According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 09.11.16), Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, evaluating the Cyprus negotiations process that is taking place in Mont Pelerin in Switzerland, said that Turkey wants the issue of territory, property, guarantees and security to be the last issues to be taken up on the Cyprus problem.
Speaking during a parliamentary debate at the Turkish Grand National Assembly, the Turkish Foreign Minister said that a critical phase had been reached at the Cyprus talks and added that both sides had made progress on 4 chapters. “They have come to an agreement on some of the issues on the four chapters but there are still things that need to be discussed. For example the period of the rotating presidency”, argued Cavusoglu.
Claiming that it is out of question to give any concessions on the guarantee issue, the Turkish Foreign Minister drew attention to the developments taking place around Cyprus and added: “Natural gas and petrol, that’s where all eyes are. To its east, we used to have ferryboat trips to Syria now there are warships between Cyprus and Syria. Everyone is in Syria. There are the Russians, the Americans, Iranians, Hezbollah, Shi’ite, PKK, YPG, DAESH, El Nursa and then there is the threat of more refugees. Who is going to protect the Turkish Cypriots against these threats? Therefore the protection of the Turkish Cypriots is very important to us”. He further said that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is also insisting on the condition of Turkey’s guarantees on the island.
Cavusoglu also argued that Turkey aims to contribute to the solution process of the problems that exist in the region and drew attention to the frozen disputes that exist in Karabakh, Serbia, Crimea and Cyprus and said that all of these situations pose possible threats. He noted that if you cannot prevent the problem then you can contribute to its solution.