President Mustafa Akıncı’s Special Adviser for Diplomacy and EU Affairs, Erhan Erçin has said that developments that have begun with the process of resettling Maronites in their villages will continue.
Speaking on a private TV channel, Erçin expressed the view that positive results will emerge as the Turkish Cypriot side takes sincere steps.
“Our road map as of this stage will be to take realistic and reasonable steps, both domestically and abroad, against all obstacles, in line with the demands and expectations of the Turkish Cypriot people”, he said.
Stating that the Turkish Cypriot side was not rushing this process, Erçin said that the period ahead will be spent changing things in a good way.
“The steps taken regarding the Maronites was important in showing not only the Turkish Cypriot people but the international community that some things can change for the better rather than accepting the situation as it is in the absence of a settlement to the Cyprus Problem”, he added.
Erçin said that it was important to find common ground and take positive steps when considering that the international community was now watching and observing the Turkish Cypriot side’s reactions.
Stating that the Greek Cypriot side had shown that it was not ready for a federal partnership in Cyprus, Erçin said that they will continue their efforts until conditions for a federal settlement are conducive, by not solving domestic issues and further developing relations within the international community.
He reminded that the Turkish Cypriot side had taken clear and solution-focused steps in Crans-Montana within the framework drawn by the UN Secretary General.
“As the UN Secretary General clearly pointed out…the two sides need a period of reflection. We are going through a serious process of reflection and various steps will be taken until conditions for negotiations are once again favourable”, he said.
Meanwhile, in a separate report, BRT writes that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Serdar Denktaş has said that resuming negotiations, as of now, will be waste of time.
Speaking live on BRT last night, the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that talks to create federations could only be held between equal parties.
He expressed concern that the 11 February 2014 Joint Declaration, from which his party withdrew its support, could create a new environment for conflict on the island.
Stating that it became clear in Crans-Montana that the federation positions of the two sides were far too apart from each other, Denktaş said “it’s obvious the Greek Cypriot’s understanding of a bi-zonal federation is quite different from our understanding. This is the real reason why the process collapsed”.
He noted that the Greek Cypriot side’s proposal for a ‘single ticket’ in elections was proof that it had no desire to share political power with Turkish Cypriots.