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PM Tatar meets with British Conservative Party officials in London

PM Tatar meets with British Conservative Party officials in London

Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said on Tuesday that the British parliament was no longer discussing the reunification of Cyprus but a ‘negotiated partition’ for the future of the island.

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Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said on Tuesday that the British parliament was no longer discussing the reunification of Cyprus but a ‘negotiated partition’ for the future of the island.

He said that he had received the impression that the British government and Conservative Party will be showing far more interest and attention to the Turkish Cypriots now that Brexit has been achieved.

The Prime Minister was evaluating his contacts held at the British parliament on Tuesday as part of his ongoing contacts in London.

Tatar met separately on Tuesday with former Conservative Minister the Right Honourable Sir Ian Duncan Smith, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party Paul Scully and British MP Sir David Amess.

Speaking to the TAK news agency, Prime Minister Tatar described his meetings as productive.

He said that the UK’s status had changed with Brexit and that they had plans to take steps aimed at turning this situation to the advantage of Turkish Cypriots.

“We held important contacts today. I believe they were productive. I met with Sir Ian Duncan, former leader of the Conservative Party and minister. He knows the Turkish Cypriot community well and therefore is close to us. We discussed possible developments in the post Brexit UK, I conveyed our expectations from the British government and I told him that we shall continue our efforts to reach a solution in Cyprus based on the realities,” he said.

Tatar added that he had held similar discussions with Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party Paul Scully earlier in the day.

Regarding his meeting with British MP Sir David Amess, Tatar pointed out that Amess was a senior politician and one of the longest serving MPs in the British parliament.

“I see that both the British government and Conservative Party will be showing more interest to Turkish Cypriots now that they have left the EU. All we are trying to do is to gain what is ours. We have no quarrels with Greek Cypriots. They are continuing on their way as a recognised state. Everyone knows they were accepted into the bloc in an unfair move after the Annan Plan. Turkish Cypriots have been excluded and made to suffer. Turkish Cypriots should pursue more proactive policies in seeking their rights,” he added.

Tatar argued that the rules of the game had changed.

“The terminology being used has changed. We shall continue to pursue our rights. The British are telling us they are sympathetic to us and that they have no problems with us,” Tatar said.

He stressed that the political circles in the UK had started to acknowledge the realities on the island and were no longer referring to a reunified Cyprus.

“I was informed that the Conservative Party speaks of a two-state solution in its manifesto. There are very interesting points in that manifesto. The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also highlights the need to solve the problem of direct flights. The British government is also supporting the idea of a ‘negotiated settlement’. No one is taking about reunification anymore,” he said.

As part of his other contacts on Tuesday, Tatar paid a visit to the Turkish Ambassador to London Ümit Yalçın.

The two exchanged views on Turkey’s and the TRNC’s relations with the UK following Brexit.

source: BRTK


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