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President Akıncı: “A referendum could be held in mid-2017, depending on how the Cyprus negotiations progress”
After yesterday’s meeting with the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades, President Akıncı held a press conference in the Presidency.
When asked about the date of a possible referendum, Akıncı stressed that a referendum could be held in mid-2017 if a political consensus is reached before the end of 2016, and technical issues and documentation which will be carried over to 2017 are completed. Akıncı also said that sufficient time will be provided to the public to read and understand the text of any agreement.
Both parties are aiming to minimize the number of divergent views on four chapters of the negotiations in October. Akıncı stated that issues of territory should be discussed abroad in a similar format to the current camp negotiations. The issues of security and guarantees can then be discussed at a multilateral meeting.
According to Akıncı, all parties are well aware of the importance of the timing of the negotiations. Both Leaders reiterated that they aim to reach a solution by the end of the year…….
Özgürgün: “The international community wants the continuation of the current situation in Cyprus”
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün has stated that the Cyprus negotiations have continued for many years as “the continuation of the current situation benefits everyone” in the international community.
Indicating that the Cyprus negotiations had started in 1968 and are still ongoing because the international community wants the continuation of the current situation, Özgürgün stated that negotiations are likely to carry on even though relevant parties think that this year will be the last.
The Prime Minister also underlined that the Greek Cypriot side does not accept Turkey’s guarantee, which is essential for Turkish Cypriots, and that it is aware that the Turkish Cypriot side will not say ‘Yes’ to any solution that does not involve this guarantee.
Ataoğlu holds official meetings in Iran
As part of the promotional campaign of the TRNC, which is being undertaken in cooperation with Turkish Airlines, the Tourism and Environment Minister Fikri Ataoğlu has undertaken an official visit to Tehran.
Ataoğlu, who has now begun his official meetings, met with the Turkish Ambassador to Tehran, Rıza Hakan Tekin in the Turkish Embassy. In his speech, Ataoğlu stated that he aims to promote the TRNC’s tourism sector and increase the number of Iranian tourists visiting the TRNC.
Promotion activities will first be held in Tehran. Cyprus Turkish Travel Agents Association and the Hoteliers Association will participate in the meeting. The delegation will then travel to Tabriz for the second stage of their official visit.
Furthermore, Ataoğlu will promote the TRNC’s tourism sector to tourism agencies in Iran with a promotional event at which tourism stakeholders will come together from Tehran and Tabriz.
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