TRNC News Today 1st November 2013

DAVUTOĞLU: “BOTH TURKEY AND TRNC ARE MAKING SINCERE EFFORTS TO REACH A PEACEFUL SOLUTION IN CYPRUS”

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu, who went to Slovakia for an official visit, also referred to the Cyprus issue during the meeting with his Slovakian Counterpart Miroslav Lajcak.

Upon a question on the efforts to reach a settlement in the Cyprus issue, Davutoğlu said that both Turkey and the TRNC are making sincere efforts in order to reach a peaceful solution in Cyprus.Ahmet Davutoğlu

Reminding that, while the Turkish Cypriot side accepted the UN peace Plan (2004, Annan Plan), the Greek Cypriot side rejected it, Davutoğlu added that the EU, which had supported the Plan, did a huge injustice by rewarding the Greek Cypriots and punishing the Turkish Cypriots.

Stating that Turkey was in favour of a settlement in Cyprus, Davutoğlu stressed that while the Turkish side had tried to accelerate the negotiations, the Greek Cypriot side had used the general elections as an excuse to delay the negotiations.

Pointing out that there has been a new development in the recent months, Davutoğlu said: “I hope that the negotiations can resume in the coming months. We, as Turkey, have always supported the peace process.”

Replying to a question regarding Turkey’s relations with the EU on the Cyprus problem, Turkish Minister Davutoğlu stressed that they would not make any concessions, adding that  the EU should primarily keep its promise given to the Turkish Cypriot side.

Davutoğlu stressed that the Turkish side was always ready to resume the negotiations in order to ensure peace.

With regard to the support given by Slovakia to Turkey’s EU accession negotiations, Davutoğlu said that he believed that Slovakia would also contribute to the settlement of the Cyprus problem.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office