- President Akıncı met with US Ambassador to South Cyprus, Doherty …
- President Akıncı met with 2nd President Talat …
- Prime Minister Erhürman carried out an inspection at Aplıç Gate …
- Minister Özersay informs Foreign Affairs Commission of Turkish Grand National Assembly …
- Özersay speaks on CNN Türk …
- Greek Cypriot side in black list of OECD …
President Mustafa Akıncı received the US Ambassador to South Cyprus, Kathleen Ann Doherty.
According to the information provided by the Presidency, the meeting at the Presidency was held at 10.00 yesterday (17th October).
President Akıncı met with 2nd President Talat
According to the information given by the Presidency, Akıncı and Talat exchanged views about the latest developments in the Cyprus issue. The Cyprus report which was delivered by the United Nations Secretary-General Guterres to the Security Council was also discussed at the meeting at 11.00 yesterday (17th October) at the Presidency.
Prime Minister Erhürman carried out an inspection at Aplıç Gate
Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman carried out an inspection at the Lefke Aplıç Border Crossing, which has been completed ready for the opening of the transition between TRNC and Southern Cyprus.
Prime Minister Erhürman made a statement to the press and said that “as soon as the two leaders say ok, the transition begins,” at the political level, we are ready to start the transition at both border crossing points.
Minister Özersay informs Foreign Affairs Commission of Turkish Grand National Assembly
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay has informed the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly regarding “TRNC and Regional Developments”.
Minister Özersay stated that Cyprus issues being discussed at the first meeting of the Foreign Affairs Commission has great importance. Noting that the members of the Commission will have meetings on very different platforms in the following process, Özersay said that Turkish Cypriots have been excluded from the world therefore it is very important to convey our messages, demands and sensitivities through the members of the Commission.
Özersay said “As the TRNC, we want to look at the future confidently. I want to stress sincerely once more that the relation between Turkey and the TRNC will continue as two seriously allied countries and we will shape our foreign policy with Turkey which is always a strategic partner and supporter of the TRNC”.
Özersay speaks on CNN Türk
Stating that the Turkish Cypriot side would never take steps to warm up the waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay said that our intention is “not to warm up the water but rather to cool down the water”.
Indicating that they are taking into account other developments in the region with the Republic of Turkey, Özersay took part in a televised program on CNN Türk.
Özersay said that as long as the Greek Cypriot side continues to take unilateral steps in the Eastern Mediterranean region on the natural gas issue, the Turkish Cypriot side would take steps that would balance this.
Explaining that it seemed highly likely that the Greek Cypriot side will try and carry out drilling in block 10 before the end of this year, Özersay said that if drilling efforts are conducted then the Turkish Cypriot side, in line with its agreement with the Turkish Petroleum Corporation, will start drilling in similar areas.
Özersay said: “The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will carry out this excavation through a company. What we do is not much different to what they do. What we will do is to be active in the field and protect our rights”.
Also touching upon the Cyprus issue, Özersay evaluated the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ Cyprus Report.
Özersay said that although there are six chapters of the talks, the Greek Cypriot side is trying to create a perception that the talks failed because of security and guarantees issues.
Touching upon the content of the thesis, which the Greek Cypriots presented as a loose federation, Özersay said that what the Greek Cypriot side is actually trying to say is that they are not ready to share power with us within the framework of political equality, and it bothers them as Greek Cypriots. ‘So let’s share less power. Let there be more power in the wings, and less power in the Central Federal Government. This can be described as a loose federation’ the Greek Cypriots say.
Greek Cypriot side in black list of OECD
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development stated there are 21 countries which have created obstacles for the work of the Organisation, to prevent tax evasion, by giving citizenship or permanent residence. It was stated that the Greek Cypriot side has been included in the black list.
The Paris based Organisation stated that 21 countries are included in the black list for taking less tax from the financial assets abroad and giving permanent residence to some people.
In the report, it was noted that citizenship has turned into a bargaining condition which costs 3 billion dollars. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, second citizenship can be abused by the ones who want to conceal their properties abroad, and causes concern between politicians, security organisations and intelligence units.