Turkish NTV television (18.05.17) broadcasts an interview by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who referring to the meeting held between the community leaders yesterday, accused President Anastasiades of populism. Cavusoglu alleged the following on the issue:
“One day before yesterday’s meeting on the Cyprus negotiations we talked with Mr Akinci. They said that there was an agreement on the issue of the road map which could be followed. The joint declaration of 11 February 2014 is a framework of this negotiation. Six main chapters exist. Two of them concern security and one the territory. These will be evaluated in the very end at the five-party conference. During the yesterday’s meeting we could not have a result because of Greek Cypriot sector’s strange proposals. It does not even want to talk on the open issues in the four chapters. It says let us complete the conference, let us solve the guarantees and the territory issues. The gentleman will feel relieved from the very first day and they will do some good on the issues of the rotating presidency and the administration, they say. The Turkish side has of course rejected these absurd ideas. The Greek Cypriot side goes towards elections. Populism started to come forward. Even though Anastasiades wants a solution, he started submitting such strange proposals. While going towards the elections, he slipped towards a populist point. We are closely watching but the Greek Cypriot side has started delaying again”.
Meanwhile, Bayrak television (18.05.17, online) cites information published by Anatolia news agency and broadcasts that Cavusoglu held telephone conversations last night with Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami and UNSG’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. Cavusoglu discussed with Nami and Eide the situation after the meeting held between the two community leaders yesterday.