Responding to questions during a TV interview, TRNC Foreign Minister Ertuğruloğlu stated that partnership with the Greek Cypriot side is not the single option for the Turkish Cypriot people and added that “Negotiations which continued for 50 years and ended in failure cannot be resumed after the Greek Cypriot presidential elections in the south.

A new process can only begin if two sovereign and equal states come to the negotiating table.”

Stating that the federal settlement option was no longer possible in Cyprus, Ertuğruloğlu said that the confederate settlement option is still possible, given that confederation is also a form of federal solution. The Foreign Minister added that he only supports a federal settlement if a confederation is established.

The Foreign Minister also reiterated that before and after the negotiations both Motherland Turkey and President Mustafa Akıncı have stated on numerous occasions that these negotiations “will be an end” in themselves.

Ertuğruloğlu : “We cannot find a solution in this way”

In his speech at the Parliamentary General Assembly, Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu stated although the partnership government did not continue legally after 1964, the UN Security Council continues to act as though this is the case.

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu said, “The Greek Cypriot side is considered a ‘state’ while the Turkish Cypriot side is a ‘community’ on the international stage. We cannot find a solution to this problem in this way.”

Ertuğruloğlu stated that while the Greek Cypriot side continues to be given recognition, no solution has been achieved for the Turkish Cypriot side, which continues to suffer under embargoes despite its complaints.

Referring to the options he had proposed, Ertuğruloğlu emphasized that it is unacceptable to return to the same negotiation process, which has been unsuccessful for the last 50 years.

Akıncı: “A Northern Cyprus state in accordance with EU norms will benefit everyone”

Speaking at the 2017 “One Step Forward” Diplomats International (DMW) Summit at Girne American University (GAU), President Mustafa Akıncı stated that the presence of a state and community in accordance with EU norms in Northern Cyprus is of benefit to all, although it is unrecognized by the international community.

Founded in Cologne, Germany, Diplomats International (DMW) aims to bring about European integration and EU enlargement. It also assists candidate countries preparing for accession during the EU enlargement process and is recognized by the United Nations.

President Akıncı also stated that the Ad-hoc committee’s work was hindered by South Cyprus – with collusion from the EU – after the Crans-Montana summit. The Committee was originally organized within the framework of the negotiations to provide technical support for developing custom legislation and food and environmental capacities for Northern Cyprus. As a result, none of the committees have visited the TRNC in five months.

Akıncı also noted that aid has only been provided to South Cyprus and commented that aid given to Northern Cyprus has been insufficient.

Akıncı also made it clear that welcoming Northern Cyprus to the EU would be of benefit to the Greek Cypriot side. Akıncı also stated that the Committee is responsible for implementing contemporary, democratic norms in Northern Cyprus which all Turkish Cypriots deserve to see in their institutions.

Turkish Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya visits the TRNC

Turkish Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya arrived in the TRNC as a guest of TRNC Minister of Labour and Social Security Hamza Ersan Saner yesterday evening. Kaya will start her official contacts today.

Minister Kaya will be received by President Mustafa Akıncı, Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber, Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün and Minister of Labour and Social Security Hamza Ersan Saner respectively. During her visit, Minister Kaya will also attend the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony.

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