GCC Press Review 26 Oct 2020

Front Page Headlines


Government gets bottom grades

“P” survey: The good, the average and Prodromos last. Government gets below average grades since only two of its members (C. Ioannou and Z. Emilianidou) have the acceptance of more than 50% of public opinion. At least five ministers under 30%. Pr. Prodromou last with only 8% positive vote, N. Nouris close with 18%. Around 40% are N. Pelides with 42%, N. Christodoulides with 41%, Y. Karousos with 38% and C. Petrides with 35%. The survey took place between 20th and 22nd of October.

  • Erdogan – Tatar: They put stamp on two states?
  • Tayip lost the script: He hands out referrals for the psychiatrist
  • 101 new cases: They examine long-term measures


Regulations an institutional fiasco

Government and parliament loosened the legal framework for passports in July and told us that they strengthened it. In reality, the amendments loosened the Cabinet’s decision on high-risk persons that was in force since 2019!

  • Every step a provocation – Ersin Tatar in Ankara for suggestions and instructions – Nicosia prepares démarches over Fuat Oktay
  • Every previous record surpassed: 935 cases were recorded in a week
  • Situation inside Church reaches point of schism: Moscow Patriarchate announces deletion of Chrysostomos from the diptychs – Metropolitans accuse the Archbishop of violating synod constitution
  • Changes on height of buildings: Three new towers with 18 floors will be built in Limassol
  • Erdogan the reviler sends Macron for psychotherapy
  • Budget of coronavirus, threats and passports
  • Ankara keeps renewing Navtex


Ersin Tatar discusses two states

Sovereign equality of primary importance. Lack of a deal is responsibility of G/Cs. Further strengthening of relations with Turkey.

  • Concerns over high percentage of cases
  • Ideas and proposals for Famagusta
  • Energy companies to recover in 2023
  • Erdogan refers Emmanuel Macron to be examined for his mental health


Tatar: negotiations for two states

Inflammatory statements right before meeting with Erdogan. “Two state solution reflects current situation”. His aim is recognition of pseudostate and the end of the embargo. “We will go to negotiations but will not abandon our positions”.

  • Out of control Erdogan picks fight with US after Macron: The US don’t know who they are dealing with – Support by Mitsotakis to Macron against hateful rhetoric by Erdogan – Borrell-Schinas criticise the Turkish President
  • 101 cases: One in 18 persons tested yesterday was positive

Main News

Tatar due to meet Erdogan in Ankara to coordinate on Cyprus Problem

Alithia, Haravgi, Phileleftheros, Politis
Internal Security, Negotiations Process, Governance & Power Sharing, Territory, Regional/ International Relations, EU Matters, Energy


Politis reports that new T/C leader Ersin Tatar is expected to discuss the Cyprus Problem and the issue of Varosha with Turkish President Tayip Erdogan during his first visit to the Turkish capital after his election on Monday.

The newspaper reports that the timing of the meeting is important given that the international community has been paying close attention to Turkey’s counterproductive stance on multiple fronts, including the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the wider situation in the Middle East.

The dailies also report on statements by Tatar ahead of his visit to Ankara on Monday. Alithia reports that Tatar told Turkish Anadolu agency that he will work for bringing to the table the need to accept that there are two states on the island, and that he will work for increasing the cooperation of these two states.

Tatar said that he will not focus only on negotiations as his predecessors did, but that he will make efforts to raise the profile of the T/Cs around the world in the fields of economy, society and sports.

Regarding the possibility of a conference on the Cyprus Problem, Tatar said that the “TRNC” will not shy away from negotiations but will also not abandon its central positions. He said that alternative models need to be put on the table, including that of two states, living one next to the other on the basis of sovereign equality, with an increased cooperation.

On the EU’s role, Tatar said that Brussels should be careful because it has taken a position in the conflict, which leads to the T/Cs not having any expectations from Europe.

He also said that since 1974 there have been many opportunities for a federal solution, but that this didn’t happen because the G/Cs never saw the T/Cs as equals. Tatar added that the ideology behind Enosis is still alive.

On hydrocarbons, he said that the “TRNC” will continue its activities in coordination with Turkey and that this is the safest way for the T/Cs to claim their share in the natural resources of the island. He also said that the deals signed by the G/Cs are illegal since they should have been approved by the T/Cs.

Turkey extends NAVTEX for Oruc Reis until November 4

Alithia, Haravgi, Phileleftheros, Politis
Energy, External Security, Regional/ International Relations, EU Matters


Turkey has announced an extension to a NAVTEX regarding research by seismic vessel Oruc Reis, Alithia reports. The announcement came late on Saturday night, and extends the ship’s activities to November 4.

Oruc Reis and its support vessels will be continuing to operate in an area south of Rhodes and east of Karpathos, which Turkey and Greece claim is part of their continental shelves.

Politis reports that the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement that such unacceptable moves make the possibility of de-escalation even more distant than before. Greece called on Turkey to immediately recall its new NAVTEX and stop behaving like a rogue state pursuing tension in the region. The dailies also report that Athens has announced it will take all necessary diplomatic action.

Haravgi also reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be in Athens on Monday, where he will meet with prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias.

In another development, all dailies report on a public spat between the Presidents of Turkey and France, Tayip Erdogan and Emmanuel Macron.

Commenting on Macron’s recent statement on Islamic radicalism, after the murder of a teacher in Paris who had shown the Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting Mohammed to his students, Erdogan accused the French President that he does not understand the concept of freedom of belief and that he is treating millions of people living in his country in a wrong way because of their religion. Macron needs psychotherapy, Erdogan added.

Erdogan also repeated that there is enmity against Islam in Europe, and that for the West, a Turk is a Muslim and a Muslim is a Turk, and said that Europe is moving towards its own end by opening a front against Muslims.

The comments caused an immediate reaction in Europe, with the French Presidency saying that they were unacceptable, and that provocation and rudeness are not methods of dialogue. France called on Erdogan to change his politics which are dangerous on every level, and announced it will be recalling its ambassador in Ankara.

EU High Commissioner for foreign relations Josep Borrell said in a statement that Erdogan should stop going down this dangerous spiral of confrontation with France. He called on the Turkish government to show in practice that they are willing to restart relations between the EU and Turkey on the basis of the decision of the European Council, and warned that any other strategy will lead to Turkey’s isolation.

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