Minister of Foreign Affairs Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu who is in Crans-Montana for the Cyprus Conference, held an evaluation meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavuşoğlu yesterday. The Foreign Ministers evaluated the latest developments within the framework of the Cyprus conference and exchanged views.
President Akıncı holds meeting with Eide and Allen
President Mustafa Akıncı met with the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide yesterday. They evaluated the works of two parallel meetings at the Cyprus Conference.
President Akıncı also met with the Acting Director General, Defence and Intelligence at the British Foreign Office Jonathan Allen. The latest position reached during the negotiations was discussed during the meeting, and the process of the Conference was evaluated.
Cavuşoğlu: “We cannot continue negotiations for a lifetime”
Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoğlu said yesterday that the Cyprus Conference was a final stage of the Cyprus negotiations, and that talks cannot continue for a lifetime. The minister said, “This should be finalized. If a solution is not reached then the scope of negotiations must change. Then we negotiate for something else.”
Cavusoğlu said that Turkey and the TRNC came to the Conference in order to end the negotiation process by finding a solution, and that they expect the same understanding from the other side.
At a press conference in Crans -Montana, Minister Cavusoğlu said that the Cyprus Conference is not only related to ‘Security and Guarantees’, and that each subject is negotiated in an interrelated way. Cavusoğlu said that they have reiterated many times that they cannot accept zero soldiers and no guarantees.
Answering questions by the press Cavusoğlu added that he does not approve of Eide’s statement that ‘this is the greatest chance, however not the last chance’. He said, “Eide used to say to us that this will be the final conference. He used to say that there is no meaning in continuing after this. In addition, the strategy of carrying on is the Greek Cypriot tactic. They have the elections and they also want to continue unilateral gas explorations in Cyprus. We can see all these strategies therefore if Eide made such a statement we don’t find this to be true.”
Turkish Foreign Ministry refutes claims over negotiations on troops
The Spokesperson of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hüseyin Müftüoğlu denied the allegations regarding the proposal by the Turkish side at the Cyprus Conference.
In response to questions, Müftüoğlu made a statement and said: “In the ongoing conference on Cyprus in Switzerland, the news regarding withdrawal of the Turkish troops from the island within the framework of the four point proposal and the percentages in these reports are not true.”
Five-party conference held at the Conference on Cyprus
The Five-party conference was held at the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana this week. It was reported that the meeting was attended by only the leaders, negotiators and the Foreign Ministers or the representatives of the guarantor countries. The meeting lasted about two hours.
The parties, who attended the five party conference with 6 delegates for the last two days, participated in the conference with 2 delegates yesterday evening.
It was stated that ahead of the participation of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the conference, there was an intense diplomatic traffic to ensure that the Greek Cypriot side takes steps towards political equality and active participation with the aim of the acceleration of the process towards a solution.
The UK offers two proposals towards settlement
The United Kingdom, a guarantor country, offered two proposals at the Cyprus Conference in Crans Montana, Switzerland yesterday, in order to reach a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.
According to reports, the proposals consisted of a package understanding covering the entire six chapters in the Cyprus negotiations, followed by a mini package concept that would include the main topics selected from different chapters.
While the Turkish side reported that they are open for proposals, the Greek Cypriot side did not give a response, and asked for time.
UN Secretary General Guterres to attend the Conference on Cyprus today
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres will travel to Crans-Montana today in order to attend the Conference on Cyprus.
Guterres, who is expected to arrive in Crans-Montana in the morning, will attend the first table meeting on the “Security and Guarantees” issue.
7th International Conference on Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and Management (AHTMM) to be held in TRNC
The 7th International Conference on Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and Management (AHTMM) will be held on July 10-15 in the TRNC.
The conference, which will be hosted by EMU, will be held with over 100 participants from different countries. EMU Tourism Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Hasan Kılıç stated that AHTMM is among the most well-known international conferences in the field of tourism and hospitality management.
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