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TRNC Presidency: “The statements made by British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie are against the principle of impartiality”

Stating that the statements of British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie coincided with the policy of Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades, TRNC Presidency noted that this contradicted the principle of impartiality.

The Presidency made a statement regarding the interview to the Greek Cypriot daily newspaper Kathimerini given by the UK High Commissioner to South Cyprus Stephen Lillie.

The statements made by British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie in his interview with Kathimerini newspaper, as he also said, overlap with the policy of Greek Cypriot Leader Anastasiades and contradict the principle of neutrality.

 It was emphasized that it was understood that it was not seeking a fact-based, sustainable solution, but only pursuing its interests in connection with the British Sovereign Bases.

The Presidency’s statement is as follows: “We expected more sensitive, realistic and impartial approaches on this issue from the diplomat of a country like the United Kingdom, which has historical, legal and de facto connections with the island of Cyprus. With this statement, High Commissioner Lillie completely disregarded these requirements and principles.

It is well known by the United Kingdom how all reconciliation possibilities in the negotiations since 1968 were exhausted due to the intransigence of the Greek Cypriot side. At the current stage, it is clear that the Cyprus issue can be overcome with new and creative methods, apart from the established patterns of the status quo, as stated in the relevant reports of the Secretary-General.

In this context, the Turkish Cypriot side clearly revealed its vision of realistic and vested rights-based cooperation on the ground of sovereign equality and equal international status at the 5+UN informal meeting held in Geneva at the end of April.

It is clear that a sustainable reconciliation can only be reached if it is approached with an open mind, not with the prejudices of the past. Our Prime Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs also made the necessary explanations on this issue.”