Leader of the Democratic Party (DP) and Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktaş has announced that his party is withdrawing its support for the Joint Declaration signed on 11 February, 2014.
Speaking at a press conference at the Democratic Party headquarters this morning, Denktaş said that the joint document, which was signed between former TRNC President Derviş Eroğlu and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades on 11 February 2014, was null and void and no longer binding for the Democratic Party.
“The negotiations process which was carried out within the framework of the 11 February, 2014 Joint Declaration is over for us. We are withdrawing our support for this document”, he said.
Stating that he will be presenting his party’s proposals on the next steps to be taken in written form to President Mustafa Akıncı and the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu this evening, Denktaş said “the aim is for all the political parties and the President to work together to complete and implement these proposals”.
Asked to comment on claims that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus could become the 82nd province of Turkey, Denktaş said that it was out of the question for them to approve the dissolution of the TRNC or to accept such a thing.