TRNC News Today
5th September 2013
EROĞLU: ‘TERRITORY ISSUE WILL BE DISCUSSED IN THE LAST STAGE’
President Dervis Eroğlu indicated that the territory issue is the last chapter to be discussed within the framework of bi-communal negotiations and this proposal was submitted to the UN Secretary General and it was accepted.
In his reception of the Vice-President of Cyprus Turkish Medical Association, Teksen Koroglu and Erden Asardag, replying to the questions regarding the negotiations, President Eroğlu said that the territory issue will be discussed in the last stage after reaching an agreement on the other chapters. Adding that the first step was taken during the Geneva meeting and criteria was put forth, Eroğlu said that discussing territory issues before solving the other chapters would worry our people, cause many problems and increase the current economic problems.
Moreover, underlining that the energy issue is one of the most important issues that should be dealt with sensitivity, Eroğlu said that wars in the Middle East started as a result of the petrol issue and if the Greek Cypriot side acts properly towards sensitive issues, this issue can be solved without any problem.
‘We submitted a proposal to the Greek Cypriot side through the UN Secretary General for marketing the natural gas via Turkey even before reaching an agreement but our proposal was refused by the Greek Cypriot side. The Greek Cypriot side is in dialogue with Israel and held military exercises so this may raise tension in the Mediterranean’.
The President also reminded that former Greek Cypriot Leader Demetrius Christofias had said before that Turkish Cypriots have rights on the natural gas to be explored and wished the new Greek Cypriot leader to have the same opinion.
Pointing out that a new chapter regarding the natural gas will be added to the negotiations which will start in October after the New York visit, Eroğlu said ‘my people desire a solution. We as the representatives of our people will work to reach a permanent solution in Cyprus’.
Expressing that he will convey the letter of the authorities of the Cyprus Turkish Medical Association to its addressee, Eroğlu underlined that all agreement texts prepared up to today were refused by the Greek Cypriot side. A fair agreement to be reached will protect the interests of both sides in Cyprus but an agreement which will protect the rights of one side will not be fair and permanent.
In his speech, Asardag pointed out that the TRNC has rights on the natural gas reserves around the island that’s why they have written a letter on this issue within the framework of 1st. September World Peace Day addressed to the UN Secretary General. Asardag requested President Eroğlu to convey the letter to the UN Secretary General.
SIBEL SIBER HAS BEEN ELECTED AS SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT
The Republic’s Assembly convened yesterday morning to elect the new assembly chairmanship. The Republican Turkish Party – United Forces Lefkoşa MP Sibel Siber has been elected as the new speaker of the Parliament.
Following a vote in Parliament, the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces Lefkoşa MP Sibel Siber was elected as the Speaker of the Parliament while the National Unity Party Girne MP, Ünal Üstel, became the new Deputy Speaker of the Parliament.
Sibel Siber was elected as the Parliamentary Speaker with 46 votes in favour, 1 vote against, two abstentions and 1 invalid vote. The Deputy Speaker Ünal Üstel was elected to the post with 28 votes in favour, 17 against and 3 abstentions. 2 votes were declared invalid. The program of the CTP-BG and the DP-UG Coalition Government will be read out at the Parliament on Friday.
Addressing the parliament after her election, the new Parliamentary Speaker Sibel Siber said that the Republic’s Assembly was elected by the people to represent the people.
She said that the new Parliament will work hard to maintain its integrity and reputation, as Parliament’s reputation and integrity was that of the people and of the country.
“Everyone should be reassured that we will work hard for this country and for the people, to give them the service they deserve. The parliamentary committees will work on a daily basis and no opportunity will be given to qualify the Republic’s Assembly as an ineffective and unproductive institution” she said.
PRIME MINISTER YORGANCIOGLU: “WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOLUTION OF CYPRUS PROBLEM”
Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu said that the Cyprus Problem is one of the priorities of the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) and the following days will be a new period for contributing to a solution of the Cyprus Problem.
The Prime Minister underlined that since the first day the federal solution to the Cyprus Problem is the priority for CTP-BG and they will follow and co-operate with the President for contributing to the solution which they believe would definitely have positive effects on the other issues.
Mentioning that the solution of the problem would also contribute to the peace in the area, Yorgancıoğlu said that he does not agree with the usage of the British sovereign bases for an intervention to Syria and he always supports finding a solution to the problems through concessions. The Prime Minister added that democratization is a process both in Syria and Cyprus and it must be established by their own inner dynamics. Syria needs democracy and human rights however it is not true to claim that this will be provided by a force from another country.
BRITISH DEFENSE MINISTRY REFUTED GREEK CYPRIOT NEWS
The British Defence Ministry refuted the news of the Greek Cypriot sources which stated that British and Turkish war crafts nearly clashed over the airspace of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
The British Defence Ministry also stated that the Turkish aircraft legally flew in the TRNC airspace which is an international airspace so that there was no need for their prevention.
Source : TRNC Public Information Office