TRNC NEWS TODAY – 14th
APPRECIATION FROM UNSG BAN TO PRESIDENT EROGLU
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has sent a message to President Derviş Eroglu and expressed his appreciation due to “his substantial efforts in reaching an agreement on the joint statement to be made after the leaders meeting”.
FOREIGN MINISTER NAMI: “REACHING A POSITIVE RESULT WILL BE WITH CONTRIBUTIONS OF ALL GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY”
FM Özdil Nami stressed that a positive result from the historical process launched in the direction of finding a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem will be reached by the contribution and co-operation of all groups of people in the community.
Nami who has been continuing his visits to non-governmental organizations, visited the Businessmen’s Association which he had also presided over for a period in the past, and met with President Metin Şadi and the board members yesterday.
Özdil Nami who stated that the non-governmental organizations have substantial importance in terms of their role to be realized, also stressed that he believes wholeheartedly that studies to be performed in this period will be carried out together with the non-governmental organizations.
FM Özdil Nami also indicated that they will maintain their co-operation with the non-governmental organizations in the following process.
NEGOTIATORS WILL COME TOGETHER IN BUFFER ZONE TODAY
The negotiators of the Leaders are coming together for the first time today within the framework of the new negotiation process launched after the meeting of two Leaders on Tuesday in order to find a solution to the Cyprus problem.
The procedural meeting at which the schedule and program of negotiations will be discussed will be held at 10am in the buffer zone, near former Nicosia Airport, in the building used by the United Nations with the participation of Kudret Özersay and Andreas Mavroyannis who are the negotiators of the Turkish Side and the Greek side respectively, and their delegations.
TURKISH CYPRIOT NEGOTIATOR KUDRET ÖZERSAY: “JOINT STATEMENT IS A TEXT OF RECONCILIATION”
Negotiator of the Turkish Cypriot side – Kudret Özersay indicated that the joint statement is a text of reconciliation and added that they regard the text as a framework for the negotiation process which will continue from where it was stopped.
Özersay pointed out that the sides agreed on discussing the confidence building measures as well as a comprehensive solution in the negotiations.
Making a statement to BRT, Özersay indicated that the launched process is a new negotiation process in which different parties will take place and added: “This is a negotiation process with a greater chance to reach a result compared to the past.”
THE CHURCH SUPPORTS ANASTASIADES
Archbishop of Greek Cypriot Orthodox Church – Chrisostomos II made evaluations on the joint statement following the meeting with the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration – Anastasiades yesterday. Chrisostomos stated that he shared the people’s concerns; however the joint statement is not a result but it is the framework wherein two sides will act. Archbishop Chrisostomos II who expressed ‘there is no solution’ in the past, stated that when the negotiations start, the political parties and the people should support Anastasiades in order to achieve a good irrevocable result in the referendum.
SPEAKER OF ASSEMBLY WILL ATTEND OIC MEETING OF PARLIAMENTARY UNION
According to the statement obtained from the Assembly a delegation composed of two separate groups will accompany Sibel Siber. The Speaker will give a speech in the meeting and also will have contacts in Iran.
ADAMOS KATSANTONIS AND YILTAN TAŞÇI GAVE A CONCERT
TRNC II. President Mehmet Ali Talat made a speech before the concert and stated that Yıltan and Adamos performed a very important event and they contributed to both communities in order to get closer and not to miss the opportunity of peace which was missed 10 years ago.
AKEL Member of European Parliament – Takis Hacidimitiru also stated that the musicians performed a great cultural event and he wished for a solution to the Cyprus problem.
CENGIZ RATIP WILL BE COMMEMORATED TODAY
Cengiz Ratip, who was the member of Turkish Communal Chamber and became a martyr on 14th February 1964, will be commemorated on the anniversary his death 50 years ago with a ceremony to be organized in the TRNC Parliament.
GRATITUDE TO DOWNER FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
At a time when negotiations for a comprehensive solution has resumed, we would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Alexander Downer, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser to Cyprus for more than five years, for all his endeavors for the settlement of the Cyprus problem.
Mr. Downer during his term of office worked to reach an agreement between the two sides with patience, understanding, impartiality and a never-ending energy; he helped for more than thirty convergence papers to emerge and contributed to the agreements between the Leaders of the two sides.
His contributions to the joint declaration of 11th February 2014 which resumed the negotiations with the agreement of the two Leaders are also undeniable. Having had the privilege of working closely with Mr. Downer, we would like to express our appreciation for all his endeavors and have no doubt that he will be successful in the new challenges he will shoulder.