Cyprus: Anastasiades to meet with Tatar on Tuesday

Cyprus: Anastasiades to meet with Tatar on Tuesday

During tomorrow’s meeting, the President of the Republic of Cyprus will convey to Ersin Tatar his strong political will to accept the invitation by the UN Secretary General for the resumption of talks, Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios announced today.

Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace and commenting on today’s ceremonial meeting between the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and the new Speaker of the House of Representatives Adamos Adamou, Kyriakos Kousios said that, during this meeting, which was substantial and comprehensive, they discussed “issues of concern to the Government for matters pending before the Parliament, such as the list of anti-corruption bills, issues related to other bills regarding the Greco reports, justice and other reforms etc.

The President of the Republic asked the Speaker of the Parliament that he briefed him about the issues and forwarded them as soon as possible to the Plenary for discussion.

On his part, the Parliament Speaker assured him that he would act in this direction as soon as possible, so that the open issues on these and other matters pending before the Parliament, and concerning other bills to be approved, are accelerated as soon as possible”.

Regarding tomorrow’s meeting of the President of the Republic with the new leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community Mr. Ersin Tatar, Kyriakos Kousios said “the President of the Republic had a telephone conversation with Ersin Tatar to congratulate him on his emergence as the leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, with the Cypriot President proposing a first informal meeting for mutual acquaintance.

The President of the Republic is expected to convey to Ersin Tatar his strong political will to accept the invitation by the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the resumption of talks.

The positions of the President of the Republic and the Greek-Cypriot side are clear and have been confirmed many times in the most official way before the Secretary General on 25 November 2019 in Berlin. I recall the letter sent by the President of the Republic to the Secretary-General on October 19, in which he expressed his readiness and willingness to engage in a dialogue that we expect to resume at the invitation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, as he stated in his reply letter.

We hope that both Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriot side will respond positively to the UN Secretary-General’s invitation and show the same political will.

Consequently, the President will raise, among other things, the issue of the enclosed city of Famagusta and the issue of respect for the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

The developments in Famagusta are certainly not helpful towards cultivating the appropriate climate for the resumption of talks, and the President hopes that in this matter the other side will show a political will to create a better ambiance in view of the expected initiative of the UN Secretary-General”.

Asked what the Cypriot side is expecting from the meeting between the President and Ersin Tatar, the Spokesman said that “the UN is expecting this meeting tomorrow, in the presence of Elizabeth Spehar, and, depending on the prevailing climate and circumstances, they will assess the situation to continue their actions, aimed at convening the informal five-part meeting. We will have to wait to see how the meeting progresses, how its outcome will be evaluated by the UN, and the initiative depends on the Secretary General and how he will decide to manage the whole issue procedurally and when he will decide to convene the informal five-part meeting”.

Asked how the Cypriot side could participate in a five-part meeting without anything positive in their hands, Kyriakos Kousios said that “admittedly, the statements by both Ersin Tatar and Turkish officials and their President on the basis of a solution to the Cyprus issue are certainly not encouraging and are not positions that help to pick up talks from where they left off in Crans Montana, but also do not create the best atmosphere for these talks to take place, given Turkey’s ongoing legal actions in our EEZ, the actions in Famagusta, but also Turkey’s policy in general; not only in Cyprus, but also in Greece, by questioning the country’s sovereign rights and conducting explorations with the Oruc Reis; in the most brilliant way in Syria, Libya, Iraq, in Nagorno-Karabakh. Everything that happens does not create the right conditions. Nevertheless, we are firmly committed to continuing the talks with clear positions. There should be a solution that is based on and harmonized with the UN resolutions, the SC resolutions, the convergences that have been achieved, while it must also be in line with the principles and values of the EU. Cyprus is a member of the EU and will continue to be after the solution of the Cyprus issue.

These will be conveyed again and clearly to the UN Secretary-General or his representatives. But we have no choice but to come to the talks. It is a political decision and it is our firm position that the Cyprus issue should be resolved through negotiations and talks”. /ibna