Germany hiding behind Cyprus problem, new EU minister says


Newly appointed European Union Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkır has said some European Union countries, including Germany, are hiding behind the Cyprus problem to stand against Turkey's EU accession.

In an interview with the private NTV channel on Tuesday, Bozkır, former ambassador to Belgium, commented on the developments in Turkey's EU process.

“Some EU countries hide behind Cyprus, like Germany for example. They are concerned about coming into the picture as countries that decelerate Turkey's speed during its EU process. That is why they say it would be great if you solve the Cyprus problem. However, they know that when the Cyprus problem is solved all eyes will turn to those countries. We can also include France in this list,” he said, adding that “I personally wish that the Cyprus problem is solved so that we can clearly see those who oppose [Turkey's EU accession].”

Cyprus has been divided between the Greek Cypriot south and the Turkish Cypriot north since 1974. The Greek Cypriot administration is internationally recognized as representing the entire island, while only Turkey recognizes the KKTC. Greek Cyprus, an EU member since 2004, has blocked the opening of six negotiating chapters in Turkey's EU accession talks.

Turkey's accession talks have received the cold shoulder from France and Germany for years. Germany tried to block the opening of Chapter 22 following the Gezi Park protests of 2013. German Chancellor Angela Merkel later welcomed an agreement to reopen talks with Turkey and retracted her harsh remarks but underlined that democratic values were “non-negotiable” in Turkey's process.

In his televised remarks, Bozkır also claimed that the EU has the wrong picture of Turkey.

“We, as Turkey, want them to look at the right picture. When they stare at the wrong picture a wrong perception comes out. The first thing to do is to correct this perception. It is wrong that Turkey is not taking its place in the family picture. We are going to fix this,” Bozkır said and stated that the Ministry of EU Affairs undersecretary will travel to Brussels in the near future to contribute to the EU's progress report on Turkey.

Bozkır also eased concerns about an influx of Turkish migrants to the EU countries after Turkey becomes a full member of the EU. He cited allegations suggesting 20 million Turks will travel to the EU countries to seek work and said that Turkey will shut its own door even if the EU opens itself to Turkish workers. However, he said that the Turkish people will not choose to travel to these countries as there are no jobs in the EU states.

Bozkır also said that the EU process is not about opening chapters, referring to criticism that Turkey's EU process stalled because new chapters had been so slow to open. He said Turkey is in a healthier position in its EU process than ever before. “If we fulfill all the requirements, that chapter is opened for us,” he said.








2 EYLÜL 2014


Patience needed over development in the Bases

The government will proceed with its plan of property development within the non-military areas of the Sovereign Base Areas (SBA), Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos said on Tuesday, asking the public to be patient.

The minister was responding to reports saying that the government is pulling out of the project, since Hasikos had promised in February that by June the process would be well on its way.

Hasikos had stated that the whole process would be divided into eight steps, first of which was local authorities submitting their proposals on how to best develop the area.

The proposals should have been submitted two months ago.

“The communities’ final proposals will be submitted by October,” promised Hasikos on Tuesday, pointing out that it’s not about how fast their proposals are submitted.

“We have a chance to do some quality town planning. Developments that will go along with the natural habitat but also take into consideration the country’s financial state. This shouldn’t remind people of the town planning we are accustomed to today,” said Hasikos, adding that the same principle applies to all major developments from now on.

The minister said ministry officials are in constant contact with SBA officials to draft the legal framework governing the issuing of building permits for future developments. The new zones and policies will be implemented together with SBA legislation and based on regulations in force in the government controlled areas.

“Today, the relevant government authorities, in this case the District Officers, issue the building permits after receiving approval from SBA authorities,” he said.

The new legal framework for obtaining building permits for future development is being processed by SBA authorities and the government and will be ready soon, Hasikos added.

The second step in the government’s bases development plan is the formation of a five-member team with representatives from Town Planning, the relevant district officer, the Communities Union, the Communications Ministry and the Agriculture Ministry. It will evaluate the various applications and the area and will submit its proposals for approval to the Interior Ministry.

The second step should have been completed by the end of August..




After 40 years, Turkey to pay 90 million euros 

By Constantinos Psillides

THE EUROPEAN Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Monday that Turkey should pay €90 million in compensation to the relatives of the missing persons and the enclaved Greek Cypriot residents of the Karpasia peninsula due to violations arising from the Turkish invasion in 1974.

This decision marks the largest sum ever awarded by the ECHR in a case regarding Cypriot refugees and the 1974 invasion.

The ECHR requested that the amount be distributed by the Cypriot government to the individual victims under the supervision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The foreign minister of each member states sits on the committee and one of its tasks is to ensure that ECHR decisions are properly implemented.

According to the ruling, €30 million euros are to be distributed to the relatives of missing persons and €60 million to the families of the enclaved.

Turkey is required to comply within 18 months. For every day that passes after the 18 month mark, a penalty will be added.

In its ruling, the ECHR said the passage of time did not absolve Turkey from its responsibility. While the sum was only announced today, the original ECHR judgement was delivered 13 years ago, on 10 May 2001.

The government welcomed the ruling, said government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides in a press release.

Regarding the compensation awarded to relatives of missing persons, Christodoulides stressed that the government is pleased “but will not put an end to efforts aimed at exhuming and identifying the remains of every single missing person so their relatives can bury them”.

Regarding the compensation awarded to the enclaved, Christodoulides said that despite the fact that what they have been through cannot be measured in monetary terms, “the Cyprus government is pleased with the fact the court condemned once more the Turkish policy of violations and its attempt at altering demographics in the occupied areas.”

“The government expects the immediate compliance by Turkey through the adoption of the necessary measures to stop the illegal exploitation and sale of Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied areas and to pay the damages that have been adjudicated by the court,” the written statement reads.

Although the court’s decision is final, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu responded by saying that it was not binding, according to the Cyprus News Agency.

“This trial came back in the news after ten years. Definitely, when it comes to international law this decision is not binding. On the justice side, besides the fact that this decision is flawed, it comes at a very bad time since the Cyprus problem negotiations are on going,” he said. “A procedure has begun, initiated by Turkey, so from a psychological point of view it will not do the negotiations any good. This decision is not consistent with the atmosphere and climate that was spurred by the Cyprus negotiations so far.”

However, Riza Turmen, a former judge of the ECHR and now an opposition lawmaker in Turkey’s parliament, disagreed with Davutoglu saying that Ankara would be legally required to comply with the ruling.

“It’s extremely clear from Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which says all signatories are committed to comply with final decisions,” Turmen told Reuters news agency.

Hugh Pope, an analyst at the International Crisis Group, said that the latest talks have progressed slowly, due in large part to a lack of trust between Greek Cypriots and Turks.

“This remains an extremely expensive unresolved problem,” Pope said, citing costs for Turkey that include military spending and financial assistance to the enclaved.

“The compensation is a drop in the ocean compared with the shiploads of costs that not solving the Cyprus solution has incurred for Turkey … since the 1960s,” he told Reuters.

In its original 2001 ruling the court had found numerous violations by Turkey, arising out of the military operations it had conducted in northern Cyprus in July and August 1974, the continuing division of Cyprus and the activities of the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’.

When Titina Loizidou, a refugee from Kyrenia, was also awarded compensation for her loss of property ($1 mil in 1998) Turkey again initially refused to comply with the court’s terms saying it would jeopardise attempts to settle similar claims. Turkey finally came to an understanding with the court, agreeing that it would pay Loizidou the money but under the condition that the case was not considered a precedent.

Monday’s ruling prompted swift reaction from political parties, although not everyone was pleased.

DISY MEP candidate Eleni Theocharous, speaking on behalf of her party, said that the ruling was a “landmark decision”. Theocharous added that it was proof that Cyprus could achieve its goals if it actively participated in all EU bodies. “The decision of course doesn’t put an end to Turkish occupation and partition but provides us with powerful legal and political weapons to keep fighting on a European level,” she said.

AKEL said that the party ws pleased with the decision, “which proves that the battles won are the ones fought”.

DIKO spokeswoman Christiana Erotokritou told the press that the ruling vindicates the relatives of missing persons, the refugees and those whose human rights were violated but “nothing can delete four decades of pain and injustice”.

EDEK said that the party was pleased Turkey had been fined by the court but clarified that “no monetary fine can make up for the consequences of the Turkish crime”.

“The ruling of course is not enough when it comes to compensate those who suffered. It cannot sooth the pain of the relatives or restore the decency of the enclaved, who were tyrannically oppressed by the occupying forces,” said EDEK.

The Citizen’s Alliance described the ECHR ruling as a “pyrrhic victory”, arguing that on the hand Turkey is being punished “for crimes committed against the Cyprus Republic” but on the other hand the party considers damages awarded as “a provocation and a mockery”. The Alliance accused the ECHR of using political criteria and not legal ones.

All parties said that they will study the ruling further.

The attorney general’s office also issued a released on the ruling, saying that it will be evaluated by the legal services and its advisors to decide on further action.

The ECHR ruling against Turkey

Reaching a decision was a long and arduous journey. Following the 2001 decision, on August 31, 2007 the Cypriot government informed the court that they intended to submit a request to the Grand Chamber for it to resume consideration of the question of just satisfaction. On March 11, 2010 the Cypriot government submitted to the court their claims for just satisfaction concerning the missing persons.

On November 25, 2011 the government sent the court a document concerning the procedure before the Committee of Ministers for execution of the 2001 judgement, requesting the court take certain steps in order to facilitate the execution of that judgement. In response to some further questions and an invitation from the court to submit a final version of their claims, the Cypriot government on June 18, 2012 submitted their claims under Article 41 concerning the missing persons, and raised claims in respect to the violations committed against the enclaved Greek Cypriot residents of the Karpasia peninsula.


 UN first as woman appointed UNFICYP commander

THE United Nation’s first ever female commander of a UN peacekeeping force is to be appointed in Cyprus.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday announced the appointment of Major General Kristin Lund of Norway, as the force commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Major General Lund will replace the outgoing force commander, Major General Chao Liu of China on August 13.

According to a press release, the secretary-general paid tribute to Major General Liu´s service with UNFICYP, “where his dedication, professionalism and leadership greatly contributed to the United Nations efforts in Cyprus”.

Born in 1958, Major General Lund has had a long military career, with over 34 years of military command and staff experience at national and international levels. As brigadier general, she served as deputy commander of the Norwegian army forces command from 2007 to 2009.

In 2009, she was the first female army officer to be promoted to the rank of Major General and was appointed chief of staff of the Norwegian Home Guard.

Her previous experience with the United Nations includes service with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).

Major General Lund has extensive experience in multinational operations, including deployment to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters in Afghanistan.

Major General Lund graduated from the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College, the Norwegian Defence University College, and the US Army War College where she obtained a Master of Strategic Studies.


Famagusta at the centre of Biden’s visit 

By Elias Hazou

US VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden is due on the island next week, the government confirmed on Monday.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said Biden was visiting at the invitation of President Nicos Anastasiades.

The visit was confirmed by the White House, who issued a press release on Monday saying that the vice president will visit Cyprus on May 21, following a visit to Romania. Biden will be escorted by his wife, Dr Jill Biden. The US vice president is to meet with “political leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, civil society representatives, and faith leaders”, according to the press release.

Describing Biden’s upcoming visit as “extremely significant”, Christodoulides said it would be substantive, not ceremonial.

During his stay here, the US vice president is to discuss developments in the Cyprus peace talks, confidence-building measures and natural gas issues.

Christodoulides added that Biden is well-versed in the Cyprus problem and on the issue of Famagusta.

The United States has an interest in natural gas in the region, and is therefore keen on a settlement of the Cyprus issue, he added.

Noting that Nicosia was “making the most” of this US interest, the spokesman referred to Anastasiades’ statement that natural gas should be used an incentive, particularly where Turkey is concerned, for solving the island’s decades-long dispute.

Anastasiades had said energy cooperation between Cyprus and Turkey was possible provided that a political solution is reached first. Turkey has warned of repercussions should Greek Cypriots begin monetising their natural gas without sharing the wealth with Turkish Cypriots.

During his stay on the island, the US vice president is also set to meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu. Christodoulides said arrangements are being made in advance to rule out any actions during Biden’s visit to the north that might upgrade the status of the breakaway regime.

It’s understood this is the first visit to the island by a US vice president since Lyndon Johnson travelled here in 1962.

Local media are reporting that during Biden’s trip the United States is set to announce the financing of a master plan for the occupied town of Famagusta, including the fenced-off area known as Varosha.

One of the pending issues is to clarify the prospect of the return of Varosha under UN administration, as the Greek Cypriot side is proposing.

Sources told the Cyprus News Agency that experts will be allowed to enter Famagusta for inspection and to facilitate their studies on the master plan.

The United Nations has called for the return of Varosha to its lawful inhabitants but so far Ankara has refused to comply with such calls.

Reports said that during Biden’s visit an announcement should also be expected on a de-mining agreement in three areas, two in the government-controlled areas and one in the north.

Meanwhile the issue of Famagusta as well as Biden’s visit to Cyprus are expected to be discussed in Washington on Tuesday at a meeting of US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides.

The agenda of those talks would feature the Cyprus question, energy, the unfolding situation in the Ukraine and other issues of mutual interest, the government spokesman said.

Washington had informed Nicosia of Biden’s trip last week. The US government was planning to announce the visit on Monday, but were beaten to the punch by the Turkish Cypriot leader.

Eroglu apparently spilled the beans to Turkish newspaperHabertürk, forcing Nicosia to acknowledge Biden’s trip ahead of time.

According to reports, the Habertürk journalist, in the north to interview the Turkish Cypriot leader, spotted US Ambassador John Koenig as the latter was departing from Eroglu’s ‘presidential’ residence. When the reporter inquired about Koenig’s visit, Eroglu proceeded to reveal that he and Koenig had talked about Biden’s planned visit to the island.

Habertürk ran its story on Sunday. On Monday, however, Eroglu’s office released a statement denying that he had disclosed, on the record, the details of Biden’s visit during the interview.

In the same interview, the hard-line Eroglu was quoted as saying that the best solution in Cyprus would be the creation of two separate states. Eroglu also conveyed the impression that he was not happy with Biden’s visit, adding that the Americans were primarily concerned with the interests of the Greek Cypriots.

Asked to comment on Eroglu’s remarks, the government spokesman said UN resolutions spell out what form a solution should take – a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.

It has been three months since the latest round of peace talks got underway. Commentators say lack of progress in the Cyprus negotiations has elicited more active US involvement, with Washington eager to facilitate a peace deal in at least one troubled region of the Middle East.



Bundeskanzlerin Merkel begrüßt gemeinsame Erklärung zum Zypernkonflikt

Merkel bei der EröffnungsredeBild vergrößernMerkel bei der Eröffnung(© dpa/pa)

Der Sprecher der Bundesregierung, Steffen Seibert, teilt mit:

Bundeskanzlerin  Angela Merkel wurde in der vergangenen Woche von Präsident Nikos Anastasiades über die bevorstehende Wiederaufnahme von Verhandlungen über eine Lösung des Zypernkonflikts unter der Ägide der Vereinten Nationen unterrichtet.


Die Bundeskanzlerin begrüßt die heute von den Parteien unterzeichnete gemeinsame Erklärung, die eine solide Grundlage für ergebnisorientierte Gespräche darstellt.


Deutschland befürwortet eine aktivere Rolle der Europäischen Union in diesem Prozess in dem von den Vereinten Nationen und den beteiligten Parteien unterstützten Rahmen. Darüber hinaus begrüßt Deutschland zwischen den Parteien vereinbarte vertrauensbildende Maßnahmen, die neue Dynamik in den Verhandlungsprozess bringen.

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Zum 30.Jahrestag der Gründung der Türkischen Republik Nordzypern hat der offizielle
Vetreter der Nordzypriotischen Republik Herr Kemal Gökeri zu einem Abendessen in Berlin eingeladen.
Es war uns eine Ehre, dass auch der Türkische Botschafter in Berlin , Herr Avni Karslioglu, anwesend war.

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In eine neue Runde - Verhandlungen sollen wieder beginnen Von TRNC-Repräsentant Uli Piller Seit der endgültigen Zweiteilung Zyperns im Sommer 1974 wurden zahlreiche Anläufe un- ternommen, diese zu überwinden. Seitdem wurden nur zweimal weiter reichende Fort- schritte erzielt. Zum einen konnten sich der damalige Präsident des Inselsüdens Erzbischof Makarios und der Präsident des damaligen türkischen Föderativstaats im Norden, Rauf Denktas, auf Leitlinien verständigen. Diese gelten noch heute als Grundlage für die Ge- spräche zwischen Inselgriechen und -türken. Zum anderen gelang es den Vereinten Natio- nen 2004 einen Friedensplan zu erschaffen, der immerhin als Referendum den beiden Volksgruppen vorgelegt werden konnte. Warum konnte die Teilung bis heute nicht über- wunden werden? Dem Lösungsansatz gehen zwei grundlegend verschiedene Analysen des Konflikts voraus. Und diese Gegensätzlichkeiten verhindern bis heute die Annäherung. Während in den Augen der Zyperngriechen die türkische Seite Mitte der 1960er Jahre aus- schließlich Teilungspläne verfolgt und dazu die gegründete Partnerschaftsrepublik unter- graben haben soll, erkennen die Zyperntürken in der inselgriechischen Politik das Streben nach Alleinherrschaft über die Insel. 1974, nachdem gegen Makarios geputscht wurde und dieser selbst die Putschisten als Bedrohung für die Existenz der Inseltürken bezeichnete, machte Ankara von den verbrieften Rechten in den Garantieverträgen Gebrauch und inter- venierte. Auf griechischer Seite wird argumentiert, man habe die Verträge zuvor aufgekün- digt und Ankara habe den Norden lediglich mit dem Anspruch, die Insel zu teilen und zu besetzen, überfallen. Die seit 1960 verfassungsrechtlich zugesicherten Grundsätze der Gleichberechtigung zwischen den beiden Volksgruppen wurden negiert. Zyperns Regie- rung war seit Mitte der 1960er Jahre faktisch lediglich griechischzyprisch besetzt und seit 1974 wird dieser Alleinvertretungsanspruch aktiv durchgesetzt. Weder die Vereinten Natio- nen noch die Europäische Union widersetzen sich dem. Vielmehr werden unangebrachte Embargos gegen den Inselnorden aufrecht erhalten. Erinnert werden muss an dieser Stelle an Aussagen des einstigen Bundesaußenministers Joschka Fischer: Er betonte, dass bei einem Scheitern der Friedensbemühungen, das nicht durch die türkische Seite verantwor- tet werde, die gegen die türkischen Zyprer erlassenen Wirtschaftsembargos aufgeweicht werden müssten. 2004 scheiterte das oben angesprochene Referendum an den Inselgrie- chen. Die Folge? Wenige Tage später wurde der Süden im Namen der gesamten Insel Mit- glied der EU; Nordzypern blieb isoliert. Erdgasvorräte vor der Küste sollen nach Willen der Griechen der inselgriechischen Volkswirtschaft zugute kommen. In der Zwischenzeit aber haben sich die Voraussetzungen verändert. Obgleich politisch und wirtschaftlich isoliert hat sich das Staatswesen Nordzyperns - auch dank türkischer Unterstützung - entwickelt. Probleme, die die Abhängigkeit von Ankara mit sich bringen, dürfen nicht geleugnet wer- den, sind aber der auf Isolation ausgerichteten internationalen Politik geschuldet. Noch immer wird alleine der Süden als „Regierung Zyperns“ anerkannt. Aber es ist eine ge- schwächte Regierung. Die Wirtschaft liegt am Boden. Eine Vereinigung wird nun von man- chen Inselgriechen als gewinnbringend gesehen. Und nur unter diesen Voraussetzungen, verbunden mit ausreichend internationalem Druck, wird es gelingen, die Verhandlungen diesmal zu einem positiven Ende zu führen. Und sollte die Zweistaatlichkeit das Resultat sein, müsste dies von der Weltöffentlichkeit ebenfalls akzeptiert werden, denn auf dem Balkan exerziert man genau dies als praktikables Beispiel.

Nationalfeiertag der Türkei

29. Oktober 2013 in Türkei

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Urheber: Björn Kindler, Lizenz:

In der Türkei wird am 29. Oktober 2013 der türkische Nationalfeiertag ("Cumhuriyet Bayramı") zelebriert, welcher auch als Feiertag der Republik bezeichnet wird. Mit dem Nationalfeiertag wird an die Ausrufung der Republik durch Atatürk am 29. Oktober im Jahre 1923 erinnert. Die Geschichte der Republik Türkei begann an diesem Tag mit deren Ausrufung und der Verlegung der Hauptstadt von İstanbul nach Ankara.

Vorausgegangen waren der faktische Zusammenbruch des Osmanischen Reiches im ersten Weltkrieg, der türkische Befreiungskrieg und die Absetzung Sultan Mehmeds VI. Atatürk war bestrebt, die Türkei durch viele gesellschaftliche Reformen nach dem Vorbild verschiedener europäischer Nationalstaaten zu modernisieren.

Seit der Republikgründung im Jahre 1923 wuchs die Bevölkerung der Türkei schnell an. 1927 lebten in der Türkei knapp 14 Millionen Menschen, 2003 waren es knapp 70 Millionen. In den letzten Jahren hat sich das Bevölkerungswachstum jedoch sehr verlangsamt. Die Türkei verfügt über eine sehr junge Bevölkerung. Der Altersdurchschnitt der türkischen Bevölkerung liegt bei etwa 27,3. Die Lebenserwartung beträgt in der Türkei bei den Männern 66,6 Jahre und bei den Frauen 71,2 Jahre.

Die Türkei erstreckt sich geografisch über zwei Kontinente. Anatolien, der asiatische Teil des türkischen Staatsgebiets, nimmt etwa 97 % der Fläche ein (790.955 km²). Den europäischen Teil bildet das östliche Thrakien, er umfasst etwa 3 % der Landesfläche (23.623 km²). (Mit Material von: Wikipedia)

 Türkische Generalkonsul aus Münster Herrn.Nafi Tosyali und Dr.Kandemir Özdemir


21 Ekim 2013


Bagis on Cyprus: We will not give up an inch of land


Turkey’s ambassador to the European Union has once again spoken about the Cyprus issue, hushing rumors that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is preparing to give up land to the Greek Cypriot administration.

Turkey’s ambassador to the European Union has once again spoken about the Cyprus issue, hushing rumors that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is preparing to give up land to the Greek Cypriot administration. This speech comes as Germany offers its support for renewed talks between Turkey and the European Union.

The Cyprus issue has long been a thorn in Turkey’s side, acting as an obstacle for them in their bid to join the European Union. Turkey used its right as a guarantor of peace after a coup lead by Greek Cypriot extremist Nikos Sampson ousted the constitutional government of Cyprus in 1974. In a bid to separate the two warring communities of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, Turkey positioned its troops in the northern half of the island, where they have been stationed since. While Turkish Cypriots fled to the north, Greek Cypriots in the north fled south.

Deemed as an illegal occupation by the Greek Cypriot government in the south, as well as by the EU, there has been mounting pressure for Turkey to pull out of Cyprus completely. However, Turkey have been refusing to withdraw until a suitable peace plan has been agreed to by the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot administrations. Turkey has constantly accused the Greek Cypriot authorities of pulling out and sabotaging the peace talks.

However, as peace talks set to resume in November once again promise a breakthrough to the forty-year problem, rumors that the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are preparing to handover the district of Maras (Varosha) to the Greek Cypriots have become widespread.

On the contrary, the Turkish ambassador to the EU, Egemen Bagis has been quoted as saying ‘we will not give up a single inch of land.’

Speaking to the Yeni Safak newspaper, Bagis said: ‘If today we are able to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Cyprus issue, this is thanks to the diplomatic efforts of the Turkish Cypriot administration.’

Reassuring Turkey’s commitment to the peace process, he said ‘the same way Turkey was never the one to leave the table and abandon the solution in the past; we will also never be the one to do so today or from this point onwards. A Cyprus cut in half will neither be of benefit to the Cypriots nor the EU.’

Today, on the 14th of August 2013, the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Dr.Dervis Eroglu and me (Honaray Consul of TRNC in Germany/Werl ), discussed the relations between TRNC and Germany. I explained my view on
 how to tighten the political relations in the future.                      

Ein wunderschöner Abend in Girne mit der deutschen Botschafterin in Zypern Frau Dr.Gabriela Guellil und Ihrer Tochter 15.08.2013

Gestern Abend haben Politiker aller deutschen Parteien mit meiner Familie in unserem Elternhaus einen harmonischen Abend mit vielen Gesprächen verbracht. — hier: Girne/Kyrenia, Kıbrıs/Cyprus.

Preisverleihung an erfolgreiche Absolventinnen und Absoventen Universität Duisburg -Essen 15.01.2013 / 15 Ocakta 

Der Besuch des Staatsministers des deutschen Außenministeriums, Herrn Linke, mit seiner Delegation beim Präsidenten von Nordzypern, Herrn Dr. D. Eroglu. Das Gespräch fand in einer guten Atmosphäre statt und trägt sicherlich zu einer Vertrauensbildung zwischen den Regierungen beider Länder -Deutschland und Nordzypern- bei ( 19.06.2012)

Many regards from Ankara. We have a great time together with the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yaşar Yakış and Dr.Hakan Akbulut in Ankara

Als Vorstandsmitglieder des 

Die repräsentative Vertretung der Türkischen Republik Nordzypern in
der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Werl
Dr. Univ. Ank.
Kandemir Özdemir
repräsentative Vertretung
der Türkischen
Funktion und Aufgaben der repräsentativen Vertretung

Die repräsentative Vertretung ist zumeist ein Bürger des Empfangsstaates, also des Staates, in dem er die Interessen des Entsendestaates vertritt. Dr. Univ. Ank. Kandemir Özdemir ist deutscher Staatsbüger.