We de­mand jus­tice in Cyprus: TRNC min­is­ter

Dünya Executive - - BUSINESS - KERIM ULKER

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.”

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