Hard-line attitude yields depressing results

The leader of AKEL, the South’s main opposition party Andros Kyprianou has commented that President Nicos Anastasiades’ hard-line stance on re-starting the Cyprus negotiations only produced depressing results.

Kyprianou’s comment came after President Anastasiades launched an attack on the UN for not making a stand on the fact that Turkey had been operating a seismic survey vessel in the South’s self-declared EEZ.

The UN responded as follows:

“The UN Secretary General fully backs the work of his special envoy Espen Barth Eide and stands by his report. As in many cases – in general terms – reports of the Secretary General elicit reactions from one side or another. There is no reason for us to comment on the reactions to the SG’s report,” UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Kyprianou, the leader of the island’s second-biggest party after ruling DISY, urged Anastasiades to reconsider his approach, suggesting that each passing day brought Cyprus closer to partition.

“Turkey will not allow exploitation,” a former government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. He also asked who would invest in hydrocarbons with that threat on the horizon.

The former official said the president’s reaction to the UNSG report was excessive and suggested that he must change his strategy.

“When the likes of EDEK, DIKO, and George Lillikas agree with you, it means you are doing it wrong,” he said.

“The international community is tired of Cyprus. Who will defend you when no one thinks you’re fully right?”

He added that the hydrocarbons issue should be on the table, just like citizenship, territory, and so on.

Source Cyprus Mail

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