TRNC Foreign Minister Ozdil Nami has said that the country’s biggest expectation is that the international community and mainly the United Nations take a step towards lifting the isolation and embargoes imposed on the Turkish Cypriots.
In an interview with ‘Yeni Duzen’, Nami said that life in North Cyprus should be normalised and added: “It is not our fault that Cyprus is still divided and no solution has been reached. They should stop forcing the Turkish Cypriots to continuously paying the price for this. The beginning of this process will of course have an influence on the Greek Cypriot side’s waking up”.
Nami said that there is absolutely no reason for the Turkish Cypriots not being able to trade with the EU and the world; that mechanisms for this could very easily be established and that the existing obstacle is political not legal. “They must overcome the political obstacles which they themselves have created”, he argued.
Replying to a question, Nami said that no Turkish Cypriot politician can give the Greek Cypriot side the promise it wants when it says that “I have launched hydrocarbon explorations in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, I will continue these explorations – the Turkish Cypriots should do nothing and promise that they will do nothing in the future”. He argued that they cannot give such a promise because they are the people elected to protect the “legitimate rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot people over the natural resources belonging to the entire island”.
Asked to comment on the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide’s statement that President Anastasiades has taken a positive step and that they expect a similar step by the Turkish Cypriot side, Nami described this statement as “extremely unfortunate”, noting that they had explained to Eide why they think that the move made by President Anastasiades was not a positive step.
He noted that in the past, the issue of how the natural gas will be administered by the federal government after the solution had anyway been discussed and therefore it is the leaders’ job to discuss the way in which the federal government will administer such matters.
Source Yeni Duzen