If the aim of the forthcoming social dinner with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is to discuss measures to restore confidence, then attempts to restart constructive negotiations are doomed, President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
Addressing an event to commemorate the March 25 and April 1 Greek Cypriot national holidays, Anastasiades asked: “To discuss confidence building measures such as, for instance, the Navtex issued everyday by Turkey?…the celebration of July 20 when they invaded Cyprus? Or November 15 1983?”
Anastasiades said that efforts by the Greek Cypriot side’s efforts to deal with the crisis in the talks, calmly and wisely, should be appreciated.
“At the same time, as I have said to the TC leader, he must also understand that correspondent sensibilities, can be found in those who were, in his words, victims of the Turkish invasion.”
Anastasiades went on to say that: “Consequently, it is not possible that a simple reference to an historical fact recorded 67 years ago creates a crisis, while at the same time their actions which offend those who lost their father’s homes, their livelihood, their lives, those who are still missing, go unchanged.”