TRNC president informs UN chief there is no common ground between Turkish, Greek Cypriot sides in Cyprus

Ersin Tatar, President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) (left)

© APA | Ersin Tatar, President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) (left)

# 08 April 2024 13:40 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Ersin Tatar said Sunday that he personally informed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that there is no common ground between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides in Cyprus, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

Speaking at a press conference at Ercan Airport on his return from a visit to the US, Tatar said the Greek Cypriot side creates the perception that "there will be a new negotiation process on Cyprus."

He said they put an end to this perception with their contacts in the US.

He noted that the UN Secretary-General's Personal Representative Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar is working to investigate whether there is a common ground between the parties in Cyprus.

Tatar also emphasized that he explained his policy of confirming the sovereign equality and equal international status of the TRNC to all the officials he met.

He also said that Guterres respects the attitude of the Turkish Cypriot side, noting that no process can start with coercion.

Tatar pointed out that he conveyed to his interlocutors that only with the acceptance of the acquired rights of the Turkish Cypriots could progress be made in the negotiations.

He emphasized that if there is to be an agreement in Cyprus now, it will be through the recognition of the TRNC.

Tatar said they will never compromise on their rights and will not step back from the policy of "sovereign equality and equal international status" that they advocate.

President Tatar held meetings with Guterres, US State Department officials, representatives of think tanks and executives of non-governmental organizations during his visit to the US, which began on April 5.