GCC Press Review 26 Oct 2019

Front Page Headlines


Maltese and Italians (expressed interest) for the new buses

The tenders have been submitted for the public transport contracts. All the existing companies have also submitted their bids. The ministry believes increased competition will cause the costs to drop.

  • They are getting ready for Berlin – The trilateral on the Cyprus problem has been sealed.


They do not talk to each other

A survey by the University of Cyprus reveals there’s lack of communication between management and employees in hospitals. One in five has been physically attacked, 28,3 per cent bullied by their colleagues.

  • They are going to Berlin on November 25 – The President responded positively.
  • (The government) is putting pressure on the implementation of the ‘Nicosia Convention’ (on offences concerning cultural heritage)


Dozens of trainee specialist doctors have been left out to dry

Cypriot doctors remain in midair just one step before acquiring their specialty. While our country’s public hospitals are suffering from doctors’ flight, dozens of specialists cannot take the exams to obtain their title and as a result, remain unemployed.

  • Spehar: “They need to redouble their efforts.”
  • The exploitation of the name halloumi

Cyprus Mail

A better bus setup closer

Eight companies submit their bids for a new public transport system.

  • Guterres calls the two leaders to meeting in Berlin


Trilateral on November 25

The UNSG’s invitation arrived yesterday. The President’s response was prompt and positive. The Guterres-Anastasiades-Akinci meeting will take place in Berlin. Lute arrives soon. Next step the five-party meeting. Government spokesman: Objective of the joint meeting is to agree on the Terms of Reference so that the talks can resume.

  • Extreme provocation: Turkey is reporting us to the UN for ethnic cleansing in 1963-1974

Main News

Next step on Cyprob to take place on November 25

Alithia, Cyprus Mail, Haravgi, Phileleftheros, Politis
Negotiations Process, Energy


The two leaders have agreed to meet with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Berlin on November 25, for an informal trilateral the dailies report on Saturday.

According to the dailies, the Presidential Palace announced on Friday evening that the meeting is to be informal with the aim of discussing the next steps in the Cyprus issue and that Anastasiades’ response was a positive one. TC leader Mustafa Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu said the TC leader’s response was also positive.

Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said earlier in the day that UN envoy Jane Holl Lute is also likely to visit before the tripartite.

On the statements last week by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Prodromou said Nicosia is monitoring what is being said by the Turkish side and that the UN has made clear long ago that the Terms of Reference needed to be agreed on.

“Based on this, the president has always worked in a positive spirit with the UN,” he said, adding that Anastasiades is not negative to the possibility of some consultation with the guarantor powers in order to resume effective negotiations.

He reiterated that the GC side seeks to restart negotiations on the well-known basis, which is the 2014 Joint Declaration with which the negotiations began, the convergences, and the six points of the Secretary-General.

Politis reports that given that Berlin celebrates this year 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall, the location for the trilateral has a strong reunification symbolism, taking into account the aim the two leaders need to achieve on the Cyprus problem.

Haravgi, Alithia, Phileleftheros and Politis also report that Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said that the Republic of Cyprus, after obtaining the opinion of internationally renowned lawyers has set in motion legal actions at international level to tackle Turkish illegal actions.

Phileleftheros, Cyprus Mail and Haravgi also report on the speech by Representative of the UNSG Elizabeth Spehar at the reception attended by the two leaders on Thursday evening at Ledra Palace hotel on the occasion of UN Day.


>> Anastasiades is not negative to the possibility of some consultation with the guarantor powers in order to resume effective negotiations.
>> The GC side seeks to restart negotiations based on the 2014 Joint Declaration, the convergences, and the six points of the Guterres Framework.

Turkey: Cyprus issue is one of renewal of the partnership between GCs & TCs

Alithia, Politis
Regional/International Relations, External Security, Property, Human Rights, Energy, Governance & Power Sharing


The dailies report that Turkey reported Cyprus to the UN for carrying out ethnic cleansing of the TCs between 1963 and 1974.

According to the papers Turkey’s UN Permanent Representative Feridun Sinirlioglu sent a letter to the President of the General Assembly earlier in the month, to protest over the statement made by Greece’s UN Permanent Representative during the general debate of the 74th session of the General Assembly and comments by the Greek Prime Minister on the Cyprus problem. The letter was released as an official document on Friday.

Sinirlioglu said he wanted to set the record straight arguing that the Cyprus dispute is not an issue of “invasion” or “occupation”, but an issue of the renewal of a partnership between the co-owners of the island, which was destroyed by the Greek Cypriot side in 1963.

He said the division on the island began in 1963 when the GCs expelled TCs from the partnership state organs and institutions, as well as from their homes, in violation of the treaties of 1960 and all human rights norms. “From 1963 to 1974, the Greek Cypriots conducted an armed ethnic cleansing campaign against Turkish Cypriots, who had to live in enclaves under siege corresponding to 3 per cent of the surface of the island,” he said.

When this culminated in a coup d’état in 1974, aimed at annexing the island to Greece, Turkey was left with no other option but to exercise its rights emanating from the treaties of 1960, within the framework of its rights and obligations as a guarantor power, the letter said.

“Since then, Turkish forces have been the only factor preventing the repetition of earlier tragedies,” he said.

As regards hydrocarbons, the Turkish diplomat said Turkey fully exercises its sovereignty rights to the continental shelf of which the external boundaries have been registered with the UN and regrets for the unilateral hydrocarbons-related activities by the GCs in the Eastern Mediterranean, which endanger regional security and stability. He said Turkey is determined to protect her rights in her continental shelf, as well as those of the TCs.

On the issue of Varosha, he said Turkey was “fully cognizant” of the relevant Security Council resolutions. He added that ongoing scientific inventory work is being carried out by the Turkish Cypriot authorities to ascertain and study the condition of movable and immovable properties in the area, as well as the environmental risks.

“Any future steps in the fenced area of Maraş (Varosha) will be completely in line with international law, while protecting and respecting the rights of former inhabitants of the town,” he said.

He added that it was noteworthy that former Greek Cypriot inhabitants of Varosha have expressed their support for this initiative, “as this will eventually enable them to go back to their properties.”

Sinirlioglu (Turkey’s Permanent Rep to the UN)
The Cyprob is an issue of renewal of a partnership between the co-owners of the island, destroyed by the GCs in 1963 after expelling TCs from state organs & their homes.
>> Between 1963 and 1974, GCs carried out an armed ethnic cleansing campaign against TCs & Turkey had no other option than to intervene as per her guarantor obligations to prevent annexation with Greece after the 1974 coup.
>> Turkish forces have since been the only factor preventing the repetition of earlier tragedies.
>> Turkey fully exercises her sovereignty rights to her continental shelf whose boundaries are registered with the UN & will continue to protect her rights and those of TCs from GCs’ unilateral actions.
>> Turkey is fully aware of the SC resolutions on Varosha & any future steps in the fenced-off area will be completely in line with international law while at the same time protecting & respecting the rights of former inhabitants.

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