Cyprus: Turkey torpedoes UN Secretary-General’s new effort on the Cyprus issue, Government Spokesman says

Cyprus: Turkey torpedoes UN Secretary-General’s new effort on the Cyprus issue, Government Spokesman says

The Government Representative of the Republic of Cyprus Kyriakos Kousios responded with a written statement to the announcement of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which it sets as a main condition for the creation of a new cooperative structure in Cyprus the full acceptance of political equality by the Greek Cypriot side, adding that otherwise Turkey would not enter into a new controversial negotiation process. The Turkish Foreign Ministry says that the announcement of the UN Secretary General for a pentamer, for the Turkish side it does not mean that a new process will start automatically, nor that the negotiations will continue from where they left off in Crans Montana.

Kyriakos Kousios states in a written statement that “it is clear from the announcement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry that Turkey is trying to torpedo, before it even starts, a new effort of the UN Secretary General, after yesterday’s statement with which underlines its commitment and determination to convene a Conference on the Cyprus issue, on the basis of what was agreed at the dinner in Berlin, following the electoral process in the occupied territories.

It should be recalled that in Berlin, the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci essentially agreed to resume the talks from where they left off in Crans Montana, on the basis of UN resolutions and decisions, European principles and values, the European acquis, but also the framework of the UN Secretary General.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, with its announcement today sets terms and conditions for the Turkish side to enter the talks, rejecting what the two leaders agreed in Cyprus in August 2019, but also in Berlin, in the presence of the Secretary General of the UN, in November 2019, for the resumption of talks from where they left off in Crans Montana.

The conditions set by the Turkish Foreign Ministry in its announcement today are first, as the Greek Cypriot side accepts political equality, as Turkey itself perceives it and not in accordance with the UN resolutions, the Summit Agreements, but also the convergences that emerged at the negotiating table, and second, to resume talks not where they left off, but on a new basis. Otherwise, it calls for a new process for the creation of two states in Cyprus./ibna