Anastasiades Drove a Wedge in Cyprus Talks

President Mustafa Akinci met with Prime Minister Tufan Erhuman yesterday, the first of their routine weekly meetings.

The two discussed both domestic and foreign issues at the meeting which took place at the presidential palace.

In a short statement to reporters after the meeting, Erhurman said that he and the president had discussed the latest statements made by the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades.

He said that Anastasiades had placed a wedge in the Cyprus negotiations process. “It’s not possible to accept Mr. Anastasiades’ statements as constructive. His statement that the current conditions are not conducive for the negotiations to continue is a clear indication that there has been no change in his stance. We shall continue to evaluate the developments together with the president. But I can clearly say that Anastasiades has struck a wedge in the Cyprus talks”, Erhurman said.

On the issue of the opening of the Aplic and Derinya border crossing points, Erhurman said that “he shared with the president the view that there was a need for coordination between their respective offices”.

Asked about the process of the Maronites returning to their villages in the north, Erhurman said “that coordination on the issue between the president’s office and the prime ministry is continuing”.


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