“Greek Cypriot side should return to the negotiation table without setting preconditions”


President Dr. Derviş Eroglu stated that the Greek Cypriot side left the negotiation table with intrigues and therefore should return  without setting any preconditions.  President expressed that Turkish Cypriot side will be happy if UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide convinced Greek Cypriot side to return to the  negotiation table following his visits to Ankara, Athens and Cyprus at the beginning of November.

Eroglu pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side, which did not leave the negotiation table before when Piri Reis Seismic Exploration Vessel was in the area at times when  summits were held, this time found the excuse that  Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa Vessel was in the area.

“Anastasiadis should return to the negotiation table without any preconditions”

President DervisEroğlu who came together with the Assembly Platform composed of political parties represented at the General Assembly evaluated the latest developments at the Cyprus negotiations and emphasized once again that  as the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades did not consult them when  abandoning  the table he should return to the table without putting forward any preconditions.

Eroğlu added that Turkish Cypriot side is not in a position to accept any precondition put forward by the Greek Cypriot side and pointed out that an agreement can only be reached at the negotiation table and added  that it is not possible to reach a solution through mediators.

Commenting on the precondition put forward by the Greek Cypriot side that Turkey should withdraw her vessels from the natural gas drilling area for three months, President Eroğlu said that is not acceptable.

Stating  that they have exchanged views with the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide in overcoming the stalemate Eroğlu said : “It has not been possible to find a solution even with this informal method.”

Answering a question regarding the proposal of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu who suggested negotiating for a two-state solution,  President Eroğlu said “it is a quite appropriate statement”. Eroglu said “If the Greek Cypriot administration claims that everything in their  seas belongs to their state then the seas around the North belong to us. Then what is left to discuss?   Then that means we have already shared everything. What remains is bringing the two-state issue to the negotiation table and discussing it.”
President Dervis Eroglu also reiterated his call to Nikos Anastasiadis to return to the negotiation table as soon as possible and wished him a speedy recovery.
Eroğlu also mentioned that the Greek Cypriot administration demanded a very large scale of territory.

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