TRNC News 22.11.17 Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement re agreement of Egypt and South Cyprus

TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed that the bilateral agreements reached between Egypt and South Cyprus within the framework of South Cyprus visit of Egypt President Sisi will in no way be binding on the Turkish Cypriots and will be considered null and void.

The written statement is as follows:

“Clearly under the influence of the approaching Greek Cypriot leadership elections, it has become evident that the Greek Cypriot administration of Southern Cyprus has expedited its efforts to take unilateral steps which disregard the legitimate rights of the Turkish Cypriots. In this connection, we would like to express that the bilateral agreements signed between the President of Egypt and the Greek Cypriot administration within the framework of the former’s visit to the South, as well as any cooperation agreements which may emerge as a result of the tripartite meeting due to take place between Southern Cyprus, Egypt and Greece, will in no way be binding on the Turkish Cypriots and will be considered null and void.

When it is considered that the current administrations in both Southern Cyprus and Egypt have come to power through coups and usurpation of power rather than through legitimate processes, it is shocking that they claim legitimate rights particularly over the natural resources around the Island. Taking this opportunity to reiterate the equal and undeniable rights of the Turkish Cypriot over the said resources, we emphasize that no steps can be taken regarding natural resources in the absence of the Turkish Cypriot side, and we deem it our responsibility to remind that reciprocal steps are being taken with Motherland Turkey to ensure that our rights and interests in the region are protected.

In his press statement following the bilateral meetings, Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades’ claim that the cooperation in the field of energy between Southern Cyprus and Egypt is legally sound is simply an effort to legitimize these illegitimate actions. These efforts are an extension of the usurper mentality of the Greek Cypriot side. That being said, we would like to underline that it will not be possible for the efforts to create alliances by ostracizing the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey to bear fruit.

Also in the press statement, the fact that the Greek Cypriot leader attributed the collapse of the half-century-long Cyprus negotiations process in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, to the stance of Turkey on the issue of guarantees is totally false, as we have often repeated in the past. We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the sole reason for the collapse of the process is the ongoing intransigence of the Greek Cypriot side, which rejects any settlement involving the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots on the basis of power-sharing.”

TRNC Speaker of the Assembly Siber attends Asia Parliamentary Assembly

On Wednesday, TRNC Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber attended the10th plenary session of the Asia Parliamentary Assembly (APA) hosted in Turkey this year.

The theme of this year’s assembly is “Sustaining Peace and Development in Asia” and Speaker Siber was invited to the event by Speaker of the Turkish Parliament İsmail Kahraman, who took over the Presidency of the Assembly from Cambodia at this year’s opening session.

During the assembly, Siber held meetings with the heads of parliament and delegations from many countries on the Asian continent. During her meetings, Siber emphasized the importance of dialogue between parliamentarians and stressed that their participation in parliamentary meetings should not be prevented.

Committee on Missing Persons to conduct research in Vienna and Geneva

This week, three members of the TRNC Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) will be in Vienna, Austria to conduct historical research. Gülden Plümer Küçük, a member of the CMP, told a TAK reporter that the three-person team is currently in Austria to use the National Archives before moving onto Geneva, Switzerland. The committee has also visited London and New York in the past to conduct similar investigations.

The Committee on Missing Persons is responsible for returning the identified remains of deceased individuals, who went missing in Cyprus between 1963-64 and in 1974, to their families.

The CMP members are expected to return to the island this Friday (24th November).

TRNC Build-Sell sector to be promoted in Azerbaijan

Within the framework of the promotion and marketing works of the TRNC Build-Sell sector abroad, the Cyprus Turkish Building Contractors Association has launched an initiative in Azerbaijan. Cyprus Turkish contractors and Azerbaijani officials, businessmen, and representatives of real-estate firms will meet with media on 7th of December at the Land Mark Hotel in Azerbaijan at the event to be held for Azerbaijani businessmen and investors.

At the event, the TRNC will be introduced for Azerbaijani investors. Within this scope, Xazar TV from Azerbaijan has made an introductory film of the historical and touristic places of the TRNC as well as its construction sector. This film will be screened on Xazar TV for four months. Moreover, a committee under the presidency of the Cyprus Turkish Building Contractors Association Chairman, Cafer Gürcafer, will be in Azerbaijan on 6-10 December.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office –

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