TRNC News Today 25th August 2015

Foreign Minister Çolak to pay an official visit to Ankara today

Minister of Foreign Affairs Emine Çolak is going to pay – an official visit to Ankara today.

Emine Colak

Within the framework of her Ankara visit, Minister Çolak will be received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and also hold meetings with Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır.

Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Erhan Erçin, Private Secretary Hüseyin Özel and I. Secretary Aysan Mullahasan will accompany Minister Çolak during her Ankara visit.

Negotiators to meet again after a 15-day break

Within the framework of Cyprus negotiations, the negotiators Özdil Nami and Andreas Mavroyannis will meet again today after a 15-day break in accordance to the agreement reached by the leaders.

Mavroyannis and Nami

The negotiators will meet every day except the weekend until Monday. The leaders’ meeting will be held on 1st September.

“4 to 1” subject not related to citizenship

An informed source, about the negotiations that are continuing for the reunification of Cyprus, said that “citizenship” subject has not been discussed yet and news in the Greek Cypriot media is about four freedoms.

In the statement in Kıbrıs newspaper, the source told that sides agreed on the suggestion that Turkish side made about four freedoms so the balance of Turkish-Greeks in the island would not be corrupted. Emphasizing that, subject is discussed within the frame of “Four Freedoms” that guarantee free circulation of individuals, goods, funds and services inside European Union (EU), the source said that “It has been agreed on the balance of Turkish-Greek numbers in the island that numbers of Turkish and Greek citizens that will come and settle in the island, will not change the ratio of population of the island.”

Source stated, “Population ratio in the island is now four to one but this does not mean that it is going to stay on that way. Birth rate can increase and Turkish Cypriots, who are not citizens and are living overseas can decide to come back.”

Experts are emphasizing that the mutual understanding between the 2nd. President Mehmet Ali Talat and former Greek Cypriot President Dimitris Hristofias has been reconfirmed between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sides and four to one population ratio was included in the Annan Plan. (Kıbrıs newspaper)

EDEK returns to the vile witch-hunts of the Annan plan

THE MORALLY upright socialists of EDEK have already begun their intimidation campaign against people that support the peace process and are keen to see a settlement. Last Friday, the party issued a statement claiming that the recently-formed group Team Cyprus had received funding from suspicious sources to pay for an opinion poll that was being carried out on its behalf. The implication was that the group had been bribed by those who wanted to harm Cyprus’ interests.EDEK logo

EDEK’s statement said: “Everyone knows that such a survey requires substantial expenditure of several thousand euros and it is puzzling how an organisation, after a month’s operation secured this funding. We are very much afraid that the above survey, like similar actions with unknown sources of funding and ‘unknown’ contributors, is reminiscent of the machinations of 2004. Everyone knows the then backers of the Annan plan spent millions of pounds on several ‘personalities’ and ‘NGOs’ to undertake the propaganda of the plan for the partition of Cyprus.”

This gossip-level positioning is quite astonishing. It is also incredibly hypocritical, because EDEK, like the rest of the political parties, has for years refused to approve legislation that would oblige all parties to make public the identities of their funders. By EDEK’s reasoning, the socialist party’s virulent opposition to a settlement could have been dictated by its funders, whom it refuses to name. Perhaps the ‘unknown’ contributors to EDEK’s coffers would like to see partition formalised and are funding parties to oppose a settlement. Or should we accept EDEK’s absurd assumption opponents of an agreement are more patriotic?

Team Cyprus could not be trusted because it consisted of people who had supported the Annan Plan, argued the wise socialists, as if this were a criminal offence. EDEK said that as long as questions about the funding remained unanswered, the findings of the survey were “untrustworthy from the outset”. Should we say the same regarding the positions taken by EDEK, given that the party’s funders are a carefully-guarded secret?

Team Cyprus responded by describing this statement as “vile” and explaining that all its funding came from Cypriots and that it followed all the laws governing the finances of clubs. It had no obligation to give an explanation to the mud-slinging bullies of EDEK, who have commenced their intimidation of people actively supporting a settlement, alleging they were agents of foreign interests.

The same tactics were employed by EDEK and the hard-liners in 2004, in what turned into a scary witch-hunt, with claims that tens of millions of pounds were paid by the US to people to support the Annan plan. Not a shred of evidence was ever produced to back these claims. EDEK’s vile statement was in the spirit of the 2004 witch-hunts. (Cyprus Mail 25.08.2015)

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