Main opposition Akel on Tuesday submitted a proposal on the Cyprus problem to President Nicos Anastasiades suggesting how to create the conditions for the restart of substantive talks into a solution based on the agreed framework.
Party leader Andros Kyprianou said after the meeting the report had been prepared due to Akel’s concerns following Ersin Tatar’s election as the new Turkish Cypriot leader and the intense escalation of Turkish provocations and aggression in the eastern Mediterranean, especially in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone and Famagusta.
The proposal has two parts, he said. “The talks process and how this can be achieved, and the second part concerns issues of hydrocarbons and how they could become an incentive for the solution of the Cyprus problem.”
Kyprianou said that the party believes the only way to curb Turkish aggression and provocations and to get Turkey to return to the proper basis of discussion on the Cyprus problem is the immediate restart of substantive talks for an agreement the soonest possible under the condition that the Turkish side will cooperate towards “achieving the proper solution.”
According to Kyprianou, the president will study the proposal and invite them for a new meeting to discuss it after his trip to Brussels for the European Council this week.
Anastasiades briefed the Akel delegation on his meeting UN special envoy Jane Holl Lute last week and on this week’s European Council, Kyprianou said.
He reiterated his party’s determination to continue its effort to create conditions for the resumption of a substantive dialogue and solution based on UN resolutions.
The last round of talks between the two communities, held in Crans-Montana in Switzerland in 2017, ended without any results.
UN Secretary-general Antonio Guterres expressed willingness to launch a new initiative by convening an informal-five party summit that will bring together the two communities and the three guarantees to discuss the way forward.
His envoy, Lute, who was on the island last week, heard in separate meetings the two leaders’ positions with the two leaders. Though both had expressed their readiness to participate in an informal five-party meeting Tatar said he explained to Lute his position on a two-state solution which runs counter to the federal solution the two sides had agreed on in the past.