Akıncı: “We proposed to convene the Geneva Summit in June but there was no reasonable response”
President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades met yesterday for their last scheduled meeting in May. President Mustafa Akıncı stated that they proposed to convene the Geneva Summit in June without preconditions, but that they did not receive a reasonable response from the Greek Cypriot side. Following the leaders’ meeting, President Akıncı answered questions from the press and made a public statement. Reminding that the negotiations have been ongoing for the last two years, Akıncı said that the UN Secretary General has described the point that has now been reached as “unprecedented progress”. President Akıncı also made clear that the consistent aim of the Turkish Cypriot side is to reach an agreement on the Cyprus problem, which it has demonstrated repeatedly.
President Akıncı stressed that because July poses potential dangers to the negotiation process, he has suggested that the Geneva conference should be held in June in order to make progress.
Pointing out that the election process has already begun in South Cyprus, Akıncı noted that the natural timeframe for the negotiations should be used well.
Akıncı said, “If we could agree today on a conference date in June, then we could start making the necessary preparations for Geneva until that date arrives. But such a decision was not reached during the meeting”.
The President pointed out that it is not possible to reach a solution by discussing every issue one by one, either for the leaders or for the negotiators. As such, the Turkish Cypriot side proposed a grouped approach to key issues in order to move negotiations forward and maximise chances of reaching a conclusion.
He said, “Our proposal applies the basic principles of the agreement reached on the 14th of February 2014 on the discussion of interrelated chapters. We believe there is no better method of discussion, as all the others have been tried without success. The proposals of the Greek Cypriot leader were not constructive or creative. Unfortunately, they put unacceptable preconditions on the table, which fundamentally hampers the process from reaching a solution.”
Pointing out that they have also offered suggestions on the hydrocarbon issue in Cyprus, Akıncı emphasized that the unilateral explorations and the resumption of excavations by the Greek Cypriot side could trigger new tensions.
Guterres: a new UN-Cyprus Conference is possible if requested by both sides.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that it is possible that the UN and both sides of the Cyprus issue could convene a new Conference if the sides believe it could take place effectively.
Guterres also endorsed an active role to be taken by the UN in ensuring that a solution is reached. UN Secretary General Guterres made the comments having addressed the General Council of the European Parliament.
Guterres and EP President Tajani held a joint press conference afterwards. During the meeting, Guterres did not rule out the possibility of a new Conference if requested by the TRNC and Greek Cypriots.
Atun attends 42nd Annual General Council meeting of Treasury Secretaries organized by the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah
Economy and Energy Minister Sunat Atun attended the session of Treasury Secretaries at the 42nd Annual General Council meeting organized by the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah.
The TRNC was represented for the first time in its history at the meeting, which was also attended by the Treasury Secretaries of the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister responsible for the Economy Mehmet Şimşek also attended.
Özcenk and Çağlar to attend PACE Annual Meetings
UBP Deputy Erdal Özcenk and CTP Deputy Mehmet Çağlar will attend the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination on 18 and 19 May in Milan, Italy.
Following their meetings in Milan, Çağlar and Özcenk will also attend the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Culture, Science, Education and Media Committee meetings, which will take place on May 22nd and 23rd in Paris, France.
Çağlar and Özcenk will return to the TRNC on 24 May after completing their meetings.
International Women’s Film Festival will be held for the first time in the TRNC
The Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival will be launched for the first time this year in the TRNC.
The festival, which will be hosted by the Turkish Cypriot Education Foundation, will start on May 20th and end on May 23rd.
The annual festival, now in its twentieth year, will bring together cinema lovers with film screenings and various events in the TRNC and in 20 other provinces in Turkey, in addition to an extensive program in Ankara.
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