Ertuğ slams Christodulides statements
The Presidential Spokesman Osman Ertuğ has criticized the Greek Cypriot Side resuming its attacks on Turkey, the Turkish Cypriot Side as well as the UN Secretary General’s latest report extending UNFICYP’s mandate on the island.
Pointing out that the Greek Cypriot Administration was using this as a way to camouflage its withdrawal from the talks, Ertuğ called on the Greek Cypriot Side to respect and comply with the 11February Joint Declaration.
He also said that initiatives to include in the report, facts which were failed to be mentioned, were continuing.
In a written statement, the Presidential spokesman said that the Greek Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodulides strongly criticized the UN report and resumed the blame game against the Cyprus Turkish Side.
Explaining that they had no intention of providing a detailed response to the Greek Cypriot spokesman, Ertuğ said that the Greek Cypriot Side was trying to use the noise it has created over the issue to hide the fact that it was running away from the talks.
Ertuğ also said that the Christodulides was also trying to influence the decision the UN will take on the report at the end of the month in their favour.
“No matter what the claims are, the Greek Cypriot Side will not be able to cover up the facts” he said.
Stating that the UN Secretary General’s report despite possessing positive observations failed to mention some of the important facts, Ertuğ said “the inaccuracies and shortcomings in the report are not what the Greek Cypriot spokesman has pointed out.”
Explaining that the Greek Cypriot Side could not even tolerate the limited mention in the report of the isolations imposed on the Turkish Cypriots which they have been subjected to for the past 50 years, the Presidential Spokesman said that the Greek Cypriot Administration was trying to lay the blame for the non-solution of the Cyprus Problem on Turkey.
“For us the most important inadequacy of the report is its failure to mention that the NAVTEX issued by Turkey was done upon the request and on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot Side. An initiative to have this corrected is continuing” he said.