TRNC News Today – 12th December 2013

PRESIDENT EROĞLU: “WE ARE WAITING FOR THE GREEK SIDE TO TAKE STEPS TOWARDS PAVING THE WAY FOR THE NEGOTIATIONS”

The TRNC Presidency pointed out that the views of the Turkish Cypriot side regarding the joint statement have been conveyed to the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative – Alexander Downer, and stressed that now the Greek Cypriot side should take steps.

The following has been mentioned in the statement made by the Presidential Press Office:

“We have held meetings with the UN authorities in order to pave Dervis Eroglu 9the way for the leaders meeting which will resume the full fledged negotiations from where they were suspended. At these meetings we have made efforts for overcoming the continuous oppositions of the Greek Side.

In the latest stage that we have reached, we got the support of the government partners – Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu and Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktaş as well as the main opposition party President Hüseyin Özgürgün, regarding the joint statement. Then I invited the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative – Alexander Downer and his delegation to my office and shared the views of the Turkish Cypriots regarding the joint statement. Resumption of the negotiations is at a really critical stage. Taking the precision of the international community into consideration, I refrain from more detailed declarations at this stage.

Now it is the time of a political decision. On behalf of the Turkish Cypriot people I put forward my political will once more today. Now the Greek Cypriot side should take steps. We are waiting for them to take steps towards paving the way for the negotiations.”

INAUGURATION HELD FOR CHURCH RESTORED IN DEMIRHAN

UNDPIt has been stated that the works of strengthening and protecting the ‘Panagia Church’ in Demirhan have been completed, this being conducted by the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural Inheritance which was formed within the framework of negotiations to find a solution for the Cyprus problem. The restoration of the church was completed and the inauguration of the church was held with an event organized yesterday.

The event was attended by the UNDP-PFF members, representatives of the European Commission, Greek Cypriot Orthodox Church priest Savvas and the members of the Technical Committee on Cultural Inheritance. Değirmenlik origin Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriot inhabitants of Değirmenlik were also interested in the event.

During the event, the Turkish Cypriot member of the Technical Committee on Cultural Inheritance Ali Tuncay, the Greek Cypriot member Takis Hacıdimitriu, UNDP-PFF Program Manager Titziana Zennaro and the representative of the European Commission Alessandra Viezer delivered speeches.

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON AQUATIC SCIENCES TO BE REALIZED AT GAU

It has been announced that an “International Symposium on Aquatic Sciences and Technology” will be held at Girne American University (GAU) under the leadership of the Mediterranean UndGAU logo smlerwater Research Centre and with the co-operation of Kastamonu University and Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University.

GAU Mediterranean Underwater Research Centre Aquaculture Engineer – Bihter Asena Yanar expressed that the symposium which will be held on 15th-17th May 2014 will make an overwhelming impression and great contribution to the promotion of the TRNC.

Scientists from Europe, the Far East and different parts of the world, who are experts in their fields, will attend the symposium as speakers.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office