Eroğlu: “If we say ‘yes’ to all the demands of the Greek Cypriot side, we will not find anyplace to live”

President Derviş Eroğlu emphasized the  extreme demands of the Greek Cypriot side  and said “ If we say ‘yes’ to  all the demands of the Greek Cypriot side, we will not find any place to live”. President Eroğlu emphasized the  importance of owning  a state and  said  Turkish Cypriot side desires to form a new partnership with the Greek Cypriot side which  will be based  on  two equal states. President Eroğlu added that Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot peoples have been living side by side in peace however there isRead More

Foreign Minister Nami meets with EP President Schulz

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met yesterday morning with Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, within the framework of his contacts in Brussels. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Nami emphasized that the current problems pertaining to hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean stem from the Cyprus problem, that dialogue is essential in order to resolve such problems and that it is unacceptable that the Greek Cypriot side has withdrawn from the negotiating table. Foreign Minister Özdil Nami expressed that EU institutions and the European Parliament should convey balanced messages throughRead More

Ertug said that Greek Side created confusion on issue of territory

Presidential spokesman Ertug said that Greek Side created confusion of ideas on the issue of map. Ertug recorded that the statement of the Greek Cypriot Spokesman Nikos Hristodulides on the issue of territory which was published yesterday was falsifying and the aim can be to create a confusion of ideas on this issue in order to conceal their maximalist approaches. Indicating that the Greek side’s claim that they only brought criteria to the negotiations regarding the issue of territory is not true, Ertug said that they voiced specific names ofRead More

Cavusoglu: “Opportunity window for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus will not be open forever”


Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said “Opportunity window for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus will not be open forever” Minister Cavusoglu had a meeting with  UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide in his office. During the meeting, Eide stated that he is still optimistic for finding a solution to the long-termed Cyprus problem and added that a solution cannot be reached if negotiations do not continue. Emphasizing Turkey’s will for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem is still strong, Cavusoglu said “Turkey will continue itsRead More

UN Secretary-General Ban called all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation

Ban Ki Moon

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon met yesterday with his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. Eide briefed Ban on the latest developments in Cyprus and the immediate region. The Secretary-General expressed concern over the tensions that have arisen in relation to hydrocarbons and over the suspension of negotiations. He stressed the need for all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation, so as to avoid any further instability in an already volatile region. The Secretary-General underscored the need for the parties in Cyprus to return to the negotiating table withoutRead More

RoC sole owner of the island?


President Derviş Eroğlu pointed out that the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades wrongly assumes the Greek Cypriot side as the sole owner of the island and sovereignty only belonged to them and added: “If it was the case there wouldn’t be any need for negotiations”. Eroğlu indicated that the reason of the dilemma Anastasiades faced recently can be explained by his unwillingness to start the give-and-take process in the negotiations and lack of political will in reaching a comprehensive settlement. Eroğlu said that from now on the international community isRead More

Eroğlu: “Reactions against the Greek Cypriot footballer’s transfer is another example of Greek Cypriot fanaticism”

Eroğlu: “Reactions against the Greek Cypriot footballer’s transfer is another example of Greek Cypriot fanaticism”  President Eroğlu stated that opposition of a group in South Cyprus against the Greek Cypriot footballer who will play football in TRNC is yet another example showing Greek Cypriot fanaticism. Eroğlu also expressed that embargo on sports is meaningless. Stating that although Cyprus problem was created by the Greek Cypriots, they are accepted in the  European Union and Turkish Cypriots are left to live under embargoes. Eroğlu pointed out that in order to improve themselvesRead More

Ercin: “European Union did not give enough support to the solution”

Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Ministry Erhan Ercin said that European Union did not give enough support to solution and added it also failed in motivating the Greek Cypriot side for a solution. Erhan Ercin pointed out that the transfer of Turkish Cypriot Task Force from European Commission Directorate General for Enlargement to the Directorate General for Regional Policy without any consultation and without conferring with sides and member countries is a mistake. Ercin said “In a possible solution, Directorate-General for Regional Policy has no notion on re-launching of the acquis. This can be doneRead More

Is Anastasiades using an excuse for his unilateral withdrawal from talks?


Does RoC president still think he governs the whole island? Is he saying that he will not talk to Eroğlu until Turkey obeys him? It was announced earlier this week by Cyprus News Agency [CAN] and Cyprus Mail that the Greek Cypriot President of the Republic of Cyprus [RoC], Nicos Anastasiades, has pulled out of talks with the Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu for the time being. The announcement was made by AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou after a meeting at the palace with South Cyprus political party leaders. The island’sRead More

Foreign Minister Nami appears on Voice of America

On the last day of his Washington contacts, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami was hosted by Alsparslan Esmer at the studios of Voice of America, one of the most prominent broadcasting institutions of the United States. During the program, Foreign Minister Nami conveyed information pertaining to the Cyprus issue, the negotiation process, the role of the U.S. in the region and the impact of hydrocarbon reserves around the Island on the Cyprus issue. Also within the framework of his Washington contacts, Foreign Minister Nami participated  in a panel discussion and madeRead More

Greek side has decided to withdraw from negotiations

The RoC has decided to withdraw from the negotiations after Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades reached a consensus with the Greek Cypriot political parties. It will be recalled that the Greek Cypriot side took the decision to start and continue natural gas explorations unilaterally and rejected the Turkish Cypriot side’s proposal of setting up a joint committee on hydrocarbons. Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades who left the negotiation table some time ago upon getting angry with the proposals put forward by the Turkish Cypriot side this time withdrew from the negotiations claiming  TurkishRead More

Nami takes part in a panel discussion at Yale University


Last Tuesday, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami spoke at a panel discussion organized by Turkish students of Yale University. Minister Nami, who is the first Turkish Cypriot Minister to speak at Yale University, made a presentation about the Cyprus issue and answered the questions of students and academicians. During his speech, Nami emphasized that the Cyprus issue has been one of the oldest agenda items of the United Nations and expressed that since the start of negations in 1968, numerous rounds of talks have been held to find a mutually acceptableRead More

Ozdil Nami expresses his views and concerns via The Washington Times


Özdil Nami – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Dear Reader, I would like to provide you with information regarding the on-going negotiation process in Cyprus between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sides and also provide general information about our country. In order to fully comprehend the reasons behind the Cyprus problem and the negotiation process to find a lasting settlement, it is necessary to have an understanding about the genesis of the problem. The Republic of Cyprus was founded in 1960 in accordance with international treaties. The Turkish Cypriot andRead More

Özdil Nami meets with Jeffrey Feltman and Herve Ladsous

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met with Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, and Herve Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations of the UN Secretary-General, within the framework of his contacts in New York. At the meeting with Feltman, Foreign Minister Nami expressed his expectation that the comprehensive negotiations will gain new impetus with the appointment of Espen Barth Eide, the new Special Advisor on Cyprus, and emphasized the significance of maintaining the previously reached convergences between the two sides in order to move the process forward. Foreign Minister Nami also reiteratedRead More

President Eroğlu: “We will demand from UN Secretary General to interfere more actively in negotiations”

President Derviş Eroğlu stated that during his meeting with the UN Secretary General, he would demand the UN Secretary General to interfere more actively in negotiations in order to reach a result and to organise one or two Cyprus summits with this aim. Responding the questions of journalist Hasan Hastürer in New York, President Eroğlu said “As the Turkish Cypriot side, we will not abandon the convergences reached between the two sides before”. In his statement, Eroğlu also reminded that after taking over his duty as the President, he sentRead More

Cyprus issue

President Eroğlu : “We can accomplish a result with an understanding of reciprocal give and take” President Derviş Eroğlu pointed out that there are major differences between the Greek Cypriot side and the Turkish Cypriot side and he said that result can be accomplished with reciprocal give-and-take not with exaggerated demands. President Eroglu has gone to New York in order to make various contacts. Answering a question whether meeting of Foreign Ministers of Organization of the Islamic Cooperation will be realized in TRNC Eroğlu indicated that OIC Secretary General isRead More

EIDE: “All problems can be resolved”

UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus,  Espen Barth Eide stated  that the Joint Statement  signed by the leaders in February 11 is very strong  and clear and not contradictory  and  he believes there are  no big differences which  the two leaders cannot resolve. Giving his first interview as the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Eide said that the second stage of negotiations which was concluded was about  clearing the positions of the two sides. Expressing that all positions of the sides regarding the issues  are at theRead More

Leaders agreed to proceed to the next phase

During last week’s meeting, President Derviş Eroğlu and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis agreed to proceed to the next phase of negotiations. Following the meeting, UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus,  Eide stated that leaders’ meeting was held in a friendly and constructive atmosphere and they agreed on a joint text regarding the next phase of the negotiations. Stating that leaders reviewed the current phase, Eide said  it is also mutually agreed that negotiators and negotiation delegations completed submitting their proposals on all issues. Furthermore, Eide said that both leadersRead More

“Let’s come together and make peace at once”


Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu who paid his first official visit to the TRNC yesterday made a call to Greece’s Prime Minister and said “Let’s meet in the island, have tea in the South first then  cross to the North. Mediterranean has been the common sea of different civilizations and many nations. Lets come together and make peace immediately .” Davutoğlu also made a call to UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus  Espen Barth Eide and said “You have taken over the mission of  Downer. In order to takeRead More


President Eroğlu met with Assembly platform President Derviş Eroğlu met with Assembly Platform which is formed of the leaders and the representatives of the political parties that are represented in the TRNC Assembly. At the meeting, President Eroğlu informed the Assembly platform about the latest developments of Cyprus issue and the demands put forth by the Greek Cypriot side. Following the meeting, the leaders and representatives of the political parties underlined that Turkish Cypriot side has always been at the negotiation table with the purpose of reaching  a solution, andRead More