President Mustafa Akıncı held a press conference at the UN office in Geneva and spoke about the five-party conference and the negotiations that took place throughout the week.
He said that in line with the agreement reached on the 1st December, they discussed the four remaining chapters during meetings held between the 9th and 11th January and tried to bridge gaps on topics that consensus had not been reached and added that they had decided to present maps in accordance with the percentages that had been previously determined.
Akinci said during the first two days of the Geneva summit some convergences had been reached but noted that there was still much to do and added that they had been discussing topics that had been discussed for years over the past 20 months.
“For the first time in Geneva, maps were presented on proposed territorial boundaries and that later these maps were sealed in the UN’s vault. The Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades said that the map we presented was unacceptable and we do not find the map submitted by the Greek Cypriot side to be acceptable and we have informed the UN Secretary General of this with a letter,” said Akinci.
Noting that after many years for the first time a five-party conference with the attendance of the guarantors in Cyprus was held and that this meeting was held in a very positive atmosphere President Akinci said that in order not to waste time they continued their discussions during their dinner break.
He said that during the evening session they exchanged views on how they could carry the process forward and added that the guarantor powers carried out meetings amongst themselves as well.
Explaining that he had also held a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the President said that during the evening session at the conference they concentrated more on how to carry the process forward.
He said despite the two sides in Cyprus, Turkey and Britain wanting to continue the conference without any further breaks, due to Greece requesting more time to prepare a decision was given to hold another conference in the future and in the end, the 18th January was the date set for the conference.
“Ozdil Nami will be representing me during that conference. The guarantor countries will also send representatives,” Akinci said.
Noting that the conference has not been finalised but had taken on a new form, Akinci said that this was just preparatory work for the conference to be taken to a higher level.
“Speaking on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot side that has been continuing the Cyprus negotiations for the past 20 months we have reached the end,” said Akinci and added that although there were some issues that still needed to be tied up, some issues would be finalised once the last phase had been reached.
He also drew attention to the fact that all issues would be finalised during the end game.
“It would be wrong to say that the five-party conference has ended or that there is uncertainty. The Cyprus solution process has not been endorsed as an open ended road. Right after the 18th January meeting, the conference will be transferred to a higher level and we are determined to hold a second conference,” said the President and added that such an opportunity might not arise again.