The Greek Cypriot side and the foreign companies were issued a reminder by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Cyprus Affairs, Recep Akdag on the unilateral oil exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. “We want to remind the Greek Cypriots and the international community that they are mistaken on the issue of the natural gas. There are two communities in Cyprus. Turkey is determined to protect the TRNC’s legitimate rights and interest until the end”, he said. The deputy PM was visiting the TRNC for the 34th anniversary of the formation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Turkish daily ‘Hurriyet’ reports.
Also, according to Turkish daily ‘Vatan’, referring to the Cyprus negotiations, Akdag asserted that the negotiation process launched in 2008 had come to an end in Crans-Montana because of the intransigent attitude of the Greeks and Greek Cypriot side. “This situation has shown once again that the Greek Cypriot administration does not have the will to share power with the Turkish Cypriots. The Greek Cypriot side which has the support of the EU should stop behaving like a spoiled child”, he said.
Akdag went on to say that “motherland Turkey will continue strengthening its unshrinking ties with the TRNC”.
Stating that Turkey is a guarantor country on the island under international agreements, Akdag called on the Greek Cypriot side to comprehend this. “Nobody should anticipate cutting our ties with the TRNC. Everybody and especially the Greek Cypriot side should abandon false dreams and illusions. We will not allow the Greek Cypriots the unilateral possession of the island. We will continue protecting Turkey’s and the Turkish Cypriots’ legitimate rights and interests in the Eastern Mediterranean”, the deputy PM said.
Amongst Turkey’s priorities is the “continuous development and retrieval of a viable structure in the TRNC”, Akdag stated. He added that Turkey will do its utmost in order for the Turkish Cypriots to live in peace and prosperity. He further noted that the per capital income of the Turkish Cypriots has reached to 13-14 thousand dollars and that with the implementation of the economic cooperation and development programmes, this figure could rise to 25 thousand dollars.
Referring to the water transferred from Turkey to the TRNC, Akdag stated that Turkey will continue its work to transfer electricity from Turkey to the TRNC via undersea cable, while at the same time, the Turkish Cypriots will benefit, very soon, from “improved health services and new hospitals to be built”.