Bayrak television (26.07.17) broadcast that the Gurdal Hudaoglu, the advisor of Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, alleged that it was the Greek Cypriot side’s stance that led to the failure of the talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland.
He claimed that the Greek Cypriot side was trying to create the perception that all the problems experienced at Crans-Montana had emerged as a result of disagreements on the issue of security and guarantees; however 4 of the 5 proposals put forward by the Greek Cypriot side were outside of the framework drawn by the UN, he alleged.
Hudaoglu also claimed that one needed to look at the period leading up to the Crans-Montana summit in order to understand what happened correctly.
He alleged that the Turkish Cypriot side had worked constructively and in good will for the past 2 years, pushing the process forward by undertaking initiatives at every opportunity and claimed that the conference on Cyprus had convened as a result of the Turkish Cypriot side’s efforts.
Alleging that the UN Secretary General’s framework on the issue of territory took the map presented by the Turkish Cypriot side as a basis but also underlined the need to make amendments to meet the Greek Cypriot side’s concerns, Hudaoglu claimed that the Greek Cypriots had stepped out of the framework drawn by the Secretary General by insisting on their own map.
He alleged that the Greek Cypriot side had also stepped out of the UN Secretary General’s framework on the issue of governance and power sharing which stated that the 2 to 1 ratio for rotational presidency should be preserved.
“The Greek Cypriot side also refused to budge on the position regarding property on which they have been insisting on for years” he alleged.
Also touching upon the issue of equal treatment of Turkish and Greek nationals following a settlement, Hudaoglu claimed that the Greek Cypriot side also refused to show any flexibility on the subject.
Complaining that the Greek Cypriot side was trying to distort the facts and developments in a bid to create the perception that the talks had failed only because of the issue of security and guarantees, Hudaoglu also alleged that the Turkish Cypriot “people” allegedly can remain at ease knowing that their leadership did all it could for a settlement.