TRNC News Today 6th July 2015

  Akıncı assigns Kalyoncu to form the new government

President Mustafa Akıncı has assigned Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) Girne Deputy Ömer Kalyoncu to form the new government.

President Akinci and Ömer Kalyoncu

Akıncı received Kalyoncu this morning and he assigned him to form the government.

Akıncı: “There are no risk factors in 25 of 28 minefields”

President Mustafa Akıncı has announced that there is no risk factor in 25 of the 28 minefields pointing out that that there were three suspected areas, and the risky areas in Ömerli and Alemdağ have been fenced off and posed no direct risk to the public.Landmines

Akıncı added that when he started his duty on the 30th of April and the negotiations started officially on the 15th of May, 28 minefields were presented by Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades at their first meeting on 15th of May. Akıncı also said that inspections have been held by teams from the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in company with the Cyprus Turkish Security Forces within the areas of which coordinates were provided by the Greek Cypriot Side.

Furthermore, Akıncı reminded that the UNMAS teams had carried out the inspections in line with a request he had made to the UNSG Ban Ki Moon.

Negotiators met today

Within the framework of Cyprus negotiations, Turkish Cypriot negotiator Özdil Nami and Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Nami and MavroyannisMavroyannis have met today. The meeting started in the buffer zone at Ledra Palace Hotel at 09:00am. It was stated that the negotiators will also meet in the next four days.

UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide who left the island at the weekend has returned to the island.

President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades will meet on 10 July, Friday.

Lillikas: “Breaking up of Republic of Cyprus foreseen”

In his statement to Greek Cypriot weekly Mahi, Yorgos Lillikasthe leader of the Greek Citizens Alliance Yorgos Lillikas has criticized Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades about the Cyprus issue and said that breaking up of the Republic of Cyprus and a new partnership government is foreseen. Stressing that any meeting held regarding the Turkish Cypriot side’s proposals  since the Greek Citizens Alliance has been called to National Council,  Lillikas said that Anastasiades also never advised National Council about his proposals to put forth at the negotiations.

Claim for agreement on mobile phone communication

Mobile phoneGreek Kathimerini newspaper claimed that it has come to the final stage of efforts for connecting mobile phone communication networks of both sides. On the other hand; it was claimed that the sides agreed on both commercial and technical issues. The newspaper also noted that the new mobile communication will be realized thanks to the political will shown by President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades for linking the mobile phone networks. The newspaper also wrote that  Akıncı and Anastasiades gave great importance to this confidence-building measure.

Greek Cypriots highly disturbed for Schulz

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz receiving President Mustafa Akıncı and his statements made Martin Schulzregarding Greece disturbed the Greek Cypriots. In his statement to Greek Cypriot daily Simerini, EDEK leader Marinos Sizopoulos pointed out that Schulz addressed Akıncı as a “President” and asked “which government?”. The newspaper wrote that DIKO’s parliamentarian at the European Parliament Kostas Mavridis sent a letter to Schulz in order to protest his addressing Akıncı as a President and for the statements made after the meeting.

51st Anniversary of Erenköy Resistance

Erenkoy Memorial CemeteryApplications have started to be accepted for those who want to attend the ceremony for 51st Anniversary of Erenköy resistance to be held on 8th August in Erenköy.

During the Erenköy resistance which has a special place in the struggle of the Turkish Cypriot people, around 500 Turkish Cypriot youngsters who were receiving training in Turkey and some Turkish Cypriot people from the UK embarked to Erenköy by boats in 1964 and struggled against Greek Cypriot attacks.

Greek Cypriot side and Greece decide to set up Defence Academy

It is noted that despite calling for demilitarisation, the Greek Cypriot side is preparing to establish a Military Defence Academy. Whilst discussions of confidence building measures are Cyprus Flagcontinuing, it is written that the Greek Cypriot side is trying to bring discussions focusing on military presence, guarantees amongst others. However the Greek Cypriot side has decided to establish a wide based defence and strategy based Defence Academy. The academy is aiming to have academicians on Security Sciences; it will be known as the National Defence University. Security Sciences expert Dr. Kasapoğlu who spoke to the paper commented that whilst the negotiations continued, conducting work on such an academy was ‘two-faced’.

First Bilingual Children’s Book

Cyprus’s first Turkish- Greek bilingual children’s book which has been named as “Dünyalar Kadar” has been published.

The book which has been written by Mariana Michaelidou Kadis and Mehveş Beyidoğlu Önen narrates a mother’s hopes and good intentions about her child.

The book was read to the children at the event organized by POST Research Institute.

The books will be sold in the whole island as of next week.

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