AKEL and United Cyprus party agree to keep hope for a settlement alive

Greek Cypriot left-wing AKEL party and Turkish Cypriot United Cyprus party discussed on Monday the situation in the Cyprus peace talks, following the deadlock in the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montata Switzerland.

Both parties expressed concern over the outcome of the talks, following the deadlock in the Swiss resort, saying that the two communities moved away from a settlement.

“We share the view that following the results in Switzerland, we have distanced ourselves from a possible settlement to the Cyprus problem, AKEL General Secretary said in statements after meeting Izzet Izcan at AKEL party offices.

We have expressed our concern about these developments and our will to work together to keep the hope for a solution in Cyprus alive, he added.

On his part, Izcan said the question is what should be done from here on.

Two camps have been created. We see in both communities a unanimity, a common language in the camp that does not want a common homeland, that does not want a federal settlement, he said speaking through an interpreter.

He said that “we cannot deviate from the UN parameters,” adding that the talks are governed by a framework outlined by the UN Security Council resolutions.

Efforts to get out of this framework will not lead anywhere but to adventures, he concluded.

A Conference on Cyprus, convened by the UN in Crans Montana, Switzerland, between June 28 and July 7 aiming to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency