The parliamentary elections to be held in May in South Cyprus is a factor which indirectly influences the Cyprus negotiations, Mehmet Caglar, representative of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), has argued.
Referring to a meeting he attended last week in Strasbourg with a delegation of Greek Cypriot MPs, Caglar said that the Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu had told them that if the communities agree on a text for a solution to the Cyprus problem, Turkey would not create a problem on the guarantees, but the security of the Turkish Cypriots is important for them. “The security of the Greek Cypriots is also important. I think that a formula will definitely be found on this issue”, he noted and added: “Therefore, I predict that this process will continue until the Greek Cypriot elections. I wish that before the elections or even if there is no signature, the leaders will make a joint statement. The target is autumn and my biggest wish is that after the elections, the issues of territory and guarantees come onto the agenda.”
Referring to the representation of the Turkish Cypriots at the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe (PACE), Caglar said that this is really very important to them and it is the only place in the world where the Turkish Cypriots are officially represented. He noted that during the past ten years they have been represented at PACE, the body’s decisions on Cyprus have become “more balanced”.