With Cyprus in an economic crisis that analysts said could last for years, Turkey said it’s ready to negotiate a two-state solution on the island it invaded in 1974, and where it still occupies the northern third of the terrorities, forming a republic only it recognizes.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Turkish newspaper that Turkey is ready to talk reunification of the island and about establishment of a joint commission on the island’s natural gas reserves that it covets, but that it wants partition of Cyprus insists on trying to exploit energy resources on its own and cut out the Turkish side.
“We have three paths ahead… the UN mission should be accelerated and the sides should talk on a comprehensive solution and the resources should belong to a united Cyprus. A new state. which Turks are a part of, should be able to use them,” Davutoglu was quoted as saying.
“If this does not happen, then two sides should establish a body over the usage of resources that should jointly manage the marketing and extracting,” Davutoglu added. “The fund should be blocked in an account and should be used for peace process and the period after peace.”
According to the Turkish minister, if Cyprus claims the resources as its own, then “it means tacitly that Turkish Cypriots own the resources in the north.” He added that, “If they behave according to this claim, we are ready to negotiate a two-state solution. Then these two states will meet in the EU.”
UN Cyprus peace envoy Alexander Downer earlier in the month stated that the international organization would launch a new series of talks regarding reunification after Cyprus had secured a bailout for its troubled economy.