TRNC News Today 13th October 2015
Akıncı: “There are agreements, disagreements and different views”
President Mustafa Akıncı stated that they will do whatever is necessary to reach a solution in Cyprus, adding “There are some agreements, disagreements and different views. The important thing is to overcome the differences and reach a result which will be approved by the two sides. This is not an easy process.”
President Akıncı met with the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades after about one month break yesterday. The meeting continued for about 4 hours and following the meeting, President Akıncı made a press statement.
In his statement, Akıncı said that yesterday, firstly, they had a tripartite meeting with the participation of the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide. Akıncı added that they exchanged views and expressed their own views about the issues.
Stressing that later they continued their meeting with the participation of the negotiators, Akıncı said that after the meeting with the negotiators, they had a meeting with the whole delegation and they discussed the latest stage.
Furthermore, Akıncı said “We gave instructions to our negotiators to start to work intensely on the criteria regarding the property issue in the following days. I hope they will hold meetings starting from tomorrow”.
Reminding that the next meeting of the Leaders will be held on 30 October, Akıncı said “During yesterday’s meeting, we decided to continue negotiations intensely starting from November”.
Eide: “The leaders had a constructive exchange on remaining divergences”
Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide delivered a statement on behalf of the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı after the meeting of the Leaders which lasted 4 hours yesterday. The statement is as follows:
“Today, the Greek Cypriot leader Mr. Nikos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, deliberated on the outstanding issues in the negotiations. Conscious of the need to build on the current momentum, they had a constructive exchange on remaining divergences and instructed the negotiators on the way forward.
The Leaders welcomed the initiation of the work of the bi-communal ad-hoc committee on EU preparation, which aims at preparing the future Turkish Cypriot State for the implementation of the EU acquis upon entry into force of the settlement agreement.
The Leaders recognize that serious work still lies ahead and reiterated their commitment to significantly intensify the pace of their negotiations following their next meeting on Friday 30th October.”
Upon the invitation of Anastasiades, the Leaders had a dinner together after the meeting which took place at the buffer zone under the auspices of the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide. Eide, the negotiators and the spokespersons joined the Leaders at the dinner.
Siber is going to Geneva for the Crans Montana Forum
Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber is going to Geneva to attend the meeting of “Migration and Global Security”, organized by the Crans Montana Forum.
The meeting which will be organized in the city of Geneva, Switzerland between 14-16 October will be comprised of issues such as the discussion of the greatest migration and refugee crisis since the First World War, addressing the humanitarian dimension of the crisis and to produce solutions and also international crime and security issues.
Akıncı signed the book of condolence
President Mustafa Akıncı signed the book of condolence at the Embassy of Turkey in Lefkoşa and expressed his feelings for those people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Ankara
“The terrorist attack in Ankara in which up to now 97 people have lost their lives has deeply wounded us” Akıncı said.
The Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber and Prime Minister Ömer Kalyoncu also signed the book of condolence at the Embassy of Turkey in Lefkoşa.
Minister Çolak signed the book of condolence
Foreign Minister Emine Çolak signed the book of condolence at the Embassy of Turkey in Lefkoşa for those people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Ankara.
Çolak was welcomed at the Embassy by Turkish Ambassador to Lefkoşa, Derya Kanbay.
Support from Özersay to Akıncı
Ex negotiator Prof. Dr. Kudret Özersay gave support to President Mustafa Akıncı’s statements regarding specific/explicit majority in bi-zonality and on the issue of the EU primary law.
Özersay expressed: “I give full support to the President as long as he abides by the issue of bi-zonality and negotiates under the parameters of the UN.”
Stating that by the specific/explicit majority in bi-zonality he meant not a constituent state which comprised of only Turkish Cypriots in the 21st century, Özersay stated that a regulation is necessary for the Turkish Cypriot people in order to have specific/explicit majority in terms of both population and immovable property.
Moreover Özersay said that this is a settled UN parameter rather than being the demand of the Turkish Cypriot side.
15th International Dr Fazil Küçük Sport Games have commenced
The 15th International Dr Fazil Küçük Sport Games which is organized in memory of the leader of the struggle for existence – Dr. Fazıl Küçük, have commenced.
Around 250 foreign sportspersons from 27 different countries, mostly at the level of national team and more than 100 national sportspersons are participating in the games this year between the dates of 8 and 18 October.
According to the information received from the Chairman of the organization committee Aşkın Burcu, Athleticism, Badminton, Billiards, Wrestling, Sports for All, Judo, Tennis and Table Tennis Federations are participating in the games this year.
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