The Presidential Spokesman Barış Burcu has said that the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades who was trying to lay the blame for the non-solution of the Cyprus Problem on the Turkish Cypriot side in a bid to win the upcoming elections in the South, was distorting the facts.
In a written statement issued yesterday, the Presidential Spokesman accused the Greek Cypriot leader of distancing himself from a settlement under the influence of those opposing a settlement.
He said that Anastasiades had unfortunately abandoned a solution focused understanding in a bid to win over the support of those opposing a settlement, allowing racist and fascist circles to poison the political atmosphere on the island.
Stating that President Mustafa Akıncı and his negotiating team were always adopting a pro-active and sincere effort with the aim of reaching a settlement that will safeguard the political equality, freedom and security of both communities.
“The President, in order to achieve progress, always adopts a creative and determining role, undertaking political initiatives when needed” he said.
Burcu reminded that the President had carried the talks to the 5-party conference through these initiatives as well as Turkey’s constructive role.
“For the first time, the way for an arrangement on the issue of Security and Guarantees that would address the security concerns of both sides was opened” he said, adding that there was not one instance or development that could be used as an argument to claim that the Turkish Cypriot side had distanced itself from a settlement.
“Just the opposite, it is Mr. Anastasiades himself who has taken a step back from the confidence building measures and the agreements or understanding reached on issues that fall under the 6 negotiating chapters. To the contrary it was Mr. Anastasiades who has tried to slow down the process, who asked for time because he wasn’t ready, who tried to prevent the Conference on Cyprus held in Geneva and Cran-Montana by insisting on preconditions and who sabotaged the talks with his maximalist positions” he said.
Burcu said that the Greek Cypriot leader, who was experiencing disappointment in his attempts to lay the blame on the Turkish Cypriot side, was now trying to distort the facts.