President Ersin Tatar met with UNSG Guterres and GC leader Anastasiades
Date Added: 28 September 2021

President Ersin Tatar on Monday said that no official negotiations can begin until the Turkish Cypriot side’s equal international status is recognized.

Tatar was speaking to BRT following his informal meeting with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades which lasted for two hours.

The president said that he had found the opportunity at the meeting to convey once again the Turkish Cypriot side’s positions regarding a settlement as did the Greek Cypriot leader his own position.

Tatar said that it was not possible to solve a 60-year-old problem overnight and that he was not constricting himself as did his predecessors who had made promises to solve the Cyprus Problem in a matter of months.

He reiterated that it was not possible for the Turkish Cypriot side to return to the negotiating table before its sovereign equality and equal international status which emanated from international agreements and history were accepted.,

Tatar also accused the Greek Cypriot leader of trying to shift focus to other areas.

Regarding the appointment of a new special envoy, President Ersin Tatar said that Jane Holl Lute’s replacement would need to bring momentum to the process.

He also expressed the Turkish Cypriot side’s opposition to resume talks from where they left off in Crans Montana and Berlin. .

Tatar warned against any attempts by the Greek Cypriot side to manipulate the process, insisting that new talks start immediately and imposing deadlines that will suit its interests.

“I am saying this openly now. I will oppose any such attempts. It is out of the question to start any official talks until the six-point proposal which I tabled in Geneva is accepted,” he said.

Tatar however added that the new UN special envoy’s mandate and authorities should not exceed that of Lute.

The president also said that the work carried out by the technical committees needed to be supported.

“We can focus on other areas of cooperation as we have done in the area of health that will touch peoples’ lives and contribute to building trust. This is a view supported by the Secretary-General and we will work in that direction,” he added.

Tatar said that the Greek Cypriot side had expressed during the meeting that it was uncomfortable that the work carried out by the bicommunal committees was upgrading the status of the TRNC.

“There are two separate states, two separate administrations and two separate peoples in Cyprus. I asked Mr Anastasiades how it will be possible to reach a lasting and just settlement in Cyprus if these realities are not accepted and acknowledged,” he added.

President Ersin Tatar pointed out that it was out of the question for Turkish Cypriots to return to pre-1974 conditions which he had tried to explain to Anastasiades.

“The Secretary-General understands our situation. He will not launch an official round of talks without the approval of both sides,” Tatar added.

In the meantime, President Tatar and his accompanying delegation will be returning to the island tonight.