Eide: “Deadlock has not been overcome”

The UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide has said that there is still work to be done before the two leaders can return to the negotiating table, but that ongoing efforts to achieve this are promising.

President Akıncı received the UN envoy Espen Barth Eide yesterday.

In his statement following the meeting, Eide said that he had a very long and constructive meeting with Akıncı, including updating Akıncı about his international meetings in support of the negotiation process, including his Washington visit. Stating that the Washington visit was very fruitful, Eide noted that the support of the US, which is crucial in terms of a successful outcome, is ongoing.

Ertuğruloğlu: “It is not the methodology but the mindset that must change on Cyprus negotiations”

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu has emphasized that it is not the methodology but the mindset that must change if the Cyprus negotiation process is to succeed.

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu was speaking about the latest on the Cyprus talks and other regional developments during an interview on Ada TV.

Stating that a forced partnership or agreement would be fundamentally unsustainable, Ertuğruloğlu said that if a new partnership is to be established in Cyprus, it must be built on a solid basis and based on equal sovereignty.

Noting that the Greek Cypriot side wants the Turkish Cypriots to give up one of their incontestable rights, which is equal sovereignty, Ertuğruloğlu said that there is a “mindset problem” in the negotiations, but added that there is still a chance of success in the negotiations if the Greek Cypriot side are willing to accept the Turkish Cypriots as their equal partners.

Ertuğruloğlu also noted that the Greek Cypriot side have oppressed the Turkish Cypriots under the various embargos, kicked them away from the partnership, monopolised opportunities as if they are the sole Cypriot state and continued the negotiations in bad faith.

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