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TRNC News 19.10.2016 – Akinci met with Turkish Minister Ahmet Arslan

President Mustafa Akıncı met with the Turkish Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication Ahmet Arslan.

Speaking during the meeting, President Akıncı said that the Turkish Cypriot side is participating in the Cyprus negotiations – which started 48 years ago – in good faith. However, the Cyprus problem has reached a point of saturation.

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A settlement that is in the interest of both sides would provide many advantages to everyone, Akıncı stated, and the last two and a half months are crucial.

Akıncı also underlined that research has proved that the most reasonable way to transfer natural gas exploited in the south side of the island to Europe is via Turkey.

Akıncı stated that the TRNC needs to develop transportation and communication infrastructure in the country.

Ercan Airport is important as it is the TRNC’s gateway to the world, and Akıncı said that he desires to see the airport receive a much needed upgrade.

The Turkish Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communication Ahmet Arslan stated that Turkey supports the negotiation process and that he hoped that the Greek Cypriot side will also continue to do so.

Özgürgün met with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Türkeş

Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün met with the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tuğrul Türkeş who came to the TRNC on an official visit.

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Özgürgün said that he felt honoured to host Türkeş in the TRNC, and that the TRNC cooperates closely with Turkey.

Özgürgün also outlined that the official visit of Türkeş and his delegation is important for implementing the Economic Cooperation Protocol.

“The TRNC’s economic and social development would be a good message for the ongoing negotiation process” Özgürgün said.

In his speech, Türkeş stated that he came to the TRNC to evaluate projects within this scope of the ongoing economic and social cooperation between Turkey and the TRNC.

TRNC and Turkish Transport Ministries sign e-State and PTT cooperation protocols

On behalf of the TRNC, Transport and Public Works Minister Kemal Dürüst has signed e-State and PTT cooperation protocols with the Republic of Turkey.

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The Turkish Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communication Ahmet Arslan signed the agreement on behalf of Turkey.

At a launch ceremony for the signing of the protocol, which was held between the two Ministries of Transport, a stamp was issued to commemorate the anniversary of the Water Supply Project.

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