TRNC News Today 11th July
Foreign Minister Nami evaluates latest developments to BRT
Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami evaluated his Brussels contacts to BRT yesterday (10th July).
Expressing that his Brussels contacts were very fruitful with regard to inform the authorities, FM Nami said that they evaluated the current stage of negotiations and discussed relations between the EU and the Turkish Cypriots. Adding that the ongoing negotiation process is not developing well, Nami stressed that the Greek Cypriot side gives priority to Confidence Building Measures and US Vice President Joe Biden’s visit was planned in this direction that’s why Biden’s visit was not a fruitful meeting. Adding that the Greek Cypriot side plays with time and tries to focus on the issue of Varosha because they want to be away from the negotiations for a comprehensive solution, Nami said that Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades wants to negotiate all issues over again instead of the remaining issues in the joint statement on which no convergences have been reached.
Underlining that as long as the current problems are not overcome, there would not be developments on the Confidence Building Measures and the Road Map, FM Nami said that it would not be healthy to mention a B Plan nowadays which may be the second plan. Nami said: “The whole world will evaluate this. We are in a process which we cannot go back on and if we do not reach a comprehensive solution, the UN should motivate both sides.” FM Nami also stressed that the job description of the new UN Advisor is more important than his name and added that strengthening the job description of the new advisor would be fruitful.
Foreign Minister Nami: “Supporting SME’s is important”
Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami said that economic problems experienced in the whole world and the Cyprus problem gave serious harm to the country’s economy. FM Nami added that in such a term, it is very important to support SME’s because each support given to SME’s will accelerate the development of the private sector.
The European Commission signed 47 new contracts to develop Turkish Cypriot Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and to support community development in urban and rural areas. An activity was organized at Bedesten yesterday for the projects awarded under the EU grant.
Presidency condemns statements of the Greek Authorities towards Turkey
Indicating that accusing statements of Greek Cypriot authorities towards Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side have increased on the eve of the anniversary of the 15th July Greek-Greek Cypriot coup, the Presidency condemned these statements.
In the statement it is indicated that such statements of the Greek side are creating a negative atmosphere and undermining hopes for a solution. A mentality which approaches negatively to the transfer of water from Turkey is a behaviour which does not allow a permanent solution in Cyprus. We expect the other side to consider the UN calls for avoiding accusatory statements.
A new project launched by the island’s two chambers of commerce
The island’s two Chambers of Commerce yesterday (10th July) launched a new project to promote dialogue and cooperation between civil society and business in both sides.
The project named ‘being an example’ was promoted with a press conference at the Chateau Status Restaurant at the buffer zone yesterday. The project will be carried out by the two Chambers of Commerce.
The project will include common trading places such as flea markets at the buffer zone an exchange of views on the economic benefits of a solution between the Chambers of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey and cross-community internship programs for young unemployed professionals.
Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs: “We will supply water to TRNC within this year”
Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs – Veysel Eroğlu made a statement concerning the TRNC Water Supply Project and said “Now the pipelines are being laid in the sea. It depends on the weather conditions, but we will supply water within this year. We expect that this project will be completed at the end of September”.
In a reception, replying the question on when the project will be completed, Eroğlu stated that it depends on the weather conditions, but it is expected that it will be completed at the end of September. He also stated that 75 million cubic meters of water will be carried from Alaköprü Dam in Anamur, Turkey to Geçitköy Dam in the TRNC and added that Alaköprü and Geçitköy dams were completed.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office