TRNC News Today 24th October 2013

EROĞLU “GREEK CYPRIOT LEADERSHIP IS RELUCTANT”

TRNC President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu stated in a program broadcast at Genç TV that the Turkish Cypriot side has put forward the necessary will at the point of achieving a solution by launching the negotiations as soon as possible, however the Greek Cypriot leadership is reluctant.

Eroğlu pointed out that Turkish Cypriot side gave a positive reply concerning the date “4th November” which was set for the launching of Dervis Eroglu LHnegotiations; however the Greek Cypriot side has not made any positive or negative statement yet.

The President said: “If there is an intention we can reach an agreement and we can hold a referendum in March”.

Stating that the special representatives will visit the motherlands, Eroğlu said “We and Turkey are ready. Presumably, whether the Greek Cypriots and Greece are ready or not will be conveyed to us through our special representative.”

Mentioning about the joint statement which is on the agenda in recent days Eroglu added: “Joint statement was suggested by the UN authorities. Of course, I think the Greek Cypriot side imposed this on the UN. For us, a joint statement is not necessary for starting the negotiations.”

Stressing that chapters and convergences at the negotiations were clear, President Eroğlu said: “We focus on a settlement and referendum by taking these convergences into consideration.”

Eroğlu said : “There was a text in the Annan plan when it was submitted to the referenda and according to this text, if both sides or any side refused, the plan would be abolished but it was not clear what the situation of the Turkish Cypriot side would be if any side refused the plan. If a referendum is to be held and we say yes and the Greek side says no, we should know what will happen to our people. If we reach the settlement point, we will demand this because we insist on reaching a settlement with goodwill.”

As an answer to a question, Eroğlu said that the partnership state to be formed will have an international identity and this state will also have a seat in the United Nations.

Moreover, President Eroğlu added: “If we consider sovereignty, a new state will be established. This is one of the issues that we disagree on. The Greek Cypriots demand that the Republic of Cyprus will be transformed into a federal state by evolution. However, we as the Turkish Cypriot side desire a new partnership and a new state’.

FOREIGN MINISTER NAMİ: “THE EU IS VERY MUCH WILLING FOR A SOLUTION”

Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami, who went to Strasbourg for a series of contacts met with the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Füle yesterday (23 October) and exchanged views with regard to the Cyprus problem.

Within the framework of his program in Strasbourg, Foreign Minister Nami and his accompanying delegation also came together with the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Hannes Swoboda as well as other officials. Nami stated that the EU officials he met were very much willing for an early and just settlement in Cyprus.

Speaking to Turkish Cypriot daily Kıbrıs, Özdil Nami pointed out that during his meeting with Füle they mainly focused on the Cyprus problem and discussed all its aspects. Nami added that they Ozdil Nami 2also exchanged views on making the Green Line and Financial Aid regulations more efficient by eliminating the existing problems.

Explaining that additionally, they discussed the ways of accelerating studies regarding the harmonization of the TRNC laws with those of the EU, Foreign Minister Nami said, the EU acquis communitaire would be implemented in North Cyprus following a possible solution, thus discussing the issue was very fruitful.

“They cannot understand why the negotiations could not be launched because of a disagreement on the joint statement text”, said Nami stressing that Füle supported the Turkish Cypriot side’s point of view to the effect that the negotiations should start as soon as possible and the Turkish Cypriots’ priorities should also be included in the text.

Referring to the European Parliament elections in May 2014, Nami said the common idea of the EU was the start and finalization of the negotiations as early as possible, before this date, as they could be negatively affected from this situation.

Noting that during the meeting, Stefan Füle drew attention to the importance of time and acting quickly in the negotiations, Nami said: “There is an increasing interest for a solution in the EU compared to the past. The European officials have all expressed the belief that the existing window of opportunity should not be missed”.

Explaining that the issue of Maras (Varosha) was not discussed in detail during the meeting with Füle, Nami said the Turkish Cypriot side and the EU Commission have maintained their existing positions on the issue. Nami also underlined that a development with regard to the Direct Trade Regulation was not expected in the near future.

Making a reference to the Greek Cypriot side’s demand for an enhanced role of the EU in the negotiations, Nami said he conveyed the Turkish Cypriot side’s position on the issue to Füle. “Mr. Füle is also in favour of the continuation of the EU’s existing position. He said, if the two sides achieve progress in the negotiations and agree to invite the EU, then the EU is ready to make a wider contribution to the negotiations”, Nami added.

Stating that he conveyed the Turkish Cypriot side’s plan aimed at reaching a settlement in March 2014 and the expectation of support from the Greek Cypriot side on the issue to the MEPs, Nami noted:

“We said that if we act within the framework of the existing convergences, we can reach a conclusion. The first goal is reaching an agreement on the joint statement text that will pave the way for the leaders’ meeting. Apart from these, we also conveyed the issue of the invitation of two Turkish Cypriot MP’s to the European Parliament under the observer status. Accordingly, we reminded the President of the EP, Martin Shultz’s promise to take up this issue at the EP Presidency until the end of this year and reiterated our request in this respect”.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office