KKT North Cyprus News issue #24Thu 23rd Jan 2014                                    

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WITHDRAWAL OF TURKISH ARMY? - ‘WE HAVE NOT HEARD SUCH A PROPOSAL’

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and EP President Schulz organised a press meeting. In his speech, Erdoğan mentioned the proposal for withdrawal of the Turkish soldiers and said: ‘We have not heard such a proposal’.

 



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In his reply to a question during the press meeting, Turkish PM Erdogan said ‘South Cyprus has not any right to represent whole Cyprus. This is against the legal acquis. If there is such an authority, why would it be necessary to have such meetings? Unfortunately, they want to convict North Cyprus by force. Why did we hold meetings in Switzerland? South Cyprus’ accession to the EU is political’.

ÖZGÜRGÜN REACTS TO AGREEMENT REGARDING BRITISH BASES

The Leader of Main Opposition Party National Unity Party (UBP) Hüseyin Özgürgün evaluated the agreement signed between South Cyprus and the UK which opened ways for selling the territories left at the British bases and for their becoming zoned for construction as ‘injustice’ made to the Turkish Cypriot people.

In a written statement he made yesterday Özgürgün said: “It is not possible to give any meaning to the UK’s support to the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiadis who drags his feet and made the joint statement a precondition for the start of the negotiations, by ignoring the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people.”    

RUSSIA WILL REINFORCE ITS MILITARY EXISTENCE IN MEDITERRANEAN

The permission to be given by the Greek Cypriot authorities for the utilization of Limasol port and airbase in Baf by Russian soldiers is commented as ‘a risky adventure’ by the Western press. Although the said permission is effective for emergency cases, NATO analysts expressed their concerns on the agreement which has not been signed yet.

According to the Russia’s Voice, military specialist Vladislav Şurygin emphasized that the agreement in principle between Lefkoşa and Moscow which is related with Limasol port and, Andreas Papandreou airbase is a progress in a sense but only a diplomatic progress for now, and added:
“This action has a point which worries NATO. Because it is not a member of NATO, Cyprus can behave freely when choosing its allies and providing them facilities. And the step taken by Cyprus towards Russia, of course, created a shock in the West. And if a Russian base is formed in Cyprus one day, the position of NATO in this territory will be damaged.”

According to the statements of Vladislav Şurygin, establishment of a Russian base in the middle of the Mediterranean will prominently change the balance of power in the region. This, of course, will not please NATO. (AB Haber) 

LEADERS CAN START NEGOTIATIONS INSTEAD OF WRITING LETTERS

Indicating that both leaders have sent letters to the UN Secretary Genera, Foreign Minister Nami added: “Instead of writing letters they must come together and solve the problems and start the comprehensive solution negotiations demanded by both communities without any delay”

Nami visited Cyprus Turkish Secondary Education Teachers Association (KTOEÖS) yesterday with in the framework of his contacts with the non-governmental organizations aimed at informing them about the negotiations.

Expressing that exchanging views with KTOEÖS was very important for establishing a policy related to the Cyprus issue Nami said that the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave importance to establishing their policy with the people.

Recording that the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General Alexander Downer met with Special Representatives of both leaders last week and discussed the issue of deadlock in the joint statement Nami said that both leaders sent letters to the UN Secretary General.

Stating that both communities demand launching of comprehensive negotiations Nami said that besides the period from which Turkey is passing, the EU process and the issue of natural resources around the island, the joint statement has been carried to a very high importance and we should not think that a few problem related to the statement can not be solved.

Nami indicated that it is the responsibility of all politicians to solve these problems quickly and start the negotiation process.

Stressing that the Turkish Cypriot side has followed a more constructive attitude and the Greek leader has behaved more hesitant Nami said that the process will be speeded up if this is overcome.

Nami said that the present situation is the first step of the process and added that overcoming this situation would not mean that the problem is solved.

Nami added that the struggle towards the solution process will be made together with the people. 

WE EXPECT A REPORT IN FAVOUR OF US BECAUSE GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE IS THE REFUSING SIDE

President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu made a statement concerning the claims that the deadlock on joint statement will be forwarded to the UN Security Council by the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Alexander Downer and said “the side who is refusing is the Greek Cypriot side, that’s why we expect that a report in favor of us will be written, but I am not sure”
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The President talked about the process and said “We presented a text for joint statement by taking a step on sovereignty when Mr. Davutoğlu visited TRNC, I can say that this joint statement is adopted by US Ambassador, High Commissioner and even by Greece, but the Greek Cypriot

side presented another text after three days. We are in that point now. Now we explicitly informed UN authorities that this is the final text, they found us justified because it is a text approved by them”. Stating that, as a ‘tactic’, the Greek Cypriot side influenced Downer by accusing him for being partial, Eroğlu pointed out that in an attempt to be unbiased Downer has performed an approach in favor of the Greek Cypriots.

A CALL SHOULD BE MADE TO ANASTASIADIS

Mehmet Ali Talat said that a call to meet should be made to the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiadis and he said that then the joint statement could be prepared in two hours. Indicating that social dinners could not be appropriate for this Talat said that Turkish side should make a call to Anastasiadis to come to the table in order to prepare the joint statement.

Stressing that Anastasiadis is trying to postpone the negotiations and to empower his position through various ways Talat added that mainly the UK supported this again and said that the UK does this always.
Talat said: “the agreement which changed the status of the British bases signed by the UK with the Greek side is not acceptable. It has not been appropriate to declare problematic expressions together with the Greek side in the joint statement issue which does not concern the UK. I have not deeply examined the case yet. I think that the necessary reaction should be made after the lawyers and the authorities examine the case. According to the Greek Cypriot press guardian of Turkish Cypriot properties in the British Bases would be the Republic of Cyprus. In other words the British has given the Turkish properties in the British Bases to the Greek Side as a present.”

PROPERTY ISSUE IS THE LAST THING TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE NEGOTIATION TABLE

President Eroglu reiterated that the issue of property is the last thing to be discussed at the negotiation table.

After being reminded that there are worries about the reinstitution of Yeşilırmak village, in a reception President Eroglu said yesterday that the issue of property is the last thing to be discussed at the negotiation table.

Stating that they have not started the negotiations with the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis however he discussed these with old leader Dimitris Hristofias for two years Eroglu said: “the issue of property was not on the table during this process.”

President also recorded that a referendum shall be held before a possible solution and the people shall give the final decision.

PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED EVALUATED

TRNC President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu stated that his visit to Ankara was very fruitful, and the procedure to be followed in case the negotiations start and the forward ideas were evaluated.

Eroğlu stated that he compared notes and evaluated the recent developments together with Turkish President Abdullah Gül during his visit to Ankara.

Stating that he also met with the Spokesperson of Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) Cemil Çiçek and then with the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Eroğlu expressed that they discussed the Cyprus problem, economic problems and the water issue with the Turkish Prime Minister.

Derviş Eroğlu pointed out that he discussed the Cyprus issue and studies of the Compensation Commission with the President of Turkey Abdullah Gül and said “I want to state that we are really at a very harmonious point.”

Eroğlu added that whether an agreement will be possible in Cyprus cannot be understood before sitting at the negotiation table and stated that the Greek Cypriots displayed an approach as ‘an agreement is not necessary’

DOWNER’S CONTRACT EXTENDED

It was stated that the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Alexander Downer’s contract has been extended for another 6 months.

Spokesperson of UNFICYP Michel Bonnardeaux stated that Downer’s contract which would end at the end of this month has been extended for another 6 months.

Michel Bonnardeaux also stated that Alexander Downer would be in New York on 22 January to inform the UN Security Council.

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WE ARE TRYING TO CREATE A NEW CYPRUS BY TAKING A LESSON FROM THE PAST

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami said that they are trying to create a ‘new Cyprus’ which does not forget the past, takes a lesson from the past however does not live in the past. Nami also added that a solution in the island will help to solve the economic and social problems in both sides.

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami visited the Cyprus Turkish Public Workers’ Trade Union, Kamu-Sen yesterday morning.

THE ROLE OF NON - GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN


During the visit, Nami informed the union representatives on the latest developments on the Cyprus issue.

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami noted that the Cyprus issue is a matter that deeply interests all layers of the public and said that the government is doing everything necessary to include all segments of society into the process. Pointing to the growing interest in the country towards a solution of the Cyprus problem, Foreign Minister Nami said no one should expect the government to remain passive regarding the process even if the negotiations are being carried out by the president.

‘Despite the Presidency being in charge of carrying out the negotiations with its Greek Cypriot collocutors, the government also has something to say on the issue. No one should think or expect the government to remain a by-stander” Nami said. 

Indicating that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has enough accumulation of knowledge and experience Nami recorded that the Ministry supports the President and gives importance to harmony. Nami added that it is not possible to tell the world about the just case of the Turkish Cypriot People without the support of Turkish Republic.

Nami said that all joint statements made until now are focused on encouraging the leaders for a solution and added that the important role of the non-governmental organizations within this regard should not been forgotten.

“A new Cyprus”  

Foreign Minister Nami said that they are trying to create a ‘new Cyprus’ which does not forget the past, takes a lesson from the past however does not live in the past. Nami also added that a solution in the island will help to solve the economic and social problems in both sides.

Pointing out that even the USA is carrying out a perfect diplomacy Nami added that no country can live isolated from the world.

STUDIES MADE FOR JOINT STATEMENT SHOULD NOT BE WASTED

TRNC Foreign Affairs Minister Özdil Nami evaluated the recent developments in the program prepared by Aysu Basri in First FM.
Özdil Nami stated that the studies made for the joint statement 'til today should not be wasted, and added that in the case of a deadlock, the UN Secretary General will not appoint a Special Representative, the position of intermediacy will be leveled down, and in addition Cyprus problem will be put on the shelf by the UN Secretary General. Stating that the joint statement relieved the precisions of both sides, Minister Nami stated that the letter sent to the Secretary General by Anastasiades has not a receiver in the international public opinion.
Nami pointed out that if the leader of Greek Cypriot administration regrets and has problems with his coalition partners, the UN should not allow this.

The Minister stated that the sides should sit on the negotiation table, focus on the solution in good faith, and answer the demands of leaders, peoples and Non-governmental Organizations in both sides.
Özdil Nami stated that Turkey supports a solution, and emphasized that the sole responsible is the Greek Cypriot side because the Turkish Cypriot side does its part.

ERTUĞ MET DOWNER

The UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer met with the President’s Special Representative and Spokesman Osman Ertug on 15th Jan. The meeting was closed to the press.

Ertuğ made a statement to the Kıbrıs newspaper after the meeting and said that they had a very fruitful meeting with Downer.
Indicating that they asked Downer that the report to be presented to the Security Council should be impartial and based on the realities Ertuğ said: “The proposal presented by the Turkish Cypriot side on 14 December is the only valid proposal on the negotiation table. We asked from Downer to convince the Greek Cypriots to accept this proposal and on the contrary, to include in the report to be presented to the Security Council that we are ready to sit on the table without a preliminary statement and without any pre-conditions.”   

Downer will be travelling to New York next week where he will be briefing the UN Security Council on the latest stage reached in the process. If Downer will not extend his visit the meeting held yesterday is the last one before the report he will be presenting to the Security Council.

A DEVELOPED PLAN WILL BE FOR BENEFIT OF GREEK CYPRIOTS

Deputy Prime Minister and Economy, Tourism, Culture and Sports Minister Serdar Denktaş stated that no matter what Turkish Cypriot side does, Greek Cypriot side asks for more of every accepted proposal.

Denktaş said: “Recently, we heard that a developed Annan plan will be put in front of us. Greek Cypriot community said ‘NO’ in the referendum for Annan Plan. For this reason, this developed plan will certainly be for the benefit of Greek Cypriot people”.

In his reception on 15th Jan, Denktaş pointed out that TRNC President Derviş Eroğlu devotedly makes endeavors for negotiations, however Greek Cypriot side avoids taking steps in spite of these endeavors and they try to take Turkey as their counterpart instead of the Turkish Cypriots.

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