Turkish Cypriot columnist writes that a step regarding the opening of Varosha will be certainly taken
Under the title: “A package to erase the status quo”, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (02.08.17) published an article by Sami Ozuslu who wrote that after having a conversation during a television show with the chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Fikri Toros, the issue of “a package to erase the status quo” came to his mind, which carries a new concept for the Cyprus problem after the latest developments. According to Ozuslu, the package will be like the building confidence measures, the Switzerland model and a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem.
The columnist went on and added that the issue of the opening of Varosha came into the agenda during the visit of the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu adding that apart of some statements made by Serdar Denktas on the issue no one was informed whether a decision was taken. Toros, wrote Ozulsu, confirmed that studies were made towards the opening of Varosha and that the Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami referred to the issue. “It is not known when and how Varosha will be opened, under which status and how this will affect the Cyprus problem. But what is certain is that a step will be taken regarding Varosha.”, the columnist wrote.
He went on and wrote that the negotiations for a “complete solution” have collapsed and that like Alvaro De Soto did in 2004, Eide is now leaving Cyprus with his moral broken. In this period that everything is “hanging”, wrote Ozuslu, the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey are taking new steps in order both to rise the spirit and to give a positive message to the world. This message, which started with the announcement for the return of the Maronites, consists of the following headlines, according to the columnist:
“The safeguarding of the Maronites’ return to their villages.
The (somehow) opening of Varosha.
Strengthening the “compensation committee” and encouraging the increase of applications by the Greek Cypriots.
Opening of new barricades, mainly of those of Lefka and Deryneia.
Actions so that trade vehicles which have the “TRNC” plates to be able to cross to the “south”.
Efforts so that the water transferred from Turkey to be able to transferred to the “south” as well.
“Toros referred to these proposals as suggestions made by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce but we understand that these are included in Akinci’s agenda. The messages given after Akinci’s meeting with the “compensation committee is a proof that there is mobility for this package”, Ozulsu argued.