The Head of the Foreign Relations Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) Volkan Bozkır was received by Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman and Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay yesterday.
Speaking during his meeting with Bozkır, Prime Minister Erhürman who touched upon the Cyprus issue expressed the view that the negotiations process should be carried out in solidarity with the Republic of Turkey.
“We have revealed so many times that we will not be a part of a solution model whereby the political equality of the Turkish Cypriot People is not safeguarded. This is out of the question. We have been conducting the negotiations process with Turkey from the beginning and we shall continue to do so. There is no other way to reach a result that we desire and which will secure our rights” the premier said.
The Head of the Foreign Relations Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Volkan Bozkır was later received by Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay.
Speaking first, Özersay said Bozkır’s visit was well-timed, significant, and fruitful.
“The TRNC within the framework of its own potential and in cooperation with Turkey is trying to defend the interests of the Turkish Cypriot people at different international platforms. The Foreign Relations Commission of the TBMM is a unit which could widen these limited opportunities and be our voice at different platforms. Therefore, I believe this visit is very important and I know that our cooperation and solidarity will continue increasingly” Özersay said.
Bozkır, for his part said he had had the opportunity to discuss many issues during his visits, adding that such visits gave a strong message of unity between the two countries ahead of the UN General Assembly.
He said that he had also discussed with Prime Minister Erhürman the effects of the economic situation in Turkey on the TRNC.
“We do not want the TRNC to experience financial difficulties and give the Greek Cypriot Administration an opportunity to use this against Turkish Cypriots. It is our top priority to maintain the Turkish Cypriot’s welfare at the highest level and to prevent any economic problems in the TRNC. These issues and steps to be taken have already been discussed during the TRNC government official’s visit to Turkey. I believe important developments will occur in the shortest period of time” Bozkır said.