TRNC News 28th September 2018

  1. President Akıncı met with Maas and Blok …
  2. Minister Özersay speaks to Voice of America …
  3. Erhürman and Ministers will make investigations at Derinya …
  4. EMU is in the world list for the 3rd time …
  5. Cyprus Modern Art Museum has been opened …

President Akıncı met with Maas and Blok

President Mustafa Akıncı, who is holding contacts in New York, met with the Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas and the Foreign Minister of Holland Stef Blok separately. During the meetings, the point of view of the Turkish Cypriot side regarding the Cyprus issue was expressed and they exchanged views.

Akıncı also met with the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the EU Commission, Federica Mogherini the previous day.

Minister Özersay speaks to Voice of America

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay said that the current stage of the relations of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, and the interest of the international community is not in the situation of moving the negotiation process to the top of the agenda and putting pressure on the Greek Cypriot side.

Speaking to the Voice of America in New York, Minister Özersay said that a questioning process needs to be started for the future of Cyprus and expressed his wish for New York meetings to provide this questioning.

Adding that it should be questioned where we made a mistake and why there has been a failed negotiation process for 50 years, and is it the bi-zonal, bi-communal federation which we want to reach? Özersay stressed that we should try to find sincerely the answers to these questions.

Furthermore, stressing that there is not any procedure which has not been tried for solution of the Cyprus problem, Özersay said that all methods have been exhausted. Özersay also said that international actors should take steps towards motivating the Greek Cypriot side to cooperate with the Turkish Cypriot side and to find a solution but international actors do not fulfil their responsibilities.

Criticizing America for being close to the Greek Cypriots and supporting drilling works through one of their companies, Özersay said that this is also contrary to the responsibilities within the context of international relations.

Erhürman and Ministers will make investigations at Derinya

Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman and some Ministers will make some investigations at Derinya Gate today (28th September).

Minister of Public Works and Transportation Tolga Atakan, Interior Minister Ayşegül Baybars and Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources Erkut Şahali will accompany Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman during the visit today.

EMU is in the world list for the 3rd time

Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) has been listed in the World University Rankings for the 3rd time as announced by the U.K. based higher education ranking magazine Times Higher Education (THE).

EMU has achieved this success for the third time since the 2017 Academic Year within the 601-800 Band in the world rankings of the said list-1,258.  Universities from 79 different countries were listed in the 2018 -2019 World University Rankings.

Some of the best world universities including Oxford, California Institute of Technology, Stanford, Cambridge, MIT, Harvard, and Princeton also featured on the list. The ranking considers factors such as teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, citations from academic publications, international faculty, and the number of international students, social activities and civic involvement.

Cyprus Modern Art Museum has been opened

Cyprus Modern Art Museum, which houses art pieces of artists from 14 Turkic countries, was inaugurated at the Near East University Campus with a ceremony yesterday (27th September).

The museum will be open for visiting between 10.00-16.00, six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday and will be closed on Mondays.

In his speech at the ceremony, Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman stated that this museum is now a permanent feature in the country and artworks created by Turkish Cypriot artists are also displayed at the international museum.