Nobody can question the reason the July talks did not lead to a positive outcome, Government says

The reason which did not lead to a positive outcome at the recent Conference on Cyprus cannot be questioned by anybody, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), invited to comment on an interview on the July talks UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide has given to the Agency.

The reason the Conference failed is Turkey’s insistence on the continuation of the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, on maintaining the right of intervention in Cyprus and on Ankara’s position for a permanent Turkish military presence on the island. These led the discussions in Crans Montana to a deadlock, he stressed.

Invited to comment on some of Eide’s positions, as these were expressed in the interview to CNA, the Spokesman noted that Eide has adopted the position expressed by Nicosia and Athens that there cannot be a solution in Cyprus which provides for guarantee and intervention rights to any other third country.

At the same time, he said, some of Eide’s remarks, in particular those referring to what happened at the dinner on July 6 and Turkey’s real intentions, confirm what the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has also pointed out in public statements.

And this is that unfortunately Mr Eide, on many occasions, believed that things happen which he wanted to happen and in this framework he downgraded substantive disagreements which emerged at the negotiating table, the Spokesman said.

Concluding his comments on Eide’s interview, Christodoulides said Just as for us this is a time for recollection, evaluation and time to think again, it would be right and reasonable for this time to be the time for self-criticism for Mr Eide too, who has played a role, has contributed to creating expectations and concurred to the preparation or the lack of sufficient preparation of the negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus problem.

A UN-facilitated Conference on Cyprus, in early July, in which all three guarantor powers (Greece, Turkey and the UK) ended inconclusively.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who attended the dinner on 6 July, told a press conference in the early hours of Friday morning, on July 7: ” I am deeply sorry to inform you that despite the very strong commitment and engagement of all the delegations of the different parties, the Greek Cypriot, the Turkish Cypriot delegation, Greece, Turkey, the UK and the EU as an observer and of course the UN team, the Conference on Cyprus was closed without an agreement being reached.

The outcome of the Cyprus Conference is, under no circumstances, a positive development, Christodoulides said after the dinner, pointing out at the same time that this is not the end of the road.

Speaking after the marathon dinner which the UN Secretary General hosted for the heads of participating delegations to the Conference, at Crans Montana, the Spokesman said that “the unacceptable status quo on the island cannot be the future of Cyprus and President Nicos Anastasiades will reinforce his efforts to create the conditions that will allow us to hope for an end to the Turkish occupation and reunification of our homeland.”

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to reach an agreement to reunite the country under a federal roof, as provided by UN resolutions.

Source: Cyprus News Agency