Next comes Jane Lute’s arrival
By Michalis Michael
The Cypriot government spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, today spoke of what is expected in Cyprus with the arrival of UN envoy Jane Holl Lute but also with the policy of tensions Turkey has adopted.
The hope, as he himself put it, is that Turkey will appear willing to negotiate a solution for all Cypriots, and that means its policy of causing tensions must come to an end.
“We hope”, he added, “that Turkey will appear willing to negotiate a solution for all Cypriots, and that means its policy of causing tensions must come to an end. The country’s activities have always been illegal and have been condemned by the international community as well as by the EU. Turkey should not fool itself; this is not the way for them to participate in the energy equation of the Eastern Mediterranean region.
If Turkey wishes to cooperate both in the energy sector, not only with Cyprus but also with the other states, and in the European energy corridor that is being created, it must act in accordance with the international law and not arbitrarily”.
When called to comment on Mr. Ozersay’s behavior yesterday in the enclosed city of Famagusta, the Spokesman stated that “the President is focused on his discussions with Miss Lute and on Miss Lute’s discussions with Mr. Akinci; not on Mr. Ozersay. We hope we will reach the step needed in our talks with Miss Lute, in order to achieve, alongside the SG, the relaunch of negotiations.
What is reported on a daily basis and in a quite propagandistic manner about Famagusta is largely invalid. We also have the Security Council’s resolutions, as well as the discussions on the Cyprus issue so far.
The Turkish side, during the negotiations held earlier in Geneva and Crans Montana, has tabled a proposal on the territorial dispute, which, of course, includes Famagusta on the side under Greek-Cypriot governance. The latest developments are seen as provocations and possibly an attempt to complicate the resumption of negotiations. The President is focused on the formal effort that will be made with Miss Lute”.
When asked if there would be any protests in response to Mr. Ozersay’s provocative actions in Famagusta, the Spokesman commented “rest assured that whenever actions require demarches, they are implicated without us needing to use propaganda language”./ibna