Anastasiades prioritising elections over Cyprus negotiations: Akinci

President Mustafa Akıncı has said that the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades was moving further away as the elections got closer in South Cyprus.

In a written statement issued yesterday, Akıncı said that despite Mr. Anastasiades’ hope breaking behaviour, the Turkish Cypriot side will participate in the leaders’ meetings which are pencilled in for the May 2nd, 11th and 17th.

Akıncı accused Anastasiades of not respecting the efforts of opposition party AKEL and ruling party DISY to restart the negotiations after amending the controversial Enosis day bill.

The new law has been referred to the Greek Cypriot Supreme Court by Anastasiades to rule whether it is constitutional.

In the same manner he showed disrespect to the sensitivities of the Turkish Cypriot community, this behaviour does not correspond to the spirit of the negotiations and the conviction of the Greek Cypriot community,” he said.

The statement went on to say that it was with disappointment that Turkish Cypriots see that Mr. Anastasiades is behaving in a manner which reveals his intentions both as far as the Enosis day matter is concerned, and as far as the negotiations are concerned.

It is becoming clear that as the elections in the south are drawing nearer, Anastasiades is pulling away from a solution”.

The statement continued saying that “despite Mr. Anastasiades’ disappointing behaviour, the Turkish Cypriot side will participate in the leaders’ meetings which are scheduled for May 2nd, 11thand 17th.

As always, we will continue to work with all our good intentions, focusing on getting a result and we will continue to be constructive. However, it is not enough to have good will from just the one side,” the statement concluded.


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