Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (01.03.16) reports that former Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu has recalled that he had opposed the Annan Plan and claimed that the then US Ambassador “had made a sincere confession” during one of his visits to his office by saying “we have spent 30 million dollars for the Turks saying yes to the Annan Plan in Cyprus”.
Addressing a meeting in Turkey on the occasion of the fifth anniversary from the death of former Turkish Prime Minster Necmattin Erbakan, Eroglu said that Erbakan was one of the architects of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and that he lives in the heart of the Turkish Cypriots. He said that he had signed an economic “protocol” with Erbakan, who believed in the industrialization of the occupied area of Cyprus.
Meanwhile, replying to questions of Turkish Milliyet newspaper, Eroglu alleged that the Greek Cypriot side is slyly attempting to take what it wants in the Cyprus problem. “Our side is daydreaming, we have had enough”, he added and argued that the Turkish Cypriots should not abandon Turkey’s active and effective guarantees and when necessary Turkey’s intervention in Cyprus. He said that he sees nothing “extraordinary” in the negotiations adding that “the stance of the Greek Cypriot side is the same, their intention has not changed”.
Referring to the latest developments in the occupied area of Cyprus as regards the water from Turkey and the future of the self-styled government, Eroglu said that he is not satisfied with the existing situation and argued that “the water issue has actually ended the government”.