Turkish Cypriot daily Diyalog newspaper (20.07.17) reports that the so-called foreign minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu evaluated the latest developments of the Cyprus problem and stated that the procedure to be followed will be determined after consultation with Turkey.
Ertugruloglu who made these statements speaking to Diyalog TV, argued that no decision has been taken yet regarding the recognition of the “TRNC” and alleged that instead of quitting his post as “president” the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci should pass the negotiation duty to the “assembly”.
Ertugruloglu said that is too early to talk about what is going on from now on and claimed that the 50-year procedure came to an end after Crans Montana. He also stated that the biggest blow against the Turkish Cypriots, after what took place in Crans Montana would be the negotiations to continue to be contacted within the same parameters.
He went on alleging that Turkey did not take a step back regarding the issues of guarantees or its intervention rights and expressed his sorrow that this kind of allegations, as he said, were made both by Eide and some internal circles in the breakaway regime. “Mother land does not sell the Turkish Cypriots, it does not leave them alone for its own interest, it is not useful to create doubts about motherland”, he claimed.
He further alleged that the breakaway regime could become a “free trade area”, adding that Turkey could take steps towards this direction.