Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu has said that the Turkish Cypriot people were not faced with the choice of continuing the Cyprus negotiations process following the collapse of the process in Crans Montana, Switzerland.
Speaking at a briefing on energy and security for members of the Centre for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies based in Turkey, the TRNC Foreign Minister said that it was out of the question for the talks to resume from where they left off after the 50 year negotiation process ended in failure at Crans-Montana.
He said that it was not a conference but the 50 year old negotiation process which had come to an end at Crans-Montana.
Stating that any negotiations to be conducted from now should and could only be held between two states, Ertuğruloğlu said that contrary to the past, any new process would be have to subject to a timetable or deadlines.
“Turkish Cypriots are fed up with this atmosphere of uncertainty as a result of the non-solution of the Cyprus Problem. They no longer want to live like this, wasting their time in uncertainty”, he stressed.
It was high time the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus went its own way and it was important and necessary to establish a common political policy in the country, the foreign minister said.
Resuming the talks from where they left off would only leave Turkish Cypriots at the mercy of the Greek Cypriot side.
All of the TRNC had to evaluate all options about its future with Turkey, said Ertuğruloğlu.