Former Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Ozersay has expressed his concerns with regard to the progress of the Cyprus negotiations and saying that although the talks seem to continue in a positive atmosphere, some statements made by the two Cypriot leaders are confusing.
Ozersay said that the statements made by UNSG Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide that he is doing whatever he can to make sure that he contributes to a solution that is fully in compliance with European values and principles and human rights, may be a “dangerous expression”. In the long run this may not be in the best interests of the Turkish Cypriots after a solution is reached.
He also wondered whether the UN parameters and the 11th February Joint Statement are taken into consideration in the talks.
Commenting on Ozersay’s statements, Baris Burcu, spokesman for President Mustafa Akinci stated that the negotiations are continuing in the framework of the 11th February Joint Statement which provided for a bi-communal, bi-zonal federal solution. “There is no any change or any misunderstanding as regards this“, Burcu said, adding that European values and principles will help the solution.