TRNC News Today 10th October 2013
NAMİ AND DAVUTOĞLU HOLD A JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE
LEADERS COULD MEET ON 4th NOVEMBER
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Özdil Nami, who is currently in Ankara, met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu yesterday (9 October 2013). Davutoğlu and Nami held a joint press conference after the meeting.
Foreign Minister Nami stated that they exchanged views on the point reached regarding the Cyprus issue and the path to be followed hereafter. “The Turkish Cypriot people have been living with the Cyprus problem for 50 years. They are isolated from the world and subjected to a very unjust status. It’s time to put an end to this issue”, said Foreign Minister Nami.
Pointing out that as well as Turkey’s big support to the TRNC, the Turkish Cypriot people should also integrate with the world, Nami said: “We have set a goal and that is March 2014. We desire to hold a referendum for a comprehensive settlement on the island and definitely to realize a comprehensive solution”.
Stressing that there were important convergences reached in the negotiations up to today and that these could not be disregarded, Nami said:
“Both sides should agree on a new comprehensive settlement plan by the end of this year, by adding the new convergences to the existing ones in the negotiations. As a next step, they should explain this plan to their people within a couple of months and hold separate simultaneous referenda. This problem should not exceed 50 years. Otherwise, the international community should find a different answer to the question of what should be done in Cyprus”.
For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stated that the time of the meeting with his counterpart Özdil Nami in Ankara coincided with the time of the meeting of both sides’ representatives in Cyprus. Noting that the Cyprus negotiations have reached a very critical point, Davutoğlu said election of the new Greek Cypriot leader in South Cyprus raised hopes towards a solution, however because of the economic crises and other developments in the Greek Cypriot administration, negotiations could not be resumed yet.
Reminding that they conveyed to the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor Alexander Downer during his latest visit to Ankara that it was time to carry out serious negotiations which would have a certain framework and time-limit, Davutoğlu said they also stated that the delay in the negotiations not only created unnecessary tensions in the island but also in the Eastern Mediterranean. Davutoğlu added that they also reiterated their will towards accelerating the process.
Referring to the recent meeting with his Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos within the framework of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, where they agreed on mutual visits of the representatives of both sides in Cyprus to Ankara and Athens, Davutoğlu said: “Perhaps, for the first time in the 50-60 year long crisis period, the visit of a Turkish Cypriot representative to Athens and of a Greek Cypriot representative to Ankara would eliminate an important psychological barrier.
“In the forthcoming days, probably on the 4th of November, the leaders would come together. Our initiatives in this respect will continue”, said Davutoğlu, adding that October would be the preparation month. Pointing out that there could be a need for having another meeting in the coming days, depending on the outcome of yesterday’s meeting of the two sides’ representatives, Davutoğlu said he was planning to pay a visit to the TRNC. “We are at a critical threshold. If a strong will is displayed, then there can be a suitable atmosphere for negotiations and peace which has been desired for a long time in Cyprus”, Davutoğlu added.
Underlining that Turkey and the TRNC have put forward their determination towards the resumption of the negotiations as early as possible and reaching a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, however the Greek Cypriot side did not display the same stance, Davutoğlu said: “We believe that a new window of opportunity has emerged. We will do our utmost, by meeting with all the related parties”.
Noting that during the meeting with his counterpart Nami they also discussed the issue of the recognition of the TRNC by the world, Davutoğlu said: “The TRNC believes that while carrying out negotiations on one hand, it also has the right to explain its just cause to the world and establish relations with everyone. We will continue to spend intensive efforts towards ending the unjust isolation and eliminating the outdated restrictions imposed upon the TRNC”.
In response to a question asked how the mutual visits of the two sides’ representatives would affect the process and whether a multi-lateral conference would be hold in later stages, Davutoğlu reiterated that the latest developments helped to eliminate an important psychological barrier.
Reminding that as guarantor states, Turkey and Greece have special status in the process, Davutoğlu said however, the mutual meetings held up to today were either between the two sides in Cyprus or between Turkey and the TRNC as well as between Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration. He added that for the first time, Turkey would see the perspective of a Greek Cypriot representative and Greece would see the perspective of a TRNC representative.
Expressing the belief that this would be the beginning, Davutoğlu stressed that Turkish-Greek and Turkish Cypriot- Greek Cypriot peoples who had been living side by side for ages could only give the best decision together.
For his part, Foreign Minister Nami also stated that Greek Cypriots had wrong impressions about Turkey and the meeting that would be held with their collocutors in Ankara would help them to get rid of those impressions and have a positive contribution to the process. Nami added that also the meeting of a TRNC representative with his collocutors in Athens would facilitate establishing direct relations with other countries.
FOREIGN MINISTER NAMİ MEETS WITH TURKISH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER BEŞİR ATALAY
ATALAY: “SOLIDARITY WITH TRNC WILL CONTINUE”
Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami, who went to Ankara for a series of official contacts, came together with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay yesterday.
Turkish Deputy PM Beşir Atalay, stating that Turkey has always maintained its close solidarity with the Turkish Cypriots and would continue to do so, said that there is no need to worry about this issue.
Pointing out that they were at a period during which many issues regarding the TRNC were on the agenda, Atalay said that the universities have started the 2013-2014 educational year and added that within this context, the university sector in the TRNC will be contributed.
Referring to the recent meeting of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon during G-20 Summit, as well as the meeting of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu with Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos in New York, Atalay said: “We hope that the negotiation process will efficiently lead to a fair settlement.”
For his part, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami, said that the meeting was very fruitful, and added that they were jointly engaging in efforts in order to bring the TRNC to a stronger position.
Reminding that a new government has been formed in the TRNC, Nami continued: “The governments in the TRNC can change but Turkey’s support extended to the TRNC never changes. We know this well. We will continue to work in close co-operation in order to bring the TRNC to a better position.”
NAMI INFORMED TGNA FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMISSION ON LATEST PHASE REACHED AT CYPRUS PROBLEM
The TRNC Minister of Foreign Affairs, Özdil Nami, who is continuing official contacts in Ankara informed the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, TGNA on the latest phase reached at the Cyprus problem, expectations and attitude of the Turkish side.
Nami said that they were targeting to have a new plan for a comprehensive solution in Cyprus by the beginning of next year and to reach a positive conclusion after a referendum.
Moreover, Nami said that they had a fruitful meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu yesterday morning.
Mentioning that the Cyprus issue has currently reached an important stage, Nami recorded that the international community also started to talk about final efforts towards a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus issue.
Nami also thanked motherland Turkey for her support to the TRNC. The meeting was closed to the press.
SPEAKER OF TGNA, CICEK: “SUPPORT AND INTENSIVE EFFORT ARE NEEDED FOR PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE AND LASTING PEACE IN CYPRUS”
The Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Cemil Çiçek touched upon the Cyprus problem and said that support and intensive effort were needed for providing comprehensive and lasting peace in Cyprus. Çiçek demanded that the initiatives which would pave a way to the Greek Cypriot thesis should be avoided.
Çiçek referred to the Cyprus problem during his meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.
Çiçek said: “The UN Secretary General is one of your leading statesmen and politicians. The Cyprus problem is one of the age long disputes in front of the UN. We are sensitive on this issue. We expect more intensive effort towards a just and permanent solution. Korean company “Kogas” is going to join the Greek Cypriot hydrocarbon tender. This situation really upsets us. If such conditions continue, Turkish relations with the Korean companies can experience a troublesome period. I want to express this friendly. The isolations imposed upon the TRNC are unjust and wrong. Lifting these isolations will be appropriate. Our expectations are in this way.”
Source: TRNC Public Information Office