TRNC News Today 28th November 2014
Eroğlu: “There is no possibility for the resumption of negotiations at the moment”
Eroğlu said: “Anastasiades will be in New York for 20–25 days. There is no possibility for the resumption of negotiations at this time. It seems that everything will be postponed to January and that is if Anastasiades decides to come to the table. Indicating that Nikos Anastasiades put forward the precondition that Turkey should withdraw her vessels and promise not to go to the region again Eroglu said: “It is obvious that it is not possible to start negotiations with such a precondition. We do not need to make any commitment so that the Greek Cypriot side would return to the table.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu: “We can withdraw our vessel only if they make a commitment to stop drilling activities”
Turkish Foreign Minister – Mevlüt Cavusoglu said: “We can withdraw our vessel if the Greek Cypriot Administration makes a commitment to stop drilling activities. We have to concentrate on negotiations at the moment. We want a solution more than anyone and we are one step ahead of everyone in this regard.”
Cavusoglu made a statement: “We support negotiations in Cyprus. It should be a permanent and just solution. We support the establishment of a state which protects the rights of both sides in the island.” Cavusoglu continued : “Greek Cypriot Administration started unilateral drilling activities in the seas around Cyprus at a time when negotiations speeded up. We ask them, we ask Greece and the UN. Are there rights of the Turkish Cypriot people on the gas and oil reserves around Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean? They all say ‘Yes, there are’. Well, then why are you unilaterally performing drilling activities by putting the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people aside? They say ‘We will continue drilling and then we can share this later if there is a solution.’ Is there such an understanding? Is there such a goodwill? There is no goodwill at all, the Greek Cypriot side could not pass the sincerity test”.
Çiçek: “Attitudes taken by Greek Cypriot side cause new security problems in Eastern Mediterranean”
Within the framework of his visit to Albania, Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly (GNAT) Cemil Çiçek, said that one of the most important disputes in front of the UN is the Cyprus problem. Çiçek said “The attitude taken by the Greek Cypriot side can cause new security problems in the Eastern Mediterranean”.
Çiçek added that he is asking the countries he is having contacts with to evaluate the Cyprus issue justly and, as far as possible, to support the policies of Turkey and establish relationship with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
“We found a new Downer”
The Greek Cypriot media reacted to the statement made yesterday by the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser to Cyprus – Espen Barth Eide and associated him to former Special Adviser Alexander Downer by commenting “We thought we got rid of Downer, however we found a new Downer who resembles him more each and every passing day.”. Accusing Espen Barth Eide for adopting Turkish thesis, Greek Cypriot media expressed that Greek Cypriot political parties also reacted to Eide’s statements.
On the other hand, Greek Cypriot daily Simerini reported that, according to some sources in the Greek Cypriot Leaders’ Palace, the Greek Cypriot government is annoyed with Eide’s statements as well. The Greek Cypriot government, which defends that his statement does not reflect reality, is expected to reply to Eide today. (Translation: Public Information Office)
Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Bozkır held contacts in Sweden
Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator – Volkan Bozkır had official contacts in Sweden and within this framework met with Sweden’s Foreign Minister – Margot Wallström. In his statement following the meeting, Bozkır said “We have discussed the issues regarding the solution of the Cyprus problem and prevention of the Cyprus problem’s negative effects on the EU process. We have also discussed Greek Cypriot Administration’s decision of suspending the negotiations with a wrong perception and the importance of resumption of negotiations as soon as possible. Sweden is ready to give all sorts of support and to do whatever is necessary for the resumption of negotiations in the island”.
EU Commission is preparing to file a lawsuit against the Greek Cypriot Administration
According to the Greek Cypriot daily Alithia, the EU Commission is preparing to file a lawsuit against the Greek Cypriot Administration regarding traffic violations and noncompliance with the information exchange regulation. Furthermore, the EU Commission made a call to the Greek Cypriot Administration to apply the regulation regarding the sulphide gas emitted from the ships.
According to Alithia newspaper, the EU Commission also warned the Greek Cypriot Administration to comply with regulations regarding the transportation companies.
AKEL gave a warning: “If the negotiations do not resume, other options will be looked for”
AKEL stated that they have great concerns regarding the developments in the Cyprus problem and the handling of natural gas issues and called Anastasiades’ government to change the route and take over responsibility at least at the last moment. AKEL gave a warning “If the negotiations do not resume, other options will be found”.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office