1. Erhürman: “Turkish Cypriot side does not have a problem with loose federation” …
  2. Spehar : “We are  witnessing another critical period in Cyprus” …
  3. Akıncı and Anastasiades met on 26th October …

Erhürman: “Turkish Cypriot side does not have a problem with loose federation”

In his statement to the press, following his weekly meeting with President Mustafa Akıncı, Prime Minister Erhürman said that the main agenda of their meeting was the latest developments on the Cyprus problem. Mentioning the issue of ‘loose federation’, Erhürman said that the Turkish Cypriot side did not have a problem with “loose federation”.

Adding that the view of the Turkish Cypriot side on the issue is very clear, Erhürman said that a good structured negotiation process should start. “This was clearly seen in the UN Secretary General’s report which made it clear that a new process had to be well structured” Erhürman expressed.

Regarding the ‘loose federation’, Erhürman also said “We as the Turkish Cypriot side do not have a problem with ‘loose federation’ therefore if such a proposal will be submitted, this cannot prolong the negotiation process. Prime Minister Erhürman stressed that Turkish Cypriot side had concerns regarding the Greek Cypriot leader’s intention on his proposal for ‘loose federation’.  Furthermore, the Prime Minister pointed out that ‘equality’ is the sine qua non for the Turkish Cypriot side.

Spehar : “We are  witnessing another critical period in Cyprus”

A reception was organised at Ledra Palace for the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of the UN Charter. President Mustafa Akıncı and First Lady Meral Akıncı, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay, Minister of Economy and Energy Özdil Nami, Lefkoşa Mayor Mehmet Harmancı, and some ministers attended the reception hosted by the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative and Head of Mission in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar. South Cyprus Administration Spokesperson Prodromos Prodromu and negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis were also present at the reception. The Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades did not attend.

Elizabeth Spehar made a speech at the reception organised for marking the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of the UN Charter. She recorded that the UN day is an opportunity for remembering the successes of the UN organization in the issues of peace, security, sustainable development and human rights and said: “We are witnessing another critical period in the Cyprus peace process.”

Akıncı and Anastasiades met on 26th October

President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades met today (26th October) following a long period of time.

The meeting was held at the residence of the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar in the buffer zone.

The two leaders have not had any contacts since 7 July 2017 when the 5 party meeting was concluded without reaching a solution in Crans Montana but they did have a meeting on 16 April 2018 at the official residence of Spehar.

President Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades have reached an agreement on the opening of Derinya and Aplıç gates which will be on 12 November 2018.

In the ‘Joint declaration’ published by UNFICYP it is recorded that the leaders exchanged views on the process and in addition they expressed that they are ready to work with the Special Envoy Jane Holl Lute who will come to the island on 31st October in a constructive manner for the future.

It is also stated in the joint declaration that ‘the leaders feel happy to announce the opening date of Lefke Aplıç and Derinya Gates as 12th November 2018’