The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu defended the Turkish position on the topic of guarantees during a joint press conference with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, on the sidelines of his visit to northern Cyprus on Tuesday, referring to the issue of the unifying referendum.
The talks reached the current point thanks to the Turkish Cypriot leadership’s attitude and the Turkish government’s, despite the negative developments that occurred intermittently, said Cavusoglu, adding: “Unfortunately, we see, more often than not, the negative attitude of the G / C side which is not ready for a solution. ” The Turkish Foreign Minister also stated that the basic conditions of the solution is freedom and security and in particular political equality, without which there will be no solution. Responding to a question, Mr. Cavusoglu made it clear that there is no progress on the issue of guarantees, adding emphatically that “our patience has its limits.”
“We will continue to be on the side of our brothers on the island”, is the message sent to the “visionaries” of the Enosis (Union with Greece)”, he said while talking about Nikos Anastasiades’ ”aggressive posture” claiming that the fact that the President the Republic attempts to justify the new development coupled with the timing is important and adding that the Greek Cypriot side has demonstrated its true intentions.
Cavusoglu said that he maintains friendly relations with Anastasiades, however the Cyprus issue is another story. He also said he does not understand Anastasiades’ letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker on the ”Turkish invasion” if Turkey joins the EU. Cavusoglu stated that Turkey wishes to adopt a constructive attitude over the next period however, for this to happen the Greek Cypriot side must correct its mistake.
Akinci on his part also stated that in the case of the 1950 Enosis referendum Nikos Anastasiadis must correct his mistake, adding that the T / C side appealed to the United Nations from the first day of the crisis so as to resolve it and not conceal half the truth as Mr. Eide did a few days ago.
The “mistake” according to Akinci and Cavusoglu refers to a decision by the Cyprus House of Representatives to commemorate in schools, by way of a brief reference and a reading of a leaflet, the 1950 referendum in favour of union with Greece. Anastasiades described the House decision “wrong.”
The Turkish Cypriot leader further added that during his political career he made all the efforts for a sustainable solution with equality and security and that Ankara supports this line. Akinci argued that it is wrong that the Greek Cypriot side ignores this fact and attempts to now justify its positions on the issue with the 1950s Enosis referendum and added: “The G/C youth maintain distances from the solution and Northern Cyprus. Rather than focus on this issue project the Enosis (Union) and follow a “racist” party like ELAM and concluded by saying that Nikos Anastasiades should prepare the community for a solution.
Prior to the statements by the Turkish Foreign Minister Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, stated that everything is open in view of Thursday’s meeting as it all depends on President Anastasiades. He also added that the two conditions for a solution for his side are the rotating presidency and the effective participation in decision-making: “Without them we cannot move to the referenda” phase. Referring to the importance of political equality of the “northern Founding state” with the “southern founding state” in the event of termination, he said that the G / C side does not understand the importance of this issue and that the “simple majority” decision-making mechanisms in the federation are not enough. As far as the talks are concerned the two sides have not made progress on the open chapters.
On his part the Cyprus President stated that patience has its limits and if the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci wants a settlement of the Cyprus problem, he should not use any excuses to justify his stance at the Cyprus talks.
Anastasiades said he wished Akinci had the same courage to call on parties who support either secession, or the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in Turkish occupied Cyprus and generally the unacceptable positions which they advocate, and at long last be able to create a climate that embeds trust to the Greek Cypriot side.
“Patience has its limits,” the President said, adding that Akinci must realize that he himself will attend their scheduled meeting on Thursday, in the framework of the UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem.
Quoting a Cypriot proverb which says that a person who does not want to get something done adopts delaying tactics, Anastasiades expressed hope that there is corresponding proverb in Turkish as well.
This, the President pointed out, “will be the first time in the history of the negotiations that the dialogue is being interrupted on the pretext of an insignificant and a minor event and some people insist in a selfish way to think that they can humiliate their interlocutors.”
Akinci walked away last week from a meeting with Anastasiades, in the framework of the settlement talks, shortly after it began. It was announced that the two leaders had elaborated earlier on their positions as regards a decision taken by the Cypriot Parliament to commemorate in schools the 1950 referendum, favouring “enosis”, union with Greece.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof..ΙΒΝΑ
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