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Siber reopens National Assembly

5 October 2016

The TRNC Assembly reopened on Monday after a three month summer recess.

A joint declaration by all political parties represented in the house was read out by Speaker of the House Sibel Siber during the session.

All political parties condemned the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. “We declare that we condemn the coup attempt against the constitutional order, rule of law and democratic will made on July 15, 2016 in Turkey and we condemn the heinous attack against the Turkish parliament as the TRNC parliament presidency and all political parties represented at the parliament and we are always on the democratic will’s side under all conditions”, said the declaration.

The statement also commended the resistance shown by the Turkish people, who risked their own lives against the coup attempt in July.

Also, in her opening speech, Siber touched upon the Cyprus issue and argued that that unlike internal problems, the Cyprus problem is not something that could only be solved by the one side. “It is our hope that a just and permanent solution is found to the Cyprus problem, one that will bring peace to the two peoples on the island”, Siber said and added that the both communities on the island needed to feel secure.

On the issue of administration and power sharing, Siber said that it should not be based on numerical majority but political equality and reiterated that the Turkish Cypriot people supported a bi-zonal, bi-communal solution based on political equality.

A solution is different, peace is different, therefore the solution that will be found should not lead to renewed fighting but embrace peace and be viable”, added Sibel.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun and political party representatives delivered speeches during the session.

BRT

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