Turkish Cypriot political parties urge Geneva to be final stop in reunification talks

DAILY SABAH
ANKARA
Published 09.06.2017 22:53

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı met with political party leaders and representatives from Turkish Cyprus where they had urged the Geneva talks to be the final stop of the reunification negotiations. Talks between Akıncı and Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades stalled last month in disagreement over the modalities of a conference in Geneva including Britain, Turkey and Greece, which would address security issues on a post-settlement Cyprus. However, in efforts to end the stalemate on the talks, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had met Anastasiades and Akıncı in New York last Sunday night.

While in New York, Akıncı had convened a meeting with Turkish Cypriot political party leaders and representatives where he had discussed and consulted the latest developments on the negotiations. Addressing the media after the meeting, Akıncı said that he and the political parties want the Geneva Conference to be the final stop to the negotiations as he had also emphasized that they expect Geneva to be a resolution process. The center-right National Unity Party (UBP) chairman and Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün also said at the press conference that "most importantly, if there is a will then a resolution can be reached at Geneva. Though the date is not determined, we are anticipating towards the end of June [to hold the Geneva Conference]." Özgürgün further noted that the Geneva Conference is to be a fivefold conference in which all aspects of the negotiation are to be addressed to eliminate all means of disapprovals. Additionally, main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Chairman Tufan Erhürman agreed with Akıncı's remarks on urging Geneva to be the final stop in the reunification talks as he affirmed that as the CTP they are to devote all means of efforts to finalize the talks.

Furthermore, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the U.S. supported peace talks on Cyprus aimed at reunifying the divided island as he expressed hope that Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders "will agree to a settlement that would reunify Cyprus as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation to the benefit of all Cypriots." In the White House statement, Pence also "expressed gratitude for the Republic of Cyprus' contributions to the global coalition to counter Daesh and its commitment to support the Middle East peace process."

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