Illegal Bayrak (22.09.18 http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=akinci-departs-to-new-york-on-tuesday) broadcast that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı will be departing for New York on Tuesday, the 25th of September for a series of contacts within the framework of the UN General Assembly.
Akıncı is scheduled to meet with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterrres on Saturday, the 29th of September.
He will be holding a press conference at illegal Tympou Airport on Tuesday before departing where he will be evaluating the meetings he held earlier this week with the leaders of the political parties with “seats” in the “assembly” as well as his upcoming contacts in New York.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper(24.09.18) reports that Kudret Ozersay, self-styled foreign minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in New York where he arrived yesterday to hold contacts in the sidelines of the session of the UN General Assembly and participate in meetings of various international organizations.
Today Ozersay is expected to meet with Foreign Ministers of various countries and high ranking UN officials. He is also expected to address the Council of Ministers of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and the Annual Coordination Meetings of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation.
Moreover, Ozersay will give interviews to various international media and refer to the Cyprus problem and the developments on the energy and security issues in Eastern Mediterranean.
Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper(24.09.18) reports that former Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat has said that he does not expect much from the forthcoming meetings in New York on the Cyprus problem, but “this time something might happen”. Replying to a question of the paper on this issue, Talat noted that the routine practice is for the Turkish Cypriot leader to meet with some heads of state and the UNSG. Describing this as useful, Talat argued that this time different things might happen and added:
“It seems like it is possible for the UNSG to undertake a new initiative. He might launch a new process by meeting with the two sides either together or separately while they are there. In the regular routine these things do not happen, but this time they might happen”.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper(24.09.18) reports that so-called deputies with the National Unity Party (UBP) Faiz Sucuoglu and Ersin Tatar issued separate written statements regarding Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s forthcoming contacts on the Cyprus problem in New York.
Sucuoglu called on Akinci not to be deceived by the Greek Cypriots alleging that “the Turkish Cypriot people cannot abandon their equality, security, the geographical area in which they live and bi-zonality because the Greek Cypriots want so”. Sucuoglu accused what he called as the “Greek Cypriots-Greece duo” of seeing Cyprus as a Greek island which should be put under Greece’s rule. He claimed that the Greek Cypriot stance on the hydrocarbons’ issue is “the most recent and evident proof for this”.
In his statement, Tatar argued that the Greek Cypriots dream of returning back to the pre-1974 period and plan to rule over the entire island.
He alleged the following: “The views which they [the Greek Cypriots] expressed when they accepted the Guterres Framework as a basis are unacceptable. It is out of the question for us to abandon Morfou and other places in which the Turks of Cyprus built their lives. The continuation of the guarantees which include Turkey’s unilateral right of intervention and the presence of an adequate number of Turkish troops on the island is sine qua non for us. It is in vain to try to deceive the Turkish Cypriots with other things. Especially the proposal for us to abandon our security in return for the rotating presidency means that they consider us to be naïve”.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper(23.09.18) reported that the education secretary of the Turkish Cypriot teachers’ trade union, Burak Mavis has called on the leaders of the two communities to leave aside Turkey’s and Greece’s expectations during their forthcoming contacts in New York and participate in a process in which a solution to the Cyprus problem will be reached the soonest.
In a written statement, Mavis expressed the view that the only way out of the problems which the “country” is facing is the solution in Cyprus and argued that the solution was not possible for the past 50 years because of what he called as “lack of will” of the Greek Cypriot leadership to share power and the secessionist stance of the Turkish Cypriot leadership.
Meanwhile, in a letter sent to Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci Yilmaz Bora, chairman of the “TMT fighter’s association”, it is argued that the Turkish Cypriots cannot abandon the guarantees of “motherland” Turkey.
Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (22.09.18) reported that Okan Dagli, activist and “spokesman” of the Famagusta Initiative, in statements via his personal account in social media, condemned strongly the delaying of the opening of the occupied Deryneia crossing point, alleging that political will has been beaten by the “military authorities”. “It is for this reason that the Deryneia crossing point has not opened yet”, Dagli said, adding that they have officially protested to the UN since the military facilities of the Turkish army which are located inside the “buffer zone” in the area, constitute an obstacle for the opening of the Deryneia crossing point.
Dagli wrote also the following: “We have experienced once again in the northern part of the island the defeat of the civil administration by the military authorities”. Dagli accused the Turkish Cypriot side for not undertaking steps towards the opening of the crossing point in Deryneia, stressing that it became obvious once again the lack of will-power towards this direction.
Referring to UN envoy, Jane Holl Lute recent visits in the region, Dagli argued that Lute conveyed to the UN Secretary General Guterres the view that the sides in Cyprus do not have the will power for the solution.
Illegal Bayrak (22.09.18 http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=crew-members-of-gc-vessel-arrested-for-illegal-fishing) broadcast that “the five crew members of a Republic of Cyprus flagged fishing vessel who were arrested for trespassing in TRNC waters have been ordered by the Girne District Court to remain in police custody for three days”.
The crew members, all Egyptian nationals were found 7 miles off the coast of occupied Kormakitis village.
According to Bayrak, self-styled deputy prime minister and foreign minister Kudret Özersay visited the 5 “arrested crew members” at the “police department” in occupied Keryneia yesterday.
In a statement posted on social media, Özersay alleged that “a large number of false or distorted reports had emerged in the Greek Cypriot press regarding the incident”.
He said that the names of the 5 arrested crew members were Ahmed Farag Taha Elzahed, Sameh Sobheye Ali Moharam, Abdelraouf El Dayed Abdelrahman, Abdou Ibrahim Eid Ibrahim Elgendy and Amr Mahmoud Abdou Mohamed.
Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (24.09.18), on its front page, reports that although there is an increase of tourists to the occupied area of Cyprus from Turkey, there is a decline in the number of foreign tourists. Fikri Ataoglu, self-styled minister of tourism and environment, claimed that the reason of this is because the foreign travellers do not want to travel to the occupied area of Cyprus through Turkey. He further argued that there is also the interference of the Greek Cypriot side in other markets as the Israeli market, adding that as a result of their efforts, the UK market has slightly improved. He explained that their efforts of promotion and marketing in British and German markets have been intensified, adding that the improvement will continue to increase.
Ataoglu claimed that they intend to close this gap after their promotion tour that they will do in the Scandinaviam countries next month with the Turkish airlines (THY). He further noted that they are working with agencies to bring tourists from different places, adding that they estimate that the occupancy rate will be above 80% as a result of these efforts.
Referring to the difficulties that the tourists face in the occupied area of Cyprus, Ataoglu said that some hotels are located in remote areas in the occupied area of Cyprus, so for this reason they will start fast ferry services between occupied Vokolida and Famagusta. He also claimed that they aim to make occupied Vokolida into an amusement centre. He announced that they also aim to create an underwater museum in the occupied area of Famagusta.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (24.09.18) reports that the “the pilot irrigation water project for the center of Morfou” will be launched as of tomorrow.
According to a statement issued by the so-called ministry of agriculture, from the first day of the implementation of the project, running water will be provided via the occupied city network for the irrigation of 8 donums of plot of agriculture land.
In statements on the issue, so-called minister of agriculture and natural resources, Erkut Sahalli stated, inter alia: “Finally life water will be sent to the region of Morfou and agriculture areas will be revived again”.
According to Turkish daily Cumhuriyet newspaper (22.09.18, http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/1090685/Erdogan__TEKNOFEST_te_konustu__Ecdadimiz_liderligi_ne_yazik_ki_elinden_kacirmistir.html), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking at Turkey’s first aerospace and technology festival Teknofest in Istanbul on Saturday, said: “In today's world, the first condition of real freedom, independence and development is to design, produce and export technology. (…)Turkey will not be able to ensure its security in all areas until it produces its own technologies. Every incident we have gone through in recent years has shown us that we should be in the front line in all fields of technology. Like every reform, the first stage of any advancement in technology is to be capable of dreaming.”
Drawing attention to the difficulties experienced in the past regarding the defence industry, President Erdogan claimed that “the embargo in Turkey due to the Cyprus peace operation (as he refers to the Turkish invasion to Cyprus in 1974) in every sector from spare parts to all parts, even in radio communications, to communication systems, has enabled us to begin to understand the severity of the situation”. However, he added, the necessary steps had not been taken for many years.
He further said: “I followed all stages, from planning to financing, of the projects in person. We cancelled the direct procurement of many ready-made products like tanks, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, etc., and initiated works to develop ourselves national and unique models. Consequently, Turkey has become a country that is capable of fulfilling 65% of its defence industry needs by its own production. We have not only met our own needs, but also reached an important level in exports. Over 600 defence industry projects are currently being carried out in our country. We have a wide range of products from tanks to armoured vehicles, from warships to submarines, from planes to helicopters, from armed and unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles to national infantry rifles, from satellites to air defence systems, and from missiles to laser weapons. Frankly speaking, we might have faced with great difficulties in the operations we have been carrying out inside and outside our borders if we didn’t reach this level.”
Ankara Anatolia news agency (24.09.18 https://www.aa.com.tr/en/todays-headlines/turkeys-erdogan-in-new-york-for-un-general-assembly/1262790) reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday arrived in New York to attend the UN General Assembly's 73rd session.
In his address to the session on Tuesday, Erdogan is due to highlight the longstanding Syrian crisis, among other issues. During his four-day visit, he will meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other foreign leaders as well as attend events on the sidelines of the summit.
Included in his delegation are Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, and Fahrettin Altun, the presidential communications director.
In addition, Ankara Anatolia news agency (24.09.18 https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/turkey-to-create-safe-zone-east-of-euphrates-river-syria/1262839) reports that Turkish President Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey would continue to increase the number of safe zones within Syria to include the east of the Euphrates River.
In his address to Turkish and Muslim communities in New York, organized by the Turkish American National Steering Committee, Erdogan said Turkey's struggle will continue until the terror threat against it ends and it would eradicate terror gangs that aim at Syria's future.
In a speech later at the TURKEN foundation, Erdogan said the Turkish military cleared a 2,500 square mile (4,000 square kilometer) area from Daesh and YPG-PKK terrorists as part of Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in Syria.
Stating that Ankara turned the areas into safe ones for the Syrian people, Erdogan said: "We will take similar steps east of the Euphrates." Turning to Jerusalem, Erdogan vowed to safeguard the city against invaders.
Turkey will continue its struggle against the U.S. and Israeli governments' breaches of the holy city at the "highest-level" in diplomacy, he said.
In addition, reporting on the same issue, Yeni Safak (24.09.18 https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/terror-swamp-east-of-euphrates-biggest-issue-for-syria-erdogan-says-3441753) reports that the “terror swamp” east of the Euphrates river remains the "biggest problem" for Syria in the future, said Turkish President Erdoğan on Sunday.
Regarding a possible meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Erdogan said it was currently not on the table but that he would consider it if it was requested by Washington.
Turkish daily Sabah (24.09.18 https://www.dailysabah.com/diplomacy/2018/09/24/eu-ambassador-christian-berger-turkeys-bilateral-engagements-with-member-states-positive-tensions-left-behind) reports that Christian Berger, the head of the European Union delegation to Turkey, stressed in an exclusive interview with Daily Sabah that there are positive developments regarding Turkey's relations with the EU.
Improving relations with prominent member states, including Germany and the Netherlands, will bring momentum to Ankara's relations with the EU, the bloc's Envoy to Turkey told Daily Sabah, adding that it is time for the two sides to work together on new reforms and accession talks
The EU Ambassador said some steps have been taken recently and they will to work together with Turkey on taking relations to the next level. Berger highlighted that Tukey's tensions with some individual EU states in recent years were left behind.
He underlined that the developments such as the appointment of Ambassadors to the Netherlands and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's upcoming visit to Germany will have positive impact on overall EU ties.
As Turkey's EU Reform Action Group (RAG) recently conveyed a strong message that Ankara is ready to revive its relations with the EU and implement some new reforms, Berger highlighted that now the sides need to work together over various issues.
With an aim of engaging in discussions with Ankara, a series of meetings and visits are planned at the ministerial and commissioners' level, Berger said, adding that Violeta Bulc, the European Commissioner for transport, will come for the opening of the third airport in Istanbul.
Moving forward, Berger stressed that considering the risk of a humanitarian catastrophe in relation to the recent developments in Syria's Idlib, the EU holds the same position as Turkey and is in favor of a political solution.
He added that Ankara's diplomatic efforts to contribute to the resolution of the crisis are also supported.
Berger also underlined that the EU will continue its support to Turkey in terms of meeting the needs of Syrian refugees that take shelter in the country.
Reminding readers that the European Commission will provide a renewed 3 billion euros, the EU Envoy said that officials are working on projects to deliver this money.
Berger underlined that there were tensions with both the EU and individual member states but that is over with now.
Highlighting that the priorities of Turkey and the EU on Idlib are the same, Berger said, "Let me say that there are a number of issues we fully agree with Turkey, on Syria in general but also on Idlib in particular. The most important one is that we want a political solution, not a military solution to the conflict in Syria; I think this is the same position that Turkey holds."
"In addition to the political activities and diplomatic efforts in support of Turkey we are closely monitoring the situation and are also evaluating what type of humanitarian assistance may be needed in dealing with the crisis," Berger said, adding that the issue of Idlib will be also a top agenda this week in U.N. meetings in New York.
Ankara Anatolia news agency (24.09.18 https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-to-open-its-first-embassy-in-paraguay-/1262695) reports that Turkey will open its first Embassy in the South American country of Paraguay, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
“Turkey has completed necessary legal procedures to open its embassy in Asuncion and designated Armagan Inci Ersoy as our first Ambassador,” the Ministry said in a statement.
“Paraguay is also expected to finalize necessary procedures soon,” the statement added.
According to the statement, Turkey aims “to increase our contacts and cooperation with Paraguay in the framework of our outreach policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean region.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Paraguayan counterpart Luis Alberto Castiglioni met in New York this weekend on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly.
“The mutual political will for promoting relations was confirmed during the meeting,” the statement added.
Turkish daily Yeni Safak (24.09.18- https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/over-20-feto-suspects-arrested-in-istanbul-3441770) reports that at least 21 suspects have been arrested in Istanbul for their alleged links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the group behind the 2016 coup attempt, security sources said on Monday.
The police arrested the suspects after they conducted anti-terror raids at 54 locations in 24 districts of the city, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
The suspects are accused of using the organization’s encrypted messaging application ByLock and being involved in training activities of the organization.
The police also seized a number of organizational documents and digital tools.
According to the Turkish government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Reporting on the same issue, Milliyet (23.09.18 http://www.milliyet.com.tr/20-askere-gozalti-karari-gundem-2747356/) reports that 20 soldiers were arrested in relation with FETO in 6 provinces of Turkey, “including the TRNC”, as the paper wrote.
Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (24.09.18 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/keep-away-from-greek-territorial-waters-turkish-ministry-warns-fishers-137132) reports that the Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Ministry has warned fishers in the Aegean region not to enter the territorial waters of Greece.
A warning letter was sent to the provincial directorates of the ministry in the provinces of Edirne, Çanakkale, Balıkesir, Aydın, Muğla and İzmir on Sept. 3.
“In order to prevent unwanted incidents and accidents, and to abstain from activities that would harm our country’s legal and political theses and ones which we would be unable to explain or defend,” the directorates were requested to inform and warn fishers.
Several complaints were handed to Turkey’s Foreign Ministry saying Turkish fisher boats had entered Greece’s territorial waters.
On Aug. 22, a Turkish fisher boat was intercepted by Greek coast guards in an area around the Samos island of Greece off the Didim district of the Turkish province of Aydın.
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