1. Özersay: “Choices are clear for a partnership state” …
  2. Özersay met with Kremp …
  3. Erdoğan: “We never let the rights of the TRNC to be violated” …

Özersay: “Choices are clear for a partnership state”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay stressed that if a partnership state is to be established, the choices are clear.

In his statement to the Turkish News Agency (TAK) on the issue of the Cyprus problem, Özersay said that if a partnership state is to be established, the Greek Cypriot Administration has to change its mentality towards sharing administration and wealth, and negotiations should continue as not open ended, or a solution model based on cooperation should be negotiated as a not open ended process. “I do not see a change in the mentality of the Greek Cypriot side towards sharing” Özersay added.

As long as the mentality of the Greek Cypriot Administration does not change, our insistence on negotiating on the federal basis will take us to a continuation of the status quo and new disappointment as well.

A Federation needs an understanding and mentality based on sharing. If everybody accepts that there is not such a mentality, continuing negotiations will mean a continuation of the status quo and will have risks for a new disappointment.

Özersay met with Kremp

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay met with the German Ambassador to South Cyprus Franz Josef Kremp last Friday (30th November).

According to a post on his social media account, Özersay said: “It seems that Germany’s role and power within the EU are going to increase more, particularly after the UK Brexit. I had a fruitful meeting with the German Ambassador to South Cyprus Franz Josef Kremp. We discussed the latest developments on the Cyprus problem as well as matters related to the energy issue and we shared our views with him”.

Erdoğan: “We never let the rights of the TRNC to be violated”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that as long as the Greek Cypriot side continue their aggressive policies which ignore the fundamental rights of the Turkish Cypriots, they will continue to take the necessary measures.

Erdoğan held a press conference at the Fairground, where the annual G20 Leaders’ Summit was held.

Stressing that the issue of energy is an important issue for Turkey, Erdoğan referred to the issue of hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean and said:

“We shall never let the rights of the TRNC, which is one of the principal owners of the hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, to be usurped by ‘fait accompli’. Turkey is committed to both protecting its own laws and the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot people. As long as the Greek Cypriot side continue their aggressive policies that ignore the fundamental rights of the Turkish Cypriots, we will continue to take the necessary measures”.