Burcu responds to President Anastasiades’ statements

Under the title “The Greek Cypriot leader does not act correctly, this stance will harm the process”, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (08.02.16) reports that Baris Burcu, Turkish Cypriot leader’s spokesman, issued a statement last night replying to an interview given by President Anastasiades to Politis newspaper. Burcu argued that President Anastasiades tried to create the impression that a “joint consensus” exists on issues on which no agreement has been reached yet.
Burcu alleged that in spite of their prior “friendly warnings” the pre-election propaganda for the parliamentary elections to be held in May 2016 in the government-controlled area of the Republic of Cyprus is being held in a manner, which harms the negotiating process.
Burcu claimed that when the Turkish Cypriot side issues statements regarding its own positions, it always exerts the maximum effort not to harm the negotiating process. “We have never created the wrong impression that the Greek Cypriot side has adopted our views on issues on which we could not reach a consensus. We would expect our interlocutor to behave in the same manner”, he argued and added:
“Unfortunately it is seen that this is not happening. The interview published today in Politis newspaper is evaluated in this manner by our side. In this interview, the Greek Cypriot leader tried to create the impression that consensus exists on issues on which no consensus has been reached yet. This is not correct. Moreover, the sides formally announce together the issues on which they reach consensus. Approaches like this, which it is very clearly seen that are repetition of the known Greek Cypriot positions and aim at the elections, have absolutely no contribution to the negotiating process. Our president Mr Mustafa Akinci and his team are committed to the target of the solution of the Cyprus problem. He will continue to act with the sense of responsibility within this framework.

Source. PIO

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