TRNC News Today 13th May 2013
PRIME MINISTER IRSEN KUCUK IN USA
Prime Minister Irsen Küçük went to the United States of America in order to have a series of contacts. Küçük left the TRNC on Sunday morning.
In his statement at Ercan Airport Prime Minister Küçük said that: “The next target of the government is to take an active role both in internal and foreign policy and to make more efforts in foreign policy especially in terms of making more contributions to the UN negotiation process”.
Prime Minister Küçük expressed that he will have meetings with members of the American Congress, think-tank groups acting in the international policy arena and Turkish business world federations and will convey the position of the TRNC government within the framework of his contacts which will continue until 20th May.
Prime Minister Küçük who will also attend the Turkish Day Parade in New York will return to the TRNC on the 20th May after completing his contacts in the USA.
TURKISH PRESIDENT GÜL STATES RISKS OF GREEK CYPRIOT PROJECTS REGARDING NATURAL RESOURCES
Turkish President Abdullah Gül said: “I want to express that Greek Cypriot projects regarding the unilateral possession of the natural resources around the island, their extraction and export are not reasonable and have many risks”. Gül also added: “The first step which will contribute to the solution of current political problems can be to start with the economy and to form a new economic co-operation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Even this can be realized within the framework of the EU.”
Turkish President Abdullah Gül gave a speech during the opening ceremony of the 4th Traditional International Energy Forum organized by the Sabancı University, Istanbul International Energy and Climate Center (IICEC).
Expressing that growth and development of a country are not possible without owning a reliable power supply, Gül said that this issue which caused many wars and conflicts in history is valid even today.
Moreover, expressing that it was not possible to consider the energy issue as a technical issue, Gül said that big states consider energy reliability as a lasting issue and states consider this issue as the main factor of their foreign and defense policies.
Reminding that in recent years, strong findings have emerged regarding the existence of about 3 trillion square meters natural gas basin in the Eastern Mediterranean, Gül said that it will make Turkey’s position more important on the geography of energy. Stressing that economic co-operation in the Eastern Mediterranean will serve to the common welfare in the region; Gül said that co-operation will also make contribution for the solution of political problems.
Adding that he spends efforts on the issue, Gül said that during the development process of projects regarding the resources, the Eastern Mediterranean basin should be evaluated including Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Cyprus and Turkey.
Gül added: “Natural resources to be found around Cyprus do not only belong to the Greek Cypriots but also belong to the Turkish Cypriots. Greek Cypriots’ unilateral studies are not reasonable and have many risks.”
ARTICLE ON NORTH CYPRUS PUBLISHED BY DAILY MAIL
British newspaper “Daily Mail” stated that North Cyprus is a cheap and preferable country compared with other Mediterranean countries and added that everyone can find a field of interest for themselves.
Toby Hamilton, the travel writer of Daily Mail who has recently visited the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with his family, explained historical treasures, food culture and natural beauty in North Cyprus in his article.
USA, EU AND NATO PRESSURE ON SOUTH CYPRUS
It has been notified that the USA, EU and NATO have warned the Greek Cypriot Administration that their priority must be to finding a solution to the Cyprus Problem, not dealing with the natural gas.
According to Greek Cypriot Newspaper Kathimerini, Barroso, Rehn and Rasmussen made clear by their statements that they want the Greek Cypriot Administration first to concentrate on the negotiation process and then to the natural gas issue and warned them for not planning to use the natural resources around the island before a solution.
IMMOVABLE PROPERTY COMMISSION
Greek Cypriot Newspaper Fileleftheros stated that due to economic crisis the Greek Cypriot applications to the Immovable Property Commission which was established by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus could not be prevented.
The newspaper also reminded that according to the Turkish Cypriot media there are more than 2,500 Greek Cypriot applicants who want to sell their property in the North Cyprus through the Commission.
IRAN CALLS HER AMBASSADOR BACK
Iran has called back her Ambassador to South Cyprus in reaction to the extradition of an Iranian suspect to the USA by the Greek Cypriot administration.
Greek Cypriot state radio announced that Greek Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Yoannis Kasulidis confirmed the information that Iran has called her Ambassador back.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office