In answer to a question put to him by a correspondent of Turkish News Agency Cyprus (TAK) concerning his views on the meetings Downer will have separately with the two leaders today as well as the press conference the latter will hold in the Buffer Zone after the meetings, Özersay said:
"The comprehensive settlement negotiations have continued since 2008 within the framework of the main principle of 'common will' and we have reached the end of the timetable laid down by the UN Secretary General. This is a process that requires the common will of the two sides at every step of the way. It is for this reason that the format, venue and timing of the negotiations as well as the diplomatic procedures that will be applied, in other words, the overall modalities of the process are determined by getting the consent of both parties at every stage. At the current stage of the negotiations, we need to look at whether or not a concurrence of will between the two parties exists regarding what to do. For this reason, it will be the two sides who will jointly decide what to do next. Mr. Downer will thus have to look at whether or not the two sides can forge a common will regarding what will happen now. This is the question that will be answered today."