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Çavuşoğlu: EU is not part of Cyprus negotiations and should not be

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu evaluated current developments to the Anadolu Agency (AA) and TRT correspondents. Çavuşoğlu said that EU is not a part of the Cyprus negotiations and should not be.

Referring to the Cyprus issue, the Turkish Foreign Minister said that everyone can contribute to the solution process by putting forward their views but added that during the negotiations process the EU should not be in attendance.

“The Greek Cypriot side has unilaterally become a member of the EU contrary to international law. Up to today the EU has always supported the Greek Cypriot side and totally ignored the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot side. This means that symbolic negotiations have taken place and they ignored the Turkish Cypriot side” said Çavuşoğlu.

Çavuşoğlu noted that the negotiations were being held under the auspices of the UN and the EU had taken part in previous negotiations with an observer status.

Referring to the 5+1 meeting that will be attended by the three guarantor powers of Cyprus and the United Nations, Çavuşoğlu said that the meeting had been proposed by Turkey in order to determine whether there is a basis for negotiations or not. “If negotiations start again the EU will continue to be an observer” he said.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office

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