TRNC News Today 16th September 2015
Nuland: “US will continue to support the process”
The US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland stated that the US will continue to support the ongoing negotiations for a settlement in the island.
President Mustafa Akıncı received the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland who is in the island for a two-day visit, and the US Cyprus Embassy Charge d’Affaires Pamela Tremont.
Nuland made a brief statement to the press following the meeting and said that she had a productive meeting with President Akıncı. Nuland indicated that they are hopeful about the ongoing negotiations and they have a belief that the two leaders will take brave decisions towards achieving a solution.
Stating that they had a very good strategic evaluation with President Mustafa Akıncı, Nuland indicated that the possible solution in the island is not only important for the people in the island, but also important for the region that needs stability, reconciliation and a positive example of two communities living well together.
Furthermore, Nuland said: “US will continue to support this process and the Leaders as they take difficult steps in this path. But we want this to be a Cypriot owned process.”
Eide: “Crucial months are coming”
According to the news of the Greek Cypriot radio, the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, in his statement after the meeting with the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades, repeated his opinion that the next months are very critical in terms of the solution of the Cyprus problem.
Stating that no timeframes had been set, Eide said: “I am very happy to hear the leaders say repeatedly that there is no time to lose”. In the continuation of his statement, stating that he will make contacts about the Cyprus problem at the UN headquarters in New York, Eide said that efforts will be made to support the solution of the Cyprus problem economically.
Eide pointed out that a lot of work needs to be done in a short time.
According to the Greek Cypriot news sources, Eide added that the negotiation process is expected to be intensified as of November.
Özersay has decided to establish a party
The former negotiator and the independent candidate in the Presidential elections in April 2015 who received around 20 per cent votes, despite being an independent candidate, Kudret Özersay made the expected decision about a political formation.
Özersay said that in accordance with the decision taken with his political colleagues he will organize a press conference and announce the vision and the staff of the new formation to the public as soon as the preparations are completed.
Akıncı, Siber and Kalyoncu received Full General Akar
Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar made his first overseas visit to the TRNC where he was received by President Mustafa Akıncı, Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber and Prime Minister Ömer Kalyoncu.
No statement was made after the receptions however press members were allowed to take photographs.
Özyiğit: “Our basic aim is to reunite the island”
The leader of the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) Cemal Özyiğit emphasized that the division of the island is for no one’s benefit and the basic aim and struggle is to reunite the island. Speaking after a meeting with the Greek Cypriot AKEL party General Secretary Andros Kyprianu yesterday Özyiğit stated that an early, fair and permanent solution will be for the benefit of all Cypriots.
Özyiğit said: “We hope the negotiation process will result in a solution. The parameters of a solution are mentioned in the joint statement of February 11 which indicates that the solution will be based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with single sovereignty, single identity, and single international citizenship.
Following the meeting, the two parties announced that they had discussed the Cyprus issue as well as the two party bi-communal event that they are planning. It was agreed that the two parties will meet again on the 21st of September.
Rüya Taner gave a recital in Lisbon
Pianist Rüya Taner started the 2015-2016 concert season when she gave two recitals in the capital of Portugal, Lisbon.
Taner also organized recitals in commemoration of martyrs in the recent terrorist attacks in Turkey within the framework of the celebrations on 30th August Victory Day.
Livaneli – Farantouri concert is on Friday
Representatives of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot non-governmental organizations held a meeting at the ‘Solidarity House’ yesterday in order to organize the concert which will take place on Friday, September 18, in the UN-controlled buffer zone, in Nicosia.
Pampis Kyritsis, Secretary General of PEO and Şener Elcil, Secretary General of the Turkish Cypriot Teachers Union KTÖS made a speech at the press conference.
Şener Elcil, said that the unions do not defend only workers` rights, but also the right of the country and its people to peace. “The fight for peace goes hand in hand with the struggle for workers` rights” he said.
“Cyprus is not that large to be divided but is large enough for the two communities to live together. It is our common destiny to live together in the same place” he added, calling on everyone to take part in the concert.
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