TRNC News Today 21st November 2014
Eroğlu will meet Eide
Eide who is expected to stay 5 days in Cyprus will have meetings with two leaders and negotiators during his visit. Eide is expected to meet with President Derviş Eroğlu on Wednesday 26th November.
Dinçyürek discussed TRNC Water Supply Project with Veysel Eroğlu
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources – Hakan Dinçyürek stated that the TRNC Water Supply Project is named as the project of the century which will make great contributions to strengthen the life quality, socio-economic structure and agriculture in the TRNC.
Dinçyürek met with Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Management – Veysel Eroğlu in Ankara. Stating that TRNC Water Supply Project cost about 1.5 billion lira, Eroğlu said that the issues regarding Water and Forestry will be discussed and added “When the water arrives from Turkey, it will be distributed for drinking and irrigation purposes. We will find the most feasible way together and we will start to apply it”.
TRNC organizes promotional activity in the UK
Deputy Prime Ministry, Economy, Tourism, Culture and Sports Ministry organized a promotional activity named ‘Road Show’ with the cooperation of Turkish Airlines. According to the information given from the Ministry, the ‘Road Show’ was organized with the contributions of Deputy Prime Ministry, Economy, Tourism, Culture and Sports Ministry and with the transportation sponsorship of Turkish Airlines and took place in 3 separate centres.
First part of the activity took place in Edinburgh, the second part in Belfast and the last part in Dublin.
The Cyprus Crisis
Looking back at the Truth
By Dr Christian Heinze
By Chris Elliott
Cyprusscene.com receives many messages asking questions and also giving information and a recent message was from Dr Christian Heinze who was the Assistant to the President of the Constitutional Court of Cyprus in 1962/63 and his comments were very interesting and informative and after correspondence, this is what Dr Christian Heinze had to say to my questions about the history of the Cyprus Crisis and the current state of affairs:
Reply from Dr Christian Heinze
“I agree with your observation that interest in, or at least respect for truth, is increasing in and around Cyprus. I am afraid, however, that this is essential but not sufficient for building bridges on which the inhabitants of the shores can travel.
Of course everybody shares the ideals of reconciliation and peace and harmony. But most of the world is still unwilling to realise the obvious: That the Greeks of Cyprus continue to strive for the possession of the island with the Greek “majority” ruling the Turkish “minority”, forcing the Turks to maintain their defence. Greek rule over the Turks of Cyprus would probably have been possible if the Greeks of Cyprus had continuously supported and even cared for the Turkish islanders and given them a feeling of equality, as any good sovereign would, and thus convinced them that this would continue in safety. Instead, since 1950 (Makarios becoming Archbishop) until this day the Greeks of Cyprus have done their utmost to subjugate the Turkish islanders and turn them into a second-class population. The Greeks, experiencing Turkish resistance (the strength of which the Greeks had unwisely underestimated), have designed schemes of sorts to harm and expropriate and expel and even kill the Turkish Cypriots wherever they were able to. Continued feeling of superiority and hate, particularly for the successful Turkish resistance, fills the hearts of and governs the clever use of their resources by – if not of the majority of Cypriot Greeks, then – their religious and political leadership and that powerful part of the population which forms the political scene.
To turn this history and situation into harmony, these steps are essential – and exactly in this and in no other sequence: First – recognition of two (50 years old) states enjoying equal rights in the island, second – give and take to reconcile justified mutual interests, and third – careful attempts at institutionalizing cooperation step by step until, after another 50 years, the ground shall be paved for harmony and the creation of a federal State. Recognition must come first, because: how can effective agreement be expected between an all-entitled and all-powerful party and a non-existing party? Only after recognition and practice of political equality true negotiations can begin. They will then, by natural necessity, be guided by real mutual substantial interests instead of aggression and defence, taking into account the whole scope of real powers, advantages, chances and disadvantages involved. There is a good chance then that damages can be equalized, and in particular agreed territorial adjustments will be within reach. Only after the two communities will have liberated themselves from motives of hate and aspiration for superiority and the necessity of defence by truly agreeing to settle the past once and for all, the process of reconciliation can begin.
A main barrier for this path consists in the unbelievable political self deception or ignorance, untruthfulness and arrogance of the governments and the United Nations Organization and particularly the European Union that have supported Greek usurpation since 1960, in spite of having glorified the “settlement” of that year, and are still very effectively supporting it. It does not help to marvel about such an attitude in view of the fact that USA and Europe possess such a wealth of political knowledge and experience and wisdom as history and their many renowned philosophers have taught them. It is true that unless international support for Greek usurpation is terminated it would be a miracle if harmony in and about Cyprus came about.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office
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