Under the title “The negotiations on the verge of collapse”, Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (18.05.17) reports that the five-hour meeting held yesterday between President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci ended with failure. According to the paper, the Turkish Cypriot side proposed the discussion of the matters in the form of a package and holding a second Geneva Conference in June, but the proposal was immediately rejected by the Greek Cypriot side, which, allegedly, put as precondition the discussion and a decision on the territory for going to Geneva, noting that the conference with the guarantor powers would be possible only in case of an agreement on the territory and under the condition that the discussion will be held on a map.
Under the title “The negotiating table is about to be dissolved”, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (18.05.17) reports that the sides left the table without determining a date for a new meeting within the framework of the negotiations.
Under the title “Relations were cut off”, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (18.05.17) alleges that the pre-conditions put by President Anastasiades were a bomb to the negotiating table. According to the paper, these pre-conditions are: 1) The territory and the map should be discussed first during the Geneva conference, 2) After the territory and the map the issue of guarantees and security should be discussed and 3) After completely solving these issues, the other four issues could be discussed. The paper writes that Akinci’s proposals are: 1) Return to Geneva without conditions, 2) Discussion of the issue in the form of a package and 3) Postponement of the drilling to be conducted in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone in July.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper’s (18.05.17) editor-in-chief Rasih Resat argues that the sides now are developing and implementing a strategy, by which they will not seem as the side which caused the collapse of the negotiations, opposes to the solution and delays the process. “This derives from the fact that both sides have realized that a federal solution will no more be possible from this process”, he claims adding that the body language of Akinci and the language his used during his press conference yesterday showed that he expects nothing from this negotiating table now.
Other front page titles are the following:
Kibris Postasi: Geneva is far away, non-solution is close
Yeni Duzen: They beat the air
Afrika: They were not able to agree
Demokrat Bakis: Even Akinci revolted
Vatan: Each side’s proposals were rejected
Ortam: We are waiting!
Datay: Proposals crisis
Star Kibris: Unpleasant finale