TRNC News Today 16th September 2014
Leaders to meet at a working dinner tonight and at the negotiation table tomorrow
President Derviş Eroğlu and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades will meet at a working dinner tonight and at the negotiation table tomorrow. It was reported that UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor – Espen Barth Eide will attend both meetings.
The working dinner will start at 21:00 at the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor, Lisa Buttenheim’s residence in the buffer zone.
The Leaders’ meeting which was planned to be held on 2nd September is now going to be held tomorrow 17th September.
President Eroğlu met with Assembly platform
President Derviş Eroğlu met with Assembly Platform which is formed of the leaders and the representatives of the political parties that are represented in the TRNC Assembly.
At the meeting, President Eroğlu informed the Assembly platform about the latest developments of the Cyprus issue and the demands put forth by the Greek Cypriot side.
Following the meeting, the leaders and representatives of the political parties underlined that the Turkish Cypriot side has always been at the negotiation table with the purpose of reaching a solution, and they expressed their support to President Derviş Eroğlu for the steps taken at the negotiation table in this direction and demanded that the sides adhere to the Joint Statement signed on February 11th.
In a statement, Minister of Foreign Affairs – Özdil Nami said that the meeting was very beneficial. Adding that the negotiation process is not progressing as expected and that there are some problems, the fact that the process is continuing gives hope.
Minister Nami said that the Turkish Cypriot side should push for a solution, he added that they will support President Derviş Eroğlu in this direction, however the Greek Cypriot side should respond positively. Minister Nami also added that UN, US and UK should adopt a more serious attitude towards the uncompromising stance of the Greek Cypriot side. Expressing that especially the UN should be more active on this issue, both sides should adhere to the Joint Statement signed on February 11th. Nami stressed that the Turkish Cypriot side adheres to the Joint Statement and the Greek Cypriot side should also do the same.
Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu arrives in the TRNC today
Following the establishment of 62. Government in Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister – Ahmet Davutoğlu is paying his first official visit to the TRNC today. Davutoğlu is expected to leave TRNC during the evening of the same day and visit Azerbaijan next. Turkish President – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also paid his first official visit to the TRNC on September 1st, followed by a visit to Azerbaijan.
Bakirci: “Water from Turkey will have positive contributions to the negotiation process”
TRNC Minister of Environment and Natural Resources – Hamit Bakirci stated that water shortage is not only experienced in the Turkish Cypriot side but also in the Greek Cypriot side and expressed his belief that water to be carried from Turkey will have positive contributions to the negotiation process.
Political crisis can arise in South Cyprus because of economic situation
Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros reported that relations between Greek Cypriot administration and opposition parties are getting tense because of the worsening economic situation in South Cyprus and a political crisis can arise at any moment.
Pointing to the bad relations between the sides at present, the newspaper reported that all the signs are indicating that a big conflict is approaching with consequences that are hard to estimate.
It also reported that the conflict between the administration and the opposition concerning the law on the sales of mortgaged properties might bring the administration to a deadlock and the next 3 months are very critical.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office