Bi-communal Peace Initiative: Continuation of the Intercommunal Talks on the strict basis of the Guterres Framework

Ενημέρωση στις October 18, 2018

1. The Bi-communal Peace Initiative –United Cyprus considers the recent attempts to shift the basis for an agreed solution away from the agreed Bi-communal Bizonal Federation as an extremely dangerous development and calls on the two leaders, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties and politicians and Civil Society organisations and personalities in both communities to stamp out any such attempt and stick to the agreed framework and secure the continuation of the Intercommunal Talks on the strict basis of the Guterres Framework.

2. The internal structure of a Federal Republic of Cyprus is a matter to be determined by the two communities of the island. Any attempt to reach an agreement without full involvement of the Turkish Cypriot community and the Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akkinci is counter-productive and will create further mistrust and animosity between the two communities. Meetings between President Anastasiades and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu can only be useful on bilateral matters and matters concerning security, not as an alternative to the UN peace process.

3. The Intercommunal talks have reached a point that is closer to an agreement than any time in the past. It is imperative that all this work is not wasted and an agreement signed on the basis of Bi-communal, Bi-zonal Federation with political equality, effective Turkish Cypriot participation, the elimination of guarantees and its replacement with a New Treaty of Implementation and the withdrawal of foreign troops. We urge the two leaders to set aside their hesitations and muster the political will needed to conclude the agreement. Time is running out and failure to reach an agreement will inevitably lead Cyprus into extremely dangerous and uncharted waters.

4. The Bi-communal Peace Initiative-United Cyprus welcomes the recent Report on Cyprus of the UN SG Mr.Antonio Guterres to the permanent members of the Security Council on Monday night (15th of October) underlining’ that “prospects for a comprehensive settlement between the communities on the island remain alive, as all Cypriots deserve a common future”.

5. The Bi-communal Peace Initiative-United Cyprus calls on political parties, mass organisations, civil society organisations and all Cypriots to make their wish for a solution to the Cyprus Problem known and organise actions in support of the resumption of the intercommunal talks and the achievement of Peace and Prosperity for all Cypriots.

Nicosia, 16 October, 2018