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TRNC News 12.7.2016 – FM Ertugruloglu on official visit to London

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu on an official visit to London

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu travelled to London on July 10 as part of a four day official visit.

During the visit, Minister Ertuğruloğlu will hold discussions at The Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Tahsin Ertugruloglu

Minister Ertuğruloğlu will also hold meetings with the Turkish Ambassador to London Abdurrahman Bilgiç and the administration of the Federation of Turkish Associations in the UK.

The Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mustafa Lakadamyalı, is accompanying Minister Ertuğruloğlu during his London visit.

Leaders to meet again today

TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades will meet again today within the framework of the Cyprus negotiations.

The meeting will be held at a building chosen by the United Nations, in the buffer zone.

Leaders meet again 12 July

It is expected that the issues of the economy and the EU will be discussed at the meeting and that the leaders will be accompanied by the co-chairmen of the working groups.

The leaders held their last meeting on 8 July 2016, where issues of citizenship and voting rights were discussed.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs to visit Cyprus

Victoria Nuland

The US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, is expected to visit the island on an official visit. Mrs Nuland will be received by President Mustafa Akıncı today at 19:15 local time.

President Akıncı met British High Commissioner Kidd

President Mustafa Akıncı met the British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd.

Matthew Kidd and Mustafa Akinci

The Private Secretary to the President Cenk Gürçağ and the Advisor for Political Affairs and History Meltem Onurkan Samani were also present at the meeting.

No statement was issued to the press before or after the meeting.

Akıncı: “We will continue to do what is necessary to correctly inform the public about the negotiation process”

President Mustafa Akıncı issued a message on National Press Day, 11th July, in which he stated that “It is clear that, from time to time, distorted messaging in the Greek Cypriot media has caused public tension in the TRNC. However, we have to remain loyal to our commitments and continue onwards without straying from our main path.”

Mustafa Akinci - continue to do what is necessary

“This does not mean that our community will be kept unaware of any developments. By taking into consideration the place, timing and measure, we are doing – and will continue to do – what is necessary in order to correctly inform the public about the negotiation process.”

Presidential Spokesperson: “All TRNC citizens will become citizens of the Federal Republic of Cyprus”

Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu has stated that there has been some unfounded speculation relating to citizenship ratios.

Baris Burcu

Responding to the speculation, Burcu stated that “the reality is that anyone who has acquired citizenship – from either side – before today will automatically become citizens of the united Federal Republic of Cyprus. Depriving any citizen of this common right is out of the question.”

Burcu continued, “Both sides have shared information and figures with one another relating to citizenship under the auspices of the United Nations. As a result, it has been determined that 220,000 TRNC citizens and 802,000 citizens of the Greek Cypriot Administration will automatically become citizens of the united Federal Cyprus without requiring the fulfilment of any further criteria. A consensus has been reached regarding this issue.”

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