The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’s Foreign Minister, Kudret Ozersay, blamed Greek Cypriots’ for making it impossible to have a federal model to resolve the Cyprus dispute, despite ongoing efforts by the United Nations to reboot stalled negotiations on the reunification of the eastern Mediterranean island.
Ozersay blamed the Greek Cypriots’ “reluctance to share power and wealth” for failing to create the chances of a federal government.
“If you do not want to share governance and wealth you cannot make a federal partnership,” he told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, but still added that cooperation in energy and fighting crime could lead to interdependency between the two sides and “ultimately lead to a comprehensive solution to the dispute.”
Ozersay, on the other hand, called for turning the UN peacekeeping mission on the island into a civilian mission. Turkey partitioned Cyprus after it occupied 37.5% of its territory in a 1974 military operation, in reaction to a coup by the military rulers of Greece at the time.