Eroğlu: “We have reached an agreement on the policy to be followed”
President Derviş Eroğlu stated that they have reached an agreement with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the strategy to be followed and within this framework, Turkey’s exploration vessel will not be withdrawn and actions will be on the basis that Turkish Cypriots also have the right on the wealth of the Island.
Eroğlu evaluated his meeting which continued more than one hour with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and said that the meeting was very meaningful as it took place after the meeting between Erdoğan and the US Vice President Joe Biden.
Adding that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan briefed him about what they have discussed regarding Cyprus with Biden, Eroğlu said that Erdoğan told him that USA is making evaluations whether it is possible for the Greek Cypriot Administration to return to the negotiation table or not. They were to call Anastasiades to ask him to return to the negotiation table.
Eroğlu also said “ If the Greek Cypriots claim on having all the rights for natural resources themselves unilaterally, the Turkish Cypriot side together with motherland Turkey will take the necessary steps without hesitation”. Eroğlu made a call to the Greek Cypriot Administration to return to the table without putting forth preconditions and stressed that this is the hope of both TRNC and Turkey.
Expressing that Britain’s Minister for Europe David Lidington’s visit to the Island coincided with Eide’s visit , Eroğlu said this could prove positive and he expected the British minister to express UK’s views to both sides and especially to the Greek Cypriot side who left the negotiation table.
Rights of Turkish Cypriot side cannot be connected with a solution
Turkish Cypriot Negotiator Ergün Olgun said that there are three options regarding the Greek Cypriot suspended negotiations. Olgun stated that the first option is the continuation of the existing deadlock, second one is, suspension of the activities of both sides simultaneously and without losing reputation and the last one is accepting the proposal of Turkish Cypriot side and forming a committee on hydrocarbons.
Stating that the first option is a situation created by the Greek Cypriot side, Olgun pointed out that in the second option, the sides can solve the problem after stopping their activities and by focusing on the negotiation process which would include the hydrocarbon issue. Stating that the proposal made in 2011 by the Turkish Cypriot side about constituting a committee on hydrocarbons has a justified basis, Olgun added: “ It was referred in the joint statement that one side cannot impose authority over the other. We were the holder of these rights before the joint statement, so these are included in the joint statement. They cannot disfranchise us from our rights. When we tolerate this, it would mean we accept their legitimacy –which is impossible”. (Turkish Cypriot daily Kıbrıs)