Prime Minister Ersin Tatar has said that the government is opposed to the idea of resuming talks in September where they left off in Crans Montana in 2017.
The Prime Minister was speaking during a visit paid to him yesterday by the Beşparmak think-tank group.
Tatar said that their coalition partners, the Peoples’ Party, shared their views.
The Prime Minister added that it was out of the question to go back to things as they were 50 years ago.
“What we need to do is to continue working to strengthen the TRNC with people who embrace nationalist values,” he said.
Regarding the hydrocarbons issue, Tatar said that it was not possible for Turkish Cypriots to accept the Greek Cypriot side’s offer to share the island’s resources as and when a settlement is reached.
“We are equal partners of this island and we cannot be excluded from the equation. We shared our views with the president and in the end, he presented the Greek Cypriots with a proposal to set up a joint committee to co-manage the island’s resources. We received the same response from the Greek Cypriot leader. It was obvious he was going to reject it and he did,” he said.
On the issue of Maraş, Prime Minister Tatar said that the return of the fenced-off city of Maraş had been on the agenda of the negotiations process for the past 50 years.
“Therefore the perception was created that Maraş would be given to the Greek Cypriots in the event of a solution. As if it was a done deal,” he added.
Tatar pointed out that everyone realised in Crans Montana that a federal settlement was no longer possible in Cyprus.
The activities in the Eastern Mediterranean have shown us that we need to pursue a proactive policy from now on, Tatar said.
Prime Minister Tatar said that almost all properties in Maraş belonged to the Vakıflar Administration and that a new process will be launched once an inventory of all immovable properties in the fenced-off city is completed.