The leader of the main opposition National Unity Party (UBP) Ersin Tatar has said that his party’s position on the Cyprus Problem was clear and that a strong consensus did not exist between the UBP and President Mustafa Akıncı on the Cyprus Problem.
In a written statement issued today, Tatar said that the remarks made by the Speaker of the Republic’s Assembly Teberrüken Uluçay following yesterday’s extraordinary session of parliament had created the false perception that there was in fact a strong consensus between all parties and MPs in the Republic’s Assembly.
“The President informed parliament on the latest developments and we shared our own views. It’s not possible to disclose exactly what was discussed because the session was held behind closed doors but the statements made by the Speaker following the session has led to misperceptions that there is consensus among all the parties and MPs. We would like to stress once again that the UBP supports the continuation of Turkey’s unilateral right to intervention and does not agree with President Akıncı who proposed to the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades to sign the Guterres Framework, which aims to bring an end to this, as a strategic framework agreement” he said.
Tatar also pointed out that it was out of the question for his party to accept the maps brought to the negotiating table which proposed significant territorial concessions.
“The UBP supports a settlement that recognizes effective participation in decision making, separate elections, the right to be elected, bi-zonality, the settlement of property and territory issues on the basis of current realities, maintaining the Turkish-Greek balance on the island. The settlement to be reached must become primary EU law as well” Tatar stressed.
The UBP leader also pointed out that the federation thesis’s of the two sides were very different and that the possibility of achieving a federal settlement had ended with the collapse of talks in Crans Montana.
“The UBP supports the idea of bringing other alternative options to the table such as confederation, velvet divorce or a two state solution under EU membership. Mr. Akıncı is refraining from bringing these options to the table which is why the UBP does not and cannot approve of the policy he is adopting at the negotiating table” Tatar added.