Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said German Chancellor Angela Merkel owed an apology to Turkish Cypriot Side because of the remarks she uttered during a visit to the Greek Cypriot Side, calling her to get her facts straight.
In his address to a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party Friday in Ankara, Erdogan said Merkel's remarks, aside from hurting the Turkish Cypriot side, contradicted her earlier remarks and showed how far she was removed from historical facts.
During a trip to the Greek Cypriot Side last week, Merkel, commended, Greek Cypriot Leader Demetris Christofias, for the "courage" he displayed during the solution of the Cyprus problem, noting that Turkish Cypirot side did not reciprocate the iniatives of the Greek Cypriot Side.
"German Chancellor has showed how clueless she is about the Cyprus issue," said Erdogan adding that Merkel's remarks was nothing more than an attempt to curry favor with Greek Cypriots.
"We urge Ms. Merkel to check her historical facts straight and apologise to the Turkish Cypriot side who has made all sorts of sacrifices for a solution in the island," said Erdogan.
Erdogan said Merkel's predecessor Gerard Shroder wrote in his autobiography all the injustices done to the Turkish Cypriot Side during the Burgenstock talks.
"Shroder writes clearly and unequivocally how promises given to the Turkish Cyrpriots were not kept. If she invites Shroder for a cup of coffee, she will clearly learn about that period," said Erdogan.
He said Turkey initiated that process with the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, on a win and win basis.
"Not give you tiny bit"
Erdogan said the Annan plan contained many Greek Cypriot demands including the demilitarization of the island and withdrawal of Turkish and Greek troops. He recalled that Turkish cypriots kept their promises in the twin referendums of 2004.
"Who were unfaithful of their promise? Greek Cypriots? Who were rewarded? Greek Cypriots. EU is not loyal to the promises it made to the Turkish Cypriots," said Erdogan.
He said the Annan plan was still not published and the UN and EU were to blame.
"They are still looking for someone to blame. 'Turks should give, Turkey should give'... with all due respect, Turks alone displayed a positive approach (in the Cyprus issue)... but if you demand things from us that are not foreseen in agreements, you are not getting it. We will not give you a tiny bit from Northern Cyprus. You should know that," said Erdogan.
"If you are saying, 'we will admit Turkey to the EU and we will snatch these from Northern Cyprus, in exchange'... If you are expecting this, sorry but you are not getting it. Because we have always said we will not allow the Cyprus issue to be subject matter of political exploitation," Erdogan went on to say.
Fischer: Erdogan and Merkel should meet ASAP
The Chairman of the Group of Eminent Persons of the Council of Europe Joschka Fischer said Friday that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel should meet as early as possible.
Speaking at a joint press conference with the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul on Friday, Fischer said that Erdogan and Merkel needed to come together in the shortest period possible and answer questions in minds.
Fischer's comments came after Merkel defined Turkish presence in Cyprus as "invasion" during a recent visit to southern Cyprus.
"I am not the spokesman for the German government. You know my status. The Turkish government took highly crucial steps (on Cyprus) in the past. As a former minister, I have witnessed such Turkish efforts and defended Turkey. I have openly supported Turkey when the process was blocked. I support the notion that everyone should reach a common point and reach a solution. This is crucial for the region, the island of Cyprus and Europe. The rest could be solved between Merkel and Erdogan," Fischer also said.