TRNC News Today 4th February 2015
Spokesman of Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry Bilgiç evaluates the visit of Çipras (Tsipras)
Spokesman of Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry – Tanju Bilgiç said “the subjects especially concerning the Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa vessel stated by Greek Prime Minister – Aleksis Çipras (Alexis Tsipras) during his visit to South Cyprus do not contain the factors which will help to achieve a solution based on political equality of two peoples in the island”.
Bilgiç stated that Turkey wishes re-commencement of the negotiation process in Cyprus and a solution based on political equality of the two peoples to be found in the island as soon as possible and said “Turkish Cypriots’ benefiting exactly from the natural resources in the island is a priority for us. Hence, Turkey will always continue to support Turkish Cypriots”.
Bozkır: “Cipras’s including the representatives of Turkish Cypriot NGOs in his first visit to South Cyprus is positive”
Turkey’s Minister of European Union and Chief Negotiator – Volkan Bozkır made a statement concerning the visit of Greek Prime Minister Aleksis Çipras to South Cyprus and said “Cipras’s including the representatives of Turkish Cypriot NGOs in his first visit to South Cyprus is positive.” Bozkır said that he hopes steps will be taken for ending the 50 year-old Cyprus problem.
Bozkır replied to the questions of journalists before leaving for Washington at the Atatürk Airport. Bozkır said “Greece is our neighbour. Of course we wish our neighbour to be economically prosperous and in stability because the problems which may arise there will be reflected to Turkey. A process based on good relations between Turkey and Greece continues for a long time. When our Prime Minister went to Greece, he met with the present Prime Minister Çipras. Indications are such that there will be no negative effects on the relations between Turkey and Greece. Greece has great problems so she will not envisage adding new factors to these problems.”
Arınç : “Çipras does not behave differently from us”
The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and Government Spokesperson – Bülent Arınç said: “Çipras does not behave differently from us. When a new government is established in Turkey and the new Prime Minister takes office, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is the first country to be visited traditionally”.
Arınç made statements following the Council of Ministers and said:
“When Çipras assumed office as the Prime Minister, he visited South Cyprus and made some statements. We are at the negotiating table. We are determined to reach a solution. For this reason, we do not need to make comments for the statements made with regard to the internal policy. There are Turkish people living in the island. They have their own parliament, government and sovereignty rights. There is an opinion that the people living in the island have rights in all resources in the island.”
Arınc said that according to the international and the national law, it is the Turkish Republic’s right to make explorations in the island with her own vessel and continued: “There is criticism against this, even the Greek Cypriot side left the negotiation table for this reason and declared it. We do not believe that all of these will destroy the relations between Turkey and Greece. Both Turkish Cypriot and Turkish governments desire a solution and help the starting of a new process in order to find a solution based on the realities in the island.
Slovakian and Polish Ambassadors visit UBP
UBP Parliamentarians Tahsin Ertuğruloglu and Ersan Saner also participated in the meeting which took place at the UBP Headquarters.
Press was allowed to take pictures before the meeting however no statement was made.
Joint statement from Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Industry
Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Industry made a call to the political parties not to approve the draft law regarding “Adjustment of Public Servants Monthly Salaries and Other Payments (Amendment)”.
Both chambers asked from the government to provide financial discipline without making any concessions, to decrease the share of the Public sector within the economy and to give importance to economic expansion under the leadership of the private sector.
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