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South distorting Guterres’ statement before ink has dried

7 June 2017

North Cyprus News - Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has accused the Greek Cypriot Administration of distorting the statement made by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York.

“The fact that the contents of the UN Secretary-General’s remarks have begun to be distorted by the Greek Cypriot side before the ink is even dry, and claims being made that the preconditions put forth by the Greek Cypriot leader have been accepted, clearly demonstrate yet again the Greek Cypriot side’s lack of sincerity and the absence of political will for a settlement” a statement read by the Turkish Foreign Ministry read.

The statement said that it was a well known fact that Turkey is ready for the reconvening of the Conference on Cyprus held in Geneva on 12 January 2017, without preconditions.

“We continue to be determined to reach a just, lasting and comprehensive solution to the Cyprus issue” it said.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry statement pointed out that the remarks made by the UN Secretary-General following his meeting in New York on 4 June with President Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades was a step towards the conclusion of the process, and that particular emphasis has been laid in the Secretary-General’s remarks on the principles that “all issues will be discussed interdependently” and that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, through a direct reference to the Leaders’ Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014.

“This being the case, the fact that the contents of the UN Secretary-General’s remarks have begun to be distorted by the Greek Cypriot side before the ink is even dry, and claims being made that the preconditions put forth by the Greek Cypriot leader have been accepted, clearly demonstrate yet again the Greek Cypriot side’s lack of sincerity and the absence of political will for a settlement” it said.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry stressed that the contents of these remarks, which conveyed to the public the agreement reached during the meeting of the Leaders with the UN Secretary-General, have been distorted and misinterpreted by the Greek Cypriot side so as to serve their domestic policy interests.

“This only reinforces doubts regarding the intention of the Greek Cypriot side to establish a new partnership with the Turkish Cypriot side on the basis of political equality” the statement read, adding that if the conference was to be successful, then all the participants need to adopt the constructive attitude that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side are displaying.

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