1. Akıncı evaluates Guterres report …
  2. Özersay: “Natural wealth should be used in cooperation” …
  3. Çavuşoğlu: “We will continue our drilling in Cyprus” …
  4. Özersay and Çavuşoğlu held a joint press conference …
  5. Özersay continues his contacts in Ankara

Akıncı evaluates Guterres report

President Mustafa Akıncı stated that he will be glad to listen if Anastasiades has any new opinions at the meeting which he hopes may be held soon but added that if the solution is a federal partnership state, the active participation of the parties will be unavoidable in the jointly used authorities.

In his statement yesterday, Akıncı shared his views concerning the report on Cyprus which has been delivered to the Security Council by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Stating that he discussed the report in detail with the negotiating team, Akıncı said: “The Secretary-General said in his report that the status quo in Cyprus is not sustainable and that a permanent solution is needed. In addition, it is important to underline that he said the negotiations, which cannot reach any conclusion and never come to an end, failed and that a solution can only be achieved with a result-oriented approach and in a visible future.”

Indicating that re-assignment of Lute by the Secretary-General also took place as an important issue in the report, Akıncı said that his views on the modalities are also widely reflected in the report.

Özersay: “Natural wealth should be used in cooperation”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay attended a symposium entitled “Law and Policy in the Eastern Mediterranean” at Ankara University with his counterpart Çavuşoğlu within the framework of his working visit to Ankara.

In his speech at the symposium, expressing that the issue of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean has been referred to in the Cyprus report of Guterres, Özersay said that the following process will show the sincerity of the international community and whether they desire cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean or not.

Adding that they wish for the ending of refugee problems and humanitarian crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean, Özersay stressed that natural wealth should be used in cooperation.

Furthermore, stressing that economic cooperation and mutual dependence can decrease the risk of conflict in the region, Özersay said “Definitely, there is need for dialogue and vision. I believe that, in the following period, we will succeed in this together and especially with the Republic of Turkey”.

Çavuşoğlu: “We will continue our drilling in Cyprus”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay spoke at the symposium organized in the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University entitled “Law and Politics in the Eastern Mediterranean”.

Stating that Turkey will continue drilling around the island of Cyprus, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said: “Our concern is not to fight with anyone, rather we want rightful sharing of the wealth.

Indicating that they would not allow unilateral work on the Cyprus issue, Çavuşoğlu emphasized that they had to protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people with their active steps.

“On one hand, we will do our drilling in the exclusive economic zone of Turkey, on the other hand, upon the invitation of TRNC, we will also continue this drilling in TRNC’s maritime jurisdiction areas and the exclusive economic zone around the island” Çavuşoğlu said.

Pointing out the need for a clear determination of what was to be negotiated within the scope of the negotiations on the Cyprus issue, Çavuşoğlu said: “There might be bi-zonal or any other federal solution. We are open to all kinds of ideas. As a result, we need to reach a political settlement with diplomacy and peaceful negotiations.

Özersay and Çavuşoğlu held a joint press conference

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay held a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

In his speech at the press conference, Özersay said that they have had consultations regarding the future of the Cyprus Island and the hydrocarbon wealth in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Referring to the report by Guterres, Özersay underlined that the Secretary-General “had made realistic evaluations.” He also pointed to the necessity of maintaining dialogue. Both sides need to have common vision and aim for the future. We always stress this.

In his speech Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoğlu said that they evaluated the latest situation related to the negotiations after Crans-Montana and what they have to do about the exploration of natural gas reserves in the island and what can be done against unilateral steps being taken.

Pointing out that recently some countries have established triple and quadruple contacts with the Greek Cypriot side, Cavusoğlu said that they evaluated how they can protect the rights and interests of Turkey and the TRNC against these.

Stressing that it was important that the UN Secretary General did not insisted on any state or solution model in his report Cavusoğlu said that they will respond to the unilateral steps taken related to hydrocarbon issue in the Eastern Mediterranean and the timing of this was also discussed at the meeting.

Cavusoglu said: “Turkey has been repeatedly stressing that Turkish Cypriots have rights to the resources around the area and rejecting the Greek Cypriot Administration’s unilateral drilling activity in the Eastern Mediterranean. We shall never regret to take steps in order to protect the rights and interests of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side. We want a permanent solution and peace. Turkey has shown this to the whole world from the beginning not only with her statements but with her steps as well. We shall do whatever is necessary for the solution in the following process as well.”

Özersay continues his contacts in Ankara

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay yesterday met with Turkish Minister for National Defence Hulusi Akar, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Turkish Presidency İbrahim Kalın and Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay within the framework of his visit to Ankara.

Özersay will also deliver a speech at the first meeting of the new legislative year of the Turkish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee today (17th October).