Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami met with the EU Commissioner Responsible for Enlargement and Neighboring Policy Stefan Fule during his contacts in Brussels.

Making a statement to the press following the meeting, Nami said that they discussed the future of Cyprus negotiations and how to overcome the obstacles put forth by the Greek Cypriot side for the EU projects in the TRNC.

Adding that they spend effort for the TRNC’s being ready for the EU membership as soon as a comprehensive solution will be reached Nami said that Greek Cypriot side’s attitude that obstructs the EU projects in the TRNC is a ‘backward attitude and does not serve to a comprehensive solution’. Nami also said that Greek Cypriot side makes intense pressure on the EU Commission to prevent the projects which will prepare the TRNC for the EU membership.

Moreover, Nami stressed that Turkish side has been reiterating for a long time that the negotiations can not continue as open-ended forever and said that Greek Cypriots are afraid of the recognition of North Cyprus. Nami also said that the EU should be more courageous and the EU member countries should support the EU Commission.

During his contacts in Brussels, FM Nami also met President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Sergei Stanishev. In the meeting, Nami gave information about the latest stage reached at the Cyprus negotiations and conveyed his views about what to do in order to reach a solution in Cyprus.