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Cavusoglu: don’t waste Turkey’s time

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

TURKISH Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it would be a waste of time to negotiate for the sakes of negotiating, as he reiterated that a timetable should be a condition in reunification talks.

“We need to determine the timetable and what and how we are going to negotiate it,” the Turkish diplomat said during a conference organized by the Sabahattin Zaim University’s politics club. “We need a result-oriented process.”

Cavusoglu said Turkey had no energy to waste.

The foreign minister said his country was taking the necessary steps to solve the Cyprus problem but it was not only up to Turkey.

“There are two other guarantor countries and two sides in Cyprus,” he said, adding that any future talks should be goal-oriented and with a timeframe.

“What we are saying now is that negotiating for the sake of negotiating is nothing but a waste of time. We need to determine beforehand what we are going to negotiate and how we are going to negotiate it. We need a timetable…we need a result-oriented process as we have no energy to lose, whatever happens, happens.”

Talks between the two sides broke down in the summer of 2017 with the two sides blaming each other.

The UN Secretary General has dispatched a special envoy to look into the prospects of resuming the negotiations but there were no signs of them starting any time soon.

President Nicos Anastasiades has recently raised a fresh issue relating to the functionality of the state post-solution.

Anastasiades questioned whether the sides having at least one positive vote in decision-making, would contribute towards a functional solution.

The president has been accused by Akel of changing his line on the Cyprus problem, raising the risk of permanent partition.

Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou denied the accusations anew on Friday.

“There is no reversal,” he said. “The president is making clear how an agreement can be functional and constitute a solution that people can accept,” he said.

Ruling Disy sought to provide support for Anastasiades, saying his efforts did not annul political equality, a key Turkish Cypriot demand.

“They concern one of the six parameters of the (UNSG Antonio) Guterres framework, that of effective participation,” the party said in a statement.

But to achieve further progress, the party said, it was necessary for Turkey to respond positively on security issues.

“Cyprus’ evolution into a normal country cannot take place without abolishing the anachronism of guarantees,” it said.

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