Foreign Minister Özdil Nami has expressed hope that the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser’s report to the UN Security Council will reflect the truth and the realities on the island.
Nami also said that he will be evaluating the latest stage reached on the Cyprus Issue with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu who will be arriving in the TRNC today.
Speaking to the BRT, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami reminded that the Turkish Cypriot side desired the immediate resumption of the Cyprus negotiations without any preconditions.
“We have launched a series of initiatives in this direction. For instance Turkey postponed renewing a NAVTEX after the previous one expired for a week. We had the Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa dock at the Gazimağusa port. Despite these gestures of good will the Greek Cypriot leader did not return to the negotiating table. Instead he issued a statement on the 5th of January setting forth a series of preconditions. It was after this statement that we renewed the NAVTEX” he said.
Nami also said that they had conveyed their expectation to the UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide to include an accurate and correct assessment of the developments on the island when preparing his report to the UN Security Council.
“We are asking that the truth and the realities are reflected in the report. On the other hand we have on the agenda a report regarding the extension of the UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) on the island. There is a section in that report that includes the Good Offices Mission. We are working to ensure that this report provides an accurate picture of the situation on the ground” the TRNC Foreign Minister added.
Commenting on the reports in the Greek Cypriot media regarding the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s statements on the renewal of the NAVTEX, Nami said “the Greek Cypriot Side is using the media effectively to try and influence the content of these reports. They are trying to exert pressure on the international community. There are parts of the report which both sides are not happy with. We shared our views with the UN on these issues. They can’t hide the fact that it was they who abandoned the negotiating table.”
Stating that he did not want to comment too much on the report before receiving the final version, Foreign Minister said that the draft report’s failure to mention the fact that Turkey had issued the NAVTEX on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot Side was disappointing.