Tatar says he will not be forced to accept UNSG proposals
Date Added: 03 April 2024

President Ersin Tatar met with the leaders of the political parties which have seats in the Republic’s Assembly on Tuesday.

Attending the meeting at the presidential palace on Tuesday was the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP)-Prime Minister Ünal Üstel, the leader of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Tufan Erhürman, the leader of the Democrat Party-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Youth, and Environment Fikri Ataoğlu, and the leader of the Rebirth Party-Minister of Public Works and Transportation Erhan Arıklı.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, President Ersin Tatar said that he had the opportunity to evaluate the current situation regarding the Cyprus problem.

Tatar stated that he would first go to Washington D.C. for meetings and then proceed to New York in the evening on the same day.

He also rubbished reports that he will be forced to accept UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ proposals during their upcoming meeting in New York.

He pointed out that the UNSG’s special envoy has been appointed for six months, and is not even halfway through that period.

“Consultations are ongoing,” he said, adding he expects to meet Maria Ángela Holguín for the third time in April, on a date that has already been set.

“But certainly, our view is that if there is a definitive, fair, permanent agreement in Cyprus, it will certainly be a two-state solution,” Tatar was quoted telling the press.

He then added that he will not enter a process that has been fully exhausted for 50 years, “first with the Annan Plan and then at Crans Montana.”

Tatar said that there will be no going back to the negotiating table unless the sovereign equality and equal international status of the Turkish Cypriot side is recognized.

“Our policy is now Türkiye’s national policy,” Tatar said, before expressing his dissatisfaction with UN Security Council Resolution 186, which designates Christodoulides “as the sole representative of the Republic of Cyprus.”

Tatar said that when he returns from New York, he will inform the political leaders about his meeting with Guterres and, if necessary, the Republic’s Assembly itself.