The return of Maronite Cypriots to their villages and the opening of the fenced off-city of Maras under Turkish administration are “adventurist and hollow debates”, chairman of the United Cyprus Party (BKP) Izzet Izcan has said.
In a written statement issued on Monday, Izcan said that “submitting separatist proposals benefits nothing else than the escalation of tension which started after Crans-Montana”, and that the target of these debates is to prevent a federal solution.
Criticising President Mustafa Akinci’s recent statements, Izcan recalled that Akinci had been elected with the votes of those who supported a federal solution in Cyprus. What is expected from him is to insist on policies which will push for a federal solution at the negotiating table and not to make statements that put butter on the bread of those who support the status quo.
“This is why all parties and civilian organisations which supported Akinci, including the BKP, offered this support”, he noted, adding that the pro-solution forces on both sides of the island should exert pressure on the leaders for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations.