Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that Turkey is exerting sincere efforts for a lasting, just solution protecting both sides’ equal rights in Cyprus within the framework of the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014.
Noting that Turkey is in close cooperation with the TRNC government, Cavusoglu asserted that his country is always one step ahead of everyone in the Cyprus problem.
Pointing out that Turkey’s attitude is not to give any kind of concession for the sakeof a solution, Cavusoglu said that if a solution is to be reached, there should be a common understanding by both sides. Saying that the negotiations resumed after a timetable was set, the Turkish Minister said that the fact that no distance was covered on the four chapters, shows the approach of the Greek Cypriot side.
“Our understanding is there, but the Greek Cypriot side should also exhibit this will. There are still unresolved points on many chapters. Instead of focusing on these, they bring Turkey’s guarantees and security onto the agenda. This is extremely wrong. The Turkish Cypriot people want the continuation of Turkey’s guarantees. They want to feel secure. For us the security of both sides is important of course, if there is going to be an agreement. However, the security of the Turkish Cypriot people and their sensitivities on the other issues are very important to us”.
Asked whether the EU’s support to the Cyprus negotiations is enough, he replied: “Of course, the EU has not been at the table in the process. That is, it expresses its support, but the agreement to be reached here should be included in its primary law”.
Noting that he will discuss this issue with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Cavusoglu argued that Turkey’s stance is clear on the solution to the Cyprus problem, and on the security and guarantees. He added: “However, we have questions as to what stance the Greek Cypriot side will exhibit for this agreement, if it enters into an election climate. There are three political parties opposing the solution now.”