The Greek Cypriot side hopes for a positive response from the Turkish Cypriots to its proposal for a discussion of confidence-building measures, as a step that will contribute to the resumption of talks. The Turkish side shows that only talks, on the basis of decades, do not think about the Cyprus issue. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu, during his visit to the occupied territories, took care to determine the course of the Cyprus issue, as at least what the Turkish side is seeking.
For the Turkish side, the only available way to resume talks on the Cyprus issue is that of “accepting the sovereign equality and equal international status of the Turkish Cypriot side.” Ankara, through Tsavousoglu and in the presence of Tatar, took care to record in a specific way the course it seeks in the Cyprus issue (Cyprus source / Information Press Office):
– If there will be negotiations from now on it will be between two states and not two communities.
– First the regimes of the two sides must be equalized.
– The equation to be made out of negotiations.
– After the equation to decide among themselves what kind of cooperation model they will apply.
According to Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu, this position is not under negotiation but “the only solution that dictates the realities on the ground.”
The Turkish side insists at every opportunity that the confidence-building measures promoted by the Greek Cypriot side are not new, but are old “expired” MOEs that are being “tried” to be sold in the EU and internationally as if they were new proposals “.
Nicosia does not seem to receive the answers it expects from Ersin Tatar in relation to the MOE as the Turkish Cypriot leader prepares “proposals for co-operation”. Ersin Tatar reiterated that “it is not possible” to accept the proposals of the Greek Cypriot side, which he characterized as “non-existent, invalid”.
According to Ersin Tatar, in the meeting with Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu, the answers / proposals of the Greek Cypriot side were discussed: “We will soon submit some of our proposals for cooperation that will be for the benefit of both peoples”. In essence, Tatar’s response to Anastasiadis will move in the logic of cooperation between two states.
Regarding the MOEs, M. Tsavousoglou had also stated the following: “We are also in favor of confidence-building measures, but we know very well the reason behind the fact that some important elements are removed through the solution in the general sense and effort. “They should be sold as confidence-building measures. We will never fall into such traps. If the Greek Cypriot side is honest, if it wants to see the Turks of Cyprus as equals, it will recognize their sovereign equality and we will go for cooperation.”
The derti for Varosi
In his statements, M. Tsavousoglou also referred to the issue of Famagusta, emphasizing that “the concern of the Greek Cypriot side is to take back Varosi”, noting at the same time how much the decision to open the city bothered the Greek Cypriot side. He added that Varosi is a territory of the pseudo-state while he claimed that “the steps taken in the context of the opening of Varosi do not violate international law. I want to emphasize that the steps taken here are in line with international law and are steps that are for the benefit of both peoples. ”
As was clear, Tsavousoglu’s mission had to do with the reactions provoked in the occupied territories by the agreement between Turkey and the occupation regime on the basis of the cooperation protocol. In order to reduce the reactions, Ankara is sending Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay to the occupied territories. And the mission of this is how to calm down the Turkish Cypriots. Fuat Oktay will discuss projects to be carried out in the occupied territories, as well as the next steps to be taken with the support of Turkey.
Furious Akar against Greek MPs
An intense confrontation between Greek MPs and the Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar, took place in the committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Istanbul. According to Greek media reports, during his speech, the Turkish minister reiterated Ankara’s accusations against the islands, while accusing Greece of supporting terrorism.
The Greek MPs (Messrs. Libanos, Tzakri, Loverdos, Voloudakis) took the floor, answering that Greece is fighting terrorism.
They also stressed that Turkey can not talk about respecting the sovereignty of other countries, since it has invaded Cyprus and is questioning the sovereignty of many islands.
Mr Akar was responding angrily to questions from Greek lawmakers, who also said “how are you in favor of a NATO alliance when there is a casus belli and this hostile attitude”. This confrontation lasted for 12 to 13 minutes until Akar left the room and continued in the corridors.
Meanwhile, Greek Government Spokesman Giannis Oikonomou described the escalating Turkish allegations as non-existent, noting that Greece finds solid understanding and support for Turkish aggression throughout the international community.
“Our sovereign rights and our national sovereignty are unquestionable and fully protected, but also secured, both legally and historically. Myths and vain allegations do not in the least affect Greek law,” the government spokesman added.
Discomfort for Turkish positions
The latest statements by Turkish officials on the Aegean and the Cyprus issue have caused discomfort among political parties and candidates. The president of DISY, Averof Neophytou, stated that Erdogan’s challenges will not be limited to Greece. He expressed the hope “not to use Cyprus” because he will find resistance in Greece.
AKEL Secretary General Stefanos Stefanou condemned the statements of M. Tsavousoglou in the occupied territories, emphasizing that the provocative and uncompromising attitude of Turkey is a very serious problem and an obstacle to the efforts to resume negotiations for a solution. “We who are not comfortable and will never accept the division, need to take initiatives in the direction of the international community,” said St. Stefanou.
DIKO notes that “Turkey, in order to negotiate seriously and productively, must be forced. Unfortunately, the absence of a assertive policy and the failure to impose sanctions, has intensified its intransigence.”
According to EDEK, “the provocative rhetoric of Turkish officials, such as that of the Turkish Foreign Minister, imposes an end to the illusions in Cyprus and Greece with additional concessions in the context of the talks or the deposition of MOE”.