TRNC News Today 29th April 2015

Akıncı: “The love of motherland is in our hearts”

President Mustafa Akıncı said “The love of motherland is in our hearts”. Akıncı stated that he would make his first visit to Ankara. Speaking to Anadolu Agency correspondent regarding TRNC-Turkey Mustafa Akincirelations, Akıncı said that he would follow a result-oriented policy for the Cyprus problem within the framework of the Joint Statement signed on February 11, 2014 which was approved by Turkey and former President Derviş Eroğlu. Adding that UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus – Espen Barth Eide – will arrive in Cyprus on 4 May, Akıncı said that they would discuss the following process of Cyprus negotiations. Akıncı stressed that he will be an independent President and will treat all parties equally.

Stating that relations with Turkey will be based on mutual respect, Akıncı said that he wanted the Turkish Cypriots to have more right to speak on their own institutions and administrate them in a better way. I am against the bankruptcy of institutions such as Cyprus Turkish Airlines. Akıncı indicated that when he was a mayor, he put into practice bi-communal infrastructure project with the Greek Cypriot side and he established brother city relations with Ankara during the same period. “The love of motherland is in our hearts and its emotional meaning is great. It comes from history and cultural ties”.

Stating that Varosha is an area which was left to the snakes for 40 years and surrounded with wires, Akıncı said “I proposed to negotiate the issue of Varosha. Closed Varosha can be opened to settlement under the supervision of the UN. Of course, there is a lot of work to do there. Direct trade over Gazimağusa port can be actualized so Turkish Cypriot products can enter into the European market like the Greek Cypriot products. A package which envisages direct flights to Ercan airport can be discussed. This is my proposal. I propose this in parallel to a comprehensive settlement.  A delegation composed of technical experts can be formed and studies can start there. Maybe, Gas exploration rig80 % of buildings will be destroyed. Planning should be done as soon as possible. Gazimağusa port should be examined. The EU should help to make Varosha a European port.

Mentioning the issue of natural gas explored in the Mediterranean, Akıncı said that the sovereign attitude of the Greek Cypriot side followed up to today must be ended, adding that it must be thought how to share this wealth in the future instead of being in conflict.

Furthermore, Akıncı underlined that in a federal solution, natural resources will belong to federal authority, and natural gas is one of them and should be discussed.

Expressing that transfer of natural gas to the European market over Turkey will be a right choice, Akıncı said that in case of an agreement, natural gas will be connected with the gas from Israel and will be transferred to Europe over Turkey and Greece.

Rathke congratulated Mustafa Akıncı

US State Department Spokesman Jeff Rathke recorded that they continue to support the negotiation process Jeff Rathkeconducted under the auspices of the United Nations to reunify the island as a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation.

“We congratulate Mustafa Akinci on his election as the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community”, he said and concluded: “We look forward to working with Mustafa Akinci.”

Anastasiades has announced “confidence building measures towards Turkish Cypriots”

Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades has expressed his opinion and decisions named “confidence building measures towards Turkish Cypriots.”

According to the Greek news source, in his written statement, Nikos AnastasiadisAnastasiades said that he was announcing the CBMs on the occasion of the resumption of talks and his strong conviction about the need to create a climate of trust that would boost the negotiating procedure.

Anastasiades said he would provide the ground maps for 28 minefields laid down by Greek Cypriot forces in the Pendadaktylos mountain area in the North in his first meeting with the newly elected President Mustafa Akinci.

The Greek Cypriot leader also said that they decided to hand over the management of certain Muslim religious sites in South Cyprus to Evkaf, the foundation that oversees Islamic land holdings.

The sites in question belong to the Turkish Cypriot community and are not under the protection of foreign embassies, the statement said.

It was also said that Turkish-speaking persons will be employed at ‘citizen service centres’ in South Nicosia to make it easier for Turkish Cypriots to carry out their operations. The Greek Cypriot leader also welcomed the ongoing effort to unify the island’s football, which he hopes would come to a successful conclusion soon.

Anastasiades also said he is pleased with Akinci’s willingness to bolster the atmosphere of trust and confidence between the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots”

Former MP Papapetrou’s car torched

By Constantinos Psillides

A car belonging to lawyer and former politician Michalis Papapetrou, 68, was destroyed by fire at around 1am on Tuesday, according to police.

A police spokesman told the Cyprus Mail the fire was set deliberately.

The BMW was parked outside Papapetrou’s home in Nicosia. The damage is estimated to be around €50,000.Cyprus Mail - Car torched

Papapetrou had previously told daily Politis that his car had electrical issues and that a  short-circuit might be responsible for the fire.

“I went home at around 6pm on Monday, parked my car in the garage and didn’t leave for the rest of the day. At around 1.30am my wife, who has a better sense of smell than me, told me that something was wrong. We went to the veranda and saw the car burning like an Easter candle,” recounted Papapetrou.

Asked on the arsonist’s possible motive, Papapetrou responded that it might have something to do with him crossing over to North Cyprus on Sunday.

“A friend of mine suggested that I became a target because on Sunday I went to the other side to congratulate the new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on his victory. I wish that this is not the case,” said Papapetrou

Papapetrou has a long history in Cyprus politics.

He was elected to Parliament in 1985 representing AKEL, which he left five years later to found his own party, ADISOK. The party had a short life span as it merged with United Democrats in 1996.

Papapetrou was also government spokesman in the Glafcos Clerides administration, from 1999 to 2003.

Papapetrou also backed the ‘Yes’ campaign in the 2004 Annan plan referendum, a decision for which he was heavily criticized in the past.(Cyprus Mail, April 29, 2015) – To read this and other news in the Cyprus Mail click here

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