The National Assembly, on the second day of the budget debate, approved the amount of 33,487,300 TL for the presidential budget.
Speaking at the budget debate, Huseyin Angolemli, deputy for the Social Democracy Party (TDP) argued that the talks held last year in Crans-Montana, Switzerland had opened the way for the Turkish Cypriots. President Mustafa Akinci was recognised internationally for his constructive stance as the leader who supports peace. He further added: “It was seen in the personality of Akinci that the Turkish Cypriot side was pro-solution and sincere ”.
Oguzhan Hasipoglu, deputy for the National Unity Party (UBP), argued that the coalition government had no common vision on foreign policy and for this reason the importance of the president, who will lead the negotiations, is increased. He further argued that the government has no clear policy on the Cyprus problem nor on its foreign policy, adding that in its government programme, there was not one single statement regarding these issues.
Deputy for the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Asim Akansoy, said: “We do not have the luxury to withdraw from the negotiations, which are important for the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriots”. He underlined the importance of the negotiations to continue under the UN umbrella.