Çavuşoğlu: “Security and Guarantees are just excuses”

During a program on TRT News television, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu evaluated the Cyprus issue.

He said that the Greek Cypriot Administration and Greece will never accept an agreement within the current UN parameters. He said, “Because their state is an EU member, they do not want to share the administration and power. Security and Guarantees are just excuses.”

Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey stands by the people of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the negotiation process and said, “There had been negotiations on the island within the UN framework. From the 6 chapters, agreements were reached on four of them but we couldn’t reach agreements on the last two chapters which were territory and security and guarantees. We want to discuss them together and want to find a solution”.

Pointing out that both the TRNC and Turkey did their utmost to find a solution, Çavuşoğlu emphasised that they presented very concrete proposals from the first day of negotiations and that everyone saw that Turkey and the TRNC were extremely logical and constructive.

Çavuşoğlu also criticised the drilling works in the sea around Cyprus and said, “The Turkish Cypriot people also have rights on those resources.”