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Agreement impossible within UN parameters: Cavusoglu

7 July 2017

North Cyprus News - Mevlut Cavusoglu

After the failure of the Cyprus Conference in Crans-Montana in the early hours of this morning, the people are waiting fpr President Mustafa Akinci’s evaluation of events. According to Kibris Postasi, Akinci will hold a press conference this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the failure of the Crans-Montana conference demonstrated that it was impossible to reach a settlement within the parameters of the UN’s Good Offices Mission and there was “No use in insisting on them”.

In a series of tweets after the marathon working dinner ended in the early hours, Cavusoglu said it was important to maintain and increase stability on island and in region.

We will continue efforts for a settlement within different parameters,” he said. Crans-Montana, he added had “unfortunately not produced any results”. “Turkey was very constructive but no agreement could be reached.

Asked what the next moves would be, the Turkish minister said the situation would be evaluated both by the Turkish president and prime minister.

Asked about the attitude of the Greek Cypriot side, he said unfortunately on the issue of guarantees and the troops, the ‘zero guarantees zero army’, he did not see any change coming from the Greek side. “Therefore, the full withdrawal of Turkish troops from the island and the elimination of Turkish guarantees was not an approach that could be accepted by either the Turkish Cypriot side nor by us,” he said.

Cavusoglu noted that from the start, Turkey had said this would be the last conference and it had been the UN secretary-general who had ended the conference because he could not see any progress in the negotiations.

What will happen from now and what steps we will take, as I said earlier, we as Turkey will make our assessments and consult with the TRNC and will make the decision together,” he added.

The Cyprus News Agency said that according to reliable sources, there was no result because of Turkey insisted on retaining the guarantee system and on maintaining Turkish troops on the island.

On the guarantees and the right to intervention, Ankara wanted a review of the presence of troops in 15 years and not withdrawal, CNA said

Regarding territory, the Turkish side would only accept the return of part of Guzelyurt/Morphou to the Greek Cypriot constituent state, in the event of reunification.

In addition, Turkey wanted any agreement reached to become primary law of the EU while, after a political settlement, it insisted that the treatment of Turks residing in Cyprus be the same as that enjoyed by Greeks who lived there.

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