Turkish Cypriots not desperate for a solution: Ozgurgun

The latest developments on the Cyprus Issue and domestic issues were discussed at a meeting between President Mustafa Akıncı and Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün yesterday afternoon.

After the meeting, the Prime Minister told reporters said the Greek Cypriot side was moving away from a settlement every passing day.

The Turkish Cypriot side is not desperate or without alternatives. We are in no way in a position to become a province of another state. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus exists and will continue on its way by becoming stronger and developing. We once again confirmed this with the President,” he said.

Pointing out that the Turkish Cypriot side has always been constructive and positive as regards reaching a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, Özgürgün said that they will continue in the same vein until the end of May.

He stated however that the Greek Cypriot side was moving away from a settlement and that it was not ready for a solution.

The Greek Cypriot side must clearly understand that this situation does not mean that the Turkish Cypriot side is desperate or without options. In other words in the absence of a settlement the Turkish Cypriot side is not desperate,” he stressed.

Reminding that the talks had been derailed after the Greek Cypriot House of Representatives vote regarding the commemoration of the 1950 Enosis Plebiscite at public schools in South Cyprus, Özgürgün said that to make matters only worse, the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades did not approve the amended bill but instead referred it to the Supreme Court.

Expressing support for President Mustafa Akıncı in the negotiations until the end of May, Özgürgün said “I hope that the Greek Cypriot side will return to the Geneva talks by the end of May. However chances of this happening, as we have concurred with the President, are quite low.


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