President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, issued a written statement, in which he states that in response to a request by the UN Secretary-General, and “in respect to diplomatic standards”, has decided at this stage, instead of proceeding to publish part of the summaries of the 6 July dinner in Crans-Montana and to hand in the minutes to all Permanent Members of the Security Council, as well as to the House President, with notification to the UN Secretary-General and the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission.
At the same time, Anastasiades has decided to convene the National Council on August 1, to discuss the situation and update recent developments.
The President reiterated that “Mr Eide’s ongoing public selective references are in stark contrast to the individual explanations he gave at our recent meeting on 24 July”.
And noted that “all of Mr Eide’s answers were in agreement with what he wrote that evening about the positions of the Turkish side and the responsibility for the final development of the debate, as well as with the detailed minutes held by the Greek Cypriot side, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis.
Indeed, at this meeting, Eide not only congratulated the Greek Cypriot side for the fact that Crans-Montana was the only one to make concrete proposals within the framework of the UN Secretary-General, but pointed at the same time that the proposals from the Turkish side were not received positively, neither in writing neither verbally,.
At that meeting, I invited Mr Eide to publicly correct himself and make corrective statements, restoring the actual facts, in order to put an end to the misleading his whispering insinuated”.
The President also stated that he emphasised to him during their meeting that the Special Representative is the only one who, in his statements, denies what Turkish FM Melvut Cavusolgu had proclaimed – either before July 6 – when he stated that “Greek Cypriots must wake up from the dream of ending the guarantees and intervention rights” – or after July 6 – when he stated that “the proposal to end the Treaty of Guarantees and intervention rights is a stupid proposal that could not be accepted”.
Following are only few of the points that were discussed during the meeting of the two men on July 24, as were revealed by President Anastasiades:
- To my question to Mr Eide, whether the proposals which I submitted on 5 July were within the framework of the Secretary General, if they addressed the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots and if there should be a response from the Turkish side, the Special Adviser responded to me that I am absolutely right and what I describe is absolutely true.
- To my question whether the final Turkish position at the dinner entailed the renaming of the Treaty of Guarantees to Treaty of Implementation, as well as a permanent presence (by Turkey) on the island with a military base, Mr Eide responded that my understanding was correct, noting that the Turks wish to maintain their presence on the island for broader geopolitical reasons.
- To a question if the UN Secretary General, following the intervention of the Turkish Foreign Minister at the dinner, mentioned that he did not understand correctly the Turkish position on the Chapter of Security and Guarantees, Mr Eide responded in the affirmative.
- To my reference that the Turkish Foreign Minister, during the dinner of 6 July, expressed the position that the Treaty of Guarantees and the right of intervention must remain for 15 years with a clause for reexamination, Mr Eide responded that that is valid and it is also registered in the minutes of the United Nations.
The President of Cyprus ends his statement by reiterating the “challenge/invitation to the Turkish Government to confirm whether all that Mr Eide claims is true, and if it acts accordingly, I state, unequivocally, that I am ready to continue the efforts at the negotiating table, as I had also mentioned at the press conference on July 10”./IBNA