Illegal Bayrak (31.10.19 https://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=pr-akinci-sends-report-to-guterres) reports that the spokesman of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Barış Burcu announced that Akıncı sent a report with the steps taken by the Turkish Cypriot side aimed at Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday the 28 of October as requested.
According to Burcu, Akıncı prepared a report that “detailed the steps and actions taken by the Turkish Cypriot side aimed at finding a comprehensive and sustainable solution to the Cyprus problem, in accordance with the request made by the United Nations Security Council on the 25th of July 2019”.
The report that comprises of three main sections contains the concrete steps taken by the Turkish Cypriot side since 2015 that were all aimed at obtaining a sustainable and comprehensive solution in Cyprus.
“It also contained the confidence building measures taken by the Turkish Cypriot side that aimed at developing trust between the two peoples on the island and the proposals put forward by the Turkish Cypriot side that were aimed at decreasing tensions on the hydrocarbons issue” said Burcu.
Turkish Cypriot daily Detay (31.10.19) reports that the so-called foreign ministry issued a statement condemning the U.S. House of Representatives resolution to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide.
In a statement, the “ministry” said the “genocide claims have no base in terms of history and international law." It also described the U.S. resolution as "biased and political" and said it was not in line with the spirit of alliance between Turkey and the U.S.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kıbrıs (31.10.19) under the above title reports that the chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP) Cemal Ozyigit stated that the tripartite summit which is scheduled to take place on November 25 in Berlin, Germany has caused uneasiness to the non-solution circles in the occupied area of Cyprus. “The numerous statements by the circles who fear even hearing the word ‘solution’ regarding the summit that is to take place on November 25, is the most concrete indication of this”, Ozyigit said yesterday in a written statement, commenting further on the recent statements made by so-called prime minister Ersin Tatar and “foreign minister” Kudret Ozersay.
“It is obvious that the coalition partners in the government are in full harmony on the issue of serving the non-solution in Cyprus”, Ozyigit also said.
Referring to Tatar’s recent remarks, who had called on Akinci to not participate in a new negotiation process or to “take the authority of the assembly” for doing this, Ozyigit described Tatar’s statement as a “product of an anti-democratic mentality”. He underlined that the Turkish Cypriot “people” has authorized Akinci with it vote to represent them and only this can remove’s Akinci’s authority.
Ozyigit went on to express the wish for the tripartite summit to have a positive outcome in order to speed up the process for a federal solution. “Our greatest wish is for an agreement to be reached on the terms of reference during the tripartite summit and afterwards to proceed to a five-party conference”, Ozyigit said, adding that the negotiation talks should be result-oriented and not open-ended. He added that a bi-zonal, bi-communal solution based on political equality should be the basis for the solution. “Rotating presidency, political equality and effective participation in power sharing are sine qua non for us”, Oyzigit said.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kıbrıs (31.10.19) reports that the so-called foreign minister and “representative of the council of ministers” Kudret Ozersay stated that the “council of ministers approved yesterday the budget” of the breakaway regime for the year 2020 which is up to 8 billion, 814 million Turkish Lira. There is an increase up to 11,7% compared to the budget of 2019, Ozersay added.
Speaking yesterday after the meeting of the “council of ministers” Ozersay stated that according to information they received by technocrats of the “ministry of finance”, the shortage of the budget of 2019 was estimated to be 851 million but was decreased to 197 million 723 thousand Turkish Lira.
Ozersay also stated that the “council of ministers” decided yesterday to prolong for two more years submission of applications to the “immovable property Commission”, until December 2021.
Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika (31.10.19) reports that following an “appeal” by “attorney general” of the breakaway regime, due to the fact that they were declared innocent, by the lower court the journalists of the Afrika paper Sener Levent and Ali Osman will be tried separately.
Reporting on the issue, the paper notes that this is because the “attorney general” made two separate appeals for the case and adds that this decision for “separate trials” is unique for the breakaway regime.
The case was postponed for December 19, 2019. The journalists are accused for insulting Erdogan after publishing a caricature of him in the paper.
Turkish Cypriot daily “Nacak” (31.10.19) reports on its first page that the Member of the European Parliament with the Republic of Cyprus, Niyazi Kizilyurek, “must be arrested as soon as he enters the TRNC” due to statements he made last week in Strasburg.
According to the paper’s claims, Kizilyurek expressed his support towards PKK and made “ugly statements against Turkey”.
According to illegal Bayrak television (31.10.19 https://www.brtk.net/rusya-federasyonu-buyukelcisi-ctpyi-ziyaret-etti/) the Russian Ambassador in Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy, accompanied by a delegation, visited yesterday the headquarters of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and met with the chairman of the party, Tufan Erhurman, the secretary for foreign relations Fikri Toros and the member of the central committee of the party, Tolga Ozsaglam.
Issuing a written statement after the meeting, CTP said that they exchanged views on the Cyprus problem, the forthcoming tripartite meeting to take place in Berlin on November 25 and the recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.
In statements to the press, Erhurman stressed the importance of the support of the UN’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres as well as of the members of the UN Security Council towards the efforts aiming to reach a comprehensive solution. Erhurman added that right steps could be taken if a decisive stance is shown and if the talks are result-oriented, not open-ended and if the basic principles such as political equality prevail
Ankara Anatolia news agency (30.10.19-https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkish-foreign-minister-meets-un-chief/1631293) reported that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met on Wednesday with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Istanbul.
“At our meeting w/#UNSG @antonioguterres, we evaluated recent regional and international developments, particularly on #Syria, #Palestine and #Cyprus issues. Exchanged views on cooperation projects between #Turkey and @UN,” Cavusoglu said in a Twitter post.
Guterres came to Istanbul to attend the 6th Istanbul Mediation Conference to be held on Thursday.
Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (30.10.19-http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-to-widen-safe-zone-area-if-attacked-by-the-ypg-erdogan-148108) reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Turkey reserves its right to launch another operation against the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the YPG, if they do not withdraw 30 kilometers from the Syrian border, President Erdogan said Wednesday.
Erdogan urged the United States and Russia to fully implement its separate agreements with them on the withdrawal of YPG terrorists 30 kilometers off its borders with Syria and to resume the military operation and to widen the safe zone if it’s attacked by terrorists.
“We will retaliate in kind against any assault from outside of the safe zone and will widen the area of the safe zone if necessary,” Erdogan said on Oct. 30 in his address to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the Turkish Parliament.
(…)Erdogan also urged Russia with which it signed on Oct. 22 another deal for the withdrawal of the YPG troops from the east and west banks of the Tal Abyad-Ras’ul Ayn strip. Some 150-hours-long deadline for the withdrawal of the YPG from Manbij, Kobane and Tel Rıfat provinces expired on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. while Russia announced that the YPG had left the area.
“Russia has notified us that 34,000 YPG terrorists have withdrawn 30 kilometers south of our borders with 3,600 [pieces of] heavy weaponry. But our findings show that the implementation of the agreement is not compete. We will conclude our work and will share it with Russia,” Erdogan said.
Responding to questions on what Turkey’s Plan B or C would be in case that the agreements are not implemented, Erdogan said: “We are now executing Plan A. We may implement our Plan B, Plan C if our expectations in Ayn al Arab, Menbij will not be met. We will see what steps we will take in line with the conditions in the field after the completion of joint patrolling.”
President Erdogan informed that Turkish-Russian joint military patrolling will start on Nov. 1 in areas designated by the Oct. 22 deal. The area will cover seven kilometers deep in Syria around the Manbij, Ayn al Arab and other provinces.
Erdogan reiterated that Turkey would not hesitate to attack YPG terrorists if they have not yet pulled back from these areas, vowing that Turkey has reserved its right to resume its operation against terrorism.
In response to a question, Erdogan said he might hold a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at any time.
(…) On the return of the Syrian refugees, Erdogan said there was a proposal tabled by prominent European countries to hold a four-way meeting with the participation of Turkey, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
“There are three venues where such a meeting can be held: Either Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa or Istanbul. If you want to discuss the refugee issue then you should come to Gaziantep or Şanlıurfa as the incident is taking place here,” he said.
Hinting that German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed that he visit Berlin for such a meeting, Erdogan said, “What does Berlin have to do with it? Am I a tourist? You had better come here and maybe you can see the situation along the border with your own eyes.”
“Turkey has lost two dozen civilians and nine troops at the hands of YPG terrorists, and more than 700 attacks have taken place against the Turks living abroad, but no leader calling on him to stop the operation has expressed his or her sorrow over Turkey’s losses”, Erdogan added.
“Many of them are at NATO with us. Many of them are at the EU that we negotiate with (for full membership), but all these (anti-Turkey) protests are taking place in their countries under the control of the police. Any sound from them? No. Seventy-nine of these protests targeted our flag, our missions, mosques, associations or our citizens,” he added.
Slamming the European countries for backing terrorists, Erdogan urged: “You are making a mistake. The terrorist snake which you are breeding with your hands will one day turn to you and bite you. You will understand the mistake you commit when bombs will explode on your streets, terrorists will use their guns and vandals will start to ravage.”
President Erdoğan referred to the Yellow Vest protests ongoing in France and stressed that this sort of rallies will spread to all countries.
Erdogan also slammed the U.S. House of Representatives’ resolution that recognizes the 1915 events as “Armenian genocide” and said that the Turkish Parliament will pass a counter-resolution. “From here, I am addressing U.S. public opinion and the entire world: This step was taken as worthless, and we do not recognize it,” the president said, addressing his party members at the Parliament.
The Turkish Parliament would pass a counter-Resolution, Erdogan said, adding that Turkey was saddened that a “slander” against the country wasbeing accepted by a country’s parliament. “We would consider this accusation the biggest insult towards our nation,” he said.
“A country whose history is full of the stain of genocide and slavery neither has the right to say anything nor to lecture Turkey,” Erdogan stated.
Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (31.10.19-http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-parliament-condemns-us-vote-on-armenian-claims-148120) reports that the Turkish Parliament on Oct. 31 condemned the U.S. House of Representatives' passing of a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, as well as a bill backing sanctions on Turkey.
"The Turkish Grand National Assembly regretfully condemns and rejects the U.S. House of Representative's adoption of some thesis on the so-called Armenian genocide and turning it to a decision despite the objection of some members who have wisdom and conscience," said a resolution of the Turkish parliament approved on Wednesday.
The resolution was penned by Deputy Chairmen of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the opposition IYI (Good) Party.
It said that the U.S. House’s decision was an initiative to darken the historical realities.
Also rejecting the U.S. House's bill seeking sanctions on Turkey, the resolution said: "In the eye of us, the meaning of the U.S. House of Representatives' threat of sanctions is just an attempt to blackmail," the statement said.
"Turkey has never submitted to any blackmail and […] we sharply refuse this decision," it added.
Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (30.10.19-http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-leader-backs-ankaras-move-on-us-house-resolution-148110) reported that Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıcdaroglu has criticized the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent resolution on the events of 1915 and a sanctions bill, saying that doing such things out of “vengeance” is wrong.
“Now a bill on the so-called Armenian genocide is on the agenda. Every country has bitter events in its past. But history concerns historians, not politicians. If you bring up past historic events today and turn this into avenging, it will not be right,” Kılıcdaroglu said on Oct. 30.
Kılıcdaroglu’s remarks came during a speech at the parliamentary group meeting of CHP in the capital Ankara.
Kılıcdaroglu also suggested that Turkish and Armenian historians should gather and discuss the events of 1915 for assessment. “Let us all get together and look into archives. But if you take this, too, saying, ‘I am the hegemon power, I will take revenge,’ it will not be right,” he said. “We never accept or approve of this,” he added.
Turkey is facing “a serious dead end,” according to Kılıcdaroglu. “We have no problem with the American public, but we do not approve of the approach politicians have embodied in the House of Representatives,” he said.
Kılıçdaroğlu also underlined that if the Senate passes such a bill, Turkish-American relations will tie themselves up in knots. “No embargo to be imposed on Turkey would yield results,” the CHP head said.
“The embargo will be rejected by everyone. We had rejected it when it was imposed after the Cyprus Peace Operation,” he said.
Turkish daily Sabah (31.10.2019- https://www.dailysabah.com/diplomacy/2019/10/30/georgias-pm-gakharia-to-visit-turkey-meet-erdogan-on-oct-31) repots that Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia will pay an official visit to Turkey on Thursday, a statement released by the Turkish Presidency's Directorate of Communications said.
Gakharia's first official visit to Turkey after taking office comes at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
During the visit, Gakharia will meet Erdogan and discuss the entire spectrum of bilateral relations between the two countries, evaluating steps to further strengthen ties.
The meeting will also involve the exchange of views on regional and international developments.
Ankara Anatolia news agency (31.10.19-https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-ak-party-lawmaker-mustafa-yeneroglu-resigns/1630996) reports that the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmaker Mustafa Yeneroglu resigned from the party on Wednesday.
"In line with the demand of the President, I resign from AK Party," Yeneroglu, lawmaker from Istanbul province, told reporters at the Parliament.
Ahead of my resignation, I was accused of being "opportunist," and "self-seeker," Yeneroglu said.
"As everybody knows, these accusations have not changed my stance," he added.
Following Yeneroglu's resignation, the AK Party now holds 290 seats in the Parliament, while the Republican People’s Party (CHP) has 142 seats, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) 65, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 49, Good (IYI) Party 39, Felicity (Saadet) Party 2, Turkish Workers Party 2, Democrat Party (DP) 1, Grand Unity Party (BBP) 1, and independents hold 4 seats.
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