Illegal Bayrak television (14.05.19, http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=akinci-gives-tatar-mandate-to-form-new-government) broadcast the following: “Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has handed the mandate of forming a new government to the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Ersin Tatar.
Akıncı, who invited Tatar to the presidential palace at noon assigned him the task of forming the new government. The UBP has currently the largest number of seats in the TRNC parliament. Meanwhile, the authorized organs of the UBP will convene this afternoon to evaluate prospects for the formation of a new coalition government”.
According to a press release by UBP, a joint meeting of the party’s assembly group and central executive committee will start at 4pm to be followed by a party assembly meeting at 5pm.
On the same issue, “BRT” (14.05.19, http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=akinci-continued-to-meet-with-political-parties) broadcast also that Akinci met separately this morning the leader of the Social Democratic Party (TDP) Cemal Özyiğit, the Democratic Party (DP) leader Serdar Denktaş and the leader of the Rebirth party (YDP Erhan Arıklı.
Speaking after his meeting with Akinci, Özyiğit said that a UBP-HP coalition seemed the most likely scenario at this point of time. “Those responsible for breaking up the coalition have a responsibility to set up a new government,” he said.
Özyiğit also said that “a government should be set up without further delay as the country shouldn’t be left without a government”.
The TDP leader also pointed out that “Turkey has not been sending proper financial assistance to the TRNC for the past year”. “We were carrying out work to find additional funds before the government collapsed. This work should be finalized without further delay and the Turkish Cypriot people should learn to stand on its own feet,” he added.
Denktaş, speaking after meeting Akıncı, said that the four party coalition had been broken up with a ploy. He argued that “a new ploy could now be put into motion by those who had their reputation damaged, to form the new government”. “I had the chance to inform Akinci briefly of what happened. The expectation is for the two parties [the UBP and HP] to form the new government. My personal view is that the ploy has been disrupted. There is a loss of reputation and new moves may be set in motion to repair the damage done such as holding early elections,” Denktaş said.
The DP leader also pointed out that “the country was experiencing financial difficulties and expressed the hope that those who form the new government will continue to take steps aimed at freeing the country from economic distress”. “We have been relieved of a huge burden. But we have taken on the duty of the opposition,” Denktaş concluded.
The leader of the Revival Party (YDP), Erhan Arıklı, who also met with Akıncı today, said that the HP had been extremely critical and had spoken harshly against the UBP in the past. He said that an UBP-HP coalition could be possible if the HP apologised from the UBP.
“This would also open the way for the HP in the upcoming presidential elections. The ball is now in the HP’s court. We shall see all together what will happen,” Arıklı said.
According to illegal Bayrak television (14.05.19, http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=hp-announces-its-ready-for-coalition-talks), the Peoples’ Party (HP) has announced it is open to coalition talks with any of the parties in “parliament”.
Following a five hour long meeting of the party assembly last night, the HP leader Kudret Özersay announced that his party was ready to sit down for talks with any party that came with an offer.
He said the HP was open to all parties and that holding talks did not necessarily mean that it would lead to a “coalition government”. “We could well remain in opposition at the end of this process, HP leader Kudret Özersay said.
Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (14.05.19) reports that the general secretary of the Turkish Cypriot teacher’s trade union (KTOS) Sener Elcil, referring to the resignation of the four-party “coalition government”, condemned strongly the leader of the People’s Party (HP) Kudret Ozersay, supporting that he is the responsible for the collapse of the “government” since, he resigned for the sake of coming to power.
Elcil went on accusing also Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey’s Special Warfare Department and the two “plunders who cooperate with them”, as he described them, who undertook action in order to break down the “government” and with the aim to “form” a new one. “It became a habit for the Turkish officials the meddling to the internal affairs of the Turkish Cypriots in every period. They first implemented the economic embargo with the aim to put away the four-party coalition government, they did not meet with their economic responsibilities for 15 months and as a result we had to cover even the military’s expenses”, Elcil said, pointing out that the new “government” to be formed will be a “Cavusoglu’s government”.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (14.05.19) reports that the central committee of the Revival Party (the party of the settlers in the breakaway regime) held a meeting yesterday and decided that it will support any model of “government” under the condition that “early elections” will be held.
The party’s committee also stated that the Turkish Cypriot leader Musatfa Akinci “should give the mandate for forming a government” to the leader of the National Unity Party Ersin Tatar.
Columnist Metin Munir in Turkish Cypriot newspaper Diyalog (14.05.19) reports that the main reason for the collapse of the four-party “coalition government”, after being 15 months in “power” in the occupied area of Cyprus, was the fact that its relations with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) “were deteriorated irreparably”. Under the title “Why the TRNC government resigned”, Munir notes that the same deterioration exists in AKP’s relations with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. “AKP thinks that Akinci has targets in the negotiations which are not realistic and not agreed with Turkey”, writes the columnist adding:
“The relations between Erdogan and Akinci have since a long time been cold. Erdogan, who does not know that the judiciary is independent in Cyprus, is offended with Akinci because he did not put in prison a journalist with the allegation that he had insulted him.
The four party coalition will be most probably be substituted by a two party coalition. It is expected that the new government will be much more in harmony with AKP on the intercommunal talks and other issues important for Turkey. […]”
According to the columnist the two-party “coalition government” will be established between the National Unity Party (UBP) and the People’s Party (HP) under Ersin Tatar and Kudret Ozersay respectively. Citing reliable information, Munir says that Tatar and Ozersay had shaken hands when the four-party “coalition” started quaking and that the UBP would support Ozersay in the “presidential elections” to be held next year. He notes:
“If this project, which Turkey fully supports, is materialized, it [Translator’s note: Turkey] will kill two birds with one stone:
- In Tatar’s personality, the TRNC will acquire a prime minister who is honest and good intended and knows economy very well and
- In Ozersay’s personality, in case he is elected, it will acquire a president who will carry out the peace talks with the Greek Cypriots in the direction which Turkey wants.
- Turkey will support the new coalition by increasing the financial aid it provides to the island.
For some time now, AKP had cut the monetary aid to the Turkish Cypriots in order to show its discontent towards Akinci and the four party coalition and it had not even pay the defense expenses. […]
Turkey’s impression is that Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades has come to the point of discussing a two-state solution on the island. Akinci and the major partner in the four-party coalition, the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), do not share the same view. They think that Anastasiades is playing a new game and support the insistence on the federal solution. Ankara thinks that federation is an unattainable target now. What is considered in its place is an agreed separation, two separate states the one next to the other. […]”
Under the title “A briefing for foreign diplomats with the use of maps”, Turkish private channel CnnTurk (13.05.19, https://www.cnnturk.com/video/turkiye/yabanci-diplomatlara-haritali-brifing) broadcast that last Friday there was a briefing to the heads of diplomatic missions in Turkey at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean.
CnnTurk broadcast the following:
“For the first time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs brought together the heads of diplomatic missions in Turkey and briefed them about the rights of Turkey and the TRNC [the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus] in the Eastern Mediterranean. The briefing was done by Cagatay Erciyes, the Director General of Maritime-Aviation-Border of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Officials and diplomats from embassies including diplomats form Israel, Egypt and Greece, as well as member of the European Union and of Security Council of the United Nations participated in the briefing.
According to information obtained by CNNTurk, during the briefing, maps were presented to shown where Turkey and the TRNC have rights. Turkey is carrying out drillings in its continental shelf and in regions where has been licensed and not in a declared EEZ.
During the briefing, the Turkish diplomats pointed out that Turkey is carrying out seismic research and drilling activities in the continental shelf shown in red at the map.
In addition, it was explained that activities are also being carried out by Turkish Petroleum licensed by TRNC in the fields, which are appeared in the map with pink colour.
So the Turkish diplomats showed that Turkey’s activities are carried out in the framework of the rights arising from the international law.
They draw attention also to the yellow areas. These areas show the EEZ announced by the agreements between South Cyprus [it refers to the Republic of Cyprus] and Egypt. It was stressed by Turkey that the drilling activities carrying out and will be carrying out by foreign companies on these areas which include disputed areas due to the Cyprus problem are unacceptable.
The Turkish diplomats, who showed the ‘conflict areas’ in these parcels, said that the unilateral activities carried out with foreign companies were against international law. Reminding that TRNC has also rights in these fields, Ankara stressed that activities should not be carried out in these areas until the Cyprus settlement. In addition, EU was warned to be partial.
According to information obtained by CNN Turk, Fatih drilling vessel is carrying out activities in the following areas within Turkey’s continental shelf. [The area shown in the published map is west of Paphos]. The Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa vessel is in the area, which is licensed by TRNC to Turkey.”
Turkish daily Yeni Safak (14.05.19 https://www.yenisafak.com/gundem/kktc-icin-monaco-modeli-gundemde-3470810 ) reports that the status of the “TRNC” came to the agenda again after the recent developments in Mediterranean and writes that the chairman of the Association of Energy Economy Professor Gurkan Kumbaroglu, stated that the Monaco model is the best solution for the breakaway regime.
According to the paper, Kumbaroglu stated that the risk of a war is very high in the region and added that the new “government” that will be established in the “TRNC” together with Turkey should work internationally towards the recognition of the “TRNC”; he added that results can be reached soon if the efforts for this issue are intensified.
Kumbaroglu suggested the France Monaco model to be applied to “Turkey-TRNC”. As he said, on the basis of this model, the responsibilities of the “ministries of defense and ministries of foreign affairs” will be transferred to Ankara while the “ministry of interior” will be operated in the “TRNC”.
According to Turkish daily Yeni Safak (14.05.19, https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/us-asks-turkey-to-delay-taking-delivery-of-russian-missile-ankara-unlikely-to-back-down-3480999), the United States has asked Turkey to delay taking delivery of the S-400 Russian missile defence system, currently scheduled for July, in return for potentially approving the formation of a working group that Ankara has sought to establish, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.
But a senior Turkish official reiterated Ankara's position that it would not back down from its planned purchase of the system, a procurement that has widened a diplomatic rift between the two NATO allies. "We will buy the S-400s in July. Our position has not changed," he said.
But the source said talks on the issue continued. (…)
On Monday, the top civilian in the U.S. Air Force, Secretary Heather Wilson, confirmed to reporters in Washington on Monday that shipments of F-35 support gear to Turkey were still halted. She added that discussions were ongoing regarding those shipments. But Wilson said Turkish pilots continued their F-35 training program in Arizona.
According to Turkish daily Sabah (14.05.19, https://www.dailysabah.com/diplomacy/2019/05/14/erdogan-putin-discuss-idlib-affirm-commitment-to-sochi-deal), Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed Idlib and bilateral relations with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Turkish Presidency's Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said in a tweet Monday.
According to Altun, Erdoğan told his Russian counterpart in a phone call late Monday that tensions in the war-ravaged city were aimed at disrupting the Turkish-Russian partnership, and both of the leaders affirmed their commitment to the Sochi deal.
"The President also added that the ceasefire violations in the Idlib de-escalation zone are worrying, and the fact that schools, hospitals and civilians are targeted has no place in a proper fight against terror,” Altun added.
During a phone call Tuesday morning, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu discussed the latest developments in Idlib and measures to reduce tensions in the region. (…)
According to Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (14.05.19, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ysk-annuls-oppositions-appeals-for-renewal-of-istanbul-district-elections-143393), Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) on May 13 rejected appeals by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and İYI (Good) Party for annulment of the entire March 31 local elections in Istanbul, including districts of Turkey’s biggest metropolis.
The YSK also rejected the İYI Party and CHP’s demands to invalidate the 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The YSK decision was based on the grounds that the board’s “rulings are final.”
As a result of the YSK decision, Istanbul residents will go to the polls on June 23 for the election of only the mayor of Istanbul.
“We weren’t expecting a different result anyway.” CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said, speaking at a joint press conference with IYI Party leader Meral Akşener. He said the YSK decision to annul Istanbul municipal elections does not correspond to district and mukhtar elections given that the three votes were cast in the same electorate envelope. He accused the YSK of defying the nation’s will. (…)
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