TRNC News Today 1st June 2015
President Akıncı will be leaving for New York tomorrow
President Akıncı is going to New York upon the invitation of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. The meeting will take place on Thursday 4th of June. The negotiator Özdil Nami will also accompany Akıncı. Akıncı and his delegation will return to the island on the 7th of June.
Akıncı received foreign Ambassadors
Foreign Ambassadors paid courtesy visits to President Mustafa Akıncı. The French Ambassador to South Cyprus Jean-Luc Florent, Polish Ambassador to South Cyprus Barbara Tuge-Erecinska and the Slovakian Ambassador to South Cyprus Oksana Tomova were received respectively by President Mustafa Akıncı.
The Presidential Coordinator for Foreign Relations Deniz Birinci was also present during the visits. No statements were issued before or after the meetings.
Çavuşoğlu: “We have sincerity, if the Greek Cypriot side also has this, we can sort out the Cyprus negotiation this year”
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said we have sincerity, if Greek Cypriot side also has this, we can sort out the Cyprus negotiation this year. Speaking at a meeting at the İzmir Chamber of Commerce, Çavuşoğlu stated that the problems between Greece and Turkey are not in a position that cannot be solved. He also mentioned that they have made a lot of improvements regarding the Aegean islands and said: “If we took a step towards these issues, ninety percent of Turkish citizens would be satisfied, but unfortunately it is not the same in Greece and Cyprus. The atmosphere is more different in Greece. We showed a sincere effort by solving problems. We also have sincerity about the Cyprus issue, if the Greek Cypriot side also has this, we can sort out the Cyprus negotiation this year.”
Çavuşoğlu reminded that while the negotiations were going on well, the Greek Cypriot side started drilling work unilaterally and also they withdrew from the negotiations after Turkey sent its Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa seismic vessel to the island. He said: “What is the duty of the Greek Cypriot negotiator? To focus on solving or reaching convergences on all the outstanding issues such as territory or the closed city of Maraş with a win-win formula. There are already convergences in the process. This is trying to shift the agenda elsewhere. Whenever things start going in the right direction the Greek Cypriot side try and throw the ball somewhere else. This opportunity shouldn’t be wasted.”
The Turkish Foreign Minister also said that Turkey will not give up her guarantor rights unless it was the wish of the Turkish Cypriot people.
Çavuşoğlu also called out to the Greek Cypriot Administration to stop creating false agendas and to focus on achieving a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.
Weiderud: Peace is close in Cyprus
According to his statement to AA reporter; he has been following the negotiations closely for many years.
The Head of Religious Social Democrats of Sweden Peter Weiderud said that he was also present at the meeting of the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades and President Mustafa Akıncı at the Lokmacı Crossing point ten days ago.
Sizopulos: “Taking the decision of refusing bi-communal and bi-zonal federation is not something new”
Leader of KS EDEK Marinos Sizopulos stated that his party’s decision of refusing bi-communal and bi-zonal federation is not taken during his leadership period but in the period of previous leadership of EDEK.
In an interview with Greek Cypriot daily Kathimerini, Sizopulos refuted the claims that his party has been divided concerning the Cyprus problem and stated that the proposals he submitted to EDEK Central Committee related with some subjects concerning the procedure were accepted by all members of the party. Stating that there are some divergences but they are not important, Sizopulos pointed out that the reason of refusing bi-zonal and bi-communal federation is to determine some con-federal and racist factors.
Criticizing himself for not succeeding to establish a relation with the Turkish Cypriots, Sizopulos put forth his intention of developing relations with the groups who share the same dreams and ideas with the party.
Kiprianu: “I cannot say that we have been working coherently for 41 years”
Secretary General of AKEL Andros Kiprianu said “I cannot say that we have been working coherently for 41 years in order to achieve bi-zonal and bi-communal federation” and emphasized that there were some leaders who mentioned about bi-zonal and bi-communal federation but had different targets.
Greek Cypriot daily Alithia noted that Kiprianu has reminded that some people in South Cyprus stated : “we have not succeeded to solve the Cyprus problem on the grounds of bi-zonal and bi-communal federation, so we should demand different things” and asked “If we change our attitude towards bi-zonal and bi-communal federation, what are we going to choose” and continued:
“First of all, I do not agree that we have been working coherently for 41 years in order to achieve bi-zonal and bi-communal federation. However, there were some leaders who mentioned about bi-zonal and bi-communal federation but had different targets”.
Theoharus: “If a good or bad solution is achieved, I will abandon politics”
“If the Cyprus problem is solved in a good or bad way, I will abandon politics”, DISI Europe MP Eleni Theoharus said. Theoharus accused leader of Greek Cypriot administration Nikos Anastasiades that he did not keep the promises he gave before the elections related with the Cyprus problem and cheated the voters and explained that she will become a candidate for the election of leadership of Greek Cypriot administration to be held in 2018.
According to the Greek Cypriot daily Alithia Theoharus said “Nikos Anastasiades disappointed me a lot.”
“Who will pay for the solution?”
Greek Cypriot daily Politis expressed that there will be problem for finding a fund in order to practice the solution and to construct the new Cyprus. It was claimed that construction of new Cyprus following a possible solution will continue for 10 years and its cost will exceed 25 billion Euros.
In the news it was underlined that President Mustafa Akıncı and the Leader of the Greek Cypriot administration started to work with the aim of reaching an agreement to be accepted in a referenda to be held in North and South Cyprus at the end of this year, but there is an uncertainty on how the invoice will be paid.
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