Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted to the decision of the Greek Cypriot side not to participate in the Talks of the UN negotiation process
Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted to the decision of the Greek Cypriot side not to participate in the talks of the UN negotiation process which resumed on 11 February 2014.
In the Ministry’s statement it was stressed that the Cyprus problem cannot be settled only through the efforts of the Turkish Cypriot side and guarantor Turkey. It is also said in the statement that, “The attempts of the Greek Cypriot Administration to unilaterally make use of the natural resources of the Island, motivated by the illusion that it is the sole owner of the Island, and its attitude not to respond to the proposals of the Turkish Cypriot side for a fair sharing of the natural resources shows that it is not ready to the idea of a settlement based on partnership.
Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side desire a negotiated, lasting political settlement on the Island and see this as a requisite of the vision of common prosperity, stability and security in the entire Eastern Mediterranean region. For this, it is essential that the Greek Cypriot side now adopts a clear attitude regarding the new partnership to be established on the basis of the inherent constitutive power and political equality of the two peoples who are co-owners of the Island.
Blocking the way of the current efforts for a comprehensive settlement carried out under the auspices of the UN Good Offices Mission will indicate that the Greek Cypriot side does not want a new partnership.
Motherland and guarantor Turkey will respect the preferences of the two peoples of the Island to be determined through their constitutive will; however, it will never allow Turkish Cypriots to become a minority in a Greek Cypriot “state”.