Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu issued a written statement expressing great concern regarding the joint press conference held by the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader Tufan Erhürman and the Greek Cypriot AKEL party General Secretary Andros Kipriyanu.
The joint statement made by the two parties was that they evaluated the Crans-Montana summit that ended in failure and the negotiations that have come to an end and added that a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal solution based on political equality within the framework of UN parameters was the only real solution model for the island.
“We must first emphasise the fact that the Crans-Montana summit was inconclusive and not only did the conference come to an end but the 50 year solution process that was based on UN parameters searching for a federal solution. This reality was also voiced by the President. It is also our government’s official view and the view voiced by motherland Turkey which displayed a very constructive stance at the negotiations process”, said Ertuğruloğlu and added that everyone knows the history of the island.
He said it was the Greek Cypriot side who usurped the rights of the 1960 joint republic and unilaterally through force of arms removed the process of the two peoples on the island living under the same roof.
“When the situation is like this, to call for ‘hopes to be kept alive’ for a new joint federal solution to emerge, is equal to repeating the past 50 years, which has been tried and unsuccessful. This is unacceptable by the government”, said the Foreign Minister and added that the Turkish Cypriot people with good will, had done all it could for the past 50 years to achieve a federal solution.
“From now on it will determine its fate together with Turkey. The time has come to discuss new things”, said Ertuğruloğlu.
“The Greek Cypriot side demanding that the Cyprus negotiations process continue within the framework of UN parameters is nothing more than playing for time, condemning the Turkish Cypriot people to a process that has proven to fail while it carries on with its so called Republic of Cyprus government”, he said.
Ertuğruloğlu added that it wasn’t the Greek Cypriot side that had been harmed by the continuation of the status quo but the Turkish Cypriot side who was being forced to live under inhumane embargoes.
“After this time it would be cruel and unacceptable to expect the Turkish Cypriot people to continue to harvest hopes for a federal solution. Discussions on federation and parameters have been exhausted”, said Ertuğruloğlu.
He added that what needed to be discussed under the current conditions are ways to improve neighbourly relations and a new solution model where the two peoples live side by side.
He also expressed the hope that all political parties will put forward constructive contributions towards this end.