Occupying Turkey wants to keep the Cyprus issue out of the Security Council, if possible outside the UN, until it imposes its own agenda. By adopting aggressive tactics in the diplomatic field as well, it is trying to blackmail the acceptance of its demands regarding the narrative for the recognition of “sovereign equality” and “equal international status” by the Security Council. On the occasion of the issue that arose with the appointment of a UN special envoy and the refusal of the occupying power to accept this, the Turkish aspirations are obvious:
If the special envoy is accountable to the Security Council, it will be on the basis of United Nations resolutions and resolutions, which are clearly inconsistent with Ankara's narrative. This attitude of the occupying power concerns the systematic efforts to overthrow the basis of the negotiations and consequently the form of the solution. Under no circumstances does she want to give the impression that negotiations or a process are resumed, unless this is done after her own claims are accepted.
The main goal of the Turkish side is the repeal of Resolution 186 of 1964, through which the continuity of the Republic of Cyprus was ensured. It is obvious that Turkey will “return” to the Security Council only if there is a change of approach on the substance of the Cyprus issue. It is a difficult task, but there is a methodical systematic work in this direction. Turkey is not in a hurry, but believes that what it is asking for can come out from under the weight of the data and what has been done.
It is no coincidence that the Turkish side favors the start of discussions in the framework of “upgraded” Technical Committees, which will operate at a “bilateral” level. The occupying leader, Ersin Tatar, has spoken of co-operation on everyday issues, such as health issues, “from the bottom up”. “There can be a process in the context of the use of power from state to state, that is, from the bottom up, which will be able to support the work of the Technical Committees, to be able to take steps that will touch everyday life, will give more hope. to the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriot people “, he has stated. Already on the issues of the pandemic there was a decision within the Technical Committee, in relation to the protocol of movement from both sides of the occupation line, which was adopted. It is obvious that while there is no procedure, the Turkish side demands that the Technical Committees function, referring to the existence of two entities, which cooperate while living in parallel and side by side.
Actions from the United Nations
According to secure information, the United Nations will begin telephone contacts with those involved in the coming weeks in an effort to break the deadlock and find a way to appoint a special envoy. UN Assistant Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo and Special Representative for Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar have taken over the responsibility of conducting “telephone diplomacy” from the International Atomic Energy Agency. leaves. At the headquarters of the International Organization, having tried behind the scenes to persuade Ankara to issue a statement, after last Monday's meal, they formed the impression that the Turkish side is adamant and does not accept the appointment of a special envoy to report to the Security Council. It is recalled in this regard that an announcement referring to the appointment of the envoy would be issued after the Guterres, Anastasiadis and Tatar dinner, which took place last Monday in New York, but was blocked by Ankara.
The United Nations, once again, shows an inability to address an issue that should end with the issuance of the communiqué. It is obvious that they are under unbearable pressure from occupying Turkey to abandon the idea of appointing an envoy. The information suggests that Ankara is blackmailing the Secretariat into other issues, on which the International Organization is investing in Turkey's stance. It is noted that the Secretary General himself, Antonio Guterres, during the inauguration of the “House of Turkey” in New York and with Recep Tayyip Erdogan by his side, had thanked the regime in Ankara. “I am personally familiar with the enormous generosity of Turkey and Turkish society towards refugees,” he said. He added: “Thank you (Turkey) for your support to refugees in need of protection.”
It is obvious that in view of the fact that at least two countries of the five permanent members of the Security Council, Russia and China, are requesting Afghanistan on the occasion of the Secretary General's envoys. Antonio Guterres may leave the issue to deflate through this collective body. One possible argument is that there are no developments at this stage that would justify the appointment. Furthermore, what emerges is that the United Nations avoids referring to the side that is blocking developments, which is clearly the Turkish one.
ENLARGEMENT AGENDA AND ANCHOR TERMS
Nicosia is holding a waiting position on the issue of the special envoy. He has supported this issue, he considers that the position of the Secretary General was clear and that there can be no withdrawal. The appointment of a personal envoy, such as Jane Hall Luth, who had no connection with the Security Council, weakens UN intervention and will serve Ankara's aspirations. It is clear that President Anastasiadis attended both the informal Five-Party Conference in Geneva and the dinner in New York without conditions, which paved the way for the expansion of the agenda. The first mistake, of course, was made by the Secretary General, who in Geneva allowed the Turkish side to raise the issue of the two states. That is why he had baptized the assembly informally. Now, in order for the process to begin, the terms of the occupying power must be accepted.
Colin Stewart from Canada replaces Mrs. Spehar
Elizabeth Spehar's replacement has been found for the position of United Nations Special Representative in Cyprus. Following the Turkish rejection of Australian Melissa Park, the International Organization is now proposing Colin Stewart from Canada. Nicosia has given the green light for his appointment, but so far the position of the Turkish side on the issue has not been known. It is interesting to note that Colin Stewart is currently serving in Western Sahara, where Elizabeth Spehar is being transferred. That is, there will be an exchange of posts.
Colin Stewart has more than 25 years of experience in peace and security, and has served as the International Atomic Energy Agency's representative in the African Union (Ethiopia), East Timor, Gaza and elsewhere. It is clear from his CV that he is more “combative” than a bureaucrat. His country, Canada, has a tradition in Peacekeeping Missions, as it has in UNFICYP.
The baton change is expected at the end of this month. Until then, Ms. Spehar was given an extension due to the involvement that occurred with the rejection by the Turkish side of Ms. Park's appointment.