TRNC News Today 31st January 2014

PRIME MINISTER YORGANCIOĞLU: “SOLUTION WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO EVERYONE”

TRNC Prime Minister Ozkan Yorgancıoğlu met with TR Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and with the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Çiçek in Ankara.

Yorgancıoğlu said that they have discussed the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, developments in the Özkan YorgancıoğluTRNC and policies of the government for the coming period, with Erdoğan and Çiçek.

Indicating that a solution to be found in the Cyprus problem will be beneficial for both Turkey and for the Turkish Cypriots, Yorgancıoğlu said: “the Cyprus problem is not an easy problem. Thus it has continued for more than 50 years. Solution is the necessary result which should be reached in order to open the way for both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots. The contacts we had show that we are on the right path.

The TRNC Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu then met with the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Çiçek. Indicating that their opinion related to how the Cemil ÇiçekCyprus problem should be solved was very clear from the beginning Çiçek said: “There is Turkish existence and Turkish community in Cyprus. Solution by ignoring this fact or accepting them as a minority is neither right nor possible.”

Yorgancıoğlu said in his speech that the long lasting problem should be solved and added that they were working for a solution which protects the rights of Turkish Cypriots and is based on equality in good communication with Turkey.

Within the scope of his Ankara contacts Yorgancıoğlu gave interviews to media institutions. Evaluating his contacts in Turkey at a live transmission on TRT Türk as being positive Yorgancıoğlu said that continuation of such contacts frequently will be for the benefit of both countries. (Kıbrıs)

Statement By The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

British Sovereign Bases

During the visit of the Greek Cypriot Leader Mr. Anastasiades to London, an agreement was signed on 15 January 2014 between the Government of the United Kingdom and “the Government of the Republic of Cyprus” regarding the use, improvement and development of privately owned property within the British Sovereign Bases. It is understood that the area in question corresponds to 78% of the territory of the British Sovereign Bases and amounts to an area of about 200 square kilometres and, regarding the issues on use, improvement and development of these properties, Greek Cypriot legislation will be applied. Furthermore in the case of the settlement of disputes concerning developments, the cases will be British Airbasereferred to the competent Greek Cypriot Courts.

As it is well known, the British Sovereign Bases were established with documents and maps attached to the Treaty of Establishment of 1960 and ratified with an agreement signed by three Guarantor States and the Representatives of the two communities on the Island. When the Zurich and London Agreements, the Treaties of Establishment and Guarantee, their Annexes, exchanged Memorandums and Declarations, that established the 1960 Republic of Cyprus, are examined, it becomes evident that all of these constitute a package and Sovereign Bases are an inseparable part of this whole.

The amendments made regarding the Sovereign Bases without prior consultation with and consent of all the guarantor powers; Turkey, Greece, the United Kingdom, as well as the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, which are the signatories to the aforementioned Treaties and Agreements, is in breach of both the Cyprus Treaties of 1960 and the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. Therefore, the agreement which affects the rights and the obligations of the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey, shouldn’t be expected to be binding on us as it is made without our prior knowledge and without having been negotiated with us and received our consent.

Being one of the five signatories of the Treaties that established the 1960 Republic of Cyprus, President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu, on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots, invited British High Commissioner to Cyprus, Mr. Matthew Kidd, to Matthew Kiddhis office, to get detailed information and he expressed the concerns and dissatisfaction of the Turkish Cypriots in the view of the legal, political and practical complications stemming from this unfortunate agreement.

Likewise, on behalf of the Government, Prime Minister Mr. Özkan Yorgancıoğlu met with the British High Commissioner to Cyprus in his Office and explained the adverse outcomes of the agreement, signed without prior knowledge and representation of the Turkish Cypriots and shared his opinions with the British High Commissioner.

At a time when the Turkish Cypriot side is committed to the resumption of negotiations and is undertaking well-intentioned efforts and initiatives to this effect, the fact that after long consultations the Government of the United Kingdom concluded an agreement with the Greek Cypriot side changing the status quo of the Bases in their favour, without prior consultation with and consent of the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey, is an act which is far from being equitable and can never be approved.

As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we would like to express that we will not passively stand by in the face of this fait accompli that is actually in breach of International Treaties and Agreements regarding Cyprus, and that the necessary consultations and initiatives in this regard are underway.

TR MINISTERS ARE COMING TO TRNC

The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay, the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız and the Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Works Veysel Eroğlu are coming to the TRNC today (31st January 2014).

The delegation will visit President Derviş Eroğlu, Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber, Prime Minister Özkan WaterYorgancıoğlu and participate in various ceremonies and meetings.

It has been indicated in a written statement by the TR Forestry and Water Works Ministry that the foundation of three facilities within the scope of TRNC Water Supply Project will be laid and the cost of investment is approximately 123 billion Turkish Lira.

It has been stated in the statement that the TRNC Water Supply Project which will supply water to the island through an underwater pipeline that is to be applied for the first time in the world was comprised of three stages.

It has been recorded that when the project is completed the TRNC will be supplied with 50 years of drinking and usage water.

AMBASSADORS OF DENMARK AND FINLAND VISIT CTP/BG

Danish Ambassador Casper Klynge, Finnish Ambassador Anu Saarela and the accompanying delegations visited Republican Turkish Party / United Powers (CTP/BG) the day before CTP partyyesterday  (29th January 2014).

The Ambassadors and the delegations met with leader of CTP/BG and Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu, Secretary General of CTP/BG Kutlay Erk and Secretary of Foreign Relations and Member of Parliament, Armağan Candan, according to the statement made by CTP/BG press office.

It was also stated that recent developments in the Cyprus problem as well as in EP elections were discussed during the meeting.

CANDAN:“TURKISH CYPRIOTS CANNOT BE REPRESENTED IN EP FOR TWO TERMS”

The Republican Turkish Party / United Powers (CTP/BG) Deputy Armağan Candan made a speech concerning the ‘elections in European ParliEuropean Union Parliamentament and representation of Turkish Cypriots in EP’ at the TRNC Assembly.

Stating that Turkish Cypriots cannot be represented in EP for two terms, Candan explained that the Greek Cypriot side is working towards enabling the Turkish Cypriots who are citizens of the so-called Republic of Cyprus to vote in EP elections.

Stating that the crossing of 100,000 Turkish Cypriots to South Cyprus in order to vote as envisaged by the Greek Cypriot side is not possible, Candan expressed that Turkish Cypriots should act and work together on the representation of Turkish Cypriots in the EP.

“STILL YES”

According to the survey made by KADEM for the Realist newspaper, 58.4% ofAnnan Plan Turkish Cypriots will vote ‘YES’ if a new plan on the basis of the Annan plan is put to a referendum. The rate who will say ‘NO’ is 41.6%. “The greatest support for the plan to be based on the Annan Plan surprisingly came from Iskele Region as being 63.2%. The lowest support for the plan came from Guzelyurt Region as being 49%.(REALİST)

Source: TRNC Public Information Office