Biden Tells Anastasiades: US Wants Cyprus Solution, Guterres Fiddles | cyprus, politics
WASHINGTON – Without going into details, US President Joe Biden reportedly sent a letter to Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, continuing to support the long unsuccessful effort to reunite the divided island with the Turkish Cypriots.
Greece’s Athens-Macedonia state news agency said Biden, who has strong sympathies for Greece and Cyprus, is closely following developments in Cyprus where Turkey has drilled for oil and gas at sea and is stepping up provocations .
The report states that Biden told Anastasiades that the United States continues to support a comprehensive solution for Cyprus, under the aegis of the United Nations, based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.
But the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot side, Ersin Tatar, has said he agrees with Turkish President Recep Tayyip’s insistence that the UN and the world recognize the occupied northern third.
This would result in a permanent partition and two states and would see Turkey retaining a standing army of 35,000 in Cyprus, which is a member of the European Union that Turkey has been trying to join since 2005 while refusing to recognize Cyprus and banning its ships. and its planes.
Erdogan again made the request during his speech at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, as did Tatar to Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines, the Turkish Cypriot side not being a member.
Guterres, who was in the latest round of failed talks in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, has been accused by Turkish Cypriot self-proclaimed Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu of buying time without answers.
Ertuğruloğlu told the pro-government Turkish newspaper The Daily Sabah, which is a spokesman for Erdogan, that Guterres knows there is no common ground between the two sides.
“We do not expect much from the UN. It is obvious that the UN has not solved any political problem so far,” Ertuğruloğlu said in Washington after a meeting between Guterres, Tatar and Anastasiades, who rejected any idea of two states.
head of the Greek Cypriot administration.
Ertuğruloğlu said Guterres admitted there was no solution in sight after an inconsequential chatting session in Geneva in April that came to nothing and led to no plans to continue so far .
At that time, Guterres said that there was “no common ground yet” to resume formal negotiations on the settlement of the Cyprus problem and that this stagnant position has been maintained ever since, Ertuğtuloğlu told reporters. .
“This is a tactic of the UN secretary general; he plays with time because he knows there is still no common ground,” he said, adding that Guterres should l ‘admit to the Security Council.
“They should know that there is no question of starting negotiations as long as the Greek Cypriot administration is treated as a state and we are treated as a society,” Ertuğruloğlu also said.