Çavuşoğlu: “The Turkish Cypriot people want Turkey’s guarantee to continue”
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey is sincere in its efforts to reach a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem, within the framework of the Joint Statement on 11 February 2014.
The parties to the Cyprus dispute have not been able to proceed on four negotiation topics, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said. He also outlined that the Greek Cypriots had focused on guarantees and security instead of discussing topics on other chapters before a new round of talks begin in Geneva on 9 January. “Instead of focusing on clearer points in other chapters, they bring Turkey’s guarantees and security to the agenda,” Çavuşoğlu stated.
Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı are to meet in Geneva on January 9 after negotiations broke down last month.
Emphasizing that Turkey did not favour “giving any kind of concessions” to the solution, Çavuşoğlu said that if there was to be a solution, both sides should have a common understanding of what that solution should be.
The Turkish Cypriot people want the continuation of Turkey’s guarantorship because they want to feel safe, the Minister said, adding that any agreement for a settlement in Cyprus should be part of the European Union’s primary law.
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Çavuşoğlu: “I am more optimistic than ever for a solution”
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said he is “more optimistic than ever” that an agreement can be reached in Cyprus.
Çavusoglu told reporters after discussing the upcoming Cyprus negotiations with the new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that there are still “serious issues” regarding territory, the map, security and guarantees.
Nonetheless, he said the framework and understanding are there to reach a “settlement in Cyprus.”
“Not only do Turkey, Greece, or the two sides in Cyprus need this, but the eastern Mediterranean, our region, and the whole world needs such a positive development,” Çavuşoğlu said.
Çavuşoğlu was speaking ahead of three days of talks in Geneva starting on 9 January between the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades and President Mustafa Akinci that will aim to reach a comprehensive settlement.
On the final day of the summit, 12 January, the leaders will be joined by Cyprus’ three guarantors – Britain, Greece and Turkey – who will be seeking to agree on post-settlement security arrangements. Çavuşoğlu said the European Union will also be there as a “consultant.”
Çavuşoğlu stressed that “if you have the will, if you are ready for a settlement, you can overcome all these issues even though some of them are serious ones.”
“I think the Greeks and Greek Cypriots have more problems. They need to convince their public,” Cavusoglu said. “As the Turkish side, we don’t have that much problem, but everybody has to consider or take into account the concerns, or the opinions, of the Turkish Cypriot people as well. They shouldn’t be ignored.”
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