TRNC News Today 15th June 2015
Negotiators met again
The Turkish Cypriot negotiator Özdil Nami and the Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis met again today at 9:30 at the Office of the UN’s Good Offices Mission in the buffer zone. The meeting is expected to continue for the whole day. On the other hand; the leaders will meet on Wednesday 17 June and also UN Secretary- General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will also be present at the meeting.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “EP’s claims and calls do not comply with current positive atmosphere in the island”
Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that according to the Resolution of the European Parliament (EP) regarding the European Commission’s 2014 Progress Report on Turkey which was adopted in the EP Plenary Session on 10 June 2015, it is clear that the calls and the false allegations put forth in the Cyprus paragraphs of the Report negate the prevailing positive atmosphere on the Island. Besides, many of the assessments contained in the Report are not acceptable. The statement is as follows:
“We noted the positive expressions regarding the strong support towards the reunification of Cyprus on the basis of a fair, comprehensive and viable settlement in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the hope that the election of Mr. Mustafa Akıncı as President will open a new window of opportunity in the negotiation process. However, it is crucial to remind all parties concerned that support of the European Union to the negotiation process must be fair and balanced for a fruitful progress. Bearing in mind that the maintenance of the positive atmosphere created by the new session of talks on the Island is extremely important, it is necessary to underline that the support and positive calls of the relevant international actors interested in the Cyprus problem will greatly contribute to the conclusion of the negotiation process with a comprehensive settlement.
We expect that the European Union refrains from taking positions unilaterally on platforms where the Turkish Cypriot side is not represented. Instead of engaging in such negative moves which do not contribute to the resolution of the Cyprus issue, the European Union should take constructive steps in a way to encourage both Leaders for the ongoing negotiation process. We, once more reiterate the demand of the Turkish Cypriots for the right of representation at the European Union”.
“Intentional tactical manoeuvre”
The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs made evaluations regarding the statements of the Greek Cypriot Administration leader Nicos Anastasiades, which appeared in media. The Ministry’s statement said: “Attempts to question the commitment of Turkey to find a fair, permanent and comprehensive settlement on the island is an intentional tactical manoeuvre”.
The statement read as: “The Greek Cypriot leader must first and foremost make well use of the current window of opportunity to find a solution to the Cyprus issue, and focus his efforts on concluding the negotiations held with Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı within the framework of the goodwill mission of the UN General-Secretary”. “It is considered that this attempt to question Turkey’s commitment to finding a fair, permanent and viable solution to the Cyprus issue is an intentional tactical manoeuvre,” the statement said, adding that Turkey would continue to duly perform its international commitments as it always had, and keep contributing to efforts towards resolving the Cyprus issue at the earliest,” and “making the island and Eastern Mediterranean a region of peace, stability and cooperation.”
Theoharus “We are also responsible for unsettlement”
DISI European MP Eleni Theoharus said those who negotiate on behalf of the Greek administration are also responsible for the unsettlement of the Cyprus Problem. In a statement made to weekly Greek Cypriot Mahi newspaper, Theoharus complained that those who negotiate on behalf of the Greek Cypriot administration without a strategy, acting with the aim of a “Bi-zonal, Bi-communal Federation”, are continuously vaporizing the power and the strategic supports that EU has given to them.
Talat is elected as CTP-BG President
2nd President Mehmet Ali Talat is elected as the President of CTP-BG (Republican Turkish Party- United forces). While Mehmet Ali Talat received 727 votes of 835 delegates who attended the 25th Congress, the other candidate, Yasar Oduncuoglu received 93 votes and 15 votes were considered invalid. Mehmet Ali Talat thanked all delegates and congratulated Oduncuoglu for showing an example of great democracy.
Juncker: “Varosha is one of the main elements of negotiations for a comprehensive solution”
European Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said “Reinstitution of Famagusta’s closed Varosha area is one of the main elements of negotiations under the auspices of the UN for a comprehensive solution between the two communities”. Juncker also said: “Commission supports the efforts of both leaders and the UN to find a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem politically and technically and congratulates the resumption of negotiations. Turkey is also expected to actively support negotiations on the Cyprus issue within the framework of the UN, decisions of Security Council and according to EU’s principles, to find a comprehensive, sustainable and fair solution to the problem.”
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