The appointment of a UN special envoy to Cyprus would be meaningless for now, as the envoy would have nothing to do, the Turkish Cypriot foreign minister said Thursday, where he met with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar.
“It only makes sense to appoint a special representative once you see that there is a common language and a decision has been made to start new negotiations,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference after meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar.
Cavusoglu’s remarks came in response to a proposal by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last week in Geneva to appoint a special envoy to the island.
Cavusoglu said Jane Holl Lute, the UN envoy to Cyprus, is already working to determine if there is a common language to start new negotiations.
Regarding Guterres’ proposal for special envoy, Tatar said that before a formal negotiation process could begin, it would be pointless to appoint a representative.
Appointing a new envoy “could also cause problems,” he said.
Referring to the remarks of Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades in Geneva, Cavusoglu said he has rejected the sovereign equality of the Turkish Cypriot people, a condition that is sine qua non for Turkey.
Anastasiades pursued an approach which seeks to make the Turkish Cypriot people a minority on the island rather than an equal community, he said, adding: “We also ignore this mentality that sees the Turkish Cypriot people as a minority.
“We no longer accept the Greek Cypriot side hiding behind UN Security Council resolutions whose useful life has expired and presenting a deadlock as a search for a solution. That time is over. ”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s proposal for a regional conference in the Eastern Mediterranean is still on the table, Cavusoglu said, adding that the same goes for proposals for a fair sharing of revenues from the region’s underwater energy resources.
He reiterated Ankara’s support for the Turkish Cypriot people and said he would continue to defend the rights of both countries in the region.
Citing Turkey’s position as a guarantor country for Cyprus, Cavusoglu said it is Turkey’s most natural right to defend the rights of the “TRNC”.
He also urged the EU and the UN to take steps towards a fair share of revenue, adding: “Otherwise, we have taken the necessary steps and will continue to do so.”
“Turkey continues our necessary activities in the areas where” TRNC “granted the license (energy search), as we have done so far. We will not compromise the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people or” TRNC “.
For his part, Tatar said they attach great importance to Turkey’s support, adding that Ankara has rights stemming from its position as a guarantor country as well as history.
He said the main issue of Cyprus is sovereignty, condemning how the Greek Cypriot side acts as if they are the only sovereign on the island.
“The time has come and it is already passing for the Greek Cypriots to act in accordance with the realities of Cyprus,” Tatar said.