TRNC News Today 28th January 2015
Foreign Minister Nami: “EU Member States owe the Turkish Cypriots”
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami assessed the developments pertaining to the negotiation process on BRT’s “Sabah Rotası” program. Minister Nami made initial remarks regarding UN Secretary-General Ban ki Moon’s bi-annual report on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. Stating that the report is balanced towards both sides, Minister Nami evoked the Report’s clear reference that it was the Greek Cypriot leader who withdrew from the negotiating table.
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami indicated that the Report includes reference to the isolation issue and that this is a positive development, expressing “The isolations imposed on the Turkish Cypriots should also be reflected in the report of the Security Council. There is no place for the isolations in a setting where efforts to find peace are ongoing. The member states of the European Union (EU) have a debt to pay to the Turkish Cypriots to lift the isolations.”
Minister Nami also criticized the section of the Report dealing with the Navtex. Foreign Minister Özdil Nami stated “We wanted the Report to express that Turkey issued the Navtex on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots”.
Minister Nami recalled that following the publication of the Report, Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades accused UN Secretary-General Ban ki Moon of acting in a blackmailing manner and stated that the Greek Cypriot leader was not able to find the support he was looking for from external actors.
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami stated “the Greek Cypriot leader’s recent aggressiveness stems from not being able to find the support he was looking for from the outside world”.
Assessing the statements made by Eide following his briefing to the UN Security Council, Minister Nami stated “Eide had made some disconcerting statements. Eide had stated that he considered the last paragraph of the statement made by the Greek Cypriot leader on 5 January as an initiative, and that the ball is in the Turkish Cypriot side’s court. However, we have been informed that Eide did not use such expressions at the Security Council”.
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami stated that Eide displayed a balanced approach during his briefing to the UN Security Council.
Minister Nami expressed that the reason behind the Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa ship currently being made to wait at harbour is the result of a joint decision between the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey, and stated “We have come to the decision to make the Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa ship wait for a period of time as tangible support of Eide’s work. If the Greek Cypriot side continues its aggressive approach instead of holding our hand of friendship, Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa will commence its seismic research”.
In response to a question on the Maraş issue, which is used as a promise throughout the presidential election campaigns, Minister Nami underlined that the issue of closed Maraş is part of a territorial adjustment and reminded that the Maraş issue has not even been discussed at the Leader’s level at the negotiation table.
Commenting also on the recent victory of Syriza as a result of the elections in Greece, Nami stated that “We should wait and see the outcome of the new developments in Greece. Tsipras has made big promises. He needs some serious developments in terms of the economy. Tsipras will improve the commercial relations between Turkey and Greece”.
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami added that Greece is now in an ineffective position on the Cyprus issue due to its internal problems.
Spokesperson of TRNC Presidency Osman Ertuğ: “The call is made to Greek Cypriot side”
In response to the statement of UN Secretary’s Special Advisor to Cyprus – Espen Barth Eide as ‘both sides should make efforts in order to overcome the deadlock’, spokesperson of TRNC Presidency – Osman Ertuğ stated that Turkish Cypriot side is at the negotiating table, so the call has been made to the Greek Cypriot side.
Ertuğ said:“Eide made some statements according to his mission and on behalf of balance, because his position requires this. Balance cannot be always fair and realistic. Reality is that the call he made should be directed to the Greek Cypriot side only”. Ertuğ stated that keeping seismic research vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa at the Gazimağusa port is a step taken for the solution of crisis created artificially.
Saying that diplomatic efforts are continuing in order to overcome the deadlock in the negotiations and in response to the news that the Greek Cypriot side will stop exploration drillings and make seismic researches, Ertuğ said “Our approach is pursuant to mutuality principle. If unilateral attitudes continue even if there is not any excavation, it means rights of Turkish Cypriots are usurped. It will be reciprocated”. (Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS)
15 thousand 302 Dollars per capita income in 2013
Gross Domestic Product has increased by 1.1% in 2013 and determined as 7.6 billion TL in the TRNC. Compared to 2012, Gross National Product increased by 1.3% in 2013. On the other hand Per Capita Income has increased from 15.038 to 15.302 US Dollars.
The greatest increase has been realized as 8.7% in the lodging and restaurant sector and this has been followed as 7.5% by the financial sector. The greatest decrease has been realized in the agricultural sector with -1.6% and in the construction sector with -0.3%.
TRNC attends the “The Holiday World Show Fair” in Ireland
TRNC was promoted at “The Holiday World Show Fair” organized in Dublin, the capital of Ireland.
According to the information given by the Deputy Prime Ministry and Ministry of Economy,Tourism, Culture and Sports, officials from the Ministry and representatives from the tourism sector attended the fair which was organized between 23-25 January.
Brochures and maps in English were distributed at the TRNC stand. TRNC’s historical beauties were also promoted via LCD display. Country specific foods and drinks were also offered to the guests who visited the TRNC stand.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office