North Cyprus – TRNC News Today – 17th March 2016


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Bozkır: “EU should not allow spoiling this structure just because of the caprice of an EU member country”

Mentioning the statement of the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades about not allowing the opening of new chapters if Turkey does not recognize South Cyprus, Bozkır said, “Recognition of South Cyprus is beside the point just to open a chapter”

Volkan Bozkir

Speaking to NTV, Bozkır said that South Cyprus will be responsible if the package becomes invalid which contains the proposal of Turkey’s visa-free travel to EU countries. Bozkır said: “We did not agree on moving the points to EU negotiations which are essential for conclusion of the negotiations in Cyprus. Solution of the Cyprus problem can be discussed due to our 10 years determined attitude. At this point, recognition of South Cyprus is beside the point just to open a chapter. EU has a responsibility at that point. We are confronted with a worldwide problem. Important steps should be taken to solve this problem. While the important steps had been taken related to this, it should not be allowed to destroy this structure just because of the ‘caprice ‘of an EU member country. The EU administration should convince the Greek Cypriot side so if this package becomes invalid, responsibility will be on South Cyprus’s shoulders.”  (NTV)

Tusk: “The solution of the Cyprus problem is related with Turkey’s EU Accession negotiation process”

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk who sent an official invitation to European leaders for today’s Summit, stated that the solution of the Cyprus problem is related with Turkey’s EU Accession negotiation process.

Donald Tusk

Mentioning intensive talks held in Nicosia and Ankara, Tusk stated that he held a series of contacts in Lefkoşa and Ankara within the framework of preparation of the Summit.

Tusk also expressed his belief and he said: “My conviction is that we need to find a way of using the process of re-energising EU-Turkey relations, which goes far beyond migration, so that this process also becomes an opportunity to support the settlement talks in Cyprus”  (AB Haber)………. 

Burcu: “The subject of the settlement process is Turkish and Greek Cypriots”

Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu stated that the subject of the settlement process is Turkish and Greek Cypriots. Burcu attended a programme on Genç TV. Responding to the questions whether the Turkish Cypriot side was informed about the meeting between the leader of the Greek Cypriot Administration Nikos Anastasiades and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu as it alleged in the press, Burcu said that the subject of the settlement process is Turkish and Greek Cypriots.

Baris Burcu

Moreover, Burcu said: “The solution process of the Cyprus problem is carried out under the leadership of the elected leaders of both communities by the negotiating teams of both sides on the basis of the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014”.

TRNC technical delegation is in Ankara with the aim of finalizing the Economic Protocol

TRNC technical delegation went to Ankara yesterday with the aim of finalizing the 2016-2018 Economic Protocol to be signed with Turkey.

Technical Delegation

TRNC delegation will meet with the counterpart delegation in Ankara to finalize the draft economic program which consists of about 70 pages.

8,000 new voter registrations on election lists in South Cyprus

Only 8,000 new voters have registered on election lists for parliamentary elections to be held in May in South Cyprus. Reporting that only 25 percent of 32,000 new voters have the right to vote so far, the Greek Cypriot Haravgi newspaper indicated that the last date to register in the voters lists is April 2. On the other hand, according to the survey partaking in the Greek Cypriot daily Simerini, it was expressed that the Greek Cypriot youth are not interested in the elections.

South Cyprus voters

According to the results of the survey conducted by the Cyprus Institute of Statisticians, 77 % of youth aged 18-35 do not want to vote in elections. In other words, eight out of ten young people have no intention to vote in the parliamentary elections which will be held in May in South Cyprus.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office –

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