President Anastasiades’ suggestion for a decentralised federation as a solution to the Cyprus problem are merely delaying tactics, an opinion piece published in Cyprus Mail writes.
Despite Anastasiades’ assertion that indefinite continuation of the status quo was not an option and he wanted to avoid another deadlock, the writer says that by throwing another solution option into the mix only unpicks what has already been agreed and is aimed at prolonging negotiations, should they resume.
The chapter on governance was largely completed over a period of two years and two international Cyprus conferences, the writer states. Anastasiades together with President Akinci worked for an even more centralised federal government. This entity would have more powers than that which had been agreed between former Presidents Christofias and Talat.
What the public have not been told is how long revamping this solution would take. Anastasiades said that he would consult with constitutional experts and try to get the Greek Cypriot National Council to support his idea.
All this would achieve what Anastasiades really wants, the writer says – yet another round of negotiations, with no end in sight.