Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay gave a briefing to 19 foreign Politicians and Parliamentarians from 12 different countries who have been in the TRNC to attend the celebrations on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the Establishment of the TRNC.

During the briefing which took place at Uğur Umar Conference Hall at the Ministry, Özersay informed the Politicians and Parliamentarians about the TRNC and the latest developments in Cyprus.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay gave a briefing to guest media members at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Özersay received 17 foreign media members who came from 14 different countries within the framework of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the TRNC and he also informed   them regarding the latest developments on the Cyprus issue, hydrocarbon resources, the Turkish Cypriot position and the future of the mission of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Özersay also answered the questions of the foreign media members following the briefing.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay visited Wayne’s Keep Cemetery which is within the territory of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

 Signing the memorial book at the cemetery, Minister Özersay made examinations and gained information at the cemetery where there are graves of 215 persons including 11 Turkish Cypriots who lost their lives during World War II.

The members of the “The British Residents’ Society” living in the TRNC also show great interest in the ceremony of “Remembrance Day” organised each year in November for those who lost their lives while performing their duty in the British army during the first and second World Wars.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay informed the career employees who perform within the body of the Deputy Prime Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Uğur Umar Conference Hall yesterday (8th November).

 During his speech, Minister Özersay mentioned the latest statement of Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades, the Cyprus report of the UN Secretary General, the Greek Cypriot side’s attitude towards the Cyprus problem, new cooperation to be needed between the TRNC and Turkish Republic and also the existence of the UN Peace Forces on the island. At the end of his speech, Özersay answered the questions of the personnel.

 Qualifying the latest statements of Anastasiades as being unfortunate, pointing out that Anastasiades said there is no need for the Turkish Cypriots to have rights on each issue at government level but to have rights only on vital issues, Özersay said that what is important is how and by whom these vital issues will be determined. Özersay also stressed that this stance of Anastasiades put forth once more that the Greek Cypriot side does not want to share their power and wealth with the Turkish Cypriots.

Stating that the Turkish Cypriot side would never take steps to warm up the waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay said that our intention is “not to warm up the water but rather to cool down the water”.

Indicating that they are taking into account other developments in the region with the Republic of Turkey, Özersay took part in a televised program on CNN Türk.

Özersay said that as long as the Greek Cypriot side continues to take unilateral steps in the Eastern Mediterranean region on the natural gas issue, the Turkish Cypriot side would take steps that would balance this.

Explaining that it seemed highly likely that the Greek Cypriot side will try and carry out drilling in block 10 before the end of this year, Özersay said that if drilling efforts are conducted then the Turkish Cypriot side, in line with its agreement with the Turkish Petroleum Corporation, will start drilling in similar areas.

Özersay said: “The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will carry out this excavation through a company. What we do is not much different to what they do. What we will do is to be active in the field and protect our rights”.

Also touching upon the Cyprus issue, Özersay evaluated the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ Cyprus Report.

Özersay said that although there are six chapters of the talks, the Greek Cypriot side is trying to create a perception that the talks failed because of security and guarantees issues.

Touching upon the content of the thesis, which the Greek Cypriots presented as a loose federation, Özersay said that what the Greek Cypriot side is actually trying to say is that they are not ready to share power with us within the framework of political equality, and it bothers them as Greek Cypriots. ‘So let’s share less power. Let there be more power in the wings, and less power in the Central Federal Government. This can be described as a loose federation’ the Greek Cypriots say.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay has informed the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly regarding “TRNC and Regional Developments”.

Minister Özersay stated that Cyprus issues being discussed at the first meeting of the Foreign Affairs Commission has great importance. Noting that the members of the Commission will have meetings on very different platforms in the following process, Özersay said that Turkish Cypriots have been excluded from the world therefore it is very important to convey our messages, demands and sensitivities through the members of the Commission.

Özersay said “As the TRNC, we want to look at the future confidently. I want to stress sincerely once more that the relation between Turkey and the TRNC will continue as two seriously allied countries and we will shape our foreign policy with Turkey which is always a strategic partner and supporter of the TRNC”.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay sent a message of condolence to the Indonesian Foreign Minister regarding the plane crash.

In his message, Özersay said, “On behalf of the Turkish Cypriot people and my Government, I would like to extend my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families of the victims of this tragic accident, as well as the Government and brotherly people of Indonesia.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay made statements to NTV regarding natural resources in the Eastern Mediterranean.
NTV: In what way are the drilling studies started by vessel Fatih important? And what will be changed in the region by this step which has been taken with Turkey?
Özersay: “We gave licenses previously to Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) which will start some excavations on behalf of the TRNC and the Turkish Cypriot people within the maritime jurisdiction areas of Cyprus, and the Turkish Cypriot side will no longer be in the position of only observing the unfavourable de facto situations and protesting about what has been done, as it was in the past.
This should be seen as an indication that what we say will not be just words but instead we have the physical opportunities to carry out what we say. The Greek Cypriot side have done things in the past and we could only protest, saying that we reserved the right. We always protested when they made the Exclusive Economic Zone agreements with neighbouring countries and also when they granted licenses and did seismic research. Thus, up to now the de facto situation has always been held against us. With this development now, with the drilling vessel purchased by Turkey and the second drilling vessel which will be activated after a period, we shall be in a position of establishing our own rights by ourselves. The de facto physical opportunity to be in the field is emerging for us.
Of course, these excavations are starting in Turkey’s maritime jurisdiction areas but the real important step to be taken will be the commencement of excavations in the blocks declared by the TRNC.
NTV: Do you think that if a new negotiation process resumes in Cyprus, these activities will halt again as they did in the past?
Özersay: In the past, this was unfortunately misused in a manner which was against us. In fact, in 2015, the two sides had mutually decided to suspend these works because negotiations were taking place. In the period following this agreement, the Greek Cypriot side continued these works. The Turkish Cypriot side had suspended these works with Turkey. From now on, we will not allow anyone to stop our works related to the maritime jurisdiction areas using the negotiations as an excuse.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay met with the newly appointed Turkish Ambassador to Lefkoşa Ali Murat Başçeri.
Ambassador Başçeri paid a courtesy visit to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay.   Özersay thanked Başçeri for his visit.
Stating that he had already worked in a fruitful and compatible way on several occasions with the new Ambassador, Özersay expressed his belief that the current good relations between the TRNC and Turkey will continue to be improved and congratulated Başçeri for his new position and wished him success.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay yesterday met with Turkish Minister for National Defence Hulusi Akar, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Turkish Presidency İbrahim Kalın and Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay within the framework of his visit to Ankara.

Özersay will also deliver a speech at the first meeting of the new legislative year of the Turkish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee today (17th October).