Talks are virtually over: Turkish Cypriot press

The Cyprus talks are on the verge of collapse writes Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Halkin Sesi’. During the five hour meeting between the two community leaders on Wednesday, the Turkish Cypriot side proposed the discussion of issues in the form of a package and holding a second Geneva Conference in June. These proposals were immediately rejected by the Greek Cypriot side, which countered with a precondition demanding discussion and a decision on territory at a Geneva Conference. In addition, the conference with the guarantor powers would be possible only in the event of an agreement on territory and under the condition that the discussions would include a map.

Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris’ reports that both sides left the negotiating table without arranging a date for a another meeting.

Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Havadis’ writes that the pre-conditions put by President Anastasiades were a bomb under the negotiating table. According to the paper, these pre-conditions are: 1) The territory and the map should be discussed first during the Geneva conference, 2) After the territory and the map the issue of guarantees and security should be discussed and 3) After completely solving these issues, the other four issues could be discussed. The paper writes that Akinci’s proposals are: 1) Return to Geneva without conditions, 2) Discussion of the issue in the form of a package and 3) Postponement of the drilling to be conducted in [South] Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone in July.

Finally, the editor-in-chief of ‘Kibris Postasi’, Rasih Resat argues that both sides now are developing and putting in place a strategy, by which they will not appear to be the side which caused the collapse of the negotiations, that opposes the solution and delays the process. “This derives from the fact that both sides have realised that a federal solution will no longer be possible from this process”, he says.

Resat adds that Akinci’s body language and the language he used at his press conference on Wednesday showed that he now expects nothing from the negotiations.

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