Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay attended the 45th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation held in Dhaka on 5-6 May.

In his speech to all OIC member countries and country delegations Özersay said that the TRNC cannot remain unresponsive to the developments in the world, adding that it would take part in the platforms where the international community comes together to discuss global issues and act together.

Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay also emphasized that all parties should question why the negotiations ended with failure and added that an approach to immediately start negotiations in any case would mean to make Turkish Cypriots enslaves of the status quo.

Özersay underlined that the Turkish Cypriot people did not want to be part of a vicious cycle, with a new negotiation process that would again remain inconclusive.

“It is possible to say that the Greek Cypriot side, which has been allowed to obtain whatever they want without solving the Cyprus issue under current conditions, has no intention of reaching a consensus for a solution. Furthermore, this has created a mentality which refuses to share power and prosperity with the Turkish Cypriots. As long as these conditions remain the same, it is important for everyone to question this situation and ask themselves how it is meaningful to wait for this mentality to change,” Özersay said.

Referring to the previous decisions taken by the OIC in the past, Özersay called on the member countries to act according to these decisions.

On the side-lines of the conference, Minister Özersay held bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Canada, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay met with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ.