TRNC News Today 25th December 2015 – Akinci: regrettable Greek Cypriot side not taking any step

TRNC News Today 25th December 2015

Akıncı: “It is regrettable that the Greek Cypriot side is not taking any step”

President Mustafa Akıncı said it is regrettable that although the Turkish side has taken unilateral steps on the issue of the confidence-building measures, the Greek Cypriot side has not taken any steps on the issue of mobile phones.

Akinci - GC's not taking steps

In his speech during one of his receptions, President Akıncı stated that there is no technical problem left in each side using their mobile lines in the other side. However, he added that the laws in South Cyprus prevent cooperation with the operators in the TRNC.

Akıncı underlined the importance of the confidence-building measures which will help the resolution process in parallel with the work of finding a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem. Akıncı stated that there are some positive steps that have been taken such as removal of the visa forms at the crossing points, solution of the problem faced in the radio frequencies, interconnection of the electricity grids and opening of Derinya and Aplıç gates. Akıncı concluded by saying that the only problem is experienced in the cooperation on mobile phones.

Akıncı informed political party representatives

President Mustafa Akıncı informed the representatives of the CTP, UBP, DP UG and TDP at the TRNC Assembly about the latest developments reached at the Cyprus negotiation process.

Akinci informed political parties

Political party authorities made a statement following the meeting. It was stressed that President Akıncı will inform the deputies again in January. No statement was made by the President following the meeting.

Leaders wished for peace and for the island`s reunification

President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades celebrated the New Year of the Turkish and the Greek Cypriots in a joint televised message.

Anastasiades and Akinci

They read the New Year message in both Turkish and Greek languages after the last leaders meeting held on 20 December.

The Leaders wished: “The New Year will bring lasting peace, serenity and prosperity to all Cypriots.”

Martyrs of Kumsal attack commemorated

The martyrs of the Kumsal attack which was carried out on 24 December 1963 by the Greeks and the Greek Cypriots were commemorated yesterday with a ceremony organized at the Martyrs Monument in the Museum of Barbarism.


The Kumsal attack is the most merciless attack of the Greeks which passed into the Cyprus history as the Bloody Noel. 2 women and 3 children were killed in the assault carried out at the house of the Commander Nihat İlhan in the Kumsal region.

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