TRNC News Today 27th March 2014
Greek fascists attacked Talat
Around sixty National People’s Front (ELAM) members attacked the II. President Mehmet Ali Talat during the conference organized in Limasol at ‘Panos Solomonidis’ Hall where Talat attended as a speaker. According to the reports, around sixty ELAM members came to the venue just before the event.
As a result of the Greek Cypriot police’s insufficient precaution, ELAM members forced the back door in and they threw firecrackers inside. A Turkish Cypriot journalist was injured in the attack. Greek Cypriot police requested extra support from Nicosia police centre to get the event under control. During this event, windows were broken too. Former President Mehmet Ali Talat crossed to the TRNC after the attack. Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades phoned Talat to express his regret and promised to do whatever is necessary.
Former President, Mehmet Ali Talat said that Greek Cypriot police did not take the necessary precautions although they were aware of the conference.
Moreover, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami made a statement regarding the issue and said: “I condemn strongly ELAM’s attack on Talat. Whoever is responsible should be brought to justice. Our response will be to work fearlessly towards a solution”.
Eroğlu: “It is impossible to obtain a result from negotiations without starting the process of give and take”
TRNC President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu stated that it would be impossible to obtain a result from the negotiations without starting the process of ‘give and take’. Stating that the process of ‘give and take’ should start after the new leader of Greek Cypriot administration puts his opinions on the negotiation table, Eroğlu said “the negotiations could continue 40 years more unless the process of ‘give and take’ starts. We can reach a result by ‘give and take’ ”.
The President stated that he and the leader of Greek Cypriot administration Nikos Anastasiades will revise the negotiations they held up to today in the meeting to be held on 31st March.
Concerning the expiration of term of office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Alexander Downer, Eroğlu said: “The mission of another UN representative has come to an end but the Cyprus issue is still on the table waiting for a solution”.
Stating that a new appointment for the position of Downer may cause loss of time, Eroğlu pointed out that he shared his concerns with the UN Secretary General.
President Eroğlu expressed his appreciation at the farewell visit of Downer and added that they carry on the negotiations without doubting the good will of Downer and by knowing the good offices mission of the UN.
Foreign Minister Nami: “Give a chance to efforts for a comprehensive solution”
FM Nami came together with the businessmen at the office of Turkish-German Chamber of Trade and Industry (TDIHK) in Berlin within the context of his German contacts yesterday and gave information regarding the negotiation process in Cyprus.
Giving a speech Nami reminded that last month an agreement was reached on a joint statement between President Eroğlu and the Greek Cypriot leader in Cyprus and besides the principle issues agreed on before, there were also new issues and this gave them hope and this should be utilized.
Indicating the referendum in 2004 for the Annan Plan, Nami said that the Turkish side and the whole world supported the Annan Plan however the Greek Cypriot side opposed and thus unification was not achieved. Nami also expressed that the TRNC has not been able to use the advantages of being an EU member and has been forced to continue living under the isolations.
Foreign Minister Nami met with high level advisors of German Chancellorship
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met with high level advisors of the German Chancellorship within the framework of his contacts in Germany.
Minister Nami conveyed the latest stage reached in the Cyprus negotiations process and the Turkish Cypriot side’s attitude and demand for a solution and underlined that the solution of the Cyprus problem is very important for the Turkish and Greek Cypriots, the EU, Turkey, Greece, and the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Pointing out the importance of the representation of the Turkish Cypriots in the EU Parliament, Nami explained to the German authorities how this should be realized.
Positive contributions of the EU and Germany during the solution process of the Cyprus problem were also taken up in the meeting and Minister Nami stressed that the Turkish Cypriot’s desire for a solution still continues as it was in the past.
Turkish and Greek Cypriot political parties came together at Ledra Palace
Prime Minister and the president of Republican Turkish Party – United Forces CTP-BG, Özkan Yorgancıoğlu was also present at the meeting which was hosted by CTP-BG.
Upon the proposal of the CTP-BG, the issue ‘how the political parties can contribute to the solution process?’ was discussed at the meeting.
In a speech he made at the meeting Yorgancıoğlu pointed out that the Cyprus problem started 50 years ago and many attempts to solve the problem resulted in failure and added: “All these have not changed the responsibility and commitment to a solution, of those who really want a solution and permanent peace in Cyprus.”
Mentioning the joint statement and the new negotiations process Yorgancıoğlu said: “The new process is historical and it is a real window of opportunity.”
Nuffel and Wright visit Chamber of Commerce
President of European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso’s Special Representative to Cyprus Pieter Van Nuffel and member of the UN Technical Committee Jennifer Wright visited the Chamber of Commerce yesterday (26/3/14).
During the visit, President of Chamber of Commerce – Fikri Toros said that as the Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Commerce, they are ready to give support to the harmonization studies to the EU Acquis, to get closer with the Greek Cypriot side and to give support to the solution process in Cyprus.
Moreover, stressing that they would evaluate the potential and opportunities for cooperation during the solution process, Toros expressed their support for a comprehensive solution adding: “We want to make contribution to form a structure in which economic indicators of both sides will be close to each other. A structure in which one side depends on the other is not sustainable.”
Source: TRNC Public Information Office