TRNC News Today 16th September 2013
TRNC FOREIGN MINISTER NAMI MET TR FOREIGN MINISTER DAVUTOĞLU
TR Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said: “Republic of Turkey will always continue to stand by the Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in any case under all circumstances”.
In his statement issued to the press after meeting with the TRNC Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami on 14th September Saturday at the Hilton Hotel, Davutoğlu said that he was glad and honoured to receive the new Foreign Minister of the TRNC.
Stating that Nami took office in a critical period and will contribute to good services, Davutoğlu recorded: “As you know yesterday Downer was here, we talked about the steps to be taken regarding the negotiations. Therefore coming together also with you has been good. We congratulate you. I hope the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will exist forever with her flag. Please send our compliments to our brothers in Cyprus”.
Hoping the Greek Cypriot side will not miss this opportunity and an opportunity of comprehensive peace will come out, Davutoğlu stated: “The Republic of Turkey will always continue to stand by the Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in any case under all circumstances. Your tranquility, peace, prosperity, security mean our tranquility, peace, prosperity and security. Hopefully we will together make a comprehensive peace possible”.
TURKISH CYPRIOT PEOPLE ARE DOING THEIR BEST REGARDING A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION
TRNC Foreign Minister Nami said that he paid his first foreign visit to Turkey customarily and continuing this custom conduces to pride and happiness.
Citing that a close consultation and co-operation will continue as it has been up to now, Nami continued: “the Cyprus issue has come to a very significant turning point. Turkish Cypriots are demanding their future and worldwide status to be clarified from now on. This uncertainty should not continue. We have a significant demand and desire to integrate with the world. We want the world to hear this”.
Stressing that the Turkish Cypriot people are doing their best regarding a comprehensive solution in Cyprus, Nami expressed that Turkey has always supported this effort.
Expressing that the Greek Cypriots caused uncertainty in Cyprus by saying ‘no’, Nami continued: “It is time to end this with co-operation. We certainly desire a federal solution to be achieved in Cyprus. All our efforts are in this way, but this will only be possible with a positive reply from the other side. They should also do their part. The UN also should support our positive efforts by a sense of responsibility. I have no doubt that we will carry such efforts to much better stages with co-operation.”
Issuing a statement to TAK agency after an hour long meeting, Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami said that he mainly discussed the stage arrived at in the Cyprus negotiations and they exchanged ideas regarding the road map which will be followed afterwards.
Recording that they also evaluated how a co-operation made by common steps shall be formed, Nami said he will be in New York with President Dervis Eroglu on 22nd September, and pointed out that Davutoğlu’s delegation will also be there and they decided to continue to exchange ideas in New York.
Upon being asked: “Did the Varosha issue come on the agenda in the meeting?” Foreign Minister replied: “There is no agenda for Varosha. We have a consensus with Turkey that Varosha is part of a comprehensive solution”.
PRESIDENT EROĞLU MET WITH YORGANCIOĞLU, DENKTAŞ AND NAMI
The Turkish Cypriot side is preparing for the possible re-launch of the Cyprus negotiations in October. President Derviş Eroğlu invited Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu, Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktaş and Foreign Minister Özdil Nami to the Presidential Palace on Friday 13th September where the latest developments concerning the Cyprus issue were taken up.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Yorgancıoğlu said they held a fruitful meeting with the President where they exchanged views on how the government can contribute to the solution of the Cyprus problem.
Upon being asked about the closed city of Maraş, the Premier shared President Eroğlu’s view that Maraş can only be part of a comprehensive settlement.
“We don’t have any concrete information on the Greek Cypriot side’s proposal regarding Maraş. We have been informed verbally but there is no written demand on the issue” he said.
During his contacts in New York, Eroğlu will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Özdil Nami and his Special Representative Osman Ertuğ.
ERTUĞ IN NEW YORK
President Dervis Eroglu’s Special Representative and Spokesman Osman Ertuğ has gone to New York in order to make official contacts.
Ertuğ will meet UN authorities and US representatives and prepare the ground for President Eroglu’s contacts to be held in New York.
Member of negotiation team Gunes Onar will accompany Ertuğ during his contacts in New York.
DAVUTOĞLU MET WITH DOWNER
Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has met with the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Alexander Downer. In the meeting, Downer expressed his expectations on restarting the negotiations in October and solving the Cyprus problem within a few months. On the other hand, Minister Davutoğlu stated that the negotiations should start as soon as possible and emphasized that a 50 year-old problem should be solved.
Foreign Affair Minister Davutoğlu received Downer in his office in Ankara. The meeting was closed to the press.
According to the information obtained from diplomatic sources, Downer has informed Davutoğlu on his latest contacts concerning Cyprus and conveyed the studies of the UN concerning the negotiations envisaged to be restarted in the island. Stating that the contacts held in the island were fruitful, Downer expressed it is envisaged that the negotiations will restart in October and finalized within a few months and the studies of the UN will be on this direction.
Davutoğlu emphasized that Turkey is the side which always gives support to a solution and in future she will support any effort and attempt to be made for a solution.
According to the information obtained, Davutoğlu stated that the parameters of a solution is obvious and a political will should be put forth and added that the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey will show the said will and support in the following critical period.
According to diplomatic sources, Davutoğlu also expressed that Varosha is not currently on Turkey’s agenda, since the issue can only be resolved within the framework of an ultimate solution to the Cyprus problem.
IHSANOGLU CONGRATULATES NEW GOVERNMENT
Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, congratulated the government established in the TRNC.
According to the information given by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Ihsanoglu sent congratulation letters to the Prime Minister Ozkan Yorgancıoğlu, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy, Tourism, Culture and Sports Minister Serdar Denktaş and Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami.
Foreign Minister Nami also sent a letter to Ihsanoglu in which he thanked him and expressed his satisfaction from developing bilateral relations.
Moreover, reminding that OIC supports the TRNC in each platform, Nami expressed that the relations between OIC and TRNC are very important for the Turkish Cypriots and added that he is sure that these relations will be more developed in the future.
PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR EUROPEAN MUSLIMS UNION MEETING
Meeting of the European Muslims Union (EMU) will be held in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and will be hosted by the Academy Cyprus Development Platform.
120 guests from nearly 20 countries will participate in the meeting which will be held in the Acapulco Hotel between the dates of 20-22 September. The countries are as follows:
“Belgium, Germany, Greece / Western Thrace, Kuwait, Macedonia, Netherland, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Bosnia-Herzegovina”
ECONOMIC OFFICER OF USA EMBASSY VISITED CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Economic Officer of the USA Embassy in Lefkoşa, Andrea Donnally, has visited the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and met with the President of the Chamber, Günay Çerkez, and members of the Board of Directors.
According to the information given by the Chamber, President Günay Çerkez made a speech and stated that it is the right time for a solution in Cyprus. Stating that new opportunities have come out for solving the Cyprus problem, Çerkez expressed that especially the natural gas will play a catalyst role and all sides will benefit from this. Çerkez stated that the USA can show courage in finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Çerkez has given information on the Chamber and the international institutions of which the Chamber is a member. Pointing out to the great gap between the imports and exports to the USA, Çerkez said: “There are no embargoes when we import however we face embargoes in our exports.” Çerkez also said that the increase in the trade which started with the Green Line regulation in 2004 continued for 4 years however a continuous decrease has been realized in the trade since 2009.
Source : TRNC Public Information Office