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MHP: Turkish Cypriot negotiating team discussed for a ‘federal state’ instead of a ‘founding state’

MHP: Turkish Cypriot negotiating team discussed for a ‘federal state’ instead of a ‘founding state’

Turkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (20.01.16) reports that a proposal of the National Movement Party (MHP) in the Turkey’s Grand National Assembly to make an investigation on the ongoing Cyprus talks was not accepted. The MHP Deputy Umit Ozdag argued that “the TRNC committee (translator’s note: as he refers to the Turkish Cypriot negotiating team)

Kyprianou open to Turkey invitation

Opposition party Akel leader Andros Kyprianou says he would welcome an invite to Istanbul to meet with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu later this month. Recent reports in CyBC say that Cavusoglu had extended his hand to Kyprianou – who has been critical of the approach President Nicos Anastasiades during the Cyprus talks – through

Vision for security

President Nicos Anastasiades has a vision for a post-settlement Cyprus that takes into account each community’s fears but does away with the traditional guarantor structure. As a result of the 1974 invasion, Greek Cypriots tend to see guarantor powers (Turkey, Greece and the UK) as a threat, while because of the coup that preceded it,

Eide met with Akinci on how to progress on the remaining issues in the Cyprus talks

Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (17.12.15) reports that the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide held yesterday a two-hour meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. The meeting took place at the so-called presidential palace. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the preparatory works for the leaders’ meeting next

Spring time for peace

March is the month the UN-brokered Cyprus peace talks should come under assessment because if summer comes and a proposed reunification plan is not on the table then the game is over. But reaching a Cyprus solution by March is “overly optimistic”, an insider told The Cyprus Weekly yesterday. “There are lots of rumours, lots

Bilgic commented on the Cyprus talks

Illegal Bayrak television (online, 09.12.15) broadcast that according to the 1960 Treaty of Guarantees and Alliance no country other than a guarantor power can station troops in Cyprus, the Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanju Bilgic told a press conference yesterday. Asked to comment on a report that an agreement has been reached by the two

Bizonality still a sticky question in the Cyprus talks

Turkey’s strong commitment to finding a solution to the Cyprus problem depends on securing the bizonality of a future federal state as defined in the United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Turkish sources have said. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu separately visited the northern part of Cyprus in the past

Guarantees focus of Kerry-Lavrov Cyprus contacts

The issue of security guarantees will be the focus of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry’s series of contacts in Cyprus this week. Cyprus Weekly sources say that Lavrov and Kerry, who will be in Cyprus on December 1-2 and December 3-4 respectively, will primarily be discussing the security

UK interested in Cyprus solution compensation

The British government is gearing up to send financial experts to look into the matter of compensation in a bid to try and boost the ongoing peace talks in Cyprus. According to reports in Phileleftheros on Monday, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond had spoken extensively with high ranking officials during his recent visit to Nicosia

A meaningless protest

On November 15, 32 years ago, the Denktash regime unilaterally declared the north an independent state with Turkey’s blessing. Every year since then, people in the south have observed the anniversary by demonstrating against it. In the first few years, huge crowds took part in protests, but more recently the mantle of objecting to the