World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish premier said about German Chancellor Angela Merkel's remarks about the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), "I guess Ms. Merkel has forgotten what she has said. It was herself who said that it was wrong to admit southern Cyprus into the European Union. It is also clear that she does not know about history of the Cyprus issue."
After meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias, Merkel said Turkey needed to show "more willingness" in the resolution of its dispute with Cyprus.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Qatari Prime Minister & Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir Al Thani as part of his visit to Doha.
He said at a joint news conference following the meeting, "there has been friendly and strategic relations between Turkey and Qatar. We had the chance to review some projects about economy, energy and agriculture during the meeting. We also exchanged views about political issues."
Asked about remarks of German Chancellor Merkel about the TRNC, Erdogan said, "apparently, Ms. Merkel thinks that the Cyprus issue was a process which began during her political power. It is clear that she does not know about history of the Cyprus issue. If she had had the chance to talk to former leader of the main opposition party, she would have known those who were responsible for the Cyprus issue."
You have shown "great willingness" to compromise that has unfortunately not been reciprocated by the other side, she told Christofias at the news conference.
"It was the Turkish Cypriot party which accepted the Annan plan in the twin referendum on the island while the Greek Cypriot party rejected it. But the European Union awarded the Greek Cypriot party with membership and punished Turkish Cypriots. I guess Ms. Merkel has forgotten what she has said. It was herself who said that it was wrong to admit southern Cyprus into the EU. But now, she pays a visit to the Greek Cypriot administration and make such a statement. I call on the chancellor to make a research about the history and get a tea with Gerhard Schroeder," he added.
During her five-hour visit to Greek Cypriot administration earlier in the day, German Chancellor Merkel criticized Turkey and Turkish Cypriots for not doing enough to reach a deal to Greek Cypriots.
Turkey started accession negotiations with the EU in 2005. 13 out of 35 chapters have been opened so far. Eight chapters remain frozen since 2006 due to Turkey's policy not to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels who blames EU of not fulfilling its promise to establish direct trade with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, though the Turkish Cypriots in the north overwhelmingly supported the UN reunification plan in twin referendums in 2004.