Özgürgün: “The Geneva Summit will be the last stop”
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün has said that the Turkish Cypriot side wanted an equal, fair and lasting settlement and that the Geneva Summit was the last stop in the process of reaching a settlement.
In his speech at an event this week, Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün evaluated the developments around the Cyprus issue.
He said, “We will attend the upcoming 2nd Geneva Summit process, but unfortunately the Greek Cypriot side and Greece have not given up both their Enosis ambition and their targets on the TRNC”.
Expressing his concern about the latest developments on the Cyprus issue, Özgürgün said, “We want an equal, fair and lasting settlement, and Geneva is the last stop. If no agreement has been reached, Turkish Cypriot people should continue their path along with motherland Turkey”.
The first drilling well in the Mediterranean to be dug this year
Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak has stated that the first drilling well will be dug in the Mediterranean before the end of this year.
Albayrak, who visited the Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa seismic research vessel with Economy and Energy Minister Sunat Atun, noted that Turkey will be active in conducting seismic exploration and drilling activities, not only in the waters of Turkey but also in the waters of North Cyprus.
Albayrak, who made statements concerning the activities of the vessel, said that the first exploratory drilling well will be dug in the Mediterranean before the end of this year.
He added that Turkey must now carry out a more efficient process in the Mediterranean due to the region’s potential, which has brought new focus to global oil and gas sector, particularly over the last 15-20 years.
Turkish Cypriot Negotiator Nami: “All issues will be evaluated comprehensively”
Turkish Cypriot Negotiator Özdil Nami has stated that all issues will be discussed comprehensively with the aim of reaching a conclusion to the Cyprus Conference in Geneva.
Negotiator Nami was speaking to a TAK reporter regarding the Cyprus negotiations, the leaders’ meeting in New York, and the Conference on Cyprus, which is expected to be held in the second half of June in Geneva. Responding to a question, Nami stated that it is possible to say that the final stage of the negotiations has been reached.
“There is a process, a method, which has been ongoing in Cyprus for a long time. The joint evaluation of the two leaders at the 17 May meeting was that outstanding issues should be negotiated with a different method in a different format, – one that brings forward a comprehensive plan for a solution”, said Nami
Stating that the UN also agree with this decision and they support the reconvening of the Cyprus conference, Nami said, “For this reason it is possible to say that we have reached the final phase. This is our joint evaluation with our interlocutor.”
Responding to a question on whether there is a give and take process, Özdil Nami said that the Cyprus conference should be considered as a forum for the discussion of all issues.
“During this conference, there will be five-party meetings with the participation of the guarantor countries, and also bilateral meetings. The agenda of the five party meetings will be Security and Guarantees. The other issues will be negotiated by the two sides. Therefore it will be possible to approach all issues comprehensively to reach a conclusion under the umbrella of the conference.”
Indicating that the key topic on the agenda for the five party conference at which guarantor countries will be present, will be Security and Guarantees, Nami said that only two meetings have been held on this issue so far, therefore the issue is expected to be discussed in depth.
Nami noted that the issues will not be taken up in any particular order, as was clearly determined and registered at the Leaders’ meeting held with the UN Secretary General. He added that he was saddened that reports in the Greek Cypriot media did not reflect the truth.
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