President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades will send by Tuesday next week a letter to UNSG Antonio Guterres briefing him on the current state of affairs at the Cyprus problem negotiations, after the Turkish Cypriot leader`s decision to withdraw from the Cyprus talks, demanding that an amendment of the Cypriot Parliament is revoked.
In statements to the press, the President said that he had decided to send a letter to the UNSG right after Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci`s letter to Guterres but he kept on hoping that Akinci would return to the negotiating table during their scheduled meeting on the 23rd of February. Akinci canceled the meeting.
“It seems that there is no more room left, so the letter will be send the latest on Tuesday”, he said.
Asked what Turkey seeks to achieve with this stance, the President said that this stance is probably linked to the referendum in Turkey in April and to Ankara`s unwillingness to reveal its actual intentions on the issues of security, guarantees and troops, which are being discussed at the Cyprus talks.
He expressed the wish that after the referendum in Turkey (in April) no more excuses will be used by Ankara to avoid its responsibilities.
Asked if he had any contact with the Turkish Cypriot leader he said “no, unfortunately”.
He also said that for now no responsibility should be attributed to the UNSG Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, since he gave an objective information about which was the side that abandoned the Cyprus talks.
Replying to a journalist’s comment that he had implied that Eide bears responsibility for the situation, the President explained that he did not refer to interventions on the substance but that there was no strict procedure as regards what had been agreed that would be on the agenda (of the meetings).
He clarified that his reference to a new methodology and approach requires an ongoing dialogue. The President also said that in the framework of this new methodology the issues agreed should be written down, as well as the small and big differences should be written down and an effort should be made until the new meeting in Geneva, – that would have taken place on the 13th of March – to conclude with the small differences and after that to discuss the core issues that are still pending.
He pointed out that after Akinci`s stance and his refusal to come to the negotiating table there is – at this stage at least – nothing that relates to methodology or how to troubleshoot problems since there is no dialogue.”
The German government sincerely hopes that negotiations will resume as soon as possible German Ambassador in Nicosia, Nikolai von Schoepff, has told the Cyprus News Agency.
In a statement to CNA, the German Ambassador said that a just and lasting settlement reunifying the island is more important than ever.
“The German government sincerely hopes that negotiations will resume as soon as possible and remains convinced that the leaders will continue to do their utmost to bring the talks to a successful conclusion” he said.
Nikolai von Schoepff noted that Germany stands ready to offer its support and share relevant experiences from German unification process.
“A just and lasting settlement reunifying the island is more important than ever and would not only benefit all Cypriots but also send an signal of hope that the peaceful solution of conflicts is possible to the region as a whole.”, he concluded.