If there are continuing statements that do not correspond to reality, there is no choice but to publicly publish the minutes of what transpired in Crans-Montana, the Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, said today.
At a press conference to reporters at the Presidential Mansion after the meeting of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades with the Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, the spokesman said that “the President of the Republic made a strong complaint towards Mr Eide for what he states publicly regarding the reasons that led to a negative result in Crans-Montana.
Indeed, through very specific, numerous questions posed to Mr Eide about each meeting in Switzerland and the answers he received, it is confirmed what we had been saying from the first day that the reason for the failure of the discussions in Crans-Montana was the Turkish insistence on the continuation of guarantee rights, invasive right in Cyprus and the permanent presence of the Turkish army.
If there are continuing statements that do not correspond to reality, I think there is no other choice than to make public the minutes of what transpired in Crans-Montana”.
In a journalist’s observation that Mr Eide insisted on earlier statements that the problem was not the guarantees, the spokesman said that “the answer is that: if there is obsession with such positions – for which from the answers to the very specific questions posed by the President this approach is not confirmed, but it clearly confirms that it was Turkey’s position – then it would be publicly necessary to give the minutes for everyone to know exactly what transpired in Crans-Montana.
Alas, is there a Cypriot politician who would have ended the Treaty of Guarantees and the invasive rights of Turkey and would not accept such a settlement? I do not think any of us believe that anything would be considered a biggest success to the Cyprus problem to a Cypriot politician achieving such a result”.
Asked if Mr Eide was warned about the disclosure of the documents, if necessary, the Spokesperson said that “the President of the Republic has made it very clear. It is not a matter of threat, it is a matter for the Cypriot people to be informed accurately. And when I say the Cypriot people I mean both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, as to what exactly took place in Crans-Montana”.
Asked if Mr Eide’s role is terminated after the latest events, the spokesman said that “I do not know Mr Eide’s plans. In the past, he had told the President of the Republic that he would be a candidate in Norway. This is not an issue that was discussed today at the President’s meeting with Mr Eide”.
Asked if Mr Eide must step down from his post, the Spokesperson said that “we expect to see some very concrete developments in the next few days and there will be a very specific placement accordingly”.
Invited to say whether these developments concern the content of the report of the UN Secretary-General and how this will be prepared by Mr Eide, Mr Christodoulides replied “and not only that”.
Asked if the President will meet again in the coming days with Mr Eide, the spokesman said that “he has not mentioned any new return to Cyprus”.
Responding to a question, Mr Christodoulides said that “when the United Nations Secretary General, after a discussion of more than four hours, began to record this strategic agreement that everyone hoped to achieve in Switzerland, after the first mention of the termination of the Treaty of Guarantees and of the intervention rights, there was a reaction by Mr Cavusoglu. And there were many at dinner who heard Mr Cavusoglu’s reaction that this can not be implemented from day one”.
Invited to say how the government sees the future of the dialogue in light of these facts, the spokesman said that “the negotiations at Crans-Montana did not lead to a positive outcome for a very specific reason: Turkey’s obsession with the specific positions I mentioned.
In order to begin an effort that we expect to have a positive result, there must be a change in the causes that led to a failed outcome in Crans-Montana”.
Mr Christiodoulides added that “Turkey must accept the transformation of the Republic of Cyprus into what the United Nations Secretary General has said: in a normal state, without troops of occupation, without guarantees from any third country”.
Asked whether there will be any developments in autumn, the spokesman said “there is nothing at this moment. Our position is what I have just described”./IBNA