A. Turkish Cypriot Press
B. Turkish Press
According to illegal Bayrak television (30.07.18, http://www.brtk.net/lutecavusoglu-ile-gorustu/), Jane Holl Lute, who has been appointed as Special Adviser of the UNSG on Cyprus, went to Ankara today within the framework of UN’s initiative to resume Cyprus talks.
Lute, during her visit, met with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Cavusoglu posted in his social media account today: “We shared our vision on the settlement of the Cyprus issue with Ms Lute, the official assigned by the UN Secretary-General.”
Lute has launched her visits to the guarantor countries after visiting Cyprus. She is expected to travel to Greece after her visit to Turkey and later to Britain.
Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (29.07.18) reported that 45 persons, 19 men, 9 women and 17 children who were wanted in Turkey for relation with the FETO organization were “arrested” at a boat which was getting ready to sail for Greece. The boat was located in a marina yacht in occupied Keryneia.
The paper wrote that “a three-day warrant was issued” for the arrested persons.
Reporting on the same issue and noting that the “arrests” were a “great success”, Volkan (30.07.18) writes that during a press conference he gave on July 13, the “ambassador of Turkey to Cyprus” Derya Kanbay said that many members of FETO went to the occupied area of Cyprus to hide and “arrests” towards them were on the way. He also claimed that many FETO members escaped to the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus adding that measures should be taken towards this direction as well.
Under the title “Govt in talks to create new national carrier, slash fares”, Turkish Cypriot weekly Cyprus Today newspaper (28.07.18) reported that self-styled minister of tourism and environment minister Fikri Ataoglu, speaking to the paper, said: “Discussions are under way between the government and a trio of airlines to create a new national carrier and slash air fares to and from Ercan airport [occupied airport of Tymbou]”. He explained that airline bosses would visit the occupied area of Cyprus in the next few days to talk about taxes, tariffs and increasing the number of existing flights.
Ataoglu further said: “We are currently speaking to three airlines, including Turkish Airlines, over formation of a private-public airline. (…) it is indeed the dream of every Turkish Cypriot to see the rebirth of a national carrier for North Cyprus, so we are discussing how we can bring it to life and how it will operate”.
Meanwhile, the paper reports that Turkish Airlines (THY) this week increased the number of its daily flights from seven to eight after Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci informed visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of problems being faced by the tourism industry in the occupied area of Cyprus.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (30.07.18) reports that there are around 4,000 unfinished buildings in the breakaway regime as a result of unplanned constructions and investments that were not under control.
The paper, which notes that “the country is full of concrete chunks”, writes that no-one knows the exact numbers of the buildings the construction of which started after the Annan Plan period, mainly between 2004-2007 and adds that 4,000 is just an estimation since there is no official data by the “government” for the exact numbers of the unfinished buildings. In the period that followed, between 2007-2011 and while the hopes for a solution were fainted as well, the works of the constructions stopped leaving the “country” with unfinished houses and apartments.
Commenting on the issue, Cafer Gurcafer, the chairman of the “Turkish Cypriot Constructors’ Union” said that the unfinished buildings belong to foreign investors and firms like Gary Robb or Bulut Insaat which were not able to follow the “alternation of laws” regarding the buildings and abandoned their investments. He also added that measures must be taken towards for fixing the problem.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (30.07.18) reports that the number of the illegal universities operating in the breakaway regime will increase to 19 from 16 for the new academic year.
The paper writes that among the three new “universities” will be the “Rauf Denktas “university” which will be located in the occupied part of Lefkosia. The “university rector” will be Pr. Dr. Hasan Ali Bircak.
The other two universities are “ARUCAD Universitesi” which will be located in occupied Keryneia and the “West of Cyprus University” in occupied Famagusta.
According to illegal Bayrak television (30.07.18, http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=ktto-ankara-office), the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO) after Brussels has opened its second contact office in Ankara.
According to a press release by the KTTO, the KTTO Ankara Office, which was opened with the aim of helping businesspeople residing in the “TRNC” in their export and trade opportunities search in Turkey, was established under the Turkish Economy Ministry’s Directorate General of Incentive Implementation and Foreign Investment.
The contact office is set to work towards carrying cooperation and trade demands mutually with Turkey, providing information now from Turkey for market, research and development and promotion researches, further developing relations with government agencies in Turkey, supporting joint projects and works, representing the KTTO and its members and carrying out coordination and organization of business contacts of the KTTO members in Turkey.
According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (29.07.18, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-wont-take-step-back-against-us-135166), the spat between Turkey and the United States over imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson and the threats of sanctions coming from Washington “will not intimidate Turkey”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
“You [the U.S] cannot make Turkey take a step back through sanctions”, he told reporters in Zambia before returning to Ankara, referring to statements from U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the U.S. Defence Ministry.
The latest remarks from Washington amount to “psychological warfare,” according to Erdoğan.
“In my opinion, these are all [parts of] psychological warfare,” he said.
On July 26, both Trump and Pence threatened Turkey with “sanctions” if Brunson, who was given house arrest on July 25 after staying behind bars for nearly two years on terrorism charges, was not freed. (…)
The President said Turkey may seek to resort to international arbitration if the sale of the F-35 jets to Ankara is blocked. “If it comes to that point, there are alternatives,” he said. “We will continue with patience. But it should not be forgotten that we are not living in a world without alternatives,” he said. (…)
“If the U.S. does not change this attitude they should not forget they will lose a sincere and strong partner like Turkey,” he added.
Referring to the reports, which alleged a deal, had been brokered between Turkey and the U.S. for the release of Turkish national Ebru Özkan from an Israeli prison in return for the release of Brunson, Erdogan said Turkey “had never made Brunson a subject of bargain”. (…)
“We told the Americans they could help Ebru, who was released and is not guilty, and facilitate her return to Turkey by giving her back her passport,” said the President. “But we never said we would give them Brunson in return,” Erdogan added. (…)
According to Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (29.07.18, https://www.dailysabah.com/diplomacy/2018/07/29/turkey-to-convene-summit-to-take-up-regional-issues-with-russia-germany-france), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking to reporters early Saturday in Johannesburg after the BRICS summit in South Africa, said that the summit on Syria and the wider region scheduled for Sept. 7 in Istanbul will be attended by the most senior representatives of Russia, France and Germany. (…)
The meetings in Istanbul and Ankara will allow Russian President Vladimir Putin and himself to maintain a proper channel of communication with respect to Syria, Erdogan said. "We had the opportunity to discuss Syria on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in South Africa. I asked him [Putin] to take the necessary precautions against the possible regime attacks on Idlib, which we would find unacceptable. As you know, we have established 12 military observation posts around Idlib". (…)
The Istanbul summit on Sept. 7 will allow all four countries to take up a wide-ranging set of issues, including Iraq, he said, while noting that the Syria-focused Tehran meeting was the continuation of the Astana process. (…)
Under the title “Erdogan suggests adding ‘T’ to BRICS”, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (29.07.18, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-suggests-adding-t-to-brics-135160News) reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the leaders of the five-country block BRICS to let Turkey join the group. “If you take us in the name of the platform would become BRICST, I said,” he told reporters in South Africa’s capital Johannesburg on July 27.
The BRICS group, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, invited Turkey to 10th annual meeting as the term chair of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Erdogan travelled to Johannesburg along with the country’s Foreign Minister, Finance and Treasury Minister, Defense Minister, Commerce Minister and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials on July 26.
Erdogan also said that the BRICS members welcomed his suggestion warmly. “Especially China says that it stands in favour of enlargement. I have seen that they are considering involving other countries in this platform. They are not opposed to it,” he said.
“We are in the G-20 with five of those countries. I wish they take the necessary steps to let us in and we take our place in the BRICS,” he added.
Pointing to the potential of partnering in economy, investments and development projects with the BRICS countries, Erdogan said: “I believe that it is not right to stay away from such groupings”.
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