Comments made by Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Ozersay have reportedly angered his Greek Cypriot counterpart Andreas Mavroyiannis.
Ozersay told Turkish Cypriot media after their last meeting that he was concerned because that the Greek Cypriot side was attempting to re-negotiate certain convergences on some aspects related to the economy and the EU.
He said that from the beginning of the current round of talks, which began on 11th February, the Turkish Cypriot side had stated the process should pick up where it had left off with the previous leaders.
“Unfortunately, despite the fact that Mr Anastasiades told us that the talks will continue from where they stopped, the Greek Cypriot negotiating team wanted to revisit some issues listed in the document of convergence,” said Ozersay.
“This causes us concern. Why talk about issues on which we have agreed earlier? We are taking steps backward on convergences that have been recorded in documents,” Ozersay said, adding that this could cause delays.
Mavroyiannis responded with a written statement which criticised Ozersay for making public details of the negotiations.
“I regret to notice that despite the commitment, even during the last meeting between the two leaders, to avoid public disclosure… the Turkish Cypriot negotiator Mr Ozersay… not only did he deviate from this commitment, but also spoke of an alleged intention on our part to renegotiate the United Nations Document on Convergences,” he said.
The UN document lists the convergences reached between the two sides during previous negotiations, however, Mavroyiannis said the UN document on convergences was not on the negotiating table, “as also quite clearly stated by Mr Downer during his recent visit here”, he added referring to the former UN Special Adviser.
“Hence, negotiating or renegotiating the document is out of the question. We are at the initial stage, with proposals being submitted, respective positions being presented and the distance between us being assessed, therefore an attempt to create false impressions is completely inappropriate. This helps neither the negotiation process nor any of the parties, and leads to a blame game logic, in which we do not wish to engage. The negotiation process requires serious engagement, keeping of commitments and confidentiality,” said Mavroyiannis.
The negotiators will meet again on Friday.