- Özersay: “Sides should reach an agreement on which issues will be negotiated” ….
- Özersay Issued a Message of Condolence for Indonesia ….
- Akar: “The price of provocation in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Cyprus will be heavy” ….
- Kumsal Martyrs’ Remembered ….
Özersay: “Sides should reach an agreement on which issues will be negotiated”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay said that the sides should reach an agreement on which issues will be negotiated to be able to conduct a result oriented negotiation process.
Özersay evaluated the meeting with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative and Head of Mission in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar held at the Head Office of the People’s Party (HP).
Özersay said that in order to convert the dialogue conducted by UN Secretary General’s temporary envoy on Cyprus Jane Holl Lute to a negotiation process, firstly the sides should reach an agreement on which issues will be negotiated. Özersay stressed that he expressed this issue to the UN in a detailed way.
Özersay added “In the following process, no one should consider this process or similar processes independently from the developments in the world and in the region. Therefore, the developments on the Cyprus problem, which is an international problem, should not be considered independently from the Brexit process, for example from the European Parliament elections and from the local elections in Turkey to be held in 2019. These developments will determine what will be in the following process. By taking into consideration these issues, we have found an opportunity to share with the UN our views regarding the following process within the framework of the conditions especially both international and regional and for Cyprus. We hope this dialogue will continue by being institutionalised.
Özersay Issued a Message of Condolence for Indonesia
Özersay said in his message ‘we received the tragic news with great sorrow of the tsunami disaster in Indonesia caused by the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in the Sunda Strait. I wish on behalf of myself, my Ministry and our government that the mercy of Allah be upon those who lost their lives, and the speedy recovery of the injured and we convey our condolences to the brotherly people of Indonesia.
Akar: “The price of provocation in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Cyprus will be heavy”
Stating that the tension in the Aegean and the Mediterranean should not be increased, Turkish National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar stated that everyone should refrain from provocation otherwise the price would be heavy.
Following his contacts in Qatar and Pakistan, Akar travelled to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
In his statement in Kabul, Akar stated that the rights and the interests in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEC), which is 462,000 square kilometres, are being protected and added that there is no hesitation about this and he said: “There’s no way we can compromise our rights”
Akar reiterated that they will not allow any fait accompli in the Aegean, the Mediterranean, and Cyprus against the TRNC and the Republic of Turkey, and he also mentioned that there is no chance of survival of any projects in which Turkey does not participate and they express this on every occasion.
Akar said: “We are in favour of good-neighbourly relations and friendship, peace and stability, and prosperity of the people living in this region, yet everybody should also know that Turkey will never sacrifice their rights at any cost. Everyone should refrain from provocation, otherwise the price of provocation in the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Cyprus will be heavy.”
Kumsal Martyrs’ Remembered
The martyrs who were killed in the Greek-Greek Cypriots attacks on 24th December 1963 in the Kumsal district of Lefkoşa were commemorated today (24th December) at the Museum of Barbarism Martyrdom.
The ceremony was held in order to commemorate the 21st – 25th December, National Struggle and Martyrs’ Week.
On that day of 24th December, a Greek officer with nearly 150 Greek Cypriots attacked the region where the wife and 3 children of Major Nihat İlhan, Erdoğan Rifat, Tuncer Hasan, Muhip Hüseyin, Aziz Güner, Mustafa Hasan, Mustafa Mehmet and Feride Hasan were martyred.