Government Spokesman: Turkey wants Annan plan solution in Cyprus
Nicosia, Jan 24 - Turkey maintains a consistent and steady policy on a Cyprus solution, which is based on the parameters of a UN-proposed plan, rejected by the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriots and approved by the Turkish Cypriots, Government Spokesman Vasilis Palmas has stated.
Commenting on statements made yesterday by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a meeting in Ankara with his Greek counterpart Costas Karamanlis, Mr. Palmas said: “Although Erdogan said that the Annan plan belongs to the past, indirectly but clearly he said that the solution of the Cyprus problem should be based on that plan, which he did not name.”
The Spokesman said that when Mr. Erdogan refers to the need to adopt the essence and the content of the plan, he is clearly referring to a Cyprus solution based on the parameters of the Annan plan, which the people of Cyprus have rejected.
“The clear conclusion we draw is that Turkey is consistent and focuses on a Cyprus solution based on the Annan plan’s content”, he added.
Referring to statements by the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Palmas pointed out that “Karamalis expressed clear, consistent and firm positions on the need to implement the July agreement, of 2006, an agreement signed by the UN and both communities in Cyprus, the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities”.
The Spokesman noted that the Turkish Cypriot community “agreed and signed the July agreement upon approval by Ankara and Erdogan himself”.
The Turkish Cypriot side, he stressed, “agreed and signed an agreement which it is now questioning and once more violating, referring us again to a solution, contrary to the wishes of the people of Cyprus”.
On the absence of any reference by Erdogan to “two states in Cyprus, Palmas indicated that Ankara changes its views depending on who its interlocutor is. “It would be right and constructive if Turkey were to state clearly its positions and views in order to help create those conditions that could lead to progress”, he concluded.
In his statements yesterday in Ankara Mr. Karamanlis reiterated the need for the full implementation of the July agreement.
“About the Cyprus problem: our aim is the full implementation of the July 8, 2006 agreement for a just, viable and functional solution that would lead to the reunification of Cyprus, so that all residents of the island, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots enjoy the benefits of the EU accession”, he said.
He added that the Cyprus solution should be based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, EU principles and the July agreement.
In his remarks to the press, Mr. Erdogan said that the Cyprus solution should be solved under UN auspices and expressed his support for the Annan plan.
“The spirit and the substance of the Annan plan could be preserved. Our effort is to solve the issue at the negotiating table. We, as guarantor powers, will encourage the interested sides for a solution”, he added.
President Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed on 8 July 2006, during a meeting in Nicosia in the presence of then UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, to begin a process of bicommunal discussions on issues that affect the day-to-day life of the people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues, both contributing to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.