TRNC News Today 24th September 2013

 

PRESIDENT EROĞLU: “ANASTASIADES SHOULD ALSO  MAKE A COMMITMENT”

President Derviş Eroğlu pointing out that  he gave a written commitment to the UN Secretary General towards continuing the negotiations from  the point they ceased after he was elected as President said,  the Greek Cypriot Administration leader Nikos Anastasiades should also make the same  commitment.

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Dervis Eroglu

President Derviş Eroğlu, who is in New York to hold contacts within the framework  of  the 68th session of the UN  General Assembly, made a statement to TAK and BRTK reporters during his visit to the TRNC  Representative Office in New York.

Stressing that it is high time for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, President Derviş Eroğlu said “ We, as  the Turkish Cypriot side are continuing the negotiations with good will. The Greek Cypriot side should change its negative stance. The generations are changing. We do not have another 45 years to lose”.

President Eroğlu, noting that  despite the consensus   reached  towards restarting  negotiations in October, it is upsetting  to  observe the Greek Cypriot Administration leader Anastasiades’ failure  to demonstrate a  clear stance to this end and added that  the Turkish Cypriot side was  ready to continue the negotiations from the point they ceased. The  President said  “the progress achieved could not be put aside.  It is important to reach a solution immediately  by maintaining progress on the remaining main issues.”

Eroğlu noted that following the negotiations in New York, he expected the Greek Cypriot Administration leader Nikos Anastasiades to be prompted for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Eroğlu  also  noted that he would raise his views on these issues  primarily to the UN Secretary General  and during all his other contacts in New York.

President Eroğlu  is expected to meet with the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation, Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, today (24th September) and participate in the reception to be hosted by the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations in  honour of Turkish President Abdullah Gül.

DAVUTOGLU AND VENIZELOS AGREED ON RECIPROCAL VISIT OF REPRESENTATIVES TO TURKEY AND GREECE

 Turkish Foreign Affairs, Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who is in New York in order to attend the meetings of the UN General Assembly has met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Greece, Evangelos Venizelos, and discussed the Cyprus issue.

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Ahmet Davutoglu

Davutoğlu and Venizelos agreed on the reciprocal visit of special representatives of Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders to Turkey and Greece for the solution of the Cyprus problem.

Both Ministers expressed their opinion on starting and finalizing the negotiations in the island as soon as possible.

Evaluating the issue to Turkish Cypriot, Daily Kıbrıs, TRNC President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu’s Special Representative, Osman Ertuğ, indicated that the current development is a matter desired by the Turkish Cypriots.

Stating that Turkish Cypriot side responded with a request for a meeting with Greece in return for the continuous request made by the Greek Cypriot side for a meeting with Turkey however this has never been accepted, Ertuğ said: “We were insistent that the negotiations should be on the basis of equality. Therefore, such an arrangement has been made. This is an important development”.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office