TRNC news headlines, 3 Sep 2012

Monday, September 03, 2012

BAGIS INVITED CHRISTOFIAS TO ISTANBUL

Turkey’s EU minister and chief accession negotiator, Egemen Bağış, has unofficially invited Greek Cyprus President Demetris Christofias to Istanbul ”“ albeit with one condition: He must sit at the same table as his Turkish Cypriot counterpart.

Bağış told the Hürriyet Daily News yesterday that Christofias was “looking for a reason to come to Istanbul” and that he should talk to Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu about the possibility of coming to Istanbul to watch a Europa League game between Fenerbahçe and Greek Cypriot club AEL Limassol scheduled for Nov. 8.

“I will be happy to be the host provided that they will come together and sit at the same table,” Bağış said in a phone interview.

Fenerbahçe, which was relegated to play in the Europa League after being knocked out of the Champions League playoff round on Aug. 29, was drawn in Group C of the competition along with AEL Limassol, France’s Olympic Marseille and Germany’s Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Fenerbahçe is scheduled to travel to Greek Cyprus on Oct. 25 and the experience might be difficult when considering Turkish clubs’ earlier visits to the island.

Bağış also highlighted the possibility of protests against the Turkish club. “When Galatasaray went there, they had major troubles,” Bağış said. “The problems they faced were the result of a non-state. Maybe they should seek help from Turkish Rep. of Northern Cyprus for the Fenerbahçe game.”

Last year, Galatasaray women’s volleyball team was subjected to debris thrown from the stands during a game with Apollon Limassol, and there were similar attacks during Pınar Karşıyaka’s basketball match against APOEL.

The minister made assurances that the Greek Cypriot team would not face such troubles in the game in Istanbul.

“They should not be worried, they will be hosted in Istanbul in the best way possible,” Bağış said. “I personally guarantee that there will not be any problem.”

BAGIS: “IF THE GREEK CYPRIOT EU TERM PRESIDENCY REPRESENTED THE WHOLE ISLAND WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM”

Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagıs has stated: “if the Greek Cypriot EU Term Presidency represented the whole island we would be happy to be in a relationship with them. However they only represent part of the island. Annan Plan which envisaged uniting the island with a confederation was refused by the Greek Cypriots in April 2004 while it was approved by the Turkish Cypriots with a great majority.”

“The EU Summit decided unanimously to end the isolation of North Cyprus Greek Cypriot administration is the only EU member country among the 27 who has trade relationship with North Cyprus. However by preventing the application of this decision they don’t allow the other countries to establish any trade relationship with North Cyprus. This is a contradiction. Bagıs added that if Air France lands to Ercan Airport Turkey would be ready to open her ports to Greek Cypriots.

MARKULLI: ”˜BRITISH BASES ARE NOT SOVEREIGN STATE BUT ANOMALY’

Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozaku Markulli said that British Bases in Dikelya and Agratur were determined as sovereign states in the treaty of establishment but British bases are anomaly.

In her interview with Greek Cypriot daily Haravgi, Markulli said ”˜British bases have been imposed on Cypriots by a colonial force when there was not any state in Cyprus. I have no doubt that there is no need for bases in the 21th Century and especially in an EU country. We know the activities of the UN for years. We are making initiatives to make UN to make cooperation with Cyprus Republic’s authorities. British bases are defined as sovereign states but they can not use the region for their military aims as defending. In the news, it was expressed that British bases are used to provide intelligence to Syrian opponents that’s why; we made initiatives in the presence of UK’s Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry. At the moment, we are examining the content of their reply and the steps to be taken’.

OZYIGIT: ”˜GREEK CYPRIOT OBSTACLE DOES NOT COINCIDE WITH PEACE’

Secretary General of the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) Cemal Ozyigit said that the seminar which was planned by the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) to be arranged in September at Salamis Bay Hotel in Gazimagusa was unfortunately prevented by the initiatives of Greek Cypriot side.

In his written statement, Ozyigit said ”˜Cyprus Turkish Teachers Union is a member of various international organizations including ETUCE and they participate in the meetings of these organizations regularly.

On one hand, Greek Cypriot side says that they want to live in peace with the Turkish Cypriots, and on the other hand, they put obstacles for a seminar of the Turkish Cypriots which gives service to division and separatist policies.

We as Communal Democracy Party (TDP) strongly protest the obstacle of Greek Cypriot side and call them to play a constructive role for unification of the island’.

SUPPORT FOR ASIL NADIR

It was stated that 11 organizations are going to arrange an action to announce that Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir should be judged fairly. The organizations will gather at Kugulu Park at 10:00 am today and issue a letter to the British High Commissioner and UN Peace Force in Cyprus to express their demand.

RELIGIOUS CEREMONY AT ST. MAMAS CHURCH

Greek Cypriots organized a religious ceremony at St. Mamas Church in Guzelyurt. The ceremony was organized as the 8th time, after the opening of the border gates. Compare to last years, participation was less this year.

The ceremony which started the day before ended yesterday with the speech of Amvrosios, the deputy of Omorfo Metropolis Neofitos and the distribution of traditional vine and bread.

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