He said a message must go to the world that there are two equal communities [on Cyprus].
Tatar stated that the TRNC had a positive approach to the proposal of setting a common committee on hydrocarbons. But, he lamented that Greek Cypriot side does not have a similar approach.
Turkey‘s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said the issue of hydrocarbon resources should contribute to peace, tranquility and prosperity in the island.
“Unfortunately, the Greek Cypriot side has unilaterally continued its discourse and actions behaving as the sole judge of the island,” Dönmez said.
Turkey has consistently contested the Greek Cypriot administration’s unilateral drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, asserting that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus(TRNC) also has similar rights on the resources in the area.
Since then, there have seen several attempts to resolve the Cyprus dispute, all ending in failure. The latest one, held with the participation of the guarantor countries — Turkey, Greece, and the U.K. — ended without any progress in 2017 in Switzerland.
At this point, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and our government continue to support the protection of the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriots on every platform, Dönmez added.
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