Possible to reach a solution by the end of the year???
|President Dervis Eroglu, after completing his trip to New York, held a press conference at Ercan Airport.
President Dervis Eroglu
|Stressing that he had held a fruitful meeting with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Eroglu said he informed Ban on the course of the Cyprus talks. Claiming that the Turkish Cypriot side was ready to start a productive negotiations process under the basis of a timetable, Eroglu stated that it would be possible to reach a solution by the end of the year if the Greek Cypriot side shared the same political will.
Alleging that the RoC had an intention to distance itself from convergences and to put forward preconditions for the restart of the process, Eroglu claimed the President Anastasiades’ letters to the UNSG and the President of the EU Commission were obvious examples proving these intentions.
“The content of these letters appeared in the Greek Cypriot newspapers. Amongst other things, Anastasiades was talking about how the new partnership will evolve from the Cyprus Republic. At no stage of the negotiations was such a position accepted as a UN parameter”, Eroglu said.
Eroglu warned that approaches and arrangements which water down security and guarantees will not be accepted and added that the preservation of the principle of bi-zonality as defined by the UN was of vital importance for the TRNC.
Noting that negotiations should restart without prejudgments, prejudices and preconditions, Eroglu said the ways how to overcome the current problems through negotiations should be determined with a sincere spirit and through mutual dialog which requires effective and productive methodology.
Commenting also on contacts to be held by the special representatives in Ankara and Athens, Eroglu claimed that these visits will be realised on the basis of equality. He also added that the Turkish side perceived this development as a step towards holding a multilateral conference. Expressing the TRNC's target to reach a comprehensive agreement by the end of the year, Eroglu argued this will be followed by a multilateral conference during which all subjects will be finalised.
“If a full consensus will be reached, this will be presented to the approval of the two communities at a simultaneous referendum” he added.
Eroglu concluded by saying that the issue of territory which would cause unrest in the island should be discussed at the last stage of the negotiations.
The minister of foreign affairs Ozdil Nami on return from his trip to NY stated that there are differences between the two sides regarding how the negotiations will start and noted that work is taking place under the UN supervision so that these differences are lifted and a common text be prepared. He said that the aim is the text to be competed upon Downers’ arrival to the island next week. “It will be announced by each leader”, he stated and added that it is said the negotiations must start in October.
Nami claimed that even the UN started to believe that this is the last initiative for the solution of the Cyprus problem. He also said that we have now reached a point where someone will pay the price for the non-solution.
As far as the Cyprus problem is concerned, President Abdullah Gul stated:
"The Cyprus issue, which has been ongoing for almost 50 years, must be resolved. The parameters for resolving the conflict are well-known. It is essential that there is no delay in conducting direct talks between the two communities in order to reach a comprehensive settlement based on these parameters. On the other hand, we know from experience that open-ended talks do not produce any results. The process to be initiated will be a test of sincerity for everyone involved. Turkey, as we have always done, will support all diplomatic efforts for a fair and lasting peace on the island and will maintain utmost solidarity with the brotherly Turkish people in Northern Cyprus."