Turkey Rejects UN Report on Failed Cyprus Unity Talks

FILE - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres informs the media that the conference on Cyprus under the auspices of the United Nations is closed without any agreement, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Friday, July 7, 2017. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ vague report on the collapsed Cyprus unity talks didn’t blame anyone but Turkey said it the evaluation of what happened is still wrong.

Guterres tried to broker a deal in July at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana between Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci but it fell apart over Turkish insistence on keeping army on the northern third of the island it occupied in a 1974 invasion.

Guterres made no mention of that in a platitudinous report that carefully tried to avoid stoking any more provocations but instead did with a backlash on both sides of the island: Anastasiades’ rivals claiming he fumbled a chance for a resolution and Turkey saying the UBN version was inaccurate.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry blamed the Cypriots for intransigence just as the Cypriots blamed the Turks. The Turkish statement said the legitimate Cypriot government – only Turkey recognizes its self-declared Republic on the island – “never discarded its unrealistic approach to the security and guarantees chapter” of zero troops and zero guarantees and for displaying “no constructiveness whatsoever even on fundamental issues regarding the functioning of the partnership state,” the Cyprus Mail reported.

During the final stages of the conference, “the Greek Cypriot side went so far as to reopen for discussion convergences already agreed upon in principle during the process,” the Turkish statement said with no explanation of what that meant.

Iturkey said only the Cypriot side didn’t have the political will to come to terms with what Turkey wanted..

“Previously, as the negotiation process was continuing, they were the side which eroded the feeling of confidence at the negotiating table by adopting, with domestic political considerations in mind, a parliamentary decision on such a matter as ‘enosis’, which forms the very basis of the Cyprus issue,” it said.

“They also leaked confidential documents to the press, in a manner neither in keeping with negotiation ethics nor with good faith, during the Crans-Montana session of the Conference on Cyprus in an environment in which sensitive negotiations were being held.”