TRNC News Today 9th September 2015
Leaders to meet with religious leaders
President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades will meet with the five religious leaders of Cyprus on Thursday.
The meeting which will be held in the buffer zone at the Ledra Palaca Hotel will start at 12:00 and will be hosted by the Embassy of Sweden.
Leaders met on various occasions previously with the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Talip Atalay, Archbishop of Greek Cypriot Orthodox Church Hrisostomos II, Maronite Archbishop Dr. Youssef Souif, Armenian Archbishop Varoujan Herkelian and the Latin representative Priest George Kraj.
“Join the Forces” call from President Akıncı
President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades opened the “Glafkos Clerides Exhibition” last night. In his speech at the opening ceremony Akıncı made a call saying “join the forces” for reaching an agreement that will be accepted by both communities in Cyprus as soon as possible.
President Akıncı expressed his gratitude to Keti Clerides for donating the belongings of her father to the “Visual Arts and Research Center” which aims to contribute to the cooperation between the two communities in Cyprus in culture, education, peaceful existence and understanding.
Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades stated in his speech that Clerides’ Visual Arts and Research Center aims to contribute to the reunification and peaceful existence in the island. Anastasiades emphasized that he defends the lasting peace on the island.
Stating that it is a privilege to be together with Akıncı at the opening ceremony, Anastasiades said that their common vision is to transform Cyprus into an island in which there are ethnic, cultural, lingual and religious cooperation and existence. Anastasiades said that this is the greatest desire which they want to make real.
The European Commission rejected the Halloumi Enactment which was presented in 2012
It was reported that the European Commission rejected the enactment related to the rates to be used in Halloumi production, which was presented by the then Commerce Minister Neoklis Silikiotis in 2012
The Greek Cypriot daily Alithia reported that the Greek Cypriot Agriculture Minister Nikos Kuyalis said that Silikiotis presented an enactment stipulating the use of a mixture of goat, sheep and cow’s milk in halloumi production and the European Commission rejected that enactment.
The news also recorded Kuyalis’s statement that the halloumi file would not be affected by this decision of the European Commission.
Families of missing persons from Taşkent want to bury their martyrs
A group of people from the ‘Committee of Relatives of the Missing Persons in Taşkent’ visited the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) laboratory. After the visit, Erdinç Erdağlı made a statement on behalf of the committee and emphasized that the families of missing persons want the completion of the identification works and added that they want to bury their martyrs as soon as possible. Erdağlı reminded that they had given blood samples 12 years ago and excavation works had started 8 years ago. He noted that the works on the missing persons issue have taken so long because of the lack of sincerity of the Greek Cypriot Administration and that the Greek Cypriot Administration has refrained from opening the mass graves for many years.
Erdağlı stated that there are remains of the martyrs who were killed in Taşkent massacre in 1974, and the remains were found in the Pereklişa region in South Cyprus in January 2014. Erdağlı also indicated that they were briefed on the work of the CMP by the Turkish Cypriot member Gülden Plümer Küçük and other officials.
Siber receives Education Minister of Abkhazia Republic
Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber received the Education Minister of Abkhazia Republic Adgur Kakoba and the accompanying delegation.
Siber mentioned her satisfaction for the positive impressions the delegation gained during their visit to the country and stressed the importance of communication for peace in the world.
Adding that they attach great importance to such visits, Siber wished for the end of the 50 years old Cyprus problem by a solution.
In his speech during the reception, Kakoba said that TRNC is a new state as Abkhazia Republic and added that they have paid a visit to the TRNC in order to develop their cooperation in the education sector. Kakoba also expressed that although the TRNC is not a recognized country, it is recognized in the education sector throughout the world.
Hardliners dissatisfied with Anastasiades’ briefing
The Greek Cypriot parties of the so-called rejectionist camp all expressed their dissatisfaction on Tuesday after being briefed by Nikos Anastasiades on the progress in reunification talks.
It’s understood Anastasiades’ briefing focused on the hot-button issues of property and the status and rights of the people from Turkey.
Speaking to Greek Cypriot reporters later, DIKO chairman Nicholas Papadopoulos called the briefing ‘unacceptable’ and he called out Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades for ‘stubbornly’ refusing to hand over documents listing the convergences reached thus far between the two sides in the peace talks.
The refusal to hand over the documents, because they might be leaked is a lame excuse, Papadopoulos said.
The real reason for the ‘information blackout’, he argued, is that Anastasiades does not want the public to learn what is being discussed behind closed doors, especially with regard to the property rights of Greek Cypriots.
Papadopoulos said he came away with the impression that the talks are being conducted ‘on Turkish terms’.
“It cannot be that the property owner is equated to the user, and meanwhile some people keep claiming that this constitutes respect for the right to property,” he said. It seemed that the burden would fall on the owners to prove that their property in the north belonged to them before they could reap any benefits. “By this rationale, ownership of all properties will surely be brought into question” the DIKO leader warned.
Likewise EDEK’s Marinos Sizopoulos reiterated that the rights of the property owner should supersede those of the user. His party also disagreed with the inclusion into a settlement of guaranteed population majorities in the constituent states of a reunited Cyprus, part of which is known as bi-zonality.
The Greens’ George Perdikis called the briefing ‘solid and substantive’, but still complained that overall the Greek Cypriot Leader is keeping the parties in the dark. “Given we are seeking convergences with the Turkish Cypriots, we should first and foremost seek convergences among ourselves. Because it is a fact that there are disagreements.”
The Citizens Alliance said those quarters on the Greek Cypriot side who are cultivating a climate of optimism and euphoria among the people “should think again.”
DISY chief Averof Neophytou left the Presidential Palace without making any comments. The party later issued a generic statement, reiterating its support for a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Back in July, Greek Cypriot Leader Anastasiades and President Mustafa Akinci agreed on the creation of an independent property commission. It was revealed that dispossessed owners and current users would have various choices regarding their claims to affected properties. These would include compensation, exchange or reinstatement, but exercising any of these options would be subject to agreed criteria. Affected properties would be categorized. The property commission would be mandated to resolve property claims according to mutually agreed criteria, and would be comprised of an equal number of Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot members.
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