PRESIDENT TALAT “UNLESS THERE’S A SOLUTION, IT SHOULD BE DETERMINED WHAT IS GONING TO HAPPEN”
TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat stated that the Greek Cypriot side gives harm to the negotiation process by seeking rights with different games instead of negotiation table. Pointing out that the negotiations will continue for a time, Talat stated that in case the process comes to a deadlock due to the attitudes of the Greek Cypriot side, it should be decided what is going to happen to the Turkish Cypriot side.
President Mehmet Ali Talat expressed that the negotiations move slowly because of lack of base. Talat said “Annan Plan was supposed be accepted as base and the negotiations were supposed to be carried on this base. If Christofias was remained true on what we have agreed, the negotiations would have advanced more rapidly”
Stating that the next heading, which is the most important heading, is the property issue, Talat drew attention to the Greek Cypriot side’s attempts to constrain the Turkish Cypriots with the support of the Government. Talat added “on one side he is negotiating with me however on the other side he is trying to sentence the Turkish Cypriots in the courts of South Cyprus and in Europe, this gives harm to the negotiation process. This should be avoided”.
AVCI: “ GREEK CYPRIOT ADMINISTRATION HAS TO TERMINATE ITS IRRESPONSIBLE ARMAMENT EFFORTS”
Deputy Prime Minister-Foreign Minister Turgay Avcı has criticized the Greek Cypriot Administration for continuing to pursue its armament campaign during a period when talks were going on to find a political settlement on the island.
He said statements made by Greek Cypriot officials proved that the Greek Cypriot Side was fearlessly continuing to purchase more and more armaments.
In a statement issued on 8 January, Foreign Minister Turgay Avcı accused the Greek Cypriot Administration of transforming the island into a weapons depot, particularly at a time when peace talks, supported by the international community, were going on between the two leaders.
Expressing concern over recent statements made by Greek Cypriot officials, particularly by the head of the Greek Cypriot Defense committees Omiru, Minister Avcı described the Greek Cypriot Side’s efforts as politically unethical and double faced.
“While on the one hand we see the Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias making peaceful and constructive statements, other senior and high level Greek Cypriot officials are making provocative statements aimed at raising tensions on the island. These statements remind us of the good cop, bad cop method” said the Foreign Minister.
Stating that the international community was expecting both sides in Cyprus to focus their energy on reaching a bi-communal, bi-zonal solution within the framework of UN parameters, Minister Avcı said that the Greek Cypriot Administration’s attempts and activities to create an atmosphere of tension and insecurity in the Eastern Mediterranean proved its true intentions on the Cyprus Problem.
REHN: ‘GUARANTEE AGREEMENTS ARE ALSO VALID AFTER ACCESSION TO THE EU ’
EU Enlargement Commissioner , Olli Rehn said ‘ Guarantee agreements have not ended with Cyprus’s European Union process’.
According to the news of the Greek Cypriot daily Phileleptheros Rehn used this expression as an answer to the written question of Marios Matsakis, Greek Cypriot member of the European Parliament.
Upon this statement, Matsakis reached to the conclusion that ‘ Even if Cyprus is a member of the European Union, Turkey, Greece and England continue to have the right of military intervention to the island unilaterally.
IN RETURN OF THE GREEK CYPRIOT-RUSSIAN JOINT DECLARATION : TANKS WORTH OF 115 BILLION EURO’
Greek Cypriot daily Politis reported that the Christofhias Goverenment has spent 115 billion Euro to support the Greek Cypiot National Guard and is doing what hasn’t been done in the last 5 years.
According to the daily, the Greek Cypriot Assembly Defence Committee reserved a budget for buying 41 modern tanks from Russia.
In addition to the tanks, Greek Cypriot Defence Ministry is also preparing to buy TOR M2 air defence systems and Cornet Rockets. Approximately a month ago, the Greek Cypriot Defence Ministry also reserved a budget for buying thermic cameras for increasing the night vision of armoured vehicles