President Mustafa Akıncı received Thijs Van der Plas
President Mustafa Akıncı received the Dutch Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Europe Thijs Van der Plas. The President’s Special Advisor for Diplomacy and EU Affairs Erhan Erçin, the President’s Special Advisor for Political Affairs and History Meltem Onurkan Samani and the Dutch Ambassador to South Cyprus Nathalie Jaarsma were also present at the meeting, which was held at the Presidency.
The National Security Council of Turkey: “The Greek Cypriot side must have a clear stance”
The Cyprus issue was discussed at a meeting of the National Security Council of Turkey.
A statement was issued following the meeting, which was held at the Presidential Palace. The statement said that the negotiations held in Geneva in order to find a solution to the Cyprus problem were halted due to the Enosis decision taken by the Greek Cypriot Parliament, to which the Turkish Cypriot side reacted, and emphasized that the resumption of the negotiations may only be possible if the Greek Cypriot side accepts the necessary confidence-building measures. It also stated that a fair, comprehensive and lasting settlement based on political equality would be possible with the acceptance of an equal partnership. Therefore, the Greek Cypriot side should stop using delaying tactics and have a clear and constructive stance.
Çavuşoğlu: “Either Cyprus negotiations reach a solution or Turkey will go her own way”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that either the Cyprus negotiation process reaches a solution with certain criteria or negotiations would be ended without a solution being reached and Turkey would go her own way.
“There won’t be another negotiation process if this opportunity is missed” said Çavuşoğlu. Emphasizing that Turkey’s compromise on security and on the guarantee issue is out of the question, Çavuşoğlu said that the Enosis decision proved once again that they should not compromise on security and guarantees.
Turkey donates 100,000 USD to CMP
The Republic of Turkey has donated 100,000 USD to the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) for the exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons in Cyprus.
The donation took place at the Turkish Embassy in Lefkoşa where the Turkish Ambassador to Lefkoşa, Derya Kanbay, gave a $100,000 cheque to Gülden Plümer Küçük, the Turkish Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons. Küçük carries out the project for the exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons as a result of the tragic events in 1963-1964 and 1974.
Derya Kanbay stated that the cheque represented the 2017 annual contribution of the Republic of Turkey to the Committee on Missing Persons.
In her speech, Küçük said that Turkey is the fourth greatest donor to the Committee and has contributed 100,000 dollars every year since the project started.
Honorary Professorship to Dr. Suat Günsel in London
Near East University Founding Rector Dr. Suat İ. Günsel was given the title of Honorary Professorship of the Oxford Academic Union by the International Socrates Committee.
Dr. Suat Günsel, who is also a member of the European Rectors’ Club, received the honorary title at a magnificent ceremony held in London.
Speaking at the ceremony, Günsel said that the university is now competing against other universities from developed countries around the world, and added, “The islanders constantly have the feeling of being on a ship, that they need to take root somewhere to avoid being caught in the storms. Our university has managed to bring together people from 110 different countries on this tiny island”.
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