The notion that the negotiations on the Cyprus issue can not begin until May was expressed by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during his briefing to the Committee of the Turkish Parliament on the latest developments in foreign policy.
“In our National Issue of Cyprus it does not seem realistic to start talks until next May, until the European elections. We are in favor of meeting informally with all sides in order to know what we will negotiate. The two sides and the guarantor forces should reach an agreement to start the negotiations. Otherwise, all our efforts will be fruitless as was the case in Crans-Montana”, the Turkish minister said.
On the issue of developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and developments on hydrocarbons, he argued that Ankara was “following developments in the Eastern Mediterranean including the Aegean. Together with the new platform that will reach the area, we also start drilling around Cyprus. Our ship ”The Conqueror ” started the drilling in the ‘Alanya-1’ plot. Our second ship will soon arrive. We will send it around Cyprus to begin work. We are not against drilling around Cyprus. But we must also ensure the rights of Turkish Cypriots here. This is what we expect from both the EU and the international community”, he said./IBNA