TRNC News Today 28th July 2015

Akıncı: “The issue of land and ownership discussed within the framework of the negotiations”

President Akıncı said that within the framework of negotiations, criteria on ownership and land issues were discussed yesterday. Akıncı indicated that the months leading up to the end of the year were important and added that he still believed a solution was possible as long as they continue with this determination and faith, within months not in years.

In his statement Akıncı stated that they had the second and last meeting of July and it was held in a positive atmosphere. He pointed out that the next leaders meeting will be held on 1st September.Land issue

Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus Mr. Espen Barth Eide also participated in the meeting. The consensus reached at the previous meeting was confirmed at the meeting, and then they exchanged views on the criteria on ownership and land issues. He pointed out that the next leaders meetings were scheduled for the 1st and 14th of September although the negotiators and technical committees would continue to meet in August.

Akıncı said: “I hope both communities can live in peace, tranquillity and confidence in our country in a bi-communal, bi-zonal frame with a federal structure. Thus our future generations will find the opportunity to live in a happy and peaceful island”.

President Akıncı reminded that within the framework of the cultural events he is going to attend a music concert with the Greek Leader Anastasiades at Othello Tower tonight. UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will also attend this event.

Eide made a statement on behalf of the two leaders

Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus Mr. Espen Barth Eide made a statement on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader Mr. Nicos Anastasiades after the meeting of the two leaders yesterday. In his statement Eide said:

“Today, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, continued to make progress towards their shared vision of a united, federal Cyprus. The positive and results orientated climate of the talks continue to foster Eide statement for leadersthe progress required towards conclusion of a settlement as soon as possible. Today’s meeting focused on issues of property and criteria on territory. Regarding property, the leaders agreed that the individual’s right to property is respected. There shall be different alternatives for the regulation of the exercise of this right. Dispossessed owners and current users shall have various choices regarding their claims to affected properties. These different choices shall include compensation, exchange and reinstatement. The exercise of any such choice shall be subject to agreed criteria. There shall be a list of categories of affected properties. There shall be an independent Property Commission mandated to resolve property claims based on mutually agreed criteria. The Property Commission shall comprise of an equal number of Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot members.

The leaders also underlined their commitment to maintain the momentum of the process and decided that their next meetings will be held on 1 and 14 September. The negotiators will continue to meet intensively between leaders’ meetings in support of this endeavour. Over the coming days the negotiators will have joint sessions with the Working Groups on European Union Matters, Property and the Economy to more effectively guide their work.

The leaders welcomed the reappointment of Mr. Pieter Van Nuffel as the Personal Representative of the President of the European Commission to the UN Good Offices Mission in Cyprus.

The leaders were briefed on the informal consultations held with the United Nations Security Council last week. They welcomed the strong expressions of support of the members of the Council for a settlement in Cyprus.

In the prevailing positive climate, the two leaders will tomorrow participate in a musical event at the Othello tower as agreed by the technical committee on culture.”

Çolak: “Political will in Cyprus in favour of a solution”

Foreign Minister Emine Çolak has expressed optimism regarding Emine Colakefforts to reach a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus Problem. “We are hopeful of achieving a positive result. If not in 2015, I foresee a settlement in 2016” she said. Foreign Minister Çolak speaking in an interview to the Turkish Anatolian News Agency (AA) said that they intended to bring the negotiations to a point of everyone’s interests and pass these stages to complete the major work to be done. Minister Çolak expressed that the Cyprus issue has been described as a problem for more than half a century and pointed out that Turkish Cypriots are removed from the international community and have been punished.  “A generation was able to maintain their life in a deadlock.  We are tired of the uncertainty and the status problem.  We have to solve it and that solution is closer now” she said.

Music at Othello Tower continues to draw fire

President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot Leader Nicos Anastasiades are expected to attend a bi-communal concert which is named “our music under the moonlight” at the recently renovated Othello Tower in Famagusta tonight as part of the confidence building measures. According to news on Cyprus Mail published in South Cyprus, Anastasiades’s attending an event in the north has drawn fire from the political arena in the south.

Othello TowerHouse President in South Cyprus Yiannakis Omirou was one of those who criticized Anastasiades. Omirou said “it would send the wrong impression that the holder of the highest office in the land would attend an event under the conditions of military occupation”.  Although he appreciates the contact with the Turkish Cypriots on all levels was required as part of the negotiations process, the presence of “the official Cypriot state in events in the occupied north is another thing”.

The Greens also criticized Anastasiades. “Instead of Akıncı handing over the keys of the town to Anastasiades as per the resolutions of the UN  Akıncı invites him as a host at the Othello Tower,” the Greens said.

On the other hand The Citizens’ Alliance asked Anastasiades whether he would remove the ‘Republic’s’ flag from his car during his visit in the north.

They argue that even though they believe that confidence building measures can cultivate a positive climate, the solution of the Cyprus problem will not depend on such actions.  “The President’s visits in the north basically contribute to the upgrading of the breakaway regime,” they said.

Greek Cypriots to face yet another truth

15 Noratlas transport planes took off from the Souda air base in Crete with great secrecy, as the Greeks sent in commando troops to Cyprus on 21 July 1974 at night.  Greek Cypriots will face yet another truth as excavation works begin for the person who died as a result of a gunshot fired by the Greek Cypriot National Guard near Nicosia International Airport.

Greek Cypriot daily Politis published some details about the operation of the Greek commando troops, nicknamed ‘Niki’ (victory). The newspaper also published the testimony of the Greek Cypriot who buried the transport plane, which was shot down, with the people inside. The testimony was taken by the Greek Cypriot police as part of a search for missing persons on 22 December 1999.

Kyprianou supports negotiation process

Secretary-General of AKEL, Andros Kyprianou, stated that they Andros Kyprianousupport the negotiation process even though they strongly disagree with the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades, however they do not give him a blank cheque. Saying that they work for a bi-zonal bi-communal federation with political equality as defined in the relevant Security Council resolutions, Kyprianou holds that the settlement will not include guarantees as he defines them as ‘anachronistic’ for an EU member state. President of the Greek Cypriot Green Party, Giorgos Perdikis, reacted angrily to the fact that President Mustafa Akıncı and Anastasiades will attend a concert together at the Othello Tower. Defining it as ‘wrong place at the wrong time’, Perdikis holds that Anastasiades is causing the opportunity of Greek Cypriots agreeing a settlement to be lost with irreversible damage as he is rushing to convey a message of determination towards a settlement to the Turkish Cypriots and foreigners.

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