TRNC News Today 29th January 2015
Foreign Minister Nami expects new government of Greece to contribute to solution
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami expressed that the resolution of the Cyprus problem will contribute to the proliferation of peace and economic input in the region, including Greece, and stated his hope that the new government of Greece will encourage the Greek Cypriot administration to work towards a settlement.
Wishing the people of Greece well in relation to the results of the election, Minister Nami pointed out that the people of Greece have gone through a difficult time in search of stability and thus expect radical precautions to be taken by the newly established government. Nami stated “We hope that this new government will be able to implement policies which will meet the expectations of the Greek people”.
Minister Nami further stated “It is up to Greece to decide whether she will fulfil her own responsibilities pertaining to the Cyprus issue”, and expressed that for a long time, Greece has appeared preoccupied with her own internal matters rather than with making a positive contribution to the Cyprus problem.
Indicating that Greece, as a guarantor country, has responsibilities regarding the Cyprus problem, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami stated:
“UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon is conducting a good offices mission. It is expected that the UN contributes to the settlement of the Cyprus problem. The Report regarding the UN Peacekeeping Mission has been published. We are now waiting for the Security Council Resolution. UN Special Advisor – Espen Barth Eide has expressed that he will continue working, that the sides want to return to the negotiating table, and that all relevant actors wish to contribute towards this end. For this reason, we expect Greece to rapidly make a contribution to the negotiating table and support the process”.
“We hope they will encourage the Greek Cypriot Leader”
Özdil Nami expressed his hope that relations between Turkey and Greece will improve after the formation of a new government in Greece, and added that “Greece is a country which supports Turkey’s EU membership. We hope that the new government will strengthen this support. It is a known fact that the economic relations between Turkey and Greece are very important. The continuation of the Cyprus problem prevents these relations from reaching their full potential. Greece needs this more than Turkey. We hope that Greece, bearing in mind that the solution of the Cyprus problem based on a just basis would contribute positively to relations between Turkey and Greece, will give the necessary encouragement to the Greek Cypriot leader who has withdrawn from the negotiating table. We are continuing to give messages of friendship and peace. Turkey and Greece are two countries which should have exceptional neighbourhood relations and mutual interests. This should also reflect on Cyprus. Turkey has made significant strides in this regard. Greece should carry out her responsibilities in order for these strides to reach a better stage and for them to have a positive impact on Cyprus.”
Conference entitled “Benefits of Reuniting Cyprus”
Bi-communal All-Cyprus Trade Union Forum will organize a conference entitled “Reuniting Cyprus: Social and Economic Benefits for Cypriots”. The conference organized by the forum composed of the Turkish Cypriot Public Servants Union (KTAMS), the Cyprus Turkish Workers Union Federation (Türk-Sen) and Revolutionary Trade Unions Federation (Dev-İş) as well as PASYDY, SEK and PEO will take place at SEK Head Office.
Protocol signed between Cyprus Turkish Municipalities Union and Mediterranean Municipalities Union
Cyprus Turkish Municipalities Union and Mediterranean Municipalities Union signed a “Friendship and Cooperation Protocol”.
The Head of Cyprus Turkish Municipalities Union and Mayor of Gönyeli – Ahmet Benli stated that the TRNC is a peaceful country thanks to Turkey and added “We aim to increase social welfare with such cooperation. Cooperation will give us a chance to develop the local authority”.
Furthermore, during the signing ceremony, Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality – Menderes Türel said that the protocol which was signed between the municipalities is very important for putting forth common synergy and experience between the municipalities.
Tender for Agios Panteleimonas Monastery
Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and the UN Development Programme for the Future Partnership Project (UNDP-PFF), is going out to tender regarding the protection works of Agios Panteleimonas Monastery in Çamlıbel. According to the written statement of UNDP, the Monastery of Agios Panteleimonas is in mega projects such as restoring Apostolos Andreas Monastery, Othello’s Castle, and Famagusta city walls and it is also considered as a large scaled, great historical and social value by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.
It was also stated that protection works in the monastery will be met by the Cultural Heritage Programme amounting 6.7 million euros of UNDP-PFF and thirty-three cultural heritage monuments are currently being safeguarded by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage through this programme.
Rüya Taner gives concert in Muscat
TRNC Muscat Representative – Mustafa Yücelten and Ambassador of Turkey in Muscat – Uğur Doğan attended the concert among other high level officials.
Rüya Taner played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 which was conducted by British Orchestra Conductor Neil Thomson and accompanied by the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Oman. Taner also played Turkish Cypriot composer Sayram Akdil’s “Piano Pieces No.6”, which was well received by the audience.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office