A Common future in Cyprus can be forged through the “spirit of cooperation” between the island’s two sides, new Foreign Minister Emine Çolak has said.
Speaking last week to members of the foreign press visiting for the July 20 Peace and Freedom Day celebrations, Ms Colak said: “When compared to the previous era, there is a much better and positive atmosphere in the negotiations.
“The participation of President Mustafa Akinci and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades in social events is sending out positive messages to the two peoples.
“It is not right to think that the differences between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots in language, religion and ethnicity should be an obstacle to a solution.
“It is possible to form a common future on this island between the two peoples through the spirit of cooperation of the two communities.”
Referring to the issue of potential hydrocarbons wealth off the island, conflict over which brought the previous round of talks to a halt last year, she said: “We view the issue of natural gas as an issue that should not be used for confrontational purposes, but to create opportunities for cooperation and motivation of the sides.”
The two leaders will attend their second cultural event together, following their trip to the theatre in Limassol last month.
The pair will be in the audience on Tuesday for a bicommunal concert, Our Music Under the Moonlight, at the newly restored Othello Tower in Gazi Mağusa.
The event, at 9pm, is the first organised by the newly formed bicommunal Technical Committee on Culture. Entry is free of charge and open to all.