President Eroğlu : “Anastasiadis should return to the negotiation table without any preconditions”

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Lefkosa - President DervisEroğlu who came together with the Assembly Platform composed of political parties represented at the General Assembly evaluated the latest developments at the Cyprus negotiations and emphasized once again that as the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades did not consult them when abandoning the table he should return to the table without putting forward any preconditions.

Eroğlu added that Turkish Cypriot side is not in a position to accept any precondition put forward by the Greek Cypriot side and pointed out that an agreement can only be reached at the negotiation table and added that it is not possible to reach a solution through mediators. Commenting on the precondition put forward by the Greek Cypriot side that Turkey should withdraw her vessels from the natural gas drilling area for three months, President Eroğlu said that is not acceptable. Stating that they have exchanged views with the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide in overcoming the stalemate Eroğlu said : “It has not been possible to find a solution even with this informal method.” Answering a question regarding the proposal of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu who suggested negotiating for a two-state solution, President Eroğlu said “it is a quite appropriate statement”.

Eroglu said “If the Greek Cypriot administration claims that everything in their seas belongs to their state then the seas around the North belong to us. Then what is left to discuss? Then that means we have already shared everything. What remains is bringing the two-state issue to the negotiation table and discussing it.” President Dervis Eroglu also reiterated his call to Nikos Anastasiadis to return to the negotiation table as soon as possible and wished him a speedy recovery. Eroğlu also mentioned that the Greek Cypriot administration demanded a very large scale of territory.

UN Secretary-General Ban called all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation in Cyprus

The UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon met yesterday with his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. Eide briefed Ban on the latest developments in Cyprus and the immediate region. The Secretary-General expressed concern over the tensions that have arisen in relation to hydrocarbons and over the suspension of negotiations. He stressed the need for all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation, so as to avoid any further instability in an already volatile region.

The Secretary-General underscored the need for the parties in Cyprus to return to the negotiating table without delay. He further called on countries of the region to help create a conducive environment for productive talks. He noted that, as both leaders have stated, the two communities can ill afford to perpetuate the status quo, in particular in light of the deteriorating regional context. In view of the Special Adviser’s upcoming visits to Cyprus, as well as to Turkey and Greece, the Secretary-General expressed his hope that all concerned will work constructively with Mr. Eide to swiftly overcome the current difficulties. Finally, the Secretary-General recalled the commitment made by the two leaders in September to accelerate the negotiating process.

24 Oct 2014