Any further negotiations to be made on an equal basis

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu has said that the UN Secretary-General had officially announced in Switzerland that the 50-year Cyprus negotiations had ended.

He said that “from now on the negotiations must be conducted on the grounds of equality and from state to state”. This is the only way for a solution to be achieved, said Ertugruloglu.

Speaking on TRT World, the foreign minister said this was not a declaration that the talks are finished, pointing out that “however, we do not approve of the negotiations being continued from where they were left until after the Greek Cypriot elections”.

There are two states in Cyprus, Ertugruloglu said and first of all the UN and the whole world knows this. However, he noted that the UN and EU are the two organisations that delivered the greatest injustices to the Turkish Cypriots when they accepted the Greek Cypriots as an EU members and excluded the Turkish Cypriots.

The Cyprus negotiations in Crans-Montana ended with the insistence of “zero soldier zero guarantees” by Greece and the Greek Cypriots”, he emphasised.


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