Former negotiator, Kudret Ozersay says that experience shows that involving the EU in the Cyprus negotiations would be harmful for the Turkish Cypriots.
Speaking on Diyalog TV, he said that contrary to the Turkish Cypriot side’s “flexible stance”, statements are regularly made by the Greek Cypriot side on this issue, but the essence of the problem cannot be understood because no statement is made by the Turkish side. He maintained that a political problem exists because the Turkish side is not a member of the Union and the EU is in favour of the Greek Cypriots because it sits at the negotiating table for the purpose of “protecting its own laws”.
“The presence of the EU in the negotiations room or at the negotiating table will cause trouble both technically and politically”, he argued adding that “the issue and the priority is a viable federal solution, not the EU membership”.
Referring to the issue of the guarantees, Ozersay expressed the view that guarantees should be included in the solution. “This is not a matter only for Turkey. It is also a matter of security-safety for the Turkish Cypriots as well”, he argued.
Responding to a question on the “silence of Britain on this issue”, Ozersay, said that if there is no agreement between all the sides, it means that the current situation continues. “That is to say that there is no need [for Britain] to say anything”, he argued.