TRNC News Today 13th January 2015
Exploration activities are taking place on behalf of Turkish Cypriots
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami has announced that the Navtex represents the Turkish Cypriots, not Turkey, and that the hydrocarbon exploration activities are being conducted in the name of the Turkish Cypriots rather than Turkey. Minister Nami, who made a statement to Havadis newspaper, expressed “it is not true that Turkey is governing the natural resources of Cyprus; the Greek Cypriots are cooperating with private companies and we are cooperating with Turkey.”
Foreign Minister Nami, who described the Greek Cypriot statement made on 5 January that “it is not possible for us to return to the negotiating table as long as there is a Navtex” as insincere, added that the Turkish Cypriot side waited for a statement by the Greek Cypriot side in the period between 30 December to 5 January when the Navtex was not in force, but that this did not occur. Nami added that the visits of Espen Barth Eide, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, which will commence on the Island today, as well as the visit of Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister of Turkey, are significant in terms of the negotiations. (Havadis)
Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu to arrive in the TRNC
During his visit, Çavuşoğlu will pay courtesy visits to President Derviş Eroğlu, Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber, Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu and will meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami to exchange views regarding the latest stage reached on the Cyprus issue.
Eide to meet with Eroğlu
UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide is arriving in Cyprus today to hold contacts with the leaders before he briefs the Security Council on 26th of January. Eide will meet with President Derviş Eroğlu at 16:30 and leave the island on Wednesday night.
Presidential elections calendar is announced
Supreme Committee of Elections announced the calendar regarding the Presidential elections to be held in April.
According to the announcement, the election process will start on 22 February 2015 and the propaganda process will start on 24 March 2015. Candidacy applications will be made on 13 March 2015 and the approved candidates will be announced on 23 March 2015. Voting will be on 19 April 2015.
Seminar on “ Financial Analysis and Forecasting”
“Financial Analysis and Forecasting” seminar which is organised by TRNC Development Bank in cooperation with Association of Development Banks (ADFIMI) started yesterday.
TRNC Development Bank which was accepted as ADFIMI member in 2000 is hosting the 10th of the international symposiums, within the framework of educational activities.
Clash between Cyprus Airways workers and Police
Greek Cypriot dailies reported that during the demonstrations clashes took place between the police and the activists who were trying to enter the Ministry and hand the Finance Minister – Haris Yeorgiyadis, a manifesto .
Reportedly, airline workers closed the road in front of the Ministry and threw oranges at the police leading to some police officers’ injury.
No deduction to Church
Greek Cypriot dailies reported that Anastasiades’ government that is trying to balance public finance by deducting wages of the public sector, by privatizing and even by closing down Cyprus Airways is not taking any action against the Church and continue paying 6.5 million Euros for clergy’s salaries from the state budget.
According to the papers, Anastasiades’ government who first took the decision of pay cuts of 15% from the wages of clergy later delayed the decision.
It is reported that the procedure between Anastasiades’ government, and the Greek Orthodox Church, and Archbishop Hrisostomos II does not allow for such a deduction to happen.
Reportedly, according to an agreement made when Makarios III was ‘president’ Greek Cypriot administration makes a contribution to the wages of 700 clergymen.. However, the church didn’t make the transfer of thousands of donums of church land to the government according to the agreement.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office