South Cyprus has been attempting to shut down the EU Ad Hoc Committee’s EU harmonisation programme for the Turkish Cypriots, ‘Kibris’ reports.
The newspaper writes that Greek Cypriot officials had written letters to the EU saying that since the negotiations had stopped they saw no need for the work of the Committee to continue and caused the cancellation of visits by the EU teams to the island.
Commenting on the issue, Turkish Cypriot chief negotiator Ozdil Nami, stated that there is no prerequisite for “continuing negotiations” for the Committee’s work to continue. The ad hoc committee was formed by an agreement and joint decision by both Cypriot communities within the UN framework.
“We talked with the Commission. We have stated that the attitude of the Greek Cypriots is unacceptable and that this [harmonisation] work should continue as planned. They said they would make the necessary contacts and come back to us. As of today, nothing has happened”, he said adding that preventing the harmonisation process the wrong move.
“The Greek Cypriot side should contribute to the framework we agreed on, not to block these efforts. […] For this reason we call on the European Commission not to prevent the aim of the Turkish Cypriots to reach EU standards and to use their influence on the Greek Cypriot side”, said Nami.