TRNC News Today – 30th

October 2014

President Eroğlu: “As we have Motherland Turkey, as a guarantor, we have a state today”

Stressing that the Republic of Turkey which celebrates its 91st Dervis Eroglu 7anniversary is the greatest security of the Turkish Cypriot people, President Eroğlu said “As we have Motherland Turkey as a guarantor we have a state today, we have security and have hopes for the future”.

President Derviş Eroğlu gave a speech at the ceremony that took place at Dr.Fazıl Küçük Boulevard, Lefkoşa for the 91st anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Turkey. In his speech Eroğlu emphasized that the Cyprus issue is not a simple problem as it seems.

Eroğlu indicated that it is not so easy to protect the rights and interests of Turkish Cypriot people and pointed out that all the major powers and the countries in the region have plans and interests  in  Cyprus  and said: “As I mentioned before, defending our  national cause in Cyprus as our people want, together with our national interests and reaching a solution  towards this direction, is for the benefit of the Turkish Cypriot people as well as Motherland Turkey.”

Cavusoglu: “Opportunity window for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus will not be open forever”

Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister CavusogluMevlut Cavusoglu said “Opportunity window for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus will not be open forever”

Minister Cavusoglu had a meeting with the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide in his office.

During the meeting, Eide stated that he is still optimistic for finding a solution to the long-term Cyprus problem and added that a solution cannot be reached if negotiations do not continue.

Emphasizing Turkey’s will for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem is still strong, Cavusoglu said“ Turkey will continue its constructive approach. Drilling activities started in the Eastern Mediterranean by the Greek Cypriot administration while the negotiations were going on contradicts the spirit of the negotiations. Turkish Cypriots also have rights to the  natural resources present in the Eastern Mediterranean, we do not accept the Greek Cypriot administration’s unilateral approach. We will continue to support the United Nations’ contribution to this process. However the same should be done both by the Greek Cypriot administration and Greece. The opportunity window for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus will not be open forever”.

Cameron asks whether Cyprus can have an exclusive economic zone before the solution of the Cyprus problem

It was reported that during the EU summit in Brussels,  where David CameronGreek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades could not attend due to his illness, UK Prime Minister David Cameron asked “Can Cyprus have an Exclusive Economic Zone before the solution of the  Cyprus problem?” and opposed to the Exclusive Economic Zone unilaterally declared by Greek Cypriot Administration in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros gave the news with the headlines “London and Ankara hand in hand… Cameron objected to the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus Republic at the EU summit”. The paper furthermore alleged that, UK tried to force South Cyprus to suspend all its activities concerning the hydrocarbon drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean. Fileleftheros also reported that, in the absence of Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades, UK Prime Minister Cameron challenged and opposed the existence of Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus in front of all the leaders who attended  the summit.

More than 20 thousand are unemployed in South Cyprus

Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros reported that the number of unemployed people  in South Cyprus exceeded FlagSouthCyprus20 thousand in August  2014.

According to the information given by the Greek Cypriot Ministry of Interior, the number of long term (unemployed for six months or longer) unemployed people reached 20,416 in August  2014,  which constitutes 45% of registered unemployed people.

Fileleftheros also noted that Greek Cypriots formed a majority of unemployed with 85% .

Source: TRNC Public Information Office