The Conference on Cyprus which begins on 28 June in Crans Montana, Switzerland, “is not the end of the road”, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said.
In joint statements in Athens with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras on Monday, Yildirim said that the solution to the Cyprus problem should be just and guarantee the future security of the communities, which will live on the island.
Asked to comment on UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide’s statement that the conference in Switzerland will be the end of the road, Yildirim said:
“Life ends, the road does not end. If you want to go, there is definitely a way to go, always. We want a solution, but it should not be forgotten that this matter is not an issue of the UN. It is an issue for the Turkish Cypriot community and the Greek Cypriot community. The UN contributes to the solution. […] With our position as guarantor powers, deriving from past agreements, as the Prime Ministers of Turkey and Greece, we decided to offer every kind of positive contribution needed for achieving a solution and we will continue working in this direction”.
Referring to energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, Yildirim said that these are a “common legacy of mankind” and that during their use the “rights of the north and the south of Cyprus should be protected”.
He added the following:
“We know that the Cyprus problem is an issue which should be solved both for Turkey and for Greece. We are thinking positively. The result which will be produced should be fair, ensure the fair co-administration and guarantee the future security of the communities living on the island. The solution should ensure the guarantees needed from the point of view of EU-Turkey relations and from the point of view of EU-United Cyprus relations. We had the opportunity to discuss that more work and effort is needed on this issue. I said that this should be directed towards a united Cyprus within the framework of the UN Resolutions and the benefits of the EU. I said that a solution aiming at the security of the peoples of Cyprus should be found and that this should be materialised without the interference of third powers”.