Ertugruloglu asks OIC for support in lifting TRNC embargoes

We expect serious steps” [regarding the plight of the TRNC], said Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu. The foreign minister was addressing the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) annual foreign ministers’ coordination meeting in New York.

He went on to say: “We want to discuss a road map that the Organisation (OIC) will carry into effect the de facto decisions and declarations regarding Cyprus and put an end at the isolation imposed on the Turkish Cypriots”.

Referring to the Cyprus problem, Ertugruloglu reiterated that the Cyprus talks have come to an end and that it is inhumane for the Turkish Cypriots to be kept hostage due to the [Cyprus problem]. He noted that despite all the constructive efforts of the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey, they could not get any results from the Cyprus Conference, which was held at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, between June 28 and July 7, 2017 due to the intransigent and maximalist stance of the Greek Cypriot side. Their insistence on the continuation of open-ended negotiations was another reason . The foreign minister further added that the Cyprus Conference revealed openly that the negotiations, which had been going on for 50 years on the basis of a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation within the framework of the UNSG’s good offices mission, had come to an end.

Ertugruloglu also argued that the two sides on the island should establish a strong neighbourly relationship with the support of the international community, and that they should evaluate other alternative solutions, where they can live side by side in peace and stability.


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