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President of Cyprus; I am not as optimistic as I would like because of Mr Erdogan’s constant statements

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I am not as optimistic as I would like to be because of the constant statements of either Mr. Erdogan or Mr. Tsavousoglou or what is repeated through the mouth of Mr. Tatar, said today the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis.

In a press conference he gave to journalists in New York, President Anastasiadis said that:

“This visit is considered very important and I hope it will be important in view of the meeting that will take place at the invitation of the UN Secretary General, between the Secretary General and the two leaders, on September 27 at a lunch that the Secretary General will host at the UN.

On 30 August I had sent a letter to the Secretary-General reiterating his readiness and determination not only to attend a meeting with the Secretary-General and Mr Tatar but also to develop positions that could help, if there is good will on the other hand, so that to resume a meaningful, creative dialogue that will lead to a solution within the UN and that will yield a functioning and therefore sustainable state that respects the concerns of both communities and fully respects the European acquis and human rights in general.

Therefore, I believe that if there is good will on the other hand, what can happen during the meetings with the Secretary General in June 2017 and November 2019 can yield results. Of course in 2017 he attributed the Summit to Crans Montana. In 2019 in Berlin, unfortunately, despite the agreement of the leaders with the Secretary General and despite the joint announcement describing the parameters that a dialogue could move, it failed due to the interventions of Ankara, the objections and pretexts it used in order to avoid a resumption of substantive negotiations. , with the ultimate goal, based on the work that had been produced in previous years, to continue concluding an agreement.

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I would be over-optimistic, I would say, given Mr Tatar’s position, reiterating what Ankara has said, that there could be a positive result. But what matters is that the meeting takes place, that we are determined to give what is needed, in the sense of interpreting proposals that have been tabled, even if the other side shows good will and redefines goals, to create conditions that to allow us to be led into a new dialogue. I am not as optimistic as I would like to be in the face of the constant statements of either Mr. Erdogan or Mr. Tsavousoglu or what is being said orally by Mr. Tatar and the Turkish positions on a two-state solution or the recognition of his sovereignty as a prerequisite for dialogue. illegal formation. I want to hope that after the strong condemnations from both the SA and the EU, but also from a number of countries that have a role to play in the international arena, that positions that have been submitted to the Secretary-General during the informal meeting in April will be repositioned or changed. Geneva and it is a wish that I express that there is hope for a shift from the positions they expressed then, and I say a wish because unfortunately the same is repeated today by Mr Tatar.

For my part, I will convey to the Secretary-General the various alternative proposals from time to time to resolve the stalemate, whether they were about decentralizing powers to reduce potential conflicts at the center of either parliamentary democracy or substantive MOEs to create a positive climate the resumption of the dialogue or the very recent reference to a return to the Constitution of the ’60s, under certain conditions, of course, to ensure the continued existence of the state and its evolution into what has been agreed in the Summit Agreements and based on UN resolutions . Therefore, referring to the Establishment Treaties, we also refer to the prohibition of union of part or all or secession of part or all with any state or secession from the central state and therefore the basis of negotiation is restored as originally agreed beyond the recognition of Turkish claims.

If we followed Mr. Tatar’s example, it would be easy for us, and rightly so, if we set as a condition for the resumption of the dialogue the termination of the guarantees and the withdrawal of the occupying troops or the territorial adjustments so that there is something that will not only satisfy one and both communities and in particular will respond to the concerns of Greek Cypriots.

What I will emphasize to the Secretary-General is that the terms of reference and the resolutions provide the common ground for the resumption of the dialogue without ignoring until Cran Montana the work produced through convergences, through agreements that have been reached.

The regular meeting with the Secretary General will take place tomorrow at 5.55 pm (New York time) “.

SOURCE: AMNA

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