There is no constructive proposal, only a bid for preconditions to be set before a meeting on Cyprus can take place in Geneva, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said in a written statement on Friday.
He was responding to President Nicos Anastasiades’ earlier statement that the Turkish side has to accept the constructive proposal he had submitted on Wednesday before the UN-brokered reunification talks could embark on their final mile.
“There is no constructive proposal, only a bid for preconditions to be set for a meeting in Geneva on Cyprus…that’s why we cannot keep our mouth shut,” Akinci said.
“The Greek Cypriot leader wants first to see the conclusion of negotiations on territory, then on security and on guarantees and at the very end to discuss other chapters still pending,” he added.
Akinci also said that no Turkish Cypriot leader could ever accept such a precondition which is contradictory to the Joint Communiqué of February 11, 2014, anyway.
The previous Conference on Cyprus in Geneva was back in January with the participation of the divided island’s three guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and Britain.
Turkey, which still maintains troops in the breakaway north after its 1974 invasion, is the only guarantor that still insists on maintaining the right of intervention in a reunited, federal EU-member Cyprus.
This is something that is unacceptable to Greek Cypriots.
On Monday, President Anastasiades is scheduled to brief the National Council – his advisory body on the Cyprus problem – on the latest developments.