Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay stressed that if a partnership state is to be established, the choices are clear.
In his statement to the Turkish News Agency (TAK) on the issue of the Cyprus problem, Özersay said that if a partnership state is to be established, the Greek Cypriot Administration has to change its mentality towards sharing administration and wealth, and negotiations should continue as not open ended, or a solution model based on cooperation should be negotiated as a not open ended process. “I do not see a change in the mentality of the Greek Cypriot side towards sharing” Özersay added.
As long as the mentality of the Greek Cypriot Administration does not change, our insistence on negotiating on the federal basis will take us to a continuation of the status quo and new disappointment as well.
A Federation needs an understanding and mentality based on sharing. If everybody accepts that there is not such a mentality, continuing negotiations will mean a continuation of the status quo and will have risks for a new disappointment.