A. Turkish Cypriot Press
B. Turkish Press
Turkish Cypriot daily (07.06.18) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci held a meeting with representatives and leaders of the 4 political parties of the “coalition government”.
The meeting took place in the framework of the monthly meeting held between Akinci and the “government”.
“Foreign minister” Kudret Ozersay, the leader of the Democratic Party and “finance minister” Serdar Denktas and the leader of the Social Democratic Party and “education minister” Cemal Ozyigit participated in the meeting.
Ozersay speaking after the meeting said that it was useful and productive and added that co-ordination is needed “between the president and the government” in order for steps to be taken for solving various issues.
Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (08.06.18) reports that Sanel Elcil, the general secretary of KTOS (Turkish Cypriot Primary School Teachers Trade Union) criticized strongly the statements of the so-called deputies Zorlu Tore and Ayda Caluda.
So-called deputies Tore, along with Ersin Tatar and Ayda Caluda, visited the occupied Larnaka tis Lapithou village in order to “ease the worries” of the residents in the village after a decision taken by the “Immovable Property Commission” (IPC) for the return of a property in the occupied village Larnaka tis Lapithou to the Greek Cypriot owner Nikolas Skourides.
“It must be known that racists and nationalists of this country say that they poured blood and tears for it”, Elcil stated and accused Tore and Tatar that they are provoking and “try to sell nationalism”.
Yeni Bakis (08.06.18) writes that Izzet Izcan, the leader of the United Cyprus Party also criticized the “deputies” stating that the breakaway regime has to follow the international law. He also stated that the National Unity Party and the Democratic Party and their followers are fanatics and racists and called on the “government and the police” to prevent them from creating tension.
On his part, Albay Durduran, responsible for foreign affairs of the New Cyprus Party stated that these “deputies” try to put obstacles to the solution of the Cyprus problem and described their actions as “sad and scary”.
Turkish Cypriot daily newspaper Havadis (08.06.18) reports that according to an opinion poll conducted by the DE-SA ltd. COMPANY about the “municipal elections” to be held on June 24, the daughter of the former Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Erogku, and candidate with the Democratic Party of Serdar Denktas, Gencay Eroglu is very close to the percentages of the “current mayor and candidate for Lefkosia municipality”, Mehmet Harmanci, who is also the leader of the Communal Democracy Party.
According to the poll, Harmanci receives 36.1%, Eroglu 32,7% and Hasan Sertoglu, candidate with the National Unity Party 26.4%.
In addition, according to Haberator (08.06.18) Sertoglu accused the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci for interfering with the elections supporting Harmanci. According to Sertoglu’s accusations, Akinci is going door-to-door and even making phone calls in favor of Harmanci, an action that does not suits his “presidential status”, as Sertoglu stated.
Turkish Cypriot daily Demokrat Bakis (08.06.18) reports that the chairman of the Democratic Party (DP) and so-called minister of finance, Serdar Denktas, in statements yesterday through his personal account in social media, reacted strongly over the cancellation of the special stage of the Rally Cyprus due to the Greek Cypriot side’s attempts.
The special stage of the Rally Cyprus is taking in Cyprus since 2014 and was including both parts of Lefkosia.
Commenting on the cancellation of the stage of the event taking place in the occupied part of Lefkosia, Denktas described this development as “a big sin” against the Turkish Cypriot athletes.
According to illegal Bayrak television (07.06.18, http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=yyk-delegation-visits-akinci-and-ulucay), a delegation from the “High Broadcasting Council” (“YYK”) paid separate visits to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the self-styled speaker of parliament Teberruken Ulucay on Thursday. No statement was issued after the meeting with Akinci
According to a press release by the “parliament press office”, the “chairman of the YKK” Olgun Üstün conveyed the council’s expectations regarding the preparation of a new “law on public and private broadcasting” in line with EU norms and regulations, as well as information regarding the council’s initiatives for representation abroad.
Ulucay for his part said that “they were showing the necessary sensitivity on laws needed by the council”, adding that the “High Broadcasting Council had a very important mission to ensure that broadcasts in the country were conducted under a code of ethics and within the framework of the laws”.
He further noted that “MPs who are representing the TRNC at the European Parliament will be holding a series of contacts and launching a number of initiatives for the Council’s representation abroad as well as membership”.
Turkish Cypriot daily Demokrat Bakis newspaper (08.06.18) reports that the so-called minister of tourism and environment Fikri Ataoglu announced in a written statement that ferryboat lines between occupied Keryneia and Alanya were launched last week.
Ataoglu added that Turkey and the “TRNC” are taking important steps on the tourism sector and claimed that they are expecting the occupied Keryneia-Alanya ferryboat lines to have a positive direct reflection on tourism.
He further argued that the lines will ease all tourists who are visiting Turkey to visit the “TRNC” as well. He explained that special packages for tourists who visit Turkey are including also visiting the “TRNC” with ferryboat lines.
According to Ankara Anatolia news agency (07.06.18, https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkey-halts-readmission-deal-with-greece-fm-cavusoglu/1168608), Ankara has suspended its bilateral migrant readmission deal with Greece, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced Thursday. The suspension came after the Greek authorities refused to extradite Turkish ex-soldiers who took part in the failed coup bid in 2016.
Addressing a news conference in Antalya, Cavusoglu said: "The government in Greece wants to solve this issue. But we can clearly see that there has been great pressure from the West. There is a migrant deal with the EU, this is in effect. And there is a bilateral readmission deal with Greece; we have now suspended that deal." (A readmission protocol between Greece and Turkey was signed in 2002 to combat illegal migration.)
Cavusoglu said further action regarding Greece will be taken keeping in mind recent court decisions.
Turkish daily Cumhuriyet newspaper (08.06.18, http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/siyaset/991637/Aksener_secilirse_ilk_ziyaret_edecegi_yeri_acikladi.html) reports that İYİ (Good) Party chair and presidential candidate Meral Aksener said that if she is elected the first place to visit will be one of the 18 islands in Aegean and then Cyprus (the occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus).
Delivering a speech at a rally in Yalova on June 7, Aksener referred also to Cyprus by saying: “I keep asking about Cyprus. (…) Did you sell it? Did you not sell it? Of course, we will prevent this sale. Because Cyprus is not our daughter land, is our heart.”
According to Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (08.06.18, https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2018/06/08/erdogan-says-state-of-emergency-may-be-lifted-after-elections), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said the state of emergency may be lifted after the presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24.
Speaking at a live interview on CNN Turk news channel, Erdogan said his government will discuss in detail and make necessary assessments to lift the state of emergency imposed following the deadly coup attempt on July 15, 2016. "Our fight against the Gülenist Terror Group continues with the same tempo as day one," Erdogan said.
Erdogan also said that the Turkish military will strike PKK camps in the mountains of northern Iraq in Qandil, Sinjar, and Makhmur if the Iraqi central government does not clear the area of militants. He added that Turkey may strike Qandil "at any moment one evening".
On Wednesday, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said an anti-terror operation on Qandil is not a distant target for Turkey, and drew attention to significance of this operation in maintaining Turkey's internal security. "[Southeastern] Diyarbakır is not free as long as [the PKK headquarters in] Qandil stands there," Soylu said in an interview with NTV television.
Several reports suggested yesterday that PKK high-ranking terrorists have started to leave Qandil amid fears of the military offensive. (…)
According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (07.06.18, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rising-number-of-turks-believe-peaceful-divorce-is-good-for-cyprus-survey-132957), the number of Turks who prefer to see the creation of two independent states in Cyprus has increased since last year, while the number of those who think “Turkish Cyprus” should be annexed to Turkey has dropped, a recent poll made public on June 6 showed.
Some 40% of the respondents of the poll, conducted each year by Istanbul’s Kadir Has University, said the Cyprus problem should be solved based on the creation of two independent states. This marks a sharp increase compared to last year’s 27.7%.
Nearly 37% of the respondents of the poll opted for the creation of a bi-zonal bi-communal federal Cyprus state, as opposed to 41.5% last year, which might reflect a frustration towards the latest failed attempts to find a federal solution to the divided island.
Some 24.4% of the respondents said “Turkish Cyprus” should be annexed to Turkey, a significant drop from last year’s 36%.
And 42% said Turkey should recognize “Turkish Cyprus” when the problem is solved, a drop from 63% last year. The number of those who said Turkey should unconditionally recognize “Turkish Cyprus” remained at around 12%, reflecting a continuing pattern in the same poll, which has been conducted for the fifth time. (…)
Turkish daily Cumhuriyet newspaper (07.06.18, http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/foto/foto_galeri/991719/1/Gezici_nin_son_anketi__Cumhur_ittifaki_cogunlugu_alamiyor__secim_ikinci_tura_kaliyor.html), under the title “Gezici’s latest survey: The People’s Alliance cannot get the majority, it will go for the second round”, reports that the Gezici research company conducted a survey for the upcoming presidential elections in Turkey between May 25-28 with 6,811 persons in 12 provinces with the method face-to-face interview.
On the question which candidate would they vote if the presidential elections were held this Sunday, the 48.7% of the respondents said Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the 25.8% Muharrem Ince, the 14.4% Meral Aksener, the 10.1% Selahattin Demirtas, the 0.6% Temel Karamollaoglu and the 0.4% Dogu Perincek.
According to the results, a 12.8% of the respondents are still undecided and when these voters are examined, it is showed that they are composed of AKP and MHP voters.
Meanwhile, Remres research company (07.06.18, http://www.mynet.com/haber/secim/secim-sonuclarina-iliskin-en-son-anket-remres-in-anketine-gore-hangi-parti-ne-kadar-oy-aliyor-24-haziran-secim-anketi-en-yeni-secim-anketi-secim-anketleri-4178346-1) has also presented its latest survey, which was conducted with 4,482 persons, in 28 provinces between May 28 and June3.
According to Remres’ results, the People’s Alliance (Cumhur Ittifaki) receives 44.2% , the Nation Alliance (Millet Ittifak) receives 44% and HDP 11.5%. In the first round of the elections, Erdogan will get 41.7%, Ince 26.1%, Aksener 16.7%, Demirtas 11.4% and Karamollaoglu 3.9%.
According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (07.06.18, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-main-opposition-leader-again-fined-for-insulting-president-erdogan-132958), Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu has been sentenced by a court to pay 185,000 TL in compensation for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The June 7 ruling was based on a complaint filed by Erdogan over Kilicdaroglu’s claim that the President and some of his relatives have transferred large amounts of money into low-tax offshore accounts in the Isle of Man. Erdogan had demanded 1.5 million liras in compensation.
Kilicdaroglu stated late last year that the President’s close circle engaged in multi-million dollar traffic through an off-shore company in the tax haven Isle of Man, later providing receipts of the transfers too.
The latest “insult” case against the CHP leader is the latest in a series of such criminal investigations into Kilicdaroglu, including one launched by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Dec. 6. (…)
According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (07.06.18, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/over-2-000-suspects-given-jail-terms-in-turkey-coup-trials-ankara-132964), Turkish courts have so far handed jail terms to more than 2,000 suspects over the failed 2016 coup aimed at unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gul said on June 7. “Out of 287 court cases, 171 have been decided: 2,140 defendants have been given jail terms and 1,478 of them have been acquitted,” Gül told state-run Anadolu Agency. “I guess the remaining cases will be finalized by the end of 2018,” he said.
The trials are taking place throughout Turkey and include people from various professions and backgrounds. (…)
Columnist Abdulkadir Selvi, writing in Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (08.06.18, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opinion/abdulkadir-selvi/a-different-concept-will-be-applied-in-qandil-132967), under the above title, argues in the following commentary that Turkey has plans to establish military bases in the Qantil Mountians after removing the PKK:
“There have previously been other operations in Iraq’s Qandil Mountains, the headquarters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). (…) However, this time, we are talking about a new operation.
Not only is an operation being conducted, but after removing the PKK, there are plans to establish bases in the Qandil Mountains. (…)
The Turkish military has been advancing towards Qandil by establishing bases in strategic locations for the last three months and creating passageways for itself. (…) A big operation is being prepared for Qandil.(…)
The operation will run in coordination with the United States. But, what will the U.S. gain from this? It has been said for some time that the U.S. has been trying to break ties between the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). If you remember, U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis had talked about having the YPG fight against the PKK during his meeting with Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli.
In his statement regarding the operation, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had said “There will be a four-way cooperation between Turkey, the U.S., Baghdad, and Arbil” against the PKK in northern Iraq.
It is understood that a different dialogue is being maintained with Iran. Because without cooperation with Iran, the Qandil operation will be insufficient, as part of Qandil is on land that belongs to Iran. PKK leaders Cemil Bayık and Murat Karayılan are said to be utilizing sheltered areas on the Iranian side.
From its planning to execution, we are facing a different operation this time.
1- Qandil is being targeted as it is the headquarters of the PKK.
2- In the first stage, ties between Qandil and Turkey are being severed. The Turkish military has been establishing bases on passageways the PKK has been using to enter Turkey.
3- The big Qandil operation, as was the case in the Euphrates Shield Operation and “Operation Olive Branch,” is being planned in two stages.
4- The PKK’s training quarters, communication, headquarters, and ammunition depots, and shelters will be destroyed in air operations, which will last for days. The organization’s infrastructure will be destroyed.
5- Following air operations, a ground offensive is expected to take place, with the support of artillery fire. During the period of the operation, war planes and artillery fires are expected to provide continuous support to the ground units as needed.
This time, there is a different Qandil plan on the table. After Qandil is cleared of the PKK, a plan different from what has been applied so far will be executed. Temporary bases will be established in Qandil so the PKK cannot return. This way, Qandil will no longer belong to the PKK but will be a Turkish military base.(…)”
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