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Statement by Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu

In the statement released by Mr. Burcu, he stated that Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades was in an attempt to define the Cyprus issue in a minority-majority relationship repeating the same mistake.

The statement of Spokesperson is as follows:
"In his remarks to the Associated Press, Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades is in an attempt to define the Cyprus issue in a minority-majority relationship and is repeating the same mistake.
The Cyprus problem is not a minority-majority relationship; it will be solved by the relationship of two politically equal states. The Greek Cypriot leadership has to comprehend this simple reality, which became a UN parameter long ago.
In his statement, Mr. Anastasiades is trying to distort the reality by claiming that the principles of “effective participation” and “a positive vote” were brought to the agenda by the imposition of Turkey.
Political equality and effective participation in decisions is the longstanding thesis of the Turkish Cypriots. This thesis is being supported by Turkey and it is also a UN parameter. The principle of political equality and effective participation is mentioned in the UN reports and the UN Security Council's various resolutions and it has been one of the most fundamental concept already agreed between the two sides in the negotiations.
As a matter of fact, “ a positive vote” principle in the Council of Ministers is an agreement already reached between the two parties.
The Greek Cypriot leader ignores the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots by acting incongruously to the UN resolutions and past agreements and adopts a denying attitude.
As it is known, the efforts of Mrs. Jane Holl Lute with our President Mustafa Akıncı to establish terms of reference have not been completed yet.  As the Turkish Cypriot side, our efforts are directed towards establishing this through constructive approaches.
We, as the Turkish Cypriot side, will continue to provide accurate information about the process. In this process, we will continue to work in cooperation with the UN with good faith and constructive understanding while remaining calm.
Next week, Our President will meet with the UN Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters.  Our contacts with the UN will continue, adhering to the past consensus and UN parameters.
We recommend that those, who deviate from the UN parameters and past consensus and create difficulties in the process, should improve their wrong attitudes as soon as possible taking into account the possible negative consequences of these misconceptions.”