No. 141/19 30.07.2019
A. Turkish Cypriot Press
B. Turkish Press
According to illegal Bayrak television (30.07.1-https://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=ozersay-slams-mitsotakis), so-called deputy prime minister and “foreign minister” Kudret Özersay responded to the statements made by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ during his visit in “south Cyprus”, as the Republic of Cyprus is referred to.
Özersay described Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ call for the end of the Turkish invasion” in Cyprus which “was the biggest foreign policy target of Greece” as outdated and archaic.
Claiming that the existence of the Turkish army in Cyprus was a result of a coup organized by Greece on the island, he alleged it should not be forgotten that the Turkish army came to the island to end an occupation resulted from the violation of the constitution and agreements.
Supporting the view that the existence of the Turkish army in Cyprus aimed at ending Greece’s occupation, Özersay claimed: “If Mitsotakis is looking for an invasion, then he should look at the invasion of the Cyprus Republic by the Greek Cypriots. I advise him to look at the invasion of the Cyprus Republic which two thirds of its constitution was suspended and although it does not represent the Turkish Cypriots at all, it pretends that it does and which has been usurping the rights of the Turkish Cypriots,” Özersay alleged.
Responding to “the preconditions put forward by Mitsotakis for the restart of negotiations which asked Turkey to end its ongoing activities in the maritime zone in the Eastern Mediterranean and back off from the steps it considers taking on the closed city of Maras”, Ozersay alleged the following: “If the Greek Prime Minister is looking for an illegal activity in the Eastern Mediterranean, then he should first of all, look at the unilateral activities of the Greek Cypriots which usurp the rights of the Turkish Cypriots. Then they will see what an illegal activity is” he argued.
He went on to claim “that if Greece had evaluated the opportunities brought forward as part of a comprehensive solution and made the necessary suggestions to the Greek Cypriot side, then there would be no Maraş issue today. If they could show the necessary flexibility on Maraş as part of the confidence building measures then we won’t have an issue of the closed city of Maras today. We might face with a positive and beautiful example regarding the future of Cyprus. I think they do not have the right to say anything on the closed city of Maraş as they did none of this. Of course, the former Greek Cypriots residents are partners in Maraş. However, under these conditions and at this conjuncture neither the Greek Cypriot leadership nor Greece is partners and in this regard they are not our collocutors”, Ozersay further alleged.
Moreover, according to illegal Bayrak television (30.07.19- https://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=tatar-responds-to-mitsotakis), so-called prime minister Ersin Tatar alleged that Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ statements delivered during his first official visit in “south Cyprus” once again proved that even if the government changes in Greece the Greek politicians’ dreams, mentality and wrong policies on Cyprus did not change.
Tatar alleged that Mitsotakis ignores the historical facts and “realities in Cyprus” when he demanded the end of the Turkish invasion as the highest strategic demand of Greek foreign policy. “Kyriakos Mitsotakis tries to deny the fact that Turkey came to Cyprus upon a call made by the Turkish Cypriot people as a result of the bloody coup organized by Greece with the aim of turning Cyprus into a Hellenic island and for our safety of life and property and through using its guarantee rights” Tatar alleged.
“Even though the Greek Prime Minister tries to deny or bend the truth, Turkey prevented Cyprus to enter into the hegemony of the fascist Greek state, protected the Turkish Cypriots from massacres and helped Greece to regain democracy”, Tatar further alleged.
(…) Referring to the Greek Prime Minister’s statement that the solution of the Cyprus issue is meaningless without the lifting of the outdated guarantees, Tatar alleged the following: “However, on the contrary to Mitsotakis, the majority of the Turkish Cypriot people say ‘the active and effective guarantee of Turkey is our only guarantee. We do not trust another system apart from this one. Turkey’s guarantee is not outdated. On the contrary, if there is no bloodshed in Cyprus and if the cease-fire continues it’s because of Turkey’s guarantee. Therefore, the desire of Greece to take Turkey out of Cyprus was not only evil-minded but also did not coincide with the expectations of the Turkish Cypriot people” he argued.
“In the mean time, Greece and the Greek Cypriot side who tried to threaten Turkey for its drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, who hint for using force if necessary and who called on the EU to help should know that it is not possible to prevent us and Turkey to protect our rights in the Eastern Mediterranean” Tatar further said.
The preconditions put forward by the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades during a joint press conference with Mitsotakis demanding the end of Turkey’s drilling activities and the Turkish Cypriot side to give up its plans on Maraş, once again revealed that we should be very careful when we have contacts with the Greek Cypriots” Tatar further alleged.
“While Anastasiades with his statements confirms our government’s view that a federal solution is no longer possible in Cyprus, he also justified our determination that contacts with the Greek Cypriot side which are not planned well would harm our people”, Tatar claimed.
Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (30.07.19) under the front-page title: “Kosovo Formula”, reports that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave instructions to the Turkish National Assembly to speed up its works in order for Turkey to meet the criteria required by the EU for the implementation of visa free travel for Turkish citizens.
According to sources, after Erdogan’s instructions, technocrats in Turkey have speed up their works in order to open for discussion the files related with the criteria that Turkey did not meet. It is expected according to the paper, for the works to accelerate further as of October 1st, when the National Assembly will open again. Turkey has met until so far 66 out of the 72 EU criteria.
As regards the criteria, which are related with Turkey’s cooperation with member states on the issue of extradition of criminals, regarding the Republic of Cyprus which Turkey does not recognize, Erdogan has proposed for the implementation of the “Kosovo model”. In this way, the sources said, when there would be a matter of a criminal extradiction with the Republic of Cyprus, it would take place via another EU member state. The same sources, writes the paper, said that the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel gave signals that it would help Turkey on this issue.
Illegal Bayrak (30.07.19 https://www.brtk.net/turkiye-mgk-toplantisinda-dogu-akdenizdeki-gelismeler-ele-alinacak/) broadcast that the National Security Council of Turkey (MGK) will convene today to discuss developments in Eastern Mediterranean.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will be the head of the meeting. Officials will inform the Council about the drilling activities carried out in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the security activities related to it.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi (30.07.19) publishes in its front-page title an exclusive interview by former “prime minister” and leader of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Tufan Erhurman, who evaluated to the paper, the “economic protocol”, the issue of the opening of the fenced off city of Varosha, the forthcoming “presidential elections” in the occupied area of Cyprus and the “discussions on passing to the presidential system”.
Referring to the “signing of the interim economic and financial agreement between Turkey and the TRNC”, Erhurman accused the so-called government for “signing the agreement” and claimed that those who condemned in the past the “signing of the agreement with one year valid, have proceed now to the signing of the agreement with validity of 5 months”. He went on supporting that it would be impossible for the “TRNC” to “meet the conditions of the protocol in the time envisaged by the protocol”.
On the issue of the opening of the fenced off city of Varosha, Erhurman supported that it considers the mobility on the issue, right and claimed that the Turkish Cypriot side cannot sit and wait for steps to be taken. “Taking into consideration that federation is not possible and that no solution was reached on the Cyprus problem, also, taking into account the unacceptable stance by the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades on the issue of political equality, I consider that it would be wrong for the Turkish Cypriot side to sit and wait”, Erhurman argued.
Pointing out to the need for the Turkish Cypriot side to continue with proactive policy and to follow a multi-dimensional “foreign policy”, Erhurman alleged that it is important to indicate to the international community that it should force Anastasiades who is comfortable now with the current status quo, to return to the negotiating table. “It is for this reason that I consider the mobility on the opening of Varosha right, so that to break Anastasiades’ comfort”, Erhurman added.
On the hydrocarbon issue, Erhruman said that we should all act logically. “We are not acting logically now. We act with hatred abhorrence», Erhurman alleged, wondering why the Greek Cypriot side rejects the Turkish Cypriot sides’ proposal of the establishment of a joint committee on the hydrocarbon issue, taking into account that it had accepted in the past the establishment of joint committees on other issues.
Asked to reply to the question whether he is thinking to be “presidential candidate”, Erhurman alleged that if his party’s organs task him, he would do so.
Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen (30.07.19) reports that so-called deputy prime minister and “foreign minister” Kudret Ozersay, in statements yesterday after the meeting of the “council of ministers” announced that the “ministerial council” decided, among others, to “provide to six persons exceptional citizenship of the TRNC”.
Ozersay said that the “ministerial council has decided to grant the TRNC citizenship to six persons aged 18-22, whose families have the TRNC citizenship”. He added that the “decision to grant the citizenship will be published in the official gazette of the TRNC”.
Ozersay further announced that the “council” has decided the restructure of the “telecommunication department”. He explained that they had already submitted a proposal for the restructuring of the “department” based on the partnership of the public-private sector.
Referring to the issue of the opening of the fenced off city of Varosha, Ozersay claimed that the Greek Cypriot side and Greece do not have the right to speak on this issue. “Neither Greece nor the Greek Cypriot side are stakeholders or our interlocutors on this issue”, he claimed.
Under the title: “Varosha title deeds are ours”, Turkish daily Yeni Safak (30.07.19 https://www.yenisafak.com/gundem/marasin-tapusu-bizde-3500234) reports that there are title deeds in the hands of the “TRNC” and Turkey that proves that Varosha belongs to them.
“It has been registered that Varosha, which is prepared for settlement, it belongs to Evkaf of the Ottoman period. Α group of experts has studied and registered the title deeds one by one. There is no international law that can touch what belongs to Evkaf”, the paper claims.
The paper goes on and adds that in 2009 a group of Turkish experts that knows the Ottoman language went to the “TRNC” and started examining all the title deeds. The group had been to Varosha and examined all the title deeds of Evkaf from 1571 to 1974 where 2,433 document protocols, 13,00 files and 8 million documents were studied. From all these 20 million data were received that were transferred to computers which gather material bigger than 744 gigabytes.
The inventory taking place in the fenced off Varosha city these days is within the scope of this registration, the paper writes, and notes that the “general director” of Evkaf Ibrahim Fatih Benter and the late Rauf Denktas’ counselor Ata Atun gave information to the paper about the activities taking place in Varosha this period. According to Benter, a huge part of Varosha belongs to Evkaf and as he said they have evidence and title deeds to prove it. As he claimed, the area belonged to three large foundations of Evkaf: Of Lala Mustafa Pasa, of Abdullah Pasa and of Bilal Aga. He also claimed that Greek Cypriots tried to stole documents related to the issue and they failed.
On his part Atun said: “After the British seized the island, they started to fraud in the deed by filling the Greek Cypriots into government offices. These frauds were carried out especially in the lands extending to Larnaca belonging to Abdullah Pasha and Lala Mustafa Pasha Foundations in Varosha. When the British seized the island in 1915, they issued a decree. They passed an application that was totally against the rules of the foundation in order to sell this to the users of the foundation's property. In spite of this, the properties of Lala Mustafa Pasha and Abdullah Pasha in the property of Varosha are the added foundations. In other words, the established foundations, those who have been dedicated to Allah, cannot be sold or gifted, nor can anything be done”, he stated.
Turkish Haberler news portal (30.07.19 https://www.haberler.com/bakan-donmez-turkiye-nin-kktc-nin-uluslararasi-12286586-haberi/) reports that Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez stated that “Eastern Mediterranean is an issue for 82 million Turks”.
Donmez who stated that Turkey will not back down in its demands, said that when Turkey completes its program it will have the capacity to store 5.4 billion cubic meters of natural gas. “This would constitute the largest storage capacity in the world”, he claimed.
He added that this would be "one of the best answers to those who oppose the justified activities of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. […] Turkey always has alternatives. The legal rights of Turkey and the TRNC cannot be bargained”, he argued.
He went on adding that Eastern Mediterranean is not only an issue of his Ministry but an issue for the 82 million Turks. “Turkey will never back down from its demands in the Eastern Mediterranean”, he added.
Ankara Anatolia news agency (30.07.19 https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-expects-us-to-end-its-support-to-pkk-ypg/1544545) reports that Turkish Defense Minister has told his U.S. counterpart over a phone call that Turkey expects the U.S. to completely end its support to the PKK/YPG terrorist group.
Hulusi Akar said Turkey would be obliged to create a safe zone on its own in case the two countries failed to find a common ground, according to a statement released by the National Defense Ministry on Monday.
The Ministry said Akar congratulated Mark Esper for his new post as the U.S. Defense Secretary and they discussed the plan on a safe zone in northern Syria.
Akar emphasized that they would not allow a terror corridor in south of Turkey and that Turkey wants to assure safety and security of not only its country and people but also other religious and ethnic groups like the Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Christians and Ezidis living in the region.
Akar also stressed that Turkey is the only competent, efficient and pertinent power to provide control over a safe zone in northern Syria.
He said that the safe zone should be created under the criteria that include retrieval of all weapons from the PKK/YPG situated in the safe zone, wiping off the terrorist organization from the safe zone which should be 30 to 40 kilometers in width, destruction of PKK/YPG's all tunnels, shelters, equipment and ammunition in the area which will be controlled by Turkey and the U.S. in coordination.
Regarding the F-35 fighter jet program, Akar noted that Turkey was not just the customer of the project but also the investor and production partner, and that the program should continue as planned.
Turkish daily Yeni Safak (30.07.19 https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-defense-giant-makes-sub-communication-system-3496696) reports that Turkish defense giant Aselsan is supplying a telecommunications system for the country's New Type Submarine Project (NTSP), according to Turkish officials.
This is the first time in its over 40-year history Aselsan has produced a submarine communication system, according to an announcement Monday from Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency.
Aselsan military communications systems were designed in line with air, ground, and marine platforms to provide infrastructure for continuous and secure sound and data communication.
The system includes interior and exterior subsystems as well as underwater and surface communications including external communication, satellite communication systems, and radar transponder systems.
The subsystems -- a communication switching system, message handling system, intercommunication system, sound powered telephone system, and telephone system -- are also going forward.
Under the project, Aselsan will supply six Electronic Support Measure Systems (ESM) and six Integrated Communication and Satellite Communication Systems. The submarines are expected to be used in Turkey’s fleet starting in 2021.
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