TRNC News Today – 8th April 2013
PRESIDENT EROGLU WANTS NEGOTIATIONS TO START AT THE LATEST IN MAY
TRNC President Derviş Eroğlu expressed that the negotiations related to the comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem should restart at the latest in May.
Stating in a special interview to Kathimerini newspaper that the new effort is impossible to start from scratch, Eroğlu also evaluated that it is easier to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem with the Leader of the Greek Administration, Nikos Anastasiadis.
President Eroğlu also repeated in the interview that the issue of Turkey’s guarantee is a must for the Turkish Cypriot side.
Eroğlu expressed his thought regarding the transferring of the Cyprus natural gas to Europe via Turkey.
“Upon being asked questions with regard to the election of Nikos Anastasiadis, Errol’s ideas about the election of Anastasiadis, the hesitations regarding these ideas and his future expectations” Eroğlu stated that he had an opportunity to meet Anastasiadis before being elected and he also supports Glafkos Klerides’ movement of thought. Eroğlu added that he believes Anastasiadis sometimes comes together with Klerides to exchange ideas about the negotiations.
Expressing that personally a solution can be reached more easily with Anastasiadis, Eroğlu said that in the recent negotiations with Anastasiadis he got the impression that in the future he will have an opportunity to collaborate with a leader who is co-operating better.
Eroğlu continued that if the solution is not guaranteed, probably different scenarios and alternative plans will come out and added that the world is bored with following the Cyprus problem.
Eroğlu pointed out that, Anastasiadis and his job is to complete the negotiations with a positive result until the end of this year.
Upon being asked a question “Do you believe in the solution of the Cyprus problem in a short time?” Eroğlu replied that; “We have discussed the Cyprus problem with all its aspects. We could have solved the problem, if the two sides’ red lines had not been crossed. The Greek Cypriot side should also take into account the Turkish side’s problems and they should not come back to the table with only the demands of the Greek Cypriots. What about the Turkish Cypriots’ demands?”
HASIPOGLU: “WE DO NOT NEED A HEALTH SERVICE FROM GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE”
Minister of Health Ertugrul Hasipoğlu evaluated the Greek Cypriot Administration’s statement that ‘they do not provide a free health service to the Turkish Cypriots at the Greek Cypriot hospitals’ and said that; “We do not need the Greek Cypriots to provide us with a health service”.
In his written statement, Hasipoğlu reminded that the Greek Cypriots are struggling with the economic crisis and expressed that; “The health service is a holy service. The attitude of the Greek Cypriot side is not acceptable. If the Greek Cypriots ask us to provide them with a health service, we would love to do it.”
Today we can treat many diseases in our hospitals as the Ministry of Health. Our citizens can get very few of the operations in Turkey without any extra pay and we are underwriting all the expenses. In this respect, our citizens do not need the Greek Cypriots’ health service”.
DAVUTOGLU: “A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN OPENED AFTER THE ELECTIONS IN SOUTH CYPRUS “
Stating that in his negotiations with USA Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Kerry, the Cyprus issue was also on the agenda, TR Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu stated that ‘a window of opportunity’ has been opened after elections held in South Cyprus.
According to the AA news, Davutğolu and Kerry held a joint press meeting after the meeting at Cıragan Palace.
Expressing that in the meeting the Cyprus issue was also on the agenda, Davutoğlu said that a ‘window of opportunity’ has been opened after elections held in South Cyprus. If this is evaluated correctly and psychological factors and the economic crisis does not become an obstacle, it is time to take action for permanent peace in Cyprus. This will build peace between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots, create a basis for a solution of an important problem in the Eastern Mediterranean and promote easiness in the Atlantic region mainly in NATO-EU relations. Davutoğlu said that; “I said to Kerry that we expect the USA to deal closely with this issue. He said that he agrees with me.”
ŞİMŞEK: “GREATEST HELP TO SOUTH CYPRUS WILL BE EASTABLISHING A LASTING SOLUTION ON THE ISLAND”
Turkey’s Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek has said that the bail-out package of Troika may have brought some relief but financial discipline in the long term is extremely important. Minister Şimşek added that the greatest help to South Cyprus is a lasting solution to the Cyprus Problem.
Şimşek responded to questions on Turkey’s Wall Street Journal via Twitter and said ‘Turkey desires all its neighbours to enjoy stability and prosperity; the crisis being experienced in South Cyprus does not please Turkey in any way’.
Underlining that the bail-out package of the Troika may bring some relief but financial discipline in the long term is momentous Şimşek said that South Cyprus only makes up 0.1% of the EU economy so that it is a slight probability for the EU to feel the impact of the crisis. However the haircut or 40% levy imposed on bank deposits greater than 100 thousand Euros could worry some EU citizens he added.
Şimşek also stated that the cash support of the European Central Bank has relieved the market but a long term structural reform is a must.
UNAL USTEL IN BAKU AITF 2013
TRNC Tourism, Environment and Culture Minister Ünal Üstel went to Baku with a delegation to make contacts with the Azerbaijani authorities. In the frame of his contacts Üstel met with the Azerbaijani Tourism and Culture Minister Ebulfez Karayev and made an agreement and decided to give the opportunity to Tourism students to make internship both in Azerbaijan and TRNC.
EAMON GILMORE: “EU DESIRES A SOLUTION TO CYPRUS PROBLEM WHICH WILL PROVIDE BENEFIT TO EVERY SIDE”
EU Term President Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister, Eamon Gilmore, said “EU membership is not related with religion, it is related with the complying of the requirements of membership and respecting the values of the Union”.
Gilmore had an interview with Anatolia Agency before his visit to Turkey between the dates of 7-10 April. Gilmore has also touched on the Cyprus problem and emphasized that the EU desires a solution to the Cyprus problem which will provide benefit to everybody.
ROLANDIS: “WE SHOULD NOT THINK THAT TURKEY WILL ALLOW US TO HAVE THE NATURAL GAS UNILATERALLY”
Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Greek Cypriot administration, Nikos Rolandis, gave Greek Cypriot authorities serious warning on the Cyprus problem and natural gas and said “If we trust Turkey for the Cyprus problem because she will have a role in federation or in another solution, why do we not trust her on natural gas? If we don’t trust Turkey for anything, then there will be partition”.
“If we use natural gas for the solution of the Cyprus problem and also involve Turkey and Greece we can request a better solution than the previous ones proposed in recent times. We shall have the benefit of sharing the natural gas between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots on the basis of ratio of population or something close to this and transferring the gas through Turkey and Greece. Turkey has already worked with Greece on this ground”.
Rolandis added “We had refused 15 initiatives concerning the solution of the Cyprus problem beginning from 1948 till today and later we say “we made concessions”. But, in 2004 we reached the Annan plan which was the worst solution .Today; the conditions are worse than in the period of the Annan plan. The country has been divided into two; we are left with our glorious speeches.”
Source: TRNC Public Infromation Office