TRNC News Today 8th July
Eroğlu: “Both sides answered the proposals on the confidence building measures”
TRNC President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu stated that both sides answered the proposals on the confidence building measures at yesterday’s meeting of the Leaders.
Eroğlu expressed that the Turkish Cypriot side has submitted a five-step roadmap on future negotiations and Greek Cypriot side will evaluate it.
Stating that the negotiators will discuss the topics agreed or disagreed on the confidence building measures and they will put them on the negotiation table on 24 July, Eroğlu reiterated that the convergences achieved in the past were refused by the Greek Cypriot side.
Stating that they have submitted to the leader of Greek Cypriot administration Anastasiades the written five-step roadmap, Eroğlu said that answers to the proposals of the Greek side and the written proposals of the Turkish side have been presented to the Greek side.
On the other hand, replying to a question, Eroğlu stated that a “framework agreement” is on the agenda of neither Turkish nor Greek Cypriot side, the objective is to submit the agreement to be achieved by a referendum to the people.
Pointing out that a “transition period” can be discussed after a new state is established by an agreement as a result of the referendum to be held, Eroğlu stated that Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides can meet again for this transition period.
Replying to the question related to border gates, Eroğlu expressed that when the Yeşilırmak border gate was opened, he offered to the Greek Cypriot former leader Hristofias the opening of Lefke Apliç gate also and although this offer was found favourable, it has not been realized yet since the committee established for this has been carrying out its works on the subject.
Foreign Minister Nami has started his Brussels contacts
Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami has started his high level contacts and bilateral meetings in Brussels. Foreign Minister Nami evaluated his Brussels contacts to BRT.
Moreover, Nami had a meeting with a high level authority at the office of the European Union’s Foreign Minister – Catherine Ashton and evaluated the latest stage reached at the negotiations and relations of the Turkish Cypriots with the EU.
Nami will also meet with EU Commissioner Responsible for Enlargement – Stefan Fule. Stating that he will express the latest stage reached and the problems at the negotiations to Fule during their meeting, FM Nami said that they will also discuss EU harmonization work.
Nami added “Our EU harmonization work has been continuing. Financial Aid Regulation and Green Line Regulation are on the agenda. Problems regarding these regulations will be discussed. Following the joint statement, the President of European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso stated that Turkish Cypriots’ studies towards EU harmonization will be increased to a higher level. We will discuss their opinions and our demands to turn these into concrete steps. Moreover, Nami stated that a working meeting will be held with some of the permanent representatives of the EU member countries.
Diplomatic problem between Greece and Greek Cypriot Administration
EU Parliamentarian of South Cyprus Eleni Theoharus alleged that Turkish EU Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu presented a document to the Liaison Council in which there are statements such as ‘The Republic of Cyprus has been clinically dead’ and ‘has been deceased’ and blamed Greece Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos for remaining passive on the Cyprus issue and asked the reasons.
Venizelos who showed a strong reaction for the claims of Theoharus said that the attitude of Greek Cypriot parliamentarian is a big insult for the Greek government and he demanded from Greek Cypriot Foreign Ministry to clarify the subject.