1. Akıncı:  “We will be constructive as always ; ….
  2. Oktay: “Turkey will continue to provide close interest and support to the TRNC” …
  3. Akıncı receives Oktay …
  4. Celebration message from Erdoğan to Akıncı: …
  5. “Republic Cup of 2018” held …

Akıncı:  “We will be constructive as always; however, we will act in a conscious manner by protecting the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people to the end”

President Mustafa Akıncı stressed that the Turkish Cypriot side will continue to adopt a constructive stance as always, but that they will act in a conscious manner by protecting the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people to the end.

In his address to the nation marking the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the TRNC, President Akıncı said:

“I want to say that; as I have mentioned before, open-ended and not result-oriented negotiation processes are over from now on. The fact that this issue has started to be included in the UN Secretary General’s reports is a pleasing development.

In addition to this modality, the Turkish Cypriot side will be ready to form a new federal partnership based on the existence of two equal constituent states, the sovereignty of which will emanate from two equal sides on this island by staying committed to past understandings. Establishing the conditions for both parties to live in equality, freedom and security depends again on the will of both parties. We would like to see an understanding from the Greek Cypriot side which will give fair sharing of powers and riches and make our region the centre of new cooperation opportunities, not new tensions.

The approaches so far do not give hope. We would like to see the results of the visits to the guarantor countries and the island which are being carried out by the United Nations Secretary-General’s temporary special Envoy Lute, appointed by Guterres, before the end of the year.

The Turkish Cypriot side will continue to adopt a constructive stance as always. We will never give any consent to the Greek Cypriot leadership’s conception which will put the Turkish Cypriot people in a minority position with statements such as “the state should be functional”. We will continue to struggle to shape the relationship between the two sides in Cyprus not as a majority-minority but between two politically equal sides as also foreseen by the parameters of the UN.”

Oktay: “Turkey will continue to provide close interest and support to the TRNC”

Vice President of the Republic of Turkey Fuat Oktay stated that Turkey will continue to provide close interest and support to the TRNC.

In his speech at the ceremony for the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the TRNC, Oktay said: “The Turkish Cypriot people who survived many challenges in the struggle for rights and equality and endured many difficulties, are a source of pride for Turkey.

Oktay continued:

“In this period of more than half a century, the Turkish Cypriot people have favoured solution and reconciliation from the beginning and have always had a constructive approach in order to re-establish the partnership which was overturned by the Greek Cypriots by adopting the negotiation process in good faith and determination.

The reason why the island has not reached a solution today is, unfortunately, the uncompromising attitude of the Greek Cypriot side. The Cyprus conference failed in July 2017 because of this attitude of the Greek Cypriot side. Since then, the Greek Cypriots have clearly shown that they have no intention of establishing a partnership and sharing political power on the basis of political equality with the Turkish Cypriots. The state you established is one of the founding and equal parts of the island. The Greek Cypriot side’s efforts to dilute this reality have not been allowed up until today, and will not be allowed even after today.

Oktay stated that their aim is to ensure the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots and to guarantee their legitimate rights, security, and welfare on the island.”

Akıncı receives Oktay

President Mustafa Akıncı received the Vice President of Turkey Fuat Oktay. Akıncı stated that if the Greek Cypriot side accepts that they are not the only owner of Cyprus and there are two equal sides in Cyprus, it will be possible to find a way for a solution.

In his speech, stressing that although the Turkish Cypriot side shows goodwill, the Greek Cypriot side has never shown the same sincerity and goodwill, Oktay said that the Turkish Cypriot side was aware of this reality but following the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades’ statements, the world has heard the reality at first hand and that this situation is not sustainable.

Adding that hydrocarbon reserves has made the Cyprus island attractive, Oktay said that, as Turkey, they will never approve a solution model which does not include the equal share of the rights.

Pointing out ‘I hope what we expressed on the Cyprus issue will be a warning for the Greek Cypriot side’, Akıncı expressed that the Turkish Cypriot side desired a fair and permanent solution but the Greek Cypriot side who voted ‘no’ at the referendum was rewarded and we still live under embargoes. Akıncı also stressed that the Turkish Cypriot side showed great goodwill in Crans Montana but could not see the same attitude from the Greek Cypriot side.

Celebration message from Erdoğan to Akıncı: “Reaching a solution in Cyprus is so valuable for all of the Eastern Mediterranean”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent a celebration message to President Mustafa Akıncı on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the Establishment of the TRNC.

In his message, Erdoğan stressed that reaching a fair and permanent solution in Cyprus will be a valuable example for the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean. Expressing that with its political structure, developing institutions and respect for human rights, the TRNC is a security for the Turkish Cypriots and an honour for Turkey, Erdoğan stressed that Turkey will always stand by her brotherly Turkish Cypriot people in all conditions, and continue to work to provide continuance of legal rights, security and prosperity of the Turkish Cypriots. In the message, it was also noted that the Turkish Cypriot people, who continue their struggle for law and independence decisively, have shown every kind of constructive effort and goodwill to reach a fair, permanent and viable solution in Cyprus. It was also stressed that the Turkish Cypriot people strongly keep their will for the Cyprus Island to become a source of peace, stability and prosperity.

“I congratulate the 35th Anniversary of the Establishment of the TRNC with my deepest wishes” President Erdoğan expressed.

“Republic Cup of 2018” held”

“Republic Cup of 2018” was held at Lefkoşa Atatürk Stadium, under the auspices of the TRNC Deputy Prime Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Cyprus Turkish Football Federation (CTFF) U21 and Turkish Community Football Federation in the UK (TCFF) U21 competed at the event which was held within the framework of the 35th Anniversary of the Establishment of the TRNC.

The Cyprus Turkish Football Federation (CTFF) U 21 defeated Turkish Community Football Federation in the UK (TCFF) U21, 1-0.  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay watched the match and presented the cup and medals to the players.