1. Erdoğan: “We are dedicated to protecting rights of Turkish Cypriots in Northern Cyprus” ….
2. Reaction from Turkey to Greek Cypriot Administration regarding agreement on natural gas revenue sharing ….
3. TRNC Assembly and CTFF delegations met with FIFA officials in Paris ….
4. Tatlısu is now the 5th Cittaslow Municipality of TRNC ….
Erdoğan: “We are dedicated to protecting rights of Turkish Cypriots in Northern Cyprus”
Responding to journalists’ questions on the agenda Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stressed that the Greek Cypriot administration is said to have made agreements with some American companies with regard to oil in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Upon a question regarding what is Turkey’s attitude on this issue, Erdoğan stressed that currently in the economic regions, Turkey is determined to fully protect especially the rights of Turkish collaterals.
For this, Erdoğan said that the newly-purchased oil drilling and exploration ships are in the region. He continued: “In respect of all resources of the region that will emerge, our Turkish kin in Northern Cyprus are entitled to the same rights as the people in Southern Cyprus according to the international law. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of our Turkish kin in Northern Cyprus. We have diplomatic relations. Apart from diplomatic relations, there are areas that belong to us in the exclusive economic region. We are working in these places in the same way.”
Reaction from Turkey to Greek Cypriot Administration regarding agreement on natural gas revenue sharing
Spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aksoy, stated that the natural gas revenue sharing agreement signed between the Greek Cypriot Administration and some international companies in the Eastern Mediterranean cannot be accepted. Aksoy stressed that the so-called agreement usurps the rights of the Turkish Cypriots on the island.
In his written answer regarding the issue, Aksoy noted that they support the statements of the TRNC authorities on the issue. The agreement does not refer to the Turkish Cypriots and does not give any share to the Turkish Cypriots. This is not acceptable both for Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots. Stressing that the international companies which work with the Greek Cypriot Administration cannot disregard the equal rights of the Turkish Cypriots over petrol and natural gas resources, Aksoy underlined that Turkey will continue its principled and determined stance on the issue to protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriots and will take the necessary steps.
Furthermore, Aksoy pointed out that as long as the Greek Cypriot Administration continues their unilateral activities and does not include the Turkish Cypriots in revenue sharing, Turkey will continue to protect the continental shelf rights of the Turkish Cypriots. Adding that in this context, drilling vessels Fatih and Yavuz will start drilling in a short time in accordance with the licence given by the TRNC to the Turkish Petroleum Company in 2011, Aksoy reminded once more that it is the Greek Cypriot Administration which disregards the rights of the Turkish Cypriots on natural resources and continue their unilateral steps, whilst ignoring the warnings.
TRNC Assembly and CTFF delegations met with FIFA officials in Paris
The TRNC Assembly and the Cyprus Turkish Football Federation delegations met with FIFA officials in Paris within the framework of the 69th General Assembly of the International Association of Football Federations (FIFA).
The delegation made contacts with the senior officials of FIFA and other football organisations in order to remove the embargo and restrictions imposed on the Turkish Cypriot people in the sport of football and they also made a presentation including the political and legal dimensions of the possible developments.
Tatlısu is now the 5th Cittaslow Municipality of TRNC
Tatlısu Municipality has won the title of the 5th Cittaslow (calm city) municipality of TRNC.
Following the Municipalities of Yeni Boğaziçi, Lefke, Mehmetçik and Geçitkale, confirmation of Tatlısu’s membership was informed via an e-mail sent by the Secretary-General of the Cittaslow Association Pier Giorgio Olivetti.
Tatlısu Mayor Hayri Orçan, who made evaluations regarding membership, said that Tatlısu’s acceptance to membership of Cittaslow was honourable on behalf of the Tatlısu people and the country.
Orçan stressed that they aimed to further expand Tatlısu’s tourism potential through different tourism models.