Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (17.05.17) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci briefed yesterday the leaders of the Turkish Cypriot political parties represented in the “assembly” on the Cyprus negotiations in view of his meeting with President Anastasiades today, which is described by the paper as a “key” to whether the negotiating process will continue and a decision for the sides and the guarantor powers returning to Geneva Conference on Cyprus will be taken. In statements after the briefing, the party leaders agreed that a “deadlock” is observed in the process.
Huseyin Ozgrugun, leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) and self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus, has said that the sides should return to the Geneva summit and alleged that “the five-party conference should definitely be realized by the end of June”.
Tufan Erhurman, chairman of the “main opposition” Republican Turkish Party (CTP), noted that the minutes of the negotiations show that no progress has been achieved during the last four meetings between the leaders. Erhurman argued that a new effective method should be searched.
Serdar Denktas, leader of the Democratic Party (DP), argued that not only the methodology should change, but also the basis and the mission of the negotiations. He alleged that a solution based on the 1977-79 High Level Agreements has not been possible because the international community sees the Greek Cypriots as the sole owner of the island. Denktas accused President Anastasiades of not conveying the realities to his voters because of the forthcoming presidential elections and of lying on the issue that the Turkish Cypriot side has taken a step backwards on the six chapters of the negotiations.
Cemal Ozyigit, chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP), argued that the sides should go outside the “routine meetings” and take effective steps. He wished that President Anastasiades will put aside his so-called “election concerns” and reply to what he called as Akinci’s positive steps. According to Ozyigit, the negotiating process should enter into an “effective stage” before the commencement of the natural gas drillings in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).