The EU will accept a solution to the Cyprus problem reached by the Cypriots, Armagan Candan, member of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) has said.
In statements to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibrisli’, Candan said that many European officials have committed themselves on this issue and added that gaining two ‘yes’ votes in a possible referendum will become easier when a comprehensive solution is reached and the sides trust each other more. “Our compass and aim is that there must be two ‘yes’ votes. What is expected is a mutually acceptable federal solution based on political equality”, he said.
Candan, who has been a CTP representative in a TRNC assembly delegation at the European Parliament (EP) said that they had explained to their interlocutors their positions in the negotiations and the course of the process. He added that there is much higher interest now in Europe in the Cyprus problem compared to one or two years ago. This, he said, was after the positive climate surrounding the negotiations following the election of Mustafa Akinci as Turkish Cypriot President became evident.
He noted that all political groups in the EP think that the problem should be solved and added that the Turkish Cypriots have reminded their interlocutors that the problem is a European one.
Candan said that he had a short conversation with the President of the EP, Martin Schulz who told him that he actively supports the negotiations process. He has had contacts with all sides and that the EU and the EP will provide the required support for the successful conclusion of the process.