Turkish Cypriot community so-called foreign minister, Tahsin Ertugruloglu, in his statements to the newspaper Hurriyet spoke about the possibility of the annexation of northern Cyprus by Turkey! “We have made it clear that from now on the negotiations will take place at state to state level. The aim will be a confederation and not a federation, a case which is dead for us”, he said.
“It is time to try for the international recognition of the ‘Turkish Republic of northern Cyprus’. Our other choice is an autonomous democracy in the France-Monaco, Great Britain-Gibraltar model. That is, in defense and foreign policy matters, to hand our responsibilities to Ankara and to become a self-governing democracy. We have not decided yet; we will discuss with Ankara and we will decide”, Ertugruloglu said.
He went on to say that if the Republic of Cyprus were to continue with the marine surveys, tension would probably go up in the region of Cyprus and spoke of the possibility of a “blow”, without becoming more specific./IBNA