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Guterres’ report not entirely fair to Turkish Cypriot side: Burcu

11 October 2017

North Cyprus News - Baris Burcu

President Akinci’s Office has evaluated the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ official report on Cyprus, drawing attention to its shortcomings and positive aspects.

In a written statement, Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu said that the report had refuted the Greek Cypriot side’s narrative on the Conference on Cyprus which argued that the Turkish Cypriot side was responsible for the collapse of the talks.

He said that the report had also made it clear that, contrary to Greek Cypriot claims, that the Conference on Cyprus had not only dealt with the issue of Security and Guarantees but also with all the other outstanding issues on the Cyprus problem.

Burcu also stated that President Mustafa Akıncı’s position that the negotiations could no longer be continued using the same methodology and that the issues should be taken up as part of a bigger package, had been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General in his report.

The ‘Guterres Framework’ which had been shared with the two sides in Crans-Montana within the framework of the Conference on Cyprus was not completely reflected upon in the report. The changes and inadequacies in the wording used in the report upsets the balance of the framework put forward by the UN Secretary-General”, Burcu said.

He added that mentioning in the report that there was almost full convergence on the issues of a federal executive and active participation in decision making had led to misperceptions.

Burcu noted that similar misperceptions had been created on the issue of independent authorities and bodies, as well as the Federal Public Service.

The reports failure to mention which side adopted a constructive approach on the property issue is also one of its shortcomings”, the Presidential Spokesperson said.

He added that the report’s shortcoming included its failure to state which side failed to show the necessary political will in the talks, which side ran away from the negotiations held abroad and why some of the Confidence Building Measures had not been implemented.

“The reports failure to make any mention of the plebiscite held in South Cyprus to mark the Enosis vote in schools was also disappointing”, he said, adding that the Guterres had failed to mention that the Greek Cypriot side had resorted to delaying tactics to slow down the process.

Also touching upon the positive aspects of the report, Burcu said that it was welcoming to see that the report had given room to the positive contributions made to the process by the Turkish Cypriot side.

Burcu also said that it was abundantly clear that no result could be reached in the negotiations using the same method, modes and with the same attitudes.

We would like to use this opportunity to stress once again that the Greek Cypriot side needs to seriously change its mentality”, he said.

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