According to Bayrak(26.3.2016), Mustafa Akıncı briefed political parties that have representation at the ‘Republics Assembly’ regarding the latest phase reached at the Cyprus negotiations process.
The briefing was held at the presidential palace.
The leader of the Republican Turkish Party Mehmet Ali Talat, the National Unity Party General Secretary Dursun Oğuz represented the UBP leader Hüseyin Özgürgün who is currently abroad, Democrat Party National Forces leader Serdar Dentkaş, Social Democratic Party leader Cemal Özyiğit and some MP’s participated in the briefing.
Presidential Undersecretary Gürdal Hudaoğlu, Private Secretary of the President Cenk Gürçağ, Presidential Spokesman Barış Burcu, Presidential Adviser Meltem Onurkan Samani and Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Erhan Erçin accompanied the “president” during the briefing.
Making a statement after the 2 hour meeting completed the National Unity Party General Secretary Dursun Oğuz said that this meeting was held within the framework of routine meetings with the president where they were able to exchange views.
‘This evaluation process will continue and the information we receive here will be passed on to our party where it will be further evaluated. The president will call us again for another briefing within a month and a halves time. These briefings are very beneficial and we all hope that a solution that will benefit the Turkish Cypriot people is found’ said Oğuz.
The leader of the Democrat Party National Forces Serdar Denktaş said that during the briefing they had discussed the progress and regression at the negotiations process and the requests they had made.
‘As these negotiations are continuing, an agreement that is acceptable by the two sides becoming a primary law is very important to us and we have emphasized this once again. If this doesn’t become a primary law of the EU and this agreement is accepted at a referendum, then all the problems we have spoken about previously can become a reality, that also include the guarantees’ said Denktaş.
He added that once the election in South Cyprus has been concluded then a clearer picture will emerge.
The leader of the Social Democratic Party Cemal Özyiğit for his part said that due to the upcoming election in the South of Cyprus the Cyprus negotiations process had slowed down and added that the process would continue mainly with preparatory works.
‘In line with this preparatory work we have also put forward our views on the Cyprus talks and we are happy with the course of the negotiations. We hope that the election in the south will be completed soon and in June the negotiations process will gain momentum once again’ said Özyiğit.
The leader of the Republican Turkish Party United Forces Mehmet Ali Talat for his part also noted that the Cyprus negotiations process has slowed down due to the election in the south of the island but added that currently there were no dead ends at the talks.
‘It is the Turkish Side’s aim to speed up the talks after the election has been completed and find a solution to the Cyprus problem within this year’ said Talat.
Explaining that the Greek Cypriot side did not want the agreements reached at the talks to be written down because if the agreed points are leaked then this will be understood as a partial agreement, the CTP leader said that the Greek Cypriot side believes that the points agreed will have international value and will be against the principle of ‘nothing is agreed until all is agreed’ and therefore is against this.
He said that whether or not an agreement is close at the talks will be evident after the election in the south has been completed.