TRNC News Today 4th November 2013

PRESIDENT EROĞLU: “WE SUPPORT THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S EXPECTATION”

President Derviş Eroğlu has notified that the Turkish Cypriot side supported the UN Secretary-General’s expectation regarding ‘setting a date for the leaders’ meeting which will resume the Cyprus negotiations from the phase where they were left.’

President Dervis Eroglu stressed in his written press statement yesterday that following the meeting he had with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Special Advisor for Cyprus Alexander Downer in New York, Downer made important Dervis Eroglu 9observations in his statement dated November, 1st, regarding the current situation reached at the efforts aimed for a fair, permanent and comprehensive solution within the framework of goodwill mission in Cyprus.

Eroğlu continued his statement: “We do not support the verbal attacks made by the Greek Cypriots to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor and even to the Secretary-General himself due to his proper observations. Such attacks contradict with the aim and soul of the negotiations which are expected to resume. The Secretary-General also stated his expectation in his written statement regarding ‘setting a date for the leaders’ meeting which will resume the Cyprus negotiations from the phase where they were left’ during contacts which will be held by Downer between 4th to 8th November.

The Turkish side supports this opinion and we would like to express our desire once again to resume the negotiations as soon as possible and to hold separate and simultaneous referenda.

We would like to announce to all related sides once again that we are ready to do our own part in order to reach a comprehensive solution as we have done so far. In this context, the Turkish Cypriot side is ready for an urgent reconciliation on a mutually accepted joint statement and our constructive proposals towards this way are already on the table.

The efforts for preparing a joint statement should not be prolonged any longer. We are ready for the leaders’ meeting which will resume the negotiations without a joint statement which was rendered as a precondition by the Greek Cypriots. Once again we would like to reiterate our call on this subject to the Greek Cypriot leadership. Let’s resume the negotiations from the phase they were left and reach a comprehensive solution which the people of two sides are expecting from us in the first quarter of 2014.”

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE TWO SIDES WOULD OVERCOME THE IMPASSE DURING DOWNER’S VISIT

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki Moon expressed concern that a continuing deadlock over a joint communiqué, which is the precondition of the Greek Cypriot side, has hampered a return to the negotiations.

According to the statement issued by the UN, the Secretary-General had been briefed by his Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer on Saturday (02.11.2013), about the efforts undertaken inBan ki Moon sml Cyprus towards a resumption of negotiations since the Secretary-General met with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders in New York in September.

The statement continued: “Recalling that Security Council Resolution 2114 dated 30 July 2013 welcomed the intention to resume negotiations in October 2013, and pointing to the limited window of opportunity to achieve a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, the Secretary-General expressed concern that a continuing deadlock over a joint communiqué has hampered a return to talks.”

In the statement it was stated that Ban ki Moon expressed the hope that the two leaders would overcome this deadlock during the upcoming visit of his Special Adviser from 4th to 8th November, and resolve any other outstanding issues so that the date for the first leaders’ meeting can be set and full-fledged negotiations could resume without further delay.

The statement also stated that Secretary General Ban ki Moon once again expressed his full confidence in his Special Adviser and strong appreciation for the work of the Good Offices Mission in Cyprus.”

UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer will come to the island today the 4th November and begin his official contacts tomorrow. (5th November)

While President Derviş Eroğlu will receive Downer on Wednesday (6th November), President’s Special Representative Osman Ertuğ will come together with Downer tomorrow (Tuesday).

During his contacts, Downer will also meet with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis.

TURKISH MINISTER FOR EU AFFAIRS AND CHIEF NEGOTIATOR EGEMEN BAĞIŞ: “A BAN KI-MOON PLAN MIGHT COME TO THE AGENDA”

Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış stated that a Ban Ki-moon Plan, like the Annan Plan, might Egemen Bagis 2come to the agenda within the framework of the efforts spent towards reaching a settlement in Cyprus.

Bağış touched upon the Cyprus issue at a TV Program he attended and stated that there were positive developments regarding this issue.

Bağış said: “There have been positive developments in  the Cyprus issue recently.  TRNC Foreign Minister Özdil Nami, who was the Chief Negotiator before, is showing a maximum effort. I hope that we will receive Greek Cypriot Chief Negotiator in Ankara soon. Athens will also receive TRNC’s Chief Negotiator and a new UN Plan, maybe a Ban Ki-moon Plan, might come to the agenda.”

Source : TRNC Public Information Office