President Mustafa Akinci has said that the UN Secretary-General’s report on Cyprus has ignored the Turkish Cypriots’ positive stance towards the Cyprus negotiations.
Akinci said that the UNSG had tried always to follow a balanced attitude between the parties as expected and added that this stance was understandable while the contacts made by the UNSG’s special envoy Jane Hall Lute have not ended yet, but yet it was an injustice towards the Turkish Cypriots.
The report refers to past agreements, the February 11, 2014 document and the Guterres framework of June 30, 2017, but reference was not made to the position of the parties towards the above-mentioned documents, he noted.
“As it is known, while forming the terms of reference during our contacts with Mrs Lute, as leader authorised by the Turkish Cypriot people, we say that we accept as a basis, the past agreements, the February 11, 2014 document and the 30 June 2017 framework, on the condition that it is not watered down”, Akinci said. He reiterated the assertion that the Greek Cypriot side had rejected a very important principle of the past agreements, such as political equality and the effective participation in decision-making and that it is trying to substitute the 30 June 2017 framework with a non-existent document said to be dated 4 July 2017.
“The fact that no clear reference was made in the report to the negative stance of the Greek Cypriot side in the UN report, is a serious deficiency. It is regrettable to ignore the positive attitude of the Turkish Cypriot side. It should be known that ignoring the negative attitude of the Greek Cypriot side in the UN report does not contribute in the solution efforts in Cyprus”.
Nonetheless, he said that it is important that reference was made to political equality in the bi-zonal bi-communal federation, the past agreement and the 11 February document, and the 30 June 2017 framework and said that this was an indirect warning to the Greek Cypriot side.
“Besides, it is stated that open-ended processes are an issue that featured in the past and that the process should be solution-oriented. This shows that the Secretary-General shares the same approach as the Turkish Cypriot side that the process should have a time limit. All this means that the stable and consistent attitude that we are putting forth as Turkish Cypriots is accepted”, he said.
Noting that the UN report shows a balanced attitude on the confidence building measures as well, Akinci argued that the report ignored issues such as that the last four years were wasted on the mobile phones issue because of the stance of the Greek Cypriot side and obstacles put by the Greek Cypriot side after Crans-Montana in the way of efforts for the harmonisation of the Turkish Cypriot institutions with the EU.
Stating that the Turkish Cypriot side will continue its efforts for peace and a solution, Akinci said that everybody should at last understand, that embargoes imposed on the Turkish Cypriots are unfair and unnecessary.