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‘No chance for terms of reference at this stage’, say Turkish Cypriots

President spoke with Jane Holl Lute about Turkey's actions off Paphos (file photo)

President Nicos Anastasiades “has not yet abandoned his negative attitude to political equality and effective participation” the Turkish Cypriot side said following Sunday’s meeting between Mustafa Akinci and UN envoy Jane Holl Lute.

According to CNA, Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu argued that the Greek Cypriot side does not show respect for past agreements, is not ready to accept the framework tabled by the UN Secretary-General on June 30, 2017 in Crans-Montana, “and for that reason I regret to say that there is no possibility at this stage that Mrs Lute’s terms of reference may be completed”.

Lute was in Cyprus on Sunday for separate meetings with the two leaders. Her mandate is to help them come up with terms of reference for a resumption of negotiations. On Sunday Anastasiades “shared some new ideas with her”, the Greek Cypriot side said after the meeting at the presidential palace, which went on for two hours and 15 minutes.

She met with Akinci Sunday afternoon in the north for an hour and 45 minutes.

Burcu said later Sunday that “in every contact and at every opportunity” Akinci sent messages to Anastasiades about how important it was to find a solution.

Unfortunately, he added, during the meeting with Lute, she found that Anastasiades had not given up his negative attitude to the issue of political equality and effective participation.

“This means that Mr Anastasiades does not show respect for the agreements of the past, he is not ready to accept the framework put forward by Guterres on 30 June, and this is what we have seen today. That is why, at this stage, I regret to say, there is no possibility that Mrs Lute’s terms of reference can be concluded. I suppose this situation will be somehow reflected in the report the UN Secretary-General will make on 15 April at the UN,” said Burcu.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is to submit his latest report on his Good Office Mission to the UN Security Council on April 15.

Referring to statements made by Greek Cypriot chief negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis following Lute’s meeting at the palace, Burcu said this was an effort to create impressions.

He said that political equality, the rotating presidency, at least one positive vote in federal bodies where the Turkish Cypriots do not have numerical equality were already agreed points “and there should be no deviation from this convergence.”

The composition of the federal cabinet was also a convergence, he said in that the representation would be seven Greek Cypriots and four Turkish Cypriots “and for any decision they would need a positive vote by a Turkish Cypriot minister”.

“We want to support these convergences. We want to move forward rather than intensify the current situation,” Burcu added. “But unfortunately putting forward such proposals as new is something that is undermining the current situation.”

Burcu said the position of the Turkish Cypriot side was clear, “to move forward, we must think about overcoming the current situation. And there are three things that are necessary. First, respect for past agreements, secondly, respect for the principles contained in the joint communiqué of the February 11, 2014. And thirdly, unfiltered acceptance of the framework of the UN Secretary-General submitted in Crans-Montana on June 30 [2017] as it is. The Turkish Cypriot side has come to terms with it and is ready to move on.”

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