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President Akıncı received Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and Responsible for Cyprus Affairs Recep Akdağ yesterday (28th August). During the meeting, he said that it has become clear that an open-ended process will not lead us to a solution. He also said that the 1960 agreement survived for three years, but that the Enosis [union with Greece] aspirations of Greek Cypriots brought separation and conflict to the island.
National Unity Party (UBP) leader and Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün stated that the UN parameters of bi-communality and bi-zonality no longer apply and that there will be no further negotiations based on them. He said, “Only if the Greek Cypriot side accepts Motherland Turkey’s full and effective guarantee, bi-zonality, the unconditional equality of the Turkish Cypriot people and the equal status of the two constituent states on the island, can negotiations be restarted.”
President Mustafa Akıncı received the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser to Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. Speaking to the press after the meeting, Eide stated that the report about the Cyprus negotiation process would be ready in two weeks’ time.
Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu has stated that, since the official declaration by the UN Secretary General that the Cyprus negotiation process came to a close without a conclusion in Switzerland earlier this month, a new page should be opened on the Cyprus talks on a state-to-state basis, based on equality.
President Mustafa Akıncı has said that they are not pleased with Eide’s attitude and statements. He said, “We want Eide to be more honest. We want him to say clearly with whom the responsibility lies. We want him to publicly say what he says to us in private. However, we know that he cannot do that.”
Former negotiators Ergün Olgun and Osman Ertuğ have criticized the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide for the statements made on the issue of Security and Guarantees and for “going beyond his authority”.