What the Turkish Foreign Minister mentioned on Twitter did not receive positive approval
Cyprus’s interest may well be in the interest of the EU. For example, if the EU says EastMed’s solution is the most advantageous and appropriate gas transit route to Europe, while the Turkish Cypriot and Ankara’s position is to go through Turkey, what will we follow, what is on Turkey’s or Cyprus’s interest?
By Michalis Michael
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s meeting with UN envoy Jane Lute in Turkey became known by Τwitter from the former, but his note that the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots is inevitable was not welcomed by the political background in Nicosia. The latter at the current time realizes that contradictory messages are sent from the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey. That is, while Turkish officials do not rule out the possibility of another solution framework, the Occupied Territories argue that there are no other solutions to the table than the Bi-communal and Bi-zonal Federation.
Circles in Nicosia hope that Turkey’s thoughts will be clarified to Mrs. Lute by the country’s foreign minister, who will also have a meeting with his Greek counterpart, Mr Katrougalos, as a continuation of what Tsipras-Erdogan said during the Greek PMs visit to Turkey.
Officially, Nicosia is currently waiting for Mr Lute’s arrival, as it was expected to take place when all her contacts with the guarantor forces would be completed.
The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, in an interview with the newspaper “Haravgi”, did not get into details about what powers can be assigned to the constituent states, through his proposal for a decentralized federation. However, he reiterated that he does not take back the positions he has filed for the Natural Gas. “Cyprus’s interest may well be in the interest of the EU. For example, if the EU says EastMed’s solution is the most advantageous and appropriate gas transit route to Europe, while the Turkish Cypriot and Ankara’s position is to go through Turkey, what will we follow, what is on Turkey’s or Cyprus’s interest?” If the solution of EastMed is inapplicable and if it is impossible to establish a Terminal in Cyprus, we do not exclude the solution of a pipeline through Turkey, provided that a solution is found in the Cyprus problem and the relevant choice is more advantageous. The EU is currently funding the study on the viability of EastMed. Let’s assume that everything ends based on the scenarios, that is to serve the EU’s energy security through EastMed. And it is a matter of decision. We will say that it should be implemented through the EU, while Turkish Cypriots will say to be implemented through Turkey. In this sense, I referred to the example of EastMed. After all, who filed the Bill on the Hydrocarbons Fund? Who insisted on it to be voted as soon as possible? And this happened in order to send a strong message: that we have never thought of usurping the rights of the Turkish Cypriots”, said the President of the Republic of Cyprus.
From his part, the government’s spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, reiterated the readiness of the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, to resume negotiations, noting that “we do not share Turkey’s demand for negotiations after June. The negotiations could have started months ago”, he said.
Mr Prodromou also underlined once again that the terms of reference should include the six parameters of the Framework of the UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, including those concerning security-guarantees and the withdrawal of the occupying army.
In relation to the forthcoming meetings of the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Katrougalos, with his Turkish counterpart, during which the Cyprus issue will be discussed, Prodromou said that “it is well known that there is always understanding and coordination with the Greek government. So now there has already been a conciliation. We will have further update after these contacts”./ibna