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Anastasiades has one eye on the forthcoming presidential elections: Akinci

19 February 2017

President Nicos Anastasiades is distracted by the thought of the upcoming presidential elections next year, President Mustafa Akinci has said.

Akinci told Greek daily ‘Kathimerini’ that were dark clouds forming on the horizon over the Cyprus negotiations, and it was up to Anastasiades to dispel them.

The mind of Mr Anastasiades has been divided into two parts, one thinks of the solution and the other elections,” Akinci was quoted as saying and he wondered how under the current situation, steps can be taken towards solving the Cyprus problem.

He also warned that new drilling operations for natural gas scheduled for the coming months, would bring new tensions.

Relations between the community leaders soured over a week ago, after the Greek Cypriot parliament voted to commemorate a 1950 referendum on Enosis (union with Greece) in schools.

The move led to an abrupt ending of the leaders’ meeting last Thursday. Akinci has said that he will not return to the table unless Anastasiades publicly admits that the vote was wrong-headed, which he did on Saturday. He also wants Anastasiades to take action to annul it, which the president says he cannot do as he cannot dictate to parliament. He also accused Akinci of over reacting to the vote.

Ruling DISY party has proposed the transfer of power to commemorate historical events to the education ministry.

On Sunday, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides denied that Anastasiades has one eye on the presidential elections, saying his focus was on the negotiations. Akinci, he said, was taking advantage of the controversial vote to push for keeping guarantees and Turkish troops in Cyprus after reunification.

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