The TRNC Foreign Ministry has said that the mention in the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council extending the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus for the creation of a mechanism to be established between the two sides for direct communication and collaboration was a clear indicator that a new era has commenced in Cyprus.
In its statement evaluating the latest UN Security Council resolution, the TRNC Foreign Ministry said that the Turkish Cypriot side has relayed its detailed views and positions on the issues in the report to UN Security Council member states as well as to relevant centers.
“As it is known, frequent meetings had been held both on the island and abroad regarding collaboration between the two sides. As a result of these meetings, the UN Security Council in its resolution clearly asked for a mechanism to be established between the two sides for direct communication and for collaboration. This is to say the least is the clearest indication that the Cyprus Issue has entered a new phase. It is our view that it is an important development to create a direct communication and collaboration mechanism in order to improve the trust between the two communities and to create interdependency between the two sides that will eventually assist in finding a solution based on a joint vision” the statement read.
The TRNC Foreign Ministry said that this new development was also important for regional stability and security.
“It is our expectation that following the call made by the decision, the international community will encourage the two sides to implement direct communication and collaboration mechanisms without delay. Acknowledging the fact that establishing a relationship based on collaboration between the two sides will help in bringing peace and stability to the island and the region, the Turkish Cypriot side is ready to take the necessary steps towards establishing such mechanisms” the statement added.
It also urged the Greek Cypriot side, which has refrained from establishing a relationship based on collaboration and refrained from directly communicating with the Turkish Cypriot side, to abandon its attitude adopted to this day and to comply with the call made by the UN Security Council.
“As the Turkish Cypriot side, we will launch our initiatives to establish such mechanisms with the UN. We also welcome the call in the decision, and in compliance with the UNSG’s reports dated 15 October 2018, and 11 January 2019, made to the two sides to reach a joint agreement on a starting point” the foreign ministry statement read.
The TRNC Foreign Ministry however pointed out that it was disappointing to see that the UN did not seek the approval of the Turkish Cypriot side before adopting the resolution extending UNFICYP’s mandate.
“Despite having included in earlier drafts the UN Security Council resolution 2436 as well as the 21 September 2018 dated framework decision seeking the approval of all sides of a conflict and asking for a basic principle of impartiality; it is unfortunate to see this phase being omitted from the final report. This contradictory step which is in violation of the UN Security Council’s own decision is also a binding one. In this respect we wish to reiterate that omitting the reference from the report does not change the fact that in all peacekeeping missions including UNFICYP, consensus and consent must be sought from all parties of the conflict” it said.
The TRNC Foreign Ministry said that it expects that the omitted point to be replaced in the next report.
“Additionally in the decision, there is a call made to UNFICYP, which has become the symbol of the status quo and therefore part of the problem, to support the political process. In this regard and in view of the current situation following the failed process of Crans Montana, it is obvious that UNFICYP’s mandate must be revised. It is our expectation to see the UN Security Council to take a step towards revising UNFICYP’s mandate in its next report” the statement concluded.