Ankara cannot accept a solution on Cyprus issue that ignores Turkish Cypriots and their will, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday.
“It is not possible for us to accept a solution which ignores the Turkish Cypriots, ignores political equality and ignores the Turkish Cypriots’ will,” Cavusoglu told the Global Journalism Council Media Meeting in the Turkish occupied northern Cyprus.
Cavusoglu said that a lasting solution could not be reached on the Cyprus issue despite many years of negotiations and added that Turkey will continue its “constructive attitude” to protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriots .
“We will do it together,” he said.
Cavusoglu noted that Turkish Cypriots have also been doing its part for a lasting solution based on political equality for around 60 years.
“The Turkish Cypriots have always been in favor of a solution,” he said, adding that the reason for having no solution on the issue was that Greek Cypriots administration did not want to share anything on the island with Turkish Cypriots.
In 1974, following a coup aiming at Cyprus’ annexation by Greece, Ankara had to intervene as a guarantor power.
The decades since have seen several attempts to resolve the dispute, all ending in failure. The latest one, held with the participation of the guarantor countries — Turkey, Greece, and the U.K. — ended in 2017 in Switzerland.
In 2004, in twin referendums, the plan of then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was accepted by Turkish Cypriots but rejected by the Greek Cypriots.
Talks have focused on a federal model, based on the political equality of the Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides, but Greek Cypriots’ rejection of such a solution, including the Annan plan, led to the emergence of other models.
In a recent report, current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also said that “new ideas” may be needed for a settlement on the island.
Turkey blames Greek Cypriot intransigence for the talks’ failure, also faulting the European Union for admitting Cyprus as a divided island into the union in 2004 after Greek Cypriot voters rejected a peace deal.