The Turkish Cypriots would never be a minority, but “joint owners” of the divided island of Cyprus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.
“I would like to clearly express that these dreams of the Greek Cypriots will never happen”, he added.
“Turkish Cypriots will never be reduced to the status of a minority, as the Greek Cypriots wish, on an island, where they are joint owners,” Erdoğan said in an interview to Greek daily ‘To Vima’.
Erdoğan paid an official visit to Greece last Thursday and Friday, becoming the first Turkish president to visit the country in 65 years, upon the invitation of Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
He met with his Greek counterpart Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on his two-day visit, discussing future cooperation in areas such as counter-terrorism, trade, transport, energy, tourism, Cyprus, the Treaty of Lausanne and migration.
Erdoğan said the Greek Cypriots had serious problems regarding power sharing in the new partnership state in the negotiations that had been going on for half a century on the Cyprus issue.
“Negotiations are doomed to remain inconclusive unless there is a change towards an understanding that Turkish Cypriots are political equals,” Turkish President said.
Turkey blamed Greek Cypriot intransigence after the latest round of negotiations to reunite Cyprus in Crans-Montana, Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece, and the UK, collapsed this July.