President makes strict demarche over Eide’s public comments

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has made strict demarches to the UN Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide over statements he has made in public on the reasons the process in Crans-Montana had a negative outcome, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said.

President Anastasiades received Eide at the Presidential Palace on Monday. In statements to the press after the meeting Christodoulides said that Anastasiades had made strict demarches to Eide for what he has said in public in relation to the reasons which lead to a negative outcome in Crans-Montana.

Through the very specific and multiple questions he has posed Eide for every meeting which took place in Switzerland and the replies he has received, what we have said from the first day onward is confirmed that is to say that the reason talks in Crans-Montana failed was Turkey’s persistence for guarantee rights, for its right of intervention in Cyprus and for a permanent presence of Turkish army to continue, he added.

If, he noted, references which do not correspond to what reality continue I think that the only remaining alternative would be to make the minutes of what happened in Crans-Montana public.

Replying to a journalist’s comment that Eide insisted that the subject matter of guarantees was not a problem, he reiterated that if this persistence continues then the minutes should be made public so that everyone can know exactly what happened in Crans-Montana.

It would be inconceivable that a Cypriot politician would have managed to achieve the abolition of the Treaty of Guarantees and of Turkey’s intervention rights and would then not accept such as settlement, he pointed out.

I don’t consider that anyone of us believes that there would be a greater success in relation to the Cyprus problem if a Cypriot politician had such an outcome, he added.

Asked whether the UN SG’s Special Adviser has been warned that documents would be made public Christodoulides said that the President was very clear: it is not a threat, it has to do with the Cypriot people, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, knowing exactly what happened in Crans-Montana.

Replying to a question as to whether Eide’s role has come to an end after recent developments he replied that he is now aware of Eide’s plans, adding that in the past he has told President Anastasiades he may be a candidate in Norway’s elections but it is not something which was discussed in today’s meeting.

Asked whether he considers Eide should step down from his post Christodoulides said that we will wait to see some very specific developments in the coming days and depending on them we will take a very specific position.

Asked whether these developments have to do with the UN Secretary General’s report and that it will be drafted by Eide he replied and not only.

When the UN SG, after a discussion of over four hours started to put down on paper this strategic agreement everyone hoped to reach in Geneva, after the first reference in relation to the abolition of the Treaty of Guarantees and of intervention rights, there was a reaction by Mr Cavusoblu. And there were many people at the dinner who heard Cavusoglu’s reaction that something like that could not be implemented from the first day, he said.

Replying to another question as to the future of the Cyprus talks he reiterated the government’s position that Turkey needs to accept that the Republic of Cyprus will evolve to what the UN SG has said: to a normal state, without occupying troops, without guarantees by any third countries.

Asked whether new developments are set to take place in the autumn, the Government Spokesman said that there is nothing at the moment, adding that our position is what I have just described.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of the UN-backed Cyprus talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively. The peace talks under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency