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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 16-12-06

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  • [01] Eide held a meeting with Cavusoglu in Ankara
  • [02] Nami and Mavroyiannis will meet three times a week until Geneva summit
  • [03] Kilicdaroglu: "Cyprus should not slip down from our hands"
  • [04] Erhurman: The CTP will support the leaders in the efforts for solving the Cyprus problem
  • [05] Ozersay calls on the "deputies" to overthrow the "government"
  • [06] The breakaway regime was advertised in Baku
  • [07] Protests and strikes continue in the occupied area of Cyprus until the winter time is implemented
  • [08] Y?ld?r?m visits Russia where he will meet with Putin and Medvedev
  • [09] New Israeli Ambassador presents credentials to Erdogan
  • [10] Chief Advisor to CHP's Kilicdaroglu detained over FETO links
  • [11] Turkey launches space satellite GOKTURK-1


    [01] Eide held a meeting with Cavusoglu in Ankara

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (06.12.16) reports that Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide was received yesterday by the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

    Citing diplomatic sources, the paper writes that during the meeting the stage reached at the negotiations for finding a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem was discussed. In addition, during the meeting it was said that yesterday the negotiators of the two communities started to discuss the issues which remained open in the island, as it was mentioned in the statement issued by the UN on December 1. According to the same sources, Eide's visit to Ankara is very important since Ankara had the chance to express directly to him its views within the framework of the road map set in the negotiations.

    The paper writes that Eide also met with Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesman of the Turkish Presidency.


    [02] Nami and Mavroyiannis will meet three times a week until Geneva summit

    Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (06.12.16) reports that Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami and Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis met yesterday for the first time after the Mont Pelerin summit. Their meeting lasted three and a half hours and they decided to meet three times a week, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.00 in the morning until the summit in Geneva on January 9.

    Citing information by the "presidency", the paper reports that during their next meeting on Wednesday Nami and Mavroyiannis will mainly discuss the foreign relations. The negotiators will determine in every meeting their main agenda of the next meeting and in case the meetings coincide with special days, a different arrangement will be made.


    [03] Kilicdaroglu: "Cyprus should not slip down from our hands"

    According to IHA news agency (online, 05.12.16) (, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, addressing Turkey's Parliament on the 2017 budget law draft, referred to the Cyprus problem and alleged:

    "Bargaining is going on in Cyprus. It dropped the territory to 29%. Why did it drop to 29%? The negotiations are being held behind closed doors. () We should protect Cyprus both from political and strategically point of view. Cyprus should not slip down from our hands. We paid a price for Cyprus. Our martyrs are there. While we should have strengthened our sovereignty in Cyprus in exchange for this price, we have begun to make concessions. This is not right".


    [04] Erhurman: The CTP will support the leaders in the efforts for solving the Cyprus problem

    Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (06.12.16) reports that Tufan Erhurman, chairman of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), has said that "serious activity" exists in the Cyprus problem and that the CTP must be ready for the "new period". In statements during a visit to occupied Kazafani village, Erhurman expressed the hope that a referendum will come out as a result of the negotiations, which will continue until mid-January and added that the CTP will work tirelessly to support the leaders on the one hand and correctly brief the Turkish Cypriot "people" on the other.

    Erhurman argued that during this period, the "government" is shocked, does not know what to do and lost control. He also expressed the view that the "government" is panicked and does not know the "democratic methods" and added that they will do whatever they can until January, but "if we cannot reach a solution by mid-January, we are obliged to overthrow this mentality the soonest and build a correct system in the country".


    [05] Ozersay calls on the "deputies" to overthrow the "government"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (06.12.16) reports that Kudret Ozersay, leader of the People's Party (HP), has called on the "deputies" to overthrow the "government" of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. In a written statement, Ozersay argued that many decisions taken by the "government" are "illegal" and some of them are cancelled by the "court" or changed by the "government" itself.

    Ozersay expressed the view that the "government" must be overthrown before causing more damage to the "country". He said that if the "deputies" remain inactive, they will be sharing the responsibility for the mistakes committed by the "government".


    [06] The breakaway regime was advertised in Baku

    Turkish Cypriot daily Demokrat Bakis newspaper (06.12.16) reports that the self-styled ministry of tourism and environment advertised the breakaway regime's tourism in Baku, Azerbaijan, by organizing a roadshow, "which was received with great interest".

    According to the paper, representatives of Turkish Cypriot hotel owners, travel agents and officials of the Turkish Airlines participated in the Turkish Cypriot delegation. Many travel agents from Baku participated in the road show and they were given CDs and leaflets with information regarding the occupied area of Cyprus.

    The self-styled minister of tourism and environment Fikri Ataoglu delivered a speech at the roadshow and held a meeting with the Azeri Minister of Diaspora Nazim Ibrahimov. He also gave interviews to local media. In his speech, Ataoglu said that the roadshow is one of the many events planned for the promotion of the breakaway regime in Azerbaijan in the coming months. He added that representatives of other fields, such as the construction industry, trade and education, will also participate in the forthcoming promotion events.

    The paper also reports that the "TRNC representative in Baku", Ufuk Turganer and the Azeri Deputy Ganire Pasayeva were among the participants in the events.


    [07] Protests and strikes continue in the occupied area of Cyprus until the winter time is implemented

    Under the title "Life will stop", Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (06.12.16) reports that trade unions and civilian organizations, which are members of the Trade Union Platform, will hold a strike all day long today in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. The strike is expected to be held in all "public organizations" and "institutions". Furthermore, a rally will be held in front of the self-styled prime minister's office.

    Turkish Cypriot "civil servants'" trade union (KTAMS), the secondary school teachers' trade union (KTOEOS), the primary school teachers' trade union (KTOS), the Turkish workers trade union (TURK-IS), the physicians' trade union (TIP-IS), the "public workers'" trade union (KAMU-IS), the "public employees'" trade union (KAMU-SEN), the GUC-SEN trade union, the air controllers union and the "Solidarity" organization stated that they supported the strike and the protest activities and that they would participate in them.

    Moreover, members of the Trade Union Platform protested yesterday afternoon in front of the "prime minister's office".

    Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (06.12.16) refers to the issue under the title "All day long today demonstrations and general strike in the TRNC"! The paper writes that the trade unionists stated that the demonstrations will continue until the "international time zone is implemented and those responsible give account" for their actions.

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (06.12.16) refers to the issue under the title "Today the people are in the streets again" and reports that because of the strike, the flights at illegal Tymbou airport will stop between 08.00 and 15.30 hours. According to the paper, 23 fights will be cancelled. The strike is also supported by the workers at the "hospitals" and the "customs".

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (06.12.16) reports that the driver of the truck, who had caused the deadly accident, was taken to "court" yesterday. The paper writes that he was very difficultly saved from being lynched by the relatives and friends of the victims.

    According to Afrika, students organized a protest yesterday in front of the "assembly" and later marched towards the "prime minister's office". Three students were arrested for writing on a wall that "state is a murderer". The students were set free later.

    Moreover, in a statement issued yesterday by the New Cyprus party (YKP) it is said that the traffic accident on occupied Pentadaktylos Mountains was a result of the policies imposed by Turkey and that a political struggle should be carried out against these policies.


    [08] Y?ld?r?m visits Russia where he will meet with Putin and Medvedev

    Turkish daily Sabah (05.12.16) reported that Prime Minister Y?ld?r?m will be paying an official two-day visit to Russia between 5 and 7 December upon invitation by his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. The Turkish Premier is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the chairwoman of the Council of the Federation, Valentina Matviyenko, before speaking at a scheduled conference at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

    Yildirim's visit to Moscow will focus on key items on the agenda, including the economy, reducing the price of natural gas exports to Turkey, the Turkish-Stream gas project, lifting the ban on the imports of certain agricultural goods, visa-free travel and the use of local currency in trade between the two countries.

    The visit is expected to speed up the normalization process, which has been continuing since November 2015.

    Prime Minister Y?ld?r?m will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak, Food, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Faruk Celik, Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avc?, and Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan.

    After Turkey shot down a Russian war plane alleging that it had violated the Turkish airspace near the Syrian border on November 24 last year, the bilateral trade relations were halted, political ties severed and sanctions were imposed on Turkey.

    President Erdogan's visit to Russia saw the initiation of normalization talks between the two countries while the Prime Minister's current visit to Russia, accompanied by a delegation of six Ministers, is expected to reinforce the bilateral ties. The meetings between Y?ld?r?m and Prime Minister Medvedev are expected to address the use of local currency in trade as well as tourism.


    The Prime Ministry's Press Office noted in an announcement regarding Y?ld?r?m's visit to Russia that the talks between the two parties include plans to evaluate initiatives aimed at strengthening economic cooperation and discussing the general status of bilateral relations, especially regarding joint projects in the fields of energy, agriculture, tourism, industry and transportation, as well as regional and international developments.

    The statement also suggested that the first concrete step in normalizing commercial relations will be taken by Y?ld?r?m during his visit to Russia following the meeting held between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Putin. It was during this meeting where the two sides discussed the usage of Turkish liras and Russian rubles in the commercial relations between the two countries.


    [09] New Israeli Ambassador presents credentials to Erdogan

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (06.12.16) reports that the Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Eitan Na'eh has presented his credentials to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to officially begin his tenure in Ankara, after six years of low-level diplomatic representation due to the Mavi Marmara crisis of 2010.

    Turkish Ambassador to Israel Kemal Oke will begin his work in Tel Aviv on Dec. 12.

    Turkey and Israel decided to appoint Ambassadors to each other's capitals after they concluded an agreement normalizing their bilateral relations in late June this year.

    Ambassador Na'eh arrived in Ankara on Dec. 1, accompanied by his wife and two children as well as embassy staff. The delegation had a photo taken with President Erdogan when Na'eh presented his credentials on Dec. 5.

    Na'eh, who served as Deputy Head of the Israeli Embassy in London, is familiar with Turkey, having been assigned as first and second secretary in Ankara in 1993.

    In 1997 he served as Deputy Consul General for Press and Information in Chicago and the Midwest in the United States, and in 1999 as the head of the Turkish-Greek and Cyprus desk at the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.

    As of 2009, he served as Senior Director at the Diplomatic Secretariat of the National Security Council at the Israeli Prime Minister's Office.

    [10] Chief Advisor to CHP's Kilicdaroglu detained over FETO links

    Turkish daily Sabah (05.12.16) reported that the Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatih Gursul, Chief Advisor to the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, was detained over links with the Gulenist terror cult (FETO) on Tuesday.

    The Chief Advisor was reportedly found to have used ByLock, an encrypted communication application that was used by FETO members for internal communication.

    Attorney General Mehmet Senay from the terror and organized crime unit of Istanbul's public prosecutor ordered Fatih Gursul's detention in Ankara. Gulsul's house in Ankara is currently being searched by the police for further evidence.

    [11] Turkey launches space satellite GOKTURK-1

    Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (05.12.16) reported that the Turkish Chief of Staff announced that Turkey launched the GOKTURK-1 satellite on December 5 to provide high-definition satellite images for both civilian and military purposes.

    The satellite, which was launched from Spaceport in French Guiana, is a Turkish military project that is being conducted with the partnership of Turkish firms such as Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), ASELSAN, TUBITAK and ROKETSAN, under the auspices of Thales Alenia Space (TAS-F).

    The satellite, with a mass of 1,070 kilograms without fuel, has a high-definition optical camera and is designed to circulate on an orbit synchronized with the sun. It is expected to capture more than 60,000 images per year.

    In its statement, the Turkish Armed Forces said the satellite was the second military vehicle to be launched after GOKTURK-2 in 2012. The satellite will fulfill the Turkish army's need for intelligence without being "restricted by geographical boundaries."

    The satellite's primary mission will be to answer the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces, especially in the fight against terrorism. The satellite cost Turkey 261.5 million euro and is expected to have a lifespan of seven years. The satellite is expected to be used primarily in Turkey's eastern and southeastern regions, as well as in Iraq and Syria. It is also expected to be used in military operations conducted in Syria.

    The statement added that, along with GOKTURK-2, the new satellite, with its downloading pace, maneuvering abilities and advanced ground system characteristics, will increase Turkey's power in space.

    It was added that the integration and environmental testing phase of the satellite was conducted in Turkey's first national Spacecraft Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) Center.

    Meanwhile speaking during a special event organized in Ankara to watch the launching of GOKTURK-1, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the satellite would provide close-up vision as close as half a meter.

    The current satellite in use, GOKTURK-2, gets high-resolution images up to a distance of 2.5 meters.

    Underlining that the level of national contribution to the production of the satellite was 20%, Erdogan said the opposite should be the case for the next satellite to be sent to space. "With good planning and right choices, we should provide a defense industry in which we will be self-sufficient as soon as possible," said Erdogan.

    He also criticized Turkey's NATO allies for not providing the country with drones that it wants to purchase, signaling his unease about, what he argues, the lack of military support from the community. "Now we are producing [them] for much cheaper," said Erdogan. TURKISH AFFAIRS SECTION


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