Former Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ergun Olgun, issued a written statement yesterday after handing over his position to the new negotiator Ozdil Nami.
In his statement, he emphasised that a new window of opportunity had arisen for the Cyprus negotiation process and that two months ago, the Turkish Cypriot negotiating team completed all its preparation work related to the talks.
Olgun added that the negotiating team has given the UN details of a roadmap and stated that they had also shown this to President Akinci and the new negotiator.
Referring to the current stage of the Cyprus negotiations, Olgun said that the proposals submitted in 2014 by the two sides on six chapters, the 11th February Joint Declaration and the convergences between the two sides of the 2008-2012 period, are still on the negotiating table.
“The negotiations will continue from the point they were left in a structured, intensified and productive way, within a time limit and with the aim of yielding a positive result. Efforts should be exerted to end the talks with bridging proposals and a give-take process”, the statement read.
Referring to the recent altercation between Turkish President Erdogan and the TRNC President Akinci, Olgun described them as a family squabble and stressed the need for both Turkey and the TRNC to solve their problems in a more appropriate way.