Addressing a gathering of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation in the capital of Tajikistan – Dushanbe, the Turkish Prime Minister said it is high time that the world establishes economic, cultural as well as trade relations with the Turkish Cypriot people.

Reminding that the Turkish Cypriot side approved a solution based on the Annan Plan while the Greek Cypriots rejected it, the Turkish Prime Minister said it is unfair for the Turkish Cypriot people to continue suffering because of the prevailing conditions on the island which they are absolutely not responsible for.

“Steps aimed at removing Turkish Cypriots’ international isolation must be taken without delay” he said.