Çavuşoğlu: “Greek side should return to the table”

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu answered the questions of Channel 7 Ankara representative Mehmet Acet’s questions on Ülke TV and touched on the issues of relations with Greece and Cyprus problem.

Regarding Greek Cypriot side’s leaving the negotiation table, Çavuşoğlu said that primarily Greeks should be determined for a solution in Cyprus. Noticing that the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiadis should stop hiding behind Annan plan, Çavuşoğlu said “Anastasiadis should return to the table, Annan plan has passed, he should stop hiding behind it.”

 Referring to the natural gas exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, Çavuşoğlu said that it is not possible to apply the steps taken in the region by excluding Turkey, adding “We will not tolerate this, sale of the natural gas and petrol taken out from here will be over Turkey, our suggestions are fair”.

Indicating that Turkey is ready to give all kind of support to collaborate with the new government of Greece, Çavuşoğlu said: “Greece’s stabilizing economically and politically will be beneficial for us for solving problems and Cyprus negotiations”. Çavuşoğlu also indicated that he has sent a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece and will make a phone call with him in these days.