President Anastasiades, who leaves for New York this weekend for a heart operation, met with UN special advisor Espen Barth Eide (photo) on Tuesday and was quick to turn down the latter`s proposal that the issue of energy is discussed during negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Commenting after the meeting, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that “the Greek Cypriot side will not return to the negotiating table as long as the Republic of Cyprus` sovereign rights are being violated.”
He added: “We have elaborated upon our arguments as to why Mr Eide’s proposal cannot be accepted…There cannot be a dialogue under threats or intimidation and only if these reasons cease to exist and Turkey proves in practice that it respects the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus the dialogue can resume. For the dialogue to have prospects for a positive outcome, Turkey`s active involvement is required.”
Furthermore, the Spokesman said it is clear who is to be blamed for the current situation and pointed out that the side responsible should take all action to make the resumption of the dialogue possible.