According to Bayrak television (online, 22.06.17), the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Cyprus affairs Tugrul Turkes, who is currently in the occupied area of Cyprus, for a series of contacts met yesterday with “state” and “government officials”.
Turkes first met with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. No statement was issued before or after the meeting.
He later met with the self-styled assembly speaker of the breakaway regime Sibel Siber and self-styled prime minister Huseyin Ozgurgun.
Speaking during his visit to the “assembly speaker”, Turkes claimed that Turkey wants to see the Turkish Cypriots free themselves of the reportedly unjust isolations imposed on them. He also said that they find the UN’s efforts to be positive, adding that it is time everyone truly acknowledged which party does not want a solution in the island.
For her part, Siber underlined the importance of the common document handed to both sides by the UN Special Adviser. She argued that the outcome of the negotiations should be evaluated objectively if the ongoing talks fail to reach a settlement.
Siber also argued that the Turkish Cypriot side should not be made to pay the price of a non-solution and that removing the “isolations” and “embargoes” should become a priority if the negotiations fail.
She further reiterated that the Turkish Cypriot side desires a bi-zonal, bi-communal model of settlement on the basis of political equality. “We believe that sufficient discussions have been made on this model of settlement for the past 50 years. Should the process fail, its reasons should be clearly stated and perhaps the ground for an alternative model can be discussed”, she alleged.
Turkes, who later met with Ozgurgun, argued that it is high time the Cyprus problem needs to reach a point of clarity and that the international community acknowledges which of the two sides is intransigent.
Ozgurgun for his part said that he is pleased to see Deputy Prime Minister Turkes in the “TRNC” and added that the “TRNC” and Turkey always working in close cooperation and consultation, particularly on the Cyprus issue.