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Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said his position on recognizing the sovereign equality and equal international status of the Turkish Cypriots was conveyed during his meeting, on Friday, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, as a condition for the resumption of negotiations in Cypriot.

Regarding the effort of the UN Secretary General's personal envoy, he said that “there is no indication yet that there is going to be common ground”. “If we are going to have a permanent solution on the island, which is fair, practical, lasting and sustainable, it should definitely be a two-state solution,” he said.

In statements after the meeting, at the UN headquarters, in New York and asked if he accepts to sit in a joint meeting with the President of the Republic, Nikos Christodoulides, and the personal envoy of the UN Secretary General, Maria Angela Holguin Querguiar, Mr. Tatar replied that – as he mentioned to the UN Secretary-General earlier “if they do not accept our sovereign equality and our equal international status, we do not intend to participate in formal negotiations”.

He spoke of a constructive meeting with his Secretary-General UN, at the same time making the claim that Antonio Guterres has confirmed that no common ground has yet been found that would lead to the resumption of talks on the Cyprus issue.

“The three months of talks of the personal envoy of the Secretary General, Maria Angela Holguin, have been completed. It started on January 5, she has visited us twice in these three months. She will come again in May. She is a very determined lady who is still exploring whether there is common ground or not. So far, as you all know – and the Secretary General has confirmed – there is still no indication that there is going to be common ground. Therefore,  we will see how she can continue until she completes her mission, until the completion of six months. Obviously, we are in good cooperation with the personal envoy of the UN Secretary General,” Ersin Tatar said. Cyprus”, as mentioned in the Turkish invasion, and expressed the hope that the international community would “wake up” and see “the reality” that there are “two peoples, two democratic states, two authorities” in Cyprus and that for for there to be a permanent solution, this should be done through the cooperation of “the two existing states in Cyprus”.

Asked if the UN Secretary-General presented him with new ideas during the meeting, Mr. Tatar said that he transferred his positions to the head of the international organization, to add that there had been some discussions about how the envoy could continue the her mission. “We'll see when Ms. Holguin comes back, what she'll tell us, what she'll suggest about her mission, we'll see when she visits us in May,” he said.

Mr. Tatar repeated in his statements about the “embargo” and “isolation” of the Turks, saying that he expects the international community to reconsider its position on this matter at some point.

To a question by KYPE about whether the Turkish Cypriot leader would sit at the same table with the President of the Republic, Nikos Christodoulidis and the personal envoy of the UN Secretary General in order to find a common ground, he answered that if the President Christodoulidis does not accept the sovereign equality  of the T/k “we do not intend to participate in official negotiations”.

“My friend Nikos Christodoulidis wants the negotiations to start where they left off in Cran Montana. This is unacceptable for us. Because all those opportunities have been exhausted. Because as with the Annan Plan, in 2017 in Crans Montana, (negotiations) at the table collapsed and they walked out as the Republic of Cyprus and we as a community, which we refuse to accept. So if he does not accept our sovereign equality and our equal international regime, we are not going to participate in official negotiations,” he said.

The Guterres-Tatar meeting took place in continuation of the contacts he had in Cyprus with the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side, the personal envoy of the Secretary General for the Cyprus issue, Maria Angela Holguin Quergiar, but also the meeting of the President of the Republic, Nikos Christodoulides with Antonio Guterres, which took place in March in Brussels.

Source: www.philenews.com

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