Ozersay report on latest negotiation meeting

The Turkish Cypriot chief negotiator in the Cyprus talks made statements on the latest meeting with his opposite number Andreas Mavroyiannis yesterday.

He said that following the three and a half hour meeting, both sides understand each other better regarding some issues and the picture was becoming very clear.

Ozersay noted that each side had to be aware of the fact that they could not get a hundred per cent of what they want at the negotiating table and added: “The sides are coming to the table knowing this. If our approach is in this direction, it is possible to find a solution”.

Pointing out that differences on principles exist on some issues between the two sides, he argued that on some issues, however, there are no differences either on principle or from the point of view of the understanding, but “different models exist regarding the solution of the problem”. If the aim here is to establish a viable, functional new federal partnership, I think that there is no reason for not finding a way out”, he added.

Ozersay said that the issues of property, administration and power sharing were discussed during the meeting yesterday. He expressed the view that the process will not be easy, but “the picture as to what kind of solution the sides are generally anticipating has started to become evident”. The position of the Greek Cypriot side, in particular,“has been understood better”, he argued.

He said that three core issues were discussed in detail. He added:

“The first is the issue of the election of the executive power. We listened to the views of the Greek Cypriot side on issues such as how the federal executive power will be elected, what its composition will be and how it will be taking decisions and we once again recalled our position.

We discussed the issue of the federal powers. You know that on this issue there is a convergences paper already. However, disagreement existed between the sides regarding some powers. Today, the Greek Cypriot side brought a statement with a little bit different point of view [on these powers]. We will evaluate this and in the next meeting we will evaluate whether or not it could be matched up with the list of powers and convergence paper which we have.

The third issue we discussed is the property. We had the opportunity as Turkish Cypriot side to explain our expectations on the property and our proposal which is on the table, but we will continue doing this at the next meeting. The Greek Cypriot side conveyed to us some general views on the property. When the Greek Cypriot side explains its stance regarding the property, it shares also its view regarding the territory in relation with this. We as Turkish Cypriot side are not essentially against the discussion of the territory. It is also one of the six chapters, but because it is out of the question to negotiate it at this stage, as the Turkish Cypriot side we shared our criteria in general on the territory issue. In the next meeting we will explain it in a little bit more detail”.

Ozersay went on and said that the sides should respect UN parameters. He argued that this is valid for issues such as the political equality, bi-zonality and bi-communality and added that these criteria, which are included in the joint statement, could not be ignored and were not temporary.

He noted that their meeting yesterday was extremely useful as far as clarifying all these issues went and also clarified both sides’ proposals which are on the table.

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