TRNC NEWS TODAY 6

December 2013

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS: “TENSION ESCALATING POLICIES SHOULD BE AVOIDED”

The TRNC Foreign Ministry has called on the Greek Cypriot Administration to respect the status of the UN Controlled Buffer Zone and to refrain from policies that will raise tensions.

In a written statement the Ministry pointed out that Greek Cypriot farmers were planning to illegally enter through the Bostancı crossing point to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Ozdil Nami 2It has been said in the statement that all necessary legal measures will be taken should such an attempt be made.

Also it was mentioned in the statement that the Turkish side attached great importance to the preservation of the peaceful atmosphere on the island at a time when full-fledged negotiations for a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus Problem was expected to commence. In the statement it was also stressed that the rising of tension in the buffer zone would only serve to harm relations between the two sides and the political atmosphere on the island.

The statement also said that the Cyprus Turkish Side supported the view that a basis for goodwill for the two leaders to motivate their People for a settlement needed to be created on the island.

Also indicating its expectations from the United Nations, the TRNC Foreign Ministry said that it expected the UN to take all kinds of precautionary measures within its area of control and jurisdiction in the buffer zone to prevent the escalation of tensions.

CALL FROM FOREIGN MINISTER NAMI TO EP: “LIFT THE ISOLATIONS”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs – Ozdil Nami, said that Varosha and the withdrawal of soldiers were the issues to be discussed at the comprehensive negotiations and added that these issues had nothing to do with the steps to be taken towards the EU membership of Turkey.

In an evaluation he made to one of the newspapers, Ozdil Nami indicated that the EP report was related to Turkey and reinstitution of Varosha and withdrawal of soldiers was the unilateral expectation of EP from Turkey.

Ozdil Nami said: “we always express that the negotiations have been continuing under the auspices of the UN and the issues discussed at the negotiations were not to be placed in Turkey’European Union Parliaments progress report.”

Calling the EP to put in force the decision taken on 26 April 2004 to lift the isolations imposed on the Turkish Cypriots, Nami said: “In this context the execution of the Direct Trade regulation is very important for us. On the other hand the Turkish Cypriots should also be represented at the EP with their elected representatives. Our expectations from the EP are lifting the isolations, acceptance of the Direct Trade Regulation, and the representation of Turkish Cypriots at the EP by their own parliamentarians. Varosha and withdrawal of soldiers are the issues to be discussed at the comprehensive negotiations. The EU should support the negotiations under the auspices of the UN.”

EU MINISTER EGEMEN BAGIS: ‘EVEN AN INCH OF VAROSHA CANNOT BE GIVEN’

EU Minister and Chief Negotiator – Egemen Bagıs, made a statement to ‘Diyalog’ newspaper about calls for opening Turkish airports and sea ports for the usage of Greek ships and aircraft and said ‘ If airlines of the European countries start to use Ercan Airport, we can open our ports to the usage of Greeks. We declared this previously.’

Replying to the questions of the newspaper, Egemen Bağış said that Turkey has always been the side which spends great effort for the solution of the Cyprus issue and added that even an inch of Varosha cannot be returned for the EU membership of Turkey.

Moreover, stressing that there is still not any concrete plan to mention a new referendum in Cyprus, Bagıs said that during the process, in which the Middle East suffers political problems and Europe suffers economic crisis, Cyprus can be a good example by reaching peace.

Pointing out that natural gas to be explored in the Eastern Mediterranean by Greek Cypriots can be transferred to Europe via Turkey only in the case of reaching a settlement in the island, Bagış underlined that the Mediterranean’s energy should be used for the unification not for division of the island.

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER DENKTAŞ: “AN AGREEMENT TO BE REACHED SHOULD PROTECT RIGHTS OF BOTH PEOPLE’

In his speech made during a reception, Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktaş said that a new negotiation process may resume and they Serdar Denktas 3desire a solution in which they will not make concessions from their identity, rights, equality and sovereignty.

Reminding that recently an improved Annan plan has been prepared; Denktaş said that this improvement would not be to the advantage of the Turkish Cypriot people. Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side majority which voted ‘no’ for the Annan plan will make changes in the plan to return their negative attitude into positive, Denktaş said ‘An agreement to be reached should protect rights of both people equally in the island. We as the Turkish Cypriots should protect our own rights’.

SPEAKER OF GNAT – ÇİÇEK: ‘WE WANT EU TO FULFILL THEIR COMMITMENT FOR LIFTING ISOLATIONS’

In his speech made during the opening of 73rd Meeting of Turkish-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission, the Speaker of Cemil Çiçekthe Grand National Assembly of Turkey – Cemil Çiçek, said that internal regulation which was prepared with European Council resolution in order to end the isolations imposed on the Turkish Cypriots should be put into force as soon as possible and the EU should fulfil her commitment for the issue.

Moreover, adding that the TRNC and Turkey as a guarantor country spend great efforts to reach a just and comprehensive solution on the base of bi-zonality and equality in Cyprus, Çiçek said ‘We asked the EU to put the necessary pressure on the Greek Cypriot side’.

BÜYÜKKAYA: “IF THE ANNAN PLAN WAS ACCEPTED, THETURKISH ARMY WOULD WITHDRAW FROM THE ISLAND STEP BY STEP”

Turkey’s Deputy Minister for European Union Affairs – Alaattin Büyükkaya, made a speech at the 73rd Meeting of Turkey-EU Joint Alaattin BüyükkayaParliamentary Commission organized in Grand National Assembly of Turkey and drew attention that the ‘Constitution of Cyprus’ was made in 1960, a State based on two peoples was established and Turkey, England and Greece were accepted as the guarantor countries. Alaattin Büyükkaya reacted against the expression of ‘Turkey is an occupier in the island’.

Büyükkaya said “We definitely refuse the word of ‘occupation’. We went there in the capacity of a guarantor country. We were guarantors of both Turkish and Greek Cypriots. We provided security for them also”. Replying to the question why still there are Turkish soldiers in the island Büyükkaya said: “if the Annan Plan was accepted, the Turkish army would withdraw step by step. The Turkish army is in the island because still an agreement has not been reached. First you accepted the Annan Plan, and then you refused it. You wanted this result.”

BLATTER: “THE WINNER WILL BE FOOTBALL”

The President of FIFA – Sepp Blatter, expressFootball Cyprused in the meeting of FIFA Executive Board where the solution proposals concerning the unification of football were discussed, that “the winner will be football”. Sepp Blatter said “two federations in Cyprus approved the document. I hope that football teams of two sides will play football together in the island”.

RESTORATION OF PANAYA CHURCH IS COMPLETED

Cultural Technical Heritage Committee has announced that the restoration of Panaya Church in Demirhan is completed.

The Church will be opened with activities to be organized on 11th December. Also the preparation related to the restoration works of two churches in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus reached the final stage.

YENİBOĞAZİÇİ MUNICIPALITY HAS BEEN PLACED IN THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF CITTASLOW

CittaslowThe Municipality of Yeniboğaziçi, which is the first and sole village of Cyprus that has achieved to be ranked among 183 calm cities (Cittaslow) in the world, has been placed in the official website of International Cittaslow. The “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” has been placed in the record of Cittaslow for the first time.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office