We were not informed by the UN that the map was returned to the Turkish Cypriot side, Mavroyiannis tells CNA

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis has said that the Greek Cypriot side was not informed by the United Nations that the map on territorial adjustments which the Turkish Cypriot side had submitted in January 2017, during the negotiations on the Cyprus problem, in Geneva, was returned to the Turkish Cypriot side, at its leaders request.

Invited by CNA to say if the Greek Cypriot side was aware of this development, Mavroyiannis said that “we learned that today after the statements which Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu made,” noting that the Greek Cypriot side was informed at the beginning of December that Akinci had requested that the map was returned back to the Turkish Cypriot side and discussed the issue with the UN, making clear that the Greek Cypriot side would not give its consent for this.

The UN did not inform us that they would return the map, before doing so, Mavroyiannis said, adding they did not also inform the Greek Cypriot side that they actually handed over the map back to the Turkish Cypriot side.

The Greek Cypriot negotiator noted that once the Greek Cypriot side was informed about Akinci’s request we told the UN that this would violate the process, is against the process, and that we would not give our consent. But the UN never informed us that they returned the map, he noted.

Maps on territorial adjustments were submitted by the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side on January 11, 2017, in Geneva, in the framework of the UN-led Cyprus talks and were kept in a vault at the Palais des Nations.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The latest round of UN-peace talks at the Swiss resort of Crans – Montana ended without an agreement.

Source: Cyprus News Agency