Forget two states and confederation (Video)

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Nicos Christodoulides said to Mevlut Cavusoglu, that the only Cyprus solution under negotiation is the bizonal bicommunal federation, adding that Nicosia is ready for a results-oriented process, by taking advantage of what was achieved during the last round of talks, in Crans Montana.

The exchange between the two men took place in front of journalists, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, in New York, as Christodoulides was on his way to a bilateral meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

Christodoulides asked the Turkish Foreign Minister if they were going to agree on the terms of reference, and questioned the need for a five-party conference before the terms were agreed.

Cavusoglu replied that “we need to agree what we are going to negotiate” with Christodoulides saying that “we know what we are going to negotiate.”

When the Turkish Foreign Minister asked if this was a negotiation for a two-state solution, Christodoulides replied “bizonal bicommunal federation. Forget two-state [solution] and confederation.”

Christodoulides: I can give you the answer now, there is an only bizonal bicommunal federation

Cavusoglu went on to say that in Crans Montana, Anastasiades spoke about a confederation, with the Turkish Minister pointing to the minutes of the 2017 meeting in the Swiss resort.

Christodoulides disagreed, saying that “we have also the minutes” and him to agree to work on a bizonal bicommunal federal solution. “Are you ready? We can shake hands today and agree that we are working for this” said Christodoulides.

On his part, Cavusoglu said that Ankara supported all the efforts in the past, including the Annan plan, and the process in Crans Montana. “We failed, unfortunately. I am not going to say who is right and who is wrong but this time we can not afford another failure,” he added and pointed to the need to agree on a results-oriented process.

Christodoulides replied that he fully agreed on a results-oriented process. “We are ready. We have to take advantage of what we have achieved during the last negotiation process, where it was the first time that we were so close” he said, referring to the 2017 Conference on Cyprus, in Crans Montana.

Cavusoglu insisted however that he wanted to make sure “what we are going to negotiate”, adding that the Greek Cypriot side is presenting different ideas, including a two-state solution, confederation, federation. “So, let’s sit and open the discussion” he added.

I can give you the answer now, there is only bizonal bicommunal federation, Christodoulides replied.

Cavusoglu said moreover that they agreed with Greece to have informal meetings first “and then we can also work on the terms of reference.” This is why I had the informal meeting last year together with you and Anastasiades, as well as an informal meeting with then Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias and the British Foreign Secretary, the Foreign Minister of Turkey went on. He also pointed to a trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the guarantor powers, which took place last year in New York.

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