TRNC News Today 21st February 2014
PRESIDENT EROGLU: “TURKISH ARMY CANNOT LEAVE CYPRUS”
Indicating that comments regarding sending back those who came from Turkey and became TRNC citizens in case of an agreement were not true President Eroğlu said: “the comments made by the Greek Cypriots on this issue are not true. The Turkish army cannot leave Cyprus because the Guarantee and Alliance Agreements were signed by three states. Therefore, three states should decide unanimously. If we consider the sine qua non of Turkey these demands are not possible.”
Eroglu answered the questions of AA correspondent regarding the new period in the Cyprus negotiation process.
Expressing that there were issues that pleased him in the joint statement agreed with the Greek Cypriot side, Eroglu said that it was ‘very natural’ that the statement was written in a way which addressed both sides and stressed that the important thing was to establish a bi-zonal, bi-communal partnership based on political equality of two founding states.
As it is known, the Cyprus negotiation process was interrupted by the Greek Cypriot Administration in 2013 due to the presidential elections and economic crisis in South Cyprus.
II. PRESIDENT TALAT: ‘IF WE REACH SETTLEMENT POINT, I BELIEVE BOTH SIDES WILL APPROVE IT’
During his conference held in Paphos, Former President, Mehmet Ali Talat stated he believed that a settlement can be reached in Cyprus due to the current conditions and both sides can approve the solution plan.
During the conference and also during the press meeting organized before, Talat stressed that during his presidency, he could not reach a settlement with the former Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias due to the problems created by the Greek Cypriot political parties and the insufficient time.
Talat added that Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades has advantages to reach a settlement due to the new conditions and also his being close to the right-wing and the church.
Underlining that advantages of a solution in the island both for the region and the Turkish and Greek Cypriot people are extremely important, Talat said that if the negotiations continue from the stage they left, it will be possible to reach a settlement in a very short time.
Replying to a question regarding Turkey’s influence over the solution process, Talat pointed out that since the year of 2000, Turkey desires a solution in Cyprus and spends efforts towards reaching a solution.
ÖZERSAY HAS GONE TO ANKARA
According to the statement of the Presidency, Özersay had a meeting with the Undersecretary of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Feridun Sinirlioğlu. During the meeting, the latest developments on the Cyprus issue were discussed.
US PRESIDENT OBAMA THANKED ERDOĞAN FOR HIS CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE IN CYPRUS NEGOTIATIONS
It has been also recorded in the statement that Obama mentioned that Turkey can demonstrate leadership in the world through positive engagement.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office