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Kyprianou says recent Turkish statements not helpful to Cyprus process

Andros Kyprianou

AKEL chief Andros Kyprianou said on Sunday that statements coming from Turkey recently were not helping the Cyprus peace process and if Ankara continued with its unacceptable positions, there would be no settlement.

Until recently, Turkey has not made public statements about the current process other than to say it supported the talks but last week Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan drew a ‘red line’ on the return of Morphou. Also on Sunday, Phileleftheros reported that Ankara had made it clear to the EU that the Cyprus Republic was defunct.

Kyprianou, who was in Istanbul at the end of last month and met with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, was asked on Sunday to comment on the Phileleftheros article.

The AKEL leader, who was in Limassol to meet with the party’s candidates for Kyrenia and Famagusta ahead of the May parliamentary elections, said: “If Turkey persists with such statements, there will be no solution to the Cyprus problem and consequences, while they will of course be negative for us, will also be negative for Turkey.”

“Turkey must understand that if it really wants to improve its position in the region, if it wants to create prospects that will enable it to play the role it wants to play in the region, it must cooperate with us, based on principles, to solve the Cyprus problem “.

The recent statement, he added would poison the climate and slow down the process.

AKEL, Kyprianou also made clear, would also not accept a solution that was not based on the ‘evolution of the Republic’ into a federal state as opposed to the ‘virgin birth’, the latter, which based on the Turkish side’s view, would be two communities coming together in a federation, effectively ‘dissolving’ the Republic of Cyprus, according to opponents.

“For us, this issue is a sine qua non,” said Kyprianou. “We are not going to accept a solution if the transformation of the Republic is not provided for.”

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