Foreign Ministers Have Unexpected Face-Off in New York

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and South Cyprus Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides had a random meeting in the corridors of the UN headquarters in New York.

Video footage records Christodoulides asking Cavusoglu why the terms of reference to restart the Cyprus negotiations could not be decided upon immediately and why Turkey was asking that a five-party meeting with the two sides and the guarantor powers take place first.

Cavusoglu said that the terms of reference for restarting negotiations remain unresolved. He referred again to discussions he had last year with President Nicos Anastasiades, who spoke of possible solutions involving a confederation and two states, noting that certain things still require clarification.

There is no other solution other than a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation. Let’s shake hands now that we agree and we can move on”, Christodoulides replied.

When Christodoulides proposed that Çavuşoğlu agree to a federation model for Cyprus and extended his hand, Çavuşoğlu declined, saying: “First we need to decide what we are going to negotiate on, a two-state solution or something else?

Claiming that a shared federation is the only solution to the Cyprus issue, Christodoulides said: “Forget two state or confederation”.

Cavusoglu said that both sides needed to agree on parameters for new talks. He emphasised that Turkey had always supported attempts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, including at the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana in 2017 and with the Annan Plan in 2004.

Cyprus Mail, Hurriyet


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