The Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami received Justice and Development Party’s Deputy General President Responsible for Foreign Relations Yasin Aktay. Pointing out to the importance of making consultations regarding the issues on the agenda, Aktay said that utilizing the new opportunities in Cyprus is a historical responsibility.
Expressing that since the beginning, there isn’t any change in Turkey’s attitude, Aktay said that a new will has been put forward towards a solution in Cyprus by the AK Party leadership and this does not mean that Turkey and Turkish Cypriots give up their rights. Result of the referendum held for the Annan plan proved that Turkish Cypriots are right and their acquis is essential. Turkey always supported a solution by taking initiatives and never considered that Turkish Cypriots can give up their interests”.
Moreover, Aktay pointed out that the new negotiation process should be speeded up.
FM Nami also said that leaders have resumed negotiations to reach a result on the base of leaders’ joint statement but the tempo of negotiations is not as desired.
Pointing out that negotiation process should be speeded up to reach a result in desired time and not to be exposed to various risks in time, FM Nami said: “Until today, Greek Cypriot side has not given a positive reply to the demands of the Turkish Cypriot side to meet more often. We also see that convergences reached until today are not being used in an effective way at the negotiation table”.