TCC Press Review 30 Sept 2019

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Failing grade for security at schools

The 2019-2020 school year has begun. Schools left to deal with security on their own. Yenidüzen which visited five randomly selected public schools in Nicosia examined security measures at schools. Headmasters and teachers said that they were forced to take measures with their own means. They called on the state to support them.

  • All eyes on New York – President Mustafa Akıncı will be meeting today (Monday) with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Kıbrıs Postası

T&T accounts to be examined

T&T company books to be examined due to the dispute between Taşyapı and Terminal Yapı Ltd, which are the two partner companies that form the consortium managing Ercan (Tymbou) Airport. Terminal Yapı Ltd had sued its partner Taşyapı and the Appeals Court recently approved the lower court’s decision to look into accounts to solve the dispute.

  • All eyes on today’s Guterres-Akıncı meeting – A tripartite meeting in October and a five-party conference in November are on the agenda.


Demanding ₺9 million

The court hearing on the losses incurred by the previous administrations of the Nicosia Turkish Municipality will commence on Tuesday. The case is based on the Court of Auditors’ report covering the period from 2008 to 2011. The new administration of the Nicosia Turkish Municipality is asking for the damages incurred by former mayor Cemal Bulutoğluları and 30 council members at the time, to be paid back to the municipality.

  • “Tripartite in October, five-party in November” – Greek Cypriot media claims the contacts on the Cyprus issue will be concluded with Akıncı-Guterres meeting to be held on Monday.


Kyrenia becomes a concrete jungle

Kyrenia has become the driving force behind the construction sector. In one year, 38,409 constructions were completed in one year only. It’s not possible to live in Kyrenia anymore as a result of the town’s growing population, traffic congestion, sewage and parking problems.

  • Akıncı-Guterres meeting to be held today – President Mustafa Akıncı will meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at 7:20pm on Monday.


11 ministers in 17 years

All health ministers since 2002 should be held accountable following the ₺200 million worth of expired medicines that was dumped. The Prime Ministry’s auditing department is asked to launch an inquiry into the incident. The prosecutor’s office is also asked to take action without further delay. Current health minister Ali Pilli said that what is necessary will be done following a report from the Court of Audits.

  • There will never be a solution – Archbishop Chrysostomos warned those who are dreaming of a solution.
  • Armament race continuing – Greek Cypriot army purchasing artillery from Serbia and drones from Israel.
  • Emergency landing in New York – Window of the private plane carrying Anastasiades cracked causing great panic.


The era of thugs in the satellite state

The public is outraged by the unprovoked attack against a journalist by thugs. The public is calling on those responsible to be heavily punished and deported from the country. Fethi Çelik and İsa Ayyıldız seriously assaulted journalist Ahmet Eray Gündoğmuş, then told the court they were under the influence of alcohol and did not know what they were doing. Gündoğmuş suffered four body fractures and is currently being treated in hospital.

  • Akıncı meeting with Guterres today – Mustafa Akıncı who is still in New York will be meeting with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at 7:20pm this evening.
  • Anastasiades’ plane experiences technical problems in mid-air – Plane which departed from New York returned after a crack in the cockpit window.
  • Greek Cypriot side purchases new weapons system – The arms race on the island is continuing.

Main News

Akıncı to meet with Guterres

Yenidüzen, Kıbrıs Postası, Kıbrıs, Havadis, Diyalog, Afrika
Negotiations Process


All six dailies gave room to the meeting scheduled to take place between President Mustafa Akıncı and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday.

Akıncı will be meeting with the UN Secretary-General at 7:20pm (local time) and will be holding a press conference afterwards.

In a statement to Bayrak and TAK news agency on Saturday, Akıncı said that the Cyprus problem must not remain unsolved, adding that he would be meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a constructive mood.

Akıncı said the Turkish Cypriot side had been in New York to promote peace and stability, not for confrontation.

He said that the position the Turkish Cypriots support has become UN parameters and called on the organization to prevent the Greek Cypriot side from diverting from them.

He also said he will reiterate the position he has taken for the last two years during his meeting with Guterres.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said that a settlement in Cyprus was not possible as long as Greece and the Greek Cypriot side maintained their current stance on the Cyprus Problem.

Tatar also criticized earlier remarks made by the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis claiming that the system of guarantees was outdated.

He said that had this been the case, the Treaty of Guarantees would not have been accepted as part of the EU Acquis when South Cyprus was allowed to join the EU in 2004.

Tatar said that these remarks proved that the Greek-Greek Cypriot duo had not abandoned aspirations to transform Cyprus into a Greek island.

Regarding Akıncı’s meeting with the UN Secretary-General, Tatar said that they expected him to ask the UN chief to fix the injustices committed against Turkish Cypriots.

“Mr Akıncı should not pursue other agendas. He must tell the UN Secretary-General that a settlement is not possible in Cyprus as long as the Greek-Greek Cypriot duo maintains their current stance and that he has to take action to make sure that Turkish Cypriots are not subject to more injustices,” he said.

Akıncı must also remind the Secretary-General that the issue of guarantees is a sine qua non for Turkish Cypriots, Tatar added.

Tatar (UBP)
>> Solution to Cyprob not possible as long as Greek-Greek Cypriot duo maintain their current stance.
>> System of guarantees not outdated. If so they would not have become part of EU Aquis when South Cyprus became an EU member in 2004.
>> Akıncı must tell UNSG that he has to take action to make sure TCs aren’t subject to more injustice & that issue of guarantees is a sine qua non for TCs.

‘Concessive policies in Cyprus must be abandoned’

Kıbrıs Postası
Regional/International Relations


“Concessive policies in Cyprus must be abandoned,” the leader of Turkey’s New Welfare Party Fatih Erbakan said during a meeting of party officials on Sunday.

Erbakan, referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s address at the United Nations General Assembly, said Erdoğan had voiced the Turkish people’s sentiments when he lashed out at Israel.

“The Malatya Kürecik Radar Base, İncirlik Base must be closed down and the concessive policies in Cyprus must be abandoned because any partnership with the US or Israel will not be beneficial to Turkey,” Erbakan concluded.

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