TRNC News Today 29th May 2015
Dinçyürek – “possible to reach a solution by the end of 2015”
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Hakan Dinçyürek said that Turkish Cypriot side still holds its commitment to result oriented, structured negotiation process as the Joint Declaration sets forth adding that they believe with a condensed negotiation process which is supported with confidence building measures, it will be possible to reach a solution by the end of 2015.
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Hakan Dinçyürek who attended the 42nd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation organized in Kuwait made a speech on behalf of the TRNC. Dinçyürek thanked members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for their support on Turkish Cypriots’ rightful case and made a call to member states to increase their solidarity with the Turkish Cypriots.
Dinçyürek who also asked for concrete steps to remove unfair isolations on the Turkish Cypriots, wished for development of bilateral relations at areas like trade, transportation, tourism, culture, education and sports.
Furthermore, Dincyürek mentioned his belief about steps taken in this direction will motivate Greek Cypriots for reaching a solution without more delay.
Statement delivered by Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide on behalf of leaders
“Today, the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, took the next steps towards fulfilling their joint vision for a united federal Cyprus. Their constructive dialogue included a range of core issues that go to the very heart of the Cyprus question.
Mr. Akıncı and Mr. Anastasiades underlined once again their shared will and determination to reach a comprehensive settlement. The two leaders believe that the outcome at the negotiating table should reflect the positive atmosphere prevailing on the island.
In this leader-led process, Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akıncı agreed that their next meetings will take place on Wednesday, 17 June, Monday, 29 June, Friday, 10 July and Monday, 27 July.
In support of the leaders’ mutual commitment, the negotiating teams met five times over the past two weeks. They worked tirelessly on all aspects of the Cyprus issue in order to reach a comprehensive understanding of where the two sides currently stand. In various areas, progress was achieved. They presented the outcome of their work so far to the leaders, who provided further guidance and requested their negotiators to continue their joint work.
The leaders agreed to make a strong appeal on the crucial humanitarian issue of missing persons.
Furthermore, as a sign of their mutual commitment, the leaders agreed to the following five concrete steps.
ONE: To work towards the opening of more crossing points, starting with Lefka-Aplici and Deryneia. In addition, they referred a number of other proposed crossing points for further examination to the committee on crossings.
TWO: They agreed to interconnect electricity grids, and to start taking the practical steps towards this goal.
THREE: In the same vein, the leaders agreed on the desirability of mobile telephone interoperability. The two leaders want this issue to be solved. The leaders will therefore instruct the technical committee on economic and commercial matters, as well as their respective experts, to discuss and propose how this important issue can be solved.
FOUR: In parallel, work will commence to prevent radio frequency interferences.
FIVE: Last, but not least, the leaders agreed that the Cyprus issue can only be properly solved with due understanding of the perspectives of both women and men. To that effect, they agreed to establish a committee on gender equality.
Going forward, the leaders agreed to explore a range of other possible confidence-building measures in parallel to the substantive negotiations.
This concludes the report of the leaders’ meeting. I have now been asked by the leaders to present to you their joint appeal on the crucial humanitarian issue of missing persons.”
President Akıncı: “There is a progress but we still have a long way”
Making a statement to press at the end of leaders’ meeting held in the buffer zone yesterday, President Mustafa Akıncı said that progress was achieved and the present stage was better than before but added that the road ahead is still long. Akıncı pointed out that he wishes the negotiations to continue in a positive way adding “Our greatest wish is to reach a good result”.
Akıncı also shared the names who will be the Turkish Cypriot members of the joint culture and art committee. The TC members are: “Yaşar Ersoy, Zehra Şonya, Kani Kanol, Ruzen Atakan, Ümit İnatçı, Musa Kayra, Emin Çizenel, Mehmet Kansu, Yıltan Taşçı”.
President Akıncı also stated that committee members will come together with Greek Cypriot committee members as soon as possible and they will carry out the necessary works to contribute to the solution process.
Anastasiades: “Our aim is to achieve a solution as soon as possible”
Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades said that their aim is to achieve a solution as soon as possible.
According to Greek Cypriot sources; Anastasiades said that everyone’s aim is to reach a solution which will meet expectations of the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and that the state will comply with the EU criterias.
Furthermore, Anastasiades announced a series of Confidence Building Measures including the opening of the Lefke – Aplıç and Derinya crossing points and mentioned the difficulties for opening of some crossing points. Anastasiades also mentioned the issue of missing persons and said that strict secrecy will be applied for the ones who give information about missing persons.
Reaction to the US Ambassador from Greek Cypriot political parties
Greek Cypriot political parties showed strong reaction to the US Ambassador to South Cyprus John Koenig.
According to Greek Cypriot daily Politis and the other newspapers, Greek Cypriot political parties showed strong reaction to the US Ambassador to South Cyprus John Koenig who said he does not regard the Cyprus issue as essentially a problem of invasion and occupation.
According to the news; the statement of AKEL, DIKO, EURO.KO and The Ecological and Environmental Movement and Citizens Alliance stated that they condemned Koenig’s speeches with strong words and they described his explanations as unacceptable.
Greek Cypriot Fileleftheros newspaper also emphasized that Greek Cypriot Administration will launch an initiative about Koenig’s speeches.
First TRNC E-ID cards to Akıncı, Siber, Yorgancıoğlu, Eroğlu and Talat
President Mustafa Akıncı, Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber, Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu, 3rd President Derviş Eroğlu and 2nd President Mehmet Ali Talat received the first e- ID cards of the TRNC.
First steps of Electronic İdentity cards which is within the scope of electronic state (e-state) that is carried out by Ministry of Interior Affairs and Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication were taken yesterday.
Minister of Interior Affairs Teberrüken Uluçay said “Our aim is to start giving e-identity cards beginning from Monday”.
ID cards that are going to be the core of e-state are intended to be proper to international standards, modern and give better quality service and are equipped with high quality and hard to copy security characteristics.
With this implementation while providing verification of ID at electronic environment, it İs also aimed to stop victimization of citizens arising from ID forgery.
Defensive alliance between South Cyprus and Armenia
Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros reported that Greek Cypriot Minister of Defence Hristoforos Fokaidis paid a one day visit to Erivan, capital of Armenia, the previous day. According to the news, in his speech during the joint press conference, Fokaidis indicated that at a period of geopolitical similarity, instability and asymmetrical threats, it is needed to make strengthened cooperation in the field of security. Ohanyan also emphasized on requirement of developing relations between South Cyprus and Armenia. Stating that he accepted the invitation of Fokaidis to visit South Cyprus, Ohanyan expressed his desire for attending “Argonaftis” (argonot) exercise which will take place in the summer of 2016.
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