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PM accuses Greek Cypriots of purposefully dragging out the talks

26 November 2016

Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun has said that the European Union will have no say in the TRNC if Turkey is excluded from the bloc.

Ozgurgun words was speaking in an interview with the Anadolu Agency in response to the non-binding motion passed by the European Parliament yesterday urging the European Commission and national governments to temporarily halt membership talks with Turkey.

He said that no one could drag the Turkish Cypriots into a situation where Turkey is not present and where they would be under threat of becoming a minority under Greek or Greek Cypriot influence. “We will never allow this to happen”, he added.

Touching upon the Mont Pèlerin talks, Ozgurgun claimed that the Greek Cypriots had negotiated, in the presence of the international community, to alter the balance in their favour. “The Greek Cypriots have never seen the Turkish Cypriots as their equals nor do they accept Turkey’s presence or guarantees in Cyprus”, the PM argued.

Ozgurgun also accused the Greek Cypriot side of trying to lay the blame of the failure of the Mont Pèlerin talks on Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side. “The international community continues to make mistakes on the Cyprus issue acting unfairly and unjustly against the Turkish Cypriots”, he said, adding that the international community has refused to hold the Greek Cypriot side or Greece accountable for the role they played in the failure of the talks.

He questioned what would be the purpose of continuing the talks if the Greek Cypriot side intends to continue dragging the process on saying: “We see no point in continuing these negotiations. If these talks are to be held just for the sake of holding talks why should we (the Turkish Cypriot side) sit at the negotiating table and waste all our time and energy? The Greek Cypriot side will continue to pursue its strategy of playing for time for years. We will not be able to reach an outcome for years”, he said.

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