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Cyprus talks at Crans-Montana were bound to fail

22 September 2017

North Cyprus News - Tahsin Ertugruloglu

The TRNC Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu has said that the UN needs to open a new page in Cyprus.
In an interview with the Voice of America in New York, the TRNC Foreign Minister said that it was not right for the United Nations to insist on continuing the Cyprus negotiations process that have been going on for the past 50 years without any successful outcome.
Expressing his view that any new negotiations process in Cyprus should be held between two states on the basis of political equality, Ertuğruloğlu said “the process which recognises the Greek Cypriots as representatives of a state and Turkish Cypriots as a community will not be brought back to life. Turkish Cypriots have had 50 years of their lives stolen from them…we won’t allow another 50 years to be stolen”.
Referring to the most recent talks held in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Ertuğruloğlu said that it had been obvious from the start that there could have been no successful outcome.
“We shall not accept minority rights in Cyprus. We only fully support a settlement on the basis of political equality…we insisted on this but the process in Crans Montana collapsed without a successful outcome. The federation formula ended in Crans Montana. It’s not possible to continue the same process” he said.
Stating that the Greek Cypriot side wanted to resume the talks from where they left off, Ertuğruloğlu said that the Greek Cypriots did not want an end to the Turkish Cypriots’ isolation from the international community.
“They keep on saying they’re ready to return to the negotiating table but we shall not be deceived by such games and tricks” he said, adding that a settlement could have been reached in Crans-Montana had the Greek Cypriot side truly desired a solution.
“A solution was possible in Switzerland had the Greek Cypriot side truly desired a settlement because both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side did all it could. Despite all the steps taken a successful outcome could not be reached” he stressed.
Ertuğruloğlu also said that any new process will be determined following consultations with Turkey, expressing the view that the success of any process required Ankara’s support.
“The Cyprus Problem is a national cause for the Turkish nation. It is a matter which concerns its interests, its future and its security which is why we shall continue to work together with the motherland” he added.
Also touching upon the issue of hydrocarbons, Ertuğruloğlu said that it emerged that the natural gas deposits discovered by the Greek Cypriot side was not commercially viable.
“Nevertheless no matter how commercially enviable the situation is, it is out of the question for Turkey to be left out of the process. The Greek Cypriot side will not be allowed to proceed on its own and the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot people regarding the island’s natural resources will be safeguarded at all costs” he said.
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