Map on territory was returned to the Turkish Cypriot side in December 2017, reliable sources tell CNA

The map on territorial adjustments which was submitted by the Turkish Cypriot side during the UN talks in Geneva, on January 11th, 2017 and was then kept in a vault at the Palais Des Nations, was returned to the Turkish Cypriot side in December 2017, the Cyprus News Agency has learnt.

Following various media reports on the issue, and questions on whether the Greek Cypriot side was informed and if it had to give its consent for the map to be returned by the UN to the Turkish Cypriots, a source close to the talks has told CNA that in early December 2017, Elizabeth Spehar, the UN Secretary General’s Representative in Cyprus, informed the government of the Republic of Cyprus that the Turkish Cypriot side had requested the return of the map.

The UN decided to return the map to the Turkish Cypriots in the sense that they believe that the ownership of the said map belongs to the Turkish Cypriot side, which submitted it in the first place, in the same way as the Greek Cypriot side owns the map it had submitted.

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis has said that the Greek Cypriot side was not informed by the UN that the map on territorial adjustments, submitted during the negotiations on the Cyprus problem, in Geneva, was actually returned to the Turkish Cypriot side, at its leaders request.

“We learned that today (yesterday), after the statements which Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu made,” he told CNA on Thursday, noting that the Greek Cypriot side was informed in the beginning of December that Akinci had requested the return of the map to the Turkish Cypriot side.

Mavroyiannis discussed the issue with the UN, making clear that the Greek Cypriot side would not give its consent to this request.

Aleem Sidique, the UN Spokesperson in Cyprus, contacted the Cyprus News Agency, following the media reports on the return of the map. He told CNA that the UN would like to reiterate that ”we have assurances from both Mr Akinci and Mr Anastasiades that they remain committed to the Secretary General’s framework as laid out in Crans Montana last year.”

He went on to say that ”the Greek Cypriot side was informed of the intention to return the Turkish Cypriot map. The map was returned upon the request of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Akinci.”

Replying to a question whether the Greek Cypriot side had to give its consent to the return of the map, he said that he has nothing further to add on that.

”We respect the confidentiality of the process and we will continue to do so,” he added.

”The most important thing is that the two sides remain committed to the Secretary General’s framework,” he pointed out.

Yesterday Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that the government would contact the UN and make the necessary representations, but added that they will discuss with the UN and when there are developments they will state their position in a responsible manner.

‘We will not act in an irresponsible manner. Dealing with the Cyprus problem is a very serious issue’ he pointed out.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The latest round of UN -backed negotiations concluded last July in Crans Montana, Switzerland, but failed to yield any results. Talks aim at reuniting the country under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency