Intensification of direct talks between President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader
President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu have decided to intensify the UN-led negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem.
The two community leaders had met with United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, on July 7 in Geneva, with whom they agreed on the intensification of the talks.
In statements to the press at the Presidential Palace following a meeting with Mr. Eroglu earlier today in the presence of the United Nations Secretary General's Special Advisor, Mr. Alexander Downer, President Christofias stated that “we agreed that the intensive talks will be held twice a week, lasting all day, until the end of October”, adding that there will be a break between August 7 to 21 and also during the United Nations General Assembly in September.
President Christofias expressed his hope that the Turkish side will “change its stance in order to have progress”, noting that statements by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan “are absolutely condemnable and cynical and if this is the line that the Turkish side will pursue, there will be no prospect for any progress." The President added that he senses that the UN are also offended by Erdogan’s statements, noting that the UN also wish for genuine progress during the talks.
Called to comment on the information for a unilateral proposal on behalf of the Turkish side regarding the opening of Famagusta, President Christofias commented that “upon Erdogan’s illegal visit to the occupied areas, the UN and others in the international scene, would expect a positive move on his behalf rather than incendiary statements." He added that “if this is Turkey’s official stance, it means they want recognition of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime”.
The Turkish PM who is due to pay an illegal visit to Cyprus’ northern Turkish occupied areas, stated that Turkey does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus adding that nobody should expect any move on behalf of Ankara regarding the fenced off area of Varosha.
Referring to his meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader, President Christofias pointed out that both the UN and Mr. Eroglu expressed their condolences over the naval base blast on July 11, adding that “there was also an exchange of views over the electricity supply from the occupied areas”. “The procedure followed did not involve any ‘official sides’, however I expressed my appreciation for the fact that the Turkish Cypriots expressed their willingness to supply us with electricity at this crucial time, without demanding any direct or indirect recognitions of ‘authorities’ “, the President underlined.