Although on Monday proposals were submitted for the first time in writing by all sides involved in the Cyprus issue negotiations – the two communities and three guarantor countries – there was no progress noted in the talks in Crans-Montana.
The climate at the end of the day can be characterized as anything but positive, as both the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis, and Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias, have shown their dissatisfaction with the development of talks.
Exiting the conference, Nikos Anastasiadis told reporters, “I wish I could tell you they (proposals) were as we wanted them to be”.
Responding to journalist’s questions late on Monday night when he was leaving the conference center, Nikos Kotzias said he must think very seriously if he could tell them his thoughts, something that he did for the first time while he was in Crans Montana, hinting in this way at his dissatisfaction with what is happening.
The same dissatisfaction was expressed both by the government spokesman of the Republic of Cyprus and Nikos Kotzias at the morning session where they hinted that Espen Barth Eide was the person responsible for the idea of calling the prime ministers of the guarantor countries, Theresa May, Alexis Tsipras and Binali Yildirim, to Crans Montana in the following hours, which of course was not accepted by any side. The misguided choices and obstruction of the continuation of the process by the Norwegian politician, according to information, forces UN GS Antonio Guterres, to arrive early on Thursday at the Swiss resort.
As is evident from today’s procedure,
Espen Barth Eide is provocative to almost all of the parties involved due to his ideas and obsession, but he is also a problem for the continuation of the process.
However, when leaving the Conference on Cyprus on Monday eveing, Mustafa Akinci told reporters that we are working and will continue to work, giving a different picture of one conveyed by both Nikos Anastasiadis and Nikos Kotzias.
On his part, Mevlut Cavusoglu was content to comment on the patience of journalists and to declare his admiration, changing his communication strategy until that time. According to IBNA sources, during the afternoon session there was tension on the part of the Turkish Foreign Minister, but this was not evident when he was leaving at the end of the works.
Finally, according to Bloomberg, the UN has requested that one of the parties take part in Cyprus unity talks to rework their package of proposals for a solution, including on security and guarantees, as they do not conform to the framework set for trying to achieve a Solution, a person close to talks said by telephone on condition of anonymity as the discussions are private./ΙΒΝΑ