- Akıncı: “Federal solution model is not out of options” ….
- Akıncı-Lute meeting on 3 February ….
- Cavuşoğlu: “Table was overturned by the Greek Cypriot side in Crans Montana” ….
- Akıncı: “Negotiations should be result oriented” ….
- Villagers met at Friday prayer in Denya Village after 56 years ….
Akıncı: “Federal solution model is not out of options”
President Mustafa Akıncı said that the federal solution model which is on the negotiation table with the consensus of the sides is not out of the options and continues to be the most realistic solution model. Akıncı added “If Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades is in search of another solution model, he should know that it will also include political equality”.
In his statement made the previous day, President Akıncı stated that they pay attention to the agreement reached at the meetings with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Akıncı pointed out “We do not want the continuation of the status quo but a solution in Cyprus and we believe that it can be achieved within the framework of the UN and by negotiations. Political equality is our sine qua non and if the negotiations resume, it will not be an open-ended process without a calendar.
Akıncı-Lute meeting on 3 February
Lute requested to meet with President Akıncı during her Cyprus visit to be held at the beginning of February.
It was decided the meeting will be held on Sunday 3rd February 2019.
Cavuşoğlu: “Table was overturned by the Greek Cypriot side in Crans Montana”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that it became clear at the Crans Montana meetings as to who wants a solution and who does not, and the table was overturned by the Greek Cypriot side.
The Girne American University has given an Honorary Doctorate to the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu for the successful work he has carried out on Turkish and Cyprus policies.
Speaking during the ceremony the University’s Founding Rector Serhat Akpınar praised the Turkish Foreign Minister for the developments that have been achieved by the Republic of Turkey in the international arena, for protecting the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot people’s rights and the contributions he has made on the Cyprus issue.
Çavuşoğlu for his part said that the Cyprus issue was a national cause for Turkey and drew attention to the fact that Turkey and the TRNC have sincerely worked hard to find a permanent and just solution to the Cyprus problem.
Referring to the process that took place in Crans Montana Çavuşoğlu said that it was clear that the Greek Cypriot side was not ready to share anything with the Turkish Cypriots.
“The Cyprus issue is a major deal. The Cyprus issue will not be sacrificed for someone’s political ideologies or political ambitions. Let no one forget this. Let no one try to give direction alone to the Cyprus cause by saying I want this, I had said this, I will say this again. As it has been up until today, we will decide on what will be done together. If the table wasn’t overturned in Crans Montana that was because Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus acted as a single power” said Çavuşoğlu.
Pointing to the hydrocarbon exploration efforts that are taking place around Cyprus, the Turkish Foreign Minister said that the unilateral steps taken by the Greek Cypriot side on the hydrocarbon issue will not be permitted.
Akıncı: “Negotiations should be result oriented”
President Mustafa Akıncı and the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu held a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace.
President Mustafa Akıncı said that they had first carried out a tete-a-tete meeting and then moved forward with their meeting with political parties that are represented in parliament where they discussed the Cyprus issue and the natural gas reserves around the island.
“We want to clarify our stance, if we do not do this we cannot negotiate. We have tried open ended talks that were not result orientated. We believe that result orientated talks within a time frame can bear fruit” said the President.
He said that a solution can only be possible if it is based on political equality and added that the Greek Cypriot side had begun taking steps back on this issue and some other issues as well.
Expressing the hope that Lute’s efforts will bear fruit, President Akıncı said that Lute will be coming to the island at the beginning of February.
Touching upon the natural gas reserves around the island President Mustafa Akıncı said that everyone’s stance on this issue was crystal clear.
“There is a resource around the island to which both peoples on the island have rights. It either continues to be a source of tension or common sense prevails and everyone benefits” said Akıncı.
Akıncı said that the TRNC and Turkey will continue to protect its rights on the natural resources issue.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu for his part said that the meetings they had carried out had been very useful and they had discussed how Turkey could further support the TRNC in bilateral relations, economy and education.
He said that they had extensively discussed the Cyprus issue and what steps they will follow in the future.
Touching upon the hydrocarbon issue the Turkish Foreign Minister said “what we want is very clear. The Turkish Cypriots have rights over these reserves and their rights must be safeguarded. The wealth to emerge must be shared fairly. This doesn’t mean you recognise them as a state”.
Çavuşoğlu stressed that Turkey will start drilling in Turkey’s Exclusive Economic Zone and also in the areas where the TRNC has given license.
Villagers met at Friday prayer in Denya Village after 56 years
Turkish Cypriot Denya villagers who had to leave their village in 1963 refreshed their memories and had their Friday Prayer in the Denya Mosque after 56 years.
Turkish Cypriot former residents of Denya, which is located in the buffer zone, applied to Deputy Prime Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hold Friday prayer in the village Mosque and the Ministry conveyed the request to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force’s (UNFICYP). As a consequence of these initiatives Turkish Cypriot Denya villagers made a visit to their former village on 25th January accompanied by UNFICYP.
Deputy Prime Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement and pointed out that the villagers have visited their village after many years and refreshed their memories however some of them found out that their homes were not there anymore and some of them remembered how they had to leave their village during their childhood. In 1963 when there were no problems between the two communities the first attacks started in Denya Village where Greek Cypriot villagers attacked Turkish Cypriot villagers to strike fear and to force them leave their villages. Greek Cypriot villagers were successful in their aim and during the visit it was clearly observed that Turkish Cypriots were still anxious and worried because they remembered those days.
After its restoration, Denya mosque was attacked in January 2013. The mosque also suffered again in an arson attack after 3 years on 21 February 2016.
The prayer meeting was held without any trouble. Mukhtar of Denya village and a group of Greek Cypriot villagers met Turkish Cypriots with warm sentiments and served them homemade food.
Emotional moments were felt and tears were shed at the warm meeting and this gave hope for future friendships.
After the visit Turkish Cypriot old residents and Greek Cypriot residents took a group photo in front of the mosque. Old residents thanked the Mukhtar and the villagers for their kind hospitality.