President Mustafa Akıncı expressed disappointment on Tuesday over the rejection by Greek Cypriot political parties of his proposal to set up a joint committee on hydrocarbons.
In a written statement Akıncı said that contrary to the Greek Cypriot side’s claim, the proposal was not a distraction from the essence of the Cyprus Problem but would shorten the path to a settlement.
“It is regretful to see that the Greek Cypriot leadership has opted for a policy of tension over cooperation and dialogue which would aid efforts for a solution,” said Akıncı.
He said that he was astonished the grounds of which the proposal was rejected by Greek Cypriot parties.
“The Greek Cypriot parties argued that the proposal could not be accepted because it was a distraction from the essence of the Cyprus problem and the need for immediate resumption of substantive negotiations. As everyone knows Turkish Cypriots suffer the most from the continuation of the status quo. This has been proven in the 2004 referendum and at the conference in Crans Montana in 2017,” he said.
Akıncı added that the absence of a result-oriented negotiations process was not the fault of the Turkish Cypriot side but the Greek Cypriot side which rejects the Turkish Cypriots’ political equality and effective participation in decision-making processes.
The proposal furthermore aims to enhance cooperation between the two communities and to serve common benefit, said Akıncı.
“The Greek Cypriot side’s actions do not serve peace and stability in the region” he concluded.