TRNC News Today 22nd April 2015
Çavuşoğlu: “Political will is needed for a solution in Cyprus”
Turkish Foreign Minister – Mevlut Cavusoglu said regarding Cyprus negotiations “What was needed for a solution in Cyprus was real political will. If the Greek Cypriot side and Greece show strong political will, there is no reason for not solving the Cyprus problem”.
Within the framework of his contacts in Washington, Cavusoglu gave a speech at a conference organized by a think tank “the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace” entitled “Turkey’s role in a tempestuous Middle East”. In his speech, Çavuşoğlu stated that there was a window of opportunity to find a political solution to the Cyprus problem which has existed for 50 years therefore 2015 is a very important year at that point.
Furthermore, stressing their strong commitment for a solution in Cyprus, Çavuşoğlu expressed their desire for resumption of negotiations soon and added that the Turkish side was ready to spend extra effort to reach a settlement by the end of the year but “tango needs two persons”. Çavuşoğlu added that US’s active support will be important in the following critical process.
Kerry: “Resolution of the Cyprus problem is possible in 2015”
US Secretary of State John Kerry has described the Cyprus problem as an ‘extremely extended problem’ and said: “We believe that both sides can make real and lasting progress in the year 2015. The settlement is going to be positive for the region and also this will have a marvellous contribution for all the Cypriots in terms of better life opportunities”
At the meeting he had with Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned the Cyprus problem optimistically. “The United States and Turkey both support the UN-led negotiations to reunify the island as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation,” Kerry said.
Siber will attend Peace Summit in İstanbul
President of the TRNC Assembly Sibel Siber is going to İstanbul in order to attend the Peace Summit. Later she will go to Çanakkale in order to participate in the Memorial Ceremony of the 100th Anniversary of Çanakkale Ground Wars.
According to the written statement made by the Assembly, Sibel Siber is going to attend the ‘Peace Summit’ to which Foreign Prime Ministers and Presidents, authorities of international organizations and some Nobel Peace Prize owners are also invited, on Thursday, 23rd April. Afterwards, Siber is going to Çanakkale in order to attend the Memorial Ceremony of the 100th Anniversary of Çanakkale Ground Wars, hosted by the Presidency of the Turkish Republic on Friday, 24th April.
Siber will return to the island on Saturday.
President of Religious Affairs Atalay and Archbishop Chrysostomos met
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Atalay has carried out the first meeting of 2015 which was previously planned with the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church Chrysostomos II, with the coordination of the Swedish Embassy and also within the knowledge of the UN.
According to the information given by Presidency of Religious Affairs Press Officer Şükrü Aydın, like all other meetings this meeting also was held within the knowledge of the competent authorities.
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Atalay held a contact and evaluation meeting with the Under-secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Erhan Erçin and negotiator Ergün Olgun at their office before yesterday’s meeting. According to the statement, Atalay’s passing to South Cyprus took place through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as its routine.
Date of Greece, South Cyprus and Egypt’s Tripartite Summit is announced
The date of the tripartite summit to be held by the heads of states of Greece, South Cyprus and Egypt in South Cyprus is announced as 29th of April. According to the Greek Cypriot Phileleftheros newspaper, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President of Egypt Abdülfettah El Sisi will meet with the Greek Cypriot administration President Nikos Anastasiades on Wednesday, April 29.
Economic crisis affected the psychology of Greek Cypriot people adversely
It is stated that the economic crisis in recent years in the Greek Cypriot side has shaken the foundation of the structure of Greek Cypriot Society and caused fundamental changes in the society. Greek Cypriot Alithia newspaper wrote that the family institution which has always been strong, has been weakened since 2011 due to the economic crisis. While divorces increased, marriages decreased, at the same time a decrease has been seen in the population of Greek Cypriots within this four year period. The newspaper which wrote that the economic crisis brought poverty and unemployment with it, also stated that crime and scandals have increased and the youth are going abroad to find jobs.
“2nd International EUL history Congress” will be organized at EUL
The congress which will be on the subject of “Cultural Democracy of Turkish Cypriots and History of Cypriot Democracy” will be held at EUL Rauf Raif Denktaş Training Complex, Conference Hall at 09.30 in honour of Prof. Dr. Halil İnalcık. According to information given by the press and public relations of EUL, Vice President of Congress Associate Prof. Dr.Ihsan Tayhani indicated that the congress which will begin on 27th April is planned to be 6 sessions, and each of the aforementioned sessions is going to be in memory of “Cypriot values” that have important roles in Cyprus Politics and Cyprus Democracy.
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