Northern Cyprus FM says nothing will change after elections

Evaluating upcoming elections, Ozgurgun said it would be absurd to expect the EU not to use Cyprus issue as a barrier for Turkey's accession.

Northern Cyprus FM says nothing will change after elections

World Bulletin / News Desk

Foreign Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Huseyin Ozgurgun has said nothing would change after the upcoming elections in the Greek Cypriot side.

Evaluating upcoming elections on February 17 to AA correspondent, Ozgurgun said it would be absurd to expect the EU not to use Cyprus issue as a barrier for Turkey's accession.

He said although DISI Chairman Nikos Anastasiadis was favored, the results were still expected to be clear in the second round, adding that the alliances at that round would be important.

Anastasiadis's victory would not bring a positive result said Ozgurgun adding that there were serious questions over how the talks on Cyprus issue would proceed.

He said the EU uses small countries as a leverage and it was the reason south of Cyprus became a member. He added nothing would change after the upcoming elections in Greek Cypriot side and it would be absurd to expect the EU not to use Cyprus issue as a barrier for Turkey's accession.

On the natural gas agreements Greek Cypriots made with Israeli and French companies, Ozgurgun said France wants to have a base in Cyprus via those agreements.

Regarding the water supply project, Ozgurgun said, "we would give water to Greek Cypriots as we gave electricity before." He said Greek Cypriots did not have an alternative water supply and added that TRNC would like such supply agreements with Greek Cypriot side would set a basis for resolution of the Cyprus issue.

 

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