Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes (23.07.11) reports that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking to Turkish journalists after his visit in “TRNC”, evaluated the Cyprus negotiations process and the “TRNC economy”. Erdogan said that during the Cyprus negotiations process, he will extend every kind of support necessary to the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu. According to the paper, “Erdogan drew attention to the fact that only the Cyprus Turkish side and Turkey had made proposals towards a solution in Cyprus and no one else.” Also, he explained that “currently in south Cyprus a political deadlock was in question”, and said “with the current situation in south Cyprus I wonder if the planned 19 meetings will take place”. Erdogan also stated that from the guarantor countries, Greece is nowhere to be seen; England has announced that only the Turkish side can bring something to the agenda and that the UN Secretary General does not have a new plan towards a solution and asked: “Christofias is supporting again the Annan Plan or he wants a new plan?” Criticizing the European Union’s stance towards the Cyprus issue, the Turkish Premier said that “the European Union is unjustly treating the Turks of Cyprus and is not being sincere towards Turkey”. Referring to the “TRNC” economy, Erdogan pointed to the importance of tourism in the development of the economy and added that there are thoughts for the construction of a third airport in occupied Vokolida. He said that in case an airport was built, it would operate as an alternative to Ercan [illegal Tymbou airport] and make possible faster transportation to the occupied Karpassia peninsula. Additionally, he said that the opening of shopping malls which would gather famous brands would assist the growth of the “TRNC” economy, as it would deter shoppers from going to south Cyprus and to attract tourists.

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