Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay has indicated that he was positive about becoming a candidate in the presidential elections to be held next year in North Cyprus.
According to a written statement issued by the People’s Party (HP), speaking at a meeting in the Yeni Iskele region, Ozersay said that “if we can see that it is a critical and strategic threshold for the future of the Turkish Cypriots, then I may be needed to take a step”. He said that he wanted to do this, because the first step he had taken in politics had been his candidature in the previous presidential elections. “If, in the coming period, we need to assume responsibility for being able to have a say in the future of this country, we will sit and decide as a party”, he added.
According to Ozersay, the forthcoming elections would be different to the previous ones, because there was a difference in ideas [of how to solve the Cyprus problem. He argued:
“Are we going to elect the person who will negotiate the bi-communal, bi-zonal federation as we have been doing for 50 years or are we going to exhibit a stance which is open to discussing different new ideas, which is not thinking dogmatically? It will be an election in which we will decide this […]
“Hot events are taking place around the island. They are so hot that even a missile fell on the island. Important developments are ahead of us both in the military sense and in the political and hydrocarbons’ sense We could sit and watch these developments. However, the Turkish Cypriot people had seen in the past that when they delayed in some things or when they could not act at the correct time, they could not be an actor and were forced to live a destiny which was determined by others […]”.