By Ahmet Abdulaziz …
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The Turkish Cypriot platform “We do not give an inch of ground” comprising residents of Morphou [Güzelyurt] on Sunday held a protest on the northern side of Zodia [Bostanci] border crossing to demonstrate against giving the town back under a Cyprus solution.
According to CNA, a spokesman for the group of residents said that they wanted to convey the message that they would not accept handing over one inch of land to the Cyprus Church or to the Greek Cypriots.
Last Sunday during an event for Greek Cypriots who had to flee the town in 1974, President Nicos Anastasiades said there would be no Cyprus solution without the return of Morphou to Greek Cypriot administration. Turkish Cypriots who would have to move, he said, would be fully supported.
Source: Cyprus Mail
The President was responding to an earlier statement by the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiadias that new investments in the Güzelyurt/Morphou area would bring the end of the current negotiations process.
He said that if the Greek Cypriots were looking for someone to blame then they should remember the 2004 referendum.
Speaking during an event yesterday, the President described the Greek Cypriot leader’s latest statement as untimely, drawing attention to the fact that the statements had been made at a time when the territory issue had not yet been discussed.
Reminding that agreement existed with his Greek Cypriot counterpart not to discuss names, percentages, maps, security and the issue of guarantees until the end of the current process, Akıncı said “this was a joint decision…this is something that had been agreed upon by the two sides within the framework of the negotiations process”.
Stating that it was not possible to accept negotiations on the territory chapter to be held through the media, President Akıncı said that he would give the same response to Anastasiadis at their next meeting should the Greek Cypriot Side bring up the issue again.
Pointing out that it was not his desire to enter a blame game but that he had felt obligated to speak up on the issue; Akıncı expressed the hope that their interlocutors display the same sensitivity on such issues in the future.
Also touching upon the three day visit to South Cyprus by the European Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovski, he said that the Turkish Cypriot people felt disappointed and aggrieved that the EU Commissioner had only made room in his schedule for a 15 minute courtesy visit to the TRNC.
“We want to have a close relationship with the EU…We see ourselves within the EU” said Akıncı adding that the Turkish Cypriot Side had felt hurt.
“We are talking about preparing for the EU and we’re talking about an EU Commissioner who is in charge of this. Even if Mr. Dombrovskis’s visit was preplanned he should have scheduled more time for the Turkish Cypriot community” he said.
Note: Güzelyurt (Greek: Μorphou) is a town in the northwestern part of Cyprus, under the de facto control of Northern Cyprus. It is the administrative center of the Güzelyurt District of Northern Cyprus. Having been a predominantly Greek Cypriot community before the 1974 Turkish intervention in Cyprus, the town is now inhabited by Turkish Cypriots. With a population of 18,000 people, the town is famous for its apples, vegetables, grapefruit and melons, for which a large proportion of the citrus fruits are exported and the remainder are turned into fruit juice and canned for local consumption and export. Morphou is also famous for its annual Orange Festival, which is a major event lasting two weeks.
Source: BRT World News
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the Turkish Cypriot leadership to stand firm in the ongoing peace talks in Cyprus, citing the proposed 2004 settlement known as the Annan plan, Turkish daily Milliyet reported on Wednesday.
Quoting unnamed sources, the paper said Erdogan told North Cyprus´Speaker of Parliament Sibel Siber to “stand upright on Cyprus, take no steps back”.
According to Milliyet, the Turkish president’s advice was that the Turkish Cypriot leadership should not deviate from the provisions of the Annan plan, which was favoured by a majority of Turkish Cypriots but broadly rejected by the Greek Cypriots in separate simultaneous referenda in 2004.
But for all his insistence on the 2004 plan’s provisions, with regard to occupied Morphou, a village north of capital Nicosia, which the Annan plan ceded to the Greek Cypriot constituent state after territorial reconfiguration, Erdogan now stood against its return.
According to the paper, Erdogan also weighed in on the issue of 10,000 Turks requesting to be granted the nationality of the breakaway regime.
“Why won’t you nationalise them? You need to move on this issue,” the Turkish president reportedly said.
“Turkey has accepted 2.5 million Syrians, why don’t you make them citizens? Why are you afraid of citizens?”………….
The report drew criticism from the Greek Cypriot side, with government sources claiming the Turkish Cypriot leadership never tabled the issue of Morphou/Güzelyurt in the talks.
Unnamed sources from the north, cited by news portal Reporter, said the Milliyet article “should not be taken into account”.
Greek Cypriot parties – including ruling DISY and opposition AKEL, the island’s two largest and the only ones backing the talks – flatly rejected the notion that the town might remain under Turkish-Cypriot administration post-solution.
“I don’t believe that President Nicos Anastasiades would accept a deal that does not include the return of Morphou under Greek Cypriot administration, and nor will DISY,” the party’s leader Averof Neophytou said bluntly.
Smaller, hard-line parties focused on Erdogan’s reported insistence on reviving the Annan plan.
“Let us open our eyes and ears and realise that Turkey’s timeless goal has been to recapture Cyprus via a bizonal solution that the Cyprus people rejected in 2004,” socialists EDEK, who oppose bizonality and bicommunality, said.
When asked about Erdogan’s comment, UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide told CyBC in an interview to be aired on Thursday night: “My strong sense is that the neighbouring states, the guarantor powers, in this case Turkey and Greece are actively abstaining from taking positions on what are the domestic issues, leaving that to the Cypriots leaders. I’m frequently in contact with both Athens and Ankara, and no such issue has been raised with me that they are taking a position on this issue. They are quite on the contrary, very much trying to encourage a speedy solution”.
Source: Cyprus Mail