Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (16.12.15) reports that Baris Burcu, spokesman of the Turkish Cypriot leader, has said that the ongoing negotiating process is not yet at the stage of having a solution plan in January 2016. Responding to Kibris’ questions after some allegations published yesterday in the Turkish Cypriot press, Burcu noted: “Our wish and intention to reach a solution the soonest remain. I hope that the next couple of months will be used well and this stage will come”.
Referring to the meeting held between the leaders yesterday, Burcu said that they mainly discussed the property issue adding that it was not possible “to cover distance” on some issues. Burcu pointed out that details will be given after the meeting on 20 December, if the leaders feel that this is necessary.
Arguing that the Turkish Cypriot side is always hopeful and with good will, Burcu said that there is no other way than concluding the process successfully and that if you sit at the negotiating table with the prejudgment that the other side does not want a solution, you cannot succeed.
Burcu noted that officials from the IMF and the World Bank have met with the negotiating teams and that the message they conveyed was that they would be ready to contribute to the solution technically and financially. Burcu added that the foreign officials were told to work fast and prepare for an early solution.