Ertuğruloğlu: “As long as the Greek Cypriots are treated as ‘state’ and we are treated as ‘society’, official negotiations will not be implemented”

Speaking at the General Assembly meeting of the TRNC Assembly yesterday 7th October, TRNC Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu stated that creating unrealistic pictures does not serve the Turkish Cypriot people.

Pointing out that the conditions have changed and it would be got nowhere with conventional approaches, arguments, parameters, and negotiations, Ertuğruloğlu said, “The reason for this failure is that the Greek Cypriot side is treated as a ‘state’ and we are treated as a ‘society’ in the international community.”

Reiterating that the reason for the failure of the negotiations is the status issue, Ertuğruloğlu emphasized that the policy put forward is a move aimed at eliminating the reason for the failure.

Ertuğruloğlu said, “We welcome for the negotiations of the two states. You cannot have a state in the federation”.

Expressing that no deficiencies or mistakes can be a reason for denying the state, Minister Ertuğruloğlu noted that the mistakes and deficiencies should be identified and corrected, and the state should be strengthened.

Stating that the people took other paths because they were not happy with the performance of the governments and that’s why they said “yes” to the Annan Plan, Ertuğruloğlu emphasized that there are two states on the island and that the future should be shaped as two states.

Ertuğruloğlu noted that as long as the Greek Cypriot side is recognized in the world, it will not share anything with the Turkish Cypriot side.

Reiterating that the federation would not realize, Ertuğruloğlu said “Political equality also existed in the 1960 Republic, however it was disappeared. If there will be a partnership, it must be on solid ground. This solid ground is sovereign equality.”