Prime Minister Ersin Tatar took part on a televised program on BRT this morning and gave his views regarding topics on the country’s agenda.
He gave the government’s view regarding the developments taking place within the economy, the tourism sector and environmental issues.
He also answered questions regarding internal policies and the Cyprus issue.
Noting that the previous government would not even make any statements on the Cyprus issue Prime Minister Tatar said that he and the Foreign Minister have always made statements on all issues concerning the country and held consultations with Turkey.
Touching upon the economic agreement signed between Turkey and the TRNC, the Premier said that up until the end of the year there were certain laws that needed to be completed and added that there were still some things that needed to be done in order for the economic structure to be corrected in the country.
On the Cyprus issue he said that alternative formulas needed to be brought to the negotiating table if it were to resume once again.
He said that it was not possible to continue the Cyprus issue where they left off in Crans Montana.
He said that in order for the negotiations not to collapse a result orientated discussion and alternative formulas need to be at the table.
“There are two separate states on the island, this is a reality. No one has the capacity to destroy a state. Whatever happens this state cannot be removed. An agreement that doesn’t contain this state is not possible. You cannot remove this state and therefore I do not believe that it will be possible to reach an agreement” said the Premier
Touching upon the issue of the closed city of Maraş Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said that the process itself will be a difficult one.
“We believe that it is possible to overcome the difficulties in the closed city of Maraş by opening it under Turkish authority and returning the properties to their former owners” said Tatar.
“It is within our borders and under the protection of the Turkish Armed Forces so if it is reopened then by returning the properties to their previous owners I don’t think any problems should emerge” said the premier.