Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tuğrul Türkeş visited the TRNC for a series of meetings with state and government officials. He was first received yesterday morning by President Akıncı. No statement was issued before or after the meeting.
He went on to meet the Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber and Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün.
The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister said that Turkey wanted to see the Turkish Cypriots free themselves of the unjust isolations imposed on them.
He also said that they found the UN’s efforts to be positive, adding that it was time everyone truly acknowledged which party did not want a solution on the island.
Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber underlined the importance of the common document handed to both sides by the UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide.
She said that the outcome of the negotiations should be evaluated objectively should the ongoing talks fail to reach a settlement.
Siber added that the Turkish Cypriot side should not be made to pay the price of a non-solution and that removing the isolations and embargoes should be made a priority if the negotiations fail.
The Turkish Cypriot side wanteded a bi-zonal, bi-communal model of settlement on the basis of political equality, she said. “We believe that sufficient discussions have been made on this model of settlement for the past 50 years. Should the process fail, its reasons should be clearly stated and perhaps the ground for an alternative model can be discussed”.
The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Türkeş was later received by Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün. The prime minister said that he was pleased to see Deputy Prime Minister Türkeş in the TRNC.
He stated that the TRNC and Turkey were always working in close cooperation and consultation, particularly on the Cyprus issue.
Türkeş said that it was high time the Cyprus problem reached a point of clarity and that the international community acknowledged which of the two sides was intransigent.
Referring to the TRNC’s commitments as regards economic protocols signed with Turkey, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris’ reports that Türkeş had made some important statements, the most important being that in case of a non-solution of the Cyprus problem at Crans-Montana, nothing in North Cyprus will be as it used to be. Türkeş stressed that Turkey wants to see the Turkish Cypriots free themselves of the unjust isolation imposed on them. This emphasis gives clear notice and a clear message that the end has arrived.
The paper further reports that Turkey wants and expects that the TRNC government honours its commitments to the economic protocols signed with Turkey. During his visit, Türkeş warned that there had been a lack of progress on these commitments.