TRNC News Today 21st March 2014
EROĞLU: “WE EXPECT TO ACCOMPLISH A POSITIVE RESULT WITHIN 3-5 MONTHS”
TRNC President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu stated that they expected to accomplish a positive result from the negotiations within 3-5 months.
The President received a group from Estonia Tartu University and stated that although he offered leader of Greek Cypriot administration Nikos Anastasiades to start the negotiations two days after he won the elections, they could only meet 1 year later.
Stating that the European Union made a big mistake by making Greek Cypriot administration a member, Eroğlu pointed out that this decision increases the intransigence of Greek Cypriots. Eroğlu pointed out that an agreement will not be a disadvantage for South Cyprus, but it means lifting of isolations imposed upon Turkish Cypriots who lost their competition power because of not being able to make direct trade with European Union and because of the additional taxes imposed on the products to be exported to EU countries.
Also drawing attention to the new initiatives on the Direct Trade Regulation prepared by European Union in 2004 for partly lifting the isolations on Turkish Cypriots but could not be implemented, Eroğlu said “Some groups in European Union have a proposal, but the Greek Cypriot side started to act in order to prevent this”.
PRESIDENT EROGLU: “THE PROCESS HAS BEEN BETTER EVERY DAY”
The President also expressed that the process concerning the dialogue between clergymen which has started with the encouragement of Sweden has been getting better every day.
Yesterday (20.03.2014) President Eroğlu received President of Religious Affairs Department Talip Atalay, and he expressed that they know that the church in South Cyprus has generally been dealing with politics.
Eroğlu said “although we think that as these negotiations continue, everyone will stand aside to his own field, we are not sure if the other side will be have the same opinion or not”.
Emphasizing the importance of continuation of the contacts, Eroğlu expressed his hope that the world will understand the reality that there are two different peoples in Cyprus.
FOREIGN MINISTER NAMI: “CYPRUS ISSUE HAS BEEN CARRIED TO A HIGHER POSITION ON THE AGENDA OF THE US PRESIDENT”
In his speech at the Assembly related to his visit to the USA Foreign Minister Nami said that they demanded meetings with the USA authorities after the joint statement and he recorded that they accomplished successful contacts and the issue of Cyprus has been carried to a higher position on the agenda of the US President.
Expressing that they realized important contacts, Nami said that their aim is to carry the issue on the international agenda.
Recording that they will visit Germany next week Nami said that they will send all the related minutes to the Assembly.
ERTUĞ: “REALITY OF ‘GIVE AND TAKES’ SHOULD BE ANNOUNCED”
Presidential Diplomatic Affairs Advisor and Spokesman Osman Ertuğ said that the issue of property is an important subject which should be taken up intensely within the scope of negotiations and added that the reality of ‘give and take’ should be announced.
Expressing that the users which made improvements on the properties should also be considered Ertuğ said that new conditions have come out both in the North and in the South in 40 years and added that a solution should positively affect these conditions.
Ertuğ also added that Turkish Cypriots’ demand for security is also justified by the international community since they have a smaller population.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office