The Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami stated that the government is closely following the developments regarding the Cyprus problem and everyone has responsibility for the solution of Cyprus problem.

Within the framework of his contact meetings aimed at informing non-governmental organizations and taking their opinions on the issue of Cyprus negotiation process, FM Nami paid a visit to the authorities of the Federation of Revolutionary Trade Unions (Dev-İş).

During the meeting, Nami said that non governmental organizations, unions and employers’ organizations should also contribute to the negotiation process. This is a communal struggle that’s why, everyone’s view should be reflected on the negotiation table and the position of the Turkish Cypriot side should be formed within this framework. Indicating that the organizations should have reliable information Nami added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is trying to do everything to fulfill it’s responsibilities in this issue.

Moreover, referring to the joint statement which caused resumption of negotiations aimed to find a solution for the Cyprus problem, Nami said: “I am very pleased for the strong support given by the people for the joint statement. Great efforts have been spent for making the joint statement to be adopted. It is a substantial gain for us to see that the joint statement is being adopted. This strengthens the hand of Turkish Cypriot side at the negotiation table’.

Indicating that joint activities of the Turkish and Greek Cypriot organizations have increased, Nami said: “the Joint statements made towards a solution are extremely important. I think that this gives a very meaningful message to the leaders.  The leaders should take this into consideration.”

Dev-İş President Mehmet Seyis said that he believes that the process of Cyprus solution will speed up therefore the visit of Foreign Minister is very important.

Stressing that Dev-İş has been spending efforts for a bi-zonal, bi-communal federal structure in Cyprus and the greatest trade unions in South Cyprus have made statements to express their commitments for a solution Seyis said: “Dev-İş will support a solution in Cyprus as it has done before. The solution should be a federal Cyprus based on single sovereignty, single international identity and bi-zonality. We confirm our commitment to this.”