There will be no attempt to revive the Cyprus negotiations because of the upcoming elections in South Cyprus, President Mustafa Akıncı told the press after his meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday evening.
The president said that his half hour meeting with the UNSG at the UN General Headquarters, where they exchanged views on the stalled Cyprus talks, was useful and productive and Guterres was also of the opinion that they should wait until elections end in the South.
Akıncı pointed out that, “The solution today is no easier than it was in 2004, and maybe 10 years later it will be impossible.”
Guterres had been a very useful contributor to the Cyprus Conference in Crans-Montana, the president said. He noted that the UN framework as set out by Guterres had been distorted by the Greek Cypriot side, however, the Turkish Cypriots had remained faithful to that framework.
Akıncı said that the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades could not be expected to make serious decisions when preparing for the election. He then pointed out the reasons why the problem could not be solved, what mistakes had been made and the way to solve it.
President Akıncı said that he had also conveyed his thanks to Guterres and his team for his contribution to the solution process.
The old methods of approach to the Cyprus problem were outdated and something new had to be attempted, said the president. Guterres stated that they should also try different methods in order to succeed in finding a solution to the age old Cyprus problem. President Akıncı said, “It is obvious that the same method can not be used again.”
He also said that the Greek Cypriot side is indifferent to equality of the Turkish Cypriots and that it is understood that there will be no solution based on political equality, Akıncı said that one day, a Turkish Cypriot should also become president of the common state and asked what kind of partnership would be established otherwise.
President Akıncı stated that the Greeks should also discuss this issue during the election process.
Akıncı emphasized that the Turkish Cypriots continue to live in isolation and under embargoes, despite that fact that the Turkish Cypriot side had made contributions towards finding a solution. This situation could not continue, he said.
The president also said that they are ready to work on Confidence Building Measures and by employing technical committees, they will also be able to work together on mobile telecommunication and interconnection of the electricity grid.
UNSG Guterres had told Akinci at the meeting that he would continue to contribute to the negotiations process in the event of a call from the two parties. Further attempts could be evaluated after the elections in the South.
The president reiterated that geography could not be changed and that the quest for a solution would continue. He added said that he was satisfied with his contacts in New York and his meeting with Guterres.