Tuesday’s meeting between chief negotiators, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, has been cancelled following controversial decision by the South’s parliament to commemorate Enosis Day in secondary schools.
President Mustafa Akinci called on President Nicos Anastasiades to not sign off on the bill as it was serious blow to the Cyprus negotiations and would add to the distrust felt by Turkish Cypriots for Greek Cypriots. President Anastasiades dismissed his comments, saying that the vote had been deliberately distorted by critics in the north. The event was part of Cyprus’ political history, he said.
Meanwhile Thursday’s meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci is expected to go ahead but with the previously cordial atmosphere somewhat cooled.
The commemoration of the 1950 referendum on enosis was intended to teach students about the day when Greek Cypriots took part in a plebiscite on union with Greece. Estimates show that nearly 98% of the public took part.
According to media sources in the south, political leaders in the Greek Cypriot parliament are planning to seek ways to amend the ELAM amendment in the legislation, possibly by removing any reference to the 1950 referendum on union with Greece.