“The solution of the two states is not only our idea”, claimed the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu, while he claimed that “in fact it was proposed for the first time by the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiadis”. The Turkish Minister also announced that in the coming weeks he will start a dialogue with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias.
In a statement from Portugal, as quoted by the Anatolia news agency, translated into Turkish from English, where he met with his counterpart Augusto Santos Silva, the Turkish Minister said that Turkey plays an important role for stability and peace in all these areas and will continue to play this role. “Turkey is also a country that believes in the peaceful settlement of disputes, including the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu.
The Turkish Foreign Minister stated that in the past Turkey supported all proposals and steps for a solution to the Cyprus problem, while he said that the Greek Cypriot side rejected all proposals for a solution, including the Annan plan. “There is an open window of opportunity to have a much better dialogue with Greece. The Minister of Foreign Affairs (Nikos Dendias) is personally a very good friend of mine. In the coming weeks we will start a dialogue with him. “In this context, we are ready to open a new page in our relations with the EU,” said the Turkish Minister.
Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu said that they appreciate the balanced attitude of the Portuguese Presidency of the EU on many issues, adding that they especially appreciate the fact that Portugal supports Turkey's accession to the EU. The EU is already in a much better climate. “So there is a window of opportunity here,” he said.
Asked about the Eastern Mediterranean and the Cyprus issue, the Turkish minister said that Turkey supports equal sharing in the Eastern Mediterranean. “Now we have another opportunity for dialogue. It is possible to work with all the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean in this context. Turkey proposes holding a multilateral conference on the Eastern Mediterranean. Here we also shared our thoughts and our proposal with (High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy) Borrell and of course we proposed the participation not only of the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean but of all the coastal countries of the Mediterranean. Of course at the same time the countries that work here. We are now working with the EU on this proposal. “In fact, the main goal of this conference is for all parties to finally reach an agreement so that they can get a common share,” the Turkish minister said.
Regarding the Cyprus issue, Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu said that the negotiations for a federation have been going on for 52 years, many different plans have been negotiated but the Greek Cypriots rejected them all. “The two-state solution is not just our idea. In fact, it was proposed for the first time by the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiadis. He shared these views with others. Why; Because the Greek Cypriots do not want to share anything with the Turkish Cypriots. “That is why we live in some tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and we have disagreements,” said the Turkish Foreign Minister.