Osman Ertug, spokesman for President Eroglu, has criticised the Greek Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides for recent statements he made and states that the Turkish Cypriot side is ready to enter into the ‘give and take’ stage of the Cyprus negotiations. “The Greek Cypriot side is the one which avoids doing this by putting [in] pre-conditions”, he said in a written statement issued yesterday, ‘Kibris Postasi’ reports.
Ertug referred to a statement made by the Foreign Minister reportedly saying that major disagreements exist between the sides and unless the Turkish Cypriot side alters its stance on some important positions, no solution will be reached on the Cyprus problem.
“First of all, we want to stress to Mr Kasoulides that the Greek Cypriot side is the one which should change its views, abandon its maximalistic stance and bring its views to a reasonable, realistic level”, Ertug said, declaring that the Greek Cypriot side has no right to criticise others because it avoids accepting past convergences and “tries to change even the established UN parameters formed during decades of negotiations”.
Ertug argued that all six chapters in the negotiations have been discussed, contrary to what the Foreign Minister had said, and that both sides have put their proposals onto the table.
Ertug said that the Turkish Cypriot side also believes that the issue of natural gas and hydrocarbons might be a catalyst in the efforts of both sides to reach an agreement and added that the proposals submitted by the Turkish Cypriot side on this issue are still on the table.
Ertug also said that the statements made by Foreign Minister Kasoulides make the duty of the UN Secretary-General’s newly appointed Special Adviser for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide more difficult and do not help to create a positive climate.