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Guterres’ report disappoints TRNC Foreign Ministry

12 October 2017

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The TRNC Foreign Ministry has said that the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ report on Cyprus is a great source of disappointment for them.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that whilst the report had the opportunity and potential to act as a guidebook for a solution, the current report, regrettably, will take its place on dusty shelves, along with all other documents belonging to the 50 year long negotiation process.

The report, which supposedly takes an impartial approach, fails to provide a complete and accurate reflection of the developments in the latest negotiation process in general and Crans-Montana in particular, thus failing to adopt a just and fair approach. In his report, the Secretary General refrains from acknowledging that the recent process has failed due to the intransigence of the Greek Cypriot side. The fact that the lack of political will and determination of the Greek Cypriot side is equally attributed to all sides makes matters even worse”, the statement read.

The TRNC Foreign Ministry also pointed out in its statement that the report makes no reference to the negative stance of the Greek Cypriot side which refused to discuss, even in principle, the already agreed notion of rotating presidency, an indispensable part of the political equality of the Turkish Cypriot side.

Furthermore, the report does not refer to the Turkish Cypriot side’s openings regarding the Confidence Building Measures. Moreover, the Greek Cypriot side’s intransigent approach of ‘‘zero-troops, zero-guarantees’’ is overlooked. In this context, we would like to reiterate that the continuation of Turkey’s guarantee rights is an indispensable element for the Turkish Cypriot side who would not vote in favour of an agreement devoid of it”, the statement read.

The statement pointed out that it will not be possible to reach a solution in Cyprus with the absence of an accurate evaluation on the causes behind the failure of the 50 year long negotiations.

Despite the failure of the half-a-century old negotiation process, demonstrating that a settlement based on the current parameters is not possible, the Secretary General continues to refrain from acknowledging this fact in his report, thus, contributing to the continuation of the very status quo that the Secretary General himself deems unacceptable. This status quo means that the Turkish Cypriot people are obliged to live under inhumane isolation imposed on them. Once again our expectations from the UN and the Secretary General to adopt a determined and courageous approach have not been met, although such an approach would allow for the Turkish Cypriot people to take their rightful place in the international arena from which they have been unfairly secluded for so many years”, the statement added.

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