TRNC and Turkey seem to be on same page on critical issues
President of the TRNC Mustafa Akinci and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu both make statements at a joint press conference, showing solidarity common understanding on issues such as political equality and natural gas issues.Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, President Akinci said that from the start the Turkish Cypriot side wanted the wealth to contribute to cooperation and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, however it ran into the uncompromising stance of the Greek Cypriot side.
The counter offers to our offer of cooperation were nothing that we could accept Mr. Akinci said explaining that the rumors of a 30 percent share of the natural gas wealth that appeared in the press were not true and the proposal was even worse, offering to share the wealth pro rata with the populations of both sides.
No that the cooperation offers are rejected there is only one way left Mr. Akinci said pointing out to the current situation where both sides were operating in the region independent from each other.
Reminding that the UN Secretary Generals Special Advisor to Cyprus Jane Hall Lute had stated that both sides had rights in the natural gas reserves around the Island in her letter, therefore the TRNC was determined to continue operations in the region with Turkey.
Touching upon the recent shuttle diplomacy Ms. Lute had carried out on the Island last week Mr. Akinci said that they had shared the terms of references that they would be comfortable with to start a new round of talks which strictly included political equality with effective participation in the decision making processes, however the talks failed to produce a result for now.
We made it clear that we would not take part in a process that would be open ended Mr Akinci said, adding that the Turkish Cypriot side wanted a result, not a open ended process that is being dubbed in UN reports as processes of the past.
We have covered some ground regarding the terms of references, however we havent been able to come to a total agreement he added.
Speaking at the press conference where no questions were allowed, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu made an emphasis on political equality and if the Greek Cypriots were going to continue with their stance on this matter then Sovereign Equality would be the basis of the new talks.
He said that the counter offer made by the Greek Cypriot side was far from serious and was unacceptable.
From where we stand the offer President Akinci has made for cooperation is still on the table and we are discussing this with the international players Mr Çavuşoğlu said and added that if the proposals were not accepted Turkey would continue to operate in the areas with it fleet of drilling and seismic vessels with the licenses granted by the TRNC to Turkey.
Mr Çavuşoğlu said that the Greek Cypriot side should stop denying the rights of the Turkish Cypriots and stop refusing to share the power and wealth of the Island.
Mr Çavuşoğlu is due to meet with government and opposition politicians during the remaining part of his official visit. Çavuşoğlu is also expected to visit the closed town of Varosha later in the day.