TRNC News Today 2nd March 2015
Presidency: “European Parliament’s decision is partial and deceptive”
The TRNC presidency made a statement on the European Parliament’s decision regarding missing persons and for condemning Turkey. According to the statement: “The massacres that took place in Muratağa, Atlılar, Sandallar and Terazi-Tatlısu-Taşkent in which 126 Turkish Cypriot civilians including women, aged persons and children were killed by the Greek Cypriots are not mentioned in the European Parliament’s decision which is a proof that it is partial and deceptive.”
“As it is known, there are 493 civilian missing people among the Turkish Cypriots who became missing between the years 1963 and 1974. The largest portion of the Greek Cypriot missing persons, however, was soldiers who were killed in the war. Disregarding the massacres that took place in Muratağa, Atlılar, Sandallar and Terazi-Tatlısu-Taşkent in which 126 Turkish Cypriot civilians including women, aged persons and children were killed by the Greek Cypriots in the European Parliament’s unilateral decision is a proof that it is partial and deceptive.”
Minister Nami is holding contacts in Qatar
After completing his contacts in Oman, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami departed for Qatar.
Within the framework of his contacts in Qatar, Nami met with Turkish Cypriot citizens in Qatar’s capital Doha. Foreign Minister Nami met with Turkish Cypriot citizens at a cocktail reception at the TRNC Representative Office in Doha which was organized by the TRNC Representative to Doha Aytuğ Plümer and Nami informed the citizens about the latest developments in Cyprus and responded to the questions of citizens.
Within the framework of his contacts yesterday, Minister Nami met with several Qatari journalists at the TRNC Representative Office and answered the questions regarding latest developments in Cyprus and the relations between North Cyprus, Qatar and Gulf Countries. Nami stated that solution of the Cyprus issue will benefit both sides living in the island and Turkish Cypriots’ strong will for a solution and peace still continues. Nami highlighted the importance of maintaining a good relationship between Muslim brotherhood countries, TRNC and Qatar.
After the press meeting, Nami visited the Museum of Islamic Art upon the invitation of the Head of the Qatar Museums Authority.
On the other hand, TRNC’s Doha Representative Aytuğ Plümer hosted a dinner in honour of Minister Özdil Nami with the participation of TR Ambassador to Doha Ahmet Demirok, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Doha and Kazakhstan Ambassador to Doha.
Within the framework of his visit to Gulf Countries, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami has continued to hold high-level official contacts in Qatar’s capital Doha yesterday. Minister Nami met with the Qatar Minister of Economy and Commerce, Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, in his office. The new investment and trade opportunities as well as the existing trade and economic relations between the two countries have been discussed in a friendly atmosphere at the meeting.
Minister Nami stated at the meeting that the support of brother country Qatar is very important for the Turkish Cypriot people. Nami who asked for the support of the Qatar government for the withdrawal of isolations on Turkish Cypriots, thanked for the warm hospitality of the Qatar government.
Expressing his pleasure for the Minister Nami’s visit, Al Thani highlighted that their contribution will be continued in order to improve the relations between the two countries.
After his visit to the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. Minister Nami met with the Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdullah Bin Mutib Al Rumaihi at his office for approximately one hour. Nami informed Rumaihi about the latest stage reached in the Cyprus issue and highlighted that Turkish Cypriots’ strong will for peace is continuing. Minister Nami highlighted that if the Greek leader returns to the negotiation table and reveals political will towards a solution, a federal solution can be quickly reached in Cyprus. Stating that the Greek leader should realize that the negotiation table is the only place for a solution, Nami expressed his thanks to Rumaihi for receiving him.
At the meeting, Rumaihi expressed their pleasure for Nami’s visit to Qatar and stated that they will continue to support Turkish Cypriots.
Within the framework of his Qatar Contacts, today Minister Nami has also met with the Vice Chairman of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce Mohammed bin Ahmet Twar Al Kamari and the board members. Minister Nami and the authorities of the Chamber of Commerce have exchanged views on what should be done in order to improve the trade relations between Qatar and North Cyprus. At the meeting, Nami informed the authorities about the investment opportunities in the TRNC and he made an invitation to the Chamber of Commerce to visit the TRNC in order to observe the investment and trade opportunities.
“Visegrad 4” countries showed interest in the opinions of Turkish Cypriots on Halloumi
“Visegrad 4” group which is composed of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, applied to the EU Commission to get information about the Turkish Cypriot side’s supervising the Halloumi production prototype under the umbrella of Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and separate from the Greek Cypriot side. These countries met with Action Group Head Bucci and wanted to have information about the ongoing process of fulfilling the demands of Turkish Cypriots about Halloumi. The meeting of ‘Visegrad 4’ countries took place several weeks after UK, Sweden and Finland’s attempt to EU Commission Agricultural Management about fulfilling the demands of Turkish Cypriots on Halloumi. In total, 7 EU member countries are in favour of fulfilling the demands of Turkish Cypriots. The UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide and Bucci are considering the Halloumi issue as “Bi-communal”.
Papandreou: “We must forget our past differences and take lessons from them”
Greece’s former Prime Minister and Socialist International Head Yorgo Papandreou said regarding the solution of Cyprus Conflict, “We must forget our past differences and take lessons from them so that we can overcome these mistakes and won’t repeat them. We must not allow the problems from which we can take lessons to capture us.”
The conference entitled ‘Turkey and Cyprus: Regional Peace and Stability” has been organized in Ankara by International Strategic Research Institution (ISRI) and Cyprus Academic Dialogue.
At the conference which took place with the participation of Greece’s former Prime Minister and Socialist International Head Yorgo Papandreou and Former Foreign Affairs Minister Hikmet Çetin and various other diplomatic representatives, the steps which can solve the Cyprus Conflict have been discussed.
Saying “if a country is both divided and small, there will be difficulties in the security” Former Prime Minister Papandreou pointed out that Southern Cyprus being an EU member is very important for the security and stability of the island and the region.
Emphasizing that there can be a solution in the island with values which both sides can unite, Papandreou evaluated as “We have a mainstay. As indicated many times, there are joint statements, bi-communal, bi-zonal, yet one citizenship solutions of the United Nations. These are the things which we need to work on and develop.”
Papandreou indicated that for a permanent solution support from international society is needed as much as the support needed from politicians and civil society.
Identity is “Turkish Cypriot”
Sociologist Kudret Akay stated that in a survey named “Political Tendencies January 2015” conducted by him with the aim of determining political tendencies of the TRNC people, participants were asked “How do you identify yourself ?” and majority of the participants identified themselves as Turkish Cypriots.
46.7% of participants identified themselves as Turkish Cypriots, 25.9% as Cypriots, 9.3% as Turkish, 7.8% as Muslim Turk, 7.1% as Turk of Cyprus, 1.7% as Muslim and 1.6% as other.
Akay stated that if the identity definition is taken into consideration, “Turkish Cypriot” is the main determining factor.
Exhibition themed “Turkish Cypriot history” opened
According to the information given by GAU, the exhibition which is taking place in Lefkoşa Arabahmet region will be open to visit until 14 March 2015.
Visuals and works related to Mufti Hacı Ali Rıfkı, first days of Cyprus Republic and 1963-1975 struggle years will take place in the exhibition.
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