The leader of the National Unity Party Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said that an agreement based on a federation that fulfils the expectations of the Turkish Cypriot people is not possible.
During an interview on Güneş TV, the Prime Minister evaluated the Cyprus issue and President Mustafa Akıncı’s meeting with the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration Nicos Anastasiades.
“We as the National Unity Party and the government don’t think that a solution based on a federation, one that meets the expectations of the Turkish Cypriot people, is possible due to the Greek Cypriot side’s stance. We believe it’s impossible. Past experiences, what’s been said and what’s been written is proof of this. We believe a two state solution is possible and we have been voicing this view to everyone. The Turkish Cypriot side should act with this reality and if there are going to be negotiations then we should be able to bring alternative solution formulas to the table. This is essential” said Tatar.
He said the aim is to break the Turkish Cypriot people away from Turkey and to remove Turkey’s active and affective guarantees on Cyprus.
‘Our security being dependent of the EU is not possible for Turkish Cypriots. The EU’s future isn’t clear. The Greek Prime Minister is calling the guarantees outdated and primitive. We are in need of Turkey’s guarantees just as we were in need of them in the past. Whoever doesn’t want this then shouldn’t be seeking a solution with us” said the Premier.
Referring to the meeting that was carried out between President Mustafa Akıncı and the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration Nicos Anastasiades, Prime Minister Tatar said there was no foundation for a meeting to take place.
“Mr. Akıncı said that Mr. Anastasiades requested the meeting. We are saying that the foundation for a meeting or the conditions for a meeting do not exist. Lute worked hard for a year to find a joint vision to no avail” said Tatar and added that they had voiced their view that either a confederate solution or a velvet divorce should be brought to the agenda.
“We don’t want to waste any more time. The Turkish Cypriot people don’t want the Greek Cypriot side to create a federal solution as they please and no one has the right to stall the Turkish Cypriot people any longer” said the Premier.
Underlining the reality that currently there are two separate states on the island Prime Minister Tatar said that after this time no one should expected the Turkish Cypriots to be patched up to any new formation, that is not possible.
Emphasizing the fact that no one should underestimate the socio-economic and political structure in the north of the island, Prime Minister Tatar reminded that the country had come to where it was today thanks to the support given by Turkey and added that after this time the Turkish Cypriot people would not come under the domination of anyone.