No. 183/19 27.09.2019
A. Turkish Cypriot Press
B. Turkish Press
Turkish Cypriot newspaper Kıbrıs (27.09.19) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has said that he went to New York to discuss the steps which could be taken in cooperation with the UNSG for paving the way again towards a solution in Cyprus and not to start a blame game. In a statement issued yesterday, Akinci replied to President Anastasiades’ address at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly. “The fact that Mr Anastasiades did not refer to the 2:1 rotating presidency when he talked about the document of 30 June, shows that he is still having difficulties in accepting the content of the framework”, he alleged.
Commenting on President Anastasiades’ reference that in spite of the efforts exerted for the past 45 years no solution was reached to the Cyprus problem, Akinci claimed that everybody knew that the Turkish Cypriot “people’s” demands for a solution found no reply by the Greek Cypriot leadership and gave as example the Annan Plan and the Crans Montana Conference. He also argued that the three elements which President Anastasiades described as necessary for concluding on the issue of the terms of reference, that is the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014, the convergences achieved until today and the Guterres Framework of 30 June 2017, were issues underlined by the Turkish Cypriot side for the past couple of years.
Furthermore, Akinci alleged that the rotating presidency and the effective participation in the decisions were included among the agreements of the past and were important principles of the political equality, which became a UN parameter. “It is a big contradiction and influences negatively the terms of reference to say on the one hand that he accepts the agreements of the past and on the other to reject these principles’, he alleged and expressed the view that it was inevitable now for the UNSG to take a clear stance in favor of these parameters which had become UN principles.
Under the title “’Starting another process has no meaning’”, Turkish Cypriot newspaper Halkın Sesi (27.09.19) reports that Kudret Ozersay, self-styled foreign minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, has alleged that during the previous negotiating processes they had seen that the Greek Cypriots did not want to share the island’s wealth and administration with the Turkish Cypriots. In statements to the paper’s correspondent in New York, Ozersay claimed that in order for any negotiating process to start, the Greek Cypriot side needed to show that it wanted to share the wealth and the administration with the Turkish Cypriots.
“The Greek Cypriot side should convince us on this issue”, he alleged and claimed: “As long as there is no change of mentality, this process will go nowhere. There is no meaning in starting another process, because we do not want to be imprisoned in these processes”.
Referring to UNSG’s Special Adviser for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute’s efforts, Ozersay argued that Lute had started “imprisoning” the issue in an “exercise on paper” and added that the Cyprus problem should not be downgraded to a common exercise on paper.
Asked to comment on allegations published in the Press that the drilling activities of the Turkish side in the Eastern Mediterranean have stopped, Ozersay replied that the drillings had not stopped and that they would continue. He added that the drillings were interrupted from time to time for supplies and other similar reasons. He said that the ships went away but they would return.
Noting that the Greek Cypriot side was not accepting to discuss the natural gas issue with the Turkish Cypriots before the solution, but after the Turkish side’s proposal, the Greek Cypriots said, for the first time, that they could discuss this issue before the solution even though they put forward some preconditions. Arguing that the Greek Cypriot side had come to this point due to the “policy of leverage” implemented by the Turkish side, he claimed that on the issue of occupied fenced-off Varosha as well the Greek Cypriot side had “lost its balance” and felt uncomfortable.
“We need the Greek Cypriots to be uncomfortable, because if they are comfortable, they will do absolutely nothing”, he alleged and reiterated that we were far from being at the point of a federal partnership based on sharing.
Turkish Cypriot daily newspaper Kibris Postasi (27.09.19) reports that Kudret Ozersay, self-styled minister of foreign affairs, who continues his contacts in New York, met yesterday with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
During the meeting which was held at the UN headquarters, the relations of the “two countries” and regional issues were discussed. In addition, the situation of the Pakistani citizens working and studying in the occupied area of Cyprus was also discussed. Ozersay, commenting on the meeting, said: “In our country, there are Pakistani citizens, who are working and are also studying, there are even those who are our citizens. Taking this under consideration, we had a very fruitful meeting with the Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi at the UN headquarters. Our contacts with him will continue from now on”.
Meanwhile, Kibris Postasi newspaper (27.09.19, http://www.kibrispostasi.com/c35-KIBRIS_HABERLERI/n298268-ozersayin-new-york-temaslari-suruyor-27092019) reports that Ozersay also attended a roundtable at the Turkish Heritage Organization in New York as a speaker.
Posting at his personal social media account, Ozersay said that he shared his evaluations on the Cyprus problem and the natural gas issue in the region. He also answered questions of the participants from other think-tanks and universities.
Under the title “Sovereign equality rather than political equality”, Turkish Cypriot daily newspaper Vatan (27.09.19) reports, on its front page, that self-styled prime minister Ersin Tatar, during a meeting with a delegation from Turkey’s Public Workers’ Trade Unions Confederation, claimed that “with the increasing relations in recent years, the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the increasing importance of the TRNC due to Turkey’s stance, the TRNC is now in the direction of shifting to the sovereign equality rather than political equality in foreign policy and the continuation of the structure in the northern part of Cyprus as a state”.
He further claimed: “They want a settlement which excludes Turkey from the picture and which grants us minority rights. Such solution would weaken the basis of the TRNC and have serious consequences for us”.
According to Turkish Cypriot daily newspaper Vatan (27.09.19), Sener Elcil, secretary general of the Turkisch Cypriot Teachers’ trade union (KTOS), criticized the statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu for two separate states on Cyprus.
In a written statement, Elcil said that Turkey has turned its guarantor responsibility to a concept of conquest, adding: “While all these are happening, the Greek Cypriots have been sitting at the negotiation table with proposals, which have not been accepted for 50 years now, by saying ‘we want a federal solution’, a ground was prepared for them to join the EU as the owner of the Republic of Cyprus”.
Elcil further argued: “The Turkish officials, who are continuing to make propaganda by saying ‘we want solution’ exploiting the 65% yes vote of the Turkish Cypriots on the Annan plan, have put forward also now the position of two separate states”, adding that the Turkish officials, who declare that “the land is indivisible” and are against the division of Turkey, when it comes to Cyprus they want a permanent division. He concluded by saying: “Cyprus is too small to be divided and big enough for the two communities to live”.
Writing in Turkish Cypriot newspaper Yeni Düzen (27.09.19) columnist Sami Ozuslu reports that the population in the occupied area of Cyprus is estimated 700 thousands. Under the title “Is our population 700 thousands?” Ozuslu notes that recent data given by the “information technologies and communication council” created his desire to make some calculations on the issue. Recalling that according to these data, the active SIM cards in the occupied area of Cyprus are 880 thousands, Ozuslu estimates that some of them belong to persons who have two SIM cards or many for using them in gambling. He notes also the following:
“Let us accept that the total of the SIM card holders who are in these two categories are 100 thousands. Let us erase another 80 thousands off-the-cuff. What is left? 700 thousands. There are also children and elder people, who do not use cell phones. Even if we do not add them, however, the number is there”.
Turkish Cypriot daily newspaper Kibris Manset (27.09.19) reports that the “ad hoc committee at the parliament” convened yesterday and decided to “lift the parliamentary immunity” of the former leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) and former “prime minister” Huseyin Ozgurgun.
According to illegal Bayrak television (27.09.19, https://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=turkish-naval-forces-day), the 27th of September which is the anniversary of the Battle of Preveza and which is also celebrated as the Turkish Naval Forces Days is being marked with various events. As part of this day, Turkey’s Zipkin assault boat docked at “Girne harbour” [the occupied Kyrenia port] today.
Ankara Anatolia news agency (27.09.19 https://www.aa.com.tr/en/74th-un-general-assembly-2019/turkey-works-with-un-to-tackle-climate-change-issues/1595453) reports that Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday said that his country works with the United Nations to tackle the challenges of climate change and to protect the environment.
Cavusoglu was speaking at an event on sustainable development goals, organized by Malaysia and Pakistan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
"Natural disasters such as extreme weather conditions, drought and floods are expected to rise in near future. International community should support the establishment of technical and legal resistance mechanism against these disasters," Cavusoglu said.
He went on to say that environmental problems like desertification, land degradation and air pollution obstruct sustainable development. "We should integrate sustainable development goals with national development plans and policies. It is important. It is very important that all parties are involved in this process. Close cooperation […] and coordinated international efforts are necessary,” he added.
Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Safak (27.09.19 http://origin.yenisafak.com.tr/en/news/turkeyspurchase-of-s-400s-shouldnt-damage-ties-with-us-says-erdogan-3501553) reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday that Ankara's decision to purchase Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems should not damage Turkey's relations with the U.S.
"For us, the S-400 issue should definitely not damage American and Turkish ties," Erdoğan said in an interview with Fox News, adding that the procurement of the S-400s is a matter of Turkey's national security. He also noted other NATO countries such as Bulgaria, Greece and Slovakia also use Russian defense systems.
Stressing that relations between Turkey and the U.S. go a long way back and that they’re built upon very strong bonds, "our eventual goal is to expand economic relations between the United States and Turkey and boost the trade volume between the two countries to $100 billion," he said.
In July, the U.S. suspended Turkey’s participation in the F-35 fighter jet program, saying its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense program could endanger the aircraft, a claim Turkey has consistently denied. At a bilateral meeting in June in Osaka with the Turkish President, US President Trump said Turkey had been treated unfairly over its decision to buy the S-400s and blamed the "mess" on the administration of former President Barack Obama.
Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (27.09.19 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-slams-egyptian-spoxs-remarks-about-erdogan-146886) reports that Turkey on Sept. 25 rejected a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman targeting the country and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “We reject the statement made by the spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of Egypt on Sept. 24, 2019, which is full of lies and slander targeting our country and President,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.
“It is tragicomic that those who rose to power with a coup is criticizing democracy in Turkey,” Aksoy’s statement added. Turkey is a responsible member of the international community and has been calling for the “Egyptian people’s legitimate demands, on democracy, justice, equality, freedom, accountability and wealth, to be met,” the statement read.
Turkey also calls for the end of “human rights violations that have been prevalently and systematically continuing in Egypt,” it added. “The unconscionable practices in Egyptian prisons and prosecution processes carried out with political decisions are well known by the international community. These practices have been subjected to criticisms of various international organizations,” the statement conveyed. Egypt is adopting a hostile attitude, rather than positively listening to the well-intentioned calls and suggestions, Aksoy said in the statement. He added that the Egyptian administration is doing this “to cover up the human rights violations and overlook the fundamental demands of Egyptian people.”
According to the statement, Egypt’s effort to target Turkey, which has a leading role and experience in the fight against terrorism, is a reflection of its aggressive attitude.
“Turkey has been fighting against terrorist groups such as the outlawed PKK/YPG, Al-Qaeda, ISIL and FETÖ,” the statement read. “This fight of Turkey against terrorism, that poses a cross-border threat, has been contributing to peace and security of the region and the territorial integrity of neighboring countries, especially Syria,” it added.
It is no surprise that “those acceded with coup is supporting putschists,” the statement underlined. The ministry said Turkey would continue its principled attitude towards peace and prosperity of the brotherly people of Egypt and would continue expressing its views on the return to democracy and establishment of rights and freedoms in the country.
President Erdoğan, during his speech at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, said that Egypt’s firstly elected President Mohamed Morsi’s death was a symbol of the need for justice and truth in the region. “Egypt’s elected President Morsi’s devastating death and the fact that his family was not allowed at his burial, is a bleeding wound for us,” Erdoğan had said. “It became a symbol for the deep need of justice and truth in the region,” he added.
Ankara Anatolia news agency (27.09.19 https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-major-earthquake-shakes-istanbul/1594924) reports that a powerful earthquake struck the Turkish metropolis Istanbul on Thursday, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). AFAD said a 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered in the Sea of Marmara hit at 1.59 p.m. (1059GMT).
"Eight people were slightly injured in the earthquake," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport returning from his visit to the UN General Assembly in New York.
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