The Turkish Cypriots must choose between an unknown future with Turkey and a future alongside Greek Cypriots in an EU-member state, South Cyprus Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, has said.
In an interview he gave to Greek Cypriot daily ‘Alithia’ on Sunday, Christodoulides emphasised that there would be developments regarding Cyprus following Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections taking place on June 24. These will bring in an executive presidential system which will extend the president’s powers.
Referring to the choice facing the Turkish Cypriots, the Greek Cypriot minister said:
“There is very clear dilemma before them. Do they want a future in a unified country with Greek Cypriots that is an EU-member state, or do they wish for an unknown future with Turkey? I have a strong belief that Turkish Cypriots will chose the former.’’
Ankara does not diplomatically recognise the Republic of Cyprus, and has been blocking gas exploration by the republic and its partners in the rich gas fields surrounding the island, saying that this violates the rights of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to the island’s resources.