TRNC News Today 28th August 2014
Ertuğ: “Yerondopulos’s statements are extremely serious and cannot be accepted”
Presidential spokesperson – Osman Ertuğ said that the statement of Greece Deputy Foreign Minister – Kiriakos Yerondopulos during his visit to South Cyprus “Greek Cypriot side has no other concessions to make” is extremely serious and cannot be accepted in terms of the continuing negotiation process.
Ertuğ indicated that any potential agreement in the Cyprus negotiations as in every other negotiation process needs compromise and mutual sacrifices.
Presidential Spokesperson – Osman Ertuğ pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side has put forward some obstacles in moving to the third phase in the negotiations process.
Ertuğ stated that among these obstacles there are refusals of the settled UN parameters, existing convergences and establishing a road map by the Greek side.
“Turkish intransigence as a slogan and proof of innocence”
Columnist of the Greek Cypriot Alithia newspaper, Alekos Konstantinidis criticized the Greek Cypriot politicians in his article under the title “Turkish intransigence as a slogan and proof of innocence”.
Expressing that the Greek Cypriot politicians and party leaders who cannot provide the reunification of the island through the negotiations led under the UN auspices try to justify themselves by depicting Turkish Cypriots as intransigent, Konstantinidis complained that the statement ‘Turkish intransigence’ has been a slogan for Greek politicians for many years.
Pointing out that in 2004 the obstacle in front of the reunification was not the Turkish intransigence, Konstantinidis expressed that the Turkish side accepted the agreement proposed by the UN and they were ready to withdraw their army and give land, however the Greek side refused this plan.
Thus indicating that the Greek Cypriot side has prevented the reunification of the island Konstantinidis has refuted the argument of the Greek politicians that there is Turkish intransigence behind every failure and stressed that no one can dare to mention these brutal facts. (Translated by the Public Information Office)
Refugees are facing religious discrimination in South Cyprus
According to the investigation made by ‘Cyprus University’ the Greek Cypriot newspaper Fileleftheros recorded that Syrians and Sri-Lankans who are Muslim and Buddhist are facing high level religious discrimination in South Cyprus and added that on the other hand, Filipinos are also facing discrimination on the basis of ethnicity.
TISİAD will open representative office in TRNC
Board of the Association will visit the TRNC in order to have some contacts within this framework.