Prime Minister Ersin Tatar, has said that it was clear that the proposal submitted by President Mustafa Akinci to President Anastasiades regarding the establishment of a joint committee on the hydrocarbons would be rejected. He said that the view of the Greek Cypriots on this matter was that they would find the hydrocarbons around the island and could give something to the Turkish Cypriots, if a solution was found one day. “It is not possible for us to say yes to such a thing, because we should also be included in this effort”, he said.
Referring to Akinci’s proposals, Tatar added: “We have shared these proposals with President Akinci, consultations were held with Turkey and, at the end of the day, this proposal was submitted. What was the reply that came from Anastasiades? They cooked again the same old pilaf and put it in front of us. That is, it was clear that he would reject it and in the end he did reject it”.
Noting that Turkey’s drillships ‘Fatih’ and ‘Yavuz’ were in the Eastern Mediterranean, Tatar said that motherland Turkey had taken the necessary steps “to protect the interests of both the Turkish Cypriots and its own. We will protect our interest and rights in the best manner”, he noted.
Referring to the Cyprus negotiations, Tatar said he opposed the continuation of the process from the point it had been left at Crans-Montana and said that what they should do was to develop the TRNC together with nationalist people who have the “correct ideology”. He further reiterated the assertion that developments at Crans-Montana showed that a federal solution was not possible in Cyprus.
Referring to the fenced-off city of Varosha, Tatar noted that the issue had been coming onto the agenda continuously during the negotiations and that the impression had been created that the city would be given to the Greek Cypriots. He noted that almost all the properties in Varosha belonged to the EVKAF religious foundation and added that after the inventory study, they should “begin a process”. He argued that if they succeeded, the TRNC economy could be developed.