Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that he had come to the TRNC because no one could “give direction alone to the Cyprus cause”. Speaking during a ceremony at the American University of Kyrenia, Cavusoglu said the following:
“We are seeing indecisive stances, statements. We are seeing tricks. What are we negotiating for? For a federal solution again? For a two- state-solution, or for confederation, or for another option? We should determine this beforehand. This is what we are doing now. This is the aim of our unofficial meetings with all sides. Afterwards, we should determine the framework of this. Moreover, it [the process] should be focused on the result. We do not have time and energy to lose for negotiations to remain open for many years. No one has the right to give hopes to the Turkish Cypriot people and then disappoint them again.
“The Cyprus cause is a great cause. The Cyprus cause is such a great cause that it could not be sacrificed for some persons’ political ideology or political ambitions. Let no one forget this. Let no one try to give direction alone to the Cyprus cause by saying I want this, I had said this, I will say this. And this is the reason for our coming to the island today. We have come to discuss what we will do together, what we will do as TRNC, as Turkey, as actors in the government and president of the republic. We have come to determine all together what we will do, as it happened until today. If the table had not been overturned in the Crans Montana because of us, this is due to the fact that Turkey and the TRNC acted as a single state. We have consulted together, we took steps together. I wish that we will be stronger during the forthcoming period in the Cyprus cause by securing this unity during today’s meeting.
“We had always said that we considered that the steps for exploring for hydrocarbons around the island were wrong. The Greek Cypriot side had always continued. In February our second platform will come and we will also launch drilling operations. We will not allow anyone to usurp the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people. Our most important duty is to defend our national cause”.