Coalition Not in Sync on Cyprus Talks

Prime Minister Tufan Erhurman and Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay met President Mustafa Akinci on Thursday within the framework of their routine weekly meetings and informed him about their contacts in Ankara.

Erhurman stated that they briefed Akinci about what they had discussed with Turkish officials in Ankara especially on the Cyprus problem and the hydrocarbon issue. “During our visit to Ankara we shared our vision and our goals. Discussions about the economic protocol will be launched the soonest possible”, Erhurman said.

Stating that their goal on the Cyprus problem is to find a solution the soonest possible, Erhurman added that the “government’s goal is to fulfil its responsibilities, to determine a vision and carry out projects in the socio-economic field”. He further added that Turkey is ready to launch discussions on the economic protocol and that the Turkish Republic takes a very positive view on their goals.

Asked whether they are holding discussions on the new vision on the Cyprus problem and the Cyprus negotiations, Erhurman said that the four-parties of the coalition government do not have a common approach regarding the negotiation process and for this reason, they told Akinci that they will be coordinating during the negotiations that he will be carrying out. “If a new vision regarding the Cyprus problem comes to the agenda, then this should be announced by the president”, Erhurman said.

Star Kibris

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