TRNC News Today 14th October 2014

Speaker of the Assembly Siber : “Crises are solved at the table…Greek Cypriots should return to the table”

Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber said if there is a crisis this should Sibel Siber 3be solved at the table and running away from the table will deepen it. Siber pointed out that negative statements made by both sides may create further tension and may drive the communities away from a solution and peace.

Siber said: “we want to see this crisis ending and with the active role of the UN, resumption of the negotiations as soon as possible.”

Siber called on the Greek Cypriot side to act with common sense and return to the negotiating table.

TRNC Assembly had an Extraordinary Meeting on “Cyprus problem and the negotiation process”

TRNC Assembly had a five hour extraordinary meeting yesterday with the agenda “Cyprus problem and the negotiation process”.

President Eroğlu informed the parliamentarians about the latest stage reached on the Cyprus problem and the negotiation process.

President Eroğlu: “Turkish Cypriots have sovereign rights of the territorial waters around Cyprus”

After yesterday’s extraordinary meeting at the Dervis Eroglu - Picture by BRTGeneral Assembly, President Eroğlu pointed out that sovereignty does not only belong to the Greek Cypriot people and added that the Turkish Cypriots also have sovereign rights of the territorial waters around the Island.

President Eroğlu emphasized that the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades should acknowledge this and act accordingly and come to the negotiating table as soon as possible.

Prime Minister Yorgancıoğlu met with AKEL Secretary General Kiprianu

Prime Minister and the leader of CTP-BG – Özkan Yorgancıoğlu Özkan Yorgancıoğlu 2who has started visits to the political parties in South Cyprus after the Greek Cypriot side’s decision to suspend the negotiations, met with AKEL Secretary General – Andros Kiprianu yesterday afternoon.

After the meeting, Yorgancıoğlu and Kiprianu expressed their concern about the recent developments in the Cyprus issue and called for the re-launching of the negotiations.

Agreeing that the Cyprus problem should be solved at the negotiating table, Kiprianu and Yorgancıoglu asked for the acknowledgement of; the issues agreed upon so far between the sides and the convergences reached between the ex-Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and the second President Mehmet Ali Talat.

Agreement on search and rescue between South Cyprus and Greece

Greek Cypriot administration and Greece signed a bilateral agreement allowing for joint search and rescue in the maritime areas of both countries.

The agreement was signed in Athens, by Greek Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister – Yoannis Kasulidis and his Greek counterpart – Evangelos Venizelos.

Ercin: “European Union did not give enough support to the solution”

Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Ministry – Erhan Ercin said that European Union did not give enough support to a solution and added it also failed in motivating the Greek Cypriot side for a solution.

Erhan Ercin pointed out that the transfer of Turkish European Union logoCypriot Task Force from European Commission Directorate General for Enlargement to the Directorate General for Regional Policy without any consultation and without conferring with sides and member countries is a mis-step.

Ercin said “In a possible solution, Directorate-General for Regional Policy has no notion on re-launching of the acquis. This can be done by the Directorate-General for Enlargement within European Commission. Thus, this step shows that European Union is unprepared for a possible solution at least for now and has no game plan regarding how to prepare”.

Underlining that this shift indicates that the European Commission has an open structure to adopt the Greek Cypriot approaches, Undersecretary Erçin said this also shows why the European Union cannot directly participate in the negotiations.

A delegation from TRNC Assembly leaving for Brussels

European Union ParliamentA delegation from TRNC Assembly is leaving for Brussels today.

MP Armağan Candan, CTP-BG, and MP Fikri Ataoğlu, DP-UG, will observe European Parliament sessions. They will also have meetings with representatives of EU member countries and MPs from different political groups in EP and brief them about the Cyprus negotiations process and the latest deadlock.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office