President Akıncı who is visiting New York as part of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly will be meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday and will also hold a series of contacts during his stay.
Holding a press conference at Ercan Airport before his departure, President Akıncı said that his visit to New York was a repular event carried out every September, adding that there were factors that made this year’s visit important.
Stressing that his meeting with the UN Secretary-General, which will be the first following the developments in Crans-Montana, was important, he said he had expectations from Guterres’ upcoming report on Cyprus.
He stated that they were expecting the UN Secretary-General to prepare an objective report and not according to the Greek Cypriot side’s accusations.
Regarding his expectations for the future, the President reminded that the presidential elections in South Cyprus will take place at the beginning of next year.
“What is important for us is not who will be occupying that seat but which views and positions that person will be representing. This process is an opportunity for the Greek Cypriots to reflect”, Akıncı said, expressing the hope that the Greek Cypriot side will make a healthier evaluation.
Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side from time to time stated that it was ready to return to the table and to negotiate within the framework set up by Guterres, he however added that it was also making contradictory statements, noting that it was not possible to do this because of the upcoming elections.
Stating that they did not expect any new developments over the next few months, Akıncı said the Greek Cypriot side had entered an election atmosphere much earlier.
“The Greek Cypriot side is trying to produce a false perception. We had presented views and took steps in line with the framework in Crans-Montana. We, as the side which did its best for a solution will hold a sincere meeting with the UN Chief and convey our demands for further clarification of his framework”, the President added.
Reminding that the open ended negotiations processes which continued for 50 years remained inconclusive, he said they did not see it possible to reach a successful conclusion through such a process.
“We cannot reach a new destination by walking the same path”, Akıncı said, adding that any new process needed to be result-oriented and not open ended.
Stating that all meetings in Geneva, Mont Pelerin and Crans-Montana were held as a result of initiatives undertaken by the Turkish Cypriot side, the President said “the Turkish Cypriot people still continue to live in uncertainty and are subjected to embargoes. The Greek Cypriot community which usurped our rights is a member of the European Union. This is unfair and should not be tolerated. No one should forget the report of the former UN Secretary General and what happened in 2004. The UN should do its part in determining the future status of the Turkish Cypriot people.”
Stating that there was no need to have great expectations from his New York contacts, the President said there was no tripartite meeting scheduled and added he will continue to inform the public on the latest developments.