Özgürgün: “No territory concession in Cyprus”
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün has said that there will be no territory concession in Cyprus.
The Prime Minister was speaking during a conference at Florya Halit Aydın Campus of the Aydın University. He said, “Only the closed city of Maraş may be exchanged with a linking road to Erenköy. This is the official policy of the TRNC and Turkey also supports such an agreement”
Özgürgün also stressed that the decision of the Greek Cypriot administration to commemorate Enosis in Greek Cypriot schools cannot be considered acceptable.
Akıncı: Resumption of negotiations possible “if Greek Cypriot side corrects their mistake”
President Mustafa Akıncı has said that if steps are taken and the Greek Cypriot side corrects their mistake of voting to mark Enosis, it will be possible to restart the negotiations, but that this will not be possible if they ‘prefer to make things more difficult”. Akıncı also stressed that if the Enosis decision is addressed and the negotiations restart, some steps must be taken to re-establish confidence between the two sides.
Replying the questions of TAK Agency, Akıncı said that the Turkish Cypriot leaders and negotiating team are tired of expressing themselves at the negotiation table. He added that the UN should take more active role to restart the negotiations, but in an objective and impartial manner.
Furthermore, stressing that the concept of a minority-majority relationship is not possible in a federal solution, Akıncı underlined that the TRNC wants political equality, adding that this is a sine qua non in any federation.
Siber: Refusal of Greek Cypriot leader to accept political equality is “insincere”
The Speaker of the Assembly, Sibel Siber has said that Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades’ refusal to accept political equality at the negotiation table is insincere.
Siber spoke at a meeting entitled “Cyprus Desk” organized jointly by Girne American University and the Cyprus American University.
In her speech, Siber responded to questions of academics and students on the Cyprus issue.
Expressing that goodwill and sincerity at the negotiation table demonstrate the will for a solution, Siber said that the Greek Cypriot side is not putting effort into preparing its community for a solution, and that this is obstructive to finding a viable solution.
Ertuğruloğlu: “President Akıncı should demand an apology from Anastasiades”
Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu has said that the correction of the Enosis mistake by the Greek Cypriot side is not enough for the Turkish Cypriot side to return to the negotiation table, adding that President Akıncı should also demand an apology from the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades.
Foreign Minister Ertuğruloğlu was evaluating the Cyprus negotiation process and responding to questions as part of a television programme.
Ertuğruloğlu explained that the challenge of the current negotiation process is not only the Enosis decision, but that the main problem is the Greek Cypriot side’s “minority-majority statement”.
Stating that the Turkish Cypriot side can only obtain minority rights in the current negotiation process, Ertuğruloğlu said if negotiations continue, it must be at a “state to state level” from now on.
“What are we going to negotiate with the Greek Cypriots, who consider the Turkish Cypriots as a minority in this current negotiation process?” asked Ertuğruloğlu, adding that the TRNC should be accepted in order to reach a solution in Cyprus.
North Cyprus ranks among the top 10 stands at the ITB Berlin 2017
North Cyprus was ranked among the top 10 stands at the ITB Berlin 2017 Tourism Fair last week, known as the world’s largest tourism fair.
187 countries attended the ITB 2017 Tourism Fair in Berlin, Germany which was established over an area of 160,000 square meters.
Plaques were presented to the TRNC stand which was judged as being among the top 10 stands.
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