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TRNC News Today 5th June 2015. Akinci – Solution to Cyprus problem possible within months

TRNC News Today 5th June 2015

Akıncı: “A solution to the Cyprus problem is possible within months”

All parties to the Cyprus conflict should come together for a “line dance” to capitalize on the momentum towards a permanent solution, President Mustafa Akıncı said yesterday.

Mustafa Akinci 2Akıncı met with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in New York on Thursday for the first time since his election in April.

Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Akıncı said there is a positive atmosphere on the island, where peace talks between Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south restarted last month.

“I’m very much convinced that with this mood and with the commitment of my people for a lasting and viable solution we will be achieving a mutually acceptable solution within months rather than years,” he said.

Akıncı said a typical metaphor used on the island in the past when one side placed blame on the other was to call it a “tango” – a style of dance that requires a partner.

 “Whenever one side or the other, depending on the circumstances, wanted to put all the blame to the other side, that side used the metaphor of tango: ‘You need two to solve the Cyprus problem, you need two to tango.’ … But what I’m saying nowadays is something completely different. I’m saying that we need a line dance. In Turkish, it is halay; in Greek, it is sirtaki”, he said.

The involvement of civil society, as well as of international actors such as UN, EU and guarantor powers, are needed although Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities will always remain the protagonists of the issue, he said.

Regarding the potential effects of the results of upcoming Sunday’s general election in Turkey, Akıncı said he believed the new government would be committed to the negotiation process and make a positive contribution.

“What is needed actually is to see that Greece also recovers from what they are facing nowadays as soon as possible so that it can also put its positive input to the process like Turkey”, he said referring Ban ki Moonto the Greek economic crisis.

Meanwhile, the UN chief welcomed “the positive atmosphere” surrounding the Cyprus talks and encouraged leaders from both sides to continue, according to the following statement issued from his spokesperson’s office:

“The Secretary-General welcomed the positive atmosphere surrounding the Cyprus talks, commending the commitment of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Akinci, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Anastasiades, to reach a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus issue.   He encouraged the leaders to stay on this path and assured Mr. Akinci of his personal commitment and that of his Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide to continue facilitating the efforts of the two leaders in the talks. The Secretary-General also welcomed the leaders’ agreement to work on a number of confidence building measures that would benefit both communities. He noted that the measures could help to increase and sustain the positive environment on the island. The Secretary-General also welcomed the decision by the leaders to establish a committee on gender equality in the framework of the talks.”

Azeri Minister: “Greek Cypriot Administration accepted to export natural gas to Europe through TANAP”

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Energy Natig Aliyev stated that they negotiated with South Cyprus and Israel regarding Gas pipeline imagetransfer of natural gas to Europe through TANAP (Trans-Anatolian Gas Project) by using Azerbaijan infrastructure which passes from Turkey.

According to Greek Cypriot Simerini newspaper addressing the International Caspian Oil and Gas conference Natig Aliyev noted that South Cyprus and Israel will be able to transfer natural gas to Europe through Turkey except Iraq and Iran and added that they negotiated about this subject.

It is claimed that Greek Cypriots work at Turkish offices dealing with selling of Greek territories in the TRNC

It is claimed that some Greek Cypriots cross to the TRNC everyday in For saleorder to work at Turkish offices dealing with selling of Greek territories.

Greek Cypriot daily newspaper Fileleftheros pointed out that at yesterday’s meeting of Immigrant Committee of Greek Cypriot Assembly, one of the government authorities claimed that some Greek Cypriots are in cooperation with the Immovable Property Commission. According to the news there are similar offices which work accordingly in South Cyprus, but because of some reasons these institutions are not disclosed.

Uluçay examines new optical readers at the checkpoints

Optic readers to be used for crossings at check points have been established as of today. Interior Minister Passport scannerTeberrüken Uluçay who went to the Metehan crossing point today examined the optic readers and said they were being implemented at all crossing points from Ercan airport to the ports and borders. Uluçay said that the work related to bring the immigration staff cabins closer to the pavements would be completed next week as well. At a meeting at the Metehan crossing point with the UN it was discussed that the number of immigration officers in the south be increased to two as the queue of cars crossing into the south was more. The minister responding to questions said that citizens were not obliged to get the e-ID cards and they could still use their present IDs when crossing.

Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage organized an activity due to completing restoration project at Ayios Afksentios Church

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage organized an activity Ayios Afksentios Churchdue to completing restoration project at Ayios Afksentios Church in Büyükkonuk. The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage co-presidents Ali Tuncay and Takis Hadjidemetriu, diplomats from the US, Italy, Bulgaria, Holland, Ireland and Turkish and Greek Cypriot specialists, head of the EU Support Office Alessandra Viezzer, Tiziana Zennaro responsible for UNDP-PFF attended respectively to the organization.

Ali Tuncay and Takis Hadjidemetriou receive the European Citizen’s Prize 2015

Takis Hadjidemetriou and Ali Tuncay are among the 47 winners of the European Citizen`s Prize 2015 of the European Parliament, the European Parliament Office in Cyprus says inEuropean Union Parliament an announcement issued yesterday. Since 2008, the prize has been awarded to citizens or organizations having contributed to promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens or to facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the EU. The winners will receive a medal of honour at an award ceremony in Cyprus and will be invited to a joint event in Brussels in October. `Takis Hadgidemetriou and Ali Tuncay were proposed by MEPS Takis Hadjigeorgiou (GUE) and Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE) who underlined that the two nominees for the Prize have contributed enormously in the recording, preservation and restoration of the cultural heritage (Christian and Muslim) of all communities in Cyprus. In addition their actions promote the concept of peaceful cooperation and partnership and they can be an example for young people of both Communities on the island. The winners were selected on Wednesday 3rd  June by a Chancellery in Brussels, chaired by Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR). The Members of the Chancellery are: Vice-Presidents Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz (EPP, HU), Olli Rehn (ALDE, FI), Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL, EL) and Ryszard Czarnecki (ECR, PL), former EP Presidents Hans-Gert Pöttering (EPP, DE) and Enrique Barón Crespo (S&D, ES) and eminent personalities Hannes Swoboda (S&D, AT) and Jose Manuel Barroso (EPP, PT).

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9 replies »

  1. Let’s hope a settlement is agreed – it’s about time for the sake of both sides.

  2. Ask both leaders to define the word solution! What is the Cyprus problem?
    What one side calls a solution the other side considers suicide!

  3. What I would like to know is why the IPC in TRNC is still operating when it was disclosed by the North Cyprus Government that they have no means to pay for the properties that they have finalised and agreed payment of.

    It would also be helpful if the ECHR decided to investigate this and withdraw its recognition of this body if it is not functioning.

    • Hello Danny Taylor so you claim to be a Cypriot Judge and as you seem to a bit behind the times commenting on this news feed, could it be that you seem to be far away in the UK, in the South of the UK according to your ISP number?

      Anyway do continue to come baCK AND follow our posts as you may learn more.

    • Hi kyreniacommentator you should take up comedy. Yes I post as any name and choose names sometimes to suit the articles I comment on qs it was a former Judge that wrote the other article.
      You do have some interesting articles on here, although some are not hot off the press so to speak. Apologies for being late, but I only stumbled upon your site yesterday and had a look around. I will try to be current in future comments!
      Regarding my location, I am based in the UK in London and more precisely in North East London, home to many Turkish and Greek Cypriots – who are waiting for an elusive solution to the Cyprus problem.
      Many are planning to go back if a reasonable solution can happen before they pass away.

      • Thank you “Danny for today’s post“, your follow up comment is much appreciated and the news is ever changing and updating so we all do our best to keep up to date.

        We all would like to see a solution to the Cyprus issue but it needs people on both sides to accept the truth and mistakes of the past and try to finally move forward together.

        Yes, comedy sometimes is important as we can all become to intense on occasions.

  4. All this fruitless bickering will never see any solution it makes me wonder if anyone really wants it

  5. The only reason TCs need a ‘solution’ is for the embargo to be lifted. Which would make us, in a short time, financially independent; So that we can demilitarise, thereby attain valuable land that has been sequestered by Turkish military.
    The only reason that GCs want a ‘solution’ is to reclaim land, Maraş; in particular, And for the use of Famagusta port.
    The two sides have grown apart to such a degree that it’d take ‘generations’ to reconcile for the foul deeds perpetuated in the last 60 years. To add to this, when one considers the different religion, language and even culture that exist between the two sides, it is of no surprise that no solution could be amicable in the short term.