TRNC News Today 26th August 2015

Foreign Minister Çolak carries out first official visit to Ankara

Foreign Minister Emine Çolak met with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır within the framework of her official visit to Ankara yesterday.

Emine Colak and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Within the framework of the visit to Ankara, a Memorandum of Understanding regarding cooperation in the field of information technology was signed between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the TRNC and Turkey.

The two Foreign Ministers held a joint press conference following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.

Indicating that the Memorandum regarding a secure communication network signed between the TRNC and Turkey is a product of the solidarity and consensus between the two countries, Foreign Minister Emine Çolak stated “Whether there is a settlement or not, we are in need of this contribution and initiative. The Turkish Cypriots are determined to be self-sufficient and stand on their own two feet”.

Minister Çolak emphasized that there has been an ongoing negotiation process on the Island within the framework of the Joint Declaration signed in February 2014 and that the newly established wide-based coalition government supports this process.

Minister Çolak also stated that the TRNC will hold intensified contacts with various organizations thanks to the support and cooperation granted by Turkey throughout the settlement negotiation process.

Emine Colak meets

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu expressed that Turkey has always supported the ongoing negotiation process on the Island to find a just and viable settlement.

Çavuşoğlu further stated “We would like to see the best consideration of the positive atmosphere that we are seeing on the Island, and hope that this will reflect on a settlement. We would also like to see that this process continues in an expedient manner. We see this determination from both sides and welcome it”.

Çavuşoğlu also emphasized the importance of the visible support of the international community and particularly the EU, as well as Greece as a guarantor country, and stated “We convey our thoughts on this to our friends in Greece at every opportunity. The decision to enter a new phase of elections in Greece has been made. We hope that the elections will take place, that the new administration will assume its role and support the process in the shortest possible time.”

Özgürgün “Greek Cypriot politicians continue their anti-compromise manner and expressions.”

The leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Hüseyin Özgürgün noticed that the Greek Cypriot politicians are continuing their manner and expressions that do not serve for the ongoing negotiations to reach an agreement on the island.

Hüseyin Özgürgün

Özgürgün expressed that Turkish Cypriots have been put under psychological pressure by news from Greek Cypriot press in recent days and asked not to pay attention to the impairing discourses towards the negotiation process.

In his written statement, Özgürgün repeated that in case of an agreement, the sovereignty and the political equality of the two communities are important as well as bi-zonality. He also stated that full and effective guarantee of Turkey is essential for his party UBP.

Burcu: “Intense calendar of upcoming days was determined”

Presidential Spokesman Barış Burcu stated that the intense calendar of upcoming days was determined during yesterday’s meeting of negotiators. Making a statement about the meeting of the negotiators held after a 15-day break, Presidential spokesman Burcu stated that yesterday’s meeting of the negotiators Özdil Nami and Andreas Mavroyannis lasted for about 3 hours and it was a “preparation”. Burcu added: “This week we have an intense schedule at the level of negotiators as well as the technical committee.”

Burcu

Furthermore, Burcu stated that the negotiators are going to meet at Ledra Palace Hotel during this week. Reminding that the leaders meeting will be held on September 1st, Burcu announced that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s Special Adviser on Cyprus – Espen Barth Eide is coming to the island on 31st August. Meanwhile, the negotiators will meet every day, except the weekend, until Monday.

Grenade and  missiles were found at Noratlas excavations

According to the news of Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros; a grenade and some missiles were found at the excavations which have been started in the search for the NORATLAS type Greek transport plane which was shot down by mistake and buried by the Greek Cypriot National Guard (RMMO) during the 1974 Peace Operation. It was reported that the grenade was found to be unexploded.

Noratlas plane

Furthermore, it was reported that the excavations are continuing and it is only a matter of time to reach the body of the plane which it is thought to include the remains of 19 people

Citizenship from Greek Cypriots in return for money

It was stated that the number of foreign people who evaluated the possibility to purchase Greek Cypriot government bonds to have Greek Cypriot citizenship has reached 55.Euros

According to the Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros; the Greek Cypriot Council of Ministers set conditions of making investment in the Greek Cypriot Government Bonds for foreign investors and businessmen who want to have “Cypriot Citizenship” since 19 March 2014  and in this way 55 foreigners have become citizens, bringing a total of 135 million 500 thousand Euro cash flow into the Greek Cypriot economy.

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