Turkey's prime minister said on Tuesday that Turkey was seeking for a solution to Cyprus question. "We are after finding a solution to Cyprus question but Greek Cypriot party is after obstruction," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said while responding to questions of reporters in a tv program in Lefkosa.
Erdogan said Turkey would support any compromise that would be reached by the Cypriot leaders.
"What we say is a fair, comprehensive federative structure in equal status and based on two founder states principle. Turkish Cypriot state a founder state and Greek Cypriot state a founder state. Nobody should expect anything from us if this does not happen," he said.
Erdogan said Turkey kept its promise during the referendum process but Greek Cypriot party did not. "Although 75 percent of its people voted 'no' in the referendum, Greek Cypriot party was awarded and accepted to the EU.
On the other side, 65 percent of Turkish Cypriots voted 'yes' and fulfilled the requirements of the European Union, but Northern Cyprus was isolated. We are sorry as our honesty is not returned."
"As long as Northern Cyprus maintains its upright position, Turkey and TRNC will act hand in hand and Northern Cyprus will be in a stronger position. I am telling about it in political, military, economic, cultural and commercial sense," he said.
When asked, "Talks speeded up. Particularly, second half of 2012 will be a landmark. What will happen if Cyprus question can not be solved till that day? Can EU take the risk of losing Turkey?", Erdogan said, "if the EU puts rotating presidency of Southern Cyprus into practice, we freeze relations with the EU for six months. We will not have any talks till the matter is resulted."
A journalist referred to statements of Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias in which he described words of Erdogan as "threatening and provocative", and asked if he had any response to Greek Cypriot party, Erdogan said, "my message to Greek Cypriot party is evident.
They refused Annan plan with 75 percent. What do they expect from us' Do they expect us to say them 'go and take whole Cyprus' Everything was left behind from now on. This is a landmark.
We are still saying that we can sit and negotiate everything with them. Let us sit together with the countries having guarantor status and negotiate, don't delay us."
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2011, 11:01