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Turkish foreign minister: last chance for a solution

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who was in New York during the UN general assembly told Turkish Cypriot newspaper Havadis that this was the last chance for a solution.

According to Havadis, Cavusoglu said this was not “bluff or a threat but the reality”.

Referring to security and guarantees, Cavusoglu said the worries of the two communities should be assuaged.

He said Turkey and Greece were holding an unofficial dialogue on guarantees, and stressed the need for finding a formula that would take into consideration the sensitivities of both communities.

Asked whether Turkey would help finance a possible solution or write off the ‘TRNC’s debt’, Cavusoglu said: “Neither Turkey, nor Greece will unilaterally cover the cost of the solution. The EU, the international community and the other countries that support the solution, we should all exert common efforts towards this.” He did say in this instance Turkey would contribute more as it would give towards a property compensation fund.

With a solution, he added “great economic opportunities will come up”

“Implementing these opportunities would be of the benefit not only of the two sides, but also of Turkey, Greece and the whole region as well,” Cavusoglu said.

The issue of the ‘TRNC’s’ debt, would be resolved between Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot founding state.

“This issue should not become an issue of bargaining in the current negotiation process. We would settle this matter between ourselves,” he said.

Asked what would happen if a solution was not found within 2016, Cavusoglu said the Cyprus problem has been prolonged enough and would not be discussed in an open-ended way.




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