TRNC News Today – 5th November 2014
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami continues Tel-Aviv contacts
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami is continuing his contacts in Tel-Aviv.
Within the framework of his Tel-Aviv contacts, Foreign Minister – Özdil Nami participated in a round-table meeting at the Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies of Tel Aviv University yesterday.
At the round-table meeting, Minister Nami provided information pertaining to the Cyprus issue and negotiation process, as well as the effects of the natural resources issue on the Cyprus issue.
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami also stated that, in the instance that a settlement in the form of a federation in line with UN parameters is reached, Federal Cyprus will become one of the safest and most attractive global locations for businesses.
Underlining that the unilateral decision of the Greek Cypriot side to withdraw from the negotiations constitutes a significant misfortune, Minister Nami indicated that the way to overcome the current impasse is clear and necessitates the return of the Greek Cypriot leadership to the negotiating table to engage in dialogue in order to overcome divergences on all issues, including the issue of hydrocarbons. Minister Nami also expressed that the Turkish Cypriot side is prepared to seriously focus on the negotiation process, to exchange views on how to move forward and to work together with the Greek Cypriot side towards this end.
Foreign Minister Nami also touched upon the impediments to a win-win situation, as well as the reasons behind the continuation of conflict, reminding that the Greek Cypriot side rejected the previously reached convergences between the two sides and abandoned the UN-led negotiations.
Minister Nami stated, “the recent discoveries of hydrocarbons off the shores of Cyprus, together with other findings in the region may, if we play our cards right, set into motion a series of events that will not only facilitate a comprehensive settlement to the 50 years old Cyprus issue but also result in increased trade, prosperity, interdependence and safety for all in the region” and emphasized the need for a new approach which will respect the rights and interests of all sides in order to achieve this.
Minister Nami pointed out that the positive steps to be taken can lead to cooperation in many fields, such as mutually benefitting from the undersea water supply project which aims to transfer drinking and irrigation water, as well as electricity from Turkey to Northern Cyprus.
Within the framework of his contacts, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami also gave an interview to Israel Channel 9 TV and Israel i24 TV.
President Eroğlu will receive Eide on Thursday
Following his contacts in Athens, Eide is expected to arrive in Cyprus and meet with President Derviş Eroğlu on Thursday at 15.00 pm at the Presidential Palace.
Siber: “ Return, Compensation and Exchange invalidate the Greek Cypriot propaganda that one day, everyone will return to their own home”
Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber said that Immovable Property Commission (IPC )is performing a very important function by providing compensation, return and exchange as solution to the property claims of the Greek Cypriots. Siber added that by solving the property claims this way IPC is actually securing bizonallity and also invalidating the propaganda that ‘one day everyone will return to their own home’.
Stressing the importance of the Immovable Property Commission, Siber said that the property issue is the main issue of the Cyprus problem and in case the Commission is activated more, better results could be achieved.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Immovable Property Commission – Güngör Günkan said that Immovable Property Commission is the only association in the TRNC which is recognised by Europe.
Güngür stated that from start to today, 6007 applications were made, of which around 500 were solved, 150 withdrawn, and some cases were concluded as ‘ to be returned after the solution of the Cyprus problem’ .
Dinçyürek : “we will manage the water”
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources – Hakan Dinçyürek indicated that ‘Water Management Law’ which will plan the utilization of water that will come from Turkey is being prepared and said: “Certainly, we will manage the water”
Dinçyürek said: “We are working on a law regarding the management of water. Under the ‘Water Management Law’ a higher board will be established that will control water management. As it is the case in many other countries, as well as in Turkey, the management of energy will be supervised by a higher board in our country as well.”
Deputy Prime Ministry, Ministry of Economy, Tourism, Culture and Sports participates in ‘World Travel Market’ tourism fair
The World Travel Market which is the second biggest tourism fair in the world and is taking place at the Excel Fair Centre in London, is hosting prominent representatives of the world tourism sector .
Source: TRNC Public Information Office