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Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 17-12-14

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No. 242/17 14.12.17


  • [01] Akinci addressed the OIC
  • [02] Ertugruloglu made a speech at the OIC meeting
  • [03] Ozgurgun evaluated the OIC Summit
  • [04] "President of the Immovable Property Commission" evaluates ECHR decision
  • [05] Reactions by political parties on the latest decision taken by the ECHR upon an appeal made by Greek Cypriot Adriani Ioannou
  • [06] Six trade unions expressed support to Afrika newspaper
  • [07] Davulcu: "In any case the treaty of guarantees would change"
  • [08] Islamic Cooperation declares East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital
  • [09] Turkey slams Trump's national security advisor McMaster over 'Islamic extremism' remarks
  • [10] US committed to strategic partnership with Turkey, National Security Council says


    [01] Akinci addressed the OIC

    Illegal Bayrak (14.12. 17 broadcast that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci addressed the extraordinary meeting of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation that was held in Istanbul.

    In his speech Akinci drew attention to the fact that the developments that are taking part in Jerusalem are far from serving world peace and added that this situation is very saddening for humanity.

    Noting that the Middle East is one of the areas in the world that had been longing for peace for some time now, Akinci said that millions of people had suffered greatly due to war and terror in that region and added that the last thing it needed is for policies to be taken that would further increase the tensions in the region.

    "The Trump administration declaring that it will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is far from constructive, very wrong and a dangerous decision. This kind of step will not serve regional peace or world peace. Alongside international law, the historical reality of Jerusalem, that serves all three religions, is also proof of how wrong this decision was" said Akinci.

    He reiterated his view that the Middle East is in need of peace and added that the world could not alienate itself from the problems in this region as it is also effecting other regions of the world.

    "In this respect states that have large populations should not take steps that would further intensify the Palestinian peoples' sorrows. They should be influenced from Jerusalem's spiritual harmony and gravitate towards uniting policies that will serve world peace" said Akinci.

    He also said that the "Turkish Cypriots who had experienced the bitter taste of war just a short while ago and was well aware of the importance of peace had sadly been following the developments that was affecting the peaceful atmosphere in the area".

    "The TRNC state and its people, is against any steps that are against historical realities and international peace" alleged Akinci.

    [02] Ertugruloglu made a speech at the OIC meeting

    Illegal Bayrak (14.12.17 broadcast that self-styled foreign minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu addressed the extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.

    The summit was called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to address US President Donald Trump's decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    During his speech at the summit, Ertugruloglu criticized the US government for the decision it took regarding Jerusalem. Ertugruloglu said that "neither the decision, nor the person who took this decision nor the people who think they will benefit from this position, will ever benefit from this". He said that Jerusalem is a holy place for all three religions and added that the political games being played is only further serving to increase the tense atmosphere in the region leading to further conflict.

    'We cannot expect Muslims and Christians to remain quiet to this issue. The issue of Jerusalem is an issue of existence. This issue is a matter of life or death and the reactions shown by Islamic countries are insufficient. I, as the foreign minister of a country who is fighting for existence and recognition am saying that we were very disappointed with the treatment of other Islamic countries towards us and unfortunately they have been a disappointment in the Jerusalem issue as well' said Ertugruloglu.

    During his speech he also said that the US President's decision to move its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is also unacceptable and called for the decision to be revoked.

    [03] Ozgurgun evaluated the OIC Summit

    Illegal Bayrak (14.12.17 ) broadcast that the self-styled prime minister Huseyin Ozgurgun evaluated the extraordinary summit of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jerusalem held in Istanbul.

    Ozgurgun evaluated the decision taken at the summit that declared East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine to the Ihlas News Agency.

    He said the decision was in response to the US's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He said "this is a simple physics formula. Every action receives a reaction."

    Stating that the initiative taken by the US was a step which will not serve regional peace and will cause bloodshed, Ozgurgun said the decision taken by the OIC was a reaction to this. He also added that any negativity in the region will be a threat for Cyprus, the Middle East and even for the world.

    Expressing the hope that following the initiative taken by the OIC the US will correct its mistake and reverse its decision, he also hoped that no more blood will be shed in the region.

    [04] "President of the Immovable Property Commission" evaluates ECHR decision

    Illegal Bayrak (14.12.17 broadcast that the "president of the Immovable Property Commission" Ayfer Said Erkmen evaluated the latest decision taken by the European Court of Human Rights upon an appeal made by Greek Cypriot Adriani Joannou.

    Erkmen alleged that the applicant claimed that the Right to Fair Trial (6th article), the right to an effective remedy (13th article) and the prohibition of the discrimination (14th article) of the European Convention on Human Rights and the 1st article of the 1st protocol related with the Property Right were violated.

    "The ECHR did not make any decision on the applicant's demands made under these articles however ordered the adversary to pay Joannou 7,000 for non-pecuniary damage and 6,325 to the applicant in respect of costs and expenses on account of the fact that the applicant was exhausted as a result of extension of the procedure" aleged Erkmen.

    Referring to the appeals of the Maleagrou and Loizou cases which were rejected by the ECHR, Erkmen said that the decision of the court was intrinsic to this case and would not mean the questioning of the effective domestic remedy of the "Immovable Property Commission".

    "According to this decision, it's been once again confirmed that under the 35th article of the European Convention on Human Rights the Immovable Property Commission continues to be an effective domestic remedy for Greek Cypriot's property demands" he claimed.

    [05] Reactions by political parties on the latest decision taken by the ECHR upon an appeal made by Greek Cypriot Adriani Ioannou

    Under the title "A warning from Ozersay to the Immovable Property Commission", Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (14.12.17) reports that the leader of the People's Party (HP) Kudret Ozersay said that the troubles started in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the "Immovable Property Commission" ("IPC") should be taken seriously and some concrete steps should be taken as soon as possible.

    In a written statement, Ozersay noted: "If we want the foreign states and the international organizations to respect us and our institutions, and if we want them to address, then we should make our domestic law compatible to the international law". He argued that the People's Party election declaration includes a proposal regarding this issue, and added: "It is necessary to create a fund for the IPC, to abandon the bad management tactics, which were created by the old politics and to present a vision compatible with the international law. this is the vision of the People's Party".

    On the same issue, Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (14.12.17) reports that the Revival Party (YDP), commenting also on the latest decision taken by the ECHR upon an appeal made by Greek Cypriot Adriani Ioannou, argued that while the ECHR accepted the "IPC" as an effective domestic remedy and it was a historic opportunity to direct all the Greek Cypriot applicants to the IPC, it was extremely sad to make the "IPC" ineffective due to the clumsy policies of the "TRNC administrators" and to the their populist mentality.

    In a written statement, YKP reiterated the request to make legal arrangements regarding the "local improvement tax" (a type of tax received due to the increase in the value of immovable property in the surrounding area or region when a place is brought to a flourishing state) in order to create a fund for the "IPC".


    [06] Six trade unions expressed support to Afrika newspaper

    Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (14.12.17) under the title: "Support and solidarity from six trade unions to Afrika", reports that six trade unions in the occupied area of Cyprus, issued yesterday a joint declaration, expressing their support and solidarity to Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper regarding the caricature issue and the protest (lynch) demonstrations in front of the paper's office.

    The joint declaration was signed by Turkish Cypriot secondary school's teachers trade union (KTOEOS), the Turkish Cypriot Teacher trade union (KTOS), DEV-IS, DAU-SEN, CAG-SEN and Basin-Sen.

    The statement underlined the intensified efforts in the recent years exerted by the AKP government and those supporting it in the occupied area of Cyprus to demolish the Turkish Cypriot community and achieve the demographic transformation of the community.

    The trade unions condemned in the statement the attack against Afrika newspaper, underlining that the Turkish Cypriot community, which is a modern, secular and democratic community came across systematic attacks during the recent years. "The systematic policies implemented in the TRNC after 1974 and the imposition policies implemented by our puppet governments in cooperation with the Turkish governments, are leading our community to chaos. The created system has led to the increase of the criminals and crimes, to the increase of money-laundering due to the big number of casinos and night clubs to the increase of drug-trafficking and to the transformation of the demographic structure of the community []", the statement said.

    Referring to the recent statements made by Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Responsible for Cyprus Affairs, Recep Akdag regarding Afrika, the trade unions underlined in the statement the following: "It is obvious that those who are not tolerant even a caricature, do not have an idea what the respect to differentiation to other modern and democratic communities' means and do not understand what tolerance and respect to different elements means. ()".

    Accusing Akdag for intervening in the internals of the "TRNC" and for behaving as a "colonial minister", the trade unions condemned also the "state officials" in the "TRNC" for remaining silent.

    The trade unions underlined further that the Turkish Cypriot community will continue its struggle of resistance.

    Meanwhile, the same paper writes that the chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP) Cemal Ozyigit, in statements yesterday during a visit he paid to the Turkish Cypriot journalists union (Basin-Sen), expressed support to Afrika newspaper and condemned strongly Akdag's statements and the lynch demonstrations against Afrika, describing these attacks as unacceptable. "We express our solidarity and support to the paper. On the other hand, the freedom of speech and ideas should be safeguarded. If an action is perceived wrong, then the way of punishment is not by lynching but by the path of the law", Ozyigit stated.


    [07] Davulcu: "In any case the treaty of guarantees would change"

    Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (14.12.17) under the above title, reports that the deputy chairman of the Communal Liberation Party (TKP) Mehmet Davulcu, in statements to a televised program, expressed his party positions on the Cyprus problem and the forthcoming "snap elections" in the occupied area of Cyprus.

    On the Cyprus problem, Davulcu expressed the view that whatever would be the agreement to be reached between the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots, the "Treaty of Security and Guarantees" would definitely change, recalling that this would have happend if the Annan plan was accepted by the sides.

    Davulcu expressed the view that if a solution is reached on the Cyprus problem, it would be more physical and natural for the "Treaty of guarantees" to change and for the new state to be to have a new Constitution and a "new treaty" that would guarantee its territorial integrity.

    Davulcu went on expressing the view that the Cyprus negotiation talks will be re-launched after February, expressing also hopes that the talks will lead to a positive outcome.


    [08] Islamic Cooperation declares East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (14.12.17 reports that the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine and invited other countries to follow suit. The organization's decision, reached during an extraordinary summit in Istanbul on Dec. 13, counters the U.S.'s recognition of Jerusalem as the "undivided" capital of Israel.

    "We declare East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine and invite all countries to recognize the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital," read the final communique released after the OIC Summit in Istanbul, chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, the current OIC term president.

    The 23-article Istanbul Declaration expressed full solidarity with Palestine and "rejected and condemned in the strongest terms the unilateral decision by the President of the United States America recognizing Al-Quds as the so-called capital of Israel."

    Trump's move is an "attack on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people, a deliberate undermining of all peace efforts, a move to extremism and terrorism, and a threat to international peace and security," read the communique.

    The Istanbul Summit brought kings and heads of states and governments from all member countries except Syria just a week after Trump ordered to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Qatar Emir al-Thani and Jordanian King Abdullah II were among the most prominent leaders present at the summit. Saudi Arabia was represented by the country's Islamic Affairs Minister

    In his opening remarks, Erdogan slammed the U.S. decision and the Israeli government's actions, saying that "Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine."

    "I declare once again that Jerusalem is our red line. Haram-I Sherif with its 144 cares, which include al-Aqsa Mosque and Kubbet ul-Sahra, will forever belong to Muslims," he said.

    Referring to Israel as a "terror and occupying state," Erdogan called on Trump to reverse his Jerusalem decision, vowing that Muslims would never give up on a sovereign State of Palestine with East Jerusalem its capital.

    "I invite all countries supporting international law to recognize Jerusalem as the occupied capital of Palestine. We cannot be late anymore," he said.

    In his closing remarks, Erdogan lashed out at Trump's move describing the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital as the product of an "Evangelist and Zionist mentality."

    For his part, Palestinian President Abbas told Muslim leaders that Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was a criminal move that should "disqualify the U.S. from Middle East peace talks."

    "It is no longer acceptable for [the U.S.] to play a role in the political process given its bias in favor of Israel. This is our position and we hope you support us in this," he said, calling for the establishment of a new international mechanism to hold future peace talks between Israel and Palestine based on a two-state solution.

    Erdogan echoed Abbas' rejection of the U.S.'s role as an "honest" broker between Israel and Palestine. "This process has come to an end. Those who take sides cannot be impartial," he said.

    In his closing remarks, he said a meaningful response to the crisis was needed to counter Trump's unilateral move.

    In his closing remarks Abbas described the Istanbul Summit as a "rare success for an Islamic meeting" and praised Erdogan's role in organizing the emergency reunion of Islamic countries. "The Islamic world needed to mobilize and the first step taken to this end was a consequence of President Erdogan's immediate move," he said.

    King Abdullah of Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel more than 20 years ago, told the Istanbul Summit that he rejected any attempt to change the status quo of Jerusalem and its holy sites. Iran said the Muslim world should overcome internal problems through dialogue in order to unite against Israel. "America seeks only to secure the maximum interests of the Zionists and has no respect for the legitimate rights of Palestinians," President Hassan Rouhani told the summit.

    The declaration also said the OIC holds the U.S. "wholly responsible for the consequences of not retracting this illegal decision," which the organization regards as "an announcement of the U.S. administration's withdrawal from its role as sponsor of peace."

    It also called on the U.N. Security Council to assume its responsibilities immediately and reaffirm the legal status of the City of Al-Quds Ash-Sharif, and to end the Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine.

    The communique affirmed "its readiness to take up this grave violation in the UN General Assembly should the UN Security Council fail to act."

    OIC, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Istanbul, summit, Islam, religion, Palestine, Jerusalem, Israel, United Nations

    [09] Turkey slams Trump's national security advisor McMaster over 'Islamic extremism' remarks

    Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (14.12.17 reports that Ankara has slammed U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster for stating that Turkey and Qatar have become "the main sponsors" of extremist Islamic ideologies targeting the West.

    "Claims by National Security Advisor (H.R.) McMaster, who should be well aware on how our country has been fighting terrorism and all sorts of radicalism, are nonfactual, astonishing, baseless and unacceptable," the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement on Dec 13.

    The statement came after McMaster accused Turkey and Qatar of funding extremist Islamic ideologies during a panel held at a think tank in Washington on Dec. 12. McMaster serves as the national security advisor of President Donald Trump.

    McMaster reportedly referred to Saudi Arabia's support for some of these organizations "decades ago" but singled out Qatar and Turkey as main supporters at present.

    "[It] is now done more by Qatar and by Turkey," he said.

    He also argued that Turkey had "drifted from the West" under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The Foreign Ministry statement reiterated that Ankara "continues to see the U.S. as a friend and ally," expressing its expectation of the same behavior from the Washington administration.

    It also repeated Ankara's demand from the U.S. to stop its support to the People's Protection Units (YPG), while stressing Turkey's "continued fight against terrorism and radicalism."

    McMaster's remarks came as bilateral relations between Turkey and the U.S. have hit new lows over differences on the role of the YPG in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    Turkey considers the YPG as a terrorist organization because of its links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), while the U.S. regards it as a vital partner in the fight against ISIL.

    [10] US committed to strategic partnership with Turkey, National Security Council says

    Turkish daily Sabah (14.12.17 reports that the U.S. said Wednesday it is "committed to its strategic partnership with Turkey to bring stability to the region and defeat terrorism in all its forms" amid a row sparked by comments from a senior Trump administration official.

    "We appreciate Turkey's efforts to increase its border security, stem the flow of foreign fighters through its territory and fight on the ground to clear ISIS from key towns in Syria," a National Security Council spokesman told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity, referring to the Daesh terrorist group.

    "There is more work for everyone in the region to do to address the financing of terrorism and the ideologies that support violent extremism, and the United States will look for opportunities to deepen our cooperation on the issue with Turkey," he added.

    Speaking Dec. 12 at an event hosted by the British think tank Policy Exchange in Washington, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Turkey and Qatar are the "main supporters" of "radicalism" and claimed Turkey's problems with the West were mainly due to the rise of the ruling party in Ankara. The remarks drew a swift rebuke from Ankara.

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry said McMaster's remarks were acknowledged with "sadness". It added McMaster, due to the position he holds, "must know better".

    "National Security Adviser McMaster's baseless claims are far beyond reality, astonishing and unacceptable," said the statement.

    The Foreign Ministry urged the U.S. to stop supporting terrorist groups such as the PKK/PYD.

    The PKK/PYD, also known as the YPG, is the Syrian wing of the PKK and has received U.S. support in the form of Special Forces back-up, air power and military supplies.

    The U.S.'s use of the PKK/PYD in Syria has been a longstanding complaint for Turkey, which has been subjected to a decades-long terror campaign by the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the U.S.

    "We expect the U.S. to provide more concrete and effective support to our country in its determined fight against terrorism and radicalism in accordance with our traditional alliance relations and international legitimacy," the statement added.

    The statement came amid strained relations between the two countries, notably the fact that the leader of Gulenist terror group (FETO) still roams freely in Pennsylvania, a highly politicized trial against an ex-executive of Turkish state-owned Halkbank and the FBI's financial support of 50,000 dollars to a fugitive Gulenist named Huseyin Korkmaz.

    Korkmaz who had first denied his involvement in December 17-25 judicial coup attempt while he was under arrest in Turkey, later confessed his role in the bid. He is currently testifying in Manhattan federal court for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at the majority state-owned Halkbank, who is accused of taking part in a scheme with gold trader Reza Zarrab to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions. His contradicting statements have been met with caution.

    Direct links between the judge overseeing the case, Richard Berman and FETO have also cast doubt on the trial. Turkish officials have underlined that the case is politically motivated against Turkey.

    Zarrab, a Turkish and Iranian national, has pleaded guilty and testified against Atilla, saying he used fraudulent food and gold transactions to launder money for Iran with the help of Atilla and others. Atilla has pleaded not guilty.

    U.S. prosecutors have charged a total of nine people in the case. Only Zarrab, 34, and Atilla, 47, have been arrested by U.S. authorities.


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