Prime Minister Ersin Tatar, has described the meeting he had with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Monday as “useful and positive”.
He noted that they had discussed the TRNC’s economic problems, the Cyprus problem and the hydrocarbons issue in the Eastern Mediterranean. Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay and Finance Minister Olgun Amcaoglu participated in the meeting as part of the Turkish Cypriot delegation, while Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu were among the members of the Turkish delegation.
Speaking after the meeting, Tatar said that their common target with Turkey was for the TRNC to become a developed country and for the Cyprus problem and hydrocarbon issues to “reach a result within the framework of justice”. “We do not set our eyes on anyone’s freedom, state and rights, but we will not allow anyone to ignore our state, freedom and rights”, he said.
According to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Diyalog’ (04.06.19), four main chapters were discussed during their meeting:
1) The transfer of electricity from Turkey to North Cyprus with undersea cables. The paper reports that Erdogan told the Turkish Cypriot delegation that Turkey was ready to undertake the political responsibility for this and gave instructions to experts for advancing the project.
2) Air fares between Turkey and North Cyprus. Tatar explained the importance of tourism for the TRNC and underlined the high cost of air fares, reports the paper, adding that Erdogan gave instructions for carrying out a study with the aim of lowering air fares, something which satisfied the Turkish Cypriot delegation.
3) The economic protocol and the flow of money from Turkey to the TRNC. The Turkish Cypriot delegation suggested the signing of two separate protocols and they decided to sign one protocol for 2019 and another for the period 2020-2023.
4) Drilling for hydrocarbons. They discussed the steps to be taken by Turkey and the TRNC as a response to unilateral drilling undertaken by South Cyprus and their future plans. They also reaffirmed their common determination on this issue and that they will continue taking similar steps to the ones to be taken by South Cyprus in case the latter “does not approach positively the sharing of these resources”.
Kibris Postasi, Diyalog