President Anastasiades calls on the Turkish side to clarify whether it accepts the UNSG’s parameters (1)

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has called on Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leader to clarify their position and say whether they accept or not the parameters set by the UN Secretary General at the Crans Montana Cyprus talks last July.

In a written statement issued after recent statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, saying that he accepts the UNSGs framework as a strategic agreement on the Cyprus issue, the President notes that if Akinci accepts the Guterres framework as it was finalised on the 4th of July 2017, this constitutes “a positive development.”

He points out that Akinci but more importantly, Turkey, have to clarify whether they adopt the provisions of the framework on the issues of security and guarantees and on the issues of foreign troops.

The framework talks about a new security status and not the continuation of the existing one. It notes that unilateral intervention rights and the Treaty of Guarantee must be abolished, adding that the three present guarantor powers (Greece, Turkey and the UK) are not in a position to apply and monitor the implementation of their own obligations.

The said framework also refers to a drastic reduction of troops from day one of a solution.

“If, in spite of statements following the collapse of the talks in Crans Montana they do not insist on the positions they put forward at the Conference on Cyprus (in July 2017), then the conditions for the immediate resumption of the dialogue are created, as I have repeatedly requested,” the President added.

Meanwhile, referring to the UN Secretary Generals intention to appoint an advisor for the Cyprus issue, he says he has already given instructions to give a positive response on behalf of the Greek Cypriot side to the UNSGs proposal.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The latest round of negotiations in July last year ended inconclusively.

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Source: Cyprus News Agency