Statement by Presidential Spokesperson

Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu stated that the decision on the date and place of the trilateral meeting has not yet been taken and highlighted that it is important for the Turkish Cypriot side to maintain its stable and determined stance within the framework of the UN parameters.

Stating that they sadly observed that the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, who recently made contacts with Turkey, continue to convey message to Mr. Akıncı through the press, the Spokesperson said “However, what they should have done was to come and inform President Akıncı on their recent contacts in Turkey particularly about the Cyprus problem.”

Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu said:

“In the Greek Cypriot media, it is claimed that the date and place of the trilateral meeting in New York has been already arranged. It is known that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will meet separately with President Akıncı and Greek Cypriot Leader Anastasiades in New York in September. However, the date and time of these meetings are not yet finalized. As the President explained before, holding a trilateral meeting is likely. However, no decision has been made regarding its date or place.

As of now, only the date of Jane Holl Lute’s visit to Cyprus is certain. We expect this visit to take place between August 31st and September 2nd.
As it is known, in accordance with the authority granted by Turkish Cypriot people, our President continues to spend efforts for a solution in Cyprus, where we will live in political equality and security. Considering the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, it is evident that it is important to maintain informal dialogue between the sides.  Whether the dialogue will turn into an official negotiation process certainly or not it depends on the attitude of the Greek Cypriot leadership. If this happens, a result-oriented process with a time-frame, may come on the agenda.

We are not at that stage now. However, as the Turkish Cypriot side it is important to maintain the stable and determined stance within the framework of the UN parameters.”