Siber: “Any agreement should eliminate concerns about security and guarantees”
Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber has said that any agreement on Cyprus should eliminate the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots on security and guarantees.
Sibel Siber made the comment while giving statements to the press, after a half hour meeting with President Akıncı on the Cyprus issue.
Stating that the aim was to reach a viable agreement based on political equality and which will guarantee the safety of the Turkish Cypriots, Siber warned that the goodwill of only one side was not enough.
Indicating that the Greek Cypriot side should respect the security concerns of the Turkish Cypriots, Siber said that the social memory of the Turkish Cypriots has meant they have not felt secure since the border gates were opened 14 years ago.
Discussing the recent attack on Turkish Cypriot cars in Troodos, Siber said that while the incident could be considered small, the Greek Cypriot government did not take the necessary precautions to prevent such incidents or to catch the perpetrators.
Saying that trust cannot be maintained at the negotiating table, Siber stressed that the important thing is to reach a viable agreement on political equality.
Answering a question about her point of view on a solution to the talks, Siber said that she maintains her precautionary.
Akıncı and Anastasiades met today
President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot Leader, Nikos Anastasiades met at 11.00 today, at the building reserved by the UN for the negotiations at the buffer zone, in order to continue their talks for a Cyprus settlement.
The last leaders’ meeting was held on 1 February, and the two leaders requested the UN to facilitate the continuation of the Cyprus conference.
Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Kalın: “We have already taken the necessary steps on the Cyprus issue”
Turkish Presidential Deputy Secretary General and Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said, “We have already taken the necessary steps on the Cyprus issue.”
Kalın was responding to questions during a live broadcast on NTV. Answering a question on the negotiations, Kalın said that the Cyprus issue is not linked to the referendum process in Turkey, and added that the necessary steps have already been taken.
Stressing that they are in a constructive position in this process, Kalın said, “The presence of the Turkish troops on the island is never a threat against the Greek Cypriot side. Turkish troops are there in order to prevent potential threats and dangers that may arise on the island. The continuation of this presence is very important, especially to provide consistency and security in the Eastern Mediterranean. Negotiations have been held in Geneva and some improvements have been made, but there are still issues that need to be discussed.”
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