“Instead of improving cooperation and dialogue and facilitating the solution process, the Greek Cypriot leadership prefers a policy of tension”, Akıncı said.
President Akıncı issued the following statement:
“I would like to express my regret that the leaders of the Greek Cypriot political parties, who met with the Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades today [Tuesday], have all reacted negatively to our proposals. I am also amazed to see the reasons for rejection of our proposals aimed at transforming the hydrocarbon event into a field of cooperation between the two communities and calm the tense environment.
“In their statement, they argued that our proposal ‘aimed to divert attention from the objective of a solution and the essence of the Cyprus problem’ and that it did not serve the interests of all the people of Cyprus. Everyone knows that the Turkish Cypriot people who wanted the most complete solution in Cyprus and suffered the biggest damage from the status quo proved this not only in the words of the 2004 referendum and the 2017 Crans Montana conference.
“The reason for the lack of a result-oriented negotiation process at the moment is not the Turkish Cypriot side, but the Greek Cypriot side, which persistently rejects the political equality and effective participation of the Turkish Cypriot side in the decisions. In addition, contrary to the claims of the Greek Cypriot side in the case of hydrocarbons, our proposals are concerned with the cooperation and mutual benefit of both communities. On the other hand, the Greek Cypriot side claims to conduct it alone by ignoring the Turkish Cypriot people.
“Collaboration within the framework of a joint committee in the field of hydrocarbons will have an impact that will not hinder the solution but rather shorten the path to the solution. Unfortunately, the Greek Cypriot leadership prefers the policy of tension rather than improving cooperation and dialogue and facilitating the solution process. It is clear that this attitude does not serve peace and stability in Cyprus and the region”.