Turkish Cypriot daily Ortam newspaper (12.07.17) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci briefed yesterday the Turkish Cypriot political parties represented in the “assembly” on the negotiations aimed at reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem.
In statements after the meeting, Huseyin Ozgurgun, chairman of the National Unity Party (UBP), alleged that the Greek Cypriot side did not want a solution within the UN parameters and that if there was no interference in the negotiations, which had been conducted on this basis for 48 years, the process would continue for another 48 years. Ozgurgun argued that UN, EU and UK officials share the above view and added that the Turkish Cypriots would not accept to become a minority of the Greek Cypriots in contrary to the UN parameters and they did not intend to be turned into the 82nd Turkish province.
In his statements, Serdar Denktas, chairman of the Democratic Party (DP), argued that not blaming each other in the internal politics was important at this point and alleged that the Turkish side had exhibited a constructive and even soft attitude in Crans Montana but the Greek Cypriot side showed that it was not ready for sharing. Asked to comment on the statement made by Turkish officials that the UN parameters for finding a solution in Cyprus should change, Denktas claimed that it was not possible to have a result with these parameters, that they should explain to the UN and the EU why these parameters had not been useful and demand that they should change.
Moreover, Tufan Erhurman, chairman of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), alleged that if the statements made the day before yesterday by President Anastasiades and the letter for interrupting the work of the EU Commission’s for implementing the acquis in the occupied area of Cyprus were taken into consideration, it seemed that President Anastasiades was not ready for a solution. Erhurman said that they told Akinci that the CTP considered the bi-zonal bi-communal federation based on political equality as the only realistic solution in Cyprus.
Furthermore, Cemal Ozyigit, chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP), said that the Turkish Cypriot community’s need for a solution continued and that they paid a price because of the fact that they were outside the international community. Replying to a question, Ozgiyit noted that the TDP would not approve a change of the UN parameters and added that they opposed to becoming a “patch” of the Greek Cypriots and a province of Turkey.
After the meeting, Akinci held a telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. They evaluated the current stage of the Cyprus problem following the Conference on Cyprus and agreed to continue consultations.
Finally, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (12.07.17) refers to the above statements made by the Turkish Cypriot political party leaders under the title “Disagreements on the parameters” and writes that while before and during the Crans Montana conference the parties agreed, as soon as they returned to Cyprus, they started “transmitting on different frequencies”.