Writing in Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (07.04.15), columnist Hasan Hasturer reports that the target in the Cyprus talks is to hold a referendum for the solution of the Cyprus problem in the first quarter of 2016. Citing information acquired from a foreign diplomat of “a country which could be regarded as a side in the Cyprus problem”, Hasturer notes that the diplomat seemed unexpectedly optimistic regarding the Cyprus problem and expressed the view that there is no issue which has not been discussed during the talks and that what is needed is the will for reaching a final solution.
The columnist writes that the target during the contacts which the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide will hold on the island today is the beginning of a productive process as of May and the binding of this process to a timetable. He goes on and says:
“Are the sides ready? The reply was very clear: ‘We do not see a problem in the Turkish Cypriot side. We believe that the preparation of Anastasiades will also be secured’. Very well, what kind of a road map is expected for the following period? Behold the road map which comes up from what he said:
‘In May the leaders will meet in Cyprus or in a third country and a time table will be determined either this is named as such or not. The meeting of the leaders may last for 3-4 days and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon may participate in the meeting. The negotiations will intensively continue according to the determined timetable. The Governance and Power Sharing and the property issue will primarily be discussed simultaneously and the basis and trust will be secured for the other issues. Agreement will be reached in many chapters until the meeting in which the guarantor powers will participate. The guarantees issue will be settled with the participation of the guarantors. As soon as the issue of guarantees is settled, the process will be completed with the territory, the map and a final big bargaining. If everything goes well, the target is to hold a referendum in both sides simultaneously in the first quarter of 2016′. [?]”
Meanwhile, Kibris cites a Turkish Cypriot source close to Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu’s office, who said that the resumption or not of the negotiations will become evident today after Eide’s meeting with President Anastasiades. The source argued that the Turkish Cypriot side is ready to unconditionally begin the talks, but the statements made by the Greek Cypriot leadership have allegedly caused confusion. “The statements made during the past few days by Anastasiades smell preconditions”, the source claimed adding that Eide should clarify this issue during his visit to the island. “The ball is in Anastasiades’ field now”, the source alleged.
Furthermore, according to Kibris, Eide discussed the Cyprus problem yesterday in Istanbul with Feridun Sinirlioglu, Undersecretary at the Turkish Foreign Ministry. After the meeting, Eide shared a picture with Sinirlioglu through his twitter account, describing their meeting as “very productive”.