Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim referring to the issue of guarantees in Cyprus has said that “this is not an issue for negotiation”.
In an interview on Genc TV in Ankara, Yildirim said: “This matter is not an issue for negotiation. That is, whatever the conditions are, Turkey will continue guaranteeing the security of our brothers there”.
Yildirim also said that President Mustafa Akinci should undertake more initiatives in the Cyprus negotiations.
The Turkish Prime Minister added that the Turkish Cypriots want more, than anyone, a solution to the Cyprus problem, because of the “unjust treatment which they have suffered all these years” and the “fact that the Greek Cypriots alone, use the island’s resources”.
He further argued that a federation model, as a solution in Cyprus, will provide equality and justice, while on the contrary the Greek Cypriot side “behaves as the sole owner of the island and usurps the rights of the Turkish Cypriots” in the EU and other platforms.
“The Greek Cypriots are those who actually should be ready for a solution. Instead of cornering the Turks of Cyprus, they should say what and how much they will share”, he said.
Referring to the coup attempt in Turkey, Yildirim thanked the Turkish Cypriots for the solidarity and support they showed to Turkey after 15th July.