An interview was broadcast by NTV/TR with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who, referring to the meeting held between the community leaders on Wednesday, accused President Nicos Anastasiades of populism. Cavusoglu stated the following:
“One day before yesterday’s [Wednesday] meeting on the Cyprus negotiations I talked with Mr. Akinci. He said that there was an agreement on the issue of the road map which could be followed. The joint declaration of 11 February 2014 is the framework of this negotiation. Six main chapters exist. Two of them concern security and one the territory. These will be evaluated at the very end at the five-party conference. During yesterday’s meeting we could not get a result because of Greek Cypriot side’s strange proposals. It does not even want to talk about the open issues in the four chapters. It says let us complete the conference, let us solve the guarantees and the territory issues. The gentleman will feel relieved from the very first day and they will do some good on the issues of the rotating presidency and the administration, they say.
The Turkish side has of course rejected these absurd ideas. The Greek Cypriot side is heading towards the elections. Populism has begun to emerge. Even though Anastasiades wants a solution, he has begun submitting some strange proposals. While moving towards the elections, he has begun the slide towards populism. We are watching closely, but the Greek Cypriot side has started delaying again”.