TRNC News Today 22nd August 2013
FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER ERK CALLED SOUTH CYPRUS, GREECE AND ISRAEL TO CANCEL THE MILITARY EXERCISE
Foreign Affairs Minister, Kutlay Erk, has remarked that South Cyprus, Greece and Israel are in preparation for a joint air exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean and called these countries to cancel the exercise.
Indicating that the Turkish Cypriot side responded to the news released by the Greek Cypriot press and the forthcoming military exercise with worry and astonishment, Erk requested all countries and international actors who are sensitive to the region and Cyprus, to spend effort in order to cancel the ‘ unfortunate exercise’.
In the written statement about the issue, Kutlay Erk said that according to the news published in the Greek Cypriot press which is said to be confirmed by the Greek Cypriot Defence Minister, Fotis Fotiu, the exercise which is envisaged to be held in the second half of next September is going to be the biggest joint air exercise, will include a scenario for the security of the Exclusive Economic Zone unilaterally declared by South Cyprus and real missiles will be used.
Erk said that the Turkish Cypriot side responded to the news released by the Greek Cypriot press and the forthcoming military exercise with worry and astonishment and the Turkish Cypriot side’s aim is to end the Cyprus issue with a solution between the two sides and contribute to the peace and stability in the area.
Indicating that Turkish Cypriots’ belief within this framework is that both Turkish and Greek Cypriots and all related parties should speed up their efforts towards the solution of the Cyprus issue in order to provide peace and the stability both in Cyprus and in the area, Erk said: ‘As is known, in the recent years as a sign of goodwill and aim to provide peace and stability both in Cyprus and in the area, Toros Exercise in North Cyprus and Nikiforos Exercise in South Cyprus were cancelled reciprocally.
However, unilateral and illegal natural gas research by South Cyprus and in addition, this joint exercise including war scenarios are exactly opposite to the approach which aims to bring peace in Cyprus and in the area.
It is a well-known fact that a comprehensive solution between the two sides will contribute to the peace in the area. Even though the Greek Cypriot side is expected to take steps towards paving the way for a comprehensive solution and peace, using real missiles in the exercise and incorporating other countries in the area to this scenario that expands the conflict zone are in contradiction with the attempts to provide peace.’
‘LETTING RUSSIA USE THE AIRBASE IN PAPHOS POSES A THREAT TO A PEACEFUL FUTURE’
Kutlay Erk has also stressed that the Greek Cypriot side’s plans to let Russia use the base in Paphos and not hesitating to bring a military structure which has factors threatening the peace and stability not only in Cyprus but also in the area, pose a threat to a peaceful future.
Erk said he believes that instead of enforcing the measures for a possible case of war, the Turkish Cypriot side will take a steps towards reaching a permanent solution and peace and stability in the area.
‘Such a vision based on peace and co-operation, is essential for the needs of the two sides in order to live together in a peaceful way and also for the environment as the recent natural disaster showed us’ said Erk and in this concept, called South Cyprus, Greece and Israel to cancel the exercise.
COALITION TALKS BETWEEN CTP-BG AND DP-UG REMAIN INCONCLUSIVE
Coalition talks between CTP-BG and DP-UG has remained inconclusive.
After a 15-minute meeting carried out by party presidents at about 20.40 in CTP-BG Headquarters, it has been announced that they failed to agree on the sensibility issues.
The new attitude of CTP-BG will be defined at the meeting of the Party Assembly today.
CRIME RATE FALLS IN EU AND RISES IN SOUTH CYPRUS
The data released by Eurostat indicates that even though the crime rate in the EU decreases in general, the rate has increased in South Cyprus. In the report of Fileleftheros with a headline ‘Crime in EU Falls, Crime in Cyprus Rises’ it is reported that there was a general tendency towards a decrease in the levels of recorded crime in the European Union between 2005 and 2010 but the data for Cyprus showed that the crime rate especially in 2009 was 7,104 while in 2010 this rose to 8,387.
The statistics of crime rates of each country in the EU between the time periods that were included in the report indicate that robbery cases in the EU Countries have dropped by 5%. In contrast Cyprus saw a significant increase with a record of 111 robberies in 2009 and 156 robberies in 2010.
The newspaper reported an increase of 20% in vehicle thefts and added that also an increase is seen in drug trafficking which was 705 cases in 2009 and rose to 851 in 2010.
Source : TRNC Public Information Office