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Turkish Cypriots can make no more concessions: Ozgurgun

19 September 2014

Leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Huseyin Ozgurgun has argued that during the past eleven years that passed since “opening of the gates” [allowing border crossings], people did not particularly press for a solution to the Cyprus problem and did not push their leaders in this direction, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Star Kibris’ reports.

During a TV broadcast, Ozgurgun said that the Turkish Cypriot side showed that it wanted a solution by accepting by 65% the Annan Plan which included the return of the one third of its lands and the displacement of 100 thousand of its citizens. “There can be no more concession that the Turkish side can give”, he stated.

Replying a question on the recent visit of the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to North Cyprus, Ozgurgun claimed: “I know that Davutoglu sincerely wants a solution in Cyprus. I am sure that he wants to be remembered as the Prime Minister who solved the Cyprus problem and I know that his understanding is not to find any solution in regardless of what this solution will be. I had seen the same wish and the same sincerity in Mr Erdogan. I am sure that they keep the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot people at the forefront”.

Replying to another question, he said that early elections should be held in North Cyprus, because of the rejection by 62% of the constitutional amendments during the recent referendum.

He also reiterated the intention of his party to support Dervis Eroglu if he decides to run in the forthcoming presidential elections in April 2015.

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