- Akıncı met with Lute ….
- Reaction from Özersay to Anastasiades: “These are not new views but stale views” ….
- Burcu: “Anastasiades has not yet given up his negative attitude” ….
- Olgun: “There is a critical change in the Cyprus issue and geopolitical / geostrategic circumstances in the Eastern Mediterranean” ….
- 10 years old martyr Ayşe İbrahim laid to rest ….
- Eastern Mediterranean University appeared in the Times Higher Education List ….
Akıncı met with Lute
President Mustafa Akıncı met with UN Secretary General’s Temporary Special Envoy on Cyprus Jane Holl Lute yesterday (7th April).
The meeting which was held at the TRNC Presidency continued for 1 hour 45 minutes. Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu and other authorities accompanied President Akıncı at the meeting. Lute also met with the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades yesterday morning before meeting with President Akıncı.
Reaction from Özersay to Anastasiades: “These are not new views but stale views”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay evaluated the news published in the Greek Cypriot press following the meeting of the UN Secretary General’s Temporary Special Envoy on Cyprus Jane Holl Lute with the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades. In his statement via his social media account, Özersay noted that Anastasiades’ views which were claimed as new views brought to the table, and these views diluted the political equality and they are ‘stale’ views.
Özersay added “According to the Greek Cypriot press, the Greek Cypriot leader brought the old stale views to the table again which were put forth at the time of Downer but were excluded for diluting political equality. Instead of the rotating presidency, the President will always be a Greek Cypriot, only the Prime Minister will be rotating. In short, the President will be a Greek Cypriot under all circumstances. Anastasiades will try to sell this view as a ‘new view’ to conformists who prefer the continuation of negotiations. These stale ‘new views’ which will only serve to the continuation of status quo have become boring”.
Burcu: “Anastasiades has not yet given up his negative attitude”
Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu made a statement following the meeting of President Mustafa Akıncı with the UN Secretary General’s Temporary Envoy on Cyprus Jane Holl Lute. Burcu said that they have determined that the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades has not yet given up his negative attitude regarding the political equality and active participation in the decisions.
Burcu stated “The Greek Cypriot side does not respect the past consensus and is not ready to accept the frame submitted by Guterres on 30th June. This will also reflect in the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ report to be submitted in the following days. There has been an attempt to create a sense as if there are ‘new views’ and the Greek Cypriot side proposed a rotating Prime Ministry instead of a rotating Presidency. This is not true. The negotiations started on 15 May 2015 and after 15 days, the Greek Cypriot side brought this proposal to the negotiation table. It was discussed but refused. Afterwards, they were also convinced and thus they did not support it and a consensus was produced on the rotating Presidency. Bringing the same issue to the agenda now as if it is a new issue is not a good approach”.
Olgun: “There is a critical change in the Cyprus issue and geopolitical / geostrategic circumstances in the Eastern Mediterranean”
Former Undersecretary to TRNC Presidency and former Negotiator Ergün Olgun stated that there is critical change in the Cyprus issue and geopolitical/geostrategic circumstances in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Pointing out that this was determined also at the conference entitled ‘Cyprus Issue: Past, Present and the vision for the Future’ which was hosted by the Near East University (NEU) on 1-3 April 2019, Olgun said that since it has not been possible to reach a solution at the negotiations for establishing a new bi-communal and bi-zonal partnership based on political equality for more than 40 years, makes it necessary to go beyond the frame which made consensus impossible up to today and to discuss new options.
10 years old martyr Ayşe İbrahim laid to rest
Ayşe İbrahim was the youngest victim at Ayvasıl (Türkeli) village where Greek Cypriots carried out a massacre against Turkish Cypriot civilians in 1963.
Ayşe İbrahim had been a missing martyr since 1963 and following the funeral prayers at Küçük Kaymaklı Mosque, her remains were laid to rest at the Martyrdom in Tekke Bahçesi last Friday (5th April).
Eastern Mediterranean University appeared in the Times Higher Education List
UK based global university performance table Times Higher Education (THE) announced the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year World University Rankings on 3 April, 2019.. 1,258 universities from 79 different countries were listed in THE 2018 -2019 World University Rankings and the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) appeared on the band 301+ in ‘THE University Impact Rankings 2019’.
Some of the best world universities including Oxford, California Institute of Technology, Stanford, Cambridge, MIT, Harvard and Princeton also featured on the list. The ranking considers factors such as teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, citations from academic publications, international faculty, and number of international students, social activities and civic involvement.