Davutoglu Proposes Two-State Solution for Cyprus

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu

TBILISI - Turkey wants to negotiate a two-state solution to the Cyprus
issue, if according its foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu,
reunification talks between the two sides fail and no agreement is
reached for the establishment of a joint commission on the island's
gas resources, reported Hurriyet Daily News on Thursday.

It seems Davutoglu is unhappy that Cyprus has offered rights to oil
and gas exploration around the island as collateral for an
international bailout package from the European Union without taking
into consideration occupied Cyprus.

In 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus, which has effectively become a divided
island. No country, with the exception of Turkey, recognizes northern
Cyprus as an independent nation. Yet, the Turkish foreign minister
insists that its occupying forces on the island must be taken into
consideration by the sovereign Cypriot government.

`We have three paths ahead ... The U.N. mission should be accelerated
and the sides should talk on a comprehensive solution and the
resources should belong to a united Cyprus. A new state, which Turks
are a part of, should be able to use them,' Davutoglu said speaking in
the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, where he is attending a meeting with
his counterparts from Georgia and Azerbaijan.

The United Nations envoy to Cyprus Alexander Downer said earlier this
month that a bid to restart stalled talks to reunify the divided
island would only happen after the country concluded negotiations with
prospective international creditors for a rescue loan that it needs in
order not to go bankrupt.

`If this does not happen, then two sides should establish a body over
the usage of resources that should jointly manage the marketing and
extracting. The fund should be blocked in an account and should be
used for peace process and the period after peace,' Davutoglu said,
referring to reunification talks.

`If these do not happen and Greek Cyprus says `the resources are ours'
then it means tacitly that Turkish Cypriots own the resources in the
north. If they behave according to this claim, we are ready to
negotiate a two-state solution. Then these two states will meet in the
EU,' warned Davutoglu.

Turkey's bullying continues.