Former TRNC President Dervis Eroglu has criticised the leader of the CTP-BG, Mehmet Ali Talat for saying that the embargo and isolation of the Turkish Cypriots will become deeper if they vote “no” in a future referendum on a Cyprus settlement.
In a written statement, Eroglu argued that the Turkish Cypriots should make efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, but first it is absolutely necessary to protect their security and safety by having a healthy dialogue and cooperation with Turkey.
Referring to statements Talat had recently made in Guzelyurt where he anticipated further isolation if the Turkish Cypriots voted “no” in a possible referendum, Eroglu said that Talat had the “wrong attitude” and was “unrealistic” at a time when there is no clear information on what kind of agreement will be made. He claimed that Talat’s approach implies that the Turkish Cypriots should vote “yes” to a solution, even if it is a bad one.
Eroglu accused Talat of trying to create fear in the Turkish Cypriots and alleged that he has not established that the Greek Cypriot side has become more positive during the negotiations between President Akinci and President Anastasiades.