TRNC News Today 24th February 2016 – Colak held contacts in Germany
TRNC News Today 24th February 2016
Çolak held contacts in Germany
Foreign Minister Emine Çolak who held a series of high level contacts in the capital of Germany, Berlin, met with Germany’s Minister for Europe Michael Roth.
Çolak who conveyed the final stage of the negotiation process in Cyprus to Roth expressed her wish that although the difficult issues have been reached in the process, both sides will obtain comprehensive development on the issues of the EU, economy and property up to May.
Çolak also conveyed that the Turkish Cypriot side which has the desire to reach an agreement in 2016 will rapidly concentrate on the remaining issues following the elections in South Cyprus.
Minister Çolak also held a series of contacts with important members of the government and opposition parties in the German Federal Parliament within the framework of her contacts in Germany.
In this context, Minister Çolak also met with the SPD deputy and the EU Commission Vice-President of the Federal Parliament Achim Barchmann and SDP deputy and member of the Federal Parliament Foreign Relations Commission Dietmar Niet.
Çolak also emphasized the importance of the political and technical support of Germany in the EU.
Akıncı informed Siber, Kalyoncu and Şahali
President Mustafa Akıncı informed the Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber, Prime Minister Ömer Kalyoncu and the Deputy Foreign Minister and the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Food, Erkut Şahali about the latest developments in the Cyprus negotiations.
President Akıncı will also meet with the Political Party Leaders and Representatives at the Presidency today and he will provide information about the Cyprus negotiations, make evaluations and exchange views.
Turkish Foreign Ministry: “We strongly condemn the arson attack on Denia Mosque”
Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the arson attack on the historical Denia Mosque in South Cyprus.
In the statement given from the Turkish Foreign Ministry, it was expressed “We are deeply saddened and strongly condemn the arson attack perpetrated on February 21st against Denia Mosque, which is located in the Island of Cyprus and classified as cultural and historical heritage in need of protection”.
In the statement, it was also stressed that it is worrying that Denia Mosque was subjected for the second time to a villainous attack after it was attacked in January 2013 and restored by the efforts of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. It was also emphasized that in the final phase of the comprehensive settlement process in Cyprus, such incidents should not be allowed to affect the existing positive atmosphere on the island.
It was also stressed that Turkey agrees with President Mustafa Akıncı’s call towards finding and punishing the perpetrators as soon as possible.
The statement continued as follows: “In this scope, we expect that a responsible attitude will be adopted to prevent the recurrence of such incidents damaging the environment of mutual trust between the two peoples, including the attacks against the Turkish Cypriots on 15 November 2015, and also expect the pursuit of justice with the necessary seriousness and sensitivity.”
Plümer: “New information will be investigated regarding missing persons in Paşaköy”
Turkish Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons Gülden Plümer Küçük stated that new information will be investigated regarding the missing persons in Paşaköy and if there is a positive result the required work will be started.
In her statement to TAK reporter, Küçük stated that some rumours reached them in the past about Paşaköy but the Committee didn’t carry out any excavation work because the reliability of the research couldn’t be confirmed.
Indicating that there is new witness information now, Küçük said: “There is a rumour that a Turkish Cypriot witness gave information to a Greek Cypriot journalist.”
Küçük mentioned that the committee will launch the necessary work in the event that there are considerable findings.
Furthermore, Gülden Plümer Küçük pointed out that the information which was provided by witnesses was 20-25% correct so far.
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