Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (09.01.15) reports that Cemal Ozyigit, chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP), in a written statement yesterday, stressed the need for mutual actions to be taken in order for the crisis occurred on the Cyprus problem to be overcome.
Evaluating the issue of the renewal of their own NAVTEX, both Turkey and the “Greek Cypriot leadership”, Ozyigit supported that with this action, the Turkish Cypriot side which recognizes this right to Turkey, does not serve the solution but the policy of tension and the non-solution.
Ozyigit stressed in the statement that his party supported from the beginning that in order for the crisis to be overcome, simultaneous actions are necessary to be done.
Supporting the view that the withdrawal of Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa vessel after the expire of Turkey’s NAVTEX on December 30th 2014 was an opportunity for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiation talks, Ozyigit said that Turkey did not evaluated well this opportunity.
Commenting on the decision of the “Greek Cypriot administration”, as he called the Republic of Cyprus to continue its drilling activities, and the new preconditions put forth by President Nicos Anastasiades in order to return to the negotiating table, Ozyigit said that these, gave the chance to the opportunists in the “north” to manipulate the situation.
Ozyigit condemned further the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) for its stance towards this issue, supporting that during 2011 when it was an opposition party, it was against the agreement reached with Turkey to license Turkey’s TPAO to carry out exploration activities in favor of the “TRNC”, while today, as Ozyigit said, it supports the renewal of NAVTEX.