Prime Minister’s Office: “Considering the attitudes of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides as being equal can never be accepted.”

The Prime Minister’s office has stated that it is unacceptable that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ remarks in the Cyprus report draw an equivalence between the negative attitudes of the Greek Cypriot side and the generous stance of the Turkish Cypriot side.

Highlighting that this report on the collapse of negotiations, issued on 10 October 2017, is no different to previous UN reports, The Prime Minister’s Office stated the following:

“Considering the unfair and negative attitude of the Greek Cypriot side as equal to the generous stance of Turkish Cypriot side is unacceptable.”

The statement also noted that the UN has witnessed the opportunism of the Greek Cypriot-Greece duo, which strategically positions itself against Turkey at every stage of the negotiations including the Crans-Montana Summit.

The Prime Minister’s Office stressed that Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades’ negative stance regarding a settlement was unacceptable. In particular, the Office expressed dismay that both Anastasiades’ insistence on a “zero guarantee-zero troops” agreement and rejection of a rotating presidency based on equality for both sides were not reflected in the report

“As a government, we want everyone to know that resuming negotiations will not be possible while the world remains silent, watching the Turkish Cypriot people suffer under embargos and isolation despite their constructive approach to negotiations since the 2014 referendum and in the last 50 years.”