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No government representative in Cyprus talks: Ozgurgun

2 August 2016

Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun, has said that the government is working in harmony and that in the past 100 days, it had overcome the financial problems that had existed over the past two years. He added that relations between the TRNC and Turkish government are continuing on an even keel.

In an interview with Bayrak TV, he was asked how he would assess the government’s performance over the 100 days that is has been in power. Ozgurgun said that financial and economic problems that have been experienced in the last two years, have been overcome and are back on track and noted that there are a variety of reforms and projects that needed to be launched. “The precautionary measures that needed to be taken have been implemented and the markets have been relieved in the past 100 days”, said Ozgurgun.

Drawing attention to the fact that for the first time this year, the government will be able to pay its debts in cash in October, Ozgurgun said that the government would be taking similar actions for the citrus fruit sector as well.

Touching upon his visit to Ankara, Ozgurgun said that during this visit they had discussed the possibility that flights from Turkey to the TRNC will be classed as domestic flights for a six month period and added that the both Tourism Ministers will continue working on this issue. “Until international flights return to normal in Turkey, we evaluated how flights from Turkey to the TRNC could take place as domestic flights, so that students and tourists can benefit. There are close to 80 thousand students in the TRNC so technical details on the domestic flights issue will hopefully be concluded soon”, Ozgurgun said.

He said that despite the tense atmosphere created by the attempted coup in Turkey he and his delegation had received a very warm welcome.

Ozgurgun also said that they had had the opportunity to discuss the Cyprus problem, reciprocal views were expressed and Turkey’s support for the Cyprus negotiations was underlined during their meetings.

Pointing out that President Mustafa Akinci’s negotiation team only contains representatives from the main opposition and other opposition parties, Ozgurgun stressed that there was no government representative within the negotiation team. “I’m not complaining, it’s their own initiative, but the president must consider how beneficial the Cyprus negotiations process will be if they are so disconnected from the government. How successful can it be?” Ozgurgun asked.

He added that all subjects had been discussed regarding the Cyprus problem but that the Greek Cypriot side does not appear to want an agreement.

Ozgurgun pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side voted ‘no’ to the Annan Plan even though the conditions were more favourable and therefore he did not expect the Greek Cypriot side to accept the framework that has been developed in the current negotiations.

BRT

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