Following the meeting, Siber made a statement along these lines: “President Erdogan supports a solution in Cyprus.”
CTP Head Mehmet Ali Talat met with Erdogan. He also made a similar statement:
“Turkey fully supports the negotiations.”
Is that so?
Both the Turkish Foreign Minister and the Turkish EU Minister made similar statements before Erdogan.
Moreover, whenever UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor in Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide visits Ankara, he returns “very hopeful”.
I can hear some of you mumbling; “He is a hope-monger anyway”. All right, let’s leave him aside; we have not heard our Turkish Cypriot leader complain yet. On the contrary, it is well known that he is quite happy.
Then, what is the problem?
During his meeting with Sibel Siber, Erdogan reportedly said: “Morphou should no longer be given back. The border should not be indented, but a straight line”.
He reportedly did not rant or say this in a negative tone.
Nevertheless, he said it.
He had said similar things four years ago in Ankara when he still was Prime Minister during a meeting with a group of Turkish Cypriot journalists. Therefore, it’s not the first time, and he is consistent in his views.
Do you think it is possible to reach a solution with these views?
The sides have not yet negotiated territory.
The Turkish Cypriot side wants to keep territory off the table till the end. And it seems that the Greek Cypriot side, which is waiting to see what the Turkish Cypriot side will do about the territory issue, is hiding behind its hand on some other issues.
The territory issue is like dynamite in our laps in the negotiations.
We have seen in the Annan Plan referenda what happens when the fuse of this dynamite is lit. This is the essence of the Cyprus problem.
The Turkish Cypriot side wants a share of the common state...