Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun paid a visit to Turkey on Monday where he met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the Geneva summit, which will be held between January 9-12.
Sources from the Turkish Prime Ministry confirmed that during the two hour meeting, Yildirim and Ozgurgun and their delegations talked about the latest developments of the Cyprus negotiations and the implementation details of the 2016-2018 Turkey-KKTC economic and financial cooperation protocol.
According to the protocol, Turkey will grant a transfer of TL 1.2 billion ($340 million) to the TRNC in financial aid every year, while asking the TRNC government to initiate several reforms to restructure state institutions in order to have a sustainable economy.
Moreover, implementation of the energy project that aims to connect the TRNC power network with Turkey, via an underwater cable network, was also discussed.
Following the meeting with Yildirm, Ozgurgun met with President Erdogan. In a meeting that lasted just over an hour, the two discussed the current stage of the Cyprus negotiations and the upcoming Geneva talks.
In the meeting, President Erdogan reportedly confirmed that he will attend the five-party Cyprus conference that will be held in Geneva on January 12 and assured Turkey’s support for the TRNC government in the upcoming negotiations.
Additionally, Ozgurgun underlined that there was no discrepancy between Turkey and the TRNC on critical issues such as Turkey’s effective status as a guarantor state.