Solution is possible with cooperation before a settlement, Turkish Cypriot FM says
Kudret Ozersay, the Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister has said that the before the settlement in Cyprus, there should be cooperation between the parties on the island and in the region.
Ozersay said in an interview with a private broadcaster that there is no need to wait for a comprehensive settlement for progress to be achieved.
Ozersay emphasized the importance of no being fixated on the solution in Cyprus and stated that they needed to work on opening new doors and new opportunities.
He added that while both sides continued to search for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, it was important that both parties build cooperation to increase trust and confidence and prepare the Greek Cypriot side to share power and eliminate the risk of conflict.
He noted that cooperation would be more difficult for critical issues such as natural gas but not impossible.
Ozersay also spoke on Turkish Cyprus’ possible annexation to Turkey. Ozersay did not seem to entertain the idea but said that Turkey is a strategic ally but that Turkish Cyprus did not fight Greek Cypriots in order to be ruled by someone else.
He also responded vaguely to questions about a potential presidential run saying he would only run to win an election.
In 1974, following a coup aimed at the annexation of Cyprus by Greece, Ankara had to intervene as a guarantor power and in 1983, Turkish Cyprus was founded.
The decades since then have seen several attempts to resolve the dispute all ending in failure. The last one was held in 2017 in Switzerland between guarantor countries, Turkey, Greece and the UK.