Statement by President Mustafa Akıncı

“I would like to express my regret over the negative stance collectively taken by the Greek Cypriot political party leaders, who came together with the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades today, with regard to our proposal on hydrocarbons. I was also dismayed by the reasons put forward by the Greek Cypriot side in rejecting our proposal which clearly aims at deescalating the heightened tension and turning the hydrocarbons issue into an area of cooperation between the two communities.

In the joint statement made, it is claimed that our proposal “deviates from the essence of the Cyprus problem and the need for immediate resumption of substantive negotiations”, as well as that it “contains provisions that do not serve the interests of the Cypriot people as a whole”. It is well-known to all that it is the Turkish Cypriot people who has been deeply hurt by the status quo and who has been eager for achieving a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, a fact that was openly demonstrated in the 2004 referendum as well as in the Crans-Montana Conference in 2017.
It is not the Turkish Cypriot side which is responsible today for not having a results-oriented negotiation process towards a settlement, but the Greek Cypriot side that adamantly opposes to the political equality and effective participation of the Turkish Cypriots.
Furthermore, contrary to the claims by the Greek Cypriot side, our proposal on hydrocarbons envisages the common benefit and cooperation of both communities. The Greek Cypriot side, on the other hand, is in an attempt to act unilaterally over the issue in complete disregard of the Turkish Cypriot people.
Collaboration on hydrocarbons, within the framework of a joint committee, will help to pave the way for a solution, not to distract from it. Unfortunately, the Greek Cypriot leadership prefers a politics of tension rather than facilitating the negotiation process through enhancing cooperation and dialogue. It is evident that this attitude does in no way serve peace and stability in Cyprus as well as in the region.”
Mustafa AKINCI