President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday condemned Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s argument that Ankara’s military presence in the breakaway north is what maintains peace in divided Cyprus.
Cavusoglu also argued in an op-ed published in Washington Times on Sunday that the vast majority of Turkish Cypriots will not accept a Cyprus settlement that does not entail Turkish guarantees.
“They were and still are two distinct peoples with different religions, cultures and ethnicities,” Cavusoglu noted.
This prompted Anastasiades who arrived in New York late on Monday to tell reporters that the Greek Cypriot side will not be the one to continue with the blame game that the Turkish side has started.
And that even though the need for the now-stalled UN-brokered reunification talks to resume promptly is there, Turkey does not contribute constructively to the dialogue.
“What Mr Cavusoglu suggests is in no way contributing towards the best interests of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot community,” the President also said.
Nicosia strongly believes the security guarantee agreements have outlived their purpose.
And the President has campaigned in Europe and beyond in trying to get rid of this ‘antiquated system’.
Anastasiades is expected to express the Greek Cypriot side’s will to overcome the impasse reached in the talks – after the Turkish Cypriot side left the negotiating table – to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at a meeting set for Wednesday.
The President will also take part in the Invest in Cyprus forum in New York aiming to inform large American companies and interested investors on Cyprus’ investment, trade and business opportunities.
Aside from being a key speaker at the forum, the President is set to meet with various officials from companies working the fields of energy as well as Diaspora officials.