The Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır has said that solving the Cyprus Problem was easier than solving the Syrian or the Ukrainian crises.
Bozkır also said that Turkey was eager to solve the long standing dispute on the island.
Speaking at a seminar in Rome organized by one of Italy’s leading think tanks, the International Relations Institute, the Turkish EU Affairs Minister said that Turkey perceived its EU membership and the Cyprus Issue as twins.
“Both have a 50 year old history. They developed and grew up together” he said.
Reminding that there had been a strong desire and political will for a settlement on the Turkish Side during the 2004 Annan Plan period, Bozkır said “if we succeed in solving the Cyprus Problem, all obstacles in Turkey’s 14 negotiating chapters will be removed. This problem has a 50 year old history. If it is solved it will set an example for other countries as well”.
On the issue of hydrocarbons, the Turkish EU Affairs Minister said that all resources around the island of Cyprus belonged to the two peoples on the island.