President Dervis Eroglu, who is currently in New York, speaking to TRT TV stated that it is not the end of the world if a federal solution is not found for the Cyprus problem, ‘Star Kibris’ reports.
Eroglu said that the Cyprus negotiations have been continuing since 1968 and that after 1974, two states were created geographically in Cyprus. He said that the efforts that are taking place now refer to the establishment of a federal state which will have under its roof, two founding states: “Until now we have not safeguarded this. The Greek Cypriot side wants the continuation of the Republic of Cyprus and they pursue a policy that will put us under this Republic. If we do not reach it (a federal solution) what will happen? Well, it is not the end of the world, if we do not”, he stated.
In addition, speaking to ‘Halkin Sesi’ Eroglu said that there are many differences between the Turkish and the Greek Cypriot side, declaring that the Greek Cypriot side is allergic to the phrase “give and take”. “For years the Greek Cypriot leaders used to say “we will take’. However, it is not with declaring demands but with a win-win understanding that we can reach a result”, he said.
He also said that since 1974 the Greek Cypriot side has been telling its people that everyone will return to their homes, that the Turkish troops will leave the island and that a solution will be reached in the framework of the Republic of Cyprus. “They continue to say things that cannot possibly take place”, Eroglu stated.
He went on to say that this is the last chance for a solution and stated that he does not believe that the Greek Cypriot side is sincere when it says that it wants a solution. “In case a solution is not reached, everyone will go on, taking his own road”, Eroglu stated.