Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that no one could blame Turkey for the non-solution of the Cyprus problem.
Speaking at a dinner on the side-lines of the World Economic Forum Summit in Davos, the Turkish Premier reminded everyone that it was the Turkish Cypriots and not the Greek Cypriots who had overwhelmingly voted in favour of the UN sponsored Annan Plan in 2004.
Davutoglu pointed out that the EU nevertheless continued to punish the Turkish Cypriots, and not the Greek Cypriots who voted against the plan, with “isolations and embargoes”.
Also, touching upon Turkey’s EU membership process, Davutoglu said that Turkey has done all it can to join the EU. “We are ready to open the 27 chapters. If there were no political preventions and these chapters were opened we could easily conclude 15 of them. I assure you that Turkey could be ready for full membership in 2 years if these political obstacles were removed. We are unfortunately unable to move forward because of the Cyprus Issue and the preventative efforts of some member countries”, Davutoglu said.
Source Bayrak Television