TRNC News Today – 6th May
Feltman: “I conveyed to Eroğlu the strong commitment of Ban”
United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs – Jeffrey Feltman stated that he conveyed the strong commitment of the UN Secretary General – Ban ki Moon that he would use his good offices mission in order to help the two leaders and the two peoples in accordance with the joint statement agreed for reaching a comprehensive solution.
Feltman made a brief statement to the press following the meeting with TRNC President – Dr. Derviş Eroğlu.
Jeffrey Feltman stated that the meeting with Eroğlu and his team was very fruitful and they discussed the steps to be taken for a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem.
Stating that this is his first visit to Cyprus as United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Feltman added that he was pleased to be here.
Eroğlu: “If the Greek Cypriot side comes prepared it is possible to finish the chapters”
President Derviş Eroğlu said that property, public administration, and federal powers will be discussed at the substantial negotiations today. Eroğlu added: “If the Greek Cypriot side comes prepared we can finish these chapters.”
Eroğlu said that he proposed to the UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs – Jeffrey Feltman who is having contacts in the island that the leaders will approve every consensus reached by the negotiators and he recorded that they expect that the Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis will convey this to the Greek Cypriot leader.
Indicating that they had a very fruitful meeting with the UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs – Jeffrey Feltman, Eroğlu said: “The fact that the UN Secretary General has sent Feltman to the island after our meeting in New York shows the great importance given to the Cyprus problem by the UN.”
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met with Feltman
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met with the UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs – Jeffrey Feltman.
The Cyprus negotiation process and how the new period can be result orientated were the issues discussed at the meeting.
Özersay: “We conveyed to Feltman the issues having potential for making progress”
Özersay made a statement to the journalists concerning the meeting and stated that he conveyed to Feltman the chapters and areas that have potential for making progress in the substantial negotiation process.
Özersay stated that Feltman gave clear messages, and the most important one is his personal engagement put forth during the negotiation process.
Stating that Feltman’s visit to Cyprus before it was planned and his visit coinciding with the beginning of the substantial negotiations is an indicator of his personal engagement, Özersay added that this is a positive development.
On the other hand, Özersay pointed out that contrary to information published by the Greek Cypriot press that only ‘property issue’ will be negotiated, the issues of ‘federal public service’ and ‘federal powers’ will also be negotiated in the substantial negotiations to be launched today.
Negotiators met today
It was stated that the negotiators met again today in order to find a solution to the Cyprus problem. Substantial negotiations have started today. Turkish Cypriot negotiator – Kudret Özersay and Greek Cypriot negotiator – Andreas Mavroyannis met at 10:00am in the buffer zone.
Religious leaders met at Maronite Archbishopric
The President of Religious Affairs – Talip Atalay met with Greek Cypriot Orthodox Church’s Archbishop II. – Chrisostomos, Maronite Archbishop – Youssef Soueif, Latin Priest – Jerzy Kraj and Armenian Archbishop – Varojuan Herkelian at the Maronite Archbishopric during lunch under the auspices of Swedish Ambassador – Klas Gierow.
According to the statement of Cyprus Peace Process Religious Affairs Office under the auspices of the Swedish Embassy, religious leaders came together and discussed common problems during the meeting.
Racism at Greek Cypriot schools
It was stated that according to research organized among the students of Latsia Secondary School within the framework of a research competition of ‘Nicosia University’, important facts regarding racism in the Greek Cypriot schools came out.
Greek Cypriot Daily Fileleftheros published the evidence of students of Latsia Secondary School regarding racism in the Greek Cypriot schools. According to Fileleftheros, violence is being committed as verbal and as exclusion in the Greek Cypriot schools. Violence is changing according to sex and origins of the students.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office