Result of Cyprus talks at Crans Montana not a positive development, but not the end of the road, says Nicosia
United Nations.- (GreekNewsOnline. CNA, AA)
The outcome of the Cyprus Conference is, under no circumstances, a positive development, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said, pointing out at the same time that this is not the end of the road.
Speaking after a marathon dinner which the UN Secretary General hosted for the heads of participating delegations to the Conference, at Crans Montana, the Spokesman said that “the unacceptable status quo on the island cannot be the future of Cyprus and President Nicos Anastasiades will reinforce his efforts to create the conditions that will allow us to hope for an end to the Turkish occupation and reunification of our homeland.”
Unfortunately, the Spokesman added, there was no result under the current effort due to the Turkish side’s insistence on continuing the Treaty of Guarantees, on maintaining Turkey’s right to intervene and on the presence of Turkish troops on the island.
Further to the Turkish positions on the chapter of security and guarantees, he said, the positions expressed on the remaining chapters not only deviate from the UNSG’s framework but they cannot be accepted under any circumstances.
The Spokesman said that from day one in Crans Montana, the President of the Republic submitted specific and comprehensive proposals on the basis and ideas of the SG so that if they were accepted, they could have paved the way for an overall solution to the Cyprus problem. Specific written proposals which addressed the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots, without disregarding the concerns of the Greek Cypriot community, he explained.
Christodoulides said that the Greek government submitted a written proposal on the issue of security and guarantees, which was presented with in a constructive will and approach to achieve a positive result.
The Spokesman conveyed the President of the Republic’s satisfaction for the excellent cooperation with the Greek FM who was in Crans Montana throughout the past several days and with the Greek Prime Minister who was in constant communication with the President of the Republic.
The President, said Christodoulides, wanted to thanked the UNSG for his presence in Crans Montana and the way he approached the issues which indicate he understands the principles that should govern a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem and will continue to be after a possible solution, an EU Member State.
Turkey’s intervention rights
in Cyprus could not be
accepted, says Greek FM
Turkey’s intervention rights throughout Cyprus could not possibly be accepted, the Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Kotzias wrote on twitter.
He added that “the dream and plan for a Cyprus solution remains alive”.
The message was posted early on Friday, after the Conference on Cyprus was concluded in Switzerland without agreement.
Cyprus Conference ends
without agreement being
reached, says Guterres
The Conference on Cyprus at Crans Montana ended without an agreement, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced on Friday after a dinner with all the participating delegations, that ended in the early hours without a result.
” I am deeply sorry to inform you that despite the very strong commitment and engagement of all the delegations of the different parties, the Greek Cypriot, the Turkish Cypriot delegation, Greece, Turkey, the UK and the EU as an observer and of course the UN team, the Conference on Cyprus was closed without an agreement being reached,” he told a news conference.
Guterres returned to Crans Montana on Thursday in an effort to break the deadlock that the talks at the Swiss resort faced.
“Unfortunately, as I said, an agreement wasn’t possible and the conference was closed without the possibility to bring a solution to this dramatically long lasting problem”, he added.
Guterres expressed “deep gratitude and appreciation to the leaders of the two communities” and wished “the best for all Cypriots, of north and south. And I also want to express my deep gratitude to the representatives of the guarantor powers and the EU”.
At the same time, he expressed his “enormous appreciation to the UN team and my advisor Espen Barth Eide”, noting that Eide has “done everything possible to bring closer the positions of the different delegations”.
Asked if the parties will continue the negotiations, Guterres said “the Conference is closed”.
“That doesn’t mean that other initiatives won’t be developed in order to address the Cyprus problem. But this Conference was closed unfortunately without a result. The United Nations is always at the disposal of the parties”, Guterres added.
Unfortunately, the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana failed despite all the efforts,” Cavusoglu told reporters. “It was the last conference and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also said he concluded this conference.”
Representatives from the EU, the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaderships, and the grantor nations of Turkey, Greece and the U.K., participated in the intense discussions that began at the end of last month.
If there would be a positive atmosphere, Cavusoglu said the prime ministers of the grantor nations would have been invited to the discussions in the Swiss Alps.
But Turkey now has to assess and decide its next steps to resolve the Cyprus issue, he said.