National Unity Party (UBP) General Secretary Oğuzhan Hasipoğlu said on Thursday that the time had come for the whole country to be united on the Cyprus issue.
Pointing out that the federal solution process has come to an end and that the official thesis is the two-state solution, Hasipoğlu said, “We will do our best for the recognition of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC).
Speaking during a program on BRT, Hasipoğlu evaluated the call made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the United Nations General Assembly for the recognition of the TRNC.
Emphasizing that everyone should embrace the historical call, Hasipoğlu said that this call also marks the end of a federal solution for Cyprus, noting that no outcome has been reached for years.
Stating that the Turkish Cypriot side has been trying for years to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem, Hasipoğlu said, “the problem is the Greek Cypriot side. They do not want to share the administration and wealth of the island”.
“Even though they insist on a federation, they are still not ready to share, unfortunately, we were unable to explain this to the opposition in parliament,” said Hasipoğlu.
He also reminded the UBP had adopted the two-state solution model in Cyprus and President Ersin Tatar was elected accordingly.
Noting that in the past the UBP had also conducted the process for a federal solution, made proposals and signed a joint agreement, Hasipoğlu said that the opposition should now contribute to the two-state solution process, which has turned into an official thesis with Türkiye.
He called on the opposition to act in unity for a “two-state solution and said, “I think we will make good progress in a short period of time.”
Stating that Türkiye always supports the Turkish Cypriot people, Hasipoğlu said, “From now on there is no turning back as the Cyprus issue has gained a new dimension.”