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It’s the Turkish Cypriots who must change their attitude, president says

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President Nicos Anastasiades said Saturday it was the Turkish Cypriot side that needed to change its approach in the reunification talks and not the Greek Cypriots who could not accept security conditions involving Turkey post solution.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event in Skouriotissa, Anastasiades likened Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s attitude to that of Turkey asking the EU to adjust to its own principles.

“I would feel especially encouraged if through his statements I see that he has actually changed attitude,” the president said.

“What approach should we change? Concede and accept demands that do not exist in any other state or constitution?” he added.

Anastasiades was referring to the Turkish side’s demand to maintain the right of intervention following reunification under federal rule.

That persistence, according to the Greek Cypriot side, had led to the collapse of the latest round of talks at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana in July.

Speaking to Turkish Cypriots in London, Akinci said the Greek Cypriot side’s main aim was to sever all ties between Turkey and the breakaway state in the north.

“This is impossible. We have explained it,” he said.

The Turkish Cypriot leader said there must be a change in attitude in the Greek Cypriot side regarding power sharing.

The Greek Cypriot leadership, he said, must tell its people that a Turkish Cypriot will become the president of a federal Cyprus.

“We haven’t heard them say that yet,” he said, adding that Greek Cypriots appeared to have a problem with power sharing.


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