August 18, 2022

Özgürgün: “It has become obvious that there will be no agreement in Cyprus… This uncertainty cannot be sustained”

Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün has stated that it has become clear an agreement will not be reached in Cyprus, and added that the Turkish Cypriot people should continue on their own way.

Speaking during a visit, Prime Minister Özgürgün said that organizations place great importance on the Turkish Cypriot people’s struggle for existence. Pointing out that this political struggle still continues, Özgürgün stated that as an agreement is unlikely to be reached, the Turkish Cypriot people should continue along their own path independently. Özgürgün said that despite the long-running negotiation process, a solution has not been reached – even at the five-party conference this year.  He added that Turkish Cypriots are ready to face a political struggle in order to end this uncertainty.

Leaders to meet European Commission delegates, Verwey and Van Nuffel

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders will hold a meeting today, at the buffer zone, with the Director General and Head of the Structural Reform Support Service in the European Commission, Maarten Verwey, and the envoy of the European Commission’s President on the Cyprus problem, Pieter Van Nuffel.

Verwey and Nuffel will make a presentation to the leaders on EU-related issues and the actions to be taken before any settlement. The progress regarding the EU Harmonization Committee`s ongoing works on the island will also be reviewed at the meeting.

Foreign Minister Ertuğruloğlu attends the opening of IDEF 2017 Defence Industry Fair

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu today attended the opening of the IDEF’17 13th International Defence Industry Fair.

The IDEF’17 13th International Defence Industry Fair, was held under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey and hosted by the Ministry of National Defence. The event was organised under the management and responsibility of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF), and  held with the cooperation of Tüyap Fairs and Exhibitions Organization Inc. on 9-12 May 2017. The IDEF Fair was placed among the most successful and conspicuous organizations on the international defence industry platform.

Minister Ertuğruloğlu attended the fair at the invitation of the Turkish National Defence Minister and President of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, Fikri Işık. He was accompanied by TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Mustafa Lakadamyalı, TRNC İstanbul Consul General Fahri Yönlüer and Consul Asu Muhtaroğlu.

Minister Ertuğruloğlu will have a meeting with Turkish National Defence Minister Fikri Işık today, and will hold various other meetings during the fair.

Atun: “The Greek Cypriot Administration declares sovereignty not only at sea but in our territory too”

Minister of Economy and Energy Sunat Atun has stated that permission for exploring petrol and natural gas in the TRNC was given to the Turkish Petroleum Corporation by the Council of Ministers in 2011, and as a result of their decision, the Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha seismic exploration vessel is conducting research at TRNC offshore sites.

In his press conference, Atun gave detailed information about the issue. He said that the vessel was undertaking research 2-3 miles south of the Karpaz national park, not offshore, when the Greek Cypriots protested about the vessel. Atun noted that South Cyprus signed agreements with Greece, Egypt and Israel to share their interests, and that the aim of the Greek Cypriot Administration is to involve these countries in the Cyprus problem.  Atun added that the strategy of the Greek Cypriots is to undermine the TRNC and Turkey.

In his speech, Atun reminded those present that during the budget discussions at the TRNC Assembly in 2011, he called on the Greek Cypriot Administration to conduct joint exploration, and that the then President Derviş Eroğlu proposed to establish an ad-hoc committee; but the Greek Cypriots refused both of these proposals.

Furthermore, Atun said that on 21 September 2011, a continental shelf agreement was signed between Erdoğan and Eroğlu to issue 7 petrol and natural gas exploration licenses for the sea, and 1 for the onshore territory, according to the agreement.

Atun underlined that the Greek Cypriot Administration does not consider the rights of the Turkish Cypriots and continues its unilateral exploration, adding that in the last three years, agreements and tenders have been made while the negotiations have been continuing.

Atun expressed that the steps taken by the Greek Cypriot side are proof that they do not consider the negotiation process to be valuable or worthwhile.

“Ordinary Trials” continues to be elected for international festivals

The short film titled “Ordinary Trials”, directed by Doğuş Özokutan and Vasvi Çiftcioğlu, continues its success in being nominated for awards, having been nominated in 41 international film festivals.

The film was recently nominated for the “Leiden International Short Film Experience”, which will be organised for the 9th time in the Dutch city of Leiden.. The Dutch premier of the film will be held on Sunday 14 May.

This year, 1281 films from 80 countries have applied to the festival (LIFSE) and 151 films were elected for display. LIFSE will be held between 14-15 May this year.

The World Premier of the film was held in the US in April 2015, and the film will be displayed at 41 international festivals in 24 different countries, together with its Dutch premier. “Ordinary Trials” was the first and only Turkish Cypriot short film to have won an Oscar, totalling three international awards – two from the US and one from Brazil.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office –

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