TRNC News Today – 11th April 2013
EROĞLU: “WE WANT TO START THE NEGOTIATIONS WITHIN A TIME LIMIT”
TRNC President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu expressed that they want to start the negotiation process with the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration, Nikos Anastasiadis, within a time limit and finalize it. Eroğlu stated that Turkey supports the policy of the Turkish Cypriot side.
Pointing out that to establish a State is difficult, however to protect the State and not to concede gains is important, Eroğlu reminded that the negotiation process has been continuing for years, but a solution has not been achieved.
Underlining that two factors which strengthen the Turkish Cypriot side’s hand in the negotiation process were TRNC State and guarantorship of a powerful country, Turkey.
Stating that they want to start the negotiations within a time limit, Eroğlu complained of the Greek Cypriot side’s unwillingness towards achieving a solution.
TRNC PRESIDENT: “INTEREST SHOWN BY THE TURKISH WORLD STRENGTHENS THE HAND OF THE TURKISH CYPRIOT SIDE ON THE NEGOTIATION TABLE”
President Derviş Eroğlu expressed that the interest shown by the Turkish world strengthens the hand of the Turkish Cypriot side on the negotiation table.
The President emphasized that although the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is a fully functioning State, it feels the deficiency of being unrecognized.
Reminding that the Greek Cypriot side has not signed any agreement up to today and takes pride in this, Eroğlu underlined that the country which is a member of the UN is not the real “Republic of Cyprus”.
The delegation also paid separate visits to TRNC Prime Minister İrsen Küçük, Speaker of Parliament Hasan Bozer and the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Mutlu Atasayan.
ÖZGÜRGÜN: “THE GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE PROVED ONCE MORE THAT THEY DO NOT FAVOR A SOLUTION”
TRNC Foreign Affairs Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün stated that the latest statement made by the spokesman of the Greek Cypriot administration, Christos Stilianidis, that conditions are not right for a new initiative to be launched for the Cyprus negotiation process was proof that the Greek Cypriot side does not favour a solution for the Cyprus problem.
In a written statement, Özgürgün expressed that Turkish Cypriot’s goodwill, initiatives and decisiveness with Turkey has disturbed the Greek Cypriot side.
Pointing out that at every opportunity the Greek Cypriot side uses the economic crisis in South Cyprus as an excuse to leave the process hanging, Özgürgün stated that the latest statements made by the Greek Cypriot authorities once again showed the Greek Cypriot side’s unwillingness towards a solution.
SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF PRESIDENCY ERTUG: “EITHER WE SOLVE THIS ISSUE OR IT WILL BE FROZEN AND WE SHALL LEAVE A PROBLEMATIC CYPRUS TO NEXT GENERATIONS”
Highlighting that today the Turkish Cypriot side is ready to take the necessary steps for a solution in Cyprus, Special Representative and Spokesman of Presidency, Osman Ertug, said that; “Either we shall solve this problem by taking the advantage of the crisis realized in the South Cyprus or it will be frozen and we shall leave a problematic Cyprus to the next generations”.
Stating that if there is a political will nothing is impossible, Ertug said that the two leaders have agreed on coming together for a dinner on the 25th April, but later on the Greek side wanted to postpone the dinner and added that; “We do not want to leave this problem to the next generations. Greek Cypriot leadership is expressing that they have to rescue their people from the economic crisis. Our people have also been struggling with these economic problems for years. We have to rescue our people from these problems as well”.
Stressing that the Greek Cypriots were told “these economic problems should not lead you off the political problems”, Ertug added that they tried to explain that there are formulas to get rid of the problems and now is the right time. Osman Ertuğ also asked: “How can we give messages to our people, while we cannot sit together even at dinner? How can we give messages to the international public? If we cannot even do this, when will we start the negotiations?”
According to the statement made by the Presidency Press Office, the Special Representative Osman Ertuğ participated in a program on Kıbrıs TV and made statements about the Cyprus issue.
Pointing out that the Greek Cypriots are attempting to “leave the dialogues and reject the plans” in the Cyprus negotiations Ertuğ said that; “Not only us, but also the former Greek Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rolandis, is expressing this clearly”.
Stressing the importance of identifying the reasons well, Osman Ertuğ expressed that these reasons were put forward in the past both by the former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan and the then Special Representative Alvaro De Soto.
Saying that: “The Greek Cypriot Side does not want power and welfare sharing with the Turkish Cypriots” Ertuğ added that they cannot talk about the welfare right now, but we can talk about the potential welfare. Ertuğ also stated that the issue of how to use the hydrocarbon deposits which are the potential ‘welfare’ is on the agenda.
Highlighting that the Greek Cypriot side is also unwilling about the issue of the hydrocarbon, the Special Representative continued as; “We have two proposals about this issue; we made a proposal at the end of 2011. We updated and repeated this proposal at the end of 2012. We added the issue of Turkey as well. We expressed that the export of hydrocarbon via Turkey is the most profitable and applicable”.
Stating that Anastasiadis after being elected as the President has been faced with the economic crisis, Ertuğ said that; “Now we are saying that ‘Let’s get the advantage of the hydrocarbon together’. Turkey is also talking about the same thing”.
Reminding that President Eroğlu also has proposals about the hydrocarbon, Osman Ertuğ pointed out that Turkey’s statements about this issue support the statements and proposals of the Turkish Cypriot side. Ertuğ also stated that, Turkey is co-operating with the Turkish Cypriot side with regard to the Cyprus problem and added that there is not any case that “Turkey orders and the Turkish Cypriots obey”.
EGEMEN BAĞIŞ: WE ARE READY TO OPEN THE PORTS
Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış stated that if EU keeps its promises to the TRNC, which was given in 2004, Turkey is ready to open her ports to Greek Cypriot ships and airplanes. Bağış reminded that the promises given to Turkish Cypriots by the EU in 2004 were lifting the isolations, direct trade and starting direct flights to Ercan Airport.
Within the framework of his official visit to Brussels, Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış delivered a speech themed “A New Chapter in Turkey’s Struggle with Terrorism – Implications for the EU Accession Process” at European Policy Center (EPC) and said that newly elected Greek Cypriot Administration Leader Nikos Anastasiadis who voted ‘Yes’ to the Annan Plan in 2004 could be an opportunity for the solution of the Cyprus Problem.
UK IS RECOGNISING TRNC INDIRECTLY
Greek Cypriot Newspaper Filelefteros stated that the official website of the UK for renewing or issuing British passports gave ‘North Cyprus’ as a choice for place of birth and this means indirect recognition of Northern Cyprus.
The newspaper evaluated this development as indirect recognition and pointed out that the Embassy of South Cyprus in London was working really hard and made lots of initiatives since November to stop this development but could not be successful.
TANER YILDIZ: “GAS PROJECTS ARE ILLEGAL”
Turkish Energy Minister, Taner Yıldız, responded to the questions of the journalists in the 12th Turkish International Oil & Gas Conference (TUROGE) and stated that the projects of South Cyprus for gas research are illegal.
Minister Yıldız underlined that the projects become legal only if the gas found will be shared between Turkish and Greek Cypriots fairly. Yıldız said that international companies never prefer to be part of illegal projects and the only way to find international partners for Greek Cypriots is to share the gas with Turkish Cypriots.
TURKISH CYPRIOT OBSERVER TO EP
Green Party, Socialists and Liberal groups demanded a regulation be made to give the opportunity to two Turkish Cypriot Members of Parliament to participate in European Parliament in the observer status.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office