TRNC News Today 8th July 2015
“Cyprus economy after a solution” event in the buffer zone
The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Greek Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be holding an event in the buffer zone tonight with the theme of their vision of the Cyprus economy after a solution.
The event will be attended by the two leaders Akıncı and Anastasiades. The event which is funded by the EU within the ‘Leading by Example’ project will begin at 19:00 at Chateau Status in the buffer zone. A joint statement will be made by the leaders and the Presidents of the Chambers of both sides and Turkey and Greece.
Eide will stay longer than planned
UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide arrived in Cyprus on Sunday in order to meet with the negotiators and the leaders and he will stay longer than expected. Greek newspaper Fileleftheros wrote that Turkish Cypriot negotiator Özdil Nami and Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis met with Eide yesterday and in order to get further directives from the leaders, some questions were formulated. According to the news; the negotiators met for nearly four and a half hours and they continued their discussions on administration, property and territory.
Eide met with Denktaş
UNSG’s Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide yesterday called on the DP-UG headquarters where he met with party leader Serdar Denktaş. Speaking to the press ahead of the meeting, Eide said that they had entered an interesting stage in the talks and said they had started to discuss all issues in a connected way. Noting that there was still a lot of issues on the table and they were still at the beginning of the process, Eide said he had been optimistic for some time but he was more optimistic in the past weeks following the recent meetings. Eide said that a solution reached had to be supported by both communities on all sides and it was with this in mind that he believed it is part of his duties to receive the views from all political spectrums.
DP-UG leader Serdar Denktaş for his part said they were not fully informed on the process and they had passed this on to President Akıncı. He said all the political parties should be informed of any developments. On the process, Denktas said they were worried whether the process would be crowned with a settlement agreement; he said they want to support the process more however they first needed to learn about the developments.
Eide: “There is daily progress on many issues”
UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide said that he is getting more optimistic every day as Cyprus peace talks are being taken to the next level. Eide was a guest at a luncheon on Tuesday hosted by Archbishop Chrysostomos. Speaking to the press later, Eide said that he had the opportunity to brief the Archbishop on the Cyprus talks and get his opinion. Eide also said that everyone in Cyprus should be happy for having religious leaders on both sides who are open to dialogue and cooperation and he added that he just wanted to share the support of the Archbishop for the work that the leaders are doing and he, as the envoy of the Secretary General is doing, is something that he very much appreciates and he is very happy to have this opportunity to exchange perspectives.
Mungan: “We improved the Finance in two years”
Minister of Finance Zeren Mungan announced that he improved the Finance in his two-year office and he completed his two-year office successfully
Minister Mungan stated that public finance is brought to a sustainable disciplined point. Stating that the studies are carried out with the approach of increasing incomes with the discipline and saving of the budget, Mungan explained the studies carried out in the Ministry of Finance.
Stating that if the large part of the resources transferred from the Republic of Turkey are used for developing the real sector and for economic growth, the relations with Republic of Turkey will be more valuable, Mungan added that the process of sustainable public finance balance and economic growth will enable them to form problem-free relations with the institutions like EU and IMF after a solution in Cyprus.
Bad odour in Magusa due to the EU
The decision of the EU Support office which is related to Emek Construction due to the project of Magusa sewage and drinking water, is brought to the agenda again after the bad sewage odour in Magusa.
Turkish Cypriot Contractors Association which is closely interested in the issue called the authorities of the government, which have kept their silence for a year against the developments, to stand by Emek Construction against the noncompliant attitude of the EU.
President of Turkish Cypriot Contractors Association Cafer Gürcafer, said: “As a result, in the case of the implementation of decisions of DAB, we think that the authorities of EU Support Office serving in TRNC violate the law in order to evade their personal responsibilities and we consider that our evaluations are confirmed by EU authorities.
Following the decision, we started the mediation initiatives and within this framework we had a series of meetings with the EU authorities. Although Emek Construction which is our member make concessions from her rights confirmed by international arbitration, no agreement is reached” (Kıbrıs Postası)
Greek Cypriot Intelligence Service (KIP) purchases software and service for illegal listening and monitoring
It was noted that the Greek Cypriot Intelligence Service (KIP), purchased ‘a software and monitoring system infecting into mobile phones’ for the purpose of listening and monitoring.
Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros noted that the listening and monitoring service is purchased from an Italian firm named ‘The Hacking Team’ which is expert on mobile phones and internet tracking software systems.
According to the information obtained by the newspaper, the invoices of software and monitoring system purchased by KIP was exposed when the computers of ‘the Hacking Team’ were hacked by ‘Anonymous’.
According to the news, four invoices in the name of KIP issued by the Italian firm were declared by the expert on Electronic Communication and Computer Security Dinos Pastos yesterday. Pastos drew attention that the system is a software and service enabling the monitoring of the citizens without taking judicial writ.
Source: TRNC Public Information Office –
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