MİT business in northern Cyprus

 MİT business in northern Cyprus

Emre Uslu

26 June 2013

When Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) Democrat Party-National Forces(DP-UG) deputy Ejder Aslanbaba recently alleged that DP-UG head Serdar Denktaşand deputy Ahmet Kaşif had offered him a bribe to vote “yes” during a vote ofconfidence and to later resign from office, this caused great turmoil.There is a whole back story to the bribery allegations.

This might seem a bitcomplicated to readers but I will try to explain it simply because the topic is of clearinterest to Turkey.Part of the back story involves power plays between KKTC President Derviş Eroğlu,Prime Minister İrsen Küçük, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister for Cypriot Affairs BeşirAtalay, Cypriot deputy Kaşif, who is also a candidate for head of the National UnityParty (UBP), and Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Nicosiarepresentative Ender Önkol.During the last presidential election, when moves by MİT were unable to preventEroğlu from becoming president of the KKTC, Ankara was unable to reconcile withthis fact. It was shortly thereafter that certain operations started on the island ofCyprus.

The first signs of the bribery operation showed up in Cypriot newspapers on Sept. 23,2012. The Cypriot Afrika newspaper said: “At the [Turkish] prime ministerial offices,a head camp aimed at the [KKTC] general assembly was set up by MİT GeneralUndersecretary Önkol to strive for the election of Küçük. [Recep] Tayyip Erdoğan'spropaganda expert, Erol Olçak, was put to work.”According to the newspaper, the MİT operation for Küçük's election was essentiallyan operation aimed at eliminating Eroğlu. However, formidable Ankara, despite itsMİT operations and the 250,000 people under its control, was unable to eliminateEroğlu and he was elected president.

There was a desire to overcome this defeat via MİT operations and theaforementioned bribery incident was just one of these operations.This time around, a new operation was initiated by with the aim of seeing Küçükbecome the head of the UBP. The power struggles on Cyprus, which began with theUBP Congress, saw Atalay and the MİT representative supporting Prime MinisterKüçük. The congress passed in a whirlwind of argument and debate and despite theparty regulations, Küçük had emerged victorious from the congress and became thehead of the UBP.Hasan Hastürer from the Havadis newspaper wrote this in February: “Without discriminating against anyone, I want to write this very openly.

The competition to see who would become the new UBP leader was a period when every imaginable sort of embarrassing offer was being thrown about. It was a race to find people's Achilles' heels. ... Those with weak spots were approached and what was strange was that people openly agreed to offers.” The newspaper Volkan published a letter criticizing MİT's dirty under the table games: “From the moment Önkol, sent to the KKTC by MİT, set foot in our country, he began to talking using foul swear words and making belittling remarks. In fact, he began tossing about threatening rhetoric in every direction, saying: ‘they will all be eliminated, they will be sent to Silivri; government ministers and bureaucrats will be removed from their posts, newspapers will be shut down, this is all my duty to take care of these things.' “At the same time, open pressure began being placed on ministers, MPs, mayors, civil society leaders and journalists while allegations were being made against the KKTC president, the UBP general leader candidate and anyone who supported them. … Atalay and Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım also met up with UBP delegates to spread propaganda in favor of Küçük. “The most painful thing of all was that they prevented Turkish ministers from visiting the KKTC president. .... And thus, as though it was not enough that they took sides within a party congress, they hit the esteem of the KKTC state, striking a final blow to the ties between the Cypriot Turkish people and their homeland.”

So just try to imagine how a MİT which stirs up an island with 250,000 people under its own control will be able to bring structure and order to the Middle East...