The leader of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party Tufan Erhürman made evaluations regarding the Cyprus negotiations process and the hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Erhürman said that the Greek Cypriot side is not only trying to hold the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus out of the equation of the Eastern Mediterranean but Turkey as well.
Reminding that the TRNC and Turkey had continued to work towards establishing a federation at Crans-Montana after the Annan Plan had failed and had shown this to the international community Mr. Erhürman warned that if the Greek Cypriot side’s stance on political equality continues as is, then the possible tripartite or 5 party meeting in September in New York will be harmed.
Noting that the messages given by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkey on the hydrocarbon issue needed to be perceived by the Greek Cypriot side, Erhürman accused the Greek Cypriot side of trying to keep both the TRNC and Turkey out of the hydrocarbon equation.
“The Republic of Turkey is an important country in the Eastern Mediterranean” said Erhürman.