Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber, said she was concerned about the passive attitude displayed by the Greek Cypriot side towards the attacks on a number of Turkish Cypriots who had visited the South. This was disturbing news for those who wanted to see a solution to the Cyprus problem, she said in an interview with Turkish Cypriot daily Diyalog.
She also emphasised how important the issue of guarantees is for the Turkish Cypriots stating: “Continuation of [Turkey’s] guarantees is the common will both of our people and of our assembly”.
Sibel stated that the solution in Cyprus should not be the cause for new conflicts but a way to bring peace to the island. Noting that she has worries over the issue, she said, “Peace is not reached just by saying ‘let’s sign an agreement, let’s reconcile.”
On the issue of property, Siber argued that in a possible solution the method of property exchange and compensation will be applied to Greek Cypriot properties that are located in the North.
Finally Siber said that a rotating presidency is one of the conditions for reaching a solution.