Akıncı to depart for Brussels

President Mustafa Akıncı is traveling to Brussels today for  an official visit.

Akıncı, who will start a series of meetings in Brussels on Wednesday, will meet with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

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Akıncı will return to the island on Thursday 8 December 2016. He will be accompanied on the official visit by the Presidential Private Secretary Cenk Gürçağ, Special Adviser for Diplomacy and the EU Erhan Erçin and a member of the negotiating team, Third Secretary Sertaç Güven.

Eide: “The two leaders have almost reached an agreement regarding the regional issues”

Following his meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias at the Greek Foreign Ministry, the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide made a statement to the press in which he stated that all parties to the Cyprus negotiations have been having detailed and positive discussions on important chapters in the negotiations such as the issues of security and guarantees.

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Regarding the territory issue on Cyprus negotiations, Eide said: “We are going well, the two leaders have almost reached an agreement regarding regional issues.”

Eide noted that the meeting held between President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades took place following some difficulties. However, Eide also expressed that he is content with the progress made by the Cypriot negotiating teams, who will meet in Geneva on 9 January 2017 and on 12 January 2017 for an international conference.

Eide said: “It was very touching. As the Leaders’ partnership is so strong, we think that the rest of the outstanding problems will be solved.

Turkey and Greece have different opinions on the issues of security and guarantees, Eide noted. “I think that if we look at the negotiations’ situation, there is still a length to go, but now there is a better understanding (of what is involved) and potential compromises can be found. I will be much more informed in this regard when I go to Ankara. We will focus our efforts on this issue, but we need to solve this problem for the reunification of our Cypriot friends.”

Upon a question concerning a bilateral meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Eide said that he strongly supports the idea of the highest level meeting between Greece and Turkey, particularly on this issue (security and guarantees). It is important that the two guarantor powers are in direct contact at high political level he said.

Alanlı undertook an official visit to Kosovo

Vice-president of the Assembly Hüseyin Avkıran Alanlı held a series of meetings in Kosovo. In his visit to the Turkish Embassy in Pristine, Alanlı met with Ambassador Kıvılcım Kılıç. Alanlı stated that he condemned the molotov bomb attack on the Turkish Consulate General in Prizren. Alanlı also visited the Kosovo Parliament and met with the Vice-president of the Parliament Fikrin Damka.

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In his speech Alanlı said “We are very happy to be in our sister country Kosovo. Reciprocal visits indicate the depth of this relationship between the two countries in recent years. We wish to increase our bilateral relations to strengthen the social and cultural ties among the two societies. We are ready to do our part as the TRNC.”

Missing martyr Ramadan Ahmet buried in Gazimağusa

The missing martyr Ramadan Ahmet who went missing on Arodez-Tere road in 1963 has been buried in Gazimağusa.

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His remains were found during the excavation works of the Committee on Missing Persons in Polemi village of Paphos in South Cyprus. Ahmet was laid to rest with a military ceremony at the Canbulat Martyrdom in Gazimağusa.

Speaking on behalf of the family during the funeral ceremony, the missing martyr’s granddaughter Zübeyde Özmanyera said that her mother lost her father – when she was 1.5 and stated that she remembered her mother always having sad moments on Father’s day.

Özmanevra also stated that her grandfather Ramadan Ahmet was intercepted and killed by the Greek Cypriots in 1963.

In her speech, she thanked the Missing Persons Committee in Cyprus for their efforts.

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