President Mustafa Akıncı said that he has no intention of waiting for another 50 years for a solution to be found to the Cyprus problem and therefore since Crans-Montana he has voiced on several occasions that the Turkish Cypriot side will not take part in open ended, bottomless, non-result orientated talks.
The president made the statement when he received the Head of the Foreign Relations Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Volkan Bozkır.
Also speaking during the visit the head of the Foreign Relations Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Volkan Bozkır said that he was paying his first official visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus after coming into office.
He said that Turkey was determined to assist and aid the TRNC in overcoming all of its problems.
Touching upon the Crans-Montana process Mr. Bozkır said that after the process had ended uncertainty and disappointment became prominent but added “the Greek Cypriot side had made it clear that they were playing for time and were trying to turn the Turkish Cypriots into a minority and make them a part of the so called Republic of Cyprus and place them there with a minority status”.
He said that as Turkey they would never allow for such a thing to take place and added that Turkey supported a bi-communal, bi-zonal solution based on political equality being found.
“We will never allow for impositions or for the process to be extended” said Bozkır and added that the UN Secretary General also did not want a process that was not result orientated to take place.
Touching upon the efforts that are taking place for the transfer of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, Mr. Bozkır said that most of the workings are unacceptable and that the only way to proceed forward is for the gas to be transferred via Turkey.
“We are being patient and they too will find the right path” said Bozkır.
He said that the EU was confused and was experiencing problems with racist governments and therefore Turkey would wait and be patient.
President Mustafa Akıncı for his part said that the United Nations also wanted to see an outcome at the Cyprus talks and added that the solution process was not a means anymore but becoming a part of the problems itself.
“The Peace Forces had come to the island in 1964 for three months. They have now started questioning how much longer they are going to stay here” said President Akıncı.
He reminded that the Turkish Cypriots had approved of the 2004 Annan plan but had remained outside of the EU whereas Greek Cypriots had rejected the plan and had become an official member.
“This is unjust and not fair” said Akıncı.
Emphasizing the fact that the Turkish Cypriot side will never accept becoming a minority on the island the President said that in the 1960 agreement the Turkish Cypriots were not a minority but on the contrary were the joint partners of the newly established state.
Touching upon the issue of natural gas President Akıncı said that with the development of Turkey’s relations in the region this will pave the way for natural gas to be transferred easily from the eastern Mediterranean.
Noting that an agreement was signed between Israel and Greece yesterday for the transfer of natural gas, the President said not only was this expensive but a very long route.
He expressed the hope that common sense will prevail and cooperation with Turkey will be sought for the transfer of natural resources.