As the leader of the Turkish Cypriot people, which is one of the two communities in Cyprus and aims to be part of the EU, I would like to express my disappointment over the fact that the High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Mr. Josep Borrell has not allocated any time for the Turkish Cypriot side during his visit to Cyprus. Despite the fact that we met many times with former President of the European Commission Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, former President of the European Parliament Mr. Martin Schulz, former President of the European Council Mr. Donald Tusk and the predecessor of the High Representative Borrell, Ms. Federica Mogherini both here in my Office as well as abroad, and despite our repetitive calls towards enhancing the relations with the EU, the fact that Mr. Borrell has refrained from contacting the Turkish Cypriot side has caused frustration..
In his statements in the Greek Cypriot side, Mr. Borrell said that EU was invented to find solutions through dialogue and he came to Cyprus to listen to the Greek Cypriot concerns in order to find a way out of the deteriorating situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, while talking about dialogue and helping to find a way out, he did not even make the effort to listen to the views and the proposals of the Turkish Cypriot side, which is one of the principal sides of the dialogue in Cyprus. Such an approach, which is in contradiction with the values of the European Union, is unacceptable.
In the context of hydrocarbon issue, while reminding that the proposal of the Turkish Cypriot side dated 13 July 2019 to form a joint committee was tabled with a view to finding a solution for the deescalation of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, which still stands, I would also like to bring to the attention of all EU officials that any step excluding the Turkish Cypriot side will not be helpful for the settlement of the disputes and will not contribute to peace and stability of the region. If the EU sincerely wants to play a positive role in deescalating the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, it has to conduct an inclusionary diplomacy rather than an exclusionary one and promote an environment conducive to cooperation.
Trying to find solutions by excluding the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Turkey from the energy equation in the Eastern Mediterranean is against the realities of our region as well as the economic wisdom.