Akinci Briefs All Parties on Berlin Meeting

President Akinci Briefs Party Leaders

President Mustafa Akıncı is carrying out a variety of briefings to inform political parties, mayors, civil society organisations and mukhtars regarding his meeting in Berlin.

This morning the President came together with all mayors serving in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

This afternoon, he will come together with political parties which are not represented in parliament.

Yesterday, the President briefed the leaders of the political parties with seats in parliament on the Berlin meeting and its outcomes.

The leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Prime Minister Ersin Tatar, the leader of the People’s Party (HP) Deputy Prime Minister Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay, the leader of main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Tufan Erhürman, the leader of the Democrat Party (DP) Fikri Ataoğlu, the leader of the Social Democratic Party (TDP) Cemal Özyiğit and the leader of the Rebirth Party (YDP) Erhan Arıklı attended the meeting held at the Presidential Palace.

The DP Lefkoşa MP Serdar Denktaş accompanied the DP leader Ataoğlu during the meeting.

Prime MInister Ersin Tatar

The only statement after the meeting was made by Prime Minister Ersin Tatar.

Stating that the President briefed them about the contacts he held in Berlin, Tatar said he did not expect a five-party meeting after the informal Berlin meeting.

We will hold presidential elections in the TRNC. Britain is in the election process right now. The statements made from Turkey also say the same thing. Therefore, the evaluation for now is there will be no mobility after the trilateral meeting”, the PM said.

Explaining that issues related with the jurisdiction and the right to elect and be elected of the Turkish Cypriots residing in the UK were also discussed during the meeting, he said the President, as in the past, was still in support of a comprehensive amendment in the constitution.

At the end of the day, those residing abroad have one expectation only. These will be discussed in detail. This is an important issue for us. There are two aspects here; first their right to elect and second their right to be elected. One of them requires legal amendment and the other requires constitutional amendment. We evaluated all these during the meeting. Everyone expressed their views on the issue. The constitutional amendment will come to the agenda after deliberations on the issue will be completed by the political parties”, Tatar said.

Stating that the time of the constitutional amendment was also discussed during the meeting, he said that they discussed whether it would be appropriate to hold the presidential elections and the constitution referendum on the same day.

The constitutional amendment is important. Therefore, we also discussed holding the constitutional referendum after the presidential elections”, Tatar added.


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