TRNC News Today 27th July 2015
Akıncı and Anastasiades met again
President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades met again in order to find a solution to the Cyprus problem. The meeting was held in a building which was allocated for the negotiations at the buffer zone. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide was also present at the meeting.
Mogherini: “Solution is vital for Europe”
The EU High Representative Responsible for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini emphasized that the solution of the Cyprus problem is highly important for Europe.
In the framework of the one-day visit to Cyprus, Mogherini made a statement to the Greek Cypriot newspaper Politis and emphasized the fundamental importance of the solution of the Cyprus problem for the EU and also for security and stability in the region. Mogherini said that they welcomed the start of the negotiations and expressed appreciation to the efforts that contribute to a positive atmosphere and created a momentum.
Mogherini stated that the EU is playing an active role in the process; they support the efforts of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide and they promote the island’s economic integration. Mogherini also stated that the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s Cyprus visit provided contribution to the momentum.
Mogherini said that they were ready to contribute with all kinds of help to the sides or to the UN and added that “If all parties will continue to play such a constructive role, it is not unrealistic to say that the solution of the Cyprus problem is in our hands”.
Touching on issues related to the Middle East, Mogherini said that when the EU policy was discussed South Cyprus had an important voice in the region and said that it would continue to be so.
Eide : “Cyprus problem is solvable”
Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, believes that the Cyprus problem is completely solvable, but it takes confidence, will and leadership”, noting that now all these are present simultaneously.
“This momentum should not be allowed to perish,” he stressed, adding that the greatest achievement of the negotiations is the almost totally changed behaviour that exists.
Eide described the current phase of the negotiations and referred to the importance of the recognition by both sides of the European character of the solution.
He said that much remains to be done and several months of hard work before reaching a political agreement and enough time for drafting the constitution. He also said that the talks now concern not only the issue of governance, but cover all aspects. In relation to the three guarantor powers (UK, Greece and Turkey) of Cyprus` independence and territorial integrity, he said that he is in contact with all three to discuss how and when to work on these issues.
With regard to the direct involvement of the UN Secretary General in the talks, he noted that Ban Ki-moon is in contact with him and the leaders and is fully briefed, but will be involved when his presence is considered more useful.
Eide said that the role of the EU representative in negotiations will be both a meaningful one and also advisory. Eide said: “Definitely he will have a meaningful role, we want him and not only him, but we also want the Commission. Juncker and I agreed that the Commission is not only sending a person; it’s organizing its internal work across directorate generals to make sure that they are helpful, particularly in two fronts. One, to help us identify how to make the settlement fully compatible with the EU principles and acquis. The other one is how to work with the institutions of the Turkish Cypriot side, so they are ready for EU membership, when the whole island is a de-facto member.
Omirou: “A settlement that includes guarantees cannot be put to a referendum”
President of the Greek Cypriot Parliament, Yiannakis Omirou, defended that they, as the Greek Cypriots, should emphasize that a settlement that includes guarantees cannot be put to a referendum. Omirou also argued that some aspects of the Cyprus problem should be discussed with Turkey. Speaking to the Greek Cypriot daily Alithia, Omirou made some evaluations about the Cyprus problem. According to the news which indicates that 41 years have passed from 1974, Omirou argued that the bi-communal dialogue about the internal dimensions of the Cyprus problem is a right move, however it is a mistake that the dialogue covers all topics.
Papadopoulos suspects Anastasiades ability to negotiate and evaluate
DIKO leader Nikolas Papadopoulos said that he has doubts about the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades’ ability to negotiate and evaluate the Cyprus problem. Papadopoulos holds that the present Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades and the former leader Dimitris Christofias have the same mentality and both would reach ‘a settlement that would cause yet another disaster for the country’ in cooperation with DISI and AKEL.
The Greek Cypriot weekly Kathimerini reminded that Papadopoulos accused Anastasiades, DISI and AKEL of proving the Turkish thesis on the Cyprus problem, and questioned his basis. In response to this, Papadopoulos gave examples of ‘rotating presidency, guaranteed majority, foreign judges, and property ownership rights of refugees’.
Stating that Anastasiades’ briefing to the Greek Cypriot National Council was not enough, and they obtained a wider range of information from the UN, foreign diplomats, diplomatic resources and the press, Papadopoulos said that the information they obtained shows that there is a negative atmosphere, rather than a positive atmosphere.
He said: ‘I don’t believe that Anastasiades is a respected negotiator and he stands up enough for the rights of Greek Cypriots. Not because he likes the country and the Greek Cypriots less, but because he has different criteria and a different mentality.
I suspect Anastasiades’ ability to evaluate the facts about the Cyprus problem and the dangers that come from his compromises as he sees the Annan Plan as a neat solution. Moreover, he is continuing from where Christofias left off. He has the same mentality with him, which makes me doubt his power and his criteria in the negotiations`.
Çolak: “It should be explained that the solution is necessary for our people’s interests and for opening to the world”
In her speech at the reception of the delegation of Businessmen Association, Foreign Minister Emine Çolak noted that there will be some opposition towards a solution in the society but their goal is telling to the public by respecting the freedom of expression and opinion that the solution should be achieved as soon as possible for the interests of our people and for opening to the world. “This is not only our duty, but it is the duty of everyone” she said.
Çolak pointed out that the negotiation process is accelerated by President Mustafa Akıncı. She stated: “In addition to the contribution on behalf of myself, I am ready to engage the valuable human resources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the process on the call of Mr. President as I have stated before” she said. Minister Çolak also said: “I will forward the issue to Mr. President after the vote of confidence.”
The government got the vote of confidence
At the end of the open vote session at the council, 35 MPs voted in favour, 9 voted against and 6 did not participate.
At the end of the voting President of the Assembly Sibel Siber said that the Council of Ministers got the vote of confidence. Prime Minister Ömer Kalyoncu also took the floor after the vote, thanked everyone and said: “This mission is always a difficult duty; we will try to overcome together.” Prime Minister Kalyoncu noted that the criticisms and support of the both positive and negative voters are important and added that citizens expect justice and welfare, and it is needed to increase the employment opportunities. Kalyoncu also noted that it can be achieved by not only the work of politicians, but hard work of everyone.
Former Greek Cypriot leader to Anastasiades: “Pluck up your courage to condemn EOKA-B and Grivas”
Former Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias said to his successor Nikos Anastasiades : “Pluck up your courage to condemn EOKA-B and Grivas, who were partners of the military junta, which caused all these disasters”.
According to the Greek Cypriot daily Simerini, Christofias at an event said that Anastasiades should make sincere confessions.
He also said: ‘It is a misfortune that we cannot consider the Republic of Cyprus after 1960, even if it lost value, as a mutual gain of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and strive to get out of our commitments.’
‘It would be a fatal mistake to turn the Republic of Cyprus into a Greek Cypriot constituting state’
President of Citizens’ Alliance, Yiorgos Lillikas, said ‘the probable liquidation of the Republic of Cyprus or its transformation into a Greek Cypriot constituting state in order to create a new partnership country would be a fatal mistake with unrecoverable effects’.
According to the Greek Cypriot daily FIleleftheros, Lilikas, underlining that the continuation of the so-called Republic of Cyprus must be a principle of negotiation for Greek Cypriots, emphasized that ‘such a vital topic cannot be regulated by ‘constructive uncertainty’, because there is not a court or an international organization that can interpret uncertainties. Therefore, the most powerful imposes his interpretation de facto.’
Lillikas emphasized: ‘In the case of the liquidation of the Republic of Cyprus or its transformation into a Greek Cypriot constituting state, the international recognition will be accorded to the new country, which will be considered as the successor of the Republic of Cyprus. The new country will substitute the Republic of Cyprus for its position in the EU, the UN, and other international organizations, and will take over the property and its financial responsibility, like Yugoslavia did.’
“Her appointment is hazarded for she does not mentioned invasion”
The appointment of Diplomat Kathleen Ann Doherty who is selected by President Barack Obama for the vacancy of US new ambassador to South Cyprus was hazarded as she did not mentioned ‘invasion’ when replying the question of Greek Cypriot origin New Jersey senator Robert Menendez in the interview held at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. According to the news of Greek Cypriot daily Simerini, a reliable source in Washington is of opinion that the appointment of Doherty as the US ambassador to South Cyprus will have difficulty due to not giving a satisfactory answer to the question related to the ‘Turkish invasion and occupation in Cyprus’ asked by Menendez. As required by the regulation of US Senate, a Senate member can indefinitely freeze an appointment made by US President.
It was stated that Doherty avoided answering the question as ‘Can I have the guarantee that in the future you will never say that there is no invasion in Cyprus’ asked by Menendez.
“The main problem is economic crisis”
In a survey conducted in South Cyprus for the Greek Cypriot political party AKEL, 66.7% of Greek Cypriots stated that the main problem in the country is noted by the Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros as the ‘economic crisis.’
The newspaper noted that 44.1% of the Greek Cypriots stated that the second main problem is the Cyprus problem and the other issues are; 33.7% said unemployment, 16% said health, 12% said retirement-insurance system, 7.7% said national security, 7.5% said education, 6.3% said immigration, 1.1% said corruption, 3.1% said other issues, 6.1% said no problem.
According to the news, replying the question whether the policy of the leader of Greek Cypriot administration Nikos Anatasiades towards the Cyprus problem is right or wrong, 65.2% of the voters of AKEL stated that it is right, 23.5% stated that it is wrong and 11.3% replied as “I do not know.”
In reply to the same question, 79% of DISI voters stated that it is right, 13.5 % stated that it is wrong and 7.5% replied as “I do not know”, 40% of the voters of DIKO stated that it is right, 49.5 % stated that it is wrong and 7.5% replied as “I do not know”, 34.2% of EDEK voters stated that it is right, 54.4 % stated that it is wrong and 11% replied as “I do not know”.
Joint exhibition by Lefkoşa Turkish Municipality and Lefkoşa Greek Municipality
A joint exhibition consisting of 40 photographs concerning Lefkoşa which were taken by the staff of Lefkoşa Turkish Municipality and Lefkoşa Greek Municipality was opened in the Bandabulya.
The exhibition, which reflects Lefkoşa – a city hosting many civilizations throughout history – in different perspectives, can be visited until 3rd August. Photographs taken by the Mayor of Lefkoşa Turkish Municipality Mehmet Harmancı and the Mayor of Lefkoşa Greek Municipality Konstantinos Yorgacis are also exhibited in the exhibition named “Lefkoşa in the eyes of Municipal Employees”.
Greek Cypriots attack Polish persons
Polish persons who came to South Cyprus to watch the Jagiellonia-Omonia football match were attacked by Greek Cypriots according to the news of the Greek Cypriot daily Simerini.
The newspaper noted that midnight on Thursday, 25-30 Polish persons first quarrelled between each other at the Finikudes beach and afterwards when some of them left the area, the rest were attacked by 30-40 persons thought to be Greek Cypriots.
Stating that two persons were injured during the attack, the newspaper noted that no-one was arrested since the Greek Cypriots left the area before the police arrived.
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