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Greek Cypriots dragging their feet over CypProb

5 April 2013

Turkish Cypriots are still waiting for an answer to Alexander Downer’s invitation to re-start negotiations on the Cyprus problem.

They say that they are willing to resume talks but they have received no response from the Greek Cypriot government.

“We’d like to resume reunification talks from where we left off. However, Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades does not seem to have that intention,” Huseyin Ozgurgun, the TRNC  Foreign Minister said yesterday.

A delegation of Turkish Cypriots held talks with Turkish Foreign Ministry officials on April 3 and yesterday in order to build roadmap on the Cyprus dispute.

The roadmap could include working on a two-state solution if the Greek Cypriot side does not come closer to the negotiation table, he said, reiterating a recent statement from Ankara that underlined the possibility of a “two-state solution.”

There are already two states on the island, and “they cannot meet under the same roof” he said, adding that “a two-state solution is inevitable” at the end of the day if one of the parties avoids reunification. Anastasiades uses the economic crisis as a reason to avoid reunification talks, Ozgurgun said. “The economic crisis has increased fanaticism among Greek Cypriots. The burning of the Turkish flag is an outcome of that.”

However, reunification could improve the economic prosperity of the island, bringing the number of tourists to more than 5 million, Ozgurgun said. Adding that there had been electricity trade between the Turkish side and the Greek side and that the water transported from Turkey to North Cyprus could be shared with the South .

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