Akıncı: “I do not accept any other condition except the framework of 11th February 2014 Joint Statement”
In his speech at the opening of the 7th Lefke Walnut Festival, President Mustafa Akıncı said that Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades should know that if he returns to the negotiation table, he will not accept any other condition except the framework of 11th February 2014 Joint Statement. Adding that they as the Turkish Cypriot side act according to the Joint Statement but if the Greek Cypriot side prefers to waste the work conducted in 2016 to reach a settlement, they should be aware of the fact that they will make the separation permanent.
Stressing that 2016 is a very important year for a solution, President Akıncı said that if Anastasiades ceases his impulsive behaviour and works with us to reach a settlement, we will not have any problem but if he continues his impulsive behaviour to make the infrastructure of 2018 Presidential elections to be held in South Cyprus, we will have difficulties.
Furthermore, Akıncı said that his statements should not be considered as “blaming”, and the realities should not be concealed.
Leaders to meet for children’s future
The Leaders are going to meet on 2 June, 2016, for children’s future with a view to reuniting the island under a federal system.
President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades will attend the event in the buffer zone with the participation of Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot pupils in respect of World’s Children Day within the framework of the confidence building measures
This is the first event organized by the Technical Committee for Education in which the children will form small bi-communal groups and participate in activities at different workshops.
The committee was established urgently because of the attacks on Turkish Cypriots in their cars by Greek Cypriot students on the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the establishment of the TRNC.
Özgürgün: “The elections are determining behaviour of Anastasiades”
Making a statement to the Greek Cypriot daily Kathimerini newspaper, Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün said that the elections in the Greek Cypriot side are determining behaviour of the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades.
The newspaper reported that Özgürgün inter-related the developments on the Cyprus issue and the results of the elections in the Greek Cypriot side and he also stated that the behaviour of Anastasiades was conducted by the results of the elections.
According to the news Özgürgün mentioned that strengthening of the small formations of the right wing in the Greek Cypriot side made Anastasiades’ job more difficult and added that Anastasiades had no other choice except focusing on being re-elected as the President. Özgürgün added that is why the Cyprus issue entered into a new recession.
ELAM Leader Hristu: “Negotiations are going in the wrong direction”
The leader of the Greek National People’s Front (ELAM) Hristos Hristu claimed that the Cyprus negotiations are going in the wrong direction and added that currently six of the eight parties in the Greek Cypriot Assembly refused a bi-communal and bi-zonal federation.
Making a statement to the Greek Cypriot daily Simerini newspaper, Hristu explained the aim and the vision of his party and also mentioned about the Cyprus issue.
“Anastasiades’ grandstanding did not achieve anything”
The Greek Cypriot daily Sunday Mail published on 29th May commented in its editorial once more about Anastasiades’s reaction beginning with the dinner at the UN World Humanitarian Summit in İstanbul. The newspaper stressed “When it comes to indignant grandstanding and self-righteous posturing our politicians are in their element. They do it very well, even if, ultimately, it is meaningless because it achieves nothing. The Cyprus problem, for decades, has been inspiring these extravagant flourishes of defiance and unrelenting moralising without any sign of a let-up.
If anything, they have been stepped up in recent years as an increasing number of politicians work on the assumption that tough talk on the national issue will eventually push them to the top of the pile.”
The newspaper says that it is disappointing but not surprising to see the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades also engage in this behaviour at the Monday night dinner in İstanbul.
It says Anastasiades could have registered his disapproval by not attending the dinner, but he allowed a free rein to his emotions, engaging in the indignant grandstanding that is the stock in trade of the rejectionist party leaders.
The question we need to ask Cyprus Mail continues is “what Anastasiades hoped to achieve with his knee-jerk reaction?” (Concerning the things happened after the dinner) “Did he want an excuse to abandon the talks now that they would enter the intensive phase? Did he think there was a chance in a million Ban would publicly reprimand his Special Adviser, let alone replace him? Did he want to be applauded by the political parties and the newspapers for his supposedly tough stance? The truth is that he achieved absolutely nothing, having not even prevented the imaginary upgrading of Akinci, who attended the dinner and met Ban. Should he not also have censured Ban – for the sake of consistency if nothing else – for agreeing to the meeting with Akinci, instead of putting all the blame on the Special Adviser?
The editorial ends as follows: “His knee-jerk reaction also showed that he may not have the cool head and mental strength that are essential for the phase the Cyprus talks are currently entering. Will he be able to take the unrelenting pressure and criticism from the parties or will he revert to the default position, witnessed in Istanbul?” (Cyprus Mail)
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