TRNC News Today – 4th June 2014
President Eroğlu: “We cannot give up rotating presidency”
During one of his receptions, President Derviş Eroğlu said that the issue of rotating presidency is one of the issues that the Turkish Cypriot side cannot give up. Pointing out that Greek Cypriot side considers that there is only one poll, President Eroğlu said that it is not possible to adopt this also expressing that they will discuss their mutual opinions at the negotiation table.
President Eroğlu also stressed that if a new partnership state is to be founded, there should be rotating presidency otherwise Turkish Cypriots cannot consider it as our state.
Prime Minister Yorgancıoğlu: “Exploration of Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean created new and multilateral opportunities”
Stating that there was a momentum regarding a solution in the EU membership process of Greek Cypriot Administration but it was missed, PM Yorgancıoğlu said that natural gas explored in the Eastern Mediterranean created a new and multilateral opportunity.
Yorgancıoğlu also added that this opportunity should be evaluated very well and everyone should contribute to the solution process.
Foreign Minister Nami: “I am very anxious about negotiation process”
Minister of Foreign Affairs – Özdil Nami made evaluations on BRT regarding the last stage reached at the negotiation process and stressed that he is very anxious about the negotiation process. Stating that a great difference of opinion is expressed at the moment although there are very important developments in chapters of Governance and Power Sharing as well as the chapter of EU and Economy, FM Nami said that this is an indication that sides could not evaluate convergence papers in the past.
Stating that the Greek Cypriot side does not respect for even convergence papers, FM Nami said that convergences have been established under the auspices of United Nations that is why the UN should claim on these convergences. “Turkish Cypriot side should express their problems to the UN Secretary General and demand his direct active role” Nami added.
Moreover, adding that the Greek Cypriot leader proved that he does not respect the former convergences, Nami said “It is not realistic to start ‘give and take’ process in such an atmosphere. If Anastasiades continues his attitude in the same way, it is not possible to reach a good result at the negotiations.”
Evaluating the visit of US Vice President Joe Biden, Nami said that the visit is a wasted historical opportunity.
Tahtakale Mosque in South Cyprus, which was closed to worship due to the 21 December 1963 events, has been opened to worship with a ceremony held yesterday 3rd June. The first prayer was conducted by President of Religious Affairs – Talip Atalay in the mosque after a 51 year break. As well as Atalay, the Deputy of Archbishop of Greek Cypriot Orthodox Church – Hrisostomos and Father Savvas also attended the opening ceremony.
The visit to the mosque was held within the framework of interfaith dialogue studies started by the Embassy of Sweden in 2009.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office