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According to the North Cyprus Ortam newspaper: “200-400 tons of poultry products to be exported per month” to Egypt. The newspaper was quoting a statement issued by the Turkish Cypriot Businessmen Council (KTIAK), following a visit to Cairo.

Whether this is just wishful thinking is another matter. I can’t help wondering why an Egyptian company would want to import chicken products from a country barely able to supply enough local food to the supermarkets here. It seems like it is an attempt to break an embargo which if it were lifted would have little impact except perhaps direct flights. The ways things are shaping up at Ercan, however, there is a danger that if direct flights were to be allowed it would probably be cheaper to fly from the south.

Cyprus PIO: Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Media Review, 13-05-20

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

TURKISH CYPRIOT AND TURKISH MEDIA REVIEW No. 93/13 18-20/05/13

[A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

  • [01] The breakaway regime is heading towards early “elections”
  • [02] BKP stressed the need for “early elections” and for a federal solution on the Cyprus problem
  • [03] Davutoglu discussed with Kucuk his earlier meeting with Kerry on the Cyprus problem
  • [04] Davutoglu may illegally visit the breakaway regime over the weekend-Yorgancioglu suggest the visit is related to the UBP crisis
  • [05] Eroglu said the dinner between the two leaders in Cyprus can take place either 29 or 30 of May
  • [06] Yildiz: “No job for companies that work with the Greek Cypriots”
  • [07] Bagis: “Hopefully, we see one day TRNC as an independent country in the UN”
  • [08] Saner and Ustel tried to promote the breakaway regime in the US through lobbying activities
  • [09] Caglar to attend PACE meeting in London
  • [10] The occupation regime attends a “religious summit” in Armenia
  • [11] The occupation regime to export poultry products to Egypt
  • [12] Transfer of Israeli gas to Turkey depends on the solution in Cyprus
  • [13] The President of the EU Council is not allowed to address the TGNA
  • [14] Erdogan conditions Hamas-Fatah reconciliation for Israeli-Palestinian peace. He voices caution over “tie-mending” with Israel
  • [15] Erdogan: We may have 3 polls in 2014
  • [16] Turkish media has not stood up enough against Bashar al-Assad: PM Erdogan
  • [17] Government under fire for limiting freedom of press, favouring state-run media
  • [18] Turkish TV channel Show TV was taken over by the TMSF
  • [19] Tough test awaits Kilicdaroglu over division of CHP

  • [A] TURKISH CYPRIOT / TURKISH PRESS

    [01] The breakaway regime is heading towards early “elections”

    Turkish Cypriot Gundem Kibris web site reports today (20.05.13) about the crisis in the National Unity Party (UBP) and the motion of census which was submitted by some UBP members together with the parties of the opposition and notes that the breakaway regime is heading towards early “elections”.

    According to the website, the proposition of the opposition parties for the conducting of early “elections” on September 29 was accepted to be discussed by the “assembly”.

    Ahmet Kasif, “MP” with UBP stated that they gathered 27 votes together with the parties of the opposition and that they submitted a motion of census against Kucuk’s “government” today during a conversion of the self-styled assembly. On his part, the general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Ozkan Yorgancioglu confirmed that the signatures of 27 “MPS” were gathered. The chairman of DP Serdar Denktas said that now it is them that have the majority of votes in the “parliament”. TDP chairman Mehmet Cakici also confirmed that 27 signatures were gathered for the motion of census. Cakici also stated: “No-one can impose a prime minister over us”.

    Replying to Cakici, Kucuk said that they are not afraid of the “elections” and added that he went to the USA as “prime minister” and returned as an “MP”. Confirming that election could be held on September 29 Kucuk said: “Here it is your 29 of September. Come and get it. We are not afraid [?] You are living in a great fantasy”.

    The Turkish Cypriot press reports today (20.05.13) about the crisis in the National Unity Party (UBP) and notes that the self-styled prime Minister Irsen Kucuk shortened his visit to New York in order to follow the developments in his party which most probably will force his “government” to early elections.

    Under the title “Critical week”, Halkin Sesi writes that following UBP’s convection, Kucuk stated that four members of UBP, Ahmet kasif, Hasan Tacoy, Turkay Tokel and Afet Ozcafer, who are the main figures of the party’s opposition, will be brought in front of UBP’s discipline committee. In addition, it was decided that early election could be called for August 18th.

    Afrika reports on the issue under the title “Now not even AKP can save Kucuk”, and notes that the conflict between the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will end up with the shattering of UBP. The paper writes that the road of Kucuk, who represents Erdogan and of Ahmet Kasif who represents Eroglu is coming to an end the regime is heading towards early elections.

    Kibris writes that the opposition group of UBP, along with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), the Social Democracy Party (TDP) and the Democratic Party (DP) are ready to vote in favour of a motion of censure against Kucuk’s government and notes that the signature of 26 “deputies” is needed for overthrowing the “government”. The plan is for overthrowing the “government” with the 19 votes of the “deputies” of the “opposition” parties and seven votes of “deputies” from the UBP, writes the paper.

    [02] BKP stressed the need for “early elections” and for a federal solution on the Cyprus problem

    Under the title: “What is important is the federal solution”, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris (18.05.13) reported that United Cyprus Party (BKP’s) organizing secretary, Abdullah Korkmazhan, in a written statement, said that the political parties in the occupied area of Cyprus which are represented in the so-called assembly have no difference with the National Unity Party (UBP).

    Korkmazhan accused the so-called UBP government of the non-solution of the Cyprus problem and of the current status-quo, supporting that the UBP is a coalition which only interest to protect its own best interests.

    Stressing the need for the Turkish Cypriots to be rescued from the so-called government, Korkmazhan said that it is important for the “UBP government” to resign and to go to “early elections”. However, Korkmazhan added that the most important thing is for the Turkish Cypriots to have the right to be self-administrated, to be able to have a new status based on the principles of social justice and democracy and to achieve a federal solution in Cyprus”.

    (AK)

    [03] Davutoglu discussed with Kucuk his earlier meeting with Kerry on the Cyprus problem

    According to illegal Bayrak television (18.05.13), the so-called prime minister Irsen Kucuk met with the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in New York. Kucuk’s contacts with UN and US officials as well as future steps to be taken, were discussed during the meeting.

    According to “BRT”, the continuation of the Turkish Cypriot side’s determined stance towards reaching a settlement on the Cyprus problem was emphasized during the meeting.

    Speaking afterwards, Davutoglu said that he had taken up in detail with Kucuk the meeting he had held earlier with his US counterpart, the US Secretary of State John Kerry, which had focused on the Cyprus problem.

    He said that concrete proposals had come up during his meeting with Kerry or earning momentum to the solution process in Cyprus.

    Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will be visiting the occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus in the coming days.

    Kucuk, speaking at the opening gala of the festival and the Turkish Day parade in New York, reiterated the known views of the Turkish Cypriot side on the Cyprus problem.

    [04] Davutoglu may illegally visit the breakaway regime over the weekend-Yorgancioglu suggest the visit is related to the UBP crisis

    Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (20.05.13) reports that the self-styled prime minister Irsen Kucuk said that the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu is expected to pay an illegal visit to the breakaway regime over the weekend.

    Kucuk who was speaking about his contacts in Ney York, said that he is in full agreement in every aspect with Davutoglu.

    Commenting on Davutoglu’s visit, the general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party (CHP) Ozkan Yorgancioglu stated that if the Turkish Foreign Minister is visiting in order to be informed on the Cyprus problems’ developments there is no issue, however if he is visiting in order to interfere in the interior issue, there is an issue.

    [05] Eroglu said the dinner between the two leaders in Cyprus can take place either 29 or 30 of May

    Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (20.05.13) reports that the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu stated that the planned dinner between him and President Nikos Anastasiades can take place either on 29 or 30 of May.

    Eroglu who was asked by a journalist on his expectations from the dinner said that it this would be the creation of a cordial atmosphere prior to the negotiations and to provide opportunity for a road map.

    [06] Yildiz: “No job for companies that work with the Greek Cypriots”

    Noting that “clear messages” have been given during Prime Minister Erdogan’s visit to the USA, Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (18.05.13) reports that Turkish Minister of Energy and natural Resources, Taner Yildiz has said that the natural gas in Cyprus is “an equal right of the two sides” and added that Turkey will give no job to companies which work with the Greek Cypriots in the area.

    According to the paper, the message given by the Turkish side to American officials, who “tested the waters” as regards Turkey’s views on the issue of the ongoing explorations for natural gas and oil in Eastern Mediterranean, was that “the gas is illegal without recognizing that it is an equal right of the two sides and the distribution of the income is made equally”. The Turkish delegation noted also that the companies which work with the Republic of Cyprus will not take any jobs from Turkey.

    During the meetings between the delegations of the two sides, the issue of exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the USA to Turkey was discussed. The American delegation has reportedly said that selling LNG on high prices to the Turkish market would cause increase of the price of LNG in the American market and that this sale is impossible in the near future. Yildiz said that their demand as regards LNG is still valid, but the Americans told them that they would not be able to sell them LNG until including 2016.

    Noting that energy was one of the issues discussed during Erdogan’s visit to the USA, the paper reports that initiatives were undertaken during the meetings as regards Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), which is reportedly preparing for “important projects” with American “oil giants” and soon will make announcements on the issue. Yildiz said that they will continue their discussions on the issue of carrying out joint explorations for oil.

    Yildiz said that he evaluated with President Obama’s Special Envoy on International Energy Affairs, Carlos Pascual issues concerning many countries such as the Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Iraq and discussed joint projects. He said that they also discussed the issue of northern Iraq and wondered why Turkey should not cooperate with this region, in which 39 firms from 19 countries do business. He argued that Turkey cooperates with both “northern and southern Iraq”.

    (I/Ts.)

    [07] Bagis: “Hopefully, we see one day TRNC as an independent country in the UN”

    According to the Ankara Anatolia news agency (19.05.13), Turkey’s EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis, addressing the crowd after the 32nd Turkish Day Parade in New York, said: “The more our citizens in the US are powerful, the more Turkey is powerful in the world.”

    Bagis also emphasized that Turkic world was represented in more numbers in the UN and expressed his hope about “TRNC” existence as an independent country soon.

    [08] Saner and Ustel tried to promote the breakaway regime in the US through lobbying activities

    According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 17.05.13), the so-called minister of public works and communications Ersan Saner and the so-called tourism, environment and culture minister Unal Ustel, who also held contacts in the United States, have underlined the importance of lobbying activities in explaining the “reality” of the “TRNC” (Edit. Note: the breakaway regime in the occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus) to the international community.

    Speaking to the “BRT” correspondent, Saner described his contacts in the US as fruitful and positive. “The TRNC is still being kept under embargoes but we need to explain to the international community that this is not our fate. Lobbying activities are so important in this respect”, he said.

    Saner said it’s also important to prevent Republic of Cyprus from presenting reportedly misleading and false information about the “TRNC”.

    Ustel also evaluated his contacts in the US, stating that he was involved in a series of lobbying activities with the aim of proving the facts about the “TRNC” to international circles. He added that they opened a stand at the Turkic World events where the “TRNC” was promoted.

    [09] Caglar to attend PACE meeting in London

    Turkish daily Afrika newspaper (18.05.13) reported Mehmet Caglar, so-called MP with the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) in the occupied area of Cyprus will attend the meeting of the the Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), which is taking place between May 20-21 in London.

    Caglar will also be accompanied by Resa Savas Pasaoglullari, “director” of Press, Foreign Relations and Protocol of the so-called assembly.

    The “delegation” will carry out contacts in the UK, writes the paper. It is expected to return back to the occupation regime on May 23.

    (AK)

    [10] The occupation regime attends a “religious summit” in Armenia

    According to Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar newspaper (19.05.13), reports that representatives from the “Presidency of the Religious Affairs” of the occupation regime are participating to the 6th Meeting of Presidents of Religious Affairs of the Balkan Countries, which is taking place in Tiran, Armenia.

    According to a statement issued by Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs, the occupation regime, along with other countries such as Armenia, Nagorno- Karabag, Kosovo, FYROM, Bosnia Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Slovenia are participating to the summit.

    (AK)

    [11] The occupation regime to export poultry products to Egypt

    Under the title: “200-400 tons of poultry products to be exported per month”, Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam (19.05.13) reported that a delegation of the “Turkish Cypriot Businessmen Council” (KTIAK) held a business visit in Egypt where they carried out a series of contacts, they held several business meetings, participated to a trade forum and made business agreements.

    According to a statement issue by the KTIAK, they held a visit to Cairo, Egypt in the framework of the organization of the visit by the Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUCSON) and the coordination of the Aegean and Western Mediterranean Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (ESIDEF).

    In the first day of their stay in Egypt, a 30 person delegation of ESIDEF and KTIAK engaged in several contacts with businessmen from Egypt and also held bilateral talks after participating first to a trade and investment forum.

    During the last day of their visit, the delegation visited also several Egyptian firms’ factories and working places.

    The paper writes that as a result of the contacts they Turkish and Turkish Cypriot businessmen held in Egypt, around 200-400 poultry products per month will be exported from the occupation regime to Egypt.

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