Foreign Minister Ertuğruloğlu: “UN has stolen 50 years from the Turkish Cypriots”
Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu stated that the United Nations has stolen 50 years from the Turkish Cypriots to solve the Cyprus problem.
In a speech at yesterday’s session of the TRNC Assembly, Ertuğruloğlu said that the perspectives of the Turkish Cypriot side and the Greek Cypriot side for solution of the Cyprus problem are fundamentally different, as the Greek Cypriot side considers the Cyprus problem as an ‘occupation’.
While some people believe that there have been some achievements during the negotiation process that has been continuing for the last 49 years, Minister Ertuğruloğlu made clear that he has not seen any. He added that the Greek Cypriot side is trying to remove the existence of Turkish soldiers in Cyprus, but the Cyprus problem cannot be solved in this way.
Furthermore, noting that the 5 party conference ended without a conclusion, Minister Ertuğruloğlu said that the policy of the Greek Cypriot side and Greece is to continue the negotiations as an open-ended process.
Minister Ertuğruloğlu also referred to the 29+ territory issues and said that 7% territory is trying to be given to the Greek Cypriot side but the government is not aware of this issue.
Minister Ertuğruloğlu reiterated the consistent unwillingness of the Greek Cypriots to compromise while at the negotiating table, and underlined that the territory issue is not a question of how much territory the Turkish Cypriot side will cede. The Minister also criticized the attitude of President Mustafa Akıncı at the negotiations.
Akıncı and Anastasiades meet today
President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades are due to meet today within the framework of the ongoing negotiation process for a Cyprus settlement.
The meeting will be held at the building allocated by the UN for the negotiations at the buffer zone in order to plan the next steps of the process.
The last meeting of the leaders was held on 26 January.
Eide: “Settlement is still possible but there is a lot to be done”
The UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, said that a settlement in Cyprus is still possible but a lot of work needs to be done.
Eide yesterday had a meeting with President Mustafa Akıncı at the Presidency which lasted about two hours.
Eide stated that the leaders will decide the next steps, and discuss outstanding issues as well as the security and guarantee issue.
All issues will be discussed in tandem, Eide said, and added that the leaders will discuss a date for reconvening of the Cyprus Conference at a broader political level. Eide also noted that the leaders will continue their one on one meetings in parallel to this.
Noting the importance of reconvening the conference at the right time with the right content, Eide stressed that the forthcoming days and months must be approached with maximum productivity and constructive attitudes.
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