- Özersay “Consensus cannot be achieved without the TRNC and Turkey’s attendance and acceptance in the Eastern Mediterranean” ….
- Aksoy: “The problem is Greek Cypriot side’s refusal to share political power” ….
- Reuters: ‘Turkish Cypriots trying to resolve the Gas Dispute ….
Özersay “Consensus cannot be achieved without the TRNC and Turkey’s attendance and acceptance in the Eastern Mediterranean”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay met with academicians and politicians in Turkey to discuss the Cyprus issue hosted by İstanbul Culture University (ICU).
Following the meeting which was closed to the press, Özersay made a statement to Demirören News Agency (DHA) and regarding the ‘Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum’ which was organized with the official participation of 7 countries with coasts in the Mediterranean Sea at the beginning of last week in Egypt, he said: “Consensus cannot be achieved without the TRNC and Turkey’s attendance and acceptance in the Eastern Mediterranean and the region can turn into an area where unnecessary discussions and tensions occur and the stability could be damaged.”
Özersay also pointed out the importance of the agreement on the natural gas for the stability of the region and peace. At the same time, Özersay said: “The important thing is not only a fighting possibility but also economic sanctions, economic losses and sense of responsibility in terms of international companies.
Not only third world countries but also international companies have to force the Greek Cypriot side to sit down and negotiate with the Turkish Cypriot side and agree on natural gas. This is important for the stability, peace and mutual economic dependence of the region.
Stating that a partnership should be developed based on cooperation, Özersay said that the two communities want a federal partnership but both sides understand differently. Federation is a kind of partnership based on sharing administration and wealth. It is seen that the Greek Cypriot side does not want to share administration and wealth, and they do not tolerate political equality and active participation. It was seen in the 2004 referendum when they refused the comprehensive solution plan.
Özersay added “Today at this stage, I think that many things have not changed. What is more important is that the Greek Cypriot Administration has started drilling by disregarding the Turkish Cypriot side, and aims to operate the natural resources and marketing to the world market. This reality is seen by the international community but not prevented. Therefore, the Greek Cypriot Administration does not consider it necessary to share the wealth with the Turkish Cypriots”.
Pointing out the importance of cooperation, Özersay said that the development of mutual dependency relations in terms of economy will contribute to the peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean for the future of Cyprus. If all sides cooperate on the issues of trade, tourism, energy and natural gas, conflict and instability will be prevented in the region.
Özersay underlined that they will not give up their rights and benefits and said:”The TRNC with Turkey will follow a policy which intends to solve the problems, not to make clashes. However this must not read that we will give up our rights and benefits. We will conduct an active diplomacy to protect and promote our rights and benefits both in the Eastern Mediterranean and the international community in the following days. In addition, as the TRNC, we want to be a part of the international community for fighting against terrorism, money laundering, crime and extradition’.
Özersay also stated that pushing the TRNC out of the international law is not acceptable and stressed that the TRNC is not a black hole and does not want to be the black hole. Contemporary Turkish Cypriot people are sharing the values of the international community therefore I do not accept our being pushed out of the international law.
Aksoy: “The problem is Greek Cypriot side’s refusal to share political power”
The Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said that non-solution of the Cyprus problem was due to refusal of the Greek Cypriot side to share political power with the Turkish Cypriots. Aksoy added that they expressed this view at every opportunity they found.
In his press conference, Aksoy evaluated the developments on the Cyprus problem. Aksoy said “Within this context, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu received the UN Secretary General’s Special Temporary Envoy Jane Holl Lute twice and he told Lute that the Cyprus problem can only be solved with a settlement that takes the realities on the island as a basis and which includes achievable goals”. The Spokesman stressed “We do not start to negotiate to just talk. We do not want to waste the next 50 years talking”.
Reuters: ‘Turkish Cypriots trying to resolve the Gas Dispute
One of the world’s most leading News Agencies, Reuters, cited an interview of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay who made a diplomatic visit to the USA last week. Reuters headed the news ‘Turkish Cypriots seek an end to natural gas dispute’ and underlined that Foreign Minister Özersay delivered an opinion for avoiding the possibility of instability in the region after visits with Trump Administration and some members of the U.S. Congress and Özersay said that the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean regarding the natural gas issue is unfair. In addition to that Reuters pointed out that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay said ‘the terms of drilling are unacceptable because Greek Cypriots are able to profit from drilling even before a settlement is reached however there is an approach which means Turkish Cypriots can only profit after an agreement, this approach needs to be changed at the earliest’.
In the news of Reuters, it was indicated that Özersay stated that he was trying to put pressure on the Greek Cypriot side through international actors mainly USA, and that he believed that the two sides will cooperate on natural gas in this way.
In his interview with Reuters, Özersay also pointed out that the Turkish Cypriot side has similar applications to supply the names of wanted individuals which are on the Interpol list to some foreign states and he also added that: “We are open to implementing international legal rules as much as possible and to cooperate with all international actors, including international organisations.”