Eroglu: Under the current circumstances it had become inevitable for the Turkish Cypriots to go their own way
|President Dervis Eroglu, delivering a speech to mark the 90th Anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, said that the Turkish nation was proud of celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey and added that the Turkish Cypriots have taken the Turkish Republic as model for their own struggle for freedom and existence. Underlining the unbreakable bond that exists between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Eroglu said that they were inseparable.
Commenting on the Cyprus problem, Eroglu claimed that the Greek Cypriot side’s insistence on pre-conditions was blocking the way for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations process. He added that the Turkish Cypriot side was working hard for the re-launch of the Cyprus talks.
He, however, argued that the Greek Cypriot side, which lacked the spirit of good will, was working against this goal, reportedly leaking details of the work being carried out to the press, and bringing pre-conditions to the table.
Eroglu stressed that under the current circumstances it had become inevitable for the Turkish Cypriots to go their own way.
Claiming that President Nicos Anastasiades was citing the economic crisis as a reason not to sit at the negotiating table, Eroglu said that the Turkish side had stated from the very beginning that it would give the Greek Cypriot side a reasonable timeframe to prepare for the negotiations. He added: “It has even taken 6 months for Mr. Anastasiades to appoint his Special Representative. The Greek Cypriot side’s insistence on preconditions is blocking the way of the resumption of the negotiations process. They are trying to cram substantive issues into the joint statement. We have been telling them from the very beginning that it is our desire to have this joint statement, but that we are ready to resume negotiations without it as well”.
Also touching upon the issue of the fenced off town of Varosha, Eroglu reiterated that the issue could only be taken up as part of a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem, a fact that had been reaffirmed recently by the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule.
Underlining the need to restart comprehensive negotiations as soon as possible, Eroglu said that it was out of the question for the Turkish Cypriot side to accept pre-conditions put forward by the Greek Cypriot leader.
“Mr. Anastasiades has been giving his people the wrong message. The partnership to be established will be created from two founding states on the basis of political equality. We are saying that a solution is possible by the spring of next year and that talks cannot continue endlessly without a time table”, he added.
Complaining that a date had yet to be set for the mutual visits of the special representatives to Ankara and Athens, Eroglu called on the Greek Cypriot side to start working towards a solution.