1. Akar: “We will never allow fait accompli in Cyprus” …
  2. Kalın: “Turkey will never give up on her rights in the Eastern Mediterranean” …
  3. Samani: “Akıncı made the Greek Cypriots face the facts” …
  4. Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce represented at ESBA …

Akar: “We will never allow fait accompli in Cyprus”

Turkish National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar stated that Turkey will never allow any step and fait accompli to be taken in Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean in spite of Turkey and added that everyone should be aware that a project in which the TRNC and Turkey do not take place in the Aegean and Mediterranean does not have any chance to survive and everyone should avoid the provocation that will endanger the region.

In his speech at an event yesterday (22nd October), Akar stated that Turkey always mentions her will regarding the development of good neighbourly relations and the win-win approach.

“We will continue to protect the rights and interests of our country and the TRNC in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean, guaranteeing peace and security in line with international guarantee and alliance agreements on the island of Cyprus” Akar said.

Kalın: “Turkey will never give up on her rights in the Eastern Mediterranean”

Turkey’s Presidential Spokesman Kalın stated that Turkey will never give up on her rights in the Eastern Mediterranean which are safeguarded by international law.

Answering the questions of journalists at the Presidency Complex, Kalın said: “What Turkey wants in the Eastern Mediterranean is to develop a sharing model that will be based on the common interests of both sides in the economic regions around Cyprus.”

Stating that while the Greek Cypriot side does unilateral drilling by creating a de facto situation, the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey cannot avoid doing the same thing, Kalın added that Turkey will never give up on her rights in the Eastern Mediterranean which is safeguarded by international law. “That is why our scientific research vessels such as Fatih, Barbaros, and others will continue drilling in this region.”

“The Greek Cypriot side must know that it is out of the question for Turkey to allow any steps regarding drilling or any other issue by ignoring Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side and such a thing will be impossible to be accepted in terms of international law. The necessary measures have always been taken, and will continue to be taken” Kalın said.

Samani: “Akıncı made the Greek Cypriots face the facts”

Special Political Advisor on Political Affairs and History of the TRNC Presidency Meltem Onurkan Samani said that President Mustafa Akıncı’s determined and sincere stance towards reaching a settlement was the reason for the end of the approach for open ended and fruitful negotiation processes.

Samani added that the 5 party conference which had convened as a result of Akıncı’s efforts had forced the Greek Cypriot side to face the facts of the settlement which was being negotiated at the table.

“For the first time in the history, a UN report stated that an open ended process was no longer supported” Samani said.

Expressing that if the Greek Cypriot side desires different solution models, they should clarify them. Samani said that a solution to be reached should be based on political equality, and a partnership should include equality, security and freedom of the sides.

Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce represented at ESBA

Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) Member of Board of Directors Vargın Varer attended The European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) 20th anniversary event and the Board of Directors meeting.

According to the statement from the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, the 20th anniversary dinner took place in Steigenberger Witcher’s Hotel in Brussels and senior officials from the EU, representatives from the European business sector, private sector and entrepreneurs attended the dinner.

The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce has been a member of the European Small Business Alliance since 2010 and the Alliance represents almost one million micro and small businesses from 35 countries at the EU, it follows EU policy and legislation and performs lobby activities.