A. Turkish Cypriot Press
B. Turkish Press
According to Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan newspaper (07.08.18), Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci stated that the Turkish Cypriots, in order to gain their rights, which were usurped, should fight and defend their rights until the end. He added that there is no other way to achieve this than the diplomacy within the framework, of course, of the international law.
Speaking at the grape festival in the occupied village Galatia, Akinci said that during the period he was mayor of the Turkish municipality in the occupied part of Nicosia, he desired to see international folklore shows in the “country”, although this goal could not be achieved during those days, it has been achieved in many “municipalities” today and particularly in the occupied village Galatia.
Akinci argued that his longing to be part of the international community, which is a right of the Turkish Cypriots, recurs when he sees the “TRNC folklore teams” participating in international folklore performances.
Akinci further said: “It is our right to be part of the international community within the international law in the fields of sport and world diplomacy and not only in the folklore performances”, arguing that this right of the Turkish Cypriots has been usurped since 1963. He concluded by saying: “We have lived under isolations for many years. It is not our fate to continue living like this. We will do all we can diplomatically to overcome this”.
Under the title “We have been ruined”, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (07.08.18) reports that anxiety escalated yesterday in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus while the devaluation of the Turkish lira (TL) before the foreign currencies continued. One US dollar, which one month ago was equal to 4,6165 TL, yesterday reached 5,2150 TL. During the same period, one euro increased to 6,0030 TL from 5,412 TL and one sterling pound climbed to 6,7240 TL from 6,1165 TL.
In statements to the paper, economist Okan Veli Safakli expressed the view that, according to the developments in Turkey, TL’s devaluation before the foreign currencies will continue for some period. The “citizens”, who get their salaries in TL but pay bills such as the rent, school fees and bank instalments in foreign currencies, brood on how they will cope with this situation, which causes them depression.
According to the paper, the minimum wage continues melting away in spite of the 222 TL increase announced yesterday. Four months ago the minimum wage was 2,057 TL, which was equal to 529 dollars or 383 sterling pounds or 430 euros. As of yesterday, the minimum wage increased to 2,279 TL, which according to the foreign exchange rates equaled to 437 dollars or 338 sterling pounds or 379 euros.
Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (07.08.18) reports that as a result of the devaluation of the TL and the successive price increases, trade unions and representatives of various sectors asked for measures by the “government” for the protection of the “people’s” purchase power. Opposition parties share this view of the trade unions.
Faiz Sucuoglu, “deputy’ with the National Unity Party (UBP) accused the “government” of delaying to take measures before the economic crisis. He claimed that the demand for holding a meeting with Turkey should have been submitted two months ago and not now. “The government wore itself out and oppressed the people”, he argued.
Erhan Arikli, chairman of the settlers’ Revival Party (YDP), claimed that the “government” should meet with Turkish officials and secure Turkey’s support for overcoming the economic problems. He alleged that the “government” has bad relations with Turkey and succumbed to its destiny. “It should insist in meeting”, he added.
Murat Kanatli, general secretary of the New Cyprus Party (YKP), said that the price increases are not a surprise in conditions under which the balance between their exports and imports is so spoiled. “People’s purchase power can be restored with a fair taxation system”, he argued.
Mehmet Cakici, chairman of the Communal Liberation Party-New Forces (TKP-YG) said that they are experiencing a process during which the people with low and medium income are annihilated and argued that the “government” should carry out a reform in the “public sector” and the taxation system. Cakici described as a “disaster” the increase in the price of many products which the “people” are obliged to use, such as electricity, fuel and liquefied petroleum gas.
According to illegal Bayrak television (07.08.18- http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=new-minimum-wage-determined) the new gross minimum wage has been set aT 2,620 Turkish Liras.
The lowest net salary starting as of the 1 of September will be 2,279 Turkish Liras. The new minimum wage, the second this year, was raised by the “commission in charge of determining the minimum wage”.
Speaking after yesterday’s meeting, so-called minister of labour and social security Zeki Celer stated that the minimum wage was something which concerned everyone.
Pointing out that it was impossible for a family of four persons to get by for a whole month on a minimum wage; Celer said that the four- party coalition’s “government” views on the matter are clear.
He added that the time has come to determine minimum wages according to the different sectors in the economy. Celer also stated that should conditions dictate, it would be possible to review the minimum wage once more before the end of the year. He also reminded that the minimum wage had been raised by 445TL since the beginning of the year.
Meanwhile, commenting on the determination of the minimum wage, columnist Sami Ozuslu in a commentary in Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (07.08.18) reports that the new minimum wage in the “TRNC” is actually 350 sterling pounds. Ozuslu wonders how a family can afford to live with such a wage, if it has to pay 200-250 sterling for house rent, or to pay electricity and other house expenses.
Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Bakis newspaper (07.08.18) reports that “the agreement, which was made during previous governments with a foreign lobbying company and be paid by the foreign ministry 10 million TL, had been cancelled with a decision of the council of ministers”.
It has been revealed that as a result of the agreement signed four years ago with the foreign lobbying company, a very high amount of money was paid to the company every month and until today ten million Turkish Lira were transferred to this company by the “foreign ministry”.
In a statement to the paper, Kudret Ozersay, “deputy prime minister and foreign minister”, confirmed that they ended the contract with the above mentioned company without wanting to say anything more about the company’s name. He explained that examining the productivity data of the company they came to the result that the cost was very high and they terminated the agreement. He added that “the ministry is trying to purchase lobbying services for some time with more than one company”.
It is further reported that “the ministry of foreign affairs has bought services from different lobbying companies in the past, but it is said that there were not as expensive service purchase as it was the agreement made four years ago. The above mentioned companies were helping the TRNC officials to have meetings with foreign diplomats and to publish their articles or responding to articles in foreign newspapers and other publications”.
According to Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris newspaper (07.08.18), it is reported that a hand grenade was exploded in the hand of one of the asphalt workers, who were doing road pavement yesterday afternoon in a place used as a military gun range in the occupied village Mandres.
Due to the explosion, five workers were injured and one of them had his arm cut from the shoulder. It is also reported that a large number of shrapnel pieces hit the bodies of the workers. They are all treated in the “Near East hospital”.
Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (07.08.18-http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-us-reach-preliminary-agreement-on-sanctions-crisis-sources-135522) reports that Turkey and the United States have reached a preliminary agreement after the crisis over the arrest of pastor Andrew Brunson that lead to sanctions, diplomatic sources said.
According to sources speaking to daily Hürriyet, the agreement covers "certain subjects" and a Turkish delegation is scheduled to visit Washington DC in the coming days to "finalize the details."
Brunson, who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of İzmir, is at the centre of one of the most serious crises in relations between the NATO allies in years.
The pastor was moved to house arrest last month after nearly two years in jail on terror-related charges, but the change only increased tensions.
The U.S. responded to the failure to fully free Brunson by hitting two top Turkish Ministers with sanctions, prompting Ankara to announce a similar measure.
Meanwhile, Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (07.08.18-http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-lira-recuperates-losses-after-turkey-us-meeting-report-135523) reports that Turkey’s currency has rebounded on Aug. 7 after it hit a record of 5.42 against the U.S. dollar on Aug. 6, marking the biggest daily drop of 5.5% in 10 years.
Lira was traded for 5.26 against the dollar in the early trading, after local reports pointed to a meeting between a Turkish delegation and their American counterparts that will take place in Washington in two days.
The tension between the NATO allies has rose in a couple of issues ranging from the differences in the policies regarding the Syrian conflict to imprisoned U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, and Turkey’s unmet request for the extradition of U.S. based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen who has been accused of masterminding the coup attempt on July 15, 2016 in Turkey.
Washington on Aug. 3 said it was reviewing Turkey’s duty-free access to the U.S. market, a move that could affect $1.7 billion of Turkish exports.
After the announcement triggered a sell-off in Turkish Lira on Aug. 6, the Turkish Central Bank stepped in and loosened the upper limit of banks’ reserve requirements, increasing the liquidity $2.2 billion. However, that did little to prop up the lira, which also hit a record low versus the euro hitting 6.16.
The Turkish currency has lost some 27% of its value this year.
Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (06.08.18-http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-to-reshuffle-akp-a-team-135488) reported that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader is planning to make some changes to the party management in the upcoming AKP convention, as parliamentary Speaker Binali Yıldırım and Deputy Speaker Mustafa Sentop will not be on the AKP A team due to their posts.
The ruling party prepares for the grand congress to be held on Aug. 18, while the party management is planning to make changes in Central Executive Board (MYK) and Central Decision and Management Board (MKYK), party sources revealed to daily Hürriyet on Aug. 5.
Former Prime Minister and current Parliamentary Speaker Yıldırım and Deputy Speaker Mustafa Sentop will not be on the MKYK due to his post.
According to the party sources, Erdogan has not assigned AKP members who have served in parliamentary commissions to the top party executive boards before and due to this attitude, Constitutional Committee head Bekir Bozdag, Equality in Opportunity Between Genders Committee head Julide Sarıearoglu, and National Education Committee head Numan Kurtulmus may not be on the list for the top bodies.
However, it was stated that Erdogan may make an exception for Bozdag and Kurtulmus if he is considering them in the execution.
Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu are voiced as the names who will continue to take place in the party’s top board.
In addition, it was stated that Nurettin Canikli, former Defense Minister who has not taken place in neither Cabinet nor Parliament after the election, may be on the list for the MKYK.
Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (06.08.18-http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-not-to-convene-congress-amid-lack-of-delegate-signatures-135518) reported that the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) announced that it will not convene an extraordinary congress as the party headquarters, as the number of the signatures demanding leadership change is insufficient.
The headquarters announced on August 6 that the number of signatures admissible for the convention of the extraordinary congress is 569, falling short from 630, which is the necessary number of bringing a party to the congress with a leadership change.
The CHP has been tackling with in-house debates over two weeks as Muharrem İnce and his supporters have been in the process of signature collection to change the party management.
After two weeks of signature collection, dissidents announced last week that they have 630 signatures sufficient to bring the party to a congress. However, the headquarters argue they have received only 605 admissible signatures.
It was stated by the party administration that five of 605 signatures grounded their demand for a congress in different reasons and to be admissible, all signatures should address the same reason for such demand. The administration also said 31 of the delegates have withdrawn their signatures, leaving 569 admissible signatures.
According to the party by-law, a simple majority of all delegates have to issue their signatures with notary approval to the administration to bring the party to a congress with an agenda of leadership change.
It was reported the dissidents may bring the signatures to the judicial authorities for further assessment.
Some dissident members have posted on their social media accounts that if the party would not convene the congress, they will not stand for local elections, while some 15 delegates have held a sit-in protest outside of the party headquarters before the announcement.
Turkish daily Sabah (06.08.18-https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2018/08/06/good-party-in-distress-as-founding-members-quit-citing-akseners-policies-election-defeat) reported that three founding members of the right-wing Good Party (IYI Party - IP) – Yusuf Halacoglu, Özcan Yeniceri and Nevzat Bor – resigned from the party on Monday to protest policies of the party's administration amid leadership troubles that began after the June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections.
The members that resigned – Yusuf Halaçoğlu, Özcan Yeniçeri and Nevzat Boz – shared a statement to the press regarding their resignations holding the party administration accountable for the unsuccessful results of the June 24 elections and blamed them of "disloyalty" in preparing the Deputy lists. "The party administration opted for figures who joined the party later, while founding members were pushed aside," Halaçoğlu said in a news conference, who read the statement on behalf of the resigned trio.
Halaçoğlu and Yeniçeri were former Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputies, while Boz was the former head of Grey Wolves, a group that constitutes the youth branch of the MHP. All three members were among a dissident faction in the MHP who left the party and founded the IP in 2017.
The resignations are expected to have a devastating effect on the party, which has been engulfed in intraparty debates since the party's poor June 24 election results. The party's chairwoman, Meral Akşener, gained 7.3% of the votes in the presidential elections, while the IP garnered 9.6% of the votes in the parliamentary elections, well below expectations. However, IP was able to send 44 Deputies to Parliament thanks to the alliance formed with the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). (…)
The politicians who resigned also criticized the party's administration, particularly Akşener, for joining an alliance with the Republican People's Party (CHP), which, according to them, caused a decrease in IP's votes. (…)
Turkish daily Sabah (06.08.18-https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2018/08/07/warrants-arrests-for-feto-suspects-in-police-army) reported that the Turkish authorities issued arrest warrants for nine military officers and detained 24 police officers in nationwide operations targeting the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ).
Suspects are accused of being infiltrators for the group, which is blamed for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, in the military and law enforcement.
The Chief Prosecutor's Office in the capital Ankara issued arrest warrants for nine military officers, including two on-duty and seven former majors, for their links to the group. Suspects, all from the army's Land Forces Command, were identified after they communicated with their handlers in FETÖ through payphones. Tens of thousands of people linked to the terrorist group were detained and/or arrested in the wake of the coup attempt that killed 250 people. (…)
In the north-western city of Bursa, police arrested 24 of their former colleagues for their links to the terrorist group. All were previously dismissed from their jobs for suspected affiliation with the group. Another wanted former police officer remains at large. Also in Bursa, police nabbed 3 civilian FETÖ members in "gaybubet" (absence) houses, the name given by the group to safe houses used to hide wanted members. One suspect was caught while trying to delete an encrypted messaging app in his cell phone after locking himself in a bathroom. Twelve others were arrested in Bursa in another operation targeting gaybubet houses on Saturday.
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