Adding that they spend effort for the TRNC’s being ready for the EU membership as soon as a comprehensive solution will be reached Nami said that Greek Cypriot side’s attitude that obstructs the EU projects in the TRNC is a ‘backward attitude and does not serve to a comprehensive solution’. Nami also said that Greek Cypriot side makes intense pressure on the EU Commission to prevent the projects which will prepare the TRNC for the EU membership.
Moreover, Nami stressed that Turkish side has been reiterating for a long time that the negotiations can not continue as open-ended forever and said that Greek Cypriots are afraid of the recognition of North Cyprus. Nami also said that the EU should be more courageous and the EU member countries should support the EU Commission.
During his contacts in Brussels, FM Nami also met President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Sergei Stanishev. In the meeting, Nami gave information about the latest stage reached at the Cyprus negotiations and conveyed his views about what to do in order to reach a solution in Cyprus.
Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Özersay said that if he does not see a hope for the negotiation process, he can leave his office.
Adding that in spite of everything, he has a little hope for the negotiation process, Özersay said that the issue will become clearer in the next months. Adding that the United Nations can appoint a new advisor, Özersay pointed out the importance of increasing the UN’s role in the negotiation process.
Moreover, expressing that if the Greek Cypriot side is also willing for a solution, then the Cyprus problem can be solved, Özersay said that at the moment the negotiations do not continue in a result oriented manner as the Turkish Cypriot side wishes.
TRNC President Dr. Derviş Eroğlu stated that both sides answered the proposals on the confidence building measures at the yesterday’s meeting of the leaders.
Eroğlu expressed that Turkish Cypriot side has submitted a five-step roadmap on future negotiations and Greek Cypriot side will evaluate it.
Stating that the negotiators will discuss the topics agreed or disagreed on the confidence building measures and they will put them on the negotiation table on 24 July, Eroğlu reiterated that the convergences achieved in the past were refused by the Greek Cypriot side.
Stating that they have submitted to the leader of Greek Cypriot administration Anastasiadis the written five-step roadmap, Eroğlu said that answers to the proposals of the Greek side and the written proposals of the Turkish side have been presented to the Greek side.
On the other hand, replying a question, Eroğlu stated that a “framework agreement” is on the agenda of neither Turkish nor Greek Cypriot side, the objective is to submit the agreement to be achieved by a referendum to the people.
Pointing out that a “transition period” can be discussed after a new state is established by an agreement as a result of the referendum to be held, Eroğlu stated that Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides can meet
again for this transition period.
Replying the question related to border gates, Eroğlu expressed that when the Yeşilırmak border gate was opened, he offered to the Greek Cypriot former leader Hristofias the opening of Lefke Apliç gate also and although this offer was found favorable, it has not been realized yet since the committee established for this has been carrying out its works on the subject.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami has started his high level contacts and bilateral meetings in Brussels. Foreign Minister Nami evaluated his Brussels contacts to BRT.
Within the framework of his Brussels contacts, Nami met with Turkey’s Permanent Representative and discussed the studies mutually.
Moreover, Nami had a meeting with a high level authority at the office of the European Union’s Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton and evaluated the latest stage reached at the negotiations and relations of the Turkish Cypriots with the EU.
Nami will also meet with EU Commissioner Responsible for Enlargement Stefan Fule. Stating that he will express the latest stage reached and the problems at the negotiations to Fule during their meeting, FM Nami said that they will also discuss EU harmonization works.
Nami added “Our EU harmonization works have been continuing. Financial Aid Regulation and Green Line Regulation are on the agenda. Problems regarding these regulations will be discussed. Following the joint statement, the President of European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso stated that Turkish Cypriots’ studies towards EU harmonization will be increased to a higher level. We will discuss their opinions and our demands to turn these into concrete steps.
Moreover, Nami stated that a working meeting will be realized with some of the permanent representatives of the EU member countries.
A document which is claimed to be presented to the EU-Turkey Liaison Council by Turkey caused diplomatic problems between Greece and Greek Cypriot Administration.
EU Parliamentarian of South Cyprus Eleni Theoharus alleged that Turkish EU Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu presented a document to the Liaison Council in which there are statements such as ‘The Republic of Cyprus has been clinically dead’ and ‘has been deceased’ and blamed Greece Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos for remaining passive on the Cyprus issue and asked the reasons.
Venizelos who showed a strong reaction for the claims of Theoharus said that the attitude of Greek Cypriot parliamentarian is a big insult for the Greek government and he demanded from Greek Cypriot Foreign Ministry to clarify the subject.
"Press Statement regarding the draft bill adopted by the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House of Representatives on 26 June 2014" issued by the TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 1st July 2014
It has come to our knowledge that in its session of 26 June 2014 the Committee on Foreign
Affairs of the US House of Representatives adopted by majority vote a draft bill pertaining to Christian Cultural Heritage in Turkey and North Cyprus.
The draft bill containing groundless allegations in its general framework along with baseless accusations within its content renders the approach of the Committee in question as unacceptable.
As we have previously underlined on numerous occasions, inhabitants of our country of Greek, Maronite and Armenian origin along with those belonging to other beliefs are able to freely practice their religious duties. Furthermore, on account of the significance attributed to religious rights and freedoms of all beliefs, following the adoption of certain measures, in 2014 there has been a considerable increase in the amount of mass religious services carried out in addition to routine religious services during which worshippers were able to fulfil the duties of their faith.
We deem it useful to underline once again that, contrary to the allegations present in the bill in question, our authorities, without discrimination of any kind, and with the understanding that the historical and cultural heritage of our country is the common heritage of humanity, take all necessary measures and precautions for their protection. The fact that in the year 2013 the restoration of 3 churches were completed and the restoration of 10 other churches are ongoing is a clear indication of the significance attributed to the protection of religious and cultural heritage.
It ought to be reminded that, restoration works scheduled to commence at the Apostolos Andreas Monastery within the framework of the Cultural Heritage Committee which has been functioning on the Island since 2008 under the UN framework, gained acceleration with the constructive initiative taken by the Turkish side.
It is most striking to see that the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs which appears to be sensitive towards the protection of cultural heritage and religious freedoms remains indifferent to the fact that no serious action is being taken to restore the already destroyed Muslim/Turkish cultural heritage present on the South of the Island.
We expect that no further support is accorded in the following stages to the draft bill by the USA Congress which contains information contradicting the realities of the Island, and hope that the draft bill does not cause harm to the ongoing UN led negotiation process.
Foreign Minister Özdil Nami said: “Trying to obstruct the voice of Turkish Cypriot people through archaic approaches is not acceptable”. Speaking to Haberal Kıbrıslı newspaper related to the note given by the Greek side to the ambassadors accredited in Cyprus on the issue of not having contacts with any person other than the community leader and political party leaders Minister Nami said: “No one can deprive us of this freedom”. Nami also expressed that this approach of the Greek side will not be respected by the international community.
Foreign Minister Nami indicated that they will continue their contacts with all foreign missions.