TRNC News Today 6th November 2014
Foreign Minister Nami meets with Pittella
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met yesterday with Gianni Pittella, President of the European Parliament Socialists and Democrats Group, within the framework of his contacts in Brussels.
Foreign Minister Nami informed Pittella that the Cyprus negotiations have reached an impasse with the withdrawal of the Greek Cypriot leader from the negotiating table, and called on the European Union to take initiatives to enable the negotiations on the Island to recommence. Nami further stated that it is unacceptable for the negotiations to be suspended for any reason, that the raised tensions in the region stem from the unilateral actions of the Greek Cypriot side, and that Greek Cypriot Leader Anastasiades should be persuaded to return to the table so that the Cyprus issue, which is at the root of the current impasse, can be resolved.
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami also met with high-level officials from various political groups within the European Parliament, such as the Greens, Conservatives and Reformists and Christian Democrats, and voiced the responsibilities of the European Parliament in order to overcome the current impasse. Nami underlined the significance of the Parliament becoming organized in a way which would contribute to the comprehensive settlement negotiations, and the importance of refraining from displaying unilateral approaches.
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami and his delegation will continue their contacts in Brussels today.
USA Energy Affairs Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative Amos Hochstein: “Outcomes of a political solution will be wonderful”
USA Energy Affairs Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative Amos Hochstein said that there is a window of opportunity in the energy market and called for benefiting from this.
Expressing that the sides in Cyprus must decide how they will return to the negotiation table, Amos Hochstein said that the most important thing is to return to the table.
Hochstein indicated that the USA desires cooperation between all countries in the region and recorded that if Turkey will also be included in the cooperation between Israel, Cyprus, Egypt and Greece then it will be possible to make better evaluations pertaining to the region.
Underlining that support of the USA related to the political process in the region is well acknowledged Hochstein said that energy could be fitted into this process.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State – John Kerry
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had a telephone conversation with his American counterpart – John Kerry.
It is reported that Çavuşoğlu stressed Turkey’s support to the resumption of constructive negotiations in Cyprus and added that a fair, permanent and comprehensive solution based on political equality should be reached in the island by mutual agreement, which should be based on the Joint Statement made between the leaders on 11 February 2014.
Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu: “Both Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Greek Cypriot Administration have rights over Natural Gas and Petrol Reserves”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that meetings with Greece have been continuing to prevent the escalation of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and added that both sides in Cyprus have rights over the natural gas and petrol reserves around the island.
Regarding the latest developments in Cyprus, Çavuşoğlu said “You all can see the precautions taken towards the unilateral petrol and natural gas exploration studies in Cyprus. By staying at the negotiation table with the objective of reaching a lasting peace and solution we have done our part however the Greek Cypriot side should also show its sincerity”.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office