TRNC News Today 18th September 2015
Akıncı: “Our Target is a referendum to which the public can say ‘yes’ with inner peace”
President Mustafa Akıncı said that they aimed for a referendum that will satisfy all sides and the public can say yes with inner peace. Akıncı mentioned that the process is being carried out together with the parliament, the government, the political parties and the non-governmental organizations.
In the statement which he made after the special session of the General Assembly of the Parliament on the Cyprus issue, Akıncı said that such meetings will continue increasingly. Indicating that the negotiation process is not continuing single-handed but it is being carried out together with the parliament, the government, the political parties and the non-governmental organizations, Akıncı said that he will inform the non- governmental organizations on Tuesday.
The Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber also pointed out the importance of informing the public and stated that chaos may arise in the absence of information.
Siber stated that the target is to provide a future to the Turkish Cypriot society which is better than today.
The Democratic Party Leader Serdar Denktaş stated that they received detailed information about the Cyprus problem. Indicating that he expressed his opinions at the meeting and they were recorded, Denktaş said: “We are not very comfortable as DP-UG”
Communal Democracy Party (TDP) deputy Hüseyin Angolemli pointed out that the public have concerns about the property issue and stated that there is no consensus between the sides on this issue yet.
Stating that the parties are in the process of determining the criteria, Angolemli said that the public should not worry.
Pointing out that a lot of progress has been reached on the issue of administration and power-sharing, Angolemli said, “80 percent agreement was reached on this issue”
Angolemli said that the progress is well and a solution should be reached in Cyprus without changing the conjuncture.
Republican Turkish Party (CTP) deputy Ferdi Sabit Soyer said that it was a useful meeting and President Akıncı provided important information to the Parliament.
Stating that the events in the region show that power relations in the Eastern Mediterranean will change, Soyer said that in this case the importance of a mutually acceptable agreement on the Cyprus problem will increase.
Soyer emphasized that he has the belief that a productive result will be obtained.
Türkeş to visit TRNC on Monday
The Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Yıldırım Tuğrul Türkeş will visit the TRNC on Monday 21st September.
According to the statement of press adviser of Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Yıldırım Tuğrul Türkeş; it is stated that Türkeş will pay an official visit to Lefkoşa.
Türkeş had a bilateral discussion with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu regarding his visit to the TRNC.
Talat: “ ‘No’ votes from the Turkish Cypriots take us into a deep isolation”
The CTP leader Mehmet Ali Talat stated that a solution of the Cyprus issue was of vital importance to the Turkish Cypriot people and added that if the Turkish Cypriots say “No” they will be pushed into a deeper isolation.
Underlining that “No” votes of the Turkish Cypriots are not same as “No” votes of the Greek Cypriots, Talat said that Turkish Cypriots are out of international law and none of the countries except Turkey recognize the TRNC.
Talat said that because of the elections in South Cyprus in May 2016 a natural timetable has been formed however if a solution was not reached until that time, everything will be more difficult. Adding that the most difficult issue on the agenda is the one of “property”, Talat said that an independent property commission composed of an equal number of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will be established and the commission will evaluate the issues according to criteria.
Responding to a question on federal laws, Talat said a new constitution will be formed and the property regime will be organized accordingly. He added that all title deeds given by the TRNC will be valid and taken into consideration under the new arrangement.
The new US Ambassador to Nicosia
The new US Ambassador to Nicosia, Kathleen Ann Doherty, vowed for her new duty at a ceremony organized in Washington last Monday.
According to the official website of the US Department of State, Kathleen Ann Doherty served in different places as director and consul. Some of them are; The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs of the Department of State, the European and EU Affairs Office, the International Finance and Development Office, the US Embassy to London, the US Embassy to Italy, the US Embassy to Dominican Republic…
Doherty worked as a freelance journalist in many media organizations including Washington Post, before her duty in the US Department of State.
Doherty was educated in the field of political sciences and has a master degree in the Comparative Political Systems from the London School of Economics.
She is the recipient of numerous honour awards. Besides her mother language, she speaks Italian, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Turkish and Greek Cypriot Chambers of Commerce participated in the event themed “the role of business world in the solution process” in Brussels
President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce Fikri Toros and President of the Greek Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Industry Phidias Pilides participated in the event themed “the reunification process of Cyprus: the role of business world in the solution process” hosted by members of the European Parliament Knut Fleckenstein, Artis Pabriks and Takis Hadjigeorgiou.
President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce Fikri Toros expressed his opinions about the Green Line and the Direct Trade Regulations during his contacts and he pointed out the importance of preparing Turkish Cypriot economy for a solution.
In his speech during the panel, Toros stated that it is vital to reduce the economic differences between the sides and the EU has all the necessary sources in order to contribute.
Toros stated that the EU should take some steps such as boosting the efforts of preparing the Turkish Cypriot economy to the solution, to the EU integration and to enable direct trade.
Commissioner Creţu to visit Cyprus in October
Creţu met on Wednesday, in Brussels, with the heads of the Greek Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Phidias Pilides and Fikri Toros respectively, thanking them for their active role in the efforts for a settlement through business activities.
In her statement, the Commissioner notes the work of Pilides and Toros to build trust, promote business and encourages both Chambers to continue facilitating commerce through the Green Line.
Creţu says moreover that the economic development of the Turkish Cypriots is of paramount importance for the island`s reunification.
Conference on “Worker’s Health and Safety at Work” will be held today
Bi-Communal All Cyprus Trade Union Forum organized a conference themed “Worker’s health and safety at work in envisaged United Cyprus.”
According to the written statement of All Cyprus Trade Union Forum, which is comprised of KTAMS, PASYDY, SEK, TÜRK-SEN, PEO, DEV-İŞ, the conference will be held at the Merit Hotel today.
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