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Burcu: Greek Cypriot leadership looks down on us

The biggest mistake that the Greek Cypriot side has been making for years, is that it has been looking down on the Turkish Cypriots and its elected leaders, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu said on Friday.

In response to comments Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides made on Thursday that Akinci is distorting the facts about what happened in Crans-Montana, Burcu said that the current situation would have been very different had the Greek Cypriot leader shown just a fraction of the determination displayed or the initiatives undertaken by Akıncı over the past two years.

Akinci suggested on Thursday that President Nicos Anastasiades was not ready for a solution.
In a written statement, Burcu said that the greatest mistake the Greek Cypriot side has been making for years, is that it has been looking down on the Turkish Cypriots and its elected leaders, refusing to recognise their political equality and ignoring their existence.

“It is for this reason that they have always wanted to see Turkey rather than the Turkish Cypriots as their collocutors, ignoring the internal dynamics of Turkish Cypriot society”, Burcu said.

Unfortunately, he said, the Greek Cypriot side, first at Mont Pèlerin, later in Geneva and finally at Crans-Montana “was not able to display the determination needed for reaching an agreement”.

Their only goal, he said, was to develop tactics aimed at laying the blame and responsibility for the non-solution on the shoulders of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side. “Having failed to do so, they (Greek Cypriots) are now picking quarrels with everyone”, he said.

The Turkish Cypriot spokesman referred to Akinci’s statement on Thursday that there is a strong need for the Greek Cypriot side to transform its current mentality. “It will be the Turkish Cypriots who will welcome such a move the most,” Burcu said.

Akinci had said on Thursday that Anastasiades had admitted privately to him at the talks in Switzerland that he was not prepared. He also said that the Greek Cypriot side had panicked when the Turkish Cypriot side had accepted 29.2 per cent on the maps issue. “The truth was they did not want to take any steps regarding a five-party conference” Akinci said.

In response to Akinci, Christodoulides said that the Turkish Cypriot leader made “distorted and untrue references”.

“It is obvious that the Turkish Cypriot leader attempts to justify the Turkish side’s intransigent positions – including his own demands – for the continuation of the Treaty of Guarantees, the intervention rights and the permanent presence of Turkish troops in Cyprus,” the spokesman said.
He said the Turkish side had been unclear in its positions on territorial adjustments with the return of only part of Morphou and without the return of the Maronite villages.

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