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No rush decisions on future of TRNC: Updated

20 July 2017

North Cyprus News - Cavusoglu - Akinci

No hasty decision should be made regarding the future of the TRNC was the outcome of the meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Mustafa Akinci on Tuesday.

The Turkish foreign minister continued the meeting at a working dinner with representatives of all political parties represented in parliament and the Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber.

Citing reliable sources, Turkish daily ‘Milliyet’ writes that the fact that the Cyprus negotiations based on UN parameters had failed, was the prevailing factor at the meeting. It was decided that further meetings would would be held in the near future to discuss the next steps for North Cyprus.

Ankara and the Turkish Cypriot side will continue discussing their new road map during the visit expected by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the 1974 Turkish Peace Mission in Cyprus.

It was noted that a meeting on Cyprus presided by President Erdogan could also be held. The paper recalls that Erdogan had said that a great opportunity to solve the Cyprus problem had been lost and that existing UN parameters should not continue to be regarded as a framework for a solution.

Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Diyalog’ reports that a reliable source told the paper that Present Akinci had expressed the view that during the recent Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, it had been obvious that the actual intention of the Greek Cypriots was not a [solution] within UN parameters.

The CTP and TDP opposition parties said that the negotiations should not be interrupted, while the ruling UBP and DP parties expressed the view that the negotiations had been interrupted, and that a solution within the framework of UN parameters was not possible and the TRNC should determine its own road map.

Update: ‘Yeni Duzen’ reported that during the dinner held at the presidential palace for the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu two days ago, Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun and Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Denktas suggested abandoning the goal of a federal Cyprus and launching negotiations based on two states.

According to the paper, neither the opposition parties nor President Akinci nor Cavusoglu supported the proposal. Cavusoglu held no stance on the issue, writes the paper, and he stated that they will make the necessary evaluation and will consider to this proposal as well.

Commenting on the same issue, ‘Afrika’ wrote that Denktas submitted to Cavusoglu a proposal that suggests the opening of the fenced-off town of Varosha/Maras in Famagusta under Turkish administration and its return to the Greek Cypriot owners. The paper noted that no statements were made after the dinner and that there is great interest to know how Turkey reacts to this proposal.

The paper also wrote that the idea was also supported by the People’s Party (HP) led by Kudret Ozersay and by the Revival Party (the settlers’ party).

Milliyet, Diyalog, Yeni Duzen, Afrika

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