TRNC News 16.3.2017 Eide: “Deadlock has not been overcome”

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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  1. Why doesn’t everyone involved in the “Peace Talks” face up to the facts that the Greek Cypriots are not going to accept the Turkish Cypriots as equals, and stop pretending that there is any possibility of a fair and acceptable agreement. So much time and effort has been wasted that at some time soon it is time to call it a day!

    • Richard what lots of folk do not realise is that both Greece and Cyprus pay a fair chunk of money to the United Nations to keep them based in the Green Line.

      Now if you were to imagine the Cyprus has all they want i.e. Membership of the UN, EU etc and shed loads of Euros in loans to keep them afloat, what else do they want? Pipe dreams perhaps, but each time the UN asks them to go to peace talks they demand everything and the impossible!!

      The TRNC have tried very hard to accommodate Cyprus who have still made unrealistic demands and then have thrown in the Enosis hand grenade with TRNC saying enough is enough and we will talk with you again when you withdraw your support for this dream.

      Who needs Enosis when you are a member of the EU?

      So what’s to be done? What if the UN gave it up as a bad job and pulled the bulk of their peace keepers out of Cyprus and left the Turkish Army to man the Green Line. Peace would continue and both the UN and Cyprus would save a fortune in not continuing the game of musical chairs which no one can win.

      The other option is to continue this tragic and expensive game for years to come.

  2. Ive never heard such a load of tosh – these meetings are a farce and a complete waste of money which I am sure could be spent on something worthwhile. These talks must end now they are not going anywhere, I suppose free travel, nice hotels, plenty of food etc for the participants can’t be bad must be like an ever ending holiday. Going nowhere though!