Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been quoted as saying that the new round of Cyprus talks, which begin on Tuesday ‘cannot and will not last forever’.
Turkish mainland newspaper, Hurriyet, also quoted Davutoglu as saying that if the Greek Cypriot side rejected the new solution in a referendum as they did with the Annan plan in 2004, each side would go their separate ways.
Ankara has welcomed agreement on the joint statement that will jump start the talks but said this would be the last chance for a united Cyprus.
Davutoglu put the agreement on the text down to efforts by the international community including the UK, the EU, Greece, and the US. He said he had spoken to his Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos by phone over the weekend.
“We are hopeful that reconciliation between Turkish and Greek Cypriots will have a positive effect on Turkey-Greece relations and we’ll be able to turn the Eastern Mediterranean region into a zone of peace,” said Davutoglu.
He said the foundation of a united Cyprus would also allow for all partied to benefit from the region’s natural reserves, which would enhance prosperity and stability of the region. Turkey’s project of transporting water to Cyprus would also benefit both sides, he said.
Davutoglu said to build confidence representatives of Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots would travel to “each other’s mainland country” shortly after the talks start.
“I believe these visits will break psychological barriers,” said Davutoglu