Cypriot FM: We Only Have Plan ‘A’ – a Federation

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
Last Update: 13:28

“We will continue the effort. We only have one plan. Plan “A.” We have no plan “B” or “C” as Turkey had,” Ioannis Kasoulides, Cyprus Foreign Minister said.

Speaking to the Independent Balkan News Agency about the failure of the Cyprus peace talks in Crans-Montana, Kasoulides said that Turkey moved away from the parameters set by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“If all sides stayed within the parameters of Antonio Guterres, a solution would surely have been found… The fact that Turkey chose to move away from one of the Guterres parameters is the reason why the talks collapsed,” Kasoulides said.

The Cypriot official specified that the one parameter Turkey did not accept, “that guarantees and invasion rights are non-sustainable, is the reason why the talks collapsed. We want what the Secretary-General himself said, to be a normal state. A normal state does not need guarantees or invasion rights.”

However, the Cypriot foreign minister said that the Republic of Cyprus will continue efforts to find a solution to the issue.

“Our policy is that we are prepared to continue, on the six parameters outlined by the Secretary-General himself, and we believe that if Turkey decides to review its stance with regards to its fixation on guarantees and intervention rights and comes to the table within the parameters set by the Secretary-General, we can find a solution,” he said.

Kasoulides further said that “if we want to re-unite the island, Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots should behave as Cypriots under a common roof, and not under the stiff grip of Turkey as it is today. Today, the occupied part is controlled by the Erdogan regime. Financially, besides the fact that it finances the budget, besides what has always happened, Turkish companies have come to Cyprus, they have monopolized water, tomorrow they want to provide electricity, an office managed by Turkey will educate youth – effectively brainwashing Turkish-Cypriots in favor of Islam. All of these will create conditions for Turkish-Cypriots in which they will lose their Cypriot identity and secularism. It is up to them to choose. Do Cypriots want to unite with Cypriots or do Turkish Cypriots want to unite with Turkey? For us it is a very bad development to have a border with Turkey, a Turkish army in Cyprus, whether by annexation or another form of control over the occupied part.”

And he continued: “This is why we will continue the effort. We only have one plan. Plan “A.” We have no plan “B” or “C” as Turkey had and it was perfectly clear that its map extends to these other plans simply going through plan “A” which is for a federation.”

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