TRNC News Today – 17th March 2014
FOREIGN MINISTER NAMI: ‘THERE ARE OTHER DYNAMICS’
The Minister of Foreign Affairs – Özdil Nami, who completed his US contacts, stated that there were some other dynamics besides the natural resources which triggered the negotiation process in Cyprus.
FM Nami. who met with authorities of the US Department of State, members of US Congress, House of Representatives and attended the activities of think-tank organizations and gave interviews to various media organizations in Washington and New York, returned to the TRNC last night.
In his press conference organized at Ercan Airport, FM Nami said that they found the opportunity to see high level interest of the US towards a solution in Cyprus and stressed that his contact with the authorities of the National Security Council of the White House was the first in terms of the Turkish Cypriots. ‘It was an extremely important development’ Mr. Nami added.
Moreover, expressing that the possible developments, regional problems and possible effects of the problems on the Cyprus issue were discussed during the meetings, FM Nami said ‘We have seen on site the high level interest of Washington. We wish the International Community to show high level interest for the Cyprus problem, to make contribution for a solution in Cyprus and to end the solution process with a good result’.
Adding that during his contacts, the US press showed great interest in the issue, FM Nami said that he gave interviews to various media organizations which published his interviews on front pages, and this is a sign of their high level interest.
Expressing that during his contacts with think-tank organizations, the interest was on natural gas, Nami said ‘it has been observed clearly that the issue of natural gas will cause the issue of the Cyprus problem to be on the top of the US agenda’.
Referring to his meeting with the Deputy of the UN Secretary General in New York, FM Nami stressed the high level interest of the UN and said that they discussed Downer’s stepping down from his office.
Referring also to the reaction of some Greek Cypriot parties for his US contacts, FM Nami said ‘ I feel deep sadness because we aim to serve a comprehensive solution with our contacts. It is desired that both sides open up to the world and demand support to reach a comprehensive solution in Cyprus’. In his speech, Nami thanked the Washington and New York authorities for their contributions in their contacts. Stressing that the US is ready to make active contribution for the Cyprus issue, Nami said in answer to a question regarding the difference between 2004 and the new negotiation process ‘Each process has its own dynamic. The main dynamic of 2004 was the decision of the European Union for enlargement. 10 years have passed and now there are some other dynamics which trigger the process further. It is not right to degrade these dynamics into one factor. For example, it is not right to say that ‘the only reason is natural gas’ because there are some other reasons. We strongly believe that this process will come to a good end. We have seen that the US also considers a big chance for success.
ÖZERSAY: “NEGOTIATIONS WILL CONTINUE”
Pointing out that they have been empowered to negotiate with all actors all over the world negotiator – Kudret Özersay, said that the negotiations will continue. Making evaluations before leaving for New York Özersay said: “This is a UN process. We are going to share our views on what to do for reaching a successful result with the UN authorities”.
Pointing out that the new process requires a multi-dimensional diplomacy, Kudret Özersay stressed that contacts and meetings will continue increasingly by protecting the interests of the Turkish Cypriot side (Kıbrıs Postası).
2nd PRESIDENT TALAT: “HARMONIZATION COMMISSION CAN BE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THE COMMUNITIES”
2nd President Mehmet Ali Talat said that a harmonization commission can be established in order to formulate some mechanisms for the harmonization of the two peoples and added: “If we don’t want to fight again, if we don’t want division and if we desire convergence and brotherhood we should realize this.”
CANDAN: “TURKISH CYPRIOTS SHOULD ELECT THEIR EP MPs”
CTP-BG MP Armağan Candan, one of the three MPs assigned by TRNC Parliament for representing the Turkish Cypriots at the European Parliament, expressed that Turkish Cypriots should elect their own European Parliament MPs with a separate election process, otherwise they would continue their efforts in order to acquire the observer status.
In the interview with Greek Cypriot daily Politis, stating that he himself or his political party does not want to participate in a process organized by the so-called ‘Republic of Cyprus’ and elections of Turkish Cypriots should be conducted by the Turkish Cypriots themselves, Candan added that he believes that there will be an article in the solution plan of the Cyprus problem stating that Turkish Cypriots should have the right of two seats at the EP.
ÇERKEZ: “SOLUTION OF CYPRUS PROBLEM WILL BE BENEFICIAL FOR BOTH SIDES”
President of Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) – Günay Çerkez, expressed his optimism towards the solution of the Cyprus problem and stated that the solution will provide significant benefits for both sides.
According to the Greek Cypriot daily Haravgi, expressing his opinion that a solution of the Cyprus problem can be reached and a referendum can be conducted by the end of the year or in spring of 2015 at the latest, Çerkez underlined that the Cyprus problem should be solved especially for their own benefit.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office