The Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami stated that speed of negotiations in Cyprus caused disappointment.
Speaking to Greek Cypriot daily Politis, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami said that the joint statement on which parties reached a settlement gave a hope that negotiations shall reach a consensus and it carries great importance but following the joint statement process, the current stage of negotiations caused disappointment in both sides of Cyprus. Expressing that President Derviş Eroğlu notified in written to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon that he approved all consensus reached in Hristofias-Talat and Hristofias-Eroğlu meetings, but Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades did not behave in the same way, FM Nami reminded that the proposal of the Turkish Cypriot side to held more frequent meetings between negotiators and leaders was also refused by the Greek Cypriot side.
As an answer to a question regarding why Turkish Cypriot side protested an EU representative’s taking over active role in the negotiations, FM Nami said that Greek Cypriot side is very powerful within the EU and has veto right and the Turkish Cypriot side could not even send a representative to the European Parliament due to Greek Cypriot side’s refusal. Nami also added that in addition to this the Direct Trade Regulation has not also been approved and that’s why Turkish Cypriot side did not accept an EU representative to sit at the negotiation table.
Adding that a representative of the President of EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso has an office next to the negotiation hall and his opinion can be asked immediately in case of need, FM Nami said that this was implemented in a perfect way during the Annan plan and Hristofias-Talat negotiations.
Moreover, as an answer to a question regarding statements of President Eroğlu on the issue of citizenship, Nami said that Eroğlu’s opinion on this issue is not new and it is a constant thesis of the Turkish Cypriot side.
As an answer to another question regarding territorial arrangements, Nami said that 10 years passed after the Annan plan referendum and ‘no’ votes of the Greek Cypriot side and many things changed in the regions included in territorial arrangements until today. Adding that the time passed complicated the issue of territorial arrangements, Nami said that due to this reason, it is not possible for the Turkish Cypriot side to make the same implementations as in the Annan plan period.
In his interview, FM Nami also mentioned the issue of closed city Varosha and said that opening of Varosha is one of the chief issues of the Cyprus problem which should be solved in a comprehensive agreement.