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Burcu comments on Citizenship
Presidential Spokesman Barış Burcu has stated that all TRNC citizens will become citizens of the Federal Cyprus Republic.
In a written statement yesterday, Burcu said that the issue of population and citizenship in the negotiations were being distorted by various media outlets.
“Speculative and unrealistic reports are being made regarding the population ratios. The truth is that all citizenships granted by both sides will be valid in the event of a settlement. That is all current citizens, whether in the TRNC or in South Cyprus will automatically become citizens of the new federal Cyprus. Depriving any citizen from this right is totally out of the question” he said.
Pointing out that the issue of population was one of the issues which the two leaders had reached agreement on, the Presidential Spokesman explained that both sides, in the presence of the UN, had shared and exchanged information and figures on all citizenships they have granted to this day.
“The figures that have emerged are that 220 thousand TRNC and 802 thousand citizens from the Greek Cypriot Administration will automatically become citizens of the federal Republic of Cyprus. A consensus has been reached on this issue. There are attempts to draw the issue elsewhere by launching a debate on the ratios” he added.
Reminding that President Mustafa Akıncı had promised that all TRNC citizens without any discrimination would become citizens of the new state as and when a settlement was reached; Burcu said that there were also attempts being made to distort the issue of the four freedoms.
“Attempts are being made to create the false impression that the four freedoms will be implemented in a manner which ignores the UN parameters on which the talks are being conducted on” he stated.
Burcu said that these parameters clearly formed the foundations of a bi-zonal and bi-communal settlement.
“The relationship between bi-zonality, bi-communality and the four freedoms will be structured in a manner that will not change the bi-zonal and bi-communal nature of the settlement to be reached” he said.
Burcu also said that the Turkish Cypriot side maintained its optimism and its hope regarding a settlement.
He added that President Mustafa Akıncı’s political vision and courage for a settlement continued and that if the Greek Cypriot leader had problems on the issue then he needed to overcome these…….
Çavuşoğlu – Statement about the Water Issue
The Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources Nazım Çavuşoğlu has repeated that a single price policy will not be implemented on the distribution of water coming from Turkey.
Minister Çavuşoğlu evaluated the transitional period of the water brought to the island as part of the water supply project.
Stating that the number of the municipalities which signed the subscription contract had reached 22 and that Lefkoşa, Girne, Gönyeli, Dikmen, Lefke and Akıncılar Municipalities had yet to join the other municipalities, he said water from Turkey was currently being distributed to Gazimağusa, Yeniboğaziçi and Güzelyurt.
Explaining that they have been working towards repairing the technical problems in the areas where the water is being supplied to, Çavuşoğlu, in response to criticisms regarding methods used to clean tanks, said “we are doing the right thing. We will continue to urge all municipalities to clean their main storage tanks but we at the same time shall continue to clean the ones which are not cleaned.”
The Minister also clarified the discussions regarding the pricing of water and said that the government on behalf of the municipalities will purchase the water for 2.30 TL per ton from the Turkish State Hydraulic Works (DSİ).
He also underlined that the government will not force the municipalities to adopt a single price policy.
Both Leaders met again today
President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasides met again this morning as part of the intensified negotiations process.
The leaders discussed issues of economy and EU matters during today’s meeting.
The co-presidents of the working groups were also present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, Victoria Nuland has arrived on the island.
President Mustafa Akıncı will receive Nuland at the Presidential Palace today at 7:15pm.
İnönü Martyrs to be commemorated
Five workers, Ali Hasan, Ali Mustafa Yorgancı, Yusuf Hasan, Ahmet Mehmet and Mehmetemin İbrahim who were killed by Greek Cypriots on their way to work in 1958 and six missing martyrs will be remembered with a special ceremony to be held at the İnönü Martyrs’ Monument this evening at 7pm.
A minutes silence will be observed, rifles will be fired in salute, the national anthem will be recited and poems will be read out during the ceremony.
The ceremony will come to an end with a speech delivered by İnönü Mayor Ali Öncü and prayers.
Source: BRT World News