TRNC News Today 2nd December 2015
Akıncı: “Negotiations should be ended by approval of both communities”
Following his meeting with Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoğlu, who paid a one day official visit to the TRNC yesterday, President Mustafa Akıncı stated during the joint press conference that the negotiations, which have been continuing for half a century, should be ended by the approval of both communities in the island. President Akıncı also stated that they have spent efforts towards this objective but the way is rugged. Stressing the close relations between Turkey and the TRNC, Akıncı underlined that close relations have great importance in terms of the negotiations and the TRNC to stand on its own feet after a solution.
Furthermore, adding that Turkey gives support to the process and it was expressed during the meeting yesterday, with Prime Minister of Turkey – Davutoğlu, that Turkey’s support will continue in the following process, Akıncı stressed that the TRNC must stand on its own feet to take place in the strongest way as a constituent state in the Federal State to be established after a solution and to be a viable state within the EU.
Davutoğlu: “We are on TRNC’s side”
Following the establishment of the 64th Government in Turkey, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu paid his first official visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. At the press conference held together with President Mustafa Akıncı, Ahmet Davutoğlu stated that they addressed the Cyprus negotiations in a comprehensive manner and they will always be on the side of the TRNC. Prime Minister Davutoğlu emphasized that, as with the Annan Plan period, they will provide all kinds of contributions for a fair, permanent and peaceful solution on the island.
Davutoğlu, “Our common goal is to form a new Republic of Cyprus which is based on bi-zonal, fair and political equality and to display a good example of living together based on two founding states.”
Pointing out that there are very big crises around the Eastern Mediterranean today and the only positive process in the region is the ongoing negotiations in Cyprus, Davutoğlu wished that this process reaches a conclusion with positive results.
Furthermore, stating that they will continue to contribute to the negotiations that are sustained by the UN, Davutoğlu pointed out that Turkey is one of the essential factors of the solution in Cyprus with other guarantor countries. Davutoğlu also mentioned that they will take every step for a positive conclusion.
Denktas: “Not only we, but also the leaders are not reading the same book”
Democratic Party National Forces (DP-UG) leader Serdar Denktaş stated that the statement of President Akıncı made the previous day for the Federation of Journalists in Turkey and Cyprus Turkish Journalists Association, shows that “not only the public but also the representatives of two societies are not reading the same book”. Denktaş stated that although President Akıncı mentioned that Turkey’s guarantee is important and this system will not be renewed without Turkey’s approval, the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades is talking about a solution target without the guarantee of the external forces.
In his written statement Denktaş indicated that while the President mentioned “a new Cyprus”, Anastasiades defends “to change the shape of the Republic of Cyprus.” Despite President Akıncı talking about equality and freedom, Denktas stated that Anastasiades is in a different approach to this issue. “So they are not reading the same book,” he said.
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