It will be impossible for the TRNC to “meet the conditions of the interim economic protocol in the time laid down in the agreement”, former prime minister and leader of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Tufan Erhurman has said.
Erhurman, in an interview, spoke about the protocol, the issue of re-opening Varosha and the 2020 presidential elections.
Referring to the signing of the interim economic and financial agreement between Turkey and the TRNC, Erhurman accused the government of signing the agreement and claiming that those who condemned in the past the “signing of the agreement with one year validity, have now gone on to sign of the agreement with a validity of five months”.
On the issue of the opening of the fenced-off city of Varosha, Erhurman supported the move, saying that the Turkish Cypriot side cannot sit and wait for steps to be taken.
“Taking into consideration that federation is not possible and that no solution was reached on the Cyprus problem, also, taking into account the unacceptable stance by the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades on the issue of political equality, I consider that it would be wrong for the Turkish Cypriot side to sit and wait”, Erhurman argued.
Pointing to the need for the Turkish Cypriot side to continue with a proactive policy and to follow a multi-dimensional foreign policy, Erhurman said that it is important to indicate to the international community that it should force Anastasiades, who is comfortable now with the current status quo, to return to the negotiating table. “It is for this reason that I consider the movement on the opening of Varosha right – to disrupt Anastasiades’ comfort”, Erhurman added.
On the hydrocarbon issue, Erhruman said that we should all act logically. “We are not acting logically now. We act with hate”, Erhurman said, wondering why the Greek Cypriot side rejects the Turkish Cypriot sides’ proposal of the establishment of a joint committee on the hydrocarbon issue, taking into account that, in the past, it had accepted the establishment of joint committees on other issues.
Asked whether he is thinking about being a presidential candidate, Erhurman said that if his party tasks him with that, he would run as a candidate.