Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said that South Cyprus did not want to share governance and power, adding that the issue of security and guarantees was just an excuse.
Speaking on TRT Haber, Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey had backed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus at the negotiations He said “negotiations were held on the island within the UN framework. There are six chapters. There was convergence on four of them, however, there were outstanding issues. We wanted to discuss and conclude the last two chapters, especially territory and also security and guarantees together.”
Pointing out that Turkey and the TRNC had done their part, Çavuşoğlu said concrete proposals were presented and everyone had seen that Turkey and the TRNC had been highly logical and constructive.
Stating that the Greek Cypriot Administration and Greece could not come closer to a solution with the current parameters, he said “because they think that they are EU member state. Therefore, they do not want to share governance and power. Security and Guarantees is just an excuse.”
Stressing that the Greek Cypriot Administration’s unilateral drilling activities in Cyprus were wrong, the Turkish Foreign Minister said “Turkish Cypriot people also have rights there.”
Çavuşoğlu also reiterated Turkey’s desire for reaching a settlement in Cyprus.