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Cypriot presidents blamed for blocking Turkey’s EU accession

16 March 2016

President Nicos Anastasiades has been criticised for preventing the opening of five new chapters in Turkey’s EU accession process. General Secretary of the Democratic Party – National Forces (DP-UG) Hasan Tacoy, has also directed criticism at President Mustafa Akinci and his negotiating team.

Tacoy has said that Anastasiades is trying to pressure Turkey through a policy of threats and blackmail. He also argued that if the Greek Cypriot leadership is truly sincere in solving the Cyprus problem on the basis of the realities on the island and in Turkey’s full EU membership, it should let the process move forward instead of blocking and preventing Turkey’s EU membership negotiations.

Underlining the need for the Greek Cypriot leadership to accept the opening of Famagusta Port and Ercan Airport to international traffic, if it wants Turkey to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels, Tacoy said: “If the Greek Cypriot leadership refuses to do this and rather insists on continuing to block Turkey’s EU path with threats and veto, then it is not sincere in its efforts on the Cyprus issue.”

“The main source for the Greek Cypriot side’s intransigent stance is the policy pursued by President Mustafa Akinci and his team”, Tacoy claimed.

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