We demand justice in Cyprus: TRNC minister
As the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean continues, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Economy and Energy Minister Hasan Tacoy gave an exclusive interview to daily DUNYA on the hot agenda in the region. Tacoy stated that the Greeks of the island do not want to share the natural resources with the Turkish Cypriots. “Their efforts are pointless. Nobody can ignore the rights of the Turkish community. With the support of Turkey, we are taking the necessary steps with determination,” he said. He stressed that the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus (GASC) is aiming for a fait accompli in Cyprus.
Tacoy said Turkey is continu
ing its work with its three ships in the Eastern Mediterranean. “This struggle in the Eastern Mediterranean should not be perceived as simple. They want to attack Turkey over Cyprus. Ankara is responding to these efforts in a way that makes us proud. Our ships are protected by the relevant elements of the Turkish Armed Forces. We want peace in the region and do not want any asset that is not ours,” he said.
‘Greeks act in a spoiled way’
Tacoy reminded that President Mustafa Akinci made a proposal to establish a joint committee on natural gas with the full support of Ankara and the Greeks immediately turned down the offer. “The whole world should see this attitude of the Greeks, who want to be the sole player in the search for natural gas in the region,” he said. “This spoiled attitude should be confronted by the European Union. Interested parties, especially the United States, should not support this attitude. No step can be taken in the Eastern Mediterranean by ignoring Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot people. Prudent Greeks also think the same. Former politicians of the Greek Cypriots constantly warn the leadership and explain the drawbacks of the unilateral steps in Cyprus.”
‘Anatolian water can be shared with Greeks’
Tacoy said that water coming from Anatolia can be shared with Greeks. “Our citizens are very satisfied with the clean water running in their taps. With the start of the use of this water in agriculture, we will achieve more gains. We may also share it with the Greeks and this water can be a force for peace. Bringing electricity from Turkey is also on the agenda. Necessary steps will be taken after the process is completed.”
Making a call to Turkish business world, Tacoy said: “Northern Cyprus is open for investments. Our support for investments here are full. I would like to invite Turkey’s esteemed business people to the country. Northern Cyprus will be one of the important countries of the future. Taking part in this future from today will be beneficial for them.”