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Cypriot News Headlines 20.7.11

cyprus newsCypriot newspaper headlines for July 20th, 2011...Alithia: The paper reports that the president will reshuffle the government in the wake of two ministers' resignations after the Mari naval base explosion on July 11th.

Simerini: The paper reports that DIKO is set to exit the government coalition. In other news, the paper says there was an unprecedented number of police officers at two protests held last night at the Presidential Palace. The police were there to keep one protest from crossing the path of the other.

Phileleftheros: 'Lessons from the citizens' headlines an article saying that protestors against President Christofias and his government are setting a good example by avoiding violence and holding peaceful demonstrations. In other news, President Christofias seems to be very annoyed that parliamentary committee on finance has refused to release 400,000 euros to rent private jets from Netjets.

Xaravgi (communist party paper): "Unity, unity," headlines an article saying that the president sent a strong message of unity to the Cypriot people in a speech at the Presidential Palace. In another article, the paper reports on 'incendiary' comments from Turkish prime minister Erdogan, currently on a 'state' visit to Cyprus.

Turkish-Cypriot news headlines July 20th, 2011 (source PIO).

Bayrak television reports that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey wishes the peace environment in Cyprus to pave the way for peace, development and cooperation in a region much broader than the island. 

Erdogan referred to the 2004 referendum and said that the Turkish side is stronger after that referendum.

“We sincerely believe in the target of the solution. However, we should not forget the following: The knife has reached the bone. We did our part and we are ready to do it. We call on the other interested parties to support peace and take steps in this direction. The current negotiation process, which exceeded three years with its preparatory period, has come to its final stage... There is absolutely no doubt now that the solution within the UN parameters will be found in accordance to the agreements of the leaders in their Joint Statements during the current negotiation process. The new partnership within this framework will be a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation based on political equality as described in the relevant Resolutions of the UN Security Council. In parallel to a federal government with a single international identity, this partnership will have a Founding Turkish Cypriot State and a Founding Greek Cypriot State,” said Erdogan in his speech.

Erdogan reiterated the Turkish view that an agreement should be reached by the end of the year and a referendum should be held before July 2012, so that the “new partnership state” to take the term presidency of the EU.

He said: “A term presidency in which the Turkish Cypriots will also be participating in the second half of 2012 and as a result of this Turkey will be able to accept it as interlocutor, could contribute in not only to the acceleration of the relations between Turkey and the EU, but in Europe’s being upgraded politically and strategically”.

Erdogan reiterated that the relations of Turkey with the EU will completely freeze if Cyprus takes the term presidency without a solution to the Cyprus problem. He alleged that no state such as “Cyprus” exists, but there is the “Greek Cypriot administration”, as he called the Republic of Cyprus, and the “TRNC”.

Star Kibris covers the visit of Recep Tayip Erdogan, Turkey’s Prime Minister to Turkish-held north Cyprus.

Erdogan upon his arrival at Tymbou airport addressed the gathered crowd saying that a state named Cyprus does not exist, but there is “the Greek Cypriot administration and the TRNC”.

Referring to the electricity infrastructure, he said that there are no longer any problems and that the Turkish Cypriots give a “humanitarian lesson” to the Greek Cypriots.


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