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Cypriot leaders go tit-for-tat

The Enosis Day vote controversy is driving an even bigger wedge between the two Cypriot leaders, with both men giving different accounts on what exactly took place during their failed meeting.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci says the public knows only half of the story, when he and President Nicos Anastasiades met on Thursday in a dampened climate following the House vote on Enosis Day for schools in the south.

Akinci on Friday put the blame squarely on Anastasiades, suggesting that the Greek Cypriot leader did not behave cordially during the meeting.

According to the Turkish Cypriot leader, UN special advisor Espen Barth Eide was only speaking ‘half-truths’ when he shared publicly that Akinci left the meeting.

“Espen Barth Eide gave only half of the story and didn’t bother with the other half,” Akinci said, adding that he had indeed left the meeting only when it was clear there were no good manners.

“I don’t know why he hid half of the truth, he ought to answer that himself,” Akinci said referring to Eide.

But Anastasiades weighed in with a written statement, responding to Akinci’s comments on Friday.

“I don’t wish to engage in a pointless blame game of what transpired during yesterday’s meeting, especially following the account offered publicly by the Special Advisor of the UN Secretary General,” the president said.

“Therefore, if the other side also has the same determination, I call on the Turkish Cypriot leader to be present at the next scheduled meeting, so that through a constructive dialogue we can create those conditions that will allow us to be optimistic about a positive outcome,” Anastasiades added.

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