Geneva will be a conference for a solution rather than just another phase

Underlining that constructive approach of all the parties was key to the solution of the Cyprus problem, President Mustafa Akıncı has said “What is needed is not prolonged negotiations that drag on indefintely but determination”

President Akıncı highlighted that Geneva will be a conference for a solution rather than just another phase.

Pointing out that all issues related to the Cyprus problem have been discussed for a long time,  the President said it is high time to take reciprocal steps.

 He added that the Turkish Cypriot side has already demonstrated its determination and that now it was the Greek Cypriot side’s turn to reciprocate in the same manner.
“During the last night’s meeting, which was held by the invitation of Secretary General, the sides reached a consensus based on common-sense and the pre-conditions were remove hence paving the way for  Geneva,” said the President.

President Akıncı who is in New York for a meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader by the invitation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, held a press conference.

At the press conference meeting where he responded to the questions of the journalists, President Akıncı noted that the issues which are important for the parties were obvious.

President Akıncı pointed out that solution of the problem will open cooperation opportunities in the field of natural gas and underlined that the Turkish Cypriots also have rights over the island’s natural gas reserves.

Noting that there is a serious project in which all parties can cooperate in natural gas, President Akıncı warned that in the event that Greek Cypriot side insists on continuing the explorations rather than opting for cooperation, the area where co-operation can take place may turn into an area of tension.  

President Akıncı said “I wish that we continue to walk on the path of reason and reach a result.”

Upon another question, President Akıncı noted that he does not want to raise false hopes. We must be guided by reason in order to pave the way for Geneva and this requires the elimination of preconditions he noted. “What really matter is to be able to move forward in Geneva. We will see whether the Greek Cypriot will be able to move forward” he added.

 Reminding that Mr. Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus had said that shuttle diplomacy failed to produce results and that he provided a report to the UNSG on the situation, President Akıncı remarked that “ His Excellency Secretary-General did not want all our work to go down the drain. We don’t want either. Therefore, he invited us to New York for another attempt.”

As to his assessment of the reasons behind the current situation, Akıncı stated that Anastasiadis has finally understood that we would not accept his preconditions as he would not be able to further his new stance- including preconditions- within his own community.

Akıncı remarked that he felt at ease about his New York visit and continued to say that the Turkish Cypriot side was in keeping with the previous agreements reached during the course of negotiations and did not go there with preconditions.

Akıncı reiterated that the Turkish Cypriot side remained committed to the statement from the Conference on Cyprus dated Jan. 12 as well as to the text of Leaders' Joint Declaration dated February 2014 and said that “ We have no concerns in this respect. As a matter of fact, there was a reference to the said documents.”
Akıncı will return to the island on the evening of June, 6th.