Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (19.06.15) reports that the Turkish Cypriot negotiator, Ozdil Nami has said that the difficult negotiations have not started yet and added that what they have been doing until now was to “take the picture of the existing situation”. In statements to Kanal Sim television, Nami said yesterday that the actual thorny negotiations will start now. “It seems that an important positive climate has been secured”, he noted adding that this positive climate and putting all positive things in a basket is important from the point of view of the relations not becoming severe when the thorny negotiations start.
Referring to the forthcoming substantial negotiations, Nami said that the prepared convergences documents will be taken up within a certain discipline and that during the process one or the other side may want to prepare a new document.
Noting that the UN is expressing great satisfaction with the current climate in the negotiations, Nami added that they also say that in most of the places the negotiations start positively and afterwards problems come up. “For this reason they continuously give the message that it would be useful for us to proceed speedily”, he argued pointing out that both sides are ready to proceed quickly.
Expressing the hope to achieve convergences and visit New York in September, Nami said that “perhaps in September in New York, we will have the opportunity to discuss guarantees as well in an environment in which the guarantor powers will also be present”. He argued that he sees that such target ‘started to be formed in the Greek Cypriot side as well”.
Asked about the possibility of having a referendum by the end of the year, Nami replied that the substantial negotiations will just begin and it is early to say such a thing. Recalling Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci’s statement that the process should last for months and not for years, Nami noted that “this issue should not be delayed for a long time” and underlined that “there are two negotiating teams which work with great sacrifice and good will and there is a window of opportunity”.
Nami pointed out that the target is to find a comprehensive solution and that both community leaders stress this at every opportunity. He expressed the view that the confidence building measures (CBM) do not speed the negotiations up, but they could be used as “means to reflect the positive climate at the negotiating table”.
Noting that two leaders who share the same vision and trust each other exist at the negotiating table, Nami said that “the CBM are important from the point of view of increasing the faith of both communities and achieving motivation at the negotiating table”.
Nami argued that the new practice implemented by the breakaway regime at the crossing points indicates in a concrete manner that some things are changing and added that the new process increases the perception that solution could be produced to long lasting problems.
Replying to a question on the opening of the crossing points at Apliki and Deryneia areas, Nami said that there is no target as to the date on which these crossing points will open, but the political decision has been taken and none of the sides is in favor of further postponement. He noted that a serious work should be made for the opening of crossing points and added that the negotiators are focused on the comprehensive solution. “This is our priority”, he said.
Replying to another question, Nami noted that the issues of the occupied fenced off city of Varosha and the illegal Tymbou airport are not in their priorities and that more “practical issues” will be included in the priorities of the leaders as regards the CBM.