“The Turkish Cypriot side may have initiatives to surprise the Greek Cypriots and the international community such as when the borders were opened in 2003”, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Serdar Denktaş has announced.
In the interview with Denktaş, Greek daily ‘Kathimerini’ he noted that the political parties do not want the TRNC to be turned into a province of Turkey, while referring to the Crans- Montana summit and the aftermath and the steps taken by the Turkish Cypriot side. Turkey also stated that there had been no such request.
On the question of what alternative plans the Turkish Cypriot side has, Denktaş said that they would offer their proposals in writing to the president.
Denktaş said “We have suggestions that will surprise the Greek Cypriot side and the international community. We will unveil them when appropriate. This is a decision to be taken by all of the Turkish Cypriot side.”
He emphasised that there are many proposals and that they should be put into practice by negotiating with Turkey. The deputy PM said that international isolation should be ended. New opportunities should be developed to create conditions for co-operation with Greek Cypriot business people.
As for the failure of the Crans Montana summit, President Mustafa Akıncı and Turkey agree that the parties in Cyprus are very different from each other in their approach to the UN parameters and the bi-communal, bi-zonal federations.
Denktaş added that “the federal solution would only be possible if the Greek Cypriot side and the international community accepted that were two equal communities on the island,” he said, adding that he “supported two federal communities”.