TRNC News Today 14th January 2014
MEETING OF PRESIDENT EROĞLU WITH DOWNER IS POSTPONED
The UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer has postponed his visit to the island for 48 hours. According to information obtained from the UN Spokesperson Michel Bonnardeux, the UN Special Adviser postponed his visit for personal reasons. Bonnardeux said that the UN Special Envoy will arrive on the island on Wednesday. Downer was and is expected to hold contacts with both sides on the island, seeking a way out of the deadlock on the joint statement and to restart the Cyprus negotiations process. He was scheduled to meet with President Derviş Eroğlu yesterday afternoon and with the Greek Cypriot leader later yesterday evening.
EROĞLU: “THERE IS NO OFFICIAL STATEMENT RELATED TO BAN Kİ MOON’S CALL FOR HELP FROM THE UN COUNCIL”
TRNC President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu stated, upon a question concerning the news that UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon will call UN Council for help for the start of the negotiations, that the news was published in the press and it was unknown whether it was true or not. He pointed out that any official statement on this subject was not made to them.
Replying to the question related to the joint statement, the President stated that the Turkish Cypriot side presented a joint text on 14th December, and added:
“As you see, the Greek Cypriot side wants to carry on this ‘statement’ game. They sent a letter to Ban ki Moon and mentioned about a short statement. However the short statement they mentioned is related to them, more precisely, they think to prepare a document by taking some UN decisions into consideration which protects their interests.
This is nothing but playing for time because the Cyprus problem cannot be solved without sitting at the negotiation table.
PRESIDENT EROĞLU MEETS PRESIDENT GÜL
The relations between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkey and the recent process started under the auspices of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for solving the Cyprus problem will be discussed in all aspects.
THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE IS TURKEY
According to the authorities of American Noble Energy Company which has been executing natural gas drilling in the Greek Cypriot side, transferring natural gas in the 12. Parcel with pipeline to the European Union via Turkey is the best way.
According to Julian Lee, a senior energy analyst of British Energy Work Centre, which has been following natural gas activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, transferring natural gas to Europe with a pipeline via Turkey is the best alternative both economically and technically.
Moreover, Lee underlined that political obstacles regarding the Cyprus issue should be overcome in order to use Turkey as an alternative. Making an evaluation about transferring natural gas with a pipeline to Europe via Greece, Lee said ‘the cost of this is very high and it is a very difficult project’.
DAVUTOĞLU: ‘ANATOLIA TO BE UNITED WITH CYPRUS IN APRIL’
In his speech made during ‘6. Ambassadors Conference’, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu expressed that per capita income in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has risen to around 15-16 thousand dollars as it is in Turkey.
Davutoğlu added ‘I hope Anatolia will be united with Cyprus forever with pipelines in April. It is not important to make heroic statements about the Cyprus issue but it is important to follow an active diplomacy which shows our justice to the whole world and to donate the TRNC with economic opportunities and natural resources for not letting anybody to consider the TRNC as an outcast’.
FOUNDING PRESIDENT DENKTAŞ HAS BEEN REMEMBERED
The late Founding President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Rauf Raif Denktaş was remembered yesterday on the 2nd anniversary of his death. Ceremonies were held across the Republic in memory of the late President. President Derviş Eroğlu who addressed the ceremony said that Denktaş’s ideas, services and most importantly his legacy, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus continued to live on. He said that it was not possible to fit into a speech the services and contributions of the late President to the National Cause and Turkish Cypriot people’s struggle for existence.
Also touching upon the Cyprus Issue, President Derviş Eroğlu said that the Greek Cypriot side was resorting to new delaying tactics. He said that the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiadis sent to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon a letter expressing the Greek Cypriot’s desire to issue a shorter joint statement that only included their demands and which served their interests alone. The Deputy Prime Minister and son of the late founding President, Serdar Denktaş who delivered a speech at the ceremony, stressed that Denktaş’s legacy, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, will be perpetuated and elevated.
GREEK NATIONAL GUARD’S AIR BASE IN PAPHOS HAS BEEN OPENED FOR RUSSIAN TRANSPORT PLANES AND ALL TYPES OF PLANES’ URGENT LANDING
It has been stated that Russia demanded her warplanes belonging to air forces to use Greek National Guard’s ‘Andreas Papandreou Air Base’ in Paphos and the Council of Ministers decided to perform Russia’s demand ‘partly’ at the last meeting.
Greek Cypriot daily ‘Politis’ published that Russian Air Force transport planes and all types of planes use of the air base would only be limited to the landings for humanitarian reasons and emergency cases at this phase.
The newspaper pointed out that the issue of Russian warplanes’ use of the air base came on the agenda by anchoring of warships belonging to Russia Naval Forces to Greek Cypriot ports and when Greek Cypriot Defence Minister Fortis Fotiu had contacts last May and Foreign Minister Yoannis Kasulidis had contacts in June in Moscow.
Even these limited facilities for Russian Naval Forces have especially gained importance and are the continuation of the decision taken regarding permitting the anchoring of warships belonging to Russian Naval Forces.
The Greek Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been the object of diplomatic discomfort coming from the Western World capitals due to the Russians interest and positive reply of Nicosia.
How was it possible to honour the fighters of 63?
“Quote of The Day”
When I was writing my comment about the events of 1963 which was published in this space on December 22, I was not aware that the previous evening there was a ceremony in Nicosia to honour the fighters of what is now called the 1963-1964 period. Worse still, I was not aware that ‘honorary’ certificates were handed out by the president of the Republic.
In my comment I had written that what happened in December 1963 was a paranoid act, unique in history as the head of state (Archbishop Makarios) formed a paramilitary organisation and used it to dissolve the state. That today another president of this state (what is left of it) came to reward that foolish political crime confirms what I had written on December 22, that 50 years later we are still guilty of the same naive thinking.
We have learnt nothing from our catastrophic foolhardy behaviour. In fact, President Anastasiades’ behaviour might be even more inappropriate than that of Makarios. At least he, when he was embarking on the misadventure of the ‘Akritas plan’, did not know the tragic consequences.
Today’s president though has the benefit of hindsight. He knows that all the disasters we have suffered since then were essentially consequences of the trouble started by Makarios back then, even if others gave a helping hand to our course towards catastrophe.
I have taken this opportunity to take another look at the Akritas plan. I really believe that you learn from history (at least those who want to learn), which is why I have always had time for documents relating to the 1963 events. Whoever has not read this notorious plan cannot claim to know the Cyprus problem.
Its content, written, according to the late Glafcos Clerides, by the late Tassos Papadopoulos, is arguably one of the stupidest political texts ever put together. It describes, with incredible naivety all the different stages through which the ‘new struggle’ could overturn the agreements establishing the Republic. Makarios and his associates, betraying their simplistic views, considered these an easy target.
They came to the point of deluding themselves – as is made evident in the plan –that it was possible, with their brinkmanship, to even secure the “unilateral right to amend the constitution”. Not only this – they also admitted to setting up an illegal military organisation.
Part of the plan was “the lawful countering by forces of the state or by friendly military forces every intervention from within or outside”. Yet in another part of the plan they showed they recognised the possibility of a Turkish intervention as a result of their machinations. Such an intervention was even described as justified.
Regarding this they wrote: “If an intervention is threatened or implemented before stage (c), (that is before they scrapped the Treaty of Guarantee), then this intervention would be legally possible if not justified as well.” In the end, the intervention from within split Cyprus in two while the outside intervention was not averted by Akritas ‘friendly military forces but be US President Lyndon B Johnson who issued an ultimatum to Turkish PM Ismet Inonu.
This was, more or less, how – despite the desperate pleas of Greece which had implored him from April 1963 to stop playing these dangerous games – Makarios and his fighters got the ball of destruction rolling on 21 December 1963. A few weeks earlier, on December 3, they had also placed a bomb at the statue of the EOKA hero Markos Drakos and blamed it on the Turks so as to create the right climate for their misguided schemes.
That was the start of all our problems. Yet 50 years on, we are actually celebrating its anniversary, refusing to learn the lessons of history.
Loucas Charalambous, Sunday Mail (12.01.2014)
Source: TRNC Public Information Office