Dendias: A solution for Cyprus was not found in Geneva due to Turkey

Nikos Dendias

With the conclusion of the informal 5+UN meeting on Cyprus in Geneva, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias highlighted that the failure to find a solution was because of Turkey and leaders of the Turkish-speaking Cypriot community.

Dendias said in a statement that Greece attended the meeting to resume negotiations "within the framework explicitly set by the United Nations Security Council, ie a bi-zonal, bi-communal solution."

The bi-zonal and bi-communal solution is set out by United Nations Security Council and recently got the reconfirmed support of the EU, the U.S., China and Russia.

"In this context, we came to this meeting emphasising that any solution, other than these parameters, must be fully compatible with the European acquis," the foreign minister said.

"We showed a constructive attitude," Dendias added.

He then highlighted that Greece and the Republic of Cyprus made efforts to achieve this goal.

"Unfortunately, it was not possible to find common ground for the start of negotiations in this context, due to the attitude of the Turkish Cypriot and Turkish side," Dendias said.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced that he would continue his efforts to find a solution and convene a new informal five-party (conference), which will take place in two or three months.


"We have made it clear that these efforts by the Secretary-General must be made within the agreed framework and the framework of his mandate," Dendias said.

"That is, the relevant decisions of the United Nations Security Council to seek a solution within a bi-zonal bi-communal federation," he continued, adding "We remind you that the decisions of the United Nations Security Council are absolutely binding on all parties."

During yesterday’s contacts, Turkish-speaking Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, with the support of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, also submitted a six-point written memorandum, in which he expressed his demand for a change in sovereign equality.

In essence, he called on the UN Secretary General to proceed with maneuvers that would lead to the recognition of the pseudo-state of the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” which has no international recognition, except from Turkey.

Greek Cypriots, with support from the UN, the U.S., the EU, Russia and China, want a bi-zonal bi-communal federation with political equality, in accordance to United Nations resolutions.

The so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC), is an illegal entity established after the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974.

It is recognised by no other state in the world besides Turkey, and was deemed an illegal entity by United Nations Security Council resolutions 541 and 550.

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