TRNC news headlines, Feb, 10 2014

PRESIDENT EROGLU: “IF GREEK SIDE HAS AN INTENSION TO AGREE A REFERENDUM CAN BE HELD IN 3-5 MONTHS”

TRNC President Eroglu has said: “If the Greek side has an intension to agree, a referendum can be held in 3-5 months”.

Stating that hope for an agreement has risen again after adopting the last proposal, Eroglu said that he would make great efforts for a permanent agreement and the Greek Cypriots should have the same attitude.

Recording that they sat at the table to sign an agreement, President Eroglu stated: “If the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiadis sits at the table with a good will and desire of solution like us, we can sign the agreement in a short time”.

Noting that the USA has thanked him regarding the beginning of the process, Eroglu, continued as: “The US Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns said ‘we congratulate you on your compatible behavior and leadership’. The USA is an important state for the region. Therefore it is natural that the USA deals with the Cyprus negotiations closely. No more comments are needed”.

President Eroglu also pointed out that a solution in Cyprus would bring stability to the Middle East.

PRESIDENT EROGLU AND ANASTASIADIS TO COME TOGETHER TOMORROW

It has been stated that TRNC President Dervis Eroglu and the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiadis are coming together tomorrow at the buffer zone.

FOREIGN MINISTER NAMI: “A NEW ATMOSPHERE TOWARDS A SOLUTION ON THE ISLAND”

In an environment where positive signals were coming with regard to finding a comprehensive solution for the Cyprus issue, TRNC Foreign Minister Özdil Nami came together with the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Füle. Nami said: “I can say there is a new atmosphere towards a solution on the island”.

Replying the questions following the meeting, Nami stated that there was a positive atmosphere about the joint statement prepared by the two sides and continued as: “They have been waiting for this for a long time. Rising of the hope for a solution activated the EU Commission. I can say that there is a closer interest about Cyprus”.

Expressing: “There is no reason for not reaching a positive stage in a short time”. Nami said: “The prepared joint statement is much more detailed than the previous ones, has a broader content, includes some agreements which were not included in the past and will be a historical statement. We hope this will make the negotiations progress more quickly”.

FOREIGN MINISTER NAMI MET EU COMMISSIONER FOR ENLARGEMENT STEFAN FÜLE

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami had a meeting with the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle at Berlaymont Building on Friday (7.02.2014). Füle attended the meeting with a crowded delegation and the joint statement and the latest stage reached in the Cyprus issue were discussed during the meeting.

The positive news from Cyprus regarding the joint statement had very good reflections and Füle stressed that the EU’s contributions will continue to increase. Füle also pointed out that the President of the European Commission Jose Manule Barosso also supported the two leaders for launching the negotiations.

Moreover views were exchanged with regard to the Turkish side’s EU harmonization process and it has been stated that the EU’s contributions would increase in case the negotiations progress.

Foreign Minister Nami also had a fruitful meeting with Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service Pierre Vimont. Vimont got information about the joint statement process and emphasized that the news coming from the island were pleasing. Vimont underlined that they would give full support the process to be launched.

TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER DAVUTOGLU: “THIS TIME THERE SHOULD BE A PERMANENT SOLUTION ONE WAY OR ANOTHER IN CYPRUS”

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu indicated that Cyprus problem could not continue for tens and hundreds of years and added: “This time there should be a permanent solution one way or another in Cyprus”

Davutoglu expressed that all issues had been discussed until then and political will and international conjuncture would play the determinant role. Stating that Turkey and TRNC put forward political will in 2004 Davutoglu said: “If the referendum in 2004 resulted in reciprocal ‘yes’ there would be a settled peace in the island, Turkish- Greek relations would develop in other ways and Turkish – EU relations would be at a very different point today. This time it is not an open ended referendum. If there will be another ‘no’ vote, this time it will not be considered as a failure. This problem will not continue for tens and hundreds of years. This time there should be a permanent solution one way or another in Cyprus”

BRYZA ANNOUNCES WAYS FOR EXPORTING NATURAL GAS RESERVES IN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN TO EUROPE

Matthew Bryza, who is the member of Board of Directors of Turcas Oil Company in Turkey and US former Ambassador to Baku, stated that the export of natural gas which belongs to Israel and south Cyprus to Europe depends on a two phase solution.

Replying the questions of Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS, Bryza pointed out that the first stage is a pipeline of Israel – Turkey and the second stage is to construct a natural gas liquefaction plant (LNG) in South Cyprus.

Bryza also stated that the cooperation to be made on natural gas between Turkey, Israel and South Cyprus will not take place if Turkish Cypriots and their interests are excluded from the decision-making process. Expressing that the role of Turkish Cypriots during this period will be defined within the framework of negotiations to be conducted under the supervision of UN for a comprehensive solution in Cyprus, Bryza added that a viable solution in the island will fail if it does not satisfy the interests of two peoples in the island. (KIBRIS)

PLATFORM OF ECONOMIC ASSOCIATIONS: “WE EXPECT TO REACH THE FINAL SOLUTION”

Platform of Economic Associations which is composed of Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Cyprus Turkish Building Constructors Association, Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Shopkeepers and Artisans, Cyprus Turkish Businessmen Association, Turkish Cypriot Young Businessmen’s Association and Turkish Cypriots Employers’ Union emphasized that reconciliation of Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides on the joint statement is taken kindly and a final solution is expected.

It was underlined in the statement that Cyprus problem complicates to find the solution of many problems faced with both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, and added that more extensive cooperation and an effective international role is needed for increasing the welfare in the Island.

GREEK CYPRIOTS PERFORM RELIGIOUS CEREMONY IN SAINT HARALAMBOS CHURCH IN TÜRKMENKÖY

Greek Cypriots performed a religious ceremony in Saint Haralambos Church in Türkmenköy.

600 Greek Cypriots crossed to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and attended the ceremony. US Ambassador to Lefkosa John M. Koenig also followed the ceremony.

This is the first ceremony after 40 years following the restoration of the Church. Bi-communal dance and music performances were organized following the ceremony.

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