Turkey's FM urges Greek Cypriots not rejects peace any longer

Turkish FM Davutoglu called on Greek Cypriots not to reject and delay peace any longer.

Turkey's FM urges Greek Cypriots not rejects peace any longer

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Greek Cypriots not to reject and delay peace any longer.

Davutoglu, who is currently paying an official visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), held a joint news conference with TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat.

"We held a productive meeting prior to the second round of Cyprus negotiations. Our aim is to ensure peace and prosperity not only in Cyprus, but in the whole eastern Mediterranean region," he said.

Davutoglu called on Turkish Cypriots to extend support to the ongoing negotiation process, and said, "Turkish Cypriots proved that they wanted peace during the referendum in 2004. Turkey will always support Turkish Cypriots."

Calling on Greek Cypriots not to reject and delay peace any longer, Davutoglu said, "if Greek Cypriots think that they could put into practice their project after gaining some concessions by putting pressure on Turkey through the EU, they are totally wrong. Let's create a peaceful environment on the island all together. Let's turn the eastern Mediterranean into a basin of peace, security and freedom."

Davutoglu said that the EU should assume a fair and unbiased attitude towards the parties. "Although it was the Turkish Cypriot party which voted for the Annan Plan, it is also the Turkish Cypriot party which has still been isolated. Neither the promises were kept nor the most fundamental human rights were protected. The EU should not allow the Cyprus issue to damage its long-term strategic interests any more," he said.

Davutoglu said that the United Nations should display a more powerful will and create a more reliable mechanism to finalize the Cyprus negotiation process as soon as possible.

"We will not allow the status quo to continue. Because it means that the Turkish Cypriots cannot benefit from the fundamental rights," he added.

Later, Davutoglu partook in a fast-breaking dinner hosted in his honor by President Talat.

Davutoglu and the accompanying delegation will depart from the TRNC later in the day.


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