TRNC news headlines, 28 May 2012

ÖZERSAY “NEGOTIATIONS COME TO A DEADLOCK”

TRNC President’s Dr. Derviş Eroğlu’ Special Representative Kudret Özersay stated that “There is an other deadlock in Cyprus negotiations other than EU Term Presidency of South Cyprus contrary to the statements or estimations of many people”.

Özersay stated that one of the main reasons of deadlock is the management of negotiation process and said “These negotiations are defined as ‘a Cypriot process’. This is a process that not only its essence but its management is decided by both Turkish and Greek Cypriots”.

Stating that the representatives of Turkish and Greek Cypriots discussed what will be the next stage and how the negotiations should continue, Özersay added:

“However they have not come to an agreement. At the moment, they do not negotiate on the essence of the negotiations i.e. 6 topics on the negotiation table. They negotiate on the management of negotiations. If the sides come to an agreement on how the negotiations will develop, the negotiations concerning essence will continue. Unless they agree on this matter, the negotiations concerning confidence building measures between two sides will begin before 1st July. Necessary meetings will be conducted with the technical committees. These technical committees are not committees for finding a solution to Cyprus problem. These committees are established for overcoming the daily difficulties experienced between two states in Cyprus. One of them is to give information about the guilty persons who commits an offence in one side and hides in another side. The other one fulfils the cooperation between two sides related with the restoration of religious places”.

‘IT’S NOT TURKEY THAT GIVES CALENDAR TO GREEK CYPRIOTS’

In response to a question of a journalist which was ‘Are you expecting a solution in short time’ Özersay responded as ‘the solution in short time is related to lots of different factors’ and underlined that the biggest problem on the negotiation table is the inequality between the parties and this inequality creates unwillingness on the Greek Cypriot side. Especially as the Greek Cypriot side became member of the EU despite the deadlock in the Cyprus Problem and now they are becoming the rotating president of the EU, these are the factors which strengthen their unwillingness. Özersay also pointed out that it is not Turkey that gives calendar to Greek Cypriots as the copartner in the negotiation table is Turkish Cypriots and if the Greek Cypriots are persuaded on starting the process of give and take with Turkish Cypriots the solution will come in short time.

ENQA PRESIDENT DR. HOPBACH INVITED TO TRNC BY YODAK

President of ENQA the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Dr. Achim Hopbach, shall visit TRNC as the guest of YODAK.

President of ENQA Dr. Achim Hopbach, who shall be in the TRNC this evening, shall give a conference today at the Near East University Hospital Hall on “Bologna Process Quality Assurance Applications and latest Developments”.

ENQA (the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) is the head of the associations known as E4 and gives advice on the Bologna Process and coordinates other members of E4 which are the European Universities Association (EUA), European Higher Education Associations (EURASHE) and European Students Union (ESU).

Dr. Hopbach is the president of ENQA and also president of German Accreditation Council which supervises 7 accreditation associations.

PANIC IN GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE

It was stated that Greek Cypriot side is preparing to struggle with the negative effects of Greece which may stop using Euro. In this direction, Greek Cypriot side activated a series of mechanism gradually.

Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros noted under the headline’ Cypriot B Plan because of Greece’ and stated that The Ministry of Finance and Central Bank have been making contacts with the European authorities to ask for support.

Fileleftheros also noted that some technocrats and the authorities of the ministry realized a meeting last week and the current situation was discussed.

Moreover, it was stated that a report is being prepared about the effects of the crisis. A government authority said that Greek Cypriot side will be affected by the crisis seriously and may lose 300 million euros from EU’s 2014-2020 budget.

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