TRNC News Today 12th October 2015
Akıncı and Anastasiades to meet again today
President Mustafa Akıncı and Leader of the Greek Cypriot Administration Nikos Anastasiades are meeting again today within the framework of Cyprus negotiations.
The meeting will start under the auspices of Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide in the buffer zone at 18:00.
Akıncı: “Some environments in South Cyprus try to lead the negotiation table”
President Mustafa Akıncı said that some environments in South Cyprus try to lead the negotiation table and their messages should not be taken seriously.
Speaking at an activity, President Akıncı said that it is their duty to establish a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.
Criticizing the statements of some environments in South Cyprus, Akıncı said that especially in the latest days, some environments in South Cyprus and the Greek Cypriot press try to lead the negotiations by their false statements. Adding that they will be in line with the principles of the European Union in the efforts to find a solution in Cyprus, President Akıncı said “There are UN parameters in the Joint Statement dated 11 February 2014 which include bi-zonal, bi-communal federation. In this sense, EU principles are important but the lessons taken from the past are also important. We should establish a better future. I want to underline that people should take into consideration the messages we give not the statements and speculations suggested by the Greek Cypriot press”.
Akıncı and Hammond discussed the latest stage of negotiations
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond called President Mustafa Akıncı and gained information about the latest stage reached at the negotiations. During the UN General Council in New York, Hammond could not meet with Akıncı due to the intense program.
During the telephone conversation Akıncı expressed to Hammond the sensitivities of the Turkish Cypriot side. Hammond said that he wants to visit Cyprus and meet with Akıncı in the near future.
Within the framework of the UN General Council meetings in New York, President Akıncı had a series of contacts primarily with the Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, EU High Commissioner Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of various countries.
Akıncı “I strongly condemn this brutal attack”
TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı condemned the blast in Ankara in the letter of condolence sent to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Also, 3rd President of TRNC Derviş Eroğlu and Speaker of the TRNC Assembly Sibel Siber published messages concerning the terrorist attack in Ankara. They condemned the attack and sent condolences Turkey.
TRNC Prime Minister Ömer Kalyoncu called Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and expressed his condolences.
Çolak had a telephone conversation with Sinirliğioğlu regarding the terrorist attack
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Emine Çolak had a telephone conversation with the Foreign Minister of Turkey Feridun Sinirlioğlu regarding the terrorist attack. Çolak conveyed her condolences for the Turkish Republic and Turkish people through the Foreign Minister of Turkey Sinirlioğlu.
Çolak conveyed her grief for the terrorist attack in Ankara and condemned the terrorism.
Statement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the terrorist attack in Ankara
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement and condemned the terrorist attack in the capital city of Turkey, Ankara. The statement is as follows:
“The outrageous attack carried out in the capital of Turkey, Ankara, which caused loss of many lives deeply saddens the Turkish Cypriot People. We share the grief of Turkey and also condemn strongly this outrageous attack which killed innocent people.
Ending of violence, terror and wars in our region and establishing a lasting peace in the region and also in our island have great importance.
We wish that god rest the soul of those who died in this attack. We offer condolences to the Turkish Nation and their families and quick recovery to those who are wounded.”
Talat: “Continuation of the federal state depends on the rotating Presidency and cross voting”
CTP General President Mehmet Ali Talat stated that the continuation of the federal state depends on the rotating Presidency and cross voting.
Emphasizing that the Cyprus issue came out from administration and power sharing disagreements not from the property issue, Talat said that he believed that many chapters are almost completed, there will not be many problems after the criteria which will be determined on the property issue and he also stated that a referendum may be held before May 2016.
Stating that the Cyprus issue acquired a different dimension at this stage, Talat mentioned that the Greek Cypriot side demands a solution to the Cyprus issue for the first time.
Stating that the rotating Presidency shows the political equality, Talat said that cross voting is different and these two factors shouldn’t be seen as being related.
Burcu: “The leaders reached a compromise on the issue of opening the Derinya Gate many months ago”
Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu stated that a compromise was reached with the Greek Cypriot Administration regarding the opening of Derinya Gate many months ago.
In his statement Burcu said that it is right that the Turkish Cypriot side had a loss of time regarding the mines, but there is no need to reach a compromise again on the issue of Derinya.
Regarding this issue Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu stated that the Leaders can make an explanation to the public after some speculations, which appeared in the press, in order to clarify the issue again.
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