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’.
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.”
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)
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.
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”
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