Finance Minister Serdar Denktaş has said the time has come to discuss and negotiate with courage new, creative ideas and models for the solution of the Cyprus Problem.
Evaluating the unofficial version of the UN Secretary-General’s report on his Good Offices mission; Denktaş said that the report was just one of many disappointing reports prepared by the UN.
“When it comes to the Cyprus Issue, the UN’s tendency to adopt a balanced approach is clearly evident in the negotiations processes. But the reports which are balanced within when compared to the realities can be unfairly partial”, he said.
“The attempt by the UN to keep a balanced approach between President Mustafa Akıncı, who made numerous concessions and efforts to reach a solution and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades who intransigently ignores UN parameters, is unfair on the Turkish Cypriots. The UN is doing an injustice towards President Akıncı and the Turkish Cypriots”, he said.
Denktaş also said that the report revealed that the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was misinformed on many issues.
He said that a reference made by the UNSG in paragraph 5 of the report to the results of a public perception survey and the generalisation he makes based on findings of the survey that both communities express a strong desire for a settlement was a ‘serious’ mistake.
Denktaş also said that Guterres, as could be seen in paragraph 18 of the report, was misinformed on the financing and activities of the bi-communal technical committees.
The DP leader and Finance Minister however said that he agreed with paragraph 30 which highlighted the need for both communities to be well-informed about the contours of a settlement as well as the consequences of not achieving it.
“We are eager to see what steps the UN will be taking to draw the Greek Cypriot side’s attention to the consequences of not achieving a settlement”, he said, adding that Turkish Cypriots, forced to live in isolation and under embargoes, have managed to exist with the support of motherland Turkey.