Former Greek Cypriot negotiator and former chief prosecutor Alekos Markidis noted that UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres had not merely announced that the Cyprus Conference was at an end, but that it was the end to a four-year-old effort.
Commenting on the unsuccessful Crans-Montana negotiations to Greek Cypriot daily ‘Alithia’ in a special interview, Markidis said “disputes seemed to be so heated that the UN Secretary-General should declare the end of this negotiating vote. I think it was not just a meeting, but the ending of the effort that started four years ago. This is a very unpleasant development,” he said.
Markidis predicted a deterioration in the situation, following the cessation of the Cyprus negotiations in Crans Montana, in the sense that the two sides would become further estranged from each other.
He warned that the Greek and Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot side would do this, too, that it is natural for the parties to propagate the accusation that each side is responsible, rather than take responsibility for itself, after such a dramatic, sudden and unexpected cut off of the conference.
Reminding that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had talked about the new solution to the Cyprus problem outside UN parameters, Markidis noted that the Greek Cypriot side should be prepared to face this new Turkish policy.