- Akıncı : “Greek Cypriot Leadership’s staggering is the most serious impediment in front of a solution” ….
- Prime Minister Erhürman visited Yıldırım ….
- Erhürman met with Turkish Cypriots living in Ankara ….
- Özersay met with Irish and German Ambassadors ….
- Özersay met with Mavroyannis ….
- Nami: “We will take the necessary steps in the Eastern Mediterranean on natural gas issue” ….
Akıncı : “Greek Cypriot Leadership’s staggering is the most serious impediment in front of a solution”
President Mustafa Akıncı recorded that the Greek Cypriot Leadership’s staggering and stepping back from what they accepted previously and denying the basic parameters of political equality are the most serious impediments in front of a solution.
“There is a problem in Cyprus which has not been solved for many years and the search for a solution will continue because the status quo reserves dangers. The status quo is the main factor which keeps the Turkish Cypriots out of the international law and results in our youngsters living in uncertainty for the future. Turkish Cypriot existence and identity are being eroded as the years pass and they face the risk of not being the subject in their own country. On the other hand the ‘Republic of Cyprus’, from which they have been excluded, is in the ownership of only the Greek Cypriot community and unjustly benefiting from being included in the UN and the EU with its internationally recognised identity. This situation cannot continue forever.”
Prime Minister Erhürman visited Yıldırım
Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman visited Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Binali Yıldırım.
Prime Minister Erhürman started his contacts with a visit to the Turkish Grand National Assembly where he met with the Speaker of the Assembly Binali Yıldırım. Today Prime Minister will meet with Turkish Republic’s Vice President Fuat Oktay and also will deliver a speech at the opening of the symposium entitled ‘The Past, Present and the Future of Ombudsman in the 6th Year’.
Erhürman met with Turkish Cypriots living in Ankara
Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman met with the Turkish Cypriots living in Ankara. During the meeting held at the Grand Ankara Hotel, Prime Minister Erhürman informed the Turkish Cypriots living in Ankara about the latest developments of the Cyprus problem and also the developments in the TRNC. Erhürman wanted the support of the Turkish Cypriots living abroad for investment and lobbying.
Erhürman said that as the government, they will work to reach a fair settlement which protects the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, for the social and economic development of the country and to make the TRNC visible in the international arena. Adding that the Turkish Cypriot side is against the resumption of the negotiations from scratch, Erhürman said “If there is will, we can sit at the negotiation table for a result oriented solution process which is not open ended.”
Stressing that the Turkish Cypriot side has no toleration for loss of time any more, Erhürman said that if the sides sit at the negotiation table, the process should be under the UN umbrella, on the basis of political equality, within a timeframe and result oriented.
Özersay met with Irish and German Ambassadors
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay met with Irish Ambassador Deirdre Ni Fhalluin and German Ambassador Franz Josef Krempt yesterday (13th February).
Minister Özersay said ‘we will continue to work and make our voice heard by the international actors on every possible platform’. Özersay made a statement from his personal social media account after the two separate meetings and pointed out that they discussed the current situation regarding the Cyprus issue and had the chance to evaluate the problems faced by the European Union due to Brexit.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay met with the Greek Cypriot Negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis.
Foreign Minister Özersay announced his meeting from his personal social media accounts with a photograph and noted ‘I met with Greek Cypriot Negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis after a long time. We have to be in dialogue with all the parties with realistic approaches. We carry on working.’
Nami: “We will take the necessary steps in the Eastern Mediterranean on natural gas issue”
The Minister of Economy and Energy Özdil Nami said “We will protect the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriots on the natural gas issue as in the other issues and we will take the necessary steps”.
In his statement to the Anadolu Agency correspondent regarding the agenda, Nami said that the Greek Cypriot Administration continues natural gas exploration around the island unilaterally and, according to the agreement made with Turkey, Turkey’s exploration vessel ‘Fatih’ will start drilling off the coast of the island in the middle of February. Underlining that the Turkish Cypriot side made calls to the Greek Cypriot side many times to cooperate on the issue of energy, Nami said that the Greek Cypriot side has never given a positive response so far.
Expressing the desire of the Turkish Cypriot side for cooperation with the Greek Cypriot side on the energy issue, Nami said that it realises or not, that we as the Turkish Cypriot side will apply the strategic policies within the framework of the calendar agreed with Turkey.
Stressing that the whole world acknowledges that the Turkish Cypriot people also have rights on the natural gas explored around the island of Cyprus, Nami said that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ report and the statements of the USA also stressed that the natural resources to be found around the island belong to both communities.”