President Mustafa Akinci has said that the two-day technical talks in Mont Pèlerin had clearly proven that the security and guarantee arrangements on the island in the event of a settlement could not be provided by the European Union.
Speaking to the Turkish news channel NTV, the President said that the Turkish Cypriot side had proposed as part of a brainstorming exercise during the latest talks in Mont Pèlerin that Turkey be granted the right to intervene if the constitution order of the new partnership was threatened on the condition that it be limited to the Turkish Cypriot constituent state.
He added that such a right would only be allowed to be exercised after a series of preventative steps were taken to be followed by a decision from the Turkish Cypriot constituent assembly.
Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side was insisting on zero troops and zero guarantees, Akinci said that it was out of the question for the Turkish Cypriot side to accept this.
“It clearly emerged during the latest talks in Mont Pèlerin that the security and guarantees of the Turkish Cypriot people cannot be provided by the EU,” he said.
Responding to a question as to whether or not the vice-president will have the right to veto as and when a settlement is reached, President Akinci said, “it is perceived as if the vice-president’s right to veto has been removed and that the concept of a rotational presidency is empty. This is not the case. Decisions regarding the three issues of defence, foreign policy and security will only be valid if the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot ministers decide on them together. When there will be a Greek Cypriot president, the vice-president will be Turkish Cypriot and vice versa”.
President Akinci also pointed out that a settlement to the Cyprus Problem will be beneficial for everyone.
“If the other side says that it is happy and content living on its own side of the line. Then we can’t force anyone for a settlement. The TRNC will no doubt continue on its own way,” he added.