TRNC News Today 11th November 2015
Akıncı: “The TRNC will be transformed into a Founding State”
Stating that the structure of the TRNC should be transformed into a more powerful entity, and this structure will be one of the founding states which will create the federal state, President Mustafa Akıncı said: “TRNC will be transformed into a Founding State.”
Pointing out that the more strong the institutions, the economy and the democracy, the better the TRNC state will be prepared for a federal settlement, President Mustafa Akıncı said “Striving to reach a settlement on the one hand and in the meantime trying to make the TRNC much stronger, is a parallel process.
No political approval for confidence building measures from Anastasiades
President of Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce Fikri Toros stated that the expected progress was not achieved in the projects which were carried out within the framework of the Confidence Building Measures and with the support of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Greek Cypriot Chamber of Trade and Industry and this caused frustrations and concerns in both Chambers.
Fikri Toros also stated that they feel uncomfortable because the expected progress was not achieved on the issues which they are carrying out together with the Greek Cypriot Chamber of Trade and Industry. The projects are as follows; “interconnection of the mobile phones”, “ensuring transition of the Turkish Cypriot industrial tool to the South within the context of the Green Line Regulation”, “the opening of extra crossing points”, “interconnection and enlargement of the electric networks with each other”. Toros also stated that although President Akıncı approved the projects, the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades did not.
Haber: “Delaying the Progress Report was a correct decision”
The Head of the European Union delegation to Turkey Hansjörg Haber stated that delaying the 2015 Progress Report was a correct decision.
Following the statement of the EU Progress Report, Haber arranged a press meeting at the European Union Delegation Building in Ankara and stated that the report was delayed with the common decision of the President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and the commission members.
Stating the reasons for delaying the report which was planned to be issued on 14 October, Haber said “This report is not only related to Turkey but it is also related to all countries which are in the membership process. Therefore, all these countries are worried for the refugees and immigration as much as Turkey. Turkey was dealing with the elections and it was not possible to deal with this issue. Therefore, we consider that delaying the report was a correct decision”.
Ministry of EU: “We welcome Turkey’s Progress Report as being more comprehensive”
The Ministry of EU stated that they welcomed that Turkey’s proposals were taken into consideration in Turkey’s 2015 Progress Report. It was also stated that the legal and rightful critics in the report were noted carefully and they will be used as a constructive factor in progress of Turkey’s EU process and reform works.
In the statement of the Ministry of EU related to the 2015 Progress Report of Turkey, it was reminded that the report was issued for all candidates and potential candidate countries including Turkey. It was also reminded that the report is the 18th. Progress Report since the year 1998.
Furthermore, it was pointed out that Turkey’s high level contacts with the EU are continuing intensively to develop Turkey-EU relations and a convenient basis has been established to develop the relations with all dimensions.
It was also underlined that the issues regarding the development of the accession negotiations which constitute the base of the Turkey-EU common agenda, Freedom of Visa Dialogue, Turkey’s taking place in EU Summits, updating Customs Union, close cooperation in strategic fields especially for the energy issue, taking immediate and decided steps to lead the refugee issue, have greater importance than ever.
Omiru not satisfied with explanations given from the US
South Cyprus House President Yiannakis Omiru has said that explanations given from the US, as regards the presence of Turkish army officers, in uniform, in a reception hosted, in North Cyprus by the US Ambassador to South Cyprus, are not satisfying at all.
In a written statement, Omiru noted that a press release issued by the US embassy saying that “the US policy on Cyprus has not changed”, refrains from giving a response on the substance of the issue. He noted that what has been denounced is the Embassy`s action to extend an invitation to the Turkish army officers as well as their presence, in uniform, at the reception. He noted that the US embassy and the US administration continue to remain exposed for this “serious diplomatic slip.” “They had to apologize straight out. They did not do so. And they remain exposed,” he concluded.
Kerry and Hammond discuss the Cyprus problem
The Cyprus problem was one of the issues discussed during a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, which took place in Washington on Monday. The meeting aimed at discussing the coordination of the two countries over a series of international issues, as ISIS, the Syrian crisis, the Middle East problem and the recent Russian plane crash.
In joint statements before the meeting, Hammond said that the Cyprus problem was among the issues they would discuss. “We’ll talk about a number of other things as well, perhaps less immediately pressing. Both of us are going in the next days and weeks to Cyprus, a country that’s been divided for decades which is now tantalizingly close to reaching an accommodation and finding a way forward to the reunification of the island and I know that all of us are doing everything we can to encourage that process,” Hammond noted in his remarks to the press.
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