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“If two equal states can sit at the negotiating table, then we are ready for the negotiation process to begin. No one should dream a solution is possible if the Greek Cypriots are a state and we are a community at that table” said Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu.
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.
Speaking at an Economy and Policy Seminar at the Middle East Technical University Campus in the TRNC, President Mustafa Akıncı said that if a solution is reached with the Greek Cypriot side, the TRNC will take its place as an equal founding state, otherwise it will continue on its own way. “There is no need to search for other paths,” Akıncı said.
The Presidential spokesman Barış Burcu has stated that the decision of the Greek Cypriot House of Representatives demanding the cancellation of the Treaties of Guarantee and the withdrawal of Turkish troops from the island is “completely unilateral and invalid”.