Turkey reveals condition for opening ports to Greek Cyprus

Turkey pledges to open its ports to Greek Cypriots if Turkish Cypriot embargo ends

Turkey reveals condition for opening ports to Greek Cyprus

Turkey's foreign minister said Friday Turkey is ready to open all its ports to Greek Cypriot administration if two Turkish Cypriot ports and an airport is opened to international trade in return.

"We are ready to open all Turkish ports to Greek Cypriots but we want only one thing in return: opening of ports in Girne and Magosa and also the Ercan Airport of Turkish Cypriots, who have rights of use in the Mediterranean as Meditteraneans," Davutoglu told a panel session on "Turkish foreign policy" following the meeting of the Committee on Political Affairs of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly in Istanbul.

"World will open three ports to Turkish Cypriots and in return we will open all Turkish ports to Greek Cypriots. I promise," Davutoglu said.

He also said that Turkish Cypriot side had said "yes" to a UN peace plan in 2004 but they are still facing trade embargoes.

Cyprus joined the EU as a divided island when Greek Cypriots in the south rejected the UN reunification plan in twin referendums in 2004 even though the Turkish Cypriots in the north overwhelmingly supported it.

"Is it so easy to discuss only opening of ports to Greek Cypriots while Turkish Cypriots, who said 'yes' to this peace plan, have no open ports, while they can not travel to anywhere, they can not take part in any cultural or sports event, they can not sit around this table although they are Mediterranean or attend any other platform," Davutoglu said.

Recalling Cyprus reunification talks re-launched in September 2008 by the then Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias, Davutoglu said Turkey will continue to support talks.

Recently elected Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu said talks would resume later this month.

"Now there is Mr. Dervis Eroglu. He said he would resume talks. So, it is not hard to reach a settlement if Greek Cypriot administration shows political determination," he added.

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