TRNC News Today 7th January 2016
Foreign Minister Çolak meets with EU Minister Bozkır
Within the scope of his contacts in the TRNC, H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkır, EU Minister and Chief Negotiator of the Republic of Turkey, met with Foreign Minister Emine Çolak.
During the meeting, Minister Bozkır described as an honour the fact that his first official visit abroad since the assumption of his duties as EU Minister of the 64th Government of the Republic of Turkey has been made to the TRNC, and pointed out that 2016 will be an important year for both countries. Minister Bozkır emphasized that the most important aspect of the Cyprus issue in Turkey’s perspective is that a settlement is reached in the form of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation based on political equality, as desired by the Turkish Cypriots, in which they can look to the future knowing that the past will not repeat itself. Adding that significant developments have taken place in Turkey – EU relations and that parts of the process which were moving along slowly have gained momentum, Minister Bozkır stated that he chose to visit the TRNC prior to the EU Commission to demonstrate that Turkey is fully beside the TRNC.
During her speech, Foreign Minister Emine Çolak expressed her pleasure to host EU Minister Bozkır and his delegation, adding that their meeting will consist of three main headings. Çolak stated that they will discuss the role of the EU in the ongoing negotiation process, as well as the committee which was established under the umbrella of the negotiations, adding that they will engage in an exchange of views regarding what sorts of legislations are necessary from the TRNC Government and Parliament to expedite the process. Stating that she will also inform EU Minister Bozkır regarding the issues which may potentially arise during the settlement and post settlement processes, Minister Çolak thanked Minister Bozkır and his delegation for their cooperation.
Bozkır: The Cyprus issue has reached a stage that can be solved
Turkey’s EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır stated that the Cyprus issue has reached an important and resolvable point after long years. Bozkır also said that Turkey’s desire about the solution of the Cyprus issue is same with the desire of the Turkish Cypriots to reach a bi-zonal, bi-communal solution based on political equality.
Bozkır: “It is important that this will be recorded as the primary law in the EU acquis. We intend to support and to collaborate with you in this regard as Turkey.”
During his official visit to the island, Bozkır was received by President Mustafa Akıncı, Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber and Prime Minister Ömer Kalyoncu. Afterwards, Bozkır met with Foreign Minister Emine Çolak, Minister of Public Works, Environment and Culture Kutlu Evren and Minister of Transport Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu.
People’s Party has been formed
A new political party joined to the TRNC politics. The name of the new political party which is formed under the presidency of Kudret Özersay is named as “People’s Party.”
Kudret Özersay together with the founding members of the party made an application to the Interior and Labour Ministry to register the new political party.
The leaders will hold their first meeting of 2016 today
President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades will hold their first meeting of 2016 today, in an effort to find a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus issue.
According to the decision taken at the last meeting of 2015, the leaders will come together 3 times in January.
UN Secretary-General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide will attend the meeting to be held at 10:00 at the buffer zone in Lefkosa. The leaders are expected to meet again on the 14th and 29th of January.
South Cyprus is in the list of the most militarist countries
South Cyprus was reported among the world’s 10 most militarist countries list on the data of the International Research Foundation.
The Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros indicated that in the report of the BICC Foundation for 2015, South Cyprus is in seventh order in the world’s 10 most militarist countries. The newspaper also wrote that the main reason of South Cyprus to be at the top is considered as compulsory military service.
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