The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Cyprus Affairs Recep Akdağ has said that Turkey will be drawing a new roadmap with the TRNC regarding a political settlement in Cyprus.
He however added that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’s development and raising its prosperity was more of a priority.
Speaking on a program on the Turkish state television’s news channel, TRT Haber, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister said that as a guarantor country, Ankara’s efforts and contributions for a settlement in Cyprus will continue.
“What we mean when we talk about a solution is a settlement where the existence of two politically equal communities is recognized under the roof of a partnership state. That is if the other side agrees to this. At the moment it doesn’t look like it will” he added.
Stating that the Greek Cypriot side was acting like a ‘spoilt child’, Akdağ accused the Greek Cypriot Administration of acting as the sole proprietor of the island rather than working for a comprehensive settlement.
“We shall continue to contribute to the development of the TRNC. On the one hand we shall be working together with the TRNC to draw up a new roadmap for a settlement. However I believe that is more important that we develop the TRNC and raise the prosperity of the people living there” he added.