What the Turkish Cypriot side says about disagreements on methodology are “sinful excuses” said Republic of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.
He further wondered whether Turkey truly means what it says, or whether “we will be going to Geneva just for an excursion”.
Anastasiades made his comments to journalists after the annual meeting of nationalistic association SAPEL.
“I have repeatedly said, we have been discussing the same topics for 44 years. The moment of truth has arrived. Does Turkey mean what it says or are will we be going to Geneva just for an excursion?”, said Anastasiades.
“I mean what I say, I mean that we must finally deal with the essence of the total of chapters, in order so that at a major conference we can achieve what all Cypriots want: a solution to the Cyprus problem…”
“Our good faith has been proven at the negotiation table, even through the latest proposal which we submitted”, added Anastasiades.
In response to Akel criticism, Anastasiades said “I am saddened because Akel, in spite of the positive stance held throughout the dialogue with Mr. Akinci, has lately changed its positions due to the presidential elections, positions which I wonder whether they express the people of Akel.”
“Is it possible that they tell me I must continue to deal with the four chapters, and avoid the chapter of security?” Anastasiades wondered.
“All I have heard from them is “it’s a shame to lose the progress made.” Who achieved this progress? Akel? Or the President of the Republic?”
In response to criticism that he has put his personal ambitions above the Cyprus problem, President Anastasiades said that “if my goal were the 2018 elections, I would not submit the proposal, so that we can achieve a solution to the Cyprus problem at a conference.”
“What saddens me is that those who are engaged in the presidential elections try to blame others. At this hour we are supposed to be united to counter the aspirations of the Turkish side which is trying to blame the Greek Cypriot side.”