TRNC News Today 27th November 2015
Çolak meets with Çavuşoğlu
Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu paid a visit to Foreign Minister Emine Çolak. Çavuşoğlu examined “TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information and e-archive Infrastructure Project” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is being conducted with the cooperation of the two Foreign Ministries.
Speaking first at the meeting, Foreign Minister Emine Çolak expressed her gratitude for the visit of Çavuşoğlu and his delegation. Çolak wished Çavuşoğlu success in his mission. Çolak also stated that they will inform Çavuşoğlu about foreign relations conducted by the TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the developments of the Cyprus negotiation process and support of the TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs given to the negotiation process.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu thanked Emine Çolak and he stated that there is a good mutual tradition of visits between the TRNC and Turkey.
Çavuşoğlu said that they will discuss the Cyprus negotiation process, the contributions of the Foreign Minister to the negotiation process, how they can improve the mutual relations between the TRNC and Turkey, the project of the century and cooperation between the Ministries.
Akıncı: “Support of Turkey is very important”
Stressing the importance of the contributionTurkey has made to the negotiation process and the development of the TRNC, President Mustafa Akıncı said: “The foundations of a permanent peace on the island will be as strong as our prosperity increases and we stand on our own feet.”
In the speech he made at the joint press conference organized at the Presidency with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoğlu, President Akıncı said that the support given by Ankara to a bi-zonal, bi-communal settlement based on political equality is extremely important and added that they have been observing that this support is continuing increasingly.
Akıncı said: “I would like to thank Mr. Cavusoğlu. He has been supporting the negotiations in Cyprus for a long time.”
Pointing out that the visit of Mr Çavuşoğlu took place at an important stage, Akıncı said that he met with the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades for the sixth time during a series of intensive sessions held in the month of November and he also mentioned that they had reached a further point on the Cyprus issue by the end of November.
President Akıncı said: “In the period ahead we would like to conclude the negotiation process in Cyprus with a settlement after the referenda which will be accepted and confirmed by both sides. This is our greatest desire and ambition.”
Noting his belief that the relations between Turkey and Greece will move to a better point with such a settlement, Akıncı stated that he gives importance to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s visit to Ankara and his meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. Akıncı continued and said: “because we are waiting for Greece to also support the process as soon as possible and as much as Turkey.”
Çavuşoğlu: “This is the last chance, we do not want to miss this opportunity”
Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that they wish a fair and permanent solution of the Cyprus problem and to hold a referendum as soon as possible because this is the last chance and they do not want to miss this opportunity.
President Mustafa Akıncı and Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu held a joint press meeting at the Presidency. In his speech during the joint press meeting, Çavuşoğlu expressed his gratitude for being a part of the 64th Government of the Turkish Republic and paying his first visit to the TRNC.
Furthermore, expressing that the Turkish Republic and AK Party Leadership supports a permanent solution in Cyprus and will continue to support it, Çavuşoğlu stressed their satisfaction for the stage of the negotiations.
Adding that continuing negotiations, meeting of both leaders and the stage reached in the negotiations makes them hopeful, Çavuşoğlu reminded that the leaders held 6 meetings in the month of November.
Stressing that the TRNC has taken steps on the issue of confidence building measures and Turkey is giving the necessary support on the issue, Çavuşoğlu said that their support regarding the confidence building measures to bring the two communities closer will continue.
Rejection from Akıncı to Lavrov
The Russian Foreign Minister’s proposal suggesting “Let’s meet in the buffer zone”, instead of visiting President Mustafa Akıncı at the Presidential Palace, was rejected by Akıncı.
According to the news of Turkish Cypriot daily Kıbrıs Postası newspaper, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova explained that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Cyprus is expected to be held between the dates 1-2 December.
According to the statement of Russian News Agency Tass, the proposal has been made, considering the two sides’ sensitivity, however, Akıncı has rejected this proposal.
On the other hand, according to another source close to the Presidency, the interest of a country which is very important and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council such as Russia to the solution of the Cyprus problem, is very pleasing however they expect Russia to show sensitivity to the issue of equality.
“If progress is achieved by giving up political equality, sovereignty and Turkey’s guarantee, this means regression”
The Leader of the Democrat Party National Forces Serdar Denktaş stated that if progress is achieved by giving up political equality, sovereignty and Turkey’s guarantee, this means regression.
Serdar Denktaş criticized the statement of President Akıncı that “Progress has been achieved in the last 5 months of the 47 year long negotiation process.”
On the other hand, Denktaş stated: “in order to compromise of course both sides have to give something and have to get something .in return. The question that arises here is that while we are giving something, what we are getting in return?”
Denktaş also stated that if the Turkish Cypriot people will walk arm in arm with the Greek Cypriot people in the new future, the stages of the negotiations should be explained to the people step by step.
Atun participated in the meeting of ISEDAK
Economy, Industry and Commerce Minister Sunat Atun participated in the Meeting of the Economic and Commercial Cooperation Permanent Committee (ISEDAK) of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) which was organized in İstanbul.
In his statements during the meeting of ISEDAK, Atun expressed his pleasure towards urging the member states of OIC in order to strengthen effective solidarity with the Turkish Cypriots on the Cyprus issue.
At the meeting of 42 Foreign Ministers at the Council meeting of OIC which was held in Kuwait in May this year, Minister Atun welcomed the decision which calls on OIC member countries to establish close relationships by strengthening effective solidarity with the Turkish Cypriots, and to prevent the inhuman isolation imposed on the Turkish Cypriots, to enhance relations in all areas, to make mutual visits for the purpose of researching investment opportunities in areas such as economy, transport and tourism, and to develop the relations with the Turkish Cypriots in the fields of culture, sports and education.
“The cultural distance and worries among the communities should be reduced”
It was stated that the cultural distance, worries and the perception of social threats among the communities should be reduced in order to increase public support for a possible peace plan for Cyprus.
It was also stated that certain sectors of both societies are less ready to support a possible political settlement. The women and those who are between 18-35 years of age are less ready to support a possible political settlement in the Greek Cypriot community. In the Turkish Cypriot community; those who are in the right-wing compared with the other people are far from supporting a possible political settlement.
These are just some of the key conclusions of the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index published by the Centre for the Reconciliation and Peace (SeeD).
Joint Statement from Religious Functionaries in Cyprus
The President of Religious Affairs Talip Atalay stated that the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church Hrisostomos II, Armenian Archbishop Nareg, Maronite, Archbishop Yosif Sueyf and Latin Archbishop Jerzy Kraj made a joint statement that acts of violence cannot be within the framework of any belief system.
In their joint statement, the 5 religious functionaries referred to the terrorist attacks in Ankara, Sinai Peninsula, Beirut, Paris, Nigeria and Mali and condemned all kinds of violence against innocent people.
Turkey’s EU Accession negotiations will proceed with new chapters
Opening of the new chapters in the EU accession negotiations has been brought to the agenda due to the increasing contacts between Turkey and the European Union for the refugee crisis. Opening of the economic and monetary policies chapter in December became prominent yesterday. Bilateral contact between Turkey and Brussels has been increased in order to share the weight on Turkey which currently hosts 2.2 million Syrians.
In his statement, EU Minister of Turkey Volkan Bozkır stated that the 17th Chapter on the economic and monetary policies will be opened on 14th or 15th December. Bozkır also added that they will start a joint undertaking for opening 5-6 more chapters in 2016.
Turkey-EU Summit Joint Declaration Draft disturbs South Cyprus
It has been claimed that the “red lines” of South Cyprus were violated in the EU-Turkey Summit joint declaration draft. Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros reported that opening of 5 chapters which were frozen by South Cyprus unilaterally in 2009 took place at the EU-Turkey Summit joint declaration draft so red lines of South Cyprus were violated.
It was also reported that the Turkey-EU agreement was welcomed for completing preparation work towards opening the 15th Chapter (energy), 23rd Chapter (basic rights), 24th Chapter (justice), 26th Chapter (education-culture) and 31st Chapter (foreign policy). Fileleftheros also noted that South Cyprus knew the previous intention of Brussels that is why Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades gave instructions to the Greek Cypriot authorities and the EU Permanent Representative of South Cyprus. Ambassador Kornilios Korniliu will express the thesis of South Cyprus at the COREPER meeting.
Furthermore, Fileleftheros reported that in the EU-Turkey Summit Joint Declaration Draft, initiatives have been made for giving 3 billion euros financial aid to Turkey for the refugee issue. 2 million 886 thousand 684 euros was requested by South Cyprus but it was refused.
Immovable properties of Turkish Cypriots in South Cyprus are being rented
It was stated that a great number of the Turkish Cypriots’ immovable properties in South Cyprus are being rented by immigrants to others.
It was also reported that the issue of Turkish Cypriot immovable properties in South Cyprus was brought to the agenda in the Greek Assembly Immigrants Committee.on 26th November.
According to the news, a great number of Turkish Cypriot immovable properties are being used by millionaire people.
Missing Martyr Ezel to be buried today
Missing Martyr Hasan Nural Cevdet Ezel who was lost in 1963 and his identification was completed as a result of studies, will be buried with a military ceremony today.
According to the information received by Lefkoşa District Governor Alkan Değirmencioğlu, Martyr Ezel will be buried at Lefkoşa Cemetery. During the military ceremony, the President of the Association of Martyrs Families and War Veterans, Ertan Ersan will give a speech.
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