President Mustafa Akıncı has said that the goal to reach a settlement agreement within the year was still feasible, and that the date should be set for a Bürgenstock style multi-party conference.
Speaking to reporters following his meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu, the President said that the reason why the Switzerland talks faltered was because the Greek Cypriot side wanted, along with the map (with the territorial adjustment criteria) “for everything else to be finished”.
He said that the Greek Cypriot side wanted to take what was important to them, but leave pending issues that were important for the Turkish Cypriots, such as the rotating presidency. “We could not accept this,” Akinci.
“If the target of the solution is still alive on all sides, it is clear what should be done. It is time for the composition of the five-party or the multi-party as the Greek Cypriots call it, in a Bürgenstock type conference,” he said.
This means, he said, that at one table the guarantors – Greece, Turkey and the UK – would discuss security and guarantees, and on another, the two sides will discuss the issues that remained unresolved, including territory, the rotating presidency, and property.
“If there is a will this is what must be done,” Akıncı said.
He added that some issues – such as the federal constitution, and federal laws – might be left for 2017 but that the opportunity should not be lost.
“I would like to repeat my call for a five-party conference so that this opportunity is not wasted” he added.