President Christofias: Guarantees not necessary after a Cyprus solution
Nicosia, July 9 (CNA) --- President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat discussed security matters and issues relating to guarantees, during their 36th meeting, in the framework of the UN-led direct negotiating process, aiming at finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.
In statements after today’s meeting, Tayee-Brook Zerihoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus, said that the two leaders started with a tete-a-tete meeting for an hour and half during which they discussed various things. He later added that, in plenary, they read their introductory statements on the issue of security and guarantees and they agreed that during the next meeting they will officially respond to those introductory statements.
In the meantime, Zerihoun noted, the representatives of the two leaders, George Iacovou and Ozdil Nami, will meet to prepare the next meeting and also to continue the discussion on other issues.
Zerihoun said that depending on the responses and the reactions on the issue of security and guarantees, the leaders will decide whether they will continue the discussion on the same issue or move on to other issues. He also noted that the two representatives will probably discuss the future of the negotiations.
Zerihoun pointed out that he had a very good meeting with Iacovou and Nami a couple of days ago. He also said that since the leaders have given the representatives timelines for the next meetings up to the first week of October, they are able to prepare those meetings better. “Now we have nine or ten weeks ahead and I think the challenges are to prepare the meetings better,” he said.
The Cypriot President clarified that he has not given any alternative suggestions for the continuations of the guarantor system and reiterated, “Our position is that Cyprus does not need any guaranties”.
In statements to the press after a visit on Monday to the Institute of Neurology and Genetics, President Christofias underlined that, “the people of Cyprus have suffered as a result of the guarantors,” adding that he does not suggest Cypriots or some Cypriots do not bear any responsibility.
However, “as people who have suffered we would not like the continuation of guaranties; we have stated this position in public and during the negotiations, we submitted our argumentation to support it, and the negotiation process continues,” he added.
Finally, Christofias dismissed comments regarding the negotiations and namely the issue of “red lines”, underlining that he will not discuss or accept any red lines set by Turkey.