Yorgancioglu: Eroglu aims at carrying the negotiations outside the UN parameters

Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (29.04.12) reports that Ozkan Yorgancioglu, leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) has accused Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu of aiming at carrying the Cyprus talks outside the UN parameters. Yorgancioglu visited Istanbul heading a delegation of his party which participated in a conference under the title “Changing Seasons: the Arab Peoples’ March for Democracy and Freedom”. The delegation held a meeting with Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chairman of the Turkish main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

 Yorgancioglu told Kilicdaroglu that the Cyprus negotiations have come to the point of stopping and added that the responsibility for this belongs to the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, who exerts efforts to carry the negotiations outside the UN parameters. He pointed out that a solution to the Cyprus problem is possible with a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation based on the political equality of the two communities. He noted that any efforts outside this are in vain and will not be accepted by the world nor that they will benefit the Turkish Cypriots.

 Yorgancioglu argued that the Turkish Cypriot side acquired many benefits to the policy of “being one step forward” and added that these benefits are being lost one by one.

 In his statements Kilicdaroglu said that the CHP has a very broad network of international relations and added that in every platform they insistently support the lifting of the so-called isolations allegedly implemented on the Turkish Cypriots. He noted that especially his party’s office in Brussels, exerts great efforts in this direction at the EU institutions. He argued that they are ready to offer any support on every issue that would contribute to the solution of the Cyprus problem. 

 Meanwhile, according to Yeni Duzen (29.04.12) in statements elsewhere, Yorgancioglu noted that Eroglu had taken the negotiations to a point very close to a solution and brought them to the point of being interrupted. Referring to the recent statement by Alexander Downer, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, Yorgancioglu pointed out that Downer has clearly said that progress in the negotiations was prevented by the deadlock on the issues of property and election of the executive power. He said that Downer noted that Eroglu was not accepting the agreement reached between President Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Talat on the election of the executive power and that afterwards he changed his stance by putting forward the precondition of convening a multilateral conference in order to accept this agreement. 

 Yorgancioglu referred also to the method followed in the negotiations and said, inter alia, the following: “…The ground for the negotiations exists. In case there is political will, the negotiating method which is currently followed has no problem or deficiency. In case there is no political will, it is obvious from now that the efforts for changing the current method will give no results…”

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