President Mustafa Akıncı said that, contrary to claims of various circles his meeting with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York had achieved its purpose.
“We expected the Secretary-General (UNSG) to take on a new initiative in a willing and determined manner. We saw that he was ready to do so,” he said.
Speaking to reporters yesterday at Ercan airport on his return from New York, Akıncı said that the UN Secretary-General told him that rising tensions in the region should be a source of concern for both communities on the island.
“The current tensions due to hydrocarbons could escalate into something bigger which was why working for a solution is vital for both Cyprus and the region. The Secretary-General does not think differently from us on this issue.
Regarding the issue of a tripartite meeting, Akıncı said that Guterres had informed the Turkish Cypriot side prior to New York that a tripartite meeting would not take place.
“The secretary-general had not planned a tripartite meeting during his busy schedule. It wasn’t foreseen,” he said.
Akıncı added that such a meeting could take place in October or November.
“Such a meeting could either take place in New York again or somewhere in Europe to coincide with his planned visit to the region,” he said.
Akıncı also pointed out that he found the secretary-general very eager and determined to launch a new initiative in Cyprus.
“The fact that a date has not been set might create some sense of ambiguity but this is far from the truth,” he said, adding that either a tripartite or five-party meeting was most likely to take place before the end of the year.
Akıncı also expressed his discomfort from the Greek Cypriot leader’s latest statements, stating that they were not being helpful.
“He is engaging in a blame game despite saying he will not. He claims that we had reached an agreement on the terms of reference on August 9 and that we had later backed out.”
Akıncı said that this was not true and the only thing they agreed on August 9 was that the procedure ought to be results-oriented and not an open-ended one.
“There was no agreement to a document on August 9, so there was no backing down on a document that does not exist,” Akıncı added.
He also wondered why Lute stayed in Cyprus for a week in September if there was an agreement on August 9.
The day Anastasiades will accept the Guterres Framework of June 30, 2017 and commit to the convergences concerning effective participation of the Turkish Cypriots in decision-making processes will be the day there will be an agreement on the terms of reference, he said.