey, and the occupied airport of Tymbou have launched since yesterday.

    The Mayor of Ordu town in Turkey, Enver Yilmaz, in statement to Ankara Anatolia news agency, said that the direct flights will operate three times per week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

    (DPs)

    [07] Self-styled mayor in occupied Yialousa resigned

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (04.08.16), the so-called mayor of the occupied village of Yialousa Mesut Yikici announced that he will resign from his position, because he cannot bear any more the political deformity in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    Yikici explained that the "government" does not give them the expected financial aid and as a result the "municipality" is in debt. He added that he cannot fire the "employees", so he preferred to resign.

    (DPs)

    [08] Erdogan: Forgive me for exposing real Gulen late

    According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News newspaper (online, 03.08.16), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his regret for helping the Fethullah Gulen organization in the past and not being able to show the group's real face to the people of Turkey, pledging to account for this on behalf of the nation and God.

    "Late [President Turgut] Ozal, late [President Suleyman] Demirel, late [Prime Minister Bulent] Ecevit and even us, we helped this structure with good will, although we were politicians and statesmen with different [world] views. Let me speak frankly. On my behalf, I also helped them on the grounds that we met on common ground, although there were so many issues on which I did not agree with them," Erdogan said in an address to the Extraordinary Religion Council on Aug 3.

    The reason why the Gulenist organization was able to live within society like a constantly-growing virus was its religious values, Erdogan said, adding that this characteristic of the group was always supported by the Turkish public opinion throughout this time.

    "Despite all our reservations about the leader of this organization, I showed tolerance to them out of respect for their education, aid and solidarity activities in the country and abroad. We showed tolerance as they were saying 'God'. We said we had common ground," Erdogan said.

    Erdogan admitted that he failed to see the organization's real intentions and long-term objectives until 2010, after which he started to look at the group in a different way, recalling that he started to voice his reservations against the group in 2012. The President further confessed that he could not even convince some of his friends in his political party about some of the group's suspicious acts, such as targeting senior military officers and prominent personalities within the state civil service and private sector.

    The corruption and fraud probe that was launched in late 2013 was the turning point in starting to see the real face of the Gulenist organization, the President stated. "But I know that there are still those who don't want to believe in it. I know there are still those who look at [it] but can't see it. From this moment, the era of suspicion is over and the era of fighting has started".

    The President expressed his sorrow over not being able to show the real face of the Gulenist organization to the Turkish people, saying "Despite everything, I deplore not being able to uncover the real face of this organization. I know that we have to account to both God and the nation. May God and my nation forgive us".

    It was time to let these people pay account for what they did and at the same time to self-criticize, he said, expressing his determinacy in fighting Gulenists organization members. "I declare from this hall: After this hour, those who will continue to give an ear to the deliriums of this terrorist leader in Pennsylvania [Gulen] will accept beforehand whatever will happen to him or her," he added.

    One of the most important characteristics of the members of this organization was their ability to pretend and hide their faces behind a mask, Erdogan claimed, adding that was why he still had difficulties accepting the sincerity of former Gulenists who expressed their regrets. "Do they really regret? I do not say this in a revanchist manner but are they really regretful? Or are they hypocritical, a characteristic of this very group. We have difficulty seeing this", Erdogan said.

    [09] Council of Europe chief says Europe understands Turkey "too little"

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News newspaper (online, 03.08.16) reports that the head of the Council of Europe (CoE) Thorbjorn Jagland said that there has been "too little understanding" from Europe about the challenges facing Turkey in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15.

    "I would like to say there has been too little understanding from Europe over what challenges this has caused to the democratic and state institutions of Turkey", CoE Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse, referring to a group of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen's supporters in the military who are accused of conducting the failed coup.

    Jagland was the first high-ranking European official to visit Turkey after the attempted coup which left more than 250 people dead.

    "We, however, have been informed about it for a very long time. So therefore of course we see a need for a cleaning up all of this," Jagland said, speaking alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a joint press conference in Ankara on Aug. 3.

    "But it is also very important that this is being done in conformity with [European] law, and standards of the European Convention of Human Rights and the case law of the Court of Human Rights, which is a very good guide," he said.

    Turkey temporarily suspended the implementation of its obligations emanating from the European Convention on Human Rights for as long as the state of emergency remains in force.

    Stating that Turkey "is such an important European country," Jagland said, "It is important that we do all that we can to help Turkey get through this process".

    For his part, Cavusoglu said that Turkey had never forgotten its commitments to the CoE. "We have never made compromises on our understanding of democracy and will never do so", Cavusoglu said, calling on the EU, European media and states "to give up on their wrong approach" and "be objective, balanced and honest".

    After the joint press conference, Cavusoglu said via Twitter that he hoped that the solidarity shown by Jagland would set an example for "our other European friends". "We act in accordance with rule of law and our international obligations while taking measures against FETO. We are open to criticism made in a spirit of goodwill and honesty. Yet there are biased accusations from Europe. Europe should realize how it is moving away from its own values as it excludes Turkey. A Europe without Turkey is incomplete and weak," Cavusoglu tweeted Aug. 3.

    [10] Bahceli will attend the grand democracy rally

    According to Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (online, 04.08.16), opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahceli will attend the grand democracy rally in Istanbul on August 7 to wrap up the anti-coup rallies which emerged following the failed July 15 coup attempt.

    Bahceli's decision was announced shortly after Prime Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m's call to invite him. He tweeted on his account that he will "attend the Democracy and Martyrs rally on August 7 to 'crown' the national determination which displayed itself since July 15".

    Meanwhile, Ankara Anatolia news agency (03.08.16) reports that Yasin Aktay, the vice chair of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), said Wednesday that the rally would not appeal to just AK Party supporters.

    Aktay also confirmed that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will attend, adding that similar rallies would also be held simultaneously all across the country.

    [11] Arinc and three other former Turkish Ministers under investigation for connections with FETO

    Turkish daily Milliyet newspaper (04.08.16) reports that four former Turkish Ministers and members of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) are under investigation for connections with the Fetullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO).

    These are Bulent Arinc, Huseyin Celik, Suat Kilic and S?dullah Ergin.

    Arinc, who served as Speaker of the Turkish Assembly was one of the three founders of AKP, together with Abdullah Gul and Tayyip Erdogan.

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