Akinci briefs party leaders on Eide document

President Mustafa Akıncı met with political party leaders with seats in parliament this morning, to brief them on the common document prepared by UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide. The document is intended to be a guide for the talks at the Cyprus Conference on June 28.

Speaking after the meeting, Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün stated that the document presented by UN Special Adviser Eide was a road map regarding internal and external security.

There is no road map regarding the other issues. Those issues will be discussed at the negotiating table”, he noted.

Özgürgün also said that there was little reason to raise their hopes when looking at the Greek Cypriot side’s current positions.

There are vague parts in Eide’s document regarding the issue of security and guarantees. While they fail to satisfy both sides they also serve to satisfy both sides”, he said.

The Prime Minister also said that the 1959-1960 guarantee and alliance treaties were still standing but the comments or proposals were of little substance.

It’s as if they were included in the document for the sake of being included in the document”, he said.

The Prime Minister also said that he will be travelling to Crans-Montana in Switzerland, in the event of any serious developments and that the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu will be representing the government at the conference.

Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Democrat Party Serdar Denktaş pointed to President Akıncı’s contacts in Ankara over the next few days, stating that these contacts will be of a determining nature of what to expect from Crans-Montana.

Leader of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party Tufan Erhürman, said that there was a need for courage, determination and creativity at Crans-Montana.

He said that preparations in that direction were continuing, adding that it was extremely difficult to achieve a positive result without courage and determination.

We must be result oriented when we go there”, he said.

Explaining that the President had briefed them on the document prepared by the UN Special Adviser, Erhürman expressed the view that the document will serve as useful guideline in terms of the methodology to be followed at the conference.


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