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Anastasiades influenced by upcoming presidential elections: Talat

1 March 2017

Former President Mehmet Ali Talat has said that President Nicos Anastasiades has not attempted to reverse the South Cyprus parliament’s vote on commemorating ‘Enosis Day’ in secondary schools because he has his eye on the forthcoming presidential elections next May.

Speaking to Radio Vatan, Talat said that Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis exhibits a negative stance in the negotiations and constitutes an obstacle for President Anastasiades. He also said that the Greek Cypriot side should accept the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots and their effective participation in the decision making process.

Meanwhile, in statements to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’ Talat called on the leaders to launch a dialogue to overcome the current crisis in the Cyprus talks. He noted that a way to return to the negotiating table should be found and added:

“A team could work on this issue. Diplomatic solutions are not exhausted. You cannot do this by slamming Anastasiades. Since we are seeking a solution, the dignity of the two sides should be protected in order to be able to produce a solution.

“If there is no solution, we will continue on our way as the TRNC of course, we have no other option. What else can we do? However, I think that this will not lead us anywhere just like it did not lead us anywhere in the past.

“I have always said that it is difficult to make peace. There is a proverb saying: One mad man throws a stone into a well and ten reasonable men cannot take it out. Now the reasonable men cannot take from the well the stone thrown by ELAM”.

Referring to the issue of granting TRNC citizenship to Turkish settlers by the government, Talat said that they continue giving citizenship by exception and misuse the law. He expressed the view that new lawsuits should be filed on this issue.

Kibris Postasi, Yeni Duzen

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