Atun: “We have no intention of remaining unrecognized while being tied to negotiations forever”

Stating that the TRNC has no intention of remaining unrecognized while being tied to negotiations indefinitely, Economy and Energy Minister Sunat Atun said, “At this point, we have to talk about new frameworks for negotiations in consultation with motherland Turkey.”

Speaking at the Eighth Turkey Energy Summit held in Antalya this year, Atun mentioned the ineffective recent negotiations which did not yield any results. He also highlighted that the Turkish Cypriot side is open to negotiating in order to preserve their rights under all conditions –   namely,  Turkey’s unconditional and continued status as guarantor; the preservation of Turkish military presence on the island and the upholding of the TRNC’s territorial integrity.

Stressing that the demands of the Greek Cypriot administration would not end, Atun stated that the TRNC has been struggling to survive independently for 40 years with the consistent support of the motherland Turkey.

Atun said that the TRNC is in a position to stand on its own feet thanks to strong financial and macroeconomic policies it has implemented with Turkey.