President Mustafa Akıncı has said that the Greek Cypriot Administration’s insistence on imposing preconditions to reconvene the Cyprus Conference in Geneva was officially conveyed to the Turkish Cypriot side today.
Akıncı also said that it was out of the question for the Turkish Cypriot side to accept any preconditions whatsoever.
In a statement made today, the President said “as of today, we have been informed that the preconditions are the Greek Cypriot side’s official position. We are in no position to accept any preconditions”.
He stressed that the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades had clearly informed them that this position would not change.
“During a statement made last night, the Greek Cypriot leader voiced his position on the matter. He is insisting on preconditions. We are in no position to accept this” he said, adding that this adopted position was in direct violation of the 11th of February Joint Declaration which clearly states that all issues will be taken up interdependently.
“What Mr. Anastasiades is demanding is completely against the principle of discussing all the issues interdependently as agreed in the 11th of February Joint Declaration. He’s saying let’s first discuss and complete the chapter on Security and Guarantees, and if possible to take out the maps locked in the UN’s vault to complete the chapter on territory…And then we will take a look at what remains. Such an understanding of negotiating is incomprehensible” he said.
Akıncı repeated that the Turkish Cypriot side was ready and remained committed to the standing agreement to discuss all the issues interdependently in Geneva and to remain there until an outcome is reached.
“We however do not approve or accept a negotiating process with preconditions” he said.
President Mustafa Akıncı added that the Greek Cypriot leader’s stance and insistence on preconditions was in direct violation of not only the conference communiqué issued on the 12th of January which was signed by all relevant parties, but also of all previous agreements.
He said that unfortunately the UN Special Advisor’s efforts had failed to produce any results due to the Greek Cypriot leader’s stance.