The Greek Cypriot side should carry out a “very serious assessment” [of the situation in Cyprus after the failure of the Crans-Montana Conference] and that as time passes two separate states will be rooted in a divided Cyprus, President Mustafa Akinci said.
Speaking at the opening of the grape festival in the village of Mehmetçik, Akinci said that if a federal solution were to be found in this country, it would need to consist of two politically equal founding states and have a rotating presidency. Either the Greek Cypriots will accept the “politically equal existence of the Turkish Cypriots with a federal understanding, or the existence of two separate entities will continue”, he said
Akinci noted that the Turkish Cypriot side was at the stage of making its own assessments and that the two Cypriot communities should definitely have a peaceful relationship. The Turkish Cypriots wanted to become part of the world and be rid of the embargoes imposed on them, he said.
Furthermore, President Akinci pointed out that the Greek Cypriots had gone to the Cyprus negotiations in Mont Pèlerin, Geneva and Crans-Montana thinking that the Turkish Cypriots would take no steps. He recalled that in Mont Pèlerin, the Greek Cypriots had asked for a recess and had left, in Geneva, Greece asked for a break and in Crans-Montana the Greek Cypriots prevented the Greek Prime Minister from attending the Conference.
Referring to the United Nations’ special advisors for Cyprus, Akinci said that they had all been attacked by the Greek Cypriot side when they left, as was the case with Espen Barth Eide. He argued that the Turkish Cypriots also had disagreements with Eide and they expected him to speak more clearly at some points, but they never attacked him publicly nor offended him.
Finally, Akinci said that during the past few days he had met with various Turkish Cypriot organisations and established that there was a broad consensus within the Turkish Cypriot community that the Turkish Cypriots did not want to become a minority in a unitary Greek Cypriot state or become a province of Turkey.