The leader of the Republican Turkish Party United Forces (CTP-BG) Mehmet Ali Talat attended the Sabah Rotası program on the BRT HD this morning.
Talat said the CTP-BG which supports the solution of the Cyprus problem also attached great importance to raising awareness of the people for an agreement to be viable.
Stating that the baseless claims put forward these days when the negotiations process are being held aimed to deceive the people, he explained that in order to prevent this the CTP-BG is organizing briefing meetings in the districts.
“Our aim is to mobilise people who support a solution” Talat said and added that until now they held meetings in Güzelyurt, Gazimağusa and İskele and that they will continue with these meetings in other districts after the bayram holiday.
Stating that during the meetings they especially focused on the property issue, he said mainly they conveyed the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the possible harms of a no vote at a referendum to the Turkish Cypriot people.
“My words regarding the deeper isolations the Turkish Cypriots would face in the event of a no vote are being misused by some circles” Talat said and stressed that he was obliged to tell people the costs of a no vote.
Putting forward a forecast that a referendum would be held in March 2016 if everything goes well, he said because of superstitions there is a risk of a no vote on the Turkish Cypriot side however added that there was a chance to resolve this.
“During the Annan Plan there was a text which we spoke on however today there is nothing but superstitions. If the establishment treaty and constitutions are determined then they will be presented at a referendum” Talat added.
Noting that the touchstone of the property issue was the decision of the ECHR, the CTP-BG leader said the current users have the same right as the former owners of a property.
On the issue of compensations, Talat said instead of individuals the compensations should be paid by states and foreign sources.
Also touching upon the CTP-BG-UBP coalition government’s views on the Cyprus issue, he said the two parties are working in harmony and expressed the belief that this will be reflected at a referendum also.
“UBP is not the UBP of 2004. I don’t believe it will stand against a referendum” Talat added.