Under the title: “The witch hunt has been expanded to Cyprus as well”, Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (20.07.16) reports that the results of the military coup attempt in Turkey have started to become obvious also in the occupied area of Cyprus.
According to the paper, the wide-range purge operations launched in Turkey to clean out all the members of the military and all state organizations who are suspicious to have links with the Gulenist organization FETO, has been expanded also in the occupied area of Cyprus.
The paper writes that Turkey has pushed the button for a cleaning out operations to take place inside the so-called Turkish Cypriot Peace Forces Command (KTBK) and Turkey’s Security Forces Command.
Also, according to the paper, the army commander Galip Mendi who served in the past as “chairman” of the “civil defence organization” in the occupied area of Cyprus has been removed from duty as general commander of the Gendarmerie in Turkey. According to information acquired, Mendi is mixed with the assassination of the Turkish Cypriot journalist Kultu Adali which took place on July 6, 1996.
Meanwhile, referring to the purge expanded operations in Turkey, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (20.07.16) under the title: “Parallel structure in the daughter land”, reports that the detentions of two commanders who served in the occupied area of Cyprus in the past, has become the reason for the launching of similar operations in the occupied area of Cyprus.
According to the paper, Firat Alakus who served in the “civil defence organization” in the occupation regime during the period 2014-2016, and Fatih Yarimbas who served in the same post (2012-2014) have been arrested yesterday in Ankara.
As it was made known, the Turkish General Staff will send a delegation in the occupation regime in order to launch investigations.
On the same issue, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (20.07.16) reports that the “authorities of the TRNC”, commenting yesterday on the allegations published by the Cihan news agency that Turkey will launch similar purge operations in the “TRNC”, have stated that they are not informed on this issue. The so-called presidency said that Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci follows closely the developments in Turkey, while the so-called police denied the allegations that they held a high level meeting towards this matter.