Cyprus: Mobility from Turkey, Britain, Greece on the Cyprus issue

Cyprus: Mobility from Turkey, Britain, Greece on the Cyprus issue

The three guarantor countries in the Cyprus issue, Great Britain, Turkey and Greece, have been showing special mobility lately, with a series of contacts for the upcoming 5 + 1 meeting on the Cyprus issue under the UN Secretary General.

On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will pay a two-day visit to Turkish Occupied Northern Cyprus, according to a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement, where he will meet with the Turkish Cypriot leadership to discuss their common agenda, especially the Cyprus issue.

According to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, the two sides “will coordinate their positions on the 5 + 1 talks, at a time when Ankara has called on the United Nations to stop relying on a process that has been tried for fifty years and has failed.” That is, the resolution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the bi-zonal, bi-communal Federation, the removal of the occupying forces from the island and the abolition of the unacceptable status of “guarantees”.

On Monday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will pay a two-day visit to Great Britain, where he will meet with his British counterpart Dominic Raab, where according to diplomatic sources, in addition to bilateral relations and the post-Brexit era, the Cyprus issue will be discussed. An upcoming 5 + 1 meeting will reportedly take place in March in either New York or Geneva.

The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will be in Cyprus on Wednesday and on Thursday he will have meetings with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, his counterpart Nikos Christodoulides, the UN Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar and the Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar.

These contacts come a few days after the renewal of UNFICYP’s stay in Cyprus and the announcement of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who stated that, during the Conference that is being prepared, although the mandate of the UN Security Council is to explore a solution on the basis of the bi-zonal, bi-communal Federation, however, as he said, he is open to other proposals, thus adding to the agenda the proposal of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot Administration for the division of Cyprus and the creation of two states./ibna