A informal five-party conference including UN format is essential

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Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu proposed an informal five-part conference including UN format to determine what to negotiate on the Cyprus issue.

In his speech at the joint press conference following the meeting held at the Presidency, Çavuşoğlu said: “The Turkish Cypriot side has put forward a strong will for the solution of the Cyprus issue for 50 years, yet the Greek Cypriot side has really not shown the same will at all. The Greek Cypriot side does not want to share administration and prosperity with the Turkish Cypriot side on the basis of political equality”.

Mentioning the contacts of the UN Special Envoy to Cyprus Jane Holl Lute who came to the island to work on the terms of reference for the resumption of negotiations, Çavuşoğlu said that unfortunately there isn’t any change in the mentality of the Greek Cypriot side in accepting the political equality of the Turkish Cypriot side.

Stating that Turkey did not rule out any of the models that guarantee political equality and security of the Turkish Cypriots, but the political equality of Turkish Cypriots should be accepted, Çavuşoğlu said no result has been achieved in the 50 years negotiation process.

“We have to decide together what to negotiate. An informal five-party conference including UN format is essential to determine what to negotiate. After this, the terms of reference can be clarified and negotiations can resume” Çavuşoğlu added.

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