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TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “We are following with concern”
TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement regarding the recruitment of new professional soldiers by the Greek Cypriot Administration of South Cyprus in the Greek Cypriot National Guard. The statement is as follows:
“We are following with concern the decision of the Greek Cypriot Administration of South Cyprus to recruit 3000 professional soldiers in the Greek Cypriot National Guard.
It should be known that at a time when the negotiations have been intensified with the aim of finding a comprehensive settlement on the Island, we find it very difficult to comprehend the Greek Cypriot side’s decision to increase the number of military personnel which would create tension.
The Greek Cypriot decision to recruit 3000 new military personnel when issues such as not having a military for the new partnership Republic to be established based on political and sovereign equality of the two peoples on the island, while maintaining the effective guarantee of Turkey are being negotiated, makes us question the Greek Cypriot side’s conviction for a solution and only serves the purpose of questioning the sincerity of the Greek Cypriot side towards a settlement. Furthermore, it is apparent that the said decision contradicts the statements made by the two Leaders regarding the possibility of reaching a settlement in the year 2016.
We urge the Greek Cypriot side to refrain from taking actions which would have negative impact on the current process. We further call on the Greek Cypriot side, when taking decisions of such sensitive nature, to take into consideration the envisaged new partnership and cooperation between the two sides.”…….
Özgürgün: “We hope the water will be distributed to 28 municipalities on August 1”
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün stated that their aim is to distribute the water transferred from Turkey to all municipalities on August 1.
In his speech during one of his receptions, Prime Minister stated that since they have taken over the government, serious work has commenced regarding economic and financial issues, problems of the private sectors as well as the Cyprus issue. Özgürgün said that water issue is a very serious issue and the work has reached the final stage.
Özgürgün said: “I hope the water will be distributed to 28 municipalities on August 1. The Economic Protocol which was signed with Turkey will allow us to start and carry out new projects. It is very important for developing economic prosperity”.
Indicating that the Cyprus issue has an important place in the government agenda, and that the government supports the current negotiations process, headed by President Mustafa Akıncı together with Turkey, Özgürgün said that the known attitude of the Greek Cypriot side has not changed.
Adding that they always support a solution on the basis of bi-zonality, bi-communality and political equality of the two people on the island, Özgürgün said that the attitude of the Greek Cypriot side is to the contrary. Özgürgün expressed “If a solution is desired, political equality of the two peoples on the island as well as Turkey’s full and effective guarantee is our sine qua non.”
Source: TRNC Public Information Office –
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