Cypriot President calls on Turkish side to name what it wants and be judged

If the Turkish side wants a solution of the Cyprus problem, it must submit its positions in writing or repeat what it demands, so that everyone can decide if this is a solution that can lead to a viable and functional state, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said.

Replying to claims by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Friday evening that he requested a discussion on a solution of two states in Cyprus, President Anastasiades said “Akinci’s memory seems to be failing him.”

The President said statements on behalf of the Turkish side regarding issues raised at the talks aimed at “cultivating division” in the Greek Cypriot community and that the Turkish side was trying “to control the whole of Cyprus and this is not going to happen.”

Regarding Akinci’s invitation for an unofficial meeting to clarify certain points, President Anastasiades said he was “always ready” and pointed out, however, that on previous occasions Akinci did not wish their meetings to be perceived as the beginning of a dialogue.

“They should leave the communication antics aside and, if they really want to, they should submit their positions in writing or repeat what they demand,” they President said, noting that then “everyone can decide if this is a solution that can lead us to a viable and functional state.”

Asked about threats by Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu in relation to drilling for hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, President Anastasiades said he did not wish to comment on them, noting that “we follow the policy the state sets out in our energy planning and we will not enter a confrontation.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.


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