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South not in favour of political equality: Eroğlu

31 October 2014

Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu has said that South Cyprus does not want a fair system based on political equality with the Turkish Cypriots, adding that President Anastasiades left the talks in order to escape a solution based on unification, ‘Kibris Postasi’ reports.

Eroglu who spoke to Turkish TV channel ‘Kanal A’ stated that: “We are the ones who are making efforts for a solution, we are the ones setting a timetable and carrying the negotiations to the ‘give and take’ stage. South Cyprus is implementing a diversion tactic so they can withdraw from the talks. The United Nations Organisation should now understand this and take up a position against South Cyprus who are not making approaches for a solution.”

Asked about the results of UNSG’s special advisor Espen Barth Eide’s visit to Ankara, Eroğlu said:

On his visit to Ankara he has made some requests but his requests have not been received positively. When he returns, he may have a suggestion to withdraw the vessels within three months. He has made some suggestions regarding what can be done besides Turkey’s show of flexibility so that South Cyprus can return to the table. Probably he will bring these suggestions to us too.

It is not right to expect the Turkish Cypriots to abandon their rights and for Turkey to leave off its activities which it is performing on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots, when South Cyprus’ attitude is obvious. He may also try to start shuttle diplomacy informally.

Shuttle diplomacy might be vital for the Greek Cypriots’ aim to kill time. We are not waiting for shuttle diplomacy but we are waiting for the Greek Cypriots to return to the table.

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