Turkish statements make no sense ahead of Lute’s visit, Government Spokesman tells CNA

Friday’s statements by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu make no sense ahead of the visit of UN envoy Jane Holl Lute to Cyprus to agree the terms of reference, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said today.

He reiterated an appeal by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, who yesterday called on the Turkish side to clearly state its position with regard to a Cyprus solution.

The Turkish Foreign Minister met yesterday with Akinci, during an illegal visit to the northern, Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus. In statements later to the press, Akinci claimed that President Anastasiades told Cavusoglu in Crans Montana that a two-state solution needs to be on the agenda. Cavusoglu claimed from his part that the Greek Cypriot side is not ready to share power and that during a meeting in New York, last September, President Anastasiades discussed with him other options.

President Anastasiades replied on Friday that the Turkish side should name what it wants with regard to a Cyprus settlement and be judged. They should leave the communication antics aside and, if they really want to, they should submit their positions in writing or repeat what they demand, the President said, noting that then everyone can decide if this is a solution that can lead us to a viable and functional state. Replying to claims made by the Turkish Cypriot leader, President Anastasiades said Akinci’s memory seems to be failing him.

Speaking to CNA, Prodromou said on Saturday that I want to remind them that we are in the middle of an initiative by UN Secretary-General, with the dispatch of his envoy Jane Holl Lute, for the resumption of settlement talks.

Currently, he went on, we expect the next meeting with Lute and within this framework yesterday’s statements by the Turkish side make no sense.

As the President of the Republic said yesterday, it would be good for the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey to clearly state their views regarding the negotiations he added.

Prodromou said finally that the President of Cyprus explicitly and unequivocally stated many times, both publicly and during his meeting with Lute, that the Greek Cypriot side is orienting itself towards the resumption of settlement talks, within the framework of UN parameters and not towards any other direction, which the Turkish side likes to bring back.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency