TRNC News Today 16th March 2015
“Everything depends on the attitude of the Greek Cypriot side”
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami stated that the Turkish Cypriot side will act constructively for the resumption of the negotiations and added that everything depends on the attitude of the Greek Cypriot side.
Speaking to the daily Kıbrıs Newspaper, Nami expressed that if the Greek Cypriot side sets preconditions for the resumption of the negotiations as they have previously done, the negotiations will remain suspended.
Nami, explained that due to the expiration of the issued NAVTEX on 6 April together with Saipem 1000 being overhauled for a period of three months, the Turkish Cypriot side will not issue a new NAVTEX in that period and the vessel Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa will not be sent to the region.
Minister Nami, stated that he would be pleased with the return of the Greek Cypriot Leader Nicos Anastasiades to the table within this period, however, reminded that in the one week break given in January, instead of returning to the negotiation table, the Greek Cypriot leader put forward certain preconditions. Nami, also warned that “if the negotiations commence within this three month period and in the meantime the Greek Cypriots once again embark on natural gas explorations, we will have no other choice but to respond accordingly”.
When commenting on Greek Cypriot Negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis’ remarks that due to the break in natural gas exercises in mid-April, an opportunity will arise for the recommencement of the negotiations, Nami stated that “In the one week break given at the beginning of January the Greek Cypriot side did not return to the table. Despite statements made in this regard the attitude of the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiadis is still uncertain”.
Efthimiu: “First Natural Gas in 2020”
Greek Hydrocarbon Company (EİK) member Mike Efthimiu predicted that the first natural gas can arrive in South Cyprus in 2020.
Speaking to Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros, Efthimiu stated that the arrival of the first natural gas to South Cyprus will be a turning point for Cypriot people. Stressing that it will not only have a symbolic importance, Efthimiu said that it will also decrease the cost of electricity.
Replying to the questions regarding Aphrodite field at the 12. Parcel within the so-called Exclusive Economic Zone of South Cyprus, Efthimiu stated that in the current stage, they are analyzing the options for developing the field and they are close to building a pipeline in Egypt.
Presidential candidates have been made official
CTP-BG candidate Sibel Siber, Cyprus Socialist Party candidate Mustafa Onurer, independent candidates Derviş Eroğlu, Kudret Özersay, Mustafa Akıncı, Arif Salih Kırdağ and Mustafa Ulaş have applied for candidacy.
Supreme Election Committee temporarily announced the candidates on Friday.
Voter lists have been displayed in 5 cities.
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