Turkey is ready to open all ports to Greek Cypriots
Speaking in İstanbul on Friday at a European - Mediterranean Parliamentarians Assembly Political Committee meeting, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, "We are ready to open all Turkish ports to Greek Cypriots. We only want one thing in return: world should allow Turkish Cypriots to trade through its sea ports of Girne, Magosa and Ercan Airport, by being a Mediterranean country, Turkish Cypriots can claim its rights in the Mediterranean...World will allow the three ports of Turkish Cypriots to operate internationally and Turkey will open all its ports to Greek Cypriots. I promise that", TRT World reported.
In reply to a question on UN-proposed Annan Plan, which Greek Cypriots refused with 76% in 2004, Davutoglu said, "If Greek Cypriots had said "yes" to Annan Plan, there would have been no borders or closed ports in Cyprus. But now, please think conscientiously, though Turkish Cypriots accepted the plan with 65% all their ports are closed, they have no right travel with their own passports, can not participate in any social and cultural activities, and however they are Mediterranean they are not represented at this meeting. It is not fair and not that easy to deduct the matter to the opening of ports to Greek Cypriots while Turkish Cypriots are banned from taking a place from all platforms despite they showed their will for peace".
Turkey does not recognize the Greek Cypriot government and does not allow its ships and planes to enter Turkish ports and airspace.
Regarding Turkey's bid to the EU membership, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said they are ready to integrate with the European Union.
He said that Turkey wants to be an actor within the EU in finding solution to the global and regional matters. He added that they see the EU aspect as a whole with the internal reforms.
According to the Foreign Minister, an EU where Turkey is a member would make for a Europe that has its voice increasing in the global arena. He expressed his hope that the EU would analyze Turkey's membership bid in a comprehensive strategic perspective as Turkey is ready to integrate with the EU.