TRNC News Today 5th May 2015
Akıncı : “Negotiation process is resuming”
In his press statement after the meeting with the United Nations
Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, President Akıncı has pointed out that the negotiation process will resume and that they have discussed how to take this process forward with Eide.
Akıncı said: “we have made our first contact with Mr. Eide about how far we can take this process to” and added “ the time has come to make a positive outcome on this process, which has been going on since 1968. Now let’s put an end to it, let’s put a crown on it with a solution. I will work for this goal.”
Reminding that they will meet for a dinner on May 11th with the Greek Cypriot Administration leader Nikos Anastasiades, Akıncı said “the normal process will begin after the meeting we will have there.”
Stating that there is an important opportunity for a solution of the Cyprus Problem, the opportunity which was missed 10 years ago is reborn again, Akıncı also said by being elected as President he observed that a very positive atmosphere has been created.”
Stating that in the past Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots had a lot of pain, the new generation wants to see the sharing of the blessings of the Island, Akıncı said “let’s make this more than a wish, let’s give it life. Let’s put a crown on it with a solution. I will work for this aim. I believe Anastasiades will show the same determination.”
President Akıncı also stated that they will again meet with Eide on 8th of May.
President Akıncı indicated that he hopes the Greek administration Leader Anastasiades also shares the vision of a solution, and added that if the problem cannot be solved, it will be harder for the next generation to reach a solution in the future.
Related to the opening of Varosha, Famagusta harbour to international trade and Ercan Airport to international flights, Akıncı said that they have not discussed these with Eide, but he is still behind his vision he shared with Turkish Cypriots.
Akıncı said : “All confidence-building measures, including this one should be viewed as a triggering element towards a comprehensive solution, Leaders first and foremost must come together to discuss all topics. First of all they need to see whether they share the same vision or not.” Pointing to joint works he carried on with Nicosia Greek municipality during his presidency of Nicosia Turkish Municipality, Akıncı said “the basic starting point is common needs, we can start from this point. The same principle also applies to the Cyprus problem, both sides should feel the common needs”.
United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide also spoke to the press after the meeting and said: “we have in front of us the best opportunity (for a solution) of the last 10 years.”
Eide stated that they will meet with Greek Cypriot administration Leader Nikos Anastasiades tomorrow morning and discuss how the process can be moved forward and they will announce what path the process will take at the dinner which will take place on 11th May between Akıncı and Anastasiades.
Eide said “it’s very clear that the process will resume, I believe it will start in a very constructive environment”.
Nami takes over duty of Turkish Cypriot Negotiator
In his speech at the handover ceremony Özdil Nami thanked Ergün Olgun for being in compliance and collaboration during his ministerial duty period. Expressing that Olgun has used his fund of knowledge thoughtfully on Turkish Cypriot People’s rights and benefits, Nami wished success to Olgun in his future life. President Mustafa Akıncı also stated that Olgun has successfully conducted his duty as a negotiator up to today, and thanked him for his service.
New appointments at the Presidency
After the election of the new President Akıncı, new appointments are made for the posts of Undersecretary of the Presidency, Spokesman and Executive Assistant. Assignments made with the government order will be valid from today. Accordingly, Undersecretary of the President will be Gürdal Hüdaoğlu, Presidency Spokesman will be Barış Burcu, and Cenk Gürçağ will be Executive Assistant.
Yorgancıoğlu: “Press has important duties in achieving democratization and improvement”
President Özkan Yorgancıoğlu emphasized that the press has important duties in democratization and improvement of the country. Yorgancıoğlu stated in his message due to the world press freedom day that the press has a great importance in every subject that the country needs such as researching, informing, elucidating, molding public opinion for the sake of community and country. Yorgancıoğlu said “I believe the important duties fall on the written and visual media organs which give reliable information and enlightens the people in achieving democratization and improvement of the country.”
Yorgancıoğlu stated that it is necessary to abide by the democratic rules, give an importance to ethic values and respect the human rights in the news.
At the end of his message; he said “I congratulate world press freedom day of the Turkish Cypriot press and all press members who perform their duties with difficulties and a great sacrifice.
Denktaş: “Announcing of mines after 40 years is a crime against humanity”
Vice Prime Minister of TRNC – Serdar Denktaş pointed out that the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades’s statement about cleaning the mines at the congress yesterday and said that announcing of the location of mines which were laid down 40 years ago in the Five Finger Mountains is a crime against humanity. Denktaş also stated that this is not a confidence building approach instead it is a losing confidence approach.
On the other hand Denktaş mentioned about Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami who has been appointed as the Negotiator and he wished success to Özdil Nami and he emphasized that the manner of the Greek Cypriot side is not referring a new hope.
A prize will be awarded to Uludağ in UK
The Greek Cypriot “Komi Kebir Association (UK)” in conjunction with “The Association of the Relatives of the Missing UK” are hosting an event on 16th May at the Cypriot Community Centre, in honour of Turkish Cypriot investigative journalist Sevgul Uludağ.
She will be accompanied by Christina Pavlou – Patsia whose father and brother are still missing and she will give a short account of her experience. The event is open to the public.
Sevgul is widely known amongst the two communities in Cyprus for her active role in assisting to locate the remains of the missing and for telling the “untold stories” of Cyprus. She will give a presentation of her work about the most tragic aspect of Cyprus’s recent history which has affected both communities.
Cittaslow office is opened in Yeniboğaziçi
Office of Yeniboğaziçi Municipality which is declared as Cyprus’s first Cittaslow (quiet city) come into service yesterday with a ceremony attended by Cittaslow Organization Vice President, İzmir Seferhisar – Mayor Tunç Soyer.
Specifying that it was a very exciting day, Cittaslow Organization Vice President, İzmir Seferhisar Mayor Tunç Soyer said that it was a very exciting day, and said: “This journey began two years ago with Yeniboğaziçi and fluttering of the TRNC Flag among the other 30 countries in the Netherlands excited us very much”
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