TRNC News Today 22nd October 2013
FOREIGN MINISTER NAMI TO MEET STEFAN FÜLE
Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami will meet with the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Füle in Strasbourg, tomorrow (23rd October 2013). During his stay in Strasbourg, Foreign Minister Nami will bring forward issues such as the isolation imposed upon the Turkish Cypriot people and the improvement of the Green Line Regulation and Financial Aid Regulation.
Speaking during a program on Genç TV, Foreign Minister Nami stated that in his meeting with Füle, he would convey his views on the amendment of the context of the Green Line Regulation and extending the term of the Financial Aid Regulation as well as making it more efficient.
“We are demanding the improvement of both regulations which are currently in operation”, Nami said. In response to a question whether the EU would actively take part in the negotiation process, Nami said: “The Turkish Cypriot side’s point of view on this issue is clear. The EU is already a party to the Cyprus issue and if it sits at the negotiation table, it is obvious who it will support”.
Reminding Füle’s previous statements to the effect that the EU’s more active participation to the negotiation process could be possible if both sides demanded, Foreign Minister Nami underlined that the Turkish Cypriot side would not accept an enhanced role of the EU.
Evaluating the two sides’ positions with regard to the joint text, Nami said there wasn’t any crisis on the content of the text, in fact the two sides were very close at the moment. Nami added that however, the Greek Cypriot side’s insistence on including its priorities in the text was making things more difficult.
Nami noted that although the Turkish Cypriot side did not want to speak on this issue for a long time, they felt obliged to issue a statement following the statements of the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis.
“If we say that this issue could end in the forthcoming months, it means we believe in this and work for it” said Nami, stressing that demonstrating the Turkish Cypriot side’s will towards a solution was also important. Nami also said: “If this problem cannot be solved once again despite the Turkish Cypriot side’s will, then we should not be punished. Therefore, the international community should take more concrete steps in order to prevent its repetition.
“If the process fails again, we should explain that this is not because of the Turkish Cypriot side, so that we can have an opportunity for our demands and steps in the forthcoming period afterwards”.
Pointing out that he drew parallelism between the issue of natural gas and the EU perspective, Foreign Minister Nami said: “If everyone had done their part early enough, then we wouldn’t have experienced these problems today” and referred to the Copenhagen process when the opportunity for making the Greek Cypriot side’s EU membership a condition for a solution was missed. Nami added that if the international community says that the natural gas revenues can be used only after a solution, then it would have an important contribution for a solution, otherwise the Greek Cypriot side would be unwilling towards a solution.
ERTUĞ AND MAVROYANNIS CAME TOGETHER
TRNC President Dervis Eroğlu’s Special Representative Osman Ertuğ came together with the Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis yesterday (21st October 2103). The negotiators agreed on making their visits to Athens and Ankara as soon as possible before the end of October.
The representatives expressed that they reached an agreement on exchanging and evaluating the latest version of their joint statements in collaboration with the UN. On the other hand, the Turkish Cypriot side presented the statement comprising proposals of the Turkish Cypriot side for the negotiations- oriented joint statement to the UN Representative in Cyprus.
Replying to the questions of the Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kıbrıs’ newspaper following the meeting, Osman Ertuğ explained that attitudes of the sides concerning the joint statement were different from each other. Ertuğ said: “We were careful to follow the UN procedure and wrote the statement by empathizing with the opposite side. However, they followed a maximalist manner”.
Ertuğ stated that the Greek Cypriot side tried to solve the most difficult issues of the last 40-50 years in the joint statement however he indicated that they could get nowhere by this way. Ertuğ continued as:
“These are the issues to be discussed on the negotiation table. We should come to that point. Firstly, we should be able to bring the leaders to the table; this should be our prior aim. We would like to have a result-oriented negotiation and we are the side which has been talking about this since the beginning”.
Indicating that the Greek Cypriot side accepted the convergences reached up to now, but they avoided defining them, Ertuğ said that the Greek Cypriot side constantly put forward preconditions.
Regarding the Athens and Ankara visits of the negotiators, Ertuğ expressed that the Turkish side was ready for this but there were some hesitations that were not arising from the Turkish side therefore the visits were postponed.
Expressing that an agreement was also reached concerning the level of the visits, Ertuğ recorded that the meetings would be held with the Secretary-General and Undersecretary who were at equal levels at the Foreign Affairs Ministries in Greece and Turkey.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office