A cooperation proposal offered by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to the Greek Cypriot administration is a plan that will serve the common interests of stakeholders in the region, President Ersin Tatar’s special representative said on Thursday.
Ergün Olguns spoke with Anadolu Agency (AA) about the cooperation proposals presented by the Tatar President to the Greek Cypriot administration through the United Nations, including hydrocarbons, electricity, renewable energies and l ‘water.
“These offers are not meant to be launched lightly, they are serious. These proposals are designed to serve the common interest of players across the region, they will leave a mark,” he said.
Stating that they conveyed the four-point cooperation proposals prepared by the TRNC to the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades through the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, to the UN Under Secretary General Miroslav Jenca, Olgun said said the letter had reached Guterres. .
“Our request to the UN Secretary General is to make suggestions that will enable the Greek Cypriot side to view our offer of cooperation with a constructive eye, and to share these suggestions with the Greek Cypriot side,” he said. he adds.
The UN recently said the TRNC and the Greek Cypriot administration stand to benefit from natural resources in and around the island of Cyprus and urged cooperation between the two communities on energy projects in a report obtained by the UN on Tuesday. YY.
These resources should “provide a strong incentive for the parties to urgently seek mutually acceptable and lasting solutions to disagreements,” Guterres said in the report, which covers developments on the island of Cyprus from December 16, 2021 to June 14. 2022.
He said public confidence in the possibility of a settlement on the island remained low.
António Guterres expressed concern about the tensions in and around the island and urged the parties concerned to refrain from any unilateral action which he said could escalate tensions.
The report found that internal political developments and socio-economic issues dominated public debate and media attention in both communities.
“The Turkish Cypriot political landscape has been characterized by uncertainty and growing polarization. In the Republic of Cyprus, the unofficial campaign for the presidential elections scheduled for February 2023 has begun,” he said.
The report also notes that the prospects for reaching common ground on the peace process in Cyprus remain uncertain at this time, citing the continued lack of “meaningful dialogue” on the issue between the two sides and given the prevailing socio-economic and political climate.
“It should be remembered that the future of the process remains in the hands of the parties. As we continue to support them in finding common ground, the parties’ political will and flexibility remain of paramount importance. “, said the UN chief in the report.
Cyprus is mired in a decades-long dispute between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, despite a series of diplomatic efforts by the UN to reach a comprehensive settlement.
Ethnic attacks from the early 1960s forced Turkish Cypriots to retreat to enclaves for their safety.
In 1974, a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at the annexation of Greece led to the military intervention of Turkey as a guarantor power to protect Turkish Cypriots from persecution and violence. As a result, the TRNC was founded in 1983.
It has seen an on-and-off peace process in recent years, including a failed initiative in 2017 in Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom.
The Greek Cypriot administration joined the European Union in 2004, the same year the Greek Cypriots thwarted the UN’s Annan plan to end the long-running dispute.