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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.
Addressing the Cyprus issue at a symposium earlier in the week, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Serdar Denktaş said, “The whole world should know, that Turkish Cypriots have established their own state by protecting their ownership rights from Greek Cypriot occupation forces.”
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.