TRNC News 4th March 2019

  1. Call from Özersay to International Community:  “Take action on the issue of natural gas” ….
  2. Özersay had official contacts in Abu Dhabi ….
  3. TRNC to attend ITB Berlin 2019 ….

Call from Özersay to International Community:  “Take action on the issue of natural gas”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay made a call to the international community to take action on the issue of natural gas.

Attending the 46th OIC Foreign Ministers Council Meeting in Abu Dhabi, Özersay said that we have reached a point of no return regarding the natural gas around the Island of Cyprus.

Pointing out that every state which pays attention to peace and stability in the region will not, and should not, remain unresponsive to the latest developments, Özersay said either they will become involved and persuade the Greek Cypriot side to sit at the negotiation table on the issue of natural gas or the Turkish Cypriot side will protect their own rights with the steps to be taken.

Expressing that cooperation between the two sides on the issue of natural gas will be the most rational attitude both in terms of the future of Cyprus and peace in the region, Özersay made a statement about the fund launched in the Greek Cypriot side on the issue of natural gas.

In his statement, Özersay stressed that if the Greek Cypriot side is given permission to unilaterally use the wealth which also belongs to the Turkish Cypriots, the unwillingness of the Greek Cypriot side to share the wealth will be more fuelled.

Furthermore, regarding the natural gas fund launched with the law concluded the previous day in South Cyprus, Özersay said:

“This fund is not what it is required to be. This fund will only serve the interests of the Greek Cypriots, even if a different image is being sought. Even though it cannot be spent on public debt, an international fund which would be administered both by Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots would have to be created, instead of this fund which can only be used for various expenditures within the budget of the Greek Cypriot state. This opportunity hasn’t been missed yet. As a result of the drilling to be carried out around the whole island, all of the resources to be extracted can be collected in a single international fund and can be used for investments in both Southern Cyprus and Northern Cyprus in the interest of both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots. I believe that companies that are licensed by both parties may be involved either in the establishment or management of an international fund. For me, the way out is that it is urgent to establish an international fund on natural gas and start to administer this fund cooperatively. No one should try to deceive us with the statement that the investments to be made can also be used by the Turkish Cypriots”

Calling on the Greek Cypriot political leadership to cooperate on natural gas as soon as possible, instead of usurping the rights of the Turkish Cypriots with unilateral arrangements, Özersay said: “We know very well what the Greek Cypriot administration has done in the past on the compensation for use of the Turkish Cypriot properties remaining in the south.  There is no fund to accumulate compensation and also the use of such a fund by the Turkish Cypriots has been postponed after a comprehensive settlement by the Greek administration unilaterally. As a result, we have seen this scenario regarding our rights to be protected through a fund before.”

Özersay had official contacts in Abu Dhabi

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay who attended the 46th OIC Foreign Ministers Council Meeting in Abu Dhabi also attended the reception given by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in honour of the guest Foreign Ministers.

Minister Özersay met with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador Sedat Önal, Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli and also the Secretary-General of the OIC Al-Othaimeen within the framework of his contacts in Abu Dhabi.

In the statement regarding his bilateral meetings in Abu Dhabi, Özersay said: “We explained our vision and expectations from the international community and we also gave information about the latest situation in our country. We shall continue to work in order to increase the visibility of the Turkish Cypriot People and to make our voice heard at international platforms.”

Following his contacts, Minister Özersay returned to the TRNC last night (3rd March).

TRNC to attend ITB Berlin 2019

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will attend the world’s most prestigious and the biggest tourism fair ‘ITB Global, The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show 2019’. The travel trade show will be held between 6-10 March 2019. Northern Cyprus will attend with the ‘Kyrenia Castle’ and ‘Sunken Ship’ concepts.

TRNC Minister of Tourism and Environment Fikri Ataoğlu will attend the fair with a delegation of professionals of tourism, representatives of the sector, press members and the officials from the Ministry.