The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay touched upon the Cyprus issue during an interview with the TAK News Agency and said the Cyprus problem was not only related with the negotiations.
Stating that it was openly written in the government protocol that the coalition partners will reserve their positions on the Cyprus negotiations, Özersay said “there is no problem in expressing the common points or there is no obstacle on a minister expressing his or her own views.”
Stating that he as a result of his 12 years of negotiations experience which every negotiations and method were tested he saw that the problem in the Cyprus talks was not on the methodology of the negotiations, he said “the non-solution of the Cyprus problem was not resulted from the procedures or methods because all these procedures or methods were tested. The issue is related with content and will.”
Pointing out that it had been expressed by the UN Secretary General for 14 years that the Greek Cypriot people was not ready to share the governance and richness with the Turkish Cypriot people, he said the lack of will for sharing the governance and richness had not been changed a lot.
Referring to President Mustafa Akıncı’s stressing of the mentality change, Özersay said “a change in mentality cannot be possible in 3 days, 3 months or 3 years. It needs some time.”
“Therefore, without this mentality change or as long as the two sides do not understand the same things from the solution parameters, a new process to start will not reach anywhere and will end up in a vicious circle” he added.
“You should have a common desire in order to be able to negotiate” Özersay said and added that the two sides on the island should establish a dialogue before the negotiations and make sure that there is a possibility for a common ground or parameter.
“What’s necessary today was not to negotiate but to discuss whether it is possible to find a common target through a healthy dialogue” he said.
Stating that the UN Secretary General announced the collapse of the talks by saying the ‘time of reflection’, he said the process ahead should continue on this realistic basis.
“The negotiations process has collapsed. The need for the two sides to reflect upon the essence of the matter is a realistic approach” Özersay added.