Reactions to the failure of the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana


Turkish Cypriot daily Detay newspaper (12.07.17) reports that Sener Elcil, general secretary of the Turkish Cypriot Teachers’ Trade Union (KTOS) called on the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and the UN officials to implement confidence building measures (CBMs) and to convey the realities regarding the negotiation process to the Cypriots.

In a written statement, Elcil said that the negotiation process was interrupted and a big fraction both in the north and south Cyprus were overjoyed.

Elcil also argued that the blame games, which started after the failure of the Cyprus talks, only aim at perpetuating the division of the Republic of Cyprus. He added that they lived the same game after the Annan plan’s referendum.

Stressing that the communities could create peace, Elcil noted that “peace cannot be created behind borders, army, walls and barbed wires”. He added that the peace can be achieved if the two communities came together, fully cooperated and trusted each other.

Furthermore, Alpay Durduran, member of the secretariat of the New Cyprus Party (YKP), argued that the side which avoided solution in Cyprus should face the world, that there are should be political pressures and that the current situation did not benefit anyone.

In a written statement, Durduran argued that Akinci, who was elected as the most appropriate candidate for solution, was the one who prevented the most prosperous solution by still continuing the blame game.

Stressing that the statements regarding plans B and C were not realistic, Durduran argued that in order for the Cyprus talks to resume, the UN General Secretariat should open a new period of contacts. He added that the Cypriots did not consider that they could continue with the situation and waited for solution.

The paper also reports that the general secretary of the Communal Liberation Party – New Forces Sonay Adem argued that their persistence on the federal solution, would not allow them to escape from this.

In a written statement, Adem said that the fact that both sides engage in a blame game after the failure of the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, serves separatists in both sides. He stressed that they should try hard in order to avoid the point of no return from the federal solution perspective with the unknown plans B and C. He criticized Turkey’s Foreing Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s statemetns that he would first inform the Turkish Presiden and Prime Minister and then the “TRNC officials” as an unacceptable stance.

Adem futher said that the fact that only the political parties represented in the “parliament” were briefed by the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci was unacceptable and added that all political parties inside or outside the “parliament should be called in the meetings by the “presidency”.

Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Demokrat Bakis newspaper (12.07.17) reports that former Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, evaluating the outcome of the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, claimed that “the main cause of the Cyprus problem is that the Greek Cypriots do not see themselves as an equal people with the Turkish Cypriots and that in their dreams the island is under the Hellenic hegemony”. Eroglu further alleged that all the proposals, strategies, thoughts and tactics of the Greek Cypriot and Greek sides show that they would never abandon those dreams.

Eroglu added that the failure of the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana was not surprise either for him or the majority of their “people”. He claimed that everytime the Greek Cypriot side tries to show that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side does not abandon Turkey’s guarantee system and Turkey’s interference rights then any conference would end with failure.

Source: PIO

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