Cyprus Peace Process Roundup

Cyprus ‘not going to play Turkey’s game’: “The government said on Friday it would not play Ankara’s game as the Turkish seismic survey vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa was reportedly already off the Karpas peninsula on Friday evening. Ankara on Wednesday issued a notice to mariners, or Navtex, reserving an area inside the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), off Famagusta, to carry out seismic surveys between Friday, April 30, and June 30. The issue was raised at the leaders’ meeting on Thursday night. On Friday, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told CyBC said Turkey’s actions were twofold; to create political grey areas about the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, and to damage the island’s economy — particularly the energy and tourism sectors — through creating such impressions.” [Cyprus Mail]

Cyprus leaders meet in first encounter since Turkish referendum: The leaders of Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities will meet on Thursday in a first encounter of the two since Turkey’s referendum on constitutional change. Talks between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are expected to focus on the economy, the European Union and administrative issues. [Kathimerini]

‘Stability needs to prevail in Turkey,’ says spokesman: IF Turkey wants to contribute to the Cyprus peace talks, it will not create any problems in the Republic of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, because it knows what the reaction will be, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Tuesday. Commenting on state radio on the Turkish referendum, Christodoulides said that, as far as the government is concerned, the ideal scenario would be for stability to prevail in Turkey, so that “the conditions are created for serious and bold decisions on the Cyprus problem”. “Evaluating the referendum result is an ongoing process,” the spokesman said. [Cyprus Mail]

Turkish Cyprus NAVTEX ‘invalid’, says Nicosia: Turkey’s NAVTEX over imminent research and seismographic activity by ‘Barbaros’ vessel at Famagusta area within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone is “invalid”. Because Wednesday’s NAVTEX by Turkey has been issued by a non-competent authority, the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia also said in a written statement. “The only competent authority to issue a NAVTEX as regards research or rescue activities within the area of Cyprus is the Republic of Cyprus,” it said. [In Cyprus]

President Anastasiades concern over Turkish provocations in Cyprus EEZ: Asked if he has raised the issue of the Turkish provocation in the region, the President replied, “certainly, I have said that this does not benefit or is conducive to the climate that we want to nurture. It is not possible on the one hand to talk about confidence building measures and on the other hand to have all these provocations on the part of Turkey”. [Famagusta Gazette]

Kotzias’ views on Eide already publicly known, spokesman says: The government said on Sunday there was nothing in Nicos Kotzias critical letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres about Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide, that the Greek foreign minister had not said publicly during his recent visit to Cyprus but conceded that not everything Eide did was satisfactory for the Greek Cypriot side. It emerged on Sunday that Kotzias had written a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to complain about Eide’s “conduct” . According to Phileleftheros “the letter bluntly stated” that the UN official was acting to promote the Turkish request for the EU four freedoms to be applied to Turkish citizens in the event of a Cyprus solution. The letter is dated April 7, the newspaper said. [Cyprus Mail]

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