President Nicos Anastasiades addressed the nation over the recent failed Cyprus peace talks in Crans-Montana and the next steps in light of the huge blow to reunite the island.
He emphasised he is ready to negotiate a settlement based on UNSG’s negotiating framework presented to the sides at Crans-Montana on three conditions.
- Treaties of Guarantees and Alliance should be abolished on the first day of the settlement’s implementation.
- An effective mechanism of implementation should be created based on the Greek Cypriot proposals.
- A timeline of troops withdrawal to be set up, based again on the Greek Cypriots proposals.
Talks to reunify the divided island collapsed in anger and recrimination last week, marking the end of a process seen as the most promising in generations to heal decades of conflict.
Anastasiades said that restarting the peace process on UN parameters is not going to be an easy task. He plans to brief all interested international actors on the reasons caused the collapse of talks at Crans-Montana and convince for the need to keep alive a process for a federal settlement.
Earlier on Monday, President Anastasiades briefed the party leaders of the National Council of the events that unfolded in the Swiss resort with most of the party heads calling for unity and a new approach in the talks.
The collapse of the talks was described by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as “a wasted opportunity” before he then fired a warning to energy companies that are set to commence drilling within the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The drilling ship ‘West Capella’ – which has been contracted by Total to drill south of Cyprus’ waters – is expected to begin drilling in Block 11 on Wednesday.