TRNC News Today 26th November 2013

EROĞLU: ‘ I AM READY TO SIT AT THE NEGOTIATION TABLE WITHOUT ANY PRECONDITION’

President Derviş Eroğlu and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades came together for a meeting at the Chateau Status Restaurant in the UN Controlled Buffer Zone last night.

Following the meeting which continued for about 3 hours, the two leaders made their separate statements to the press.

In the beginning of his speech, President Eroğlu expressed his condolences to the Greek Cypriot people on the passing of Dervis Eroglu (2)former Greek Cypriot leader. In his speech, Eroğlu reminded that as soon as Anastasiades had been elected as  President, the Turkish side stated that we are ready to resume the negotiations. Stressing that Anastasiades demanded a joint statement to resume the negotiations to reach a comprehensive solution in Cyprus but he turned the joint statement into a precondition, President Eroglu said that special representatives have been working on the joint statement since the first week of September and this exercise has reached a saturation point because the Greek Cypriot side was trying to include issues of substance that need to be discussed within the framework of fully-fledged negotiations.

Moreover, adding that during last night’s meeting, he proposed some new formulas to Mr. Anastasiades in order to overcome the difficulties, Eroglu pointed out that all issues discussed were the elements of Governance and Powersharing Chapter.

‘I proposed to Mr. Anastasiades to resume the negotiations with ‘Governance and Powersharing’ Chapter on his return from abroad. I also reiterated my proposol of 30 May to visit Apostolos Andreas Monastery together. The message I want to convey to you is clear. The necessary basis exists in the form of convergences which are on the negotiation table. I am ready to sit at the table without any preconditions’ Eroğlu added.

SPEAKER OF THE TRNC ASSEMBLY AND ACCOMPANYING DELEGATION TO ANKARA

It has been stated that the delegation including members of the Assembly Council are Sibel Siber 3going to Ankara today (26.11.2013) under the presidency of the Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber as an invitee of the Speaker of Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) Cemil Çiçek. Sibel will also meet with the TR President Adbullah Gül.

Siber will meet with the Speaker of GNAT Cemil Çiçek on 27th November, Wednesday at 11.30 and later the meetings inter delegations will be held.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR IMMOVABLE PROPERTY COMMISSION HAS BEEN EXTENDED

It has been stated that the General Assembly of the TRNC Parliament approved the draft law yesterday which envisaged Teberrüken Uluçayextending the length of applications to Immovable Properties Commission for 2 years.

TRNC Interior Minister Teberrüken Uluçay stated in his speech that the commission has paid 140 thousand pounds so far after the ‘Law for Compensation, Exchange and Restitution’ entered into force in 2005 and added that the commission, where 5500 applications have been made, concluded 579 cases. Uluçay pointed out that the applications made to the commission have been increased in the recent years.

Ulucay stated that they had initiatives to put the displaced persons who were allocated properties into operation during the commission’s exchange transaction.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office