TRNC News Today 16th July 2013
ERTUĞ: “VAROSHA IS PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION”
Presidential Spokesperson and Special Representative, Osman Ertuğ, said that Varosha is the part of a comprehensive solution and added that the Greek Cypriot side should discuss her proposals with the Turkish Cypriot side on the negotiation table.
Indicating that the Greek Cypriot side put the Varosha issue on the agenda and thus created an artificial agenda, Ertuğ stressed that the real issue which should be discussed was the delaying tactics of the Greek Cypriots.
Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side published some news about giving military and naval bases to the Russian Federation, Ertuğ added that the authorities they met last week in Moscow said that this was not true.
Ertuğ : “Every nation determines a policy within her own political interests. Our policy is to protect the rights of the island, the motherlands, the whole region and the international delicate issues. We expressed these to the Russian Federation.”
Telling that the Greek Cypriot administration Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulidis stressed that the Varosha issue is the part of a comprehensive solution and Kasoulidis also said that they were ready to sit on the negotiation table without a precondition, Ertuğ asked:“Then why don’t they come to the table and make the Varosha issue a precondition. We are waiting for a reply.”
Ertuğ also said that the side which supports and accepts the UN documents is the Turkish Cypriot side and added that the Greek Cypriot side which refused a solution should make the real gesture.
Ertuğ indicated that the Greek Cypriot side has been delaying the date of negotiation by showing the economic crisis as an excuse and added that recently they have postponed the negotiations to October.
Ertuğ : “They are making fruitless discussions such as will it be a ‘special representative’ or will it be a ‘negotiator’. The important thing is the authority and representation of the person who will be given the mission.”
Ertuğ said that 15th July was the anniversary of the Greek Coup in 1974 and added that it was necessary to remind the historical realities and how Cyprus has come to the point it is at today and by whom.
NAMI AND ULUCAY MET FÜLE
A delegation from the Republic’s Assembly is in Brussels for a series of contacts with EU officials. The delegation met with the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Stefan Füle, yesterday afternoon.
The delegation from the TRNC parliament made up of Republican Turkish Party-United Forces MPs Özdil Nami and Teberrüken Uluçay and Democrat Party-National Forces Hasan Taçoy flew to Brussels yesterday morning.
The head of the Prime Ministry’s EU Co-ordination Centre, Erhan Erçin, and the TRNC Brussels Representative, Gizem Alpman, also accompanied the delegation during the meeting.
Speaking to the TAK agency on the issue, the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces deputy, Özdil Nami, said that the agenda of the meeting was dominated by the Cyprus negotiations process expected to start in the Autumn, the Financial Assistance and Green Line Regulations, representation of the Turkish Cypriots in the EU and the issue of ‘Varosha.’
Nami said that the meeting was positive and added that their relations with the EU Commission will continue within the framework of mutual respect.
ECHOES OF 15th JULY COUP ANNIVERSARY
It was stated that Greek junta organized a coup to remove Makarios III. who was the first and only president of the Republic of Cyprus, on 15th July 1974 and the terrorist organization EOKA-B members had broken into Lefkosa Hospital and held a gun to doctors’ heads, terrorized and not allowed the injured people to be treated during the following three days.
The Greek Cypriot political parties also issued a message regarding the coup. AKEL’s message was the most remarkable among the messages. The Greek Cypriot daily ‘Haravgi’ announced that a variety of remembrance activities will be planned due to the anniversary of 15th July Coup and 20th July Peace Operation and published some photographs.
These photographs also depict Major Dr. Nihat İlhan’s wife and his three children who had been shot in the bathtub in their house in Kumsal by the EOKA members. The writing on the photograph: ‘Nobody Forgets, Nothing is Forgotten’ drew attention.
APPOINTMENT FROM TRNC RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS TO SOUTH CYPRUS
The President of TRNC Religious Affairs, Prof. Talip Atalay, expressed in his press meeting that they appointed 3 officials to South Cyprus for the first time.
Stating that they wanted to appoint about 15 officials to the South and despite having meetings many times they could not make it due to the financial impossibilities, Atalay stressed that the presidency of Religious Affairs which is the continuation of Cyprus Mufti has a reputation abroad and this institution is important regarding the promotion of North Cyprus.
Pointing out that there are approximately 100 mosques in the South and mentioning the number of Muslims there, Talip Atalay reminded that receptions are given at Hala Sultan Mosque and mission chiefs also attend the receptions.
Drawing attention to the religious importance of Hala Sultan, Talip Atalay made a call to citizens to go to Hala Sultan during Ramazan and break their fasts there.
TRNC MERSIN CONSUL ERDEN:“THIS IS NOT ONLY BAIRAM OF TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS, BUT ALSO BAIRAM OF TURKEY”
TRNC Consul to Mersin, Zalihe Erden, stated that Turkish Cypriots, whose political rights were usurped by Greek Cypriots in 1963, struggled against all pressure and violence, and they found peace and freedom environment with the intervention of Turkey on 20 July 1974.
Erden has published a message on the occasion of ‘20 July Peace and Freedom Day’ and used the expression of “For this reason, the date of 20 July is celebrated as ‘Peace and Freedom Day’. And this Day is not only the Day of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, but also the Day of Turkey”.
Saying that “besides all pressure and isolations imposed upon Turkish Cypriots, they carry on their efforts in co-operation and solidarity with the Republic of Turkey in order to develop and strengthen our esteemed Republic established with democratic and contemporary values in 1983.
Erden also stated that Turkish Cypriots fulfil their duties in order to reach a solution within the scope of the UN parameters which is ‘two equal peoples, two founder states, equal status, bi-zonality and guarantees’.
INTERNATIONAL CYPRUS UNIVERSITY WAS REPRESENTED AT INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE
The President of Cyprus International University (CIU) Faculty of Education Department of Psychological Counselling and Guidance (PCG) Prof. Dr. Alim Kaya attended the ‘10th National PCG Students Congress as a speaker which was organized in Izmir.
According to the statement made by CIU, a group of students from the Department of Psychological Counselling and Guidance attended the congress besides Prof. Dr. Alim Kaya.
Prof. Dr. Kaya delivered a speech about ‘PCG under the Light of Social Developments’ at the congress.
EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY OF LEFKE ATTENDED ‘BEST HOTELIERS SCHOOL CONFERENCE’
Lecturer of European University of Lefke (EUL) and the Secretary-General of the International Tourism and Hotel Management Supporting Association (EURHODIP), Nafiya Guden, and the student of Tourism Management, Mehmet Colak, attended ‘Europe the Best Hoteliers School Conference’.
According to the written statement made by EUL, Mehmet Colak, a third year student of Tourism Management attended the conference organized in Slovenia and came first with his wedding organization project at ‘Marianne Muller Competition’.
GREEK CYPRIOTS TO BUY TWO OFFSHORE WARSHIPS FROM ISRAEL
According to the Greek Cypriot daily ‘Alithia’, the warships shall be bought for 100 million Euros and paid in 17 years. The newspaper also stressed that the agreement regarding buying the warships was realized during the Christofyas government.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office