According to brt television (online, 10.03.17), the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who paid a one day visit yesterday in the north, met with the self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime Huseyin Ozgurgun.
Speaking during the meeting, Yildirim said that Turkey has a long standing relationship with the “TRNC” . He stressed that Turkey includes the “TRNC” when planning every step or endeavour and added: “This is something that has existed for years”.
Also touching upon the Cyprus negotiations process, Yildirim argued that the talks had entered a crisis due to a lack of trust and claimed: “The tyre eventually burst. It was known from the very beginning that there was a crisis of confidence. The Turkish Cypriot side was the constructive side from the very beginning. We too supported this process. The Enosis vote clearly revealed that the Greek Cypriot side is not mentally ready for a settlement”.
Yildirim however stressed that “the TRNC is not desperate or without options”, by adding: “North Cyprus will continue on its way. Turkey will always continue to be by the side of the just cause of the Turkish Cypriots”.
Ozgurgun, for his part, said that the “TRNC” had and will continue to carry out important projects with Turkey.
Moreover, Yildirim, who also met with the self-styled assembly speaker Sibel Siber, explained his reasons for his visit to the occupied area of Cyprus.
Siber, for her part, said that such visits are useful in terms of further developing relations between their two “countries”. She further alleged: “There is much to be done domestically. All we need is to be motivated. We need to strengthen and improve our internal structure despite the negative impact of the embargoes. This is why your experiences are important for us”.