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TRNC News 3.11.2016 Akinci: “We hope Greek Cypriots can change their approach”


Akıncı: “We hope that Greek Cypriots can change their approach”

President Mustafa Akıncı has said that the Turkish Cypriots are being “realistic and rational” in their approach to the meetings which will be held in Switzerland between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot Leaders.

“I hope that Greek Cypriots can change their approach” Akıncı said. “We want them to be realistic and rational in their approach to the meetings in Switzerland as well. Besides, we want the Greek Cypriot side to grasp that we can never reach a solution with their understanding that there should be ‘no troops and no guarantees”.

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President Mustafa Akıncı discussed the Cyprus issue at an event he attended and shared his expectations about the negotiations to be held in Switzerland next week.

According to Akıncı, negotiations in Switzerland will be very important, and their aim is to finalize the process for the creation of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, based on the political equality of two constituent states, and which both sides will be able to vote ‘yes’ to.

The Switzerland visit, Akıncı said, would not be the end of the road.

“If we leave Switzerland without a result, it will be time to think more about the Cyprus problem in 2017. This issue, which has been negotiated for 50 years, cannot be discussed for another 50 years. Everyone, including the UN, should be aware of this.”

 “We support a reasonable and realistic solution, but we have a limit. Once that limit is passed, there will be no solution. We hope that the Greek Cypriot authorities come to Switzerland with an open mind and understand our concerns in real terms”.

Foreign Minister Ertuğruloğlu attended the Warsaw Security Forum

The Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu attended the Warsaw Security Forum as an official representative of the TRNC. The forum, which was organized by Casimir Pulaski Foundation, took place in the Polish capital, Warsaw, on 26-28 October 2016. Minister Ertuğruloğlu attended the forum at the invitation of the Forum President.

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Minister Ertuğruloğlu attended sessions on energy issues, particularly those related to energy, security and cyber security, cooperation in NATO and leadership today, the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, and the threats and the refugee crisis from and in Russia.

Minister Ertuğruloğlu also held meetings with the ministers and high level officials from various countries. Minister Ertuğruloğlu met with Michał Baranowski, the Director of the Warsaw Office of the German Marshall Fund, the Security Policy Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria Gerhard Jandl, the President of the International Crisis Group Jean-Marie Guéhenno, and the former Serbian Foreign Minister and the President of the Canter for International Relations and Sustainable Development Vuk Jeremic.

In addition to holding bilateral meetings with high-level Polish officials, Ertuğruloğlu also attended the reception of the 93rd Anniversary of the Founding of Republic of Turkey as an honoured guest which was organized under the auspices of the Turkish Ambassador to Poland Tunç Üğdül.

Saner attends the OIC meeting on “The role of women on development of OIC member countries”

The Minister of Labour and Social Security Ersan Saner has attended the OIC’s 6th Ministers meeting on “The role of women on development of OIC member countries”. The meeting took place in İstanbul with the participation of 56 OIC member countries.

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The meeting is being organized between 1-3 November 2016 under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policies with participation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Saner held a series of bilateral meetings with other delegates, and attended a lunch hosted in honour of participating ministers. Saner expressed that the TRNC’s representation at high level meetings is very important and pleasing.

Minister Saner will make a presentation at the meeting today on “The role of women on the development of the TRNC”.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office –

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