Celik: The EU moves in neighborly solidarity on the issue of the Eastern Mediterranean
By Michalis Michael
The feeling that something is going on regarding the Cyprus issue is the only thing for sure over the last few hours. While mobility is being sensed, with sources reporting that the two sides are close to agreeing on the terms of reference, at the same time Miss Lute’s presence in the country stretches, with the same information suggesting that it is likely after a third round of meetings the UN Special Envoy Jane Holl Lute will have with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, as part of an effort to reconcile the terms of reference, to remain in Cyprus. Therefore, it is likely that there will even be a joint meeting with the two leaders.
Miss Lute’s meeting with President Anastasiades is set for 9.30am, whereas her meeting with Mr Akinci at 5pm. The National Council will also meet on the 10th, and will be briefed by the Cypriot President on developments around the Cyprus issue.
Yesterday the Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, stated after Miss Lute’s second meeting with President Anastasiades during the UN official’s visit to the island that there appeared to be good chances, the ground for the terms of reference to be reached. He also added that it was understood that Miss Lute would then consult with the other parties involved, “therefore, we cannot ignore the difficulties that might arise in the event that Turkey continues to intervene illegally and if further developments occur in the Famagusta issue”.
Is Cyprus heading for a complain to the UN?
Yesterday, President Anastasiades made an appearance in the Cypriot channel “Alpha”, where he talked about the Cyprus issue, while also giving his opinion on the current climate. However, what was new and interesting had to do with the issue of Famagusta and the Turkish provocations there. As Nicos Anastasiades said, the Foreign Ministry has been instructed to consult with legal and international experts on the possible appeal to the United Nations for any further Turkish activity in Famagusta; It remains to be seen in the next few days. Regarding the Cyprus issue, the President of Cyprus commented that Jane Holl Lute’s presence on the island, which is prolonged, heralds a positive outcome for the terms of reference, pointing out however that the Turkish provocations must come to an end in order for a meaningful dialogue to be launched.
Europe also on Celik’s target
While this is the case in Nicosia, in Turkey there is no change of course. Omer Celik,spokesman for Turkey’s ruling party AKP, spoke of “neighborly solidarity”, referring to the EU’s stance on the Eastern Mediterranean, arguing that it was not in line with the EU values.
At a press conference following a meeting of his party’s central committee, Omer Celik said that on August 30, Oruc Reis arrived in Antalya and would participate in the operations taking place the Eastern Mediterranean. He noted that the Turkish side’s proposal to set up a joint committee on hydrocarbons on July 13 was rejected by the Greek-Cypriot side and added that “the Greek-Cypriot administration,” in his own words, “made statements in the direction of weakening Turkey’s guarantees, which ensure the safety of our ‘TRNC’ brothers and guarantee their rights and interests”. /ibna